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Prague. The city is famous for its unique medieval architecture, the historical centre of Prague is inscribed in the World Heritage List.

Understand

Prague was founded in the later 9th century, and soon became the seat of Bohemian kings, some of whom ruled as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The city thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town in the 14th century - many of the city's most important attractions date back to that age. The city also went under Habsburg rule and became the capital of a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918, after World War I, the city became the capital of Czechoslovakia. After 1989 many foreigners, especially young people, moved to Prague. In 1992, its historic centre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into two countries and Prague became capital city of the new Czech Republic.

The east bank of the Vltava river
The Vltava River runs through Prague, which is home to about 1.2 million people. The capital may be beautiful, but pollution often hovers over the city due to its location in the Vltava River basin.

Understand

Colourful and chilly - these two characteristics define the fall/autumn season. Getting dressed warmly is a must because the wind and overcast sky may get in your way. Nevertheless, there are also beautiful sunshine days that practically call you out for a walk.

Get in 

By plane

Airport Express Bus (Bus AE), operated by Czech Railways, departs from the airport every 15-30 minutes from 05:46 to 21:16. It costs 42 CZK if bought online or 60 CZK if paid to the driver. The buses stop at Hlavní Nádraží, Masarykovo Nádraží, and Náměstí Republiky. Buses to the airport only pickup passengers from Hlavní Nádraží.

By train

The Railjet trains travel at line speeds of up to 230 km/h with modern, fully air-conditioned open spaces carriages.

By bus

The second largest bus station is Na Knížecí, located next to Vltava river at west bank, south of city center. It is connected to Anděl metro station (line B). It is used mostly by regional buses.

By car

You can buy ten day, monthly or annual vignettes at gas stations, post offices or border crossings CZ government motorway site. You should fill your license plate number on it and place it on your windscreen from the inside, in the lower right-hand corner. Failure to display the vignette is fined on the spot. The vignette has a second part which you fill in with your license plate number as well and save it for any future police check-up. If your car is over 3.5 tonnes, you need toll unit (“premid”) instead which is required on first-class roads as well (marked with M in a circle).

Get around

One must transfer to a cleaner and quieter electric-powered tram or a metro before reaching historic areas.

Walking

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.

By boat

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.

What to see in Prague

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 the Troja Chateau (Trojský Zámek) with a large garden displaying various sculptures and a Botanic Garden [64] (Botanická zahrada Troja) with a tropical greenhouse.

Prague christmas markets [65]. 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.

Vitkov Hill [66]. Climb up the Vitkov hill to reach the National Memorial and the surrounding landscaped garden from where you can have a beautiful view of Prague skyline.

Real-life escape rooms

Real-life escape games are interactive games 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 an authentic environments and give the players the feeling of travelling in time. The activity is a perfect entertainment for couples, group of friends or for families.

Photography Tours of Prague

All courses include guided exercises, theory and guided street photography. Learn why gear is the ultimate distraction, and your skills are the solution.

Bike tours

There are several bicycle garages, bike rental and bike tour companies making cycling in this city change for the better.