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About Prague

Why go to Prague?

The centre of Prague is literally packed with architectural gems from all historical periods. The romantic winding narrow streets invite you for night walks. The modern streets lined with luxury shops and restaurants tempt you to walk in. The unique atmosphere is complemented by street artists, historical cars, horse carriages and thousands of tourists marvelling at each corner.

Prague - spires

The Best of Prague

Prague is the largest 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 Astronomical Clock (Orloj) at the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí), waiting for the hour. The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) – the most beautiful, hundreds years old stone bridge still carries crowds of excited tourists. More tourist information about the mentioned monuments can be found on a separate page here.

Prague - Old town

Prague is Fun

Prague is famous not only for its historical monuments. The city centre 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 modern 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 - John Lennon wall

Multicultural Prague

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.

Prague Tastes Good

Czech cuisine is famous for its delicious and properly 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

Prague is Bliss

Affordable prices are one of the indisputable advantages of Prague. Accommodation options are more than diverse. If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, you will find a wide choice of nice hotels, hostels and motels. However, you can also go for luxury hotels.

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.

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 your wandering through Prague will be easier, 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.

Transport

Tourists from neighbouring countries often use their own 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 stations are located in the city centre and from here you will conveniently get to any spot in Prague.
It is best to use air transport for travelling from further locations. The Prague airport is situated at the edge of the city. The transport 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 special night buses and trams.

Metro plan (click to show large):
Prague public transport - metro plan with stations

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
Prague public transport tickets

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
Prague ticket public transport 24 hrsPrague public transport 72 hrs
Children and senior citizens over 70 are entitled to free transport.

Travelling by Car

You can also travel by your own car or by taxis. The issue of parking in the centre of Prague and outside is addressed by guarded parking places and public garages. It is also possible to park in the city centre 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 travelling 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 max. CZK 28
Waiting max.CZK 6/1 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 own 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 a good time to visit, too. The weather is usually pleasant and the city is not crowded with tourists as in the summer.

Weather

Prague and the Czech Republic are situated in the middle of Central Europe. The average yearly temperatures are between 5.5 and 9 °C. The coldest months of the year are January, February and December, when the average temperatures in Prague are around -0.5 °C. On the other hand, the hottest months are July and August, with the average temperature of 8.2 °C.
More about average temperature in Prague (Czech republic) can find here.

Currency

The currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (koruna). The exchange rate changes slightly throughout the year but the fluctuation is not significant.
Table of czech koruna rates can find here.

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

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 at 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 is a place where people or the police hand over items that have been found or forgotten, e. g. in public transport. The items are stored here for 6 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)

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