Get around

Public transportation is very convenient in most of the areas visitors are likely to frequent. One key thing to note if you are staying outside of the the city centre is that public transport buses do not enter the historic districts (Old Town, New Town, Lower Town, etc.), so as to prevent air and noise pollution. One must transfer to a cleaner and quieter electric-powered tram or a metro before reaching historic areas.

 

Walking

Prague is renowned as a very “walkable” city. For those who enjoy seeing the old and new city by foot, one can easily walk from Wenceslas Square to the Old Town Square, or from the Old Town to Charles Bridge and the Castle District. However almost all of the streets are cobbled, rendering it very difficult for disabled or elderly travellers to get around effectively. Drivers must yield to pedestrians at all marked pedestrian cross-walks.

Remember that in the Czech Republic, it is illegal to cross at a pedestrian crossing on a red man, and if caught this incurs a fine of 1000CZK.

Tram and metro

There are three metro (subway) lines, numerous bus and tram (streetcar) lines, regional (S) trains within Prague, as well as a funicular to Petřín hill and few ferries across Vltava river – all integrated in Prague integrated transport (PID).

The tram and bus schedules are posted on the stops, and the metro operates from early in the morning (around 05:00) until approximately midnight. Buses and trams start earlier and finish later to connect to metro. Between 11pm and 1am you an use trams going to the depot, sometimes taking unusual routes. The schedules, maps and prices may be consulted at their website.

Prague public transport is fast and efficient when you know how to use it. Sometimes you have to change a few times – the schedule website is the best way to plan your trip. If you get lost, you can take some bus / tram, almost all lines pass through a metro station where you can orient yourself.

Public transport continues at night and it’s fairly extensive. Night trams or night buses (00:00 to 05:00) usually come every 30 minutes. Every 15 minutes during this time, trams leave the central exchange stop of Lazarská in the centre of Prague. All night trams go through this stop. You can easily change tram lines here if nowhere else. At all night exchange stops, trams and buses wait for the connecting tram/bus.

Do not underestimate how close to the footpath the trams will be when they reach the stop. It’s safer to take a few steps back before the tram arrives, as wing mirrors could cause injury for taller people. In Metro, you should stay behind the dashed safety line on the floor about half a meter from the edge of the platform. On an escalator, it is customary to stand on the right side and walk up on the left side. When you use public transport in Prague, keep in mind that it is good etiquette to let elderly people, pregnant women or disabled people sit down.

Shuttle

Shared minibus airport service is a cheaper alternative to regular door-to-door private transfers.

  • Budweis-shuttle(Cesky Krumlov shuttlebus transfer), (info@budweis-shuttle.cz). Door-to-door transportation service from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice. Kč1,000.
  • cz(Shuttle bus from / to Cesky Krumlov). offers door – to – door Shuttle bus to Prague from Cesky Krumlov and back.Price 1000 CZK (40 EUR) per person.) Private transportation available by CAR or VAN Kč1,000.

Taxi drivers at the railway station may show you a printed card that details the “fixed fares” for travel within the city. This is completely false. Don’t fall for it.

Always insist on having the taxi-meter turned on and ask for a printed receipt once you leave the taxi. The receipt should have the driver’s name, address and tax identification number included. Even though you ask for a receipt the taxi-meter could be tampered with using the so called “turbo”, which will cause the taxi-meter price to go sky high.

If you decide to flag down a taxi on the street make sure you stop a car with the logo of one of the major companies. It’s not a bullet proof solution, but at least you have some chance to get some satisfaction from the taxi dispatching company.

By boat

You can travel down the famous Vltava River (Moldau, in German), which inspired writers and composers such as Smetana and Dvorak.

The Prague Steamboat Company offers sight seeing cruises as well as trips to the Prague ZOO or the Slapy River Dam.

There also few small passenger ferries across the river, integrated to the Prague’s public transport tariff.


See

  • Prague Castle. This is the biggest ancient castle in the world, according to Guinness World Records, and rises like a dream above the city offering beautiful views of the areas below. Also on site is the St. Vitus Cathedral with its lookout tower, theCastle Picture Gallery, several palaces and museums and the beautiful Royal Garden, among others. You can also watch the Presidential Guard, and the changeover of the guards on duty on the hour. A Prague castle ticket is 350 CZK and an audio guide costs a further 350 CZK.
  • Charles Bridgeconnects Old Town with Lesser Town. Its construction started in the 14th century and it is one of Prague’s most beautiful structures. During the day, it is a bustling place of trade and entertainment, as musicians busk and artists sell their paintings and jewelry.
  • Old Town(Staré město); Prague’s historic centre includes numerous historic buildings and monuments, most notably the famed Astronomical Clock (Orloj), the pure GothicTýn Church, the mural-covered Storch building, and the Jan Hus monument. Nearby, the Estate Theatre is a neoclassical theatre where Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed. Old Town features many historical churches (St. James Church, Church of Our Lady before Týn among others) and some other interesting historical buildings like the Old Town Hall.
  • Josefov; this historic Jewish ghetto is interesting for its well preserved synagogues. The Old New Synagogue (Czech:Staronová synagoga) is Europe’s oldest active synagogue and it is rumoured to be the resting place of the famed Prague Golem. Another interesting synagogue is the Spanish Synagogue, a highly ornamental building of Moorish style. Other attractions include the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Europe, and Kafka’s house. The Old New Synagogue is NOT a part of the Jewish museum, so if you wish to see everything, it is recommended that you buy a combined pass to all of the Jewish attractions for 480 CZK.
  • New Town(Nové město); New Town was established as an extension of Old Town in the 14th century, though much of the area has now been reconstructed. The main attraction here is Wenceslas Square, a rectangular commercial square with many stalls, shops and restaurants. At the top of the square is the National Museum which is well worth a look (see below). Midway down this historic boulevard, one finds trendy discos and Art Nouveau hotels, as well as quaint parks and arcades, while just off the beaten path are some wonderful panoramic views (Henry Tower), romantic restaurants and the dazzling, Disney-colored Jubilee Synagogue.
  • Lesser Town(Malá strana); Across the Vltava River from the city centre and leading to the castle, this quarter also offers beautiful streets and churches (of which St. Nicholas Church is the most renowned). The Lennon Wall, which used to be a source of irritation to the communist regime, is also found here, near a Venetian-like canal with water wheel and close to the Charles Bridge.
  • Infant of Prague(Jezulátko). This famous statue of Christ, known also as the Holy Infant of Prague, is among the most widespread religious images in the world. The original statue can be seen in the Church of Our Lady Victorious in Lesser Town.
  • Loreta. A beautiful Baroque convent in the Lesser Town.
  • Strahov Monastery. A monastery on the mountain. Worth a visit for both its picture gallery and its notable Renaissance library.
  • Prague Dancing House(Fred and Ginger Building); one of the most fascinating architectural expressions of Prague co-designed by Vlado Milunic and Frank Gehry. Accessible from Karlovo náměstí metro station.
  • Vyšehrad. A nice castle well worth a visit.
  • Petřínská rozhledna. A smaller version of the Eiffel Tower on the top of Petrin Hill overlooking Prague. Climbing the tower costs 120 CZK for a standard ticket or 60 CZK for discounts. Paid lift available (60 CZK).
  • Prague Giant Metronome— A huge monument erected to replace the Stalinist monument that preceded it.
  • Memorial to the 1989 Velvet Revolution— A simple brass plaque at 20 Narodni. From Cafe Louvre, walk toward the river. You will enter an archway, and after just a few meters, look at the wall on the left.
  • Prague Zoo. To get there, take Metro C to Nadrazi Holesovice, then bus 112 which terminates at the Zoo. Nearby is theTroja Chateau (Trojský Zámek) with a large garden displaying various sculptures and a Botanic Garden (Botanická zahrada Troja) with a tropical greenhouse.
  • Prague christmas markets. The atmosphere of the Prague Christmas market was then enriched by fairground attractions, there used to be singers who showed the horrific scenes illustrating the songs stories.

Museums

  • Czech National Gallery(Národní galerie). Its most important collections are in the Sternberg Palace (up to to the Baroque), St George Convent (Czech Baroque and Mannerism) and Veletržní Palace (19th century and modern art). The first two are located near and in the castle respectively. Do not confuse them with the Castle Picture Gallery (see above) which is worth visiting on its own right. Also interesting is the Museum of Czech Cubism at the House of the Black Madonna in the Old Town (closed as of April 2013).
  • Czech National Museum (Národní muzeum). An association of various museums. The main building is at the Wenceslas Square and is dedicated to natural history (this branch is closed until 2017). Other branches include museums of the Czech composers Dvořák and Smetana, Czech Music Museum, Historical Pharmacy Museum, Prince Lobkovicz’ Collection at the Prague Castle, Czech Ethnographical Museum and Naprstek Anthropological Museum.
  • Prague City Gallery. A museum of modern Czech arts divided between several sites most of which are in the old town. Its main building is the House of the Golden Ring at the Old Town Square featuring 20th Century Czech art in a beautiful medieval edifice. 19th Century Czech art is exhibited at the Troja Castle.
  • Czech Museum of Fine Arts. 20th Century Czech art and changing exhibitions.
  • Museum of Decorative Arts. This 17th century palazzo-style building houses examples of historical and contemporary crafts, as well as applied arts and design.
  • National Technical Museum(Národní technické muzeum). Amazing collection of motorcycles, cars, aircraft and commercial vehicles, plus many examples of communist-era technological engineering. Reopened in February 2011 after extensive renovation works.
  • Military Museum. Showcases the uniforms, artifacts and maps relating to the Czechoslovak armed forces during World Wars I and II.
  • Jewish Museum. This covers six separate places (four synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Memorial Hall) but does not include the Old-New Synagogue, although entrance tickets can either include or exclude the last named. The Old-New Synagogue is expensive in relation to the museum but in view of its age, it’s worth including it. The Memorial Hall is particularly moving with exhibits of the writings of children in death camps.
  • Mozart and Dušek Museum. Dedicated to the works of Mozart. The Museum of W. A. Mozart and the Dušeks is closed from November 1st, 2009 until further notice.
  • Prague City Museum(Muzeum hl. m. Prahy). An absolute must-see for the incredibly detailed cardboard model of nineteenth century Prague by Anton Langweil. The detail is amazing, even down to the colour of the doorways and the design of the windowsills.
  • Mucha Museum. A museum of the Czech artist Alfons Mucha.
  • Kafka Museum. There is also a permanent exhibition at Kafka’s house.
  • The Pedagogical Comenius Museum. A museum documenting the writings of the Czech Renaissance erudite.
  • The Mueller Villa. A work of art of the well known Viennese architect Adolf Loos from the beginning of the 20th Century.
  • Museum of Communism. Interesting exhibits on how Communism changed Czechoslavakia, but skewed toward a particular view of history (though this is the way most Czechs see it).
  • Karel Zeman Museum. The Karel Zeman Museum presents the life’s work of the world renown film maker Karel Zeman and his cinematic special effects, which made Czech cinematography world famous in the 20th century. A substantial part of the museum is dedicated to his most significant films – Journey to Prehistory, An Invention for Destruction, and Baron Munchausen. Museum also provides workshop of animation and special film effects. The museum’s playful approach to the exhibition is unique, it allows visitors to participate directly – to try out with their own photo and video cameras selected special-effect techniques that Zeman used in his films.
  • Lobkowicz Palace.10:00-18:00. Art museum near Prague Castle with a Classic Midday Concert at 13:00, combo tickets (Museum Admission and Concert) sell for 590kc, and a Lobkowicz Palace Restaurant & Café featuring the best panoramic view of Prague. Adult Admission/Student&Senior/Family: 275/200/690kc.
  • There are plenty of smaller museums. Among them are the Miniature Museum at the Stahnov Monastery, Toys Museum and Musical Automata Museum at the Prague Castle, Wax Museum, Torture Museum, Postal Museum and Brewery Museum at the Old Town and the Aviation Museum at Kbely.

Modern art

  • DOX – Centre for Contemporary Art. Newly opened gallery for modern arts, modern EU gallery style. Huge white building with lot of exhibitions, installations and interesting objects to see. Located at Poupětova 1, Praha 7 near industrial district Holešovice (subway red line C) is quite long way from the center but definitely worth to see. You can check the exhibitions during day (around 1-2 hr) and on the trip back to Holešovice visit the legendary underground grown up Cross Club.
  • MeetFactory
  • Museum Kampa. A museum of modern Central European art.
  • Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, contemporary architecture. You can find here profiles of influential people and groups, retrospective exhibitions, thematic exhibitions, recent movement in architecture. Gallery provides lectures, seminars and publishing, regarding central Prague the JFG became a centre for architects, professional and general public, students of architecture and construction companies.

Sightseeing Passes

As with many major European cities, you can get a good deal by buying a tourist card. Be discerning when choosing based on your needs (for example, cards may list free entry to locations that are normally free anyway – this concerns Prague Pass). Here are your options:

  • Prague Card. All-top attractions inclusive tourist card with tradition since 1991, is valid for 4 days and grants free entry to over 50 top attractions in the Prague area. You will receive a book with information on all the free attractions and many discounts (Prague Walks excursions, airport transfer, shopping, Mucha and Kafka museum etc.) and a voucher for each attraction. You can only enter the attraction with a valid card AND a voucher. The card does not include public transport and a separate ticket will have to be bought. The Prague Card costs 790CZK. You will not save much with this card.

With the Prague Card you can visit Prague Castle (350 CZK), Old Town, Malá Strana and Charles Bridge historical towers and other attractions, Observatory (20 CZK), small copy of Eiffel Tour (100 CZK) and Mirror Maze at Petrin Hill (90 CZK), Vysehrad all castle including his casemates and gallery, many New Town Museums and Galleries and several castles outside centre of Prague.

  • Welcome Card TVCzechia®. Free admission to Prague castles and towers as well as a lot of discounts in Prague and Karlovy Vary region. 990CZK.

Card Benefits Of note is that the card will grant admission to all the Prague Castle short tour, which normally costs 250CZK. Many of the town’s museums and galleries–including all branches of the National Gallery and the National Museum–are also included, and over four days you can easily see 3 times the card’s value. As such, this is an excellent choice if you’re planning on visiting a lot of museums. The only major attraction that is not included is the Old New Synagogue and Jewish Museum.

  • Prague Pass. Will give you free entry to various attractions in Prague within a 1 year period, various discounts, sightseeing tours and 72 hours of public transport, including metro, tram, bus, funicular, and train all for 860CZK.

Card Benefits There is something for everyone with Vysehrad and its casemate (catacombs) and basilica, take a boat trip through Prague on the river Vltava (Moldau), effortless up in the TV tower with the best panorama of Prague or enjoy a ride on the Petrin hill cable railway. The whole city in one hall (perfect model in 1:480 scale) – a time travel to the past in Prague’s historical most significant museum. Don’t fear the sharks and marvel at the blaze of colors in the Sea World Aquarium, a magical ride at a performance of a Black-Light-Theater or let your soul swing at a concert in a church. River Navigation Museum, Army museum, Aviation museum and the UNESCO certified auto museum “PRAGA”…. all for free! (Some of them however have free entry anyway !)

Also in your pack is a free map of Prague and a program guide booklet as well as a free welcome present. You will also receive discount coupons for several discounts of up to 50% for guided sightseeing- and city-walking tours, Mozart museum, galleries, concerts, internet use, computer games, real laser game or for Rent a Car (25%).

  • National Gallery Gift Ticket— If you are an art lover and you are staying in Prague for a longer time, adárková vstupenka (gift ticket) for National Gallery may save you money. The ticket is valid for a year and is valid in all exhibitions (both permanent and non-permanent) of National Gallery. Number of visits is not limited. A gift ticket for one person costs 650 CZK, for two persons 1000 CZK. For 240 CZK you can have one-person ticket valid for two days in all “Old Art” exhibitions of National Gallery (Šternberk Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, St. Anežka Convent), basic entry for these three galleries bought separately would cost you 450 CZK.

Do

Real-life escape rooms

One of the most popular activity in Prague is the escape room challenge. This is recommended for groups of 2-5 people. As the escape room is an indoor activity, this can be planned in advance independently from the weather condition. Most popular among locals are Cryptex (Korenskeho 3). and Getaway Prague (Blanická 9.), ☎+420 774 978 220 (info@gtwy.cz). Cryptex and Getaway Prague is an interactive game where players need to escape a room within 60 minutes by finding keys, codes, interlinking different objects, solving puzzles and riddles, all while cooperating in a team. They provide the challenge in a furnished civil shelter, in an authentic environment.

 

Bike Tours

Prague has more than 120 kilometer of bike paths to its disposal. This makes Prague a suitable city to discover by bike. Nowadays Prague can be seen as a real cycle city. This is confirmed by the great offer of cycle services and centers. There are several bicycle garages, bike rental and bike tour companies making cycling in this city change for the better. For more information and exact rules concerning cycling in Prague you can take a look at this website.

If you want to discover Prague on your own, this is possible by renting a bike. However, if you want to explore the city and learn about culture and history it’s recommended to do a guided bike tour. Two bike tour companies which give bike tours as well as they offer the possibility to rent a bike are Baja Bikes and Biko Adventures. By doing a bike tour you’ll get familiar with the city’s highlights and its history in a few hours.

  • Praha Bike – tours & rental, Dlouha 24, Praha 1 ☎ +420 732 388 880Praha Bike is the biggest bike rental in Prague and in the Czech Republic. Praha Bike offers bike rental or bike tour, there are regular daily tours or special tours by reservation. Open 9:00 to 21:00, from March to November.
  • BIKO Adventures Prague, Vratislavova 58/3,Vysehrad Prague 2. ☎(+420)736441710. BIKO offers outdoor activities “off the beaten track” in Prague and in the Czech Republic and high level mountain bike and road bike rental. Mountain bike and road bike tours from easy to advanced in and around Prague, to Karlstejn castle and in Singltrek pod Smrkem, the best MTB trails in central Europe, with high level bikes. Urban hikes in Prague, in Karlstejn and to the Czech Paradise, a UNESCO heritage site. Sightseeing running and trail running tours and cross country skiing tours. BIKO is open all year long. However the shop is open 7 days a week from April to October from 9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. From November to March BIKO handles everything online and the guides go to the shop only in case of tours so it is better to drop an email or call. There are different price options according to the tour level (easy or advanced), the number of participants and the bike options chosen (you have your own bike, standard and high level MTB. Also at BIKO shop you can find design t-shirts about Prague and the bike culture, a great souvenir from Prague.
  • Prague Bike Tour(Prague Bike Tour), Michalska 12, Prague 1, Prague (best way from -Národní třída- metro station), ☎ +420602-277-060. Prague Bike Tour Including Old Town, Jewish quarter, Wenceslas Square.
  • Prague By E-Bike Sightseeing Tours, Nosticova 6, Prague 1. ☎(+420)603993393.Prague By E-Bike offers daily morning and afternoon guided Prague sightseeing tours on electric bikes. Prague By E-Bike Tours are a personalized way to discover historic Prague, with a limit of 8 participants per tour. Our eBike Prague tours take approximately 3 hours and include a training, a complimentary helmet and a soft drink. Regular tours are in English. French on request. Open from April to November.
  • We Bike Prague, Konviktska 7, Praha 1 ☎ +420 773 912 010This bike company offers single daily bike rental, Prague bike tour and multidays cycling tour in the Czech Republic. This company is the only one which offers a complete tour of Prague with a perfect combination of biking and walking routes, including the interiors part of Prague castle. as well you can customize with this company any kind of cycling trip for 3 up to 18 days in the Czech Republic or in central Europe.

Culture

There are many opera and Black Light Theatre companies in Prague. There are several performance groups that cater to tourists. They aren’t strictly to be avoided, but common sense should tell you that the opera advertised by costumed pamphleteers is not going to be up to truly professional standards.

  • AghaRTA Jazz Centrum.
  • The Estates Theatre.
  • Ungelt Jazz & Blues Club.
  • Black Light Theatre.

Festivals

  • Prague Spring– the most famous classical music festival in Czech republic
  • Prague Folklore Days– the biggest folk dance festival in central Europe.
  • Prague Advent Choral Meeting.

List of Concerts, Theatres, Museums, Galleries, Monasteries, Antiques, Trade Fairs, History in prague:

  • Heart of Europe.

River cruises

River cruises are both popular and varied, from one hour cruises to long evening cruises with dinner or music.

  • Cruise Prague. Offers a wide range of regular and private cruises.
  • EVD.
  • JazzBoat. Combines cruising and jazz concerts.

Sightseeing

  • Prague FlightsOffers sightseeing flights by airplane, helicopter or in hot air balloon and tandem skydiving.
  • Treasure Hunt PragueTreasure Hunt Prague is a dynamic team competition, that makes use of modern technology and GPS-enabled tablets and let’s you visit a wide range of Brno’s historical monuments in a record time. Suitable for larger groups and companies.

Sports

  • Prague Sports gives you the chance to play a range of sports from football, cricket, rugby union, and hockey in Prague. Packages can be tailor-made to include accommodation, transfers, activities etc.
  • Target shootingon a gun range; popular with tour groups.

Health & Massage

  • Lakshmi Tantric Massage Temple offers a special intimate treat for body and soul. An intense experience for all of your senses, discover the Tantric refined sensuality in a magical Indian atmosphere. Slávy Horníka 17,Prague 5 – Košíře. 7 days: 09:00-21:00, reservation needed at ☎+420 776 497 622, info@lakshmi.cz

Meet and Greet Locals

For the travelers who wants to get a real taste of Prague, you can join real native people that will show you their city around. Everyday with small groups they share their passion of the Magical city during 90 minutes walking tours. This service is free, guests choose their tip. Learn about the main landmarks but also the everyday life, the best addresses from young energetic, fun and educated guides.

 

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