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Prague - Planning your trip

Only a few minutes walking around Prague is enough to understand why the capital of Czech Republic is one of Europe's most loved cities. Fairy-tale views with provocative street art and stunning facades, they are all present in every corner of this city. Famous for its Gothic architecture, intriguing bridges and beautiful castles, with more than 1000 years of history, this medieval city will surprise you in every way.

Franz Kafka - Rotating Head in Prague
Dancing House Prague

What you need to know before you go

Transport in Prague - You don't need to drive in Prague! Pack your most comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk a lot. Much of the center, including the stunning Old Town is closed to vehicular traffic, so traveling by foot is often the the best option for getting around. Everywhere you go is 10 minutes walking.

In case you need public transportation, the Prague Public Transit Authority (DPP) operates an integrated transport network. It's easy to buy the tickets on the machines and the website is the best source for up-to-date travel information, including timetables and fares. Single-ride tickets of short (30-minute) and long (90-minute) durations are available, as well as passes for one to three days. Ticket machines accept both cash and debit/credit cards.

Cycling in Prague is fun and convenient. Several companies operate day rentals or bike-share apps.

Uber and and local company Liftago are active in Prague but the most popular and affordable app is Bolt. The hotels can call Bolt, check the fare and book for you. You don't necessarily need the app. AAA Taxi is also a reliable option. It’s always better to order a vehicle over the phone or website than hail one directly on the street.

Where to stay in Prague - We booked the Mosaic House Design Hotel and our experience was SO spectacular that I cannot recommend a better place. Every attraction we wish to visit was 10-15 minutes walking from the hotel. The place is amazing, the service was impeccable, the price is good! Just book it!

According to most guides, it’s best to stay in the Old Town, New Town, or Lesser Town, which are collectively known as Prague 1. These areas are the closest to the city’s top tourist attractions. The Design Hotel is part of the New Town, which is close enough of a few notable attractions such as the Dancing House.

Best time to visit Prague - The best times to visit Prague are the spring and early fall when the weather is mild and there are fewer crowds. The European summer (June to September) is the tourist high season. January is the coldest month, with temperatures around zero during the day and cold winds. Summers usually bring plenty of sunshine and the average daily high temperature of 24 °C (75 °F).

Tradicional food in Prague - Here are some delicious dish you must try when visiting Prague.
1. Koleno - Koleno is pork knuckle served on a wood cutting board with a serrated knife. The meet is roasted with herbs and dark beer for several hours, making it incredibly tender.
2. Knedliky, expect most everything with bread dumplings and is commonly served in a set of four or six with a meat dish.
3. Svickova na smetane - It's meet with a creamy sauce.
4. Bramborak - potato pancakes made with a unique blend of spices.
5. Trdelnik -Ok...Trdelnik have a Hungarian origin but despite being non-Czech, it’s a fun dessert to grab when strolling in Prague’s Old Town. They are SO good.

Suggestion to shopping in Prague

Prague has some modern shopping centers and department stores . Most of them  are usually open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Billa is one of the most popular supermarket that save the day for those who want to save some money.

Farmers’ markets with fresh fruits, vegetables and design shops are very popular. The most luxurious boulevard in the metropolis is Pařížská Street, which features a wide range of shops and boutiques from all kinds of brands.

TIps for first visit

1. Try a trdelník (Yummy!) – Chimney-shaped cakes called trdelník are the Instagram favorite, and irresistible between tourists. Any visitor to the Czech Republic will, no doubt, become quickly familiar with this sweet, fire cooked which is widely available from street vendors in the most popular places around the city year round. It’s irresistible!

2. Take the best pictures from Prague at the Old Town Hall – Any first-time visit to Prague must begin in the Old Town Square which concentrates countless beautiful buildings. You must go to the top of the Old Town Hall to see them all. The tower is  in the Old Astronomical Clock Tower building and the views are the best!

Every hour, thousands (not kidding!) of tourists gather around the clock to watch the twelve apostles at the window.

3. Explore the Charles Bridge – The construction of this bridge lasts long 45 years and there are 32 points of interest for you to stop by. The bridge has many interesting facts and history. In addition, you will find a lot of local vendors and artists entertaining the visitors. It’s crowed but super fun!

4. Eat at U Fleku – If you love to try traditional and local food wherever you go, U Fleku must be in the top of your list. It’s not fancy, but super fun! Every night musicians will made your day playing and singing in a Oktoberfest style. The goulash is good and the beer is fast! We loved it!

5. ZDARMA – This was the first word we have learned in the Czech Republic and means free! If you enjoy free stuff the journey by train from Vienna with RegioJet it’s a pleasant surprise! Illy coffee is Zdarma and pretty good!

sculpute hanging man prague

Essential Information

Passport and Visa – Most nationalities may enter the Czech Republic for up to 90 days without a visa. A valid passport with at least two blank pages and up to six months remaining validity is required.

Currency – The currency is known as both Czech koruna and Czech crown (Kč / CZK). Although prices have increased in recent years, Prague is still a good destination for budget-conscious travelers compared to many European capitals.

Language – English is widely spoken, but Czech is the official language.

Tax Free – Tourists are entitled to a refund purchased goods whose price including tax paid is over CZK 2,000.

Free Electrical Voltage – In the Czech Republic, a voltage of 230 V at a frequency of 50 Hz is used. E-type electrical sockets (Similar to France) with an earth pin are standard.

Tipping – Tipping is common, especially in restaurants. If you were satisfied with the service, be sure to show your appreciation leaving about 10% of the total bill. The most common international types of payment cards – especially Visa and Mastercard – are widely accepted in Prague’s shops, hotels and restaurants. Amex is not that accepted in most places.

Population – The current metro area population of Prague in 2022 is 1.3M. Czech Republic is 10.7M.

Economy – Prague has a well-diversified economy with an emphasis on the industrial sector. The country entry into the European Union in 2004.


There are laws restricting public smoking in the Czech Republic. It is forbidden to in public transport stops, train stations, cultural and medical facilities, playgrounds, etc. In the center of the capital city, it’s also  forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages in public. There is zero tolerance for alcohol behind the wheel, even on a bike or segway.

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