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  • In this video, well cover all you need to know before traveling to Prague, including

  • where are all the major attractions, the best time to visit, where to stay and for how long,

  • public transportation, how much things cost, the best apps to use, the best views

  • of the city, and other practical information.

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  • Weve also created a mobile-friendly .pdf document covering all the things in this video,

  • plus the Top 20 things to do in Prague, including maps, links, opening hours, and more.

  • Here are 11 essential tips to know before you visit Prague:

  • NUMBER 11: THE MAP OF PRAGUE

  • Prague is the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic and lies on both banks

  • of the Vltava river.

  • For orientation, let's start with the historic Charles Bridge from the 14th century.

  • Close to the bridge, you will find the Klementinum complex with an impressive baroque library

  • and the famous astronomical tower.

  • Old Town Square is home to Old Town Hall with the famous Astronomical Clock, Prague Meridian,

  • Church of Our Lady before Týn, and other attractions.

  • If you continue towards the east, you will find the Powder Tower, one of the original

  • city gates, that separates the Old Town from the New Town and Manifesto Market Florenc,

  • an industrial-chic dining and drinking hub.

  • The Jewish quarter is home to Old Jewish Cemetery, Jewish Museum, Synagogues,

  • memorial Kafka sculpture, and other exciting attractions.

  • Don’t miss Speculum Alchemiae underground laboratory

  • from the 16th century if you are in the neighborhood.

  • Located near the main train station is Wenceslas Square orclavské náměstí,

  • home to National Museum and the site of important public events.

  • Don’t miss the Statue of Franz Kafka in front of the OC Quadrio shopping center.

  • And don’t forget to also visit the famous architectural jewel Dancing House

  • which was declared one of the most prominent buildings of the 1990s.

  • If you continue South, you will find the Botanical Garden and Vyšehrad, a historic fort from

  • 11th century with beautiful cemetery and a medieval basilica situated

  • on the Southern part of the city.

  • If you cross one of many beautiful bridges, you will enter Malá Strana or Little Side district

  • one of Prague's most historic neighborhoods with Wallenstein Palace, many impressive gardens,

  • and other notable attractions.

  • If you continue north, there is the largest ancient castle in the world, Prague Castle,

  • a castle complex from the 9th century with impressive Golden Lane, St. Vitus Cathedral,

  • and other impressive attractions.

  • Don't miss Hradcany Square, full of remarkable palaces and houses.

  • Strahov monastery with the library is located just below Petřín Hill.

  • And Petřín Lookout Tower, built in 1891, offers fantastic views of the city.

  • And don’t forget to visit the Prage ZOO which is said to be one of the best in Europe.

  • All the attractions you see here and many additional ones are covered in our travel guide,

  • which also comes with dedicated Google maps.

  • clav Havel Airport is located about 10 miles or 16 kilometers from the city center.

  • To get a better sense of the distance, a 1 mi. or 1.6 km walk from Prague Castle

  • to Old Town Square takes about 20 minutes.

  • It takes approximately the same amount of time if you combine walking

  • and public transport.

  • It takes about 40 min if you walk from Old Town to Vyšehrad or 20 min if you combine

  • walking and public transport.

  • NUMBER 10: WEATHER AND CLIMATE

  • Prague has a humid continental climate, which means dry and cold winters

  • and wet and hot summers.

  • Temperatures in winter are generally right below or around freezing, and ranging between

  • 30 °F and 41 °F or -1 °C and 5 °C.

  • There’s not a lot of sunshine and snow is common,

  • but there's usually not a lot of it at once.

  • In the spring, the weather is unstable and often changes

  • from relatively mild and pleasant to cold.

  • The temperatures range between 35 °F and 68 °F or 2 °C and 20 °C.

  • The weather usually stabilizes in May.

  • Summer is nice and warm with little rain,

  • although random thunderstorms can occur.

  • Temperatures range between 57 °F and 78 °F or 14 °C and 26 °C.

  • Weather in the fall is still pleasant in September and part of October, but it then quickly becomes

  • colder, rainy and sometimes snowy starting with November.

  • Temperatures range between 37 °F and 68 °F or 3 °C and 20 °C.

  • Of course, these are all just averages.

  • The weather and temperatures can be different

  • when you visit, so remember always to check the weather forecast before you travel.

  • NUMBER 9: BEST TIME TO VISIT

  • The best time to visit Prague is in May and June in the spring and in September and October

  • in the fall when the weather is warm and stable, and the summer tourist crowds are gone,

  • and prices drop.

  • Summer gets a lot of tourists and higher prices, but the weather is still pleasant.

  • The cheapest time to visit Prague is in the winter when there are less tourists and the

  • prices of accommodation are lower.

  • However, be prepared for some cold weather,

  • often below freezing, and know that days will be shorter,

  • and you will have less time during the day.

  • Also, Prague is a very popular tourist destination and crowds are common even in low season.

  • Anyway, you'll probably have a great time regardless of the season since Prague is full

  • of amazing attractions and things you can do all year long and regardless of how cold it is.

  • And how can you figure out the best days and hours to see the attractions?

  • Just check Google to see how crowded a specific location is at a particular time of day.

  • Of course, we recommend going early during the week and/or in the morning.

  • Many travelers stay in Prague for three days to see its main attractions and get the full experience

  • If you want a more relaxed experience, you can stay an extra day or two.

  • NUMBER 8: WHERE TO STAY AND PRICES OF ACCOMMODATION

  • If this is your first time in Prague, choose to stay in the Old Town where youll have

  • many of the best sights, bars, and restaurants just minutes away.

  • For nightlife, stay in Zizkov, close to the Zizkov TV Tower.

  • If youre on a budget, stay in the New Town, near Wenceslas Square.

  • Despite being called New Town, the area is actually full of historic buildings.

  • If youre traveling with the family, Malá Strana, on the opposite side of Vltava is

  • a good option.

  • A mid-range hotel double room in Prague costs between 1,000 and 3,000 CZK per night.

  • For budget hotels, the average is 1800. Hostels cost around 400 CZK per night on average.

  • Alternatively, you can rent an Airbnb apartment. You can find a small apartment that sleeps

  • four people for under 2,000 CZK per night.

  • Again, these are the average prices, and the ranges for different hotel categories are

  • quite extensive, and, in the summer, or duringthe weekends, the accommodation can be more expensive.

  • However, with a little research online, you can get better deals, especially

  • if your dates are flexible and you don’t travel in high season. Check out our video on the

  • best apps for booking your stay.

  • NUMBER 7: TRANSPORTATION

  • From and to the airport:

  • To get to and fromclav Havel Airport Prague,

  • you can use: buses, airport shuttle, taxis, and car rentals.

  • Check out our travel guide for more information.

  • Arriving by train: You can travel to Prague by train from numerous European cities.

  • If youre arriving from outside Czech Republic, youll arrive at the Main railway station

  • in Prague city center.

  • Arriving by car: You can use Google Maps to get driving directions to Prague.

  • Parking in the city center is limited, especially during the day, so it might be challenging

  • to find a spot. Also, parking in the yellow and blue areas is for locals only.

  • Parking costs between 40 to 60 CZK per hour.

  • In many open space parking places, you can only park

  • for up to two hours.

  • You can also park in one of the parking garages for about 30 CZK per hour

  • and from 200 CZK to 700 CZK per day.

  • Alternatively, you can book one of the many hotels in the city that offer parking.

  • Getting around the city: The sights in Prague are mostly close-by,

  • so it easy to get around on foot. Of course, don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes.

  • But if you don't feel like walking, you can use the following modes of transport:

  • Metro, tram, bus, Uber or taxi, hop on hop off bus, electric scooters, bikes, old car

  • carriage, riverboat rides, and other forms of transportation.

  • If you use public transportation such as metro, tram, or a bus, you will pay 24 CZK for 30

  • minutes, 32 CZK for 90 min, 110 CZK for one day ticket, and 310 CZK for a three-day ticket.

  • Don’t forget to validate your ticket when you enter the metro, tram, or bus.

  • Check our travel guide for more information and prices.

  • NUMBER 6: GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Here are some other things you should know for a pleasant and smooth experience in Prague.

  • Prague is not cheap. While many people traveling to Prague expect

  • low Eastern-European prices, Prague is anything but cheap.

  • So, remember to always check what

  • the price for what youre paying is in your home currency, which you can easily do on

  • your phone in real time.

  • Drinking water: It is perfectly safe to drink tap water in Prague

  • There are also some drinking fountains available throughout the city.

  • Toilets: While there are many public toilets in Prague,

  • most of them charge a fee of 10 CZK to use it.

  • If you can't find a public restroom near you,

  • you can use a restroom of a bar or a restaurant, but you will sometimes need to

  • pay there too anyway. So make sure always to have sufficient amount of coins ready.

  • If you want to see where public toilets are located, you can use an app on your phone.

  • More about that later.

  • Free WiFi: You can get free Wi-Fi at plenty of outdoor

  • and indoor hotspots all over the city, including restaurants, fast food places, cafés, bars,

  • and hotels. Well cover apps for finding free WiFi later.

  • Crowds & lines: Prague is a popular destination, so be prepared

  • to wait in line, especially in the summer months and around big tourist attractions.

  • And there will be tourists there regardless of the seasons.

  • The same goes for restaurants and other public places.

  • Even if you can't avoid all the crowds, you can do some things to make your trip to Prague

  • a more pleasant experience.

  • You can for example avoid peak seasons, avoid traveling during

  • rush hours, get up early in the morning to explore the city without the crowds,

  • explore the suburbs once youve visited the must-see attractions at the city center.

  • Safety & Scams: Prague is generally a very safe place for tourists.