There’s a reason Prague is so popular with tourists. It’s cheap, accessible and has some of the coolest bivo – or beer – places you’ll ever come across. The Bohemian city has been like that dramatic theatre kid throughout history, always in the spotlight. And spotlight it gets. Be it acting as a catalyst of the 30 years war or a President that rivals Trump in the crazy department, they’ve got it all.
Getting to Prague, of course, is easy. Just fly in on their large, eerily deserted airport. Like most major airports, they have a bus (119) that travels between Prague Airport and metro station Nádraží Veleslavín on the green/ A line.
Most Airbnbs and hotels are either on this route or a couple of stops on the metro. Unlike most cities, you pay for your journey, not per mode of transport but according to the time you’ll take. So, a ticket that allows you to travel for 30 minutes on any public transport systems – bus, tram or metro – costs 24 Czech koruna (less than a euro). Pro tip. It’s extremely economical and convenient to buy 72-hour passes for 310 Czech koruna (12 euros), that are activated from the time you validate it.
There’s no dearth of places to stay around town, but if you’re looking to spend most time traveling and sightseeing, it’s a good idea to invest in a place close to Old Town Square. There’s a lot of walking involved to cover even the most important parts, and it barely makes sense having to commute more than is absolutely necessary. There’s no need for me to name out hostels or hotels since they’re only a search away. However, if you’re willing to spend about half an hour to get to the city center, it may not be a bad idea to find accommodation closer to stations along the green metro line, and use that extra money on trying out bivo.
There’s any and every cuisine available in Prague, of course. However, be a darling and visit a local ice cream stall and ask them for a chimney (which is actually called Trdelník, but I, unfortunately, could never nail the pronunciation). Of course there’s a lot more to try, and Czech food is not very difficult to find along the streets. Special shoutout to La Veranda, for their cozy atmosphere and staff that’s ready to help you try the best of Czech cuisine. One advice, though. It’s best to avoid restaurants around Old Town Squre, and more out near Charles Bridge. I found the prices to be, for some strange reason, cheaper.
As the night draws closer, tourists turn into party goers. There’s something for everyone, perhaps within a two mile radius.From an Ice Bar (yes, you’ve got that right, a bar made completely out of ice) to whacy bars with a skeleton at the reception, to hidden garden bars.They’re got it all. Don’t be afraid to take a wrong turn here and there, and you might just discover a hidden gem. If you’re in Prague for a short time and want to have the full experience in one night, there’s many hostels and companies that conduct good bar/pub crawls for about an average of 20 euros. With free shots and a good possibility of an equally enthusiastic group as you, it’s worthwhile to spend the money.
Now that we’re through the basic survival guide for Prague, I promise to update you on the places you should see, and perhaps the places you could skip.