Prague everything you need for a great trip

Prague 5They say if you rub the statue on the Charles Bridge you will return to Prague, I must have rubbed really hard 🙂  I will continue to update this to include my favourite spots and keep updated on all the new and cool cafes etc so you can get the low down of the bars and restaurants and tours we take.

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 Flights to Prague from anywhere in Europe can be found for 22 – 50 euro one way if you plan ahead.  There is a vast selection of hotels in all grades offering great deals. The city itself is stunning and if anyone wants to extend their trip the rail system in Europe is great so it would be easy to get to other cities from here, which is exactly what I do.  For more information see Czech trains

Step 1. Getting from Prague airport:

there are many private options like booking a shuttle or a taxi.  Public transport in mainland Europe is very good and cheap.   Here are the exact instructions using public transport to Malostrana.

Leaving the airport You can catch bus No. 119. This bus will arrive at the terminal station DEJVICKÁ. Here, you will find the subway green-line of the Metro A station Dejvická. Take the metro in the direction MALOSTRANSKÁ, where You are getting out. In front of this metro station, Malostranská, you will find the tram stop. Take the tram 22-20-12 (all numbers are possible) direction MALOSTRANSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ.

The price of the ticket is 32,- Czech Crowns and you can stamp it directly at the airport, and no more. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes.  The currency rate is roughly 25 CZK to one Euro.  So your ticket is cheap.

WOULD YOU RATHER A TAXI?

Here is a company I found that will take you to your hotel door for 590 CZK which is roughly 20 euro they will take up to 4 people so a fiver each worth it I think.  5-8 people 780 CZK makes your fare even cheaper. There are no extra hidden charges. I have used them on 8 occasions.

You can see the complete price list (as well in other currencies such as GBP, EUR and USD) http://www.prague-airport-transfers.co.uk/pricing.htm.

My favourite App is Liftago, download it and my trip from the airport cost me 366. with this promo code SANDRA28629 IT WAS 266

Step 2. My favourite hotels in Prague

I prefer the Lesser town and minutes walk from the famous bridge and on the same side as the famous castle. Prague 3 night   Prague Castle, the Guinness book of world records recognized this castle as the biggest historical castle in the world. Lesser town is connected to the old town by Charles bridge. The bridge is lined with entertainment and market stalls during the day and pick pockets watch out.

WHERE DO I STAY

A favourite hotel in Prague is The Golden Wheel Service is perfect and its a home away from home. Walking distance from everything including the castle. A new favourite for location is the hotel Roma.

Nerudova Street named after the poet and journalist Jan Neruda, who lived at No 47 in the House of Two Suns, it is the picturesque narrow street that leads up to Prague castle as a part of Royal Way. There is a splendid selection of heraldic beasts and emblems on the houses, for example the Red Eagle, the Three Fiddles, the Golden Horseshoe, the Green lobster and the White Swan.  There are also a number of grand Baroque buildings, such as the Thun-Hohenstain Palace, the Morzin Palace, the Church of Our Lady of Unceasing Succour.

#2. My second favourite but I have been using more often because I love the location and its better value frankly. It’s a old building not as plush as the former but its walking distance from the old town and everything and I love the restaurants around it also. Its more on the flat and if you have mobility issues I recommend this one. Several trams stop outside and around the corner from this hotel also. The tram stop is Ujezd and it is actually where you will go to get the funicular railway. I’ve booked all my guests into this hotel for my wedding for location reasons.

http://www.hotelromaprague.com/

What to see

The Prague astronomical clock is a medieval astronomical clock located in the old town square. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.  Its also voted as one of the most disappointing things to visit as a tourist in the world, not so if you take the walking tour and learn the history, now I love it. (its closed until September 2018 for upkeep)

Some useful sites Josefov is the historical Jewish ghetto in Prague, http://www.tourist-destinations.net/2013/12/prague-czech-republic-travel-guide.html (My thoughts on this is that is is very long and drawn out for what it is, the Jewish district is beautiful though and easy to walk to from anywhere.

http://www.cd.cz/en/default.htm special fares available.

“Pour Pour is a store behind the the National Theatre: this store sells clothes designed by students who are studying fashion design in Prague, so often they have very original pieces that are not too expensive. They also offer second-hand pieces. Trust me! This store is filled with very fun and totally unique things. Address: Vorsilska 6 (entrance on Ostrovni) Metro: Narodni trida.” Interested in shopping for things a little bit different then this is a cool store.

Free walking tours.

I always like to do a walking tour of a city and over the years companies offering them have quadrupled. Remember to tip, they do not get paid. There are many companies offering this service so I wont recommend any but go to the old town square and look for the Cartier jewelry store next to the tourist office and they all meet there at 10am and 1pm among other times. Or just ask in the tourist office.

Funicular Railway 

this is fabulous and runs from Ujezd St and tram stop. The views from the top are fabulous and if you happen to be staying in the hotel Roma then it basically on your door step. On a clear day if the weather is good and you are fit then I recommend taking the funicular up and walking back through the woods. You can even stop off and have dinner or a beer in the restaurant located half way up Petrin hill.

My favourite restaurants

The Local, I’ve gone here with a large group and just 2 of us. There are a few in the city. great value, great beer and menu’s available in English if you wish. I’ve eaten here 3 times now. Upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs is very smokey if it bothers you bear that in mind. The Lokal very traditional and in the Lesser town also. (since writing this the government have introduced the no smoking ban, lets wait and see how that goes. )

Klasterni Senk Monastery Tavern.  Outstanding, and I’ve been back, several times now. I especially love it in winter. The monks make the wine and beer. Great ambiance. Located in Prague 6. I take a taxi but you can also take public transport its not difficult to find, open for lunch and dinner and I do make dinner reservations for night visits. Just click the link and email them or have your hotel call them. Tram 22 and 25.

Tri-stoleti. The food here is excellent.  Great for a group or a romantic meal. I have never had a steak so good.  Amazing all round.  It was Sunday and the restaurant was quiet so we got spoiled with attention perhaps. They also have an excellent cafe next door.

Check out the Savoy Cafe, its famous and opulent. Not my favourite but worth it for a coffee if for nothing else than to stare at the ceiling. My new favourite is the Cafe Lounge just minutes from the Savoy. I’ve eaten here 3 times. Food is fabulous. If you want brunch at the weekends book. In fact I always book. Just get your hotel to do it if you haven’t ahead of time.

The Blue Duck 2 – U Modre Kachnicky II, is a quirky old style 1930’s restaurant. Located in the old town it is expensive by Prague standards and that is mostly the location as its in tourist heaven. The food is centered around Duck. A mean is around 40 euro per person which is still a deal if you earn in a western country.

U Parlamentou walking distance to the Charles Bridge, the food is good and the price is relatively good for the location. Traditional Czech food and very tasty.

A word of advice in the bars and restaurants here, you will often see pretzels etc on the tables.  They are not free and will be added to your bill and they are often stale and not great so just be warned.  Also the beer, normally a waiter will keep bringing more until you advise them to stop.  A lot of comments on restaurants and bar sites are that the service is crap, and the waitstaff can be surely.  Expect this as there is nothing I can do to control it.

My winter visits to Prague include time drinking mulled wine and wandering around a few Christmas Markets soaking up the atmosphere.  Prague is great in any season. As the Czech Republic has the best beer in the world with strict rules about brewing and keeping it free from additives I am sure Ill be sampling a beer or 25.  Mainly that’s what the trip is about, hanging with friends and experiencing a great city.  Expect updates!

Some tips for cheap eats in Prague. http://www.tasteofprague.com/pragueblog/budget-eats-in-prague#.VSsJgfnF_w8 . This is a great website for new and happening restaurants.

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Just a girl from Ireland who wants to live everywhere. Not a planner, a winger when it comes to travel. I don't even like people who plan too much. Without spontaneity there is no depth. A jack of all trades. A great friend, loyal and passionate and I expect the same in return. Always ready for the next adventure at a moments notice.
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2 Responses to Prague everything you need for a great trip

  1. Jamie says:

    I love your site and reading about these restaurants etc prompted me to book and follow it step by step. I must say it saved me a lot of work and really actually a lot of money. Thank you

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