Seven Tourist Tricks That Will Make The Ideal Trip to PragueRuss Bily
The capital of the Czech Republic is one of the travelers favorite tourist destinations. Prague has some of the most amazing sites on the Continent: the Charles Bridge, the Astronomical Clock Tower, the Lennon Wall and the Franz Kafka Museum. And there are plenty of things to do in addition to taking photos at these must-see sights, like drinking Czech beer or tasting the delicious Czech food.
Walking around Prague, enjoying its architecture, monuments, magnificent gardens and parks can be endless and, most importantly, free of charge. Prague impresses by its unique beauty, tourist diversity, and accessibility. It is considered one of the cheapest cities for tourists. There are always tricks that help save on the trip, the secrets that tourists usually do not know.
If you’re considering a trip to Prague, you might need to know the answers to some of the questions, connected with your trip. We made up a selection of useful tips that will help make your holiday in the Czech capital not only interesting but also inexpensive.
1. The Cheapest time to visit Prague
Though tourists have been coming to Prague for years, it has recently become an extremely popular city to visit, causing the prices in this once very affordable destination to rise dramatically. Since Prague is located in Central Europe, it is still relatively inexpensive. But still, travelers need to be mindful of the cheapest time to visit Prague, along with money-saving tricks.
As practice shows, the cheapest flight to Prague falls in February. Christmas and New Year holidays have ended, the heat has not yet arrived, and the city has a relative calm. Therefore, if you are not afraid of cold and do not like the crowds of tourists, February is the perfect time for a budget trip. But even at this “low” season tickets must be purchased in advance, at least a month.
Spring and fall, including March through May and September and October, are also relatively low seasons, so hotels typically offer good deals to compensate for the decrease in tourists.
2. How to get from the Prague airport to city center
The Wenceslas Havel Airport is located on the outskirts of Prague. The most budgetary way to get from there to the city center is by bus. The fare is only 30 CZK (€ 1.18) one way. Buses depart from Terminals 1 and 2 every half hour.
Bus number 100 reaches the yellow branch of the metro, and bus number 119 – to green. You do not need to buy a ticket for the metro since you can drive through the one you bought on the bus. Its validity is 90 minutes, and it covers all types of public transport. And the travel time from the airport to the city center is a maximum of one hour.
Also, there is an express train that goes without stops to the main station (to the city center). It’s easier and faster, but more expensive – 60 CZK (€ 2.36). You can buy an express ticket only from the driver, the usual tickets do not work there.
3. Visit Tourist Office
Upon arrival in Prague, you should visit one of the Tourist Offices (Czech Tourist Information Center) or the Municipal Information Service (Prazska informacni sluzba at 31, Rytířská). Here you can get a map of the city for free, a set of brochures in English.
Also in these information centers, you will be informed about a weekly list of free events in the city.
4. Currency exchange in Prague
If you urgently need Czech crowns upon arrival, withdraw some cash directly from the airport terminal building, where there are several ATMs.
Better not exchange money in the city center. The rate at such exchange points is much lower than the official exchange rate (the actual rate is even lower than the one declared on the scoreboard), and you can easily be “thrown” at € 15-20.
At the same time, many recommend changing the euro from the Arabs – there are several points in the heart of Prague, near Wenceslas Square.
5. The most beautiful Prague city view
If you want to see Prague in all its glory, it makes sense to go up to one of the viewing platforms of the city to enjoy the opening views: for example, from Prague Castle or Vyšehrad, from Petřín Hill or the Old Castle Staircase.
There are many parks and gardens in Prague, but we strongly recommend you to visit Petřín Hill as it offers a stunning view of the city’s red brick roofs.
Built as a mini version of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, the Petrin Observation Tower is 60m high. Climb 300 steps to reach the top of the tower, and the view over Prague is magnificent.
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6. Free attractions in Prague
Prague is an amazing city that preserves the spirit of Old Europe. All major attractions and landmarks of the Czech capital can be viewed completely free of charge:
The business card of Prague. The medieval bridge connects two Prague districts – Stare Mesto and Mala Strana. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of ancient Prague, walking along the bridge to the tunes of street musicians, looking at his famous sculptures, and, of course, do not miss the opportunity to buy souvenirs from local artisans and artists. It is strongly recommended to come here as early as possible (preferably even before 8 am), as there are a lot of people here in the daytime.
The longest square in Prague and the real architectural encyclopedia of the Czech capital! Here you can find buildings in the style of Art Deco, Futurism, Baroque, Orientalism, Cubism, and Constructivism. So this is a unique place for both connoisseurs of architecture, and for the townsfolk.
Old Town Square
Known since the XI century, today the Old Town Square is one of the most favorite places in Prague for both tourists and the people of Prague themselves. It is here in the Town Hall building that the famous astronomical clock is located, which every day please the tourists with a mini-presentation. On the hour, Death rings a bell and inverts his hourglass, and the 12 Apostles parade past the windows above the clock, nodding to the crowd.
You can also take a walk in this wonderful park, from which you can see beautiful views of Prague and Prague Castle. In the park, too, there are many interesting things – we will single out the palace of Queen Anne and the singing fountain.
From November 1 to March 31, entrance to the garden is free, but for entering the greenhouse you have to pay separately.
Outdoor exposition is free of charge all year round.
The Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic has its seat in Prague, Malá Strana (Lesser Town), in three ancient palaces: Waldstein, Kolowrat, and Small Fürstenberg. The Waldstein Palace together with its garden, and the Kolowrat and Small Fürstenberg Palaces all form part of the national cultural monument that is the Seat of the Parliament of the Czech Republic.
Opening hours of the Senate for the public:
- November–March only the first weekend
of the month and public holidays 10.00–16.00;
- April–October every weekend and public holidays
- June–September the same, but open until 18.00.
7. Free museums to visit in Prague
There are several museums in Prague, for the entrance to which you will not pay a cent and at the same time get a lot of fun:
is a branch of the National Museum, in which sculptures of great Czech masters are kept.
with an incredibly informative and interesting exhibition.
- Tuesday 10:00— 18:00;
- Wednesday — Sunday 10:00— 18:00.
From time to time, the museums and attractions of Prague arrange free entry. You should ask for this information in tourist information offices, but here are some examples:
Free entrance from January to March, every first Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00, from April to December every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.
Free entry on the first Thursday of the month for schoolchildren, students, retirees. For others, the symbolic price is 10 kroons (€ 0.35). The museum is open until 20:00.
Entrance is free. Works from 11:00 to 18:00 (Sunday – from 12:00)
You can also join free sightseeing excursions to Prague, schedules of which can be found here.
8. Prague City public transport
The movement of urban passenger transport in Prague is very well organized. Metro, trains, trams, and buses – all go strictly on schedule, which is posted at each stop. The Prague metro operates on Friday and Saturday from 05:00 to 01:00, on the remaining days – from 05:00 to 00:00. The interval between trains on weekdays is on average 3 minutes, on weekends – up to 10 minutes. The train schedule is posted on the platform.
Trams run from 04:30 to 00:00. But there are night flights that run from 00:30 to 04:30. The routes of day and night trams, like their numbers, are different (this is indicated in the timetables posted at the stops).
Tickets for all types of public transport are the same. They can be bought in the metro or at the Trafika kiosks, as well as in special vending machines (in the metro or at stops). Automatons accept only coins, so in advance change large bills (at night the cashiers do not work and get a trifle will be problematic).
At the entrance to the public transport, the ticket must be punched in a special yellow box, by investing it (ticket) in the direction of the arrow. After that, the ticket will be valid for the period of time for which you purchased it according to the tariff. You can buy a travel card for several days – their types and prices can be found here.
Not so long ago in Prague, there were new vending machines selling tickets for transport, which in addition to coins accept cards, but they are not everywhere. If there is no trifle, it is better to go to the cashier, there is usually a terminal. If you do not need to go far, then you can buy a ticket for 24 kroons, which is valid for half an hour.
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9. The best way to save money in Prague
As in many European capitals, in Prague, there is a tourist map, which you can save by purchasing entrance tickets to attractions and travel by local transport.
There are three types of Prague Card – 2-, 3- and 4-day, each of which still varies in price depending on the age of the tourist. The current cost of the tourist card can be found on this site.
Prague Card provides free of charge: travel from the airport and back by bus, sightseeing tour, the boat trip along the Vltava, entrance to the main sign places and transportation by local transport. In addition, give and guide to the city. There are places where you can buy a tourist map.
10. Places to Eating in Prague
In Prague, as in all other European capitals, it’s better to eat off the tourist center, in the places where locals go. Although there are restaurants in Prague and in the Old Town, where it is relatively cheap.
For example, the restaurant U Sádlů, near the Old Town Square and the Powder Tower, has a good reputation. It is famous for its large portions and modest prices.
Also on Havelská street, there is something like a dining room with national dishes. The establishment can be found under the sign “Czech cuisine” (Česká kuchyně).
Throughout the city there are drinking fountains, so you can take a bottle and replenish it from time to time with clean and cold water.
Many local bars have Happy hours from 20:00 to 22:00, during which you can buy half-price cocktails and famous Czech beer, although the price for beer in Prague is quite acceptable.
Lying at the heart of Europe, Prague is one of the continent’s finest cities and the major Czech economic and cultural center, it is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock and Vyšehrad.
The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city.
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