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

  • 100%



    I have been to many different cities in Europe but Prague has been my favorite. The architecture is absolutely amazing and the artistic detail throughout the city is something you just have to see! Nothing falls short, from the sites to the food. Walking around it was harder and harder for me to believe that a city like that even exists. It is so well preserved and very unique.

    Insider Tip:Prague Castle is definitely something you cannot miss, but if you have time go see Prague's second castle, Vysehrad. It is just two quick stops south on the metro from Wenceslas Square. There are not as many people walking around in comparison to Prague Castle. The graveyard is very eerie and beautiful.

  • 80%


    A beautiful city, even in the rain!

    Praha is a beautiful old city. We were only there for two nights (which is enough for a city break) but we got to experience the charm of Praha and we actually saw everything we wanted to see. In just one day we managed all the main sights, including the castle, which has a beautiful view over the rest of the city. There are so many musicians in the streets, namely jazz groups, which was fantastic. A lovely city for a short break.

    Insider Tip:For Kafka lovers, do a bit of research before you arrive so you can visit the places he lived and frequented. We spent a fair bit of time getting lost and wondering if we'd found the correct building! The Kafka Museum is also very interesting, but very dark inside (in terms of lighting, not necessarily content). And, most importantly: bring comfy shoes! The streets are cobbled and you will be doing a lot of walking.

  • 70%



    I enjoyed Prague. It was busier than I expected and not as inexpensive (besides beer) but it was still a wonderful city. The party scene is busy and you can hit a few 24/7 clubs if that's your prerogative.

    Insider Tip:Go to the castle, but skip the Lennon Wall, which is a waste of time now that "artists" painted over it last year.

  • 60%


    Prague: Beautiful city but so many tourists

    So much history and amazing architecture in Old Town. Way too many tourists in the summer season. If I were to visit again it would be outside of high tourist times of the year. I'd say the ratio is 9:1 and generally the average age of the tourists is 16-20. That includes who goes out for the nightlife.

    Insider Tip:Travel outside of tourist season if you want something more authentic. Still a must see city though!

  • 90%



    I was only there for one night but I loved my visit. A very walkable and busy city with beautiful architecture. Many great cafes and authentic restaurants. I wish I'd stayed there longer but I saw castles and cathedrals and lovely parks.

    Insider Tip:It is worth walking around the city centre when the day is at it's most busy. I found this hypnotic.

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