Prague

Where to stay in Prague
If you are thinking about where to stay in Prague in the best place, try to find 3-4 star historical hotel near the Lesser Town Square

The historical roads lined with luxury shops and restaurants tempt you to walk in. And also the unique atmosphere is complemented by street artists, historical cars, horse carriages and thousands of tourists marveling at each corner.

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The best of Prague in a nutshell

Prague is the most significant city heritage zone in the world, proudly represented by the world's largest castle complex – the Prague Castle (Pražský hrad). Thousands and thousands of people stand in front of the world-famous Prague Astronomical Clock (Orloj) at the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), waiting for the hour. The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – the most beautiful, hundreds of years old stone bridge still carries crowds of excited tourists. More tourist information about the mentioned monuments can be found on a separate page about must see in Prague. Prague is very similar to Paris (check out our helpful article about where to stay in Paris), so you can expect a lot of historical places, cafes, museums and fantastic architecture.

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Where to stay in Prague - which areas are the best?

The answer is simple, anywhere in Prague 1, especially near the Lesser Town Square, Prague Castle or Kampa. And do not worry about excessive prices. You can find beautiful jewels in these locations for excellent money, for example, check this link.

The best districts for stay in Prague are:

  • the Old Town
  • Josefov (the Jewish Quarter)
  • the Little Quarter
  • Hradčany and New City 

If you want to save money choose these districts:

  • Holešovice
  • Vinohrady

Like any other tourist places, Prague offers different accommodation options to meet everyone’s needs. When choosing a hotel, hostel, guest house or a motel, it is always advisable to consider the length of the stay and the travel group. 
While a couple will appreciate a romantic hotel with wellness, a group of friends will probably go for a cheap hostel in the city center, right in the middle of sights. On the other hand, a family with children might choose a family guest house, which will be ready for their little ones or nice and big hotel apartment.


The prices of accommodation are naturally related to the location. The Old Town or Little Quarter tend to be considerably more expensive than accommodation outside the historical city center.

The cheapest accommodation can be found at the edge of Prague. But sometimes, fortunately, you can find a beautiful hotel in the city center right under the Prague Castle for a reasonable price!

Where to stay in the best Prague neighborhood

With local people is the best stay in Vinohrady district (Prague 2 area) or Holešovice district (Prague 7 area). Where every Prague citizen would like to live, but can not afford it because of the high price of apartments, it is of course area near the Kampa and Lesser Town Square.

Hotel Intercontinental with a beautiful view on Prague Castle and Vltava River
Hotel Intercontinental with a beautiful view on Prague Castle and Vltava River
 
 

Where to stay in luxury hotels

Where to stay in Prague with luxury? Prague won’t disappoint even the demanding tourists. Prague has some very luxury hotels that can proudly compete with the best hotels in the world. The luxury hotels are mostly located in the center of Prague, the “TOP” ones being Four Seasons, Kempinski, or Hilton. You can choose one of the hotels that have maintained the original ancient architecture or one of the very modern ones.

The main advantage is the relatively low prices for the high accommodation standard. In Prague, you can find quality accommodation in a lovely hotel with convenient access to the city center under EUR 200 per night. The hotel rooms are very well equipped and have own bathrooms.

Best accommodation as a "middle stream"

Hotel Royal Prague - new 4-star hotel, everything is excellent for a nice price
Hotel Royal Prague - new 4-star hotel, everything is excellent for a nice price

Prague has probably the most 4 star hotels in European cities. These hotels are in great competition with each other, and only tourists can benefit from it. For example new hotel (2017) Hotel Royal Prague, just near the metro station, modern hotel with excellent services under EUR 100 in the season. Amazing. Check the prices and more photos here.

Cheap hostels - if you want to save your money, for backpackers only?

A very cheap accommodation can be found in hostels, motels, and lodging houses. In this type of accommodation, a lower standard of comfort is to be expected. If you are a fan of camping, you don’t need to worry either. There are tens of campsites in Prague, not only at the edge but also near the city centre (e.g., in Troja). This type of accommodation you can also choose if you want only to stay in Prague for one night, as a transfer city, because Prague is many times as only transfer station for the next flight. Or, this type of stay is beneficial for large groups, like schools, sports teams, etc.


What to do in Prague (instead of sightseeing)

Prague is famous not only for its historical monuments. The city center is full of various restaurants, stylish pubs, modern cafés, music clubs and also theatres, museums, and galleries. Do you love classical music, jazz, rock or contemporary music? Are you a fan of opera, ballet, and drama or do you like to wander among famous paintings? Prague offers a variety of cultural events and unforgettable experiences that come with them.

Prague is said to be the most tolerant city in the world. It is not easy to come across a person born in Prague as people from all over the Czech Republic and the world live here. Foreigners love Prague because it welcomes them with open arms and without prejudice. People come to Prague to study, work and most of all to have fun. Because Prague has a big heart.

Who is right now skeptical about what to do in Prague, will finally bring home countless experiences and memories. Prague is not only beautiful but also fun. When you visit, have fun too. Prague is a city in the very heart of Europe also prides itself on a rich social and cultural life.


1. Visit Theatres

If you are a theatre lover, you will appreciate the wide selection of the theatres of Prague. The National Theatre (Národní divadlo), Stavovské divadlo, Divadlo na Vinohradech, Činoherní klub, Divadlo na Fidlovačce, Švandovo divadlo, Divadlo bez zábradlí and many others are the most prominent ones.

The National Theatre in Prague
The National Theatre in Prague - a ceiling

You can choose from a varied offer of plays that will satisfy the lovers of classic works as well as those who prefer contemporary talents.


2. Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions

National Technical Museum in Prague
National Technical Museum in Prague

Visit some of the Prague museums to enjoy fun and education provided by these comprehensive sources of information about the history and present of Prague or specific subjects. The main museums are Národní muzeum a Prague Museum (Muzeum hlavního města Prahy).

You can see specified expositions for example in the National Technical Museum (Národní technické muzeum), the Postal Museum (Poštovní muzeum), the Kampa Museum or in the Wax Museum (Muzeum voskových figurín).
Prague galleries present various art expositions and exhibitions across all art forms and cultural fields. The Prague City Gallery (Galerie hlavního města Prahy), the National Gallery (Národní galerie), the Vyšehrad Gallery or the DOX Center of Contemporary Art Museum are the most interesting ones. If you are looking for what to do in Prague, these museums are necessary for exploring Prague.


3. Concerts

Your music ambitions can also be fulfilled in Prague, thanks to the hundreds of local concert halls and music clubs. Some of them have been operating for over a hundred years. For example, you can enjoy classical music concerts in the Neo-Renaissance building of the Rudolfinum, the State Opera or the Municipal House. Clubs and large halls offer modern music performances and mega concerts of world music celebrities.

The selection of clubs with a “reputation” is very diverse in Prague and the clubs provide spaces not only to famous bands but also to new musicians and popular dance parties. The most popular Prague clubs are for example Akropolis at Žižkov, Lucerna Music Bar, Karlovy lázně or Roxy and Vagon (rock music) in the center of Prague.


4. Cinemas

Needless to say, cinemas belong to the most widely visited cultural institutions. Those who focus on film quality will appreciate the modern multiplexes (Palace Cinema, Village Cinema, Cinema City or IMAX) with huge screens and comfortable chairs. These cinema centers are usually discounted admission on Monday.
There are also smaller cinemas with a poetic atmosphere resembling the days of the previous century that are popular with film lovers, such as the cinemas Lucerna, Modřanský biograf, Kino Oko and Aero Kino.


5. Nature and Relaxation

Even though Prague is a modern city, you don’t need to spend the whole time in its narrow streets. Visit one of the local parks and take a break from the city hustle and bustle, noise and dust. The parks in Stromovka, at Vyšehrad or on the Petřín hill are the most popular ones. Both people from Prague and tourists come here to do sports, walk, relax, read and have popular picnics, particularly on hot summer days. If you are planning what to do in Prague during your stay there, don't forget to take a rest at this nice place.

Vyšehrad Park - best for picnic in the summer
Vyšehrad Park - best for picnic in the summer

You can also entertain yourself in the indoor pools, outdoor swimming pools and in other sports complexes scattered all over Prague. The ZOO is also worth visiting and can be great fun mostly for the little ones.


What are the Czech people?

In general, the capital city of Prague is outside the general average of the entire Czech Republic. You can find here more educated people who recognize democratic principles and are mostly pro-western. The Czechs are friendly. Especially in Prague, and especially in the younger generation, there is no problem to speak English. Prague likes tourists not only for financial gain but also because of multiculturalism. Do not be afraid to ask local people about good beer or some Czech specialty. It may happen that many people are frowning, do not worry, it only looks like, they are really warm and ready to help you in all.

Prague tastes good - try some traditional food

Czech cuisine is famous for its delicious and adequately caloric thick soups, sauces and most of all bread dumplings. Svíčková (sirloin in cream-vegetable sauce) and roast pork with sauerkraut and dumplings are among the most popular dishes.

And who would forget about classic snacks that are great with beer, such as fried cheese, pickled camembert or pickled sausage slices? And, speaking of beer, it would be a sin not to have a chilled draught beer with thick foam that you will not see anywhere else. Once you have tried Czech beer, you will love it forever.

Prague beer Pilsner Urquell
Prague beer Pilsner Urquell

Prague is bliss - offer you very nice ration price and value

Affordable prices are one of the particular advantages of Prague. Accommodation options are more than diverse. If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, you will find a wide choice of beautiful hotels, hostels, and motels. However, you can also go to luxury hotels. There is very nice price checker with Prague and New York: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/in/Prague

Cafe Imperial, Prague 1 district
Cafe Imperial, Prague 1 district

You will also experience keen prices in high-quality restaurants, where you can enjoy large amounts of food for next to nothing. Besides, entry fees of the omnipresent historical buildings are not expensive either, when compared to other cities of similar significance. Don't forget to visit Café Imperial or Mincovna restaurant.

Practical tourist information

When compared to other European cities, Prague is smaller. Still, it has its “travel and transport” specifics that are good to know. Thanks to our practical information you're wandering through Prague will be more comfortable and completely stress-free.

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and also a part of the Schengen Area. Travelling is thus very easy for the member state citizens who don’t have to present their passports or ID cards when crossing borders.

Prague map

Probably the best in nowadays (2017) is to use Google map or Apple map on your smartphone, because both platforms support Prague public transport, offline map, Sights description, etc.

If you want to have a nice Prague map with main sights, you can try download this image and print it. Also useful could be an actual map of Prague public transport, which is here (link updated 2017). 

Transport

Prague airport

Prague main airport is Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) - which is located northwest of Prague, about 15 km (12 miles) from the center of Prague. 

Flights to Prague - for example from the New York - the best way is direct flight served by Delta Airlines or the other lines operated by European airlines (KLM, British Airways, also Czech Airlines, etc.) Price is about USD 500 per person, you can check the best price here, also from different locations, not only from New York City. 

Read here our article about how to get from Prague airport to the city center.

Tourists from neighboring countries often use their cars. Thanks to a dense road and motorway network Prague is easily accessible. Of course, you can also travel by train or by bus. Prague has a very modern Main train station and bus station. Both positions are located in the city center, and from here you will conveniently get to any spot in Prague.
It is best to use air transport for traveling from further locations.

The Prague airport is situated at the edge of the city. The transportation to the airport is provided by buses that run throughout the day and night. Or you can use taxis. With yearly passenger traffic of nearly 12 million, the modern Vaclav Havel Airport welcomes tourists from all over the world.

Public transport for everybody

The transport in the city is provided by a network of public transport – buses, trams, and metro. The dense public transport network secures transportation in Prague 24/7.Metro operates daily from 4 a.m. to 12 a.m. and at night transport is provided by individual night buses and trams.

Metro plan (click to show large): https://goo.gl/CrBSKZ

Tickets for individual journeys:

  • 90-minute ticket (basic) – CZK 32, children (aged 6-15) – CZK 16
  • 30-minute ticket (short-term) – CZK 24, children (aged 6-15) – CZK 12

Time (tourist) tickets - probably best way

  • 24-hour ticket – CZK 110, children (aged 6-15) – CZK 55
  • 72-hour ticket – CZK 310, no special fare for children

Children and senior citizens over 70 are entitled to free transport.

Travelling by car

You can also travel by your car or by taxis. The issue of parking in the center of Prague and outside is addressed by guarded parking places and public garages.

It is also possible to park in the city center, but here you have to follow the parking zones and by the required parking ticket:

  • Orange zone: Maximum parking time 2 hours; Price about CZK 40 per hour, more information on the parking meters.
  • Green zone: Maximum parking time 6 hours; Price about CZK 30 per hour. Both zones are equipped with parking meters for coins of CZK 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50, with written instructions.
  • Blue zone: Assigned exclusively to the residents or companies with their addresses in the district. Only vehicles with parking cards are allowed to park here.

Taxi!

For travellng around Prague, you can also use the personal taxi service cars. There are maximum prices set by the government to protect the clients.
The fares are as follows:

  • One-time fare of max.CZK 40
  • Journeys within the territory of Prague costs max. CZK 28
  • Taxi waiting max. CZK 6 per1 min.

There are tens of taxi service operators in Prague with different quality and colour of cars. You can use them throughout the day and night. For your safety, it is recommended to call for a taxi and not pick one in the street.
The taxis use a special parking place, the so-called Fair Place, marked with yellow TAXI signs and an orange hand with a thumb up. The operators of these parking places guarantee safe journeys, professional drivers and fair prices.
 

When to visit Prague?

Prague is a popular tourist destination all year round. However, the most tourists traditionally visit the city in July, August, and September. The spring months are an excellent time to visit, too. And if you want to save money, spring and autumn are the best months for it. And as a bonus, the weather is usually pleasant, and the city is not crowded with tourists as in the summer.

Prague weather

Prague and the Czech Republic are situated in the middle of Central Europe. The average yearly temperatures are about 10 °C (50 °F). The coldest months of the year are January, February, and December when the average temperatures in Prague are around -0.5 °C (32 °F). On the other hand, hottest months are July and August, with the average temperatures between 25 - 30°C during the day (86 °F).
More about average temperature in Prague (Czech Republic) can find here.

Prague currency

The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna or short format like USD is CZK, and sign like $ is Kč). The exchange rate changes slightly throughout the year, but the fluctuation is not significant.
Table of Czech koruna rates can find here.

Prague prices

The average prices are usually very amiable for tourists and Prague traditionally is one of the cheaper cities. The reasonable prices relate not only to accommodation but also to entry fees, food, drink and other services.

Prices in Prague
Food with one drink for one person (in the historical center)CZK 320 (USD 15, EUR 12)
Food with one drink for one person (not historical center)CZK 220 (USD 10, EUR 9)
Ice creamCZK 50 (USD USD 2, EUR 1.5)
One beer (Pilsner beer)CZK 50 (USD USD 2, EUR 1.5)
4* star hotel (per night)CZK 2200 (USD 100, EUR 90)
3* star hotelCZK 1800 (USD 78, EUR 70)
Taxi per 1 kmCZK 30 (USD 1.4, EUR 1.2)

Important contacts

Embassies

All the information concerning the respective embassies including addresses and updated contacts can be found at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic or the Embassies website.

Emergency calls

Fire Rescue Service – 150
Emergency Medical Service (Ambulance) – 155
City (Municipal) Police – 156
Police – 158
Integrated European number for emergency calls – 112

Lost and found

This servise is a place where people or the police hand over items that have been found or forgotten, e. g. on public transport. The items are stored here for six months.
Contacts:
Karoliny Světlé 5, Praha 1 - Staré Město
Tel.224 235 085
Opening hours:
Mon, Wed 8 a.m.–7.30 p.m.; Tue, Thu 8 a.m.–4 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.–2 p.m. (lunch break 12–12.30)

This is a Prague travel guide page and you are on the right place now, because here you can find a lot of information about where to stay in Prague, which best places to visit, what to do in Prague beside of sightseeing, a part about Czech beer and prices in Prague - with examples of Prague prices. Useful information about the transfer from Prague airport and also short brief about who are the Czechs.

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