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Prague Travel Guide

Prague is a magical city crammed with amazing architecture, museums and art and intellectual pursuits. Tourist traveling to Prague city are enamored by its breathtaking vista, bridges along Vltava River river with glorius staues, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes. Considered as one among cheapest cities to travel in europe, it offers great panorama for shutterbugs. Prague is the best known (and capital) city in the Czech Republic, it's a historic town and perfect for a weekend break, or as a base of operations to explore the rest of the country. Founded in late 9th century, Prague is a great bohemian destination which one should not miss in Europe. 

Best Time To Visit Prague

The best time to hit the Czech republic is during the summer when the temperatures are generally pleasantly warm, though rain is not unheard of at any time of year and late Spring is very wet indeed.

Autumn - Prague looks full of life as the leaves tend to change their color from bright green into yellow, orange and red during Autumn season which lasts from September to November. 

Winter - is from December to February. During coldest months in Prague, moutains are covered with heavy snow and temperature often drops below 0 degrees. 

Summer - June, July and August are warmest months and may result in storm and rains. 

Spring in Prague may show whimsical behaviour ar snow begins to melt and temperature gradually ascends during March, April and May. 

How To Reach Prague

Prague's a great walking destination and most of the main attractions are within walking distance of the city centre, traffic is reasonably light and it's safe as long as you take care when crossing the road.

Tram and Metro 

The public transport system is cheap and easy to access, it's perfect for getting out a little further than you're comfortable with on foot. 

Taxi 

Best avoided as they're expensive and often a bit of a con when it comes to tourists – seriously consider negotiating the price in advance before travelling anywhere.

Tourist Attractions In Prague

The best way to see Prague is to buy a “Prague Card” which gets you in to pretty much everywhere for up to 4 days, and only costs 800 CZK. 

Old Town - Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock which resides in the heart of Prague is surrounded by many churches and houses. Built in gothis style, this Astronomical clock is third oldest in the world and is still working. Old tow square is most visited place and displays amazing architecture where each building tells it's own story.

Prague Castle - The biggest ancient castle in the world, and offers beautiful views of the city. There's also a cathedral and picture gallery inside the grounds. Entry: 350 CZK 

Charles Bridge - One of Prague's most famous sights and famous worldwide, for its amazing statues including the 12 Stations of the Cross. This bridge is loaded with painters, musicians and vendors connects Old town with the Lesser town. Entry: Free 

Prague Zoo - Prague Zoo is absolutely amazing with a wide variety of animal life, and some of the best views over the city that you could imagine. Entry: 350 CZK 

Czech National Gallery - In the Sternberg and Veletrzni Palaces and not to be confused with the castle art museum. Really interesting artistic view of the Czech Republic. 

Czech national Museum - A hodge podge of all things Czech just off Wenceslas square, the natural history section is particularly engaging.

St. Vitus Cathedral - Abslutely beautiful cathedral situated in Prague Castle is largest church in Prague. It's enormous architecture and its beaty can not be quoted in words. 

Lobkowicz Palace - Get a glimpse of Czec history along with a audio guide to the oldest and largest privately owned art collection.

Tyn Church - Built in 14th century Church of the Virgin Mary before tynis a religious place and is situated in Old Town square.

Fred and Ginger - Known as Dancing House in Prague displays interesting design and clever architecture.

 

Pubs and Nightlife 

The Czech republic is famous for its beer and you'll find an endless choice of nightlife and pubs in Prague. 

Barego Bar – Mandarin Oriental Hotel - A stylish intimate bar with a hint of the Far East – for something different. 

Klasterni Pivovar Strahov – Strahovske nadvori 10 - Locally brewed beers in a specialist pub with a nice courtyard for drinking them in. 

Ocean Drive – V Kolovne 7 - Award winning bar tender delivers a wonderful range of cocktails as you enjoy the people watching. 

Radost FX – Belehradska 234 - Bruce Willis is said to drink there whenever he's in town – enough said really. Nearby club includes Pivovarsky Dum on Jecna, Duplex and Lucerna Music Club.

U Zlateho Tygra – Husova 17 - Real Bohemian pub where the punters are poets and playwrights, a little smoky though.

Karlovy Lazne - Near Charles Bridge has three different dance floors.

Near Old Town Square - Tretter's, Tynska Bar and Books,  Cilibar, M1 Secret Lounge, Zapa Bar and Bugsy's.

 

Shopping in Prague

Most of Prague offers access to tourist memorabilia and the usual city shopping fare. Shopping at Charles Bridge offers some surprising art bargains, otherwise anywhere will do for your shopping. The further from tourist streets, the lower the price is a good general rule. Other major shopping center includes Wenceslas Square, also famous for the happening nightlife.

Hotels & Restaurants In Prague

Prague's accommodation is expensive, and if you're on a budget you might want to consider using the Internet to find a room in someone's house which can be surprisingly cheap and easy. 

Hotels 

Alchymist Grand Hotel and Spa – 00 420 257 286 011 

Set in a 16thcentury palace, this place is every bit as expensive as it looks – but has a great post-modern vibe going on. 

Aria Hotel – 00 420 225 334 1111 

A chic concept hotel in the Mala Strana, built with music lovers in mind. Also has one of Prague's finest restaurants. 

Hotel Cerna Liska – 00 420 224 232 250 

The Black Fox isn't perfect for light sleepers as it's in a noisy area – but it's one of the best value hotels in Prague 

Hotel Josed – 00 420 221 700 111 

In the heart of the Jewish Quarter this place only serves breakfasts with some room service until late evening. Decent pricing though. 

Mandarin Oriental – 00 420 233 088 8888 

Every bit of luxury you'd expect from this chain, at every bit of the price. Gorgeous 14thcentury converted monastery near the Charles Bridge. 

Kempinski Hybernska – 00 420 266 266 111 

Spacious apartment style rooms, with great in house restaurant and filled with contemporary art.

 

Dining 

Art Cafe – Loretanska 23 - A former home to dissidents but now just to coffee and toast, it's got a great view of street life. 

Cervena Sedma – Ne Kampe 5 - Nice authentic Czech place which won't break the bank, and it's great to sit outside of on sunny days. 

Bellevue – Smetanovo na brezi 18 - Amazing local food with great view of the castle, and even the waiters are reasonably nice (a miracle for Prague). 

Kogo – Havelska 499/27 - No frills Italian restaurant but pleasantly stylish and good food selection. 

Zharada V Opere – Legerova 75 - Ultra stylish global fusion restaurant, and the price tag to match its pretensions. Great for a post opera meal.

Festivals & Events In Prague

Prague Spring – Held between May and June, it is the most famous classical music festival in the country. Venue - Opera House.

rague Folklore Days, Advent and Christmas Music – an amazing Christmas time music festival also held in the opera house.

Festival spisovatelů Praha (Prague Writers' Festival) - Held in May or June, Czech and international literati gathers in to read extracts from their latest work.

United Islands of Prague - Held in June at the Vltava riverfront. Local and Global musicians perform here.

St Nicholas's Eve - Held on 5th of december around Charles Bridge & Staromestske Namesti, Stare Maesto, Prague 1. Men on this occassion wear frocks, drink beer and wander on streets.

Pálení Äarodźjnic (Witches' Night) - It's a halloween bonfire night celebrated on 30th April.

 

Off the Beaten Path 

If you want to explore the real drinking culture of Prague – try the Underground Bar Crawl, for 500 CZK you'll get to visit many places you'd never otherwise see and have a few drinks in and around them – and you get a free t-shirt too! 00 420 608 803 314

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