If you're travelling to the Czech Republic, your main attraction will very likely be the famous Prague! Here's a few key things you should know before you visit the country's capital - from a local's perspective.
It’s probably no surprise that there are lots of things to do in the capital, but in our opinion, Prague just has so many things to offer. There's the usual must-see sites like Prague Castle, the Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge, but once you've seen them, there's still plenty to do. From tons of delicious cafes and restaurants to parks in every part of the city to virtual reality and selfie museums, it is impossible to ever get bored here.
On top of that, there are always events going on such as funky markets, the light festival in October, circus events, sporting events, and the list goes on and on. A few days in this city simply just isn’t enough!
Okay, we haven’t actually checked if this is true but we think it is! Did you know that the pilsner beer was actually invented in the Czech Republic? No matter what restaurant you go to, you will see a great variety of Czech beers. Even at McDonald’s, you can buy a beer!
Czech people are very proud of their beer and they love to sit down with some friends and have a pint or two after work or heck sometimes even before! If you want a more in-depth experience of Czech beer, try a beer tasting or visit some of the local microbreweries.
It might be like this in a lot of capital cities around the world, but we find it so interesting how much the price of similar products differs depending on where in the city you are.
Since we just spoke about beer, let’s use that as an example. A beer in Prague 1, which is the Old Town Square and the most central part of the city, will cost you almost double what it costs once you leave the touristy areas. Even in Prague 2 which is still a popular area, you can find beer for half the price than in the center. And if you go further away from town, it’ll get even cheaper. The same goes for food, coffee, and wine.
This is probably one of our favorite things about Prague. The public transport here is so cheap and it’s so easy to get around both within the city and around the country. Prague has busses, metros, and trams that run all the time, and they’re super well connected. Ticket prices start at just over $1 USD.
The easiest places to buy tickets are from metro stations and the orange or yellow ticket machines at major tram and bus stops. They are also available at newsagents and public transport information centres. You can also purchase tickets from the ticket machines inside trams with a contactless card.
Tickets must also be validated before you travel. Just punch your ticket in one of the orange or yellow machines located at the entrance to the metro, or inside trams and buses.
It’s pretty common knowledge that Berlin, Budapest, and all of Italy has incredible food, but did you know that Prague has a TON of delicious cafes and restaurants? From classic Czech food to Insta-friendly food, you can find everything.
Start by trying the classics - Trdelník (chimney cake), goulash, the Chlebíčky open sandwich, sausages, pancakes, dumplings... the list goes on. Then, if you have time, try some of the contemporary or fine-dining restaurants.
And if you and your friends can’t figure out where to eat, you can always check out Manifesto Market or The Backyard Kotva where each person can get exactly what they want food-court style. Or, if you're short on time, take a food tour to try several eateries in a just a few hours.
One thing that really surprised us about Prague when we moved here was the fact that there are so many expats! A quick Google search told us that in 2015 there were 166,000 foreigners living in Prague alone. If that doesn’t bring a great expat community to the city we don’t know what does - and it makes it easier for visitors to meet people who speak their languages.
From the Down Under Bar to trivia nights at The Globe to the Coffice coworking space, there are so many places to meet other expats! Living in Prague is definitely one of the best things we’ve ever done.
No matter how much we love this city, it’s always nice getting out of the city centre to enjoy nature and see some different things. There are tons of castles, hikes, viewpoints, and cute towns less than or just over an hour away. If you’re up for a day trip we recommend you check out Karlstejn Castle, Velka America, Kutna Hora, and Vyhlidka Maj just to name a few!
Planning a trip to Prague? Stay at Lazenska N°4 in the Lesser Town, with beautiful apartments just a short walk from major attractions.
Last Updated 31 May 2022