Prague


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A medieval centre with narrow streets, cathedrals, towers and church, one of the oldest and well preserved castle in Europe, the Vltava river with its swan and its magical bridges. This is Prague but not only this! Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is also a modern and vibrant city with a full list of events, music, gigs, culture and art, intense nightlife and fun. It is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Budapest and Krakow. Millions of tourists visit the city every year.

italy Un centro medievale con strade strette, cattedrali, torri e la chiesa, uno dei più antichi e meglio conservati castelli in Europa, il fiume Vltava con i cigni e suoi ponti magici. Questa è Praga, ma non solo questo!
Praga, capitale della Repubblica Ceca, è anche una città moderna e vivace, con un lungo elenco di eventi, musica, concerti, cultura e arte, vita notturna intensa e divertente. E ‘considerato da molti come una delle città più affascinanti e belle d’Europa, Praga è diventata la destinazione turistica più popolare in Europa centrale insieme a Budapest e Cracovia. Milioni di turisti visitano la città ogni anno.

Act like a local!

beerPubs (in Czech “hospoda”) abound throughout Prague and in every city, town and village in the whole country, and indeed are an important part of local culture. The exact brand of beer usually vary from pub to pub, and is usually shown at the sign outside nearby the pub name. Czech beer is only served on tap – bottled beer is a completely different experience. High-quality beer can almost certainly be found in a hospoda or hostinec, very basic pubs which serve only beer and light snacks. Czech lager is nothing like the fizzy lagers found in many other countries. Instead, it has a very strong, hoppy, almost bitter flavour, and goes very well with heavy dishes like duck or pork and dumplings or strong cheeses. It always has a thick head on the top when it is served.

– In pub/restaurant/bar: tip with 5/10% if you are happy with the service or round the bill (e.g. 1 beer costs 35czk give 40czk); in case a boy would hang out with a girl, while entering the place always open the door make a first step inside and then let the girl in (this is done because the man should check if the place is safe); pay for what you drink, do not expect other to pay you back the round you previously offered, if you want to pay for your company when the bill will be presented ask to pay all together ‘dohromady’

– Prague’s transportation works perfectly and it functions on the honor system – help it stay that way, buy a ticket when you use public transportation. Try to avoid getting taxi on the street (public transportation is always the better option in Prague). In public transport: do not keep your backpack on, you can bring it down and keep it between your legs to occupy less space and do not disturb other passengers; always leave your seat and offer it when an elderly person gets in

– Czech are not much used to physical contact during salutation, kisses and hugs are rare, same with asking ‘how are you?’, it is considered an honest wonder from a friend or relative, not a random sentence when meeting someone

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA– To experience real Prague nightlife and fun skip the city centre and its tourist traps! Just outside it you will meet genuine pubs and restaurants where locals are. Neighborhood Žižkov is probably the best place where to go

Czech Republic has the highest consumption of tea in Europe, it is a part of social life and habbit to drink good tea. Prague has many excellent tearooms (in Czech čajovna), mainly youngsters go there. Atmosphere is relaxing and cozy, they serve different kinds of teas from around the world and non alcoholic beverages. In čajovna is usually forbidden to smoke, which makes an enjoyable experience to spend nice time without the unpleasant tobacco smell on you and your clothes. Water-pipes and vegetable dishes are often available for the customers

– Like wine? Visit Moravia region, a very important social event is by the end of summer, when the very first wine is produced and served in the streets of the Moravia cities and towns, BURCAK is the name of this sparkling young wine still in the fermenting stage of the wine production, when the wine is very sweet. It continues to ferment in the stomach, so the alcohol content at the time of drinking it is unknown, but it is usually high. People like it very much, in the city of Brno an open market takes place in the main square (Namesti Svobody) to celebrate such event, elsewhere in Moravia other festivals are organized too

– Go local! Try Kofola, a coke-like drink, very popular, and some Czechs say it is the best thing the communists gave them. Instead of the globalized coke drinking brands drink Kofola, it’s tastier and cheaper!

prdark– Enjoy an evening at one of the old-school cinema outside the city centre. Learn more about European movie culture and alternative productions. All foreign movies are subtitled, audience is mostly young that before/after the movie hang out at the cinema bar

– Take off your shoes when enter an house. This is obligatory and it’s even more appropriate to do so outside the door. When someone throws a party it’s easy to tell: there’s a mountain of shoes outside the door…

-Traveling by train and bus it gives good opportunity to meet local and chat with them, is always good manner to ask if it’s possible to seat beside someone and to salute before leaving the train compartment and bus at your arrival destination

italy I Pubs (in ceco “hospoda”) abbondano in tutta Praga e in ogni città, paese e villaggio della Rep Ceca, ed in effetti sono una parte importante della cultura locale. Il marchio esatto di birra di solito variano da una taverna all’altra, e di solito è mostrato nel cartello fuori vicino all’insegna del pub. La Birra ceca è servita solo alla spina quella in bottiglia è completamente diversa. Ha sempre uno spessore di schiuma sulla parte superiore quando è servita.
– Nel pub / ristorante / bar: lascia il 5/10% di mancia se si è soddisfatti con il servizio o lascia una mancia arrotondando il prezzo (ad esempio, 1 birra costa 35czk dai 40czk), nel caso in cui un ragazzo dovesse uscire con una ragazza, mentre si entra in un pub/ristorante aprire la porta e fare un primo passo all’interno e poi lasciare che la ragazza entri (questo è fatto perché l’uomo dovrebbe controllare se il posto è sicuro)
– Trasporto pubblico di Praga funziona perfettamente e funziona perché bisogna pagare il biglietto, acquista il biglietto quando si utilizzano i mezzi pubblici. Cercate di evitare di prendere taxi per strada (il trasporto pubblico è sempre l’opzione migliore a Praga). In tram e bus: non mantenere lo zaino in spalla, tenerlo tra le gambe per occupare meno spazio e non disturbare gli altri passeggeri; lasciare sempre il proprio posto quando c’è una persona anziana
-Per vivere la vera vita notturna di Praga evitare il centro della città e le sue trappole per turisti! Appena fuori si possono incontrare dei veri pub e ristoranti cechi. La zona di Zizkov è probabilmente il miglior posto dove andare per mangiare, bere e divertirsi
– La Repubblica Ceca ha il più alto consumo di in Europa, è una parte della vita sociale. Praga ha molte sale da tè eccellenti (in lingua ceca Cajovna), per lo più i giovani le usano. L’atmosfera è rilassante e accogliente, servono diversi tipi di tè provenienti da tutto il mondo e di bevande non alcoliche. In Cajovna di solito è vietato fumare
– Ti piace il vino? Visita la regione Moravia, un evento sociale molto importante è per la fine dell’estate, quando il vino è prodotto. Il risultato della prima spremitura, un vino novello viene venduto per le strade della città e delle città Moravia, Burcak è il nome di questo vino spumante giovane, ancora in fase di fermentazione. Si continua a fermentare nello stomaco, così il contenuto di alcool quando si beve è sconosciuto, ma è solitamente elevato. Nella città di Brno un mercato all’aperto si svolge nella piazza principale (Namesti Svobody) per celebrare tale evento, altrove in Moravia altri festival sono organizzati
– Bevi locale! Prova la Kofola, bevanda a base di cola, molto popolare, alcuni cechi dicono che è la cosa migliore che i comunisti hanno dato loro.
-Godetevi una serata in uno dei cinema ‘vecchio stile’ fuori dal centro città. Tutti i film stranieri sono sottotitolati, il pubblico è per lo più giovane, prima e dopo il film si ritrovano nel bar del cinema
– Togliti le scarpe quando entri in una casa. Questa regola di buona igiene è obbligatoria ed è ancora più opportuno farlo fuori dalla porta. Quando qualcuno fa una festa in casa è facile da raccontare: c’è una montagna di scarpe fuori dalla porta …

Budgeteuro…tips

prangleAt the airport the cheapest way to get to the city is by public bus 119 that go to its terminus (Dejvická, Metro A), from there go downstairs to the metro station and catch the subway train (with the same ticket), alternately take bus 100 to subway station Zličín (Metro B). At night, bus 510 takes you to the “Jiráskovo náměstí” or “I.P.Pavlova” stop close to the centre. Be sure to have some local currency (Czech Crowns) ready. Buy a ticket from the kiosk called Public Transport in both (Terminal 1, 2) the arrivals halls (07:00-21:00, credit cards accepted) or the vending machine, next to the bus stop. You can also buy the ticket from the driver, but it is more expensive. No machines or drivers accept foreign currencies.

Prague can be visited by foot. Remember that in the Czech Republic, it is illegal to cross at a pedestrian crossing on a red man, and if caught this incurs a fine of 1000CZK

In Prague, especially around tourist sights, there are plenty of Exchange offices with very bad rates. Best rates are found around Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží) – exit the station, left across the park, to street “Politických vězňů”. Threre are about 5 offices, mostly arab-owned, and offer very good rates even for smaller amounts, and even better or negotiable for higher (over 1000 EUR, USD or such). Never change money in the streets!!!!! It’s a well known tourist scam. Most probably you will be given banknotes that are no longer valid or from other countries…

Join the free walking tour, is the best way to discover the city, learn a bit of its history, monuments and most important habits and useful practical information.

Best guide! Use-it is not commercial, no-nonsense, free, up-to-date and made by young locals. Only best info and tips!

czmeal2Check the daily menu (‘denni menu ) and go for it during every weekday between 11am and 2pm, almost every restaurant in Prague has it, usually is displayed on a blackboard at the entrance, with price as well. Generally it consists in a soup and a main dish and it costs less than 5 euro. Quality and quantity are both very good.

International train tickets are quite expensive, but you can combine domestic tickets to save money, so buy a German/Austrian/Slovak/Polish domestic ticket to the Czech border and then ask the Czech conductor for a Czech domestic ticket starting at the border point (the surcharge for buying the ticket in the train is CZK 40). Remember there is a significant group discount starting from 2 passengers. Cheap tickets might be available at Czech Railways website if ticket is bought in advance. If you cross the border with Germany in a local train (not EC or EN), consider taking advantage of the Bayern-Böhmen-Ticket or the Sachsen-Böhmen-Ticket. In the vicinity of the Czech-German-Polish three country border, you may profit from the unified fare of the ZVON transport system. In local trains (not IC or EC), it is possible to buy a special cross-border ticket (Polish: bilet przechodowy) which is valid between the Czech and Polish (or vice versa) border stations and costs only CZK 15 or PLN 2 (approx 0,5 €). You can buy it from the conductor on the train and combine it with domestic tickets of the two countries. In the vicinity of the Czech-German-Polish three country border, you may profit from the unified fare of the ZVON transport system. Cheap tickets to Prague, Brno and Ostrava are available at Austrian Railways website, if bought at least 3 days in advance. The price begins at €19 for Vienna-Brno, €29 for Vienna-Prague and Linz-Prague. If you cross the border in a local train (not IC, EC), you can take advantage of discounted return ticket EURegio

To check transportation timetables and information, visit www.idos.cz English version is available
Entering the city of departure and arrival (not only within Czech Republic, it applies to all Europe) and the date, you will have a list of options between train and bus. In addition to the timeschedules, you can also find information on pricing, the company (in the case of buses) and on the day of departure is even to check possible delay. The website includes also public transportation schedules of bigger czech cities and connection with neighbor countries.

If you want to get around the Czech Republic best way is by bus. Many other local bus companies link Prague and other cities and towns, even remote villages, regularly. Most buses leave Prague from the central bus station at Florenc, but other major bus stations can be found at Na Knížecí (metro station Anděl), Černý Most, Zličín and Roztyly, all of which are located next to metro stations. On local buses you simply tell the driver where you’re going and pay him a fare as you get on. However the Czech Railways (ČD) offer plenty of discounts. Return ticket gives you a 5% discount, and a group of travellers (even two travellers are considered as a “group”) is treated roughly as “first person pays full price, others pay half price”. Therefore ask for “skupinová sleva” (group discount) and/or “zpáteční sleva” (return discount).

Watch a football match, there are 2 main city clubs (sparta praha and slavia praha and other smaller clubs like bohemians, viktoria zizkov…) a better option is to watch an ice-hockey match. This sport is very popular and has an high quality level

italy -In aeroporto il modo più economico per raggiungere la città è con l’autobus pubblico 119 che va fino al capolinea (Dejvická, Metro A), da lì scendere e prendere il treno della metropolitana (con lo stesso biglietto), alternativamente prendere l’autobus 100 per la stazione della metropolitana Zličín (Metro B). Di notte, l’autobus 510 vi porta alla “Jiraskovo náměstí” o “IPPavlova” stop vicino al centro. Acquista un biglietto dal chiosco in entrambi i Terminal 1 e 2 o dal distributore automatico, vicino alla fermata dell’autobus. È inoltre possibile acquistare il biglietto dal conducente, ma è più costoso.
-Praga può essere visitata a piedi. Ricordate che nella Repubblica Ceca, è illegale attraversare la strada fuori dai semafori pedonali e quando sono rossi, si rischia una multa di 1000CZK
-A Praga, in particolare intorno attrazioni turistiche, ci sono un sacco di uffici di cambio con tassi molto sfavorevoli. Le migliori tariffe sono nei dintorni di Stazione centrale (Hlavní nádraží). Mai cambiare i soldi in strada!! E ‘una truffa turistica molto conosciuta. Molto probabilmente vi sarà data qualche banconota che non è più valida o da altri paesi …
-Partecipa al tour gratuito a piedi, il free walking tour è il modo migliore per scoprire la città, imparare la sua storia, i monumenti e le abitudini più importanti e utili informazioni pratiche.
-Miglior guida! Best guide Use-it non è commerciale, no-nonsense, libero, up-to-date e realizzati da giovani locali. Solo informazioni migliori e consigli!
-Controlla il menu del giorno dei ristoranti (menu ‘Denni) durante tutti i giorni feriali da 11:00-14:00, quasi tutti i ristoranti lo offrono, di solito viene visualizzato su una lavagna all’ingresso, con il prezzo. Consiste generalmente in una zuppa e un piatto principale e costa meno di 5 euro. Qualità e quantità sono entrambi molto buoni
-Per consultare gli orari di trasporto e informazioni, visita www.idos.cz versione inglese è disponibile. Se si vuole andare in giro il modo migliore in Repubblica Ceca è l’autobus. Molte aziende di autobus locali collegano Praga e altre città e paesi, anche villaggi remoti, regolarmente. La maggior parte degli autobus partono Praga dalla stazione centrale degli autobus di Florenc. Le Ferrovie Ceche (www.cd.cz) offrono un sacco di sconti. Andata e ritorno ha uno sconto del 5%, un gruppo di viaggiatori (anche due viaggiatori sono considerati come un “gruppo”) viene trattato approssimativamente come “prima persona paga il prezzo pieno, altri pagano metà prezzo”. Pertanto chiedere “skupinová sleva” (sconto di gruppo) e / o “zpáteční sleva” (sconto di ritorno).
-Guarda una partita di calcio, ci sono 2 squadre principali della città (Sparta Praha e Slavia Praha e altri locali più piccoli, come Bohemians, Viktoria Zizkov …), anche meglio guarda una partita di hockey su ghiaccio. Questo sport è molto popolare e ha un alto livello qualitativo, tra i migliori al mondo

Events

twobeersSENSATION WHITE PRAGA 2013 (Festival, Electro) Praha 9 Czech Republic Sat 25/5/2013

The Czech Republic is famous for its beer, here modern Pilsner beer was invented (in Plzeň). Czechs are the heaviest beer drinkers in the world, drinking about 160 liters per capita per year. Going to a cozy Czech pub for dinner and a few beers is a must! There are a number of beer festivals too, including: Czech Beer Festival (the biggest Czech beer festival, it is 17 days long and held every year in May in Prague), Pilsner Fest (every year in August in Plzeň), The “Olomoucký pivní festival” (in Olomouc) or festival “Slavnosti piva v Českých Budějovicích” (in České Budějovice).

How to get here and around? What to see? What to eat and drink? Where to sleep? For more practical information visit wikitravel’s page: click here.

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Other Czech cities and destinations:

2012-05-27 21.11.13Brno

Brno is the second largest city in Czech Republic and hearth of Moravia. I used to live here and those 3 years were a wonderful experience, thanks to many lovely people I met in Brno. The city is located in a beautiful natural environment between South Moravian vineyards and the Moravian Karst. Brno is a vibrant university city. There are around 89,000 university students within a total 380,000 inhabitants.
Olomouc, a vibrant university town with the second largest historic center after Prague. Rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list.

Český Krumlov — beautiful old town in South Bohemia with the country’s second biggest chateau. Rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list.

Karlovy Vary — historic (and biggest Czech) spa resort, especially popular with German and Russian tourist groups

Kutná Hora — historical town with famous St. Barbora cathedral, old silver mines and the Chapel of All Saints, which is decorated with thousands of human bones, Rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list.

Zdar nad Sazavou Rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list.

dk 017Trebic, with its jew area rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list

Hradec Kralove, for years considered to be the most livable city in the CZECH REPUBLIC

 

 

 

ceskebudejovice

České Budějovice is an excellent place to visit if you want to escape the large numbers of tourists in Prague

Ostrava — a vibrant local subculture and long history of coal mining and heavy industry

Opava — former capital of Silesia

Plzen — home of the original Pilsner Urquell beer, and the largest city in West Bohemia

 

 

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Telč — this town has a perfectly preserved Renaissance town centre surrounded by shallow man-made lakes. Rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list.

The Macocha Caves, north of Brno, are definitely worth a visit. You can take a guided tour into the caves, which will take you through a myriad of winding tunnels, with close up views of stalactites and stalagmites. The tour ends with a boat ride on an underground river.

The Battle of Austerlitz – Slavkovské bojiště is one of the most important events in the history of Europe in the 19th century.

Mikulčice archaeological site, site of the former capital of the Great Moravian Empire (c. 900 AD).

Litomyšl: A beautiful small town in East Bohemia. The renaissance main square and chateau are among the Czech Republic’s prettiest

znojmoZnojmo, Mikulov and all the south Moravia region, near the Austrian border. Lednice’s Chateau and park, nice historical city centre, wine culture.

Mariánské Lázně: A spa town in Western Bohemia.

Moravský Kras: Extensive karst area between Brno and Olomouc with the deepest abyss in the country and, in the Punkevní Caves, the opportunity to take a boat ride along an underground river.

Mutěnice Wine Region: Some of the best vineyards in the Czech Republic and totally off the well beaten tourist path

Nové Město na Moravě : Cross country skiing resort. The race of Tour de Ski takes place here.

Terezín: A red-brick baroque fortress 70km north of Prague beside the Ohře river. It was used during WWII as a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp.

pardubice

Pardubice, another nice czech small city, a cozy old centre with cafè, pubs, wine bars and restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Daily trips

Copia di telcBuses and trains are frequent and quite inexpensive and can get you to even the smallest village.

Practically every major European city can be reached by bus or train from Prague.

Regular buses are available to the following Czech towns, travel times in brackets:

For just a small selection of further places off the beaten path:

  • Kutná Hora (84 km; 01h24 in car) — A once prosperous silver mining town in the 14th and 15th centuries with the fantastic Saint Barbara church, and the Sedlec Ossuary located in the suburbs, decorated with the remains of 40,000 human skeletons who were largely plague victims.
  • Novosedly na Moravě (248 km; 02h30 in car) — Take a horseback trip through the vineyards of Moravia
  • Vyšší Brod (205 km; 02h59 in car) — Three day canoe trip from the Sumava mountains through Český Krumlov
  • Vysočina (155 km; 02h04 in car) — Great mountain area for hiking, located halfway between Prague and Brno
  • Beroun (36 km; 00h42 in car) — Small city located on the way to Plzeň, follow the Beroun river north to some beautiful villages
  • Karlštejn castle and the holy cave monastery (47 km; 00h54 in car) — Hiking trip to the famous castle as well as an off the beaten track monastery
  • Konopiště (50 km; 00h44 in car) — Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s Castle located 40km south of Prague
  • Český Ráj (89 km; 01h09 in car) — Hike through forests and valleys filled with giant sandstone columns and cliffs in this park near Jičín.
  • Orlík (85 km; 01h14 in car) — Orlík castle about 70 km from Prague. Near the Orlík dam and Zvíkov castle.

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