Country: Crown
Currency: Crown (CZK)
Peak Season: May-August
Shoulder Season: September-October, February
Median Temperature: 7.80 C / 46.04 F
Main Languages: Czech, German, Russian, English
Primary Modes of Transportation: Metro, bus, tram, taxi
Recommended Duration of Stay: 4 days
Recommended Pocket Money: $90.00/day
Tourist Passes: Prague Card, Prague Welcome Card
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The infamous settlement of prosperous Roman and Bohemian empires—Prague—has often been depicted in cinema, novellas, and popular media as a refuge of protagonists from the worn-out world. And indeed, the aura of Prague casts off the blah from where its visitors hail. The city has a strong inclination to the arts and historical preservation, given the convergence of both modern skyscrapers and classical 18th and 19th century themed buildings and houses, ever reminiscent of the golden age of the Czech Republic. Couples will enjoy the city, especially if they’re coming from another continent. The well-executed (and not mention massive) historical landmarks from the past millennia and the equally beautiful locals seem like sketches torn from a fairy tale book.

Couples like to consummate their European wanderings in this city for its laid-back atmosphere, while singles can enjoy the frothy blend of Czech beer. Moreover, Prague is full of hard-nosed locals, who seem to have an inborn affinity for food and beer, a couple of sneers here and there, but ultimately lovable people. Despite the series of political turmoil and warfare the city has undergone, much of its residential and historical districts suffered relatively little damage compared to how the rest of Europe was afflicted. One thing to remember when going to Prague is to appreciate the beauty, mind the history and let your worries be laid to rest.

Packing List

  • Credit cards, since they’re widely honored and exchange rates/transaction fees aren’t bad either; however, cash is still the preference
  • Stylish clothing to match seasonal transitions: extra thick sweaters for horrid winters, rainwear for autumn and light clothing for tolerable high summers
  • Light, breathable walking shoes; extensive walking is expected from this cobblestone-laden city
  • An SLR camera (with varying lenses for the scenery), extra film/memory, heavy duty batteries, a laptop, and an up-to-date guidebook
  • Essential medication, toiletries; many international product brands are available in most supermarkets

Things to Do

  • Exploring the largest castle complex in the world— Prague Castle—which covers roughly 754 feet; the roman-themed castle was built in the 9th century and served as a royal/presidential residence
  • Visiting St. Vitus Cathedral, whose imposing verticality resonates excellent gothic architecture; the palace is the burial ground of many monarchs and emperors and a venue for royal coronations
  • Traversing around Old Town Square and appreciating the various architectural wonders in the guise of churches, shops, residences and the Astronomical Clock, the last operational of its kind
  • Walking along 44-foot Charles Bridge, which connects Old Town with the Lesser Quarter; along the bridge a flurry of stall owners, painters, bystanders and passersby
  • A funicular ride atop Petrin Hill to capture magnificent shots of the hill overlooking the city; for added elevation and a more splendid view of the city plains, head on for the Lookout Tower

DON'T

  • Display your cash or stay idle at a congested location such as transport stops, tourist attractions and marketplaces; pickpockets have lookouts; taxis are also known for overcharging tourists
  • Dine/book at lesser-known restaurants/hotels; it is better to check the internet for reviews of these establishments
  • Forget to discern authorities inspecting you; there have been reported cases of false ticket inspectors fining passengers possessing otherwise valid tickets
  • Be startled if a total stranger greets/shakes hands with you; it is customary for Czechs to acquaint themselves with people (especially tourists) with a simple gesture or compliment
  • Stay too late inside a residence, even if not cued; additionally, respect academic titles and always remove/change your footwear when entering a house