The centuries old buildings, the food, the lifestyle and world class beer…… There are plenty of reasons to visit the capital of the Czech Republic.
Find out what we did and where we went during our 4 day stay in Prague.
How to get there
As we combine our visit with a stay in Munich, it is the easiest and cheapest way to travel by train having plenty of connections throughout the day. Travel time takes roughly 5 hours. Tickets can be booked online on the website of Deutsche Bahn even for international train connections. If you book early enough, there might be special offers. We paid around 70 Euros for 2 adults one way.
Be aware that the central train station is called Praha Hlavni Nadrazi. You will not find the word Central Station anywhere.
Prague has an airport as well. For flight inquiries we often use Skyscanner to check for the best prices and book then on the airlines websites directly. We will leave Prague by plane with Czech Airlines to Frankfurt in an ATR Turboprop. A bit bumpy but pleasant flight.
Prague can also be easily reached by car, which is a good thing if you plan a round trip.
Berlin – Prague 350 km
Vienna – Prague 333 km
Munich – Prague 386 km
When to go?
Technically you can travel all year round. We go there in November and are facing temperatures of -10 degrees Celsius and rain. So make sure you bring warm clothes as you will spend a lot of time walking through the town. During the winter months you can get sometimes great deals on accommodation. Summer is the high season as many tourists will be around and the weather is warmer.
Where to stay
We stay in an absolutely fantastic place in the city center called *Salvator Superior Apartments,
(118 EUR for 3 nights)
From the central station the apartment is easy to reach via TRAM as the TRAM stop (Dlouha trida) is just 50m away. The location of this apartment is just perfect, as we can easily walk to the major sights. Walking down the road Dlouha, we reach the Old Town Square within 5 minutes.
Most of the historic sights are located in or around Prague`s Old Town. There are TRAM and Buses but most sights can be easily reached by foot.
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Our 4 day itinerary
Day 1 Exploring the Old Town
As we arrive pretty late in Prague it is dark already when we head out for the first time. We just stroll down Dlouha Road which is leading straight to the Old Town Square. Dlouha is a very lively road with many restaurants and bars.
Before reaching the square we stop at one venue where an art exhibition takes place (free entry) which is a great opportunity to get warm again, as the temperatures are icy cold that night.
Following the Dlouha Road further, we arrive at the Old Town Square (the oldest square in the city) after a few minutes. Very impressive buildings.
Standing in the middle of the old town square, you have fantastic views on old architecture like this church with the unique towers. The square is the center of Prague. Its` many shops, restaurants and bars give plenty of chances to spend an evening there. Many street food stalls offer local snacks.
From the old town square we walk straight to one of the top sights of Prague, the Charles Bridge.
As it gets pretty late, we need something to eat and try typical Czech cuisine in a very popular and traditional restaurant and brewery called U Fleku. From Charles Bridge you can easily walk there within 15 minutes.
The restaurant is absolutely packed, but we are lucky to join some others on their table.
The dark beer is one of the best we ever had.
A 2 km walk through the old town brings us back to our apartment.
Day 2 Segway Tour
On our second day in Prague we decide to have breakfast in James Dean diner in Dlouha Road about half way between our apartment and the Old Town Square, which is a great place, if you are looking for a good American Breakfast. Stylish interior and super friendly stuff in authentic (pretty short) uniforms.
While walking through the Old Town Square the day before, we noticed a lot of guys on Segways promoting guided tours on these vehicles. That is on the program for us today. We get a small induction by the friendly stuff and off we go.
There are several different tour packages. We take a 2 hour tour and visit the most popular sights in the Old Town. The price for this tour was around 80 EUR for 2 adults.
Although wearing a thick Down Coat, it is freezing cold again. But the tour is fun leading us from Old Town Square, along the quarter of Josefov, River Vltava, Charles Bridge and Mala Strana on the other side of the river giving wonderful views of Prague Castle.
After the Segway Tour we go for a walk again in order to discover the Old Town and enjoy the atmosphere as a lot of street artists perform fascinating shows.
Walking and freezing all the time makes hungry, so it`s time to try one of these sweets called Trdelnik, which you can find all over the historic town.
Day 3 – Castle District
On our 3rd day we want to discover the castle district on the other side of the river Vltava where plenty of parks invite to stroll around and relax.
From here it is only a short walking distance to Charles Bridge, where we climb up the Lesser Town Bridge Tower. (Entrance Fee 100 Kc)
Our next destination is Prague Castle which can be reached easily by foot walking up the castle hill. When arriving at the castle we are totally soaked as the weather is pretty bad and rain pouring down all the time. That`s the risk when coming here during the winter months. But as we keep on saying: There is no bad weather, only wrong clothes.
Prague Castle is just massive with the impressive St. Vitus Cathedral in its center. As the opening times might change, better check out their website before you go there.
On our way back to our apartment, we stop at an Absinthe Bar in the old town and enjoy some cocktails and dinner.
Day 4 Petrin Tower
On our last day we head out to Petrin Hill which is located in Prague 5 district. Built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition this mini version of the Eiffel Tower offers great views over the city of Prague. With only 60 meters the tower does not seem very high, but adding the fact that it stands on top of Petrin hill which is 318m high, things look different.
You have the choice to take a Funicular Railway (32Kc) up the hill or you walk like we did.
The standard entry fee of 120Kc only includes general access, which means you can use the 299 stairs up to the top or you pay an additional charge for the use of the elevator.
Time is running out and we need to get to the airport (30 EUR by taxi organised from our accommodation). We walk back all the way from Petrin to Dlouha Road doing our last stop at the Prague Beer Museum which is actually a bar offering up to 30 different beer brands. You don`t have to drink a pint of each to try all of them. They have tasting packages serving a couple of different beers in small glasses. Czech beer is world class and part of the Bohemian culture.
Prague is well worth a visit and we can`t wait to get back there. Eastern European cities have something very special to us.
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