The Prague City is, without any doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Europe. Not only for its monuments, the whole city is wonderful: its streets, buildings, the Vltava river …
And, to make the most of your stay in the city, we suggest you the following tips to visit Prague.
1. When is the best time to visit Prague?
As in most Central European cities, the weather conditions a lot when you visit them. In general, the spring and summer seasons are usually the best because of the weather.
However, in the case of Prague, we are in favor of visiting this city in the low season. That is, in autumn and winter. We recommend it because you will enjoy more, despite the weather, of all the monuments and tourist places of the city without the overwhelming presence of thousands of tourists.
2. How much time is necessary to visit the city of Prague?
With 3 to 4 days is enough to enjoy the most typical places. However, as in other tourist cities, you could perfectly be a week discovering and living new experiences …
3. How to get to Prague?
Prague is one of the main tourist destinations in Eastern Europe. In addition, its privileged situation in the heart of Europe, has good communications with many nearby cities.
That is why if you have available days, we recommend that you visit Prague as part of your trip through Central Europe : Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, …
You can get to Prague in the following ways:
- Direct flight: Prague is well connected by air, so you will have no problem getting there from many European capitals: Paris, Berlin, Madrid, …
- By train: Prague has good communication by train, so you can buy a single ticket or choose one of the options offered by interrail. This way you can travel through Central Europe at the best price.
- By bus: As the distances to the main cities in the area are not excessively large, you can also evaluate the option of traveling by bus.
4. Where to stay in Prague?
You have accommodations of all kinds, from backpacker hostels to luxury hotels. Prices have risen relative to a few years ago, but it is still a fairly affordable city.
With regard to the area of the city, Prague is divided into neighborhoods from 1 to 22. The areas most recommended for their situation are: Prague_1, which corresponds mainly to the Old City (Stare Mesto) and Malá Strana, and Praga_2 (new zone but located next to the center). Also you can stay in a district near the center and use the metro or tram . In this way you will save something in the accommodation.
5. Move around Prague
You have different options to move around the city:
- Walking: Although it is a large city (1,200,000 inhabitants), most of the tourist offer is concentrated in the center. Therefore, the best option is to walk its streets. This way you will not miss anything of the magic that radiates this city.
- Tram:The tram line still works today, it has even been modernized. It is a good option to get closer to the most remote places without losing the ancient essence of this city.
- Underground: The network is not very big, it has 3 lines, but you can find it useful if you are in a hotel or apartment located some distance from the center.
6. Typical food of Prague
The food of the Czech Republic is quite different from the Mediterranean food. It is usually based on meats, knedlík (flour dough, egg and yeast) and many spices.
- Roasted beef with cream sauce and knedlík.
- Roast pork knuckle.
- Goulash (Beef with onions, pepper and paprika).
- Meat with cabbage.
And all accompanied by Pilsen beer, originally from this country.
7. What places of interest are there in the city of Prague?
There are plenty of places to suit all tastes. The most typical are:
- Old city square: Epicenter of the city. In this square are several of the tourist places par excellence:
- Church of Our Lady before Týn: Gothic temple of impressive aspect. It is not located inside the square, since there are buildings between the church and the square, but it stands out especially (for its 2 towers of 80 meters finished with a sharp shape).
- Old Town Hall and Clock Tower: Majestic building where the town council was located. In the tower, which is located right next to it, is the famous astronomical clock.
- Astronomical clock: Spectacular medieval clock that shows: the hours of the day, the positions of the moon and the sun, a circular calendar with the months of the year and some animated figures of the 12 apostles.
- Monument to Juan Hus: Theologian and Czech philosopher of the middle ages who was the precursor of the Protestant Reformation. Condemned for heresy, he died at the stake in 1415.
- Saint Nicholas Church (Stare Mesto): Beautiful baroque church located in the center of Prague (not to be confused with the Church of the same name located in Malá Strana). It stands out for its beautiful white facade, an interesting interior and for the classical music concerts that are organized here quite often.
- Karlov Bridge: It is the most famous and oldest bridge in the city. It links the old city with the Malá Strana neighborhood. Stands out for the statues of different personalities that are on the sides of the bridge.
- Karlov Bridge Tower: It is located at the end of the bridge that overlooks the old city. You can visit and climb to the top, from where you can see both the bridge and the area of Prague Castle.
- Powder Tower: Ancient tower that was part of the walls and, whose door, gave access to the city. In recent times it was used as a storehouse of gunpowder (hence the name).
- Monumental set of the castle: It is located on a hill on the other side of the Vltava (Prague 1). Inside are several buildings of interest, which are what make up the Prague Castle. To visit them you have 3 circuit options when buying the ticket, in function of those you want to visit.
- Old Royal Palace: Abode of the Czech kings until the sixteenth century. The Vladislav Hall, of Gothic style and with a beautiful starry vault, and the upper rooms of the palace, whose walls have coats of arms as a decoration stand out in the palace.
- Saint Vitus Cathedral: The most important Gothic temple in the city. It is located in the upper part of the city, near Malá Strana. It is part of the monumental set of the city’s castle.
- Basilica of St. George: Of Romanesque origin, it is the 2nd oldest church in the city of Prague. Currently, in this temple, art collections are shown and classical music concerts are held.
- Alley of Gold: Here you can see how the houses of the merchants and artisans of the age were. There is also an exhibition of armors.
- Wenceslas Square: It is located in the commercial and financial center of the new city. Highlights in this place the National Museum, located on the highest part, and the statue of Wenceslao, former sovereign and patron of the Czech Republic.
- Jewish Museum: It is one of the most visited museums in Prague. It contains a large collection of books, traditional objects and a memorial in memory of the victims of the holocaust. The cemetery stands out with its piled tombstones.
- Dancing House: Designed by the architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, it was completed in 1996. It stands out for its originality, and it seems that the 2 blocks of the building are dancing.
- Saint Nicholas Church (Malá Strana): Maximum exponent of the Baroque style in the city of Prague. It stands out for both its dome and its 65-meter tower, which can be visited and, from there, contemplate stunning views of the city.
- Black Theater of Prague: Theatrical show whose main characteristics are that it is mute and played with black light. In this way, the acrobatics, dances and representations take on another dimension. There are several theaters in the downtown area that represent it: Ta fantastika, Image Black Light Theatre, …
- Petrín Tower (Petřínská rozhledna): Observation tower with a shape similar to the Eiffel Tower, but much smaller (measures 64 meters). It is located in the Petrín park, in the area of Malá Strana (Prague 1).
- Kranner’s Fountain: This beautiful fountain, rich in details, is located near the Karlov bridge. The name owes it to one of its authors. We recommend visiting it also at night, the night lighting makes it even more spectacular.
- Cruise on the Vltava River: You can take a boat trip on the Vltava River. Check the duration, because if you take the short route, as we did, you hardly have time to see anything (the boat spends a lot of time waiting for a turn in a lock).
- Franz Kafka Museum: It’s a rather peculiar museum, just like the writer himself. It is located in his old house, on the banks of the Vltava.
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And, if you have any questions once you are in Prague, you have several tourist assistance centers.
8. Tours near Prague
If you have already visited the city, and have more vacation days, we suggest the following places near Prague to complete your trip:
- Karlovy Vary city: Famous for its thermal waters, this beautiful city is relatively close to Prague (125 km). If you have already visited Prague, and you have some spare days on vacation, this can be a good option (there are many excursions from Prague).
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- Dresden: This German city, located on the banks of the River Elbe, was one of the most beautiful in Europe until, during the Second World War, it was virtually destroyed by Allied bombing. Despite this, a great effort was made in its reconstruction and today stands out for its cultural and artistic offer (especially in the Baroque style). It is located 145 km from Prague.
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