1 (jeden): Prague’s transportation works perfectly, use it! 30 minutes ticket costs 24czk (Czech Crowns – around 26 czk are 1€), 90 minutes costs 32czk, 24hrs ticket costs 110czk, 72hrs ticket costs 310czk. Try to avoid getting a taxi on the street (it´s cheaper to reserve it by phone).Check out Prague transportation website for all the information you might need. At the airport the cheapest way to get to the city is by public bus 119 that goes 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 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, it is slightly more expensive.
Use-it is not commercial, no-nonsense, free, useful, up-to-date and made by young locals. Only best info and tips! Practical info, a small useful vocabulary, small public transportation plan, tips about czech food and local habits and much much more.
Prague is not only a wonderful city full of tourists, you can discover hidden gems by following suggestions written by young locals.
The map is available in several hostels (list here), @ the Use-IT info centre (open only in summer, so far, in Trojanova ), @Prague City Tourism, Old Town Hall, @ Prague City Tourism, Rytířská 31, @Prague City Tourism, Václav Havel Airport Prague, Terminal 2
3(tři): In a cold/rainy/lazy day have a WONDERFUL city tour by public tram nr. 22 – it goes from the alternative zones of the cities to the upper part, very close to the castle, where you can enjoy a stunning view.
Tram 22, is a public transportation tram, no extra fee (with a 90 minutes ticket/32czk you can see everything). It follows one of Prague’s most scenic routes, passing by the National Theater to Staroměstská and Malostranská metro stations, and continuing up to the Belvedere, royal garden, Prague Castle and Pohořelec, with some stunning views along the way. If you have time to explore more, take a chance to visit ‘Novy svet‘ area, no tourists around, only small houses and cobblestone streets. Same applies for the return route, try to go back until the modern part of the city, to understand the real Prague. Do NOT miss Tram 22!!!!!
4(čtyři): Czech Pub (in Czech “hospoda” or ”pivnice“ ) is the best place to meet locals for a chat and, of course, a drink. The exact brand of beer usually vary from pub to pub, and is usually shown at the sign outside nearby the pub name. Currently the best beers are the ones from small and local breweries, if possible prefer those to the usual pilsner urquell, gambrinus and staropramen. 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!
Hungry? Check 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.
5 (pět ): Where to sleep? Stay at Czech INN hostel.
It is located a few metro stops from the centre, in a young and alternative area of Prague, few metres from Krymska street and Zizkov district, where the REAL local nightlife is going on. The hostel is well-organized. Rooms are kept clean and beds are really comfortable. The hostel has its own bar/pub to warm up for the night …
Not far from the hostel (in the same street, Francouzska, direction to centre) there are 2 nice places where to eat: Marthy’s kitchen (a small and cozy bistro with BIO food) and U Bulinu, a big restaurant with good service and food
Tourists have already their source of information and they rather prefer to go for the certain than for the uncertain.
This post will be only a small photo gallery dedicated to one of the most beautiful european city: Prague, capital of the Czech Republic.
In my next posts I will provide my usual tips for a budget experience in Prague (and Czech Rep) and some off the beaten track suggestion.
Meanwhile I hope you can enjoy my ‘touristic’ Prague 🙂
Please try to have a look at the pictures I took, cause if you are travelling to Prague you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Cesky Krumlov, probably the most beautiful czech town (in Unesco list).
Actually my pictures couldn’t catch the proper beauty of this place, there is an atmosphere that even the highest technology (that I don’t have anyway…) can’t assimilate and record. Cesky Krumlov has to be seen with your own eyes, and the memory stored in your own heart.
Just a small ‘logistic’ advise, I’ve done only a short daily trip, which is very possible by catching a ‘student agency‘ bus from Prague bus station Na Knížecí (not the main bus station – Florenc). This is the best solution, a good and confortable bus, good price (less than 200czk – 8€). During peak season I’d recommend to book the ticket in advance.
There are many pensions and hostels for reasonable prices.
Restaurants are also in big numbers, I had the feeling that they were a bit adjusted to tourist tastes, as well as the majority of restaurant in Prague city centre, better to go somewhere off the beaten path if you want to try original tastes (this is valid always and everywhere).
First steps (and shots) in Cesky Krumlov
Going toward the castle and the upper part
Cesky Krumlov off the beaten path…
A smocky, original, working class pub just outside the historical city centre
A bit of unconventional art
And then again, up the castle for the last astonishing view