Considering a city break to Prague? Lucky for you this post provides a run-down of all the need-to-know info, as well as a short-list of the top five must-see tourist destinations! Don't leave without paying a visit to this lot...
Where is Prague?
Prague is the capital city in the Czech Republic, a Central Eastern European country
What's the currency?
The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (czk). Some restaurants, hotels and shops will accept Euros too, but most take only the Crowns
What's the weather like?
Prague's weather can be pretty changeable, but as a guide, the average temperature in June/July is 30C (86F), and in December/January it is -5C (23F)
How do I get around?
Public transportation in Prague is good, and you'll be able to choose between trams, buses or the underground metro. The bus will be the cheapest way to get around. Click here for specific guidance
Do they speak English?
Yes, nearly every citizen of the city will know English, and you won't be expected to exchange any Czech pleasantries unless you want to!
Tell me about tipping
When tipping at most places, you can simply round the bill up by 10 or 20 crowns. At nicer restaurants, a tip of 10-15% is expected
Located on Castle Hill, this is the biggest castle in Europe, and the place where the kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia had their offices. There is no charge to enter the grounds of the 9th century castle itself, but you will need a ticket to see inside its other buildings, such as the Basilica of St George and the Golden Lane. Arrive as early as you can to beat the crowds
This is often considered to be the most romantic spot in Prague. Sitting across the River Vlatva, the Bridge was founded in 1357 by Charles IV, though has actually been rebuilt many times. The Bridge is surrounded by statues that are said to bring good luck when touched, so make sure you give it a try! But save your stroll along the Bridge for early morning or late evening, when it's quieter
Old Town Square
The 12th century Old Town Square is home to a number of historical buildings such as church of Lady Tyn and the baroque St Nicholas Church. Aside from the sights there are plenty of cafés, bars, shops and restaurants to explore, which will give you the chance to sample the traditional meals and beers of the Czech Republic. Don't forget to check out the Prague Orloj, a the medieval astronomical clock that was built in 1410 and still functions
These gardens were commissioned by the wealthiest Czech noblemen at the beginning of the 17th century - Albrecht of Wallenstein. The gardens are hidden under the walls of Prague castle, so tourists often miss them!
Vysehrad Castle, which can be found above the river Vlatva on a hill, is rumoured to be the location of the first settlement which later became Prague. The impressive fortress offers some incredible views of the city, and also has a cemetery and a park tourists can make their way around
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