Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the home of the biggest castles in the world. Prague is a charming city, it is my favourite place I ever been to and I'm planning on visiting again. A three days trip is great to explore everything there is in the city of Prague, you can stay more if you want, but three days is great to not feel rushed and relax. Also, you can do a 2 days trip and cram everything in just two days, I did that and I still enjoyed it and it wasn't rushed.
Reminder: The currency of the Czech Republic is Koruna and not Euro.
1. How to Get Your Visa for the Czech Republic
5. Accommodations in Prague
2. How to Get to Prague
6. Best Cafes & Restaurants in Prague
3. How to Move Around Prague
7. 12 Top Things to do in Prague
4. Best Time to Visit Prague
How to Get Your Visa for the Czech Republic
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How to Get to Prague
It is easy to get to Prague as Václav Havel International Airport is a well connected airport, you can also reach Prague by train from cities such as Berlin, Budapest or Vienna. Buses can be found as well from other cities to Prague, I like to use Omio to find either buses or trains. If you are looking for cheap flights to get to Prague, then your best option would be to use WayAway. You can also use this promo code - TP-385219 - for WayAway Plus or you can directly visit this link! (You will get 10% off WayAway Plus subscription!)
How to Move Around Prague
Prague has great and affordable transportations spread across the city, you can take the tram, the metro, or the bus. Tickets need to be purchased according to the length of the journey, If you are staying in Prague for a few days; then a 3-day ticket is the best option, it costs 310 CZK or €11.5. If you will be using transportation just once then a 30 minute ticket is great and it costs 24 CZK or €0.90.
You can skip the transportation and explore Prague on foot, this is what I did and it was easy as most places are located near each other. You can also use Lime scooters to explore the city, this will be a fun way to do so.
I did a walking tour with a local that took 1.5 hours, and it was one of the best things! I really enjoyed it and it was really fun exploring Prague while being with a local that would tell you all these small details that you probably wouldn’t hear about. I booked this tour through GetYourGuide, and I highly recommend you start your trip to Prague with this tour, it’s a great starter.
Best Time to Visit Prague
The best time to visit the Czech Republic is between April and October, at that time the weather is nice, but be aware that it will be crowded during that time.
Accommodations in Prague
Prague offers accommodation for different budgets, so it will be easy to find a hotel, a hostel, or an Airbnb that suits your budget. The best area in Prague is Prague 1.
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Best Cafes & Restaurants in Prague
MyRaw Cafe (A cosy raw vegan cafe and restaurant)
Crème de la Crème (The best ice cream & gelato, they have vegan options)
Forky’s (Vegan fast food)
Bistro Monk (A cute lunch spot)
Restaurace Mincovna (Old fashioned restaurant with delicious food in Old Town Square)
Da Antonio Dittrichova pizzeria (The best pizza in Prague)
Maitrea restaurace (Vegetarian restaurant)
12 Top Things to do in Prague
1. Old Town (Staré Město)
The old town with the traditional atmosphere of Prague, this is the heart and soul of Prague. This area is crowded most of the times, you can enjoy a walk around the area or you eat somewhere as this area is filled with cafes and restaurants. This is where a thousand of years of history and heritage has been preserved, and the Old Town has been made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Old Town Square where you will find religious buildings and monuments.
2. Astronomical Clock
The Astronomical Clock is located next to the Old Town Square, this clock chimes every hour, on the hour, and different mechanical figures march out. It is a very cool thing to watch, so don't miss it. It is said that the Prague councillors were so proud of this clock that they had to burn the clockmaker's eyes to prevent him making another one like it somewhere else, but there is a replica located in Seoul, South Korea.
3. Man Hanging Out (Zavěšený muž)
Man Hanging Out is the statue of Sigmund Freud, the statue looks like a suicide in process. It was created back in 1996 and the statue shows Sigmund Freud suspended by one hand from a pole high above the ground. The story is that Freud was credited with having completed his most creative work in his 40’s, when he was suffering from psychosomatic illnesses and a number of phobias including the exaggerated fear of dying. At the age of 83 he was suffering from mouth cancer, he called upon his personal doctor and his long-time friend Max Schur to assist in his suicide by helping to administer doses of morphine. This statue was then created by David Černý in response to the question of what role the intellectual would play in the new millennium, as Freud was.
4. Jewish Quarter (Josefov)
The Jewish Quarter in Prague was not destroyed during the war, unlike other Jewish Quarters. The district in Prague was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site and there are many places available there to visit. You will find 5 Synagogues, a cemetery, a ceremonial hall, and a gallery.
Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova synagoga)
Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova synagoga)
Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý židovský hřbitov)
Klausen Synagogue (Klausová synagoga)
Ceremonial Hall (Obřadní síň)
Spanish Synagogue (Španělská Synagoga)
R. Guttmanna Gallery (Galerie R. Guttmanna)
Old-New Synagogue (Staronová synagoga)
5. River Vltava
This is the longest river in the Czech Republic, you can go on a boat tour or go kayaking, you can also rent a paddle boat.
6. Charles Bridge
Right before sunset, this is the best time to cross over Charles Bridge, a pedestrian only bridge. This bridge is the escape from the old town into Malá Strana and Prague Castle. It was built back in 1357 and it features 30 statues that represent saints from Czech history, it is a great place to take a stroll as it is now filled with musicians and artists.
7. Dancing House
This is one of the most eye catching buildings in the world, this weird twisted building named the dancing house, it was a collaboration between a Czech and Canadian architect. It symbolises yin and yang; or in this situation, the coming together of communism and democracy. You can get to the top of the building, there is a bar at the top, all you have to do is get a drink to go out on the terrace and enjoy the beautiful view.
8. Malá Strana
Malá Strana also known as Lesser Town, this is a neighbourhood in Prague. Malá Strana is a hillside area with views across the Vltava river to the old town. Hotels, casual eateries and traditional pubs line its narrow streets. This is one of my favourite places in Prague, you can enjoy an afternoon wall in that area and enjoy it. You can visit the stunning Waldstein garden for free, and the gardens below Prague Castle for €2.
9. Lennon Wall
The Lennon Wall is located in Malá Strana, that wall has been filled with John Lennon inspired graffiti, as well as lyrics from The Beatles' songs and designs relating to local and global causes. People scribbles messages to the late John Lennon on that wall.
10. Prague Castle
This is one of the world's largest castles, and it made it into the Guinness World Book of Records for its size. There are more than one site inside to visit such as the Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral, Golden Lane, and others. The castle's grounds are open from 6:00 until 22:00 everyday, but to enter each site you will need to get tickets. The sites open at 9:00 but make sure to arrive on time as there will be a queue for the ticket booth, or you can skip the lines and simply book your tickets online. There will be three circuits to choose from; A, B, or C, and you choose the circuit you want based on what sites you want to visit.
11. Petřín Hill
You can go on a picnic or a hike on the Petřín Hill, it is so nice and calm to enjoy, and also you can get a great view of Prague while hiking. There are a few restaurants and cafes in that area, so you can enjoy the view while having a meal or a drink.
12. Petřín Lookout Tower
Located at the top of the Petřín Hill is the Petřín Lookout Tower, it resembles the Eiffel Tower and was used as an observation tower as well as a transmission tower. The views were amazing from up there, you could see the whole city.