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My name is Barbara, I am Spanish , and I am a receptionist working in London. I have a Tourism Management degree and I'm passionate about everything related to travel. Whenever I have the opportunity, I pack my stuff and I go to see the world!

I am a lover of food and beer. When I am on holidays I like to discover the city that I am visiting but I also like to have time to enjoy a good meal or drinks with my travel companions. This way there is a balance because holidays are not just about discovering new places but also to relax and have fun!

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3 days in Prague

March 2015

The capital city of the Czech Republic is bisected by the Vltava River. This charming city it's known by its Old Town Square where you can find Gothic churches, baroque buildings and the medieval Astronomical Clock. The pedestrian and lively Charles Bridge is one of the city's main attractions and it's lined with statues of Catholic saints. 

WEATHER

Prague has very cold, dry and windy winters and comfortable summers. It's partly cloudy year round. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 18°C and January is the coldest (-1°C). The wettest month is May.

We visited Prague in March and it was really cold. This was the perfect excuse to stop for a coffee or a drink to warm up (while sightseeing). Our last day in Prague was a beautiful sunny day.  If I visit Prague again I probably choose a summer month, but it's one of those cities that enchants you, no matter the weather.

TRANSPORT

From Prague airport to the city centre you can take bus no.100 or bus no.119 (from terminals 1 and 2). Choose bus no.119 if you need to get to metro line A, or bus no.100 if you wish to get to metro line B. Depending on the area of the city where you are staying you will take one bus or the other.

If your flight lands late at night, you can take bus no.510 (from both terminals). This bus operates from 12:15 am to 5 am. In order to reach the city centre you have two options: Take the bus no. 510 and get off at I.P. Pavlova stop (near Wenceslas Square), or take the bus no.510 and get off at Divoká Šárka stop and from there take night tram no.51 to the city centre. Once you reach Prague's city centre you can take a night tram to your final destination.

Even Prague is a city where you can easily walk to most of the main attractions, you can purchase a 24-hour pass (110 CZK) or a 3-day pass (310 CZK) at the airport. These passes allow you to travel around the city hassle-free. Make sure that you validate your ticket when you travel. You can buy tickets directly from the driver, but you will need to pay by cash and it has to be the exact change (they don't accept large notes). 

If you wish to book a transfer from the airport to the city centre, check this link here Transfer from Prague airport to the city centre.

PLACES TO VISIT AND THINGS TO DO

Day 1

  • Walk around Old Town Square, one of Prague's main square. Here you will find the famous Astronomical clock, the monumental St. Nicholas Church and the Týn Cathedral. When we visited the square there was a small concert going on and a market where we did some shopping.

  • Watch the procession of the Twelve Apostles at the Medieval Astronomical clock. It happens every hour from 9 am to 11 pm. Apparently the Old Town Hall is undergoing general repair at the moment, and the clock has been taken apart till August 2018.

  • Located nearby the Old Town Square you will find the Sex Machines Museum. Definitely a different and fun experience.  

  • Get lost in the city and take in all its charm.

  • Walk across the impressive Charles Bridge. From here you can get a beautiful view of Prague and it's a really lively place full of artists.

  • Enjoy Prague's nightlife at Wenceslas Square, a vibrant area of hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Day 2

  • Pay a visit to Prague Castle, a vast castle complex that includes a fascinating collection of historic buildings, with different architectural styles. Here you can visit the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral and the Romanesque Basilica of St George.

  • Stroll around Golden Lane, a street situated in Prague Castle complex where you will find miniature houses glued (literally) to the walls of the castle. One of the famous inhabitants of this street was famous writer Franz Kafka in house no. 22.

  • Take a boat cruise and admire this beautiful city from another point of  view. There are many companies offering these river canal boat trips. The one that we chose was called Venice of Prague and the ticket included a free entrance to the Charles Bridge Museum and a beverage.

  • Visit Kampa Island, located in the Malá Strana neighborhood of Prague. This is one of the most picturesque parts of Prague where you will find the famous John Lennon Wall.

 

Day 3

  • Admire the Franz Kafka monument. Forty-two moving panels form the face of the great Czech writer.

  • Take the funicular from Mala Strana (Lesser Town) to Petrin Hill. Once you are up you can enjoy a magnificent view over Prague. You can also take a look at the Astronomical Observatory or climb the Lookout Tower which resembles the Eiffel Tower. Instead of taking the funicular you can also walk up to Petrin Hill.

  • Get to know the unsettled history of the Prague Jews at the Prague Jewish Town. Find out more about their architecture, traditions, customs and stories.

Note: One of the biggest problems in Prague are pickpockets, so be extremely careful with your belongings.

FOOD AND DRINK

Czech beer is famous worldwide and also... it's cheaper than water!! The Czech beers that I tried during my trip were: PilsnerUrquell, Kozel and Staropramen.

I personally love Czech food, specially the pork (the way that they cook it is delicious!). Here I mention some traditional dishes:

  • Guláš: Unlike the Hungarian goulash, the Czech guláš is prepared with fewer vegetables and contains greater portions of meat.

  • Chlebíčky: Open-faced sandwich with toppings such as egg, ham, salami, pickles, and cucumber.

  • Smažený Sýr: Deep-fried cheese served with fries, salad or a bread roll.

  • Vepřo-knedlo-zelo: Roast pork, bread dumplings, and stewed cabbage.

  • Knedlíky: Dumplings served along with a meat dish or other mains.

  • Palačinky: Czech pancakes look similar to French crepes but are prepared with a different method.Typically rolled up and served with fillings such as jam, fruit, cream or nuts.

My personal recommendation: 

 

  • La Republica, a really nice restaurant serving amazing food. Address: Na Poříčí 12, 110 00, Prague.

WHERE TO STAY

When we visited Prague we stayed at the Designhotel Elephant Prague, a beautiful 4 star rated hotel. Unfortunately this hotel is permanently closed. Taken its place you can find the Grandior Hotel, a 5 star rated hotel located nearby Florenc Underground station. Convenient location and great facilities. 

If you wish to check prices or book a room at this hotel, have a look at this link Grandior hotel.

BUDGET

The currency in Prague is the Czech Republic Koruna (CRK). This destination is really affordable, so I recommend to exchange around £130/150€ (without including hotel and flights).

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