”Mother Prague has clutches,” Franz Kafka wrote nearly one hundred years ago. Prague’s convoluted streets may keep you in those clutches loving every second of it. Anyone who has wandered around the city's cobbled streets and Gothic alleyways and seen the moon hover behind the towers and pinnacles of Europe’s most beautiful capital will definitely come back.
1 koruna česká (Kč - CZK) = 100 haléřů = 0.039 Euro
Fire Brigade: 150
Mladá fronta Dnes
Shops are open Monday to Saturday 09.00-16/17.00. Many shops close on Sunday, but the biggest shopping malls and the shops around the tourist areas remain open.
Approximately 1.25 million
Tourist Information Centre - Staroměstská radnice (Old Town Hall)
Staroměstské náměstí 1, Praha - Staré Město
Opening hours: Daily 09.00-19.00
After the ’Velvet Revolution’ in 1989, Prague became an international metropolis with all the usual trappings, but it has also managed to successfully retain its unspoiled local character. The Czech capital is small and compact, with hospody (beer-houses) that offer the world’s best beers stationed on every street corner. The most important areas are the central districts of the city: Staré Město (Old Town), Josefov, Nové Město (New Town), and Malá Strana (Lesser Town). These are best explored on foot. In recent years, the district of Vinohrady (Vineyards) has established itself as the district favoured by Pražani (the Prague inhabitants), and the restaurants and cafes lie closely packed.
When you visit Prague, it is worth remembering that not only does the city boast an impressive history, which stretches back many hundreds of years, but it has also fostered prominent architects, artists, and designers of the 20th century. Prague was once the centre of Central European modernism, a fact which today, after a long period of dictatorship, has almost faded into oblivion. During recent years, modernist Czech architecture and interior design have experienced a recovery, and there is nearly always a good exhibition to see.
The Czech capital is small and compact, with hospody (beer-houses) offering the world’s best beers stationed on every street corner. The most important areas are the central districts of the city: Staré Město (Old Town), Josefov, Nové Město (New Town), and Malá Strana (Lesser Town). These are best explored on foot.
Staronová Synagoga (Old-New Synagogue)
Karlův most (Charles Bridge)
Veletržní palác (National Gallery Prague)
Prague Castle and St. Vitus’ Cathedral
Czech Beer Tasting
Catch local acts
Prague Shooting Trips
Grévin Wax Museum Prague
Old Town Square
Obecní dům (Municipal House)
Many international cuisines have been introduced to the Prague restaurant scene, but the Central European fare still dominates. Classic Czech meals include Svíčková (roast beef with cream sauce), and the national dish, Vepřo-knedlo-zelo (pork with sauerkraut and dumplings). These can be had at any hospoda—beerhouse—along with a cold pilsner.
Malý Buddha (”Little Buddha”)
Restaurant Baroque Angels
Indian by Nature
La Casa Argentina
Prague has always been a good town for cafes. Around the turn of the last century this meant large middle class premises—which re-opened during the 1990's—and after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, a lot of smaller, cosy cafes with bric-à-brac décor were opened.
Kavárna Obecní dům
Prague has a lively nightlife and anyone who so wishes can easily find a place to dance the night away until dawn. Most Pražani (the Prague inhabitants) start the evening at one of the city’s many bars, cafes, or beer houses.
Agharta Jazz Centrum
Tynska Bar and Books
Bar No. 7
Ice Pub Prague
Double Trouble Bar
Prvni Pivni Tramway
Nebe Cocktail & Music Bar
Dejavu Music Club
If you want to shop for uniquely Czech products in Prague, you should visit the small boutiques selling domestic designer clothes, and look for reproductions of the utility designs created by Czech modernists in the 1920s and 1930s—both sectors have grown considerably in recent years. Another traditional item to shop for is Bohemian cut glass.
Main Shopping Areas
Antiques and Art
Palladium Shopping Centre
Shopping Centre Letňany
Queens. The Streetwise Store
Vinohrady Farmers Market
Best Time to Visit
Prague is appealing in any season and has lots to offer throughout the year. The city is at its busiest during the summer months of July and August. Late spring and early fall are a little less crowded, whereas the slowest times are during the cold months of November, January, February, and March, so if you don't mind the cold and prefer fewer tourists, this would be a good time for you to travel to Prague.
If you are thinking of coming to Prague in early spring, try to schedule your trip around Easter when Prague is decorated and Easter markets are open.
Ruzyne Airport is located 20 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre. There are minibuses with shared fares. They take you to Metro A Station Dejvická and to Metro B station Námešti Republiky in Central Prague.
The cheapest solution is to go by bus. Number 119 will drop you at the Metro A station Dejvická, and bus number 100 at Metro B station Zličín (change to Metro B to get to the city centre). You can buy a transfer ticket, valid for 75 minutes, in the flight terminal or at the ticket vending machine at the bus stop. The bus runs between 4 am and midnight.
The Airport Express runs via Terminal North 1 – Terminal North 2 – Nádraží Holešovice Metro and train station (change to metro line C to get to the city centre).
Address: K Letišti 6/1019, Prague
Phone: +420 220 111 888 / +420 220 111 111
The underground, buses and railway operate daily from 4 am to 12.15 am (night service every 30 minutes). Tickets can be purchased in tobacco shops and ticket vending machines and are valid for 1 hour. You can choose to get an e-ticket or receive it as a text message.
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For tourists, a taxi journey in Prague often turns out to be an expensive treat. If you want to travel by taxi then call a reliable taxi firm, such as AAA. Their phone number is 140 14.
Phone: +420 222 333 222 / 14 014
The Main Post Office is located at Jindřišká 14, Praha 1 and is open every day from 2 pm-12 am.
Address: Jindřišká 909/14, Prague
Phone: +420 221 131 111
A pharmacy, which is available around the clock, can be found by calling:
+420 224 946 982.
Address: Vodičkova 40, Prague
Phone: +420 224 235 847
220 V/50 Hz
Country code: +420
Area code: there is none; it is already included in every local telephone number.