From beer bikes to stunning hikes, Prague is an exciting city. While it may have a reputation for party weekends, it offers a rarely found sophistication and elegance to boot. Whether you’re coming for a quick weekend or a few weeks, we’ve got everything you need to know for a fantastic experience, with these 10 tips for a perfect visit to Prague, Czech Republic.
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The first question many have when visiting any new destination is about Uber. Uber works splendidly in Prague, and due to the Czech Koruna currency – it’s very cheap. A ride to or from Vaclav Havel Airport will run roughly $20 US dollars and drivers are very polite. But for cheaper airport rides, the yellow ticket machines for the N.119 bus to Metro Line A works well – as does the airport shuttle bus. Figure less than $10 round trip for either.
Where To Stay
Much like many of the world’s best cities, Prague is easy to navigate, thanks to it’s picturesque position on the Vltava River. When it comes to sleeping, there are lots of great options for every budget. We highly recommend the Intercontinental Prague, which is near the fray but nicely outside. Guests also rave about the Alchymist chain, Aria Prague and Mandarin Oriental.
This breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is on quite a few guides, but Cafe Savoy lives up to the hype. The food is delectable, the wines are extremely well picked and the coffees, pastries are to die for. The ambiance and service are also lovely. If it’s packed, try nearby Cafe Lounge. For a more authentic and less expensive experience, perhaps venture to Zone 2, where you’ll find La Boheme Cafe.
Prague Castle is spectacular, but still a bit of a tourist trap. The most pleasant way to venture to the castle is to start to the far right, where you’ll ascend a long manageable wall with excellent city views back along the river. Almost everything a normal tourist would enjoy is free, so save your money by skipping the paid tours and access.
If “raging” is your thing, Prague is home to more discotheques per square inch than most places. You’ll find many of the best clubs around the “Old Town”. Karlovy Lazne, Roxy, Cross Club and Mecca will give you at least five nights of madness. For a more low key evening, Hemingway Bar offers absolutely outstanding cocktails in a unique setting. Cash Only Bar is another excellent choice.
Prague is amongst the best cities in Europe for “taking card”. Even the smallest purchases will usually allow credit or debit card purchases. Long story short: it’s easy to navigate around the city and its many excellent shops, cafes and restaurants without cash. It never hurts to carry some, but don’t take out too much – you’ll hardly need it, if ever.
The Old Town is wonderful, but for better prices and a bit of insight into Czech culture, try hitting up some of the places outside your main tourist guide. Vinohrady and Vrsovice, Karlin and other areas along the surprisingly vast city are worth a trip, especially if you have an extra day. Just like any city, things are generally safe – but keep your eyes open.
If you’re coming from the Old Town, cross the Most Legií (Legions Bridge) and head towards the hill, which is easy to spot. You’ll find a lovely winding path which takes you up to the highest viewing points. It’s a fantastic way to work off some of the pints from the many alcohol induced experiences in Prague, such as the Beer Bike. Any area nearby is perfect to wander and explore.
By now you’re probably trying to prioritize your sightseeing. St. Vitus Cathedral is worth a peek even for atheists. The John Lennon wall is artistic, though it bares very little resemblance to John Lennon the singing is nice. The Jewish Quarter is a very powerful reminder of history and horrors of the past. The Mala Strana and Maltese Square are a neat step back in time and just about anywhere you visit, you’ll see ornate, beautiful buildings. There’s really something for everyone.
$2 Beers, Underrated Wine
This may not be the most educational thing on the list, but you’ve gotta love a place where you can score $2 (or less) beers. Prague is home to a rich brewing history and you’ll find a cozy pub replete with Pilsner Urquell at every turn. The Czech Republic also offers a highly underrated wine region, with excellent light bodied red wines, sophisticated wines and cheap but cheerful sparkling. Don’t miss out by being a snob!