City Guide Prague, Czech Republic

Visiting Prague

It’s a tired cliché when it comes to many cities around the world, but Prague really is an enchanting mix of the old and the new. The Nové Mesto (New Town) symbolises the new independent Czech Republic, while the Staré Mesto (Old Town) is one of the best preserved old towns in Europe as it remained untouched in both World Wars. While these are both on the eastern side of the River Vltava, to the west is Malá Strana (Lesser Town) where Prague’s medieval castle dominates the skyline. Along with all the sightseeing to do, Prague has more than its fair share of affordable restaurants, while search hard enough and you’ll find some of the cheapest (and tastiest) beer in Europe.

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Prague City Reviews

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    Prague Has My Heart.

    Prague is the type of city that will grab you by the heart strings and say "You're mine" quiet in your ear. But it doesn't grab everyone. There is no rhyme or reason for when or where it happens. It just does. Prepare yourself for a unique experience. Beyond that, Prague is very much an individualistic city. You will find the things that grabs you: Music, Art, Culture, History, Beer, Theatre, etc. Just get out and explore.

    Insider Tip:Learn some basic Czech (just forget about vowels...). Get out into the Czech countryside and see some of the history and culture of the REAL Czech Republic. Hike up to the castle and find all the places that the tourists AREN'T - that's where the real beauty of Prague comes out.

  • 80%


    Good for the Price

    The beds are about 40 cm apart, 4 bunks per room very small. But it's makes you want to be out and about so maybe a good thing.. Showers and bathroom are clean, although stalls are glass but not a big deal. Wifi is great.

    Insider Tip:Got to the 5 levels club! There's a supermarket in the metro station right beside the hostel. Ask someone which water to buy.. Some of them taste really weird, like flat sparkling water (you'll understand if you get the wrong one). When buying a ticket to the Prague castle, I'd suggest not paying the 50 HRK to take photos inside. No on asked it see the slip allowing you to see it. But up to you..

  • 50%


    Still the jewel of Europe.

    Prague gets a lot of praise but it's not enough. The city is wonderful, bursting with culture and sights to see. Cheap and cheerful even in the very centre of the city compared to some other European capitals. The public transport will cost you next to nothing and it runs on time all the time, every part of the city is easily accessed. Prague is a very safe place steeped in culture and rich food that will cost you practically nothing. You should go!

    Insider Tip:There is a church called Sedlec Ossery in a town called Kutna Hora about an hour away. Find a tour that will take you there and have a look. It really is quite something. In Kutna Hora there is also a church called St. Barbaras' Church which is stunning and rivals St. Vitus Catheral.

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    The most free place in the world

    Besides the fact that Prague has one of the most beautiful historical architecture in the world what actually surprised me was the fact that the freedom there is really taken seriously. It's the most free city I've ever seen and I think that's what makes it so easy to walk around there. The people are really peaceful and a lot of CRAZY things happens in every corner of the city. You just have to stop looking with your tourist eyes for a while and you'll see little miracles happening everywhere.

    Insider Tip:You should go see the most terrible living statue at the main square. The guy has no idea of the concept of a living statue and he just walks around smoking with his white costume. It's the most funny thing in the world.

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    Beautfiul city, but I only got to see it for a day. A lot of people come here from other parts of Europe to party here, so it can get a bit crazy. Which can be a good and bad thing.

    Insider Tip:They take Koruna and the Euro, but only give cash back in Kc.

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