As residents, we have witnessed enormous changes since the fall of communism in 1989. In particular, the center of Prague has been transformed with literally thousands of thriving new restaurants, bars, shops, and boutique businesses that were unthinkable 15 years ago. This is largely due to you - the visitor. And while your patronage has changed the landscape of this city; its spirit lives on, untouched by politics and commercialism, in places like Charles Bridge at 5 AM in the morning, or on top of Petrin hill at dusk. The city is truly magical and we hope you will see it the way we do.
Our Customers often ask
us for advice regarding things to do and see in Prague. There is a lot to do out there but
not all of it is of the same quality. While we can't name everything we love, we thought we would pass along our short
list of things to do and places to see. We think the organizations we have
listed here provide an
outstanding product or service. We hope the information here will save you time planning your trip so you can spend more time enjoying Prague.
Trams are probably the
most common way of getting around for the tourist. They run frequently and go
just about every place that you might want to go. You must buy your ticket
before you get on (20 CZK for 90 minutes - system wide). There are vending
machines in every Metro station or you can buy them at most Tobacco shops (TABAK) or News Stands (TRAFIKA). You MUST stamp your ticket in one of the automated stamp machines in the
trolley. If a control guard asks to see your validated ticket and you haven’t
stamped it or don’t have one the fine can be as high as 1200 CZK.
There are two trams you should try to take; trams No. 22 and
23. You can catch them both at the National Theater. Their routes pass by Charles
Bridge, run through the romantic Lesser
Quarter, and then on up to Prague
Castle with stunning views the whole way. In fact, we take these trams
during our tours as well. A note of caution though: since these trams are very popular with tourists, they are frequently worked by pick pockets, so watch your personal belongings carefully, and stow your
wallet and other valuables in a safe spot.
Another popular way to
travel is by the underground. The same ticket rules apply as with the trams.
You are required to stamp your ticket before descending to the platform. To see
a Map of the Underground system, click here.
Taxis are still a good buy in Prague
and an efficient way to get around, but there are many dishonest drivers out
there. We strongly suggest you use AAA Taxi. We have found them to be the most straight
forward, honest and reliable company in the market. They are the biggest
operator in Prague
and have nothing to gain by ripping off the tourist. Call AAA Taxi @ 420 222
If you and your group need a ride to or from the airport, we highly recommend using CEDAZ minibus transport services both for their price and excellent service. They have a public shuttle that provides transport between the airport and Republic Square every 30 minutes. Or, they can pick you up and drop you off according to your needs. All of their fares are fixed (and published on their website) so you can relax and watch the scenery instead of the meter. Call CEDAZ Dispatch @ 420 221 111 111
If you want to rent a car and get around on your own, we suggest sticking to a
well know international service. For a trip planner Mapy.cz does a good job.
Where to Exchange your money
When exchanging money,
its always a crap shoot to find the best deal. We suggest sticking with an ATM but if you have cash, then Exchange CZ is your safest bet. You can find them just off of Old Town Square about a 5 minute walk from the Astronomical Clock. They have the best rates in town and will NOT rip you off.
The Czech Crown's buying power:
- Beer: 20-30 Crowns a Pint,
rides: 28 Crowns a Kilometer
- Expect to pay between
125 and 250 CZKs for a meal.
- Metro tickets: 20 Crowns for 90
- Cigarettes: 70
- A loaf of bread about 23.-,
- Sirloin is about 250.- a Kilo,
- Fruit and veggies: between 12-50 Crowns a
- Petrol: 30
Crowns a liter.
- Rents are between 8 and
15,000.- for a 70-90 sq. meter apartment.
Pubs, & Cafes
There are many great
places to eat, drink and socialize in Prague.
At last count, there were over 3000 restaurants to choose from. We can't possibly list all our favorites but here is our short list of establishments we have found to consistently
please and satisfy.
The Petřínské Terasy restaurant offers an
absolutely unique view of Hradčany and a panorama of the entire city. A shot walk from the Prague Castle, it sits in the middle of Seminářská Garden
just below the Petřín observation tower.
The Hungarian Grotto offers a relaxing
atmosphere, cozy interior, friendly service and spicy Hungarian cuisine. The Grotto
and garden restaurant are situated in the 17th century cellar of the “Golden
Dinitz Restaurant serves up excellent
fresh meals with an International and Mediterranean flair. Prepared by by
executive chef Gilad Avital from Israel, the food and restaurant are a hit with the local trend-set crowd.
Bohemia Bagel offers up some great
American fair and is a favorite with the local expat crowd.
wish to splurge, visit the Intercontinental
Hotel for an amazing Sunday Brunch and spectacular views of the City.
Zanzibar, in the V Lázních house,
is located in the lesser Quarter just below the Charles Bridge. Their amazing drink list is litfted from celebrated works of fiction and popular culture.
The Akord Jazz Music Club
is operated by a musician with many years of experience at running a jazz club.
Just a 15 minute walk from Old Town Square , catch live concerts with the best local jazz
and blues musicians any night of the week.
Molly Malone’s offers a taste of the Irish in a
captivating, traditional, Irish pub right in the heart of old town.
At Café Kafíčko, you can expect various flavors and
fragrances of freshly roasted plantation coffee every time you visit.
Savoy at Ujezd makes one of the best cappuccinos and serves one
of the best breakfasts in town.
Café Louvre on Narodni is also a
traditional hang out with the local and expat art scene.
Slavia across from the National theatre has one of the best views of the
castle and a nice lunch to boot.
Sights & Sounds
If you are looking for Culture then you have come to the right place. Prague is full of cultural activities. But with so many things to
see and hear it's hard to choose. Here are a few suggestions or at least a few places to start.
The National Theater mounts regular winning productions
geared for the tourist.
same complex is Laterna Magika a stunning union of dance, theatre and cinema. It was
ground breaking in the 60’s but still makes for engaging entertainment.
at WOW Theatre do amazing things with
Day-Glo paint. Their Black Light Theatre is a treat for the senses.
Every night musicians give concerts in a number of halls and churches in
the centre of Prague.
However, not all are of the same quality.
We recommend concerts
at St. Kliment´s Cathedral on Karlova 1, Prague
1 (Klementinum). Try to catch the Lecian trio, all the members are concurrently members
of the Prague Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Chamber Orchestra.
The Czech Folklore Garden provides an
unforgettable experience with its Czech folklore show and dinner. The ensemble
of dancers and musicians, dressed in traditional clothing, will entertain,
excite, and amuse you during their two and half-hour performance. A traditional dinner will be served with
The Original Music Theatre of Prague
Since its establishment in 1991, the Original Theatre Company has prided itself
on its originality. Unlike any other companies in Prague, it performs its own chamber music in
two historical salons. The productions are based on the life stories of Prague’s two most famous
musicians; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonin Dvořák . "A Night with Mozart" and "Wonderful
Dvořák" are both performed by soloists from the National
Theatre, and concert artists from the State Opera
Palace Cinemas offers films
in English at its Slovansky Dum (near Namnesti Republiky) and Nove Smichov
locations. For more Arty Fair try Kino Svetezor or Kino Lucerna in the
Lucerna Passage. By the way, this passage deserves to be explored if you
have some time to kill while waiting for one of our tours.
OK, we know this is what you have really been waiting for. Last year, Na Prikope (the street that takes you from Wenceslas Square to Republic Square) was rated the 18th most expensive street in the world! It seems like everyone who comes to town these days wants to see what all the fuss is about.
There are two excellent malls as well. The brand new Paladium Mall
on Republican Square is now the city's flagship mall. It is massive and eye-popping. The other top mall is called Novy Smichov
in Smichov (take the B /yellow line to Andel station). If you've got a mall-jones going on, either one should do the trick.
For something more quaint, check out the ancient Havelska Market in Old Town. Chock full of novel hand-made goods and old world charm, it is a great place to buy fresh local produce, flowers and seasonal goods.
outside the City
The Sightseeing Expert offers two
exciting tours. The most notable is a day trip to Kutna Hora, the famed city of
silver and UNESCO site. This trip should not be missed. They also offer a
wonderful evening boat tour that lasts 4 hours and includes a welcome
drink, a gorgeous buffet, and live music.
Cultural and Historical
The history of the Czech Republic is remarkably interesting. From the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire through the reformation to the "great socialist experiment", the Czech lands have been in the thick of things. Wikapedia gives some nice overviews of history, culture and Prague today as does the Czech Republic’s
official website and the official website for Czech Tourism
The origins of the Czech people are shrouded in mystery. Folklore depicts a
raucous and mystical beginning but becomes concrete around 870 with the
founding of the Prague
Castle by Prince Borivoj.
He founded the Premysl dynasty which ruled Bohemia
until the 14th century. The first Premysl king was Wenceslas (his grandson),
who became St. Wenceslas after being murdered by his brother Boleslav in 905.
The dynasty came to an end in 1306 and the thrown passed to Luxemburg. Charles
the IV ascended in 1346 and brought about a golden age of sorts.
For further reading besides Wikapedia; see this article on the
history of the Slavs and this overview from the Czech Republic’s
official website, a site worth exploring in its own right.
Czech brewing history goes back to the 12th century but didn’t become world
renown, however, until the 19th century. Today, Czech beer is
considered to be among the world’s finest. There are a number of brands that
are favorite among the locals; Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Budvar, and
Staropramen. We suggest you try them all.
further reading, here is a brief
And a nice history
of Pilsner Urquell
have long been known for their glass work. Glass beads from Bohemia were around in Roman times but as an
industry Czech glass did not come into its own until the Middle Ages. With the
introduction of cutting and engraving, Czech glass took off and became a rival
to the famed glass makers of Venice.
By the 16th century glass engraving and cutting was centered in Prague.
see this article
and this one about glass
Finally, not to be remise, we thought we would provide you with some vital information we think every tourist should have handy.
Prague’s center is safe. There is practically no violence
to speak of. But it is an urban center, and like all big cities, it is prudent to keep your eyes and ears open. For example, several streets off Wenceslav Square and Žitná Street in New
Town are home to a lot of night clubs and bars. This area is a popular
destination of stag parties from out of town and therefore attract local drug dealers, prostitutes, and
pick pockets. Use caution and we would not suggest catching a taxi in these neighborhoods –
they will rip you off.
There are several police stations in the city center. In the Lesser Quarter, there is one on Vlašskáá
Street above the USA Embassy, and in Old Town you can find several; on
Benediktská Street (near Kotva) and on Konvikska just off of Bethlehem Square .
There are several hospitals in the city center as well:
is 15 minutes from the Astronomical Clock next to the St. Agnes Monastery. The Faculty Hospital in Charles Square is 15 minutes from Wenceslav Square.
There are also plenty of chemists (or druggists if you are from the states). The
one at the corner of Belgická and Rumunská
Street in New Town is open 24-hours a day.
Embassy Contact Information
Great Britain: Thunovska 14
118 00 Prague 1
Tel: (+420) 257 402 111
Fax: (+420) 257 402 296
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Germany: Vlasska 19
118 01 Prague 1 - Mala Strana
Phone:420 257 113 111
Fax:420 257 534 56
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Ireland Na Zatorce 10
Prague 6 - Bubenec
Phone:+420 257 530 061-4
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France: Velkoprevorske nam. 2
110 00 Prague 1 - Mala Strana
Phone Number:420 251
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Canada: Muchova 6:
160 00, Prague 6 -
Phone:420 272 101 800
Fax:420 272 101 890
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118 00, Prague 1 - Mala Strana
Phone:420 233 080 111
Fax:420 257 531 522
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United States: Tržiště 15
118 01 Praha 1
Phone: (+420) 257 022 000
Fax: (+420) 257 022 809
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6th Floor, Solitaire Bldg
Klimentska ul. 10, 110 00 Prague - 1
Telephone:+420 2 9657 8350
Fax: +420 2 9657 8352