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Things to do in Prague
- Prague has an antique feel with a young, raw energy. It blends the best of its rich history and the cutting-edge style to form an eclectic environment that has something for everyone.
- City highlights include Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Old Town Square.
- Good destination for a three-night group program.
- Much different feel than other Western Europe cities; it feels more historical and charming.
- Prague is easy to get to and a very clean, walkable city.
- Locals are fairly friendly; there's definitely a cool, euro vibe going on throughout the city.
- Prague has modern restaurants, cafes and nightlife; however, it not exactly known for its upscale/sophisticated cuisine.
- Authentic historic pubs (U-Flecku and U Medividku); they've brewed their own beer for centuries.
The Real Deal
- Some could say the Czech food is rather bland; it's not as vibrant as say French, Spanish or Italian.
- Budvar (Czech beer) is supposedly the original version of Budweiser and one of the most famous of the Czech Republic's beers.
- The Czech Republic adopted a law limiting smoking. Visitors may not smoke in public places (on platforms, at stops, at the railway station, on public transport or in places of entertainment.)
- The Czech Republic became a member of the EU in 2004.
- Order your taxi from a hotel or restaurant – otherwise if you hail one from the street it may be a scam.
Things to do in Prague
Situated in the valley of the Vltava River, Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It has been the political, cultural and economic center of the Czech state for over 1,100 years. Known as “the golden city,” “the mother of cities” or “city of a hundred spires,” Prague is dominated by the fairy tale castle perched on the western bluffs.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world and helped in the historic center of Prague being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Prague’s rich architectural heritage draws from a mixture of political occupation and an appreciation of unique artistic styles. Under the communists, Prague was the showplace of the Warsaw Pact, but since the 1989 Velvet Revolution, the city has blossomed. Best explored on foot, travel groups will hear classical music intermingling with jazz and rock wafting from lively social establishments. Monumental statues and Gothic churches neighbor ultra-modern and art nouveau buildings in an ambience that is a fresh reflection of the Czech spirit.
The historical impact of Prague has produced an array of famous contributors to the history of the world. This spirit creates a palpable pride that will touch travel groups as they pay homage to composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, astronomer Tycho Brahe and writer Franz Kafka at one of the many shrines and monuments that dot the city.Group travel programs will discover that the contributions of Albert Einstein and Johannes Kepler are a source of pride and aesthetic beauty in this gorgeous and thriving city.
Since the fall of the iron curtain, Prague has shared its rich culture with the world and become a leading European tourist destination. Group travel tours will uncover one of the world’s most pristine and varied collections of architecture from art nouveau to baroque, Renaissance, cubist, Gothic, neoclassical and ultra-modern.
Praha / Ruzyne
- Broken clouds, light rain showers
- Temperature: 9 °C
- Wind: Northwest, 20.4 km/h
- Pressure: 1010 hPa
- Rel. Humidity: 76 %
- Visibility: 10 km
- Czech Koruna AKA Czech Crown; The Czech Republic plans to transition to the Euro as its official currency sometime next year.
- Central European Daylight Time, Europe, UTC + 2 hours
- The official language of Prague is Czech. German is also widely spoken. English is rapidly becoming the second language.
- 400 V 50 Hz
Best Time To Travel
- Prague is a city that remains beautiful and breathtaking during all four seasons; however weather can be an issue; recommend late spring and early fall for best travels; summer is rather crowded.
Convention & Visitors Bureau
Culture & Etiquette
- Do offer your seat to elders on public transportation.
- Don't refer to Czech Republic as "Eastern Europe." It is Central Europe.
- Formal titles (like Mr. and Mrs.) are Pan and Pani.
Eco Friendly Travel
- Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation (EPCE– Czech Republic) - is the most important Czech foundation supporting environmental projects in all regions of the Czech Republic.
- Tipping can be confusing in Prague. The best rule of thumb is to round your bill to the next five or ten Koruna.