This article has been updated on 24th of October 2021
Since I spent nearly 6 years living in this beautiful city, I can also make a few observations and possibly offer some practical tips about it. Apart from being a truly stunning town with plenty of things to do&see, Prague also comes with an efficient service industry as well as reliable and comfy public transport. In spite of the steep increase in prices during the last few years in the region, Praha is still not a criminally overpriced city if compared to other European metropolises yet.
In the heart of Europe
First of all, please forget the term Eastern Europe. It’s been well over a decade, since one could safely say that Prague has transformed into a classic Western European city, at least from the traveller’s point of view, unless you take some architecture into consideration. You won’t see any grey colours, barbed wires or red stars, except for the last one which appears to be a somewhat popular item in the cheesy tourist souvenir shops.
And the locals prefer Central Europe that indicates the country’s actual geographical location, because geographically, this part of the world has always been Central Europe, considering the fact that the European continent stretches its territory nearly 3000km further east all the way up to the Ural Mountains, which is 1400 km east of Moscow.
I understand that from the Western point of view some might still see the Iron Curtain hanging in the air but as it has been more than 30 years since its fall, many people believe that it’s time to move on from the old stereotypes. Those 30-odd years of transformation and hard work have transformed Prague back to what it has always been prior to the communist dictatorship: one beautiful and cosmopolitan city.
A brief history of Prague
Although the region was already inhabited in 5500 BCE, long before the Celtic tribe Boii began to call the whole region Bohemia in the 5the century BCE, the first settlement established in the area of present-day Prague dates back to the 8th century CE. By that time, the dominant ethnicity in the region were already Slavs, who set up the foundation of Prague’s Castle in 870 CE, although the first written evidence of the city appears in 965 CE.
Being located on an important trade route, Prague kept growing into an important cultural, economical as well as trade centre and by the 14th century, Prague had become a major central European city. As it happens throughout our history, such influence and power always walk hand in hand with conflicts and wars. And Prague wasn’t an exception to this “rule”.
Among the major conflicts and disasters that had shaped the city’s medieval history were the 1347-1353 black death that killed millions of people across Europe. Following the black death, Czechs entered the Hussite Wars (1419 -1434), when the radical Church reformists led by Jan Žižka held off pretty much the whole of Europe for 15 very eventful years until European Catholics managed to set the Czech reformists against each other. Another significant event that impacted the city in medieval times was the Thirty Year’s War (1618 – 1648), which put Prague right in the centre of this terrible religious/power conflict.
Not to go on about negative historical events only, let’s be objective and mention a few positive things from the city’s history. For instance, in 1347, the University of Prague is established; in 1604, Prague-based German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed a Milky Way supernova for the first time in human history. Then, in the 18th century, few theatres were built, symphonies were written, operas premiered, the Academy of Fine Arts and the Picture Gallery established and so on.
The modern history of Prague isn’t that unknown even to people who aren’t so keen on historical events. Following the split of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prague became the capital of the newly founded Czechoslovakia, a country that did considerably well, when it comes to political influence, engineering and so on. All that came to stop with WW2, which saw Prague occupied by Nazi Germany, following the naive Munich Agreement, an act of naive political appeasement, that is known to Praguers as Munich Betrayal, rather than an “agreement”.
Such a view might have something to do with a fact that Czechoslovakia relied upon the existing international treaties and military alliances such as the 1924’s League of Nations agreement, 1925’s Pact of Locarno as well as the 1928’s Kellogg–Briand Pact, while the whole Munich Betrayal was negotiated between Germany, Britain, France and Italy only, yes, that’s without allowing any Czechoslovakian leaders to take part in the talks regarding their country’s territorial integrity.
Unfortunately, following WW2, Czechs and Slovaks felt like being sold to an evil regime yet again, only this time it was to its eastern neighbour, USSR. As a consequence of the 1945’s Yalta Conference , the country went through a communist putsch in 1948 and except for a brief touch of democratisation process during 1968’s Prague’s Spring, which was brutally stopped by the Soviet/Warsaw Pact occupation, the country went through four decades of brutal dictatorship.
The Iron Curtain however fell in 1989 after 40 years of tyranny and Prague became the capital of free and independent Czechoslovakia once again, only to go through a Velvet Divorce with Slovakia 4 years later. Today, Prague is the capital of Czechia, a member of NATO and the European Union. The city is home to 1,3 million people living in a metropolitan area of 496 km².
Of course, there were many more significant historical events that had an impact on the city. In case you were interested to learn more about Prague’s history, please click here. However, rather than a history article, this is a city guide, so in order to get on with the subject, let’s move on. But before we get to the more practical, travel-related section, let’s briefly touch upon Prague’s legends.
There are several legends tight to the city. The most famous of them all is perhaps the Legend of Golem, a giant who according to the Cabala could be made of clay from the city river’s banks in order to protect the local Jewish population from pogroms through the power of magic.
Other legends are for instance the dark tale about the famous Old Town’s astronomical clock Orloj, which talks about the vanity of the city’s Councilors, who had the brilliant clockmaker blinded, to make sure that he won’t be able to make bigger clocks in different cities.
Then there are, of course, legends about the origins of the city, a legend about the silverfish (nope, it’s not about the fish that only grants two wishes). In case you were interested in legends and myths, you can read about the major Prague’s legends, please click here.
Places to visit and things to do in Prague
Tip: Start creating your own itinerary by saving the red-highlighted Google Maps location links provided bellow. If you are signed into your Google account and if any of the listed places sounded like your cup of tea, just click "want to go". You can then revisit your "want to go" location-list at any time ;)
Well, there’s the usual lot, as the route from the castle (Hradčany), Charles Bridge (Karlův most), Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) you’ll get in every guide. It’s all pretty, picturesque and all that and it’s also very busy and crowded like every other touristic place in the world. My favourite quarter of all that is Malá Strana – the residential part before you hit the bridge when coming down from the castle. Jewish Quarter is also awesome. Avoid the rush hours if you want to enjoy it without the crowds. Waking up early or going to bed really late could help.
Another great place with a view is Vyšehrad. Right as you’ll get out of the metro station, you’ll see the infamous suicide bridge, where prior to the installation of a protective fence, people used to… well, it’s rather self-explanatory, isn’t it? Then it is about a 5-10 minutes walk towards the castle, passing the ugly conference centre building. Vyšehrad is a nice and very old place with even great view that turns to have smaller crowds if compared to Prague’s Castle.
From Vyšehrad you can then walk down the steep path towards the river. In the summer, there’s a great stretch on its bank (Náplavka) with places to grab a drink where many young people hang around. During the last few seasons it has been slowly turning from the great spot for the liberal and alternative crowd to a rather soulless money-making Ibiza-like “Captain Morgan” drunk touristy/crowded place but some of the venues there are still kind off all right.
Stalin has one of the best views of the city from under the metronome and some good live/DJ productions throughout the summer (website). Letná is a trendy hip neighbourhood with some good street art, galleries and some interesting clubs, such as the industrial Cross Club (website), a cyber punky venue Paralelní Polis (website) that’s otherwise known as The Institute of Cryptoanarchy or a trendy bar Cobra (website) where one might feel like inside of a hipster music video, which could perhaps make even some venues in Shoreditch or Dalston blush 😉
Another great neighbourhood to see is Vinohrady (my old hood, around Namestí Míru station), especially if you like less crowded places and a more residential kind of vibe. You can wander towards Žižkov (JZP station), a neighbouring former working-class hood with many many pubs. This one, in particular, holds a place in my heart because it was my local and the people running it are just really nice. Old Town, Malá Strana and Vinohrady are just great for random walks and stopovers in cafés and bars.
The party street is Dlouhá. Like the rest of the centre, the nightlife is mostly Erasmus youth and English stag doers, doing their best to leave an entirely wrong impression of their national identity, while trying to make the stupid Brexit popular among Europeans. An honourable mention is Krymská – a street right in front of Czech Inn Hostel. Someone labelled it as Prague’s Kreuzberg, even though it’s a bit of a stretch as it’s just one street with few bars such as my fav Café Sladkovsky (website), in case you wanted to check out a friendly place with Wes Anderson-like interior.
Go out and events
Except for the few places mentioned above, here’s some general information about going out in Prague, regarding what to eat, drink, as well as perhaps smoke, plus a few tips for nice annual festivals.
Central European cuisine is pretty much flour-based. There’s so much flour everywhere, even in soups sometimes. The classic meal could be Vepřo knedlo zelo (bread dumplings with cabbage and pork) or people’s/students’ classic Smažený sýr (fried cheese with potatoes or french fries and mayonnaise).
I’d recommend trying the glorified versions of those in one of the more modern restaurants. They would start at about 150,-Czk (€7), the working-class level of those dishes could be available from under €5. As a snack to go with your pint of lager, you could also opt for a Nakládaný Hermelín (a pickled Camembert-type cheese). If it’s done well it could be yummy.
The Czech Republic is among the top countries when it comes to beer/lager consumption per capita. So it is larger all day. For some people, it is not abnormal to get a 1/2 litre after your lunch and head back to work. Lager is in fact mostly cheaper than any soft drink on the menus. It is – let’s say – a cultural thing in Czechia.
I would recommend trying Pilsner Urquell from the tank, which is a special technology that delivers unpasteurised and therefore fresh lager straight on your table without the extra CO2 so it’s not very gassy). You’ll see signs “Tanková Plzeň” around.
Furthermore, except for the corporate breweries that produce mostly classic soulless Euro beers (Premium lagers), such as Staropramen and co, there are tons of other breweries, including microbreweries making various IPAs, APAs, IPLs and so on, in case you like those. Unlike in the UK, beers in the Czech Republic are served with heads. All other drinks are also widely available, in case you were not keen on lager.
Prague’s equivalent of Time Out that lists any arts, live music, theatre, comedy and clubbing is here. Some interesting contemporary annual events worth experiencing are the video mapping Signal, electronic music festival Spectaculare. Outside Prague, there are many music festivals taking place annually. The Colours of Ostrava normally have great lineups.
Weed is kinda tolerated, in fact, in some areas of town, you’ll smell it around more than in Amsterdam. Drugs, in general, are decriminalized in the Czech Republic, from the user’s point of view. Drug use is therefore not an offence in the country, and possession of small quantities for personal use is a non-criminal offence under the Act of Violations, punishable by a fine of up to CZK 15 000 (EUR 550). I’ve personally seen cops passing by some groups smoking joints and they didn’t even bother to stop. Buying and selling drugs is strictly illegal.
If you want to have a go, please be sharp and clever. You never know what are you buying and from whom, like in the rest of the world. Days, when you could have your pills tested in Prague’s clubs, are gone now. Know your limits, drink enough water. Wait until you come up, there are many alarming stories of fake ecstasy that kicks in much later. Furthermore, please be careful when drinking Absinthe. Although the actual thujone level is limited, it’s still a very strong spirit (up to 80% volume) so it can get you pretty wasted rather fast…
Interesting museums to consider visiting in Prague
The history lovers should definitely consider checking out the National Museum (website) that has large (sub)collections of archaeology, coins, theatre, ethnography and more. To learn more about the history of the city, there’s the City of Prague Museum (web), which will walk you through hundreds of years of the city’s past.
For more recent history, you could perhaps look into the Museum of Communism (web) that holds a collection of artefacts, propaganda materials, texts, photographs and some videos showing the history from the 40 years of the dictatorship in Czechoslovakia.
In case you wanted to check out something cool, then I’d recommend the Museum of Alchemy (web), where you could see a medieval alchemical laboratory, where alchemists produced various elixirs and where they’ve tried to make gold. If you wanted some more, then you could cross the river and visit also the house of the alchemist Edward Kelley, Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague (info) to check his old laboratory 🙂
In case this was your cup of tea and you wanted some more of the mysticism, you could then move on to Prague Ghosts and Legends Museum (info). To stay in the medieval vibe, you can then go straight to the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments (web) and/or the Museum of Medieval Criminology and Torture, both of which display a number of terrifying instruments of all sorts.
In case you were into arts, then you should consider visiting the Lobkowitz Palace (web) that displays the art collection of the Czech noble family, that includes the works of Rubens, Alonso Sánchez Coello or Diego Velázquez and other famous painters, numerous old weapons and relics, old prints and so on. Then there’s also the National Gallery, AKA Kinský Palace (web) is yet another museum set by an old Czech noble family that hosts an impressive exhibition of old cultures, ranging from Asia, Europe and northern Africa.
Prague naturally also hosts museums of its two famous former residents, Franz Kafka (web) and Alphonse Mucha (web), holding a number of first editions, some original letters, diaries and drawings of the writer, respectively over 100 art pieces of the master. Then there also is the Museum of Decorative Arts (web) to see some old jewellery, clocks, ceramics and so on. In case you wanted to check out some more contemporary art, then you should definitely consider DOX Centre for Contemporary Art (web).
For a special experience, I’d personally recommend Invisible Exhibition (web), where you could experience how does it feel to be blind, walking in a pitch-black space led by a blind person. Another cool experience could be gained in Prague’s Planetarium (info), and last but not least, I’d like to recommend checking out the stunning Strahov Library (web). Obviously, there are more museums you could check out in Prague. In case you wanted to discover a few more, then please click here.
How to get there and how to get around
Public transport around the city works perfectly fine. Although you will most likely find the stations’ names unpronounceable and hard to remember, you will be able to work it out. If you are planning to be a tourist the whole day, it’s worth getting the full-day ticket for just under €5. Otherwise use the shorter term tics as explained on the website above. The Old Town is for example easily walkable on foot. You can buy your tickets in the yellow ticket vending machines in every metro station. You’ll need coins for that.
From the airport, you will get to your hotel within an hour by taking the bus nr 119 to the Veleslavín Station (it’s the last stop of the bus + an English announcement will be made) and then taking the tube (metro/underground) anywhere. Please remember to validate your ticket in the yellow thingies before taking escalators inside the metro system or when you’ll get on the bus. It marks the time when your journey began.
Night public transport. There’s also a rather extensive night system of public transport. Ask at your hotel how could you get back after midnight. It could be good fun on night trams sometimes if you’re a social person. Otherwise, taxis are affordable but check google maps so they don’t drive you in circles, Uber is also around.
To leave the city, trains and buses are reliable and comfy. Buying a ticket in advance with Czech National Rail or other companies such as Flix Bus as well as Student Agency for a particular train or bus could save you considerable amounts. Both, the central train station (Praha hlavní nádraží) as well as the central bus station (Autobusové nádraží Praha Florenc) have their own tube stops. A journey to Vienna takes about 4,5 hours, Krakow about 6,5 hours, Bratislava about 5 hours.
General cost. The cheapest dorm bed goes from about €7 upwards but I’d count on €10+, depending on the season. Single rooms start from about €25, although you can score one for €15 if you’re a modest non-conformist. Meals start at €5, beers are €1.50-5. Spirits and cocktails start at €4-6. Public transport is reliable and you can get around the city for €5 per day or €1,30 for 1hr journey.
Currency. The local currency is Czech Crowns (koruny). Coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50. Notes are 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 Czk. Exchange rates are here. Make sure you’ll exchange your cash in a place with good rates. I used to do it here, they always had the best rates. Watch out for exchange scammers – there’s many, especially in the historical centre.
Credit/Debit cards. Check your bank’s fees for withdrawing cash using your debit card. Using credit cards for cash withdrawals is usually a bad idea as you might already know. You can pay for your hotel with credit/debit cards. Many restaurants and places will accept all major cards, but you better check first, especially if you don’t see the logo of your card at the entrance.
Tips are mostly optional, but sometimes they could also be included in the bill. People usually round up the number by approximately 10+%. For example, you could pay around 180,-Czk for a good meal and a ½ litre of fantastic local lager – round it up to 200,-Czk (approx €7.80, incl €0.80 tip) if you were happy with the service and/or if the bill didn’t say that a tip was included. FYI: restaurant/bar staff are usually students with the basic wage, relying on tips like you once were 😉
The local language is Czech (čeština). Within the service industry, at least basic English is mostly spoken. German could be useful as well. For social purposes, more and more young people do speak fluent-ish English. The older generation could possibly produce some basic Russian that was enforced in schools during the years of occupation.
Basic Czech words to know:
- thank you: děkuji (dhekhuji)
- no thank you: ne, děkuji (ne, dhekhuji)
- please: prosím (proseem)
- informal greeting is: ahoj (ahoy)
- lager: pivo (pivo)
- meaning of life: smysl života (smysl zhivota)
Safety and scam
Prague is quoted to be one of the safest cities in the World. In my opinion, it is as dangerous as any other non-dangerous city. Of course, shit happens and it can happen anywhere but if you are considerate and not stupid, like getting completely wasted and leaving your phone on the table, you should be all right.
The Czech Republic however sadly follows the current global trend of anti-immigration sentiment. The reported racially fuelled incidents are rare but not non-existent): Regardless of your colour of skin, sexuality, religion or anything else – avoid large groups of drunk football hooligans and other general neo-nazi, skinhead looking people.
9 million international visitors a year put Prague to fourth place of most visited cities in Europe, right after Paris, London and Rome. And mass tourism always comes with a scam. If possible, try to avoid eating or drinking or in fact doing anything rather than taking pictures near the main tourist attractions. Like in many other touristic places around the world, there are some clever-ish scammers around trying to do you.
The exchange rates in those areas could cost up to a ⅓ of your Euro value and the meals as well as beverages could sometimes be 200-300% more expensive as opposed to a normal honest place which could be often located just around the corner somewhere in a side street.
You’ll know which places I’m talking about when you’ll see them or you will learn your lesson fast. Taxi drivers could also be very greedy. You should not pay more than €10 for a 10-minute ride within the Old Town. If you have time, take public transport or double-check the prices using Uber.
The National Health System is not exactly matching the Belgian level but it is rather decent and it offers everything one needs in an emergency. FYI: if you are not European – you might need insurance – pls check your country’s deal with the EU…
Hoods to stay
The Old Town could be pretty and convenient but it also gets busy and rather expensive. IMHO, New Town, Letná or Vinohrady could be better and yet still central options. Hostelsworld.com, Booking.com or Airbnb list many places.
People and some things to know
Czechs are proud of their fairly rich history. It’s not just the fact that Prague hosts one of the world’s oldest universities Charles University (1348), there are also numerous artists, kings and public figures worth mentioning, particularly the medieval church reformist Jan Hus, his military ally and leader of Czech church reformists Jan Žižka, the music composer Bedřich Smetana, famous art nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha or the acclaimed writer Franz Kafka.
More contemporary names of famous Czechs are for example the author of The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera, the multiple Academy Award for Best Director Miloš Forman and the statesman, writer and former dissident Václav Havel. If you are into tennis, ice hockey or football, AKA soccer, you should be able to name a few great Czech players. Learn something about the country before you go – the locals will appreciate it 😉
Given the message of one of the Velvet Revolution leaders Václav Havel, Czechia is rather liberal, taking the Central European standards into consideration. However, the 40 years of “people’s dictatorship” influenced the classic Western take on the left-wing vs right-wing divide a bit.
The Right-Wing in the Czech Republic connotes freedom and until about 10 years ago it also symbolised liberal policies, while Left-Wing still connotes the dictatorship. In contrast, it is exactly the opposite to the Western take of the split, the exact opposite of the former right-wing totalitarian regimes like Spain or Portugal, after Franco’s, respective Salazar’s right-wing dictatorships were overthrown.
The impact is still present in the generational divide. The post-1989’s Velvet Revolution generations were influenced by rather conservative, business and privatisation were driven profit kind of values, where money overthrew human decency, solidarity and social thinking for several generations to come.
My personal observation however is that the next generation could potentially be the first one not affected by this modern history’s shift of values and options. The youth could (hopefully) be all right, given Prague’s continuous come back to its historical multicultural status and the normalization of a cultural diversity that’s coming with it.
Sort of conclusion
I almost hear you asking quite a few questions. Is Prague worth visiting? Isn’t it a bit of an overcrowded tourist/stag do cliché? Well, I’d say Prague’s definitely worth visiting a hundred times over. And yes, if you only visit certain highlighty spots, such as the Castle, Charles Bridge and The Old Town, you could end up with a stag do/busy spammy stag do tourist experience. However, there are still many spots, such as Vinohrady where you can be away from it all and enjoy the city’s beauty and vibe, without feeling like being in Magaluf or something like that.
When to visit Prague and how long to stay
When it comes to what would be the best time to visit Prague, I’d say autumn because of the added value of the extra colours. The spring could however also get rather colourful, not to mention the air. Summer is also all right, although the city gets busier and some days could get rather hot. Winter in Prague could also be pretty if there’s snow. There are visibly fewer tourists but it could get rather cold.
As for how long you should plan your trip, I’d say that you could cover the absolute highlights of the city during a bank holiday weekend. That would however make your visit a little busy, and it would also put you right in the middle of that overpriced/overcrowded tourism hotspots for most of the duration of your trip. I’d personally recommend staying 4-7 days, depending on what do you want to see and whether you’d like to take a day trip out of the city or not.
Useful and interesting links
History and vibes
- Prague voted as the most beautiful city in the world: Sophie Dickinson writes about the results of a survey Time Out Magazine conducted among 27 thousand “city-dwellers from across the globe to choose their city’s best qualities”
- History: Read more about Prague’s history here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Legends: Learn more about the Prague legends here on Prague Eventery website
- Hussites: Learn more about the Church-reformist movement, its leaders, figures and goals here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Thirty Years’ War: More details about one of the bloodiest European conflicts could be found here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Symphony No 38 Prague K. 504: Read more about famous Mozart‘s symphony that was written in Prague here, in a piece by Anthony Sutter on Red Lands Symphony
- Don Giovanni: Rean the synopsis of the famous Mozart‘s opera that premiered in Prague’s Estates Theatre in 1787 here on Opera Atelier website
- Munich Agreement: Read The Guardian‘s archives about the 1938 events here
- Prague’s Spring: Read more about the 1968 anti-totalitarian movement and the consequent Soviet/Warszaw Pact occupation here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Velvet Revolution: Here‘s a piece about the Velvet Revolution that began on the 17th of November, 1989, which is The International Student’s Day
Interesting historical figures who lived in Prague
- Jan Hus: Here‘s Encyclopedia Britannica‘s page on the church reformist
- Jan Žižka: Here‘s Encyclopedia Britannica‘s page on the famous military strategist, inventor and leader of the Hussites
- Bedřich Smetana: Learn more about the Bohemian composer here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Alphonse Mucha: Read more about the famous Czech Art Noveau painter here on Alfons Mucha website
- Franz Kafka: Here‘s an Encyclopedia Britannica page on the famous writer
- Milan Kundera: Read more about the acclaimed writer here on Encyclopedia Britannica
- Miloš Forman: Learn more about the multiple Academy Award for Best Director here on Milos Forman website
- Václav Havel: Find out about the statesman, writer and former dissident here on Encyclopedia Britannica
Culture, museums, go out and some venues
- Signal festival: Here‘s the website of the impressive free mapping annual festival
- Festival Spectaculare: A Fcbk page of this multigenre alternative electronic music festival could be found here
- Stalin venue: check out what’s up in one of the best outdoor venues in town here on their Fcbk page
- Cross Club: For younger and perhaps also a bit more alternative crowds, here‘s the website of the unique industrial club
- Paralelní Polis: The Institute of Cryptoanarchy‘s website could be found here
- Café Sladkovsky: A cool, Wes Anderson-like place’s website is here
- National Museum: Here‘s the website of this huge and impressive museum
- City of Prague Museum: The official website of the museum to get more information could be found here
- Museum of Communism: The official website of the museum dedicated to the communist dictatorship is here
- Museum of Alchemy: Here‘s Prague’s alchemical museum website
- Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague: Here‘s some info about another Alchemical museum in Prague on Mysteria Pragensia website
- Prague Ghosts and Legends Museum: Get more info about this museum here on Mysteria Pragensia website
- Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments: The official website of the museum is here
- Lobkowitz Palace Museum: Here‘s the official website of this palace/museum
- National Gallery: The official site of the Kinski Palace/museum could be found here
- Franz Kafka Museum: The official website of the great writer’s museum could be found here
- Mucha Museum: Here‘s the official website of the famous artists’ museum
- Museum of Decorative Arts: Click here for the museum’s official website
- DOX Centre for Contemporary Art: Find more information and updates about the current exhibitions at this cool place here
- Invisible Exhibition: Learn more about this unique exhibition here
- Planetarium Prague: Get more details about the planetarium here
- Strahov Library: Here‘s the website of this beautiful monastery/library
- Other museums: In case you were curious to discover more museums in the city, please click here to check out the Which Museum website’s 50 Best Museums in Prague post
Useful websites and other reading
- Official Prague’s website: Here‘s an informative and up-to-date official website of the city with events, accommodation, events and all sorts of tips
- Public transport: Here‘s the official website for how to get around Prague by public transport
- Czech Rail website: Buy tickets ar check out the schedules for your train journeys around the Czech Republic here
- Buses: Flix Bus company’s website is here or check out another, local and also reliable and cheap-ish company here
- Scam: Here’s a general piece about scam in tourist hotspots and here‘s an Honest Guide, a blog run by a nice local lad who’s fighting about dirty practices of some tourist industry people in Prague
- Tourism backlash from the locals: Robert Tait writes about the pre-Corona out-of-hand situation with the stag do tourism in Prague for The Guardian here
Other popular destinations nearby
People enjoy trips to Kutná Hora to see the skeleton weird place or a small pretty tourist town of Český Krumlov. People who are keen on architecture often find the futuristic tower Ještěd near the northern town of Liberec very interesting. There are many places around the Czech Republic worth visiting, whether you head south to explore the stunning treks in the Bohemian Forest (Šumava) or east to check out the friendly people and wineries of Moravia.
Enjoy your stay 😉
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