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Prague in 5 budget tips

pr 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.

useit 2 (dvě): If you are a young traveller or an independent explorer, are you bored with classic tours and touristic guides? Then you shouldn’t miss the best city guide!

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

pr1 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!!!!!

 

prpub 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 staropramenGo 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.

cye5 (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

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Prague part 1 (for tourists)

pr2I can’t really write anything for tourists. Usually tourists travel in big organized groups or with a detailed book guide of the place they are visiting.

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 🙂

pr3 Presidential palace / change of the guards

pr4 Vltava river with view of the castle

pr6 Vltava river with one of the many boats

pr7 astrological clock

pr8 Wenceslas square

pr5 Charles’s bridge

Not only Prague

Prague, capital of Czech Republic (aka CR), is one of the most visited and beautiful city in the whole world, this is a fact, however only few travellers were (and are) ‘brave’ enough to discover the rest of the country, which is so far to be compared to its biggest and most important city.

Czech Republic is not Prague, at all, feel free to decide whether in a good way or not…

Below few pictures of my last visit in Czech Republic (not in Prague…).

2013-05-04 19.45.01Let’s start from my arrival at Brno, the second largest city in CR, on Saturday at around 1930…well, this picture says a lot, I guess.

The church up the hill is called ‘Petrov’, one of the main attraction and this is the core of the city centre, almost no one around. This doesn’t mean that Brno is a boring city, not at all!!!!Actually Brno is a vibrant university city. There are around 89,000 university students within a total 380,000 inhabitants.

Easily by that time people are having dinner at home, in restaurants or already started their intense weekend…

The pictures below says a lot about the city and the rest of the country too…food and hospitality!

On the left Sunday lunch, as tradition families prepare a tipical czech meal (roasted duck with stuffed cabbages and potatos dumpling), included soup; on the right picture, a dinner at another friend’s home, ingredients are similar and note that the ‘evergreen’ and always present is the beer: Starobrno!!! 🙂

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Beer that can be found in abboundance in the whole country and this is again another difference with Prague.

Quality of beer is much more appreciated and cared outside the capital city. Tourists and travellers are happy with the commercial brands offered them in prague pubs.

Czech people DO care about beer, a lot, as they consume the highest amount of beer in Europe, and czech people rather prefer small local breweries that offer highest quality and taste instead of industrial and commercial brands…As I have many local friends (I used to visit and live in Brno for several years) I follow their advises and I have to say, I enjoy the pure pleasure of good beers.

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These last pictures had been taken when I was in Trebic (I spent there a week, after being the weekend in Brno), at one of my best czech friend’s home.

Trebic, with its jew area rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list, is a small city in vysocina region, just in the middle of CR, 100 km far from Prague and almost the same from Brno.

Visocina is a beautiful region, with cozy small towns, like Zdar nad Sazavou, rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list, Telč, with a perfectly preserved Renaissance town centre surrounded by shallow man-made lakes, rewarded by UNESCO in its World Heritage list and Jihlava (the main city of the region), forests and lakes.

If you like hiking, fishing in relaxed small lakes, if you like peaceful natural environment, well, this is the place in Czech Republic you should go.

 

Eventually is not a coincidence that my long trip ended here, in my beloved Brno. I feel very close to this city and this part of CR, Moravia and Vysocina.

It means a lot for me, good friends, love (well, yes, I had a few stories here and almost all of them were with deep and sincere feelings), good life, fun, outdoor activities and relax and much, much more. Thanks to Brno and my czech friends!

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