About the Pearl of Central EuropePrague is the political, financial and cultural center of The Czech Republic, but many see it as the diamond of Europe. The city's beauty is almost incomprehensible, especially since for many years the city was tied at its hands with communism, who opposed grandeur and luxury. Between the city flows the Vlatava River, and wonderful bridge connect the two river banks, at the center is the famous Charles Bridge. In the neighborhoods it's possible to see the classical Baroque architecture, the most exciting of all of Europe.
There are many beautiful cities in Europe, but nothing is like Prague. Besides its perfect architecture and its wide European influenced streets, this city is simply lovely. The locals are friendly, the food is delicious, the shopping is excellent, and the nightlife is vibrant - all the beauty and atmosphere in the Czech capital easily out win most of the cities in Europe.
Everything here flows freely. Hundreds of castles, fortresses, cultural centers, museum, and ancient streets and alleyways, decorated churches and synagogues, roundabout, and excellent restaurants - all these make up the charm of this city, it is just endless!
FoodThe Czech kitchen, and Prague in particular, is largely influenced from both western and eastern Europe. The Czech kitchen reminds of the Austrian style. It offers plenty of meats, with tasty sauces and special soups, also baked goods and desserts that are beyond delicious. The number of restaurants in Prague is huge as in all the modern European capitals, you will also find international fusion, and a great variety of high quality places. From French gourmet to Japanese sushi, vegetarian kitchens, organic, vegan, and health oriented places - many restaurants that offer each type of style.
AlcoholIn the best of traditions, as is expected from a place where residents drinks an average of 157 liters of beer each year, there are a large amount of Czech beers. Don't miss a visit to a real beer house in Prague, even if you have to miss a meal at a restaurant. These beer houses all offer yummy snacks that taste especially good with a huge pitcher of beer that you will buy right from the tap.
Žižkov - You will find the most number of bars crowded here in the world.
Vinohrady - Crowded number of leading bars, wine bars, and cocktail bars.
Famous FiguresBeyond the beauty of Prague, many geniuses and pioneers have lived here in the past. Among them is the astronomer and science genius Copernicus, the composers Dvořák and Smetana, the German-Jewish writer Franz Kafka, who was born and lived here, the Jewish Maharal of Prague responsible for the story of the Golem, and the astronomers Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler who lived and worked here together.
ArchitectureIn WWII Prague endured terrible bombardments that destroyed a major part of it. This happened in 1945, when instead of bombing the neighboring German city of Dresden, bad weather brought the Allied bombers to accidentally drop 152 tons of bombs on Prague. The historical center of Prague somehow survived the bombings, and instead the buildings that were ruined, many impressive buildings were constructed, like the "Dancing House," known also as "Ginger and Fred." These joined the cubical houses of the city, built under the influence of Picasso's Cubism and dozens of beautiful palaces in their architecture
Must See SitesWant to see the most popular places in the city? - Click on the tag Must See in Prague.
TipIf tip was not automatically added to your bill, then in Prague it's custom to leave a 10% tip.
Czech Republic Country Code+420
SavingPublic Transportation - riding in a taxi is not recommended here, because of the prices of rides, but also because of the taxi drivers, who exaggerate prices. Prague is loaded with underground train stations, street cars, and buses. Buy an integrated ticket for a week, or several says that fits your trips. The saving is huge.
Supermarkets - Chains like ALDI and Rossmann are cheap and readily available. ADLI is very economical, but sells mostly commodity products, the second open is still very economical and sells about anything you will need.
Regular bus - A great way to get to know Prague. Download the Guidol app to your phone, and each time you refresh off the bus, the app will know your exact location and will let you listen to audio guides of things nearby.
Discounts - bring a student card.
ShoppingMost of the designer stores and the known fashion chains are located on the main street of the city, Na Příkopě.
Down below is a link for shopping recommendations.
Clubs and EntertainmentThe area of the Wenceslas Square Prague nightlife concentrates - from bars to pubs, good clubs, to the Berlin-style underground scene.
In the Žižkov neighborhood (Praha 3), students and young people in Prague come to party.
For up to date recommendations - Click on the tag Clubs in Prague.
Electric OutletsThe required type of plug is only Type E.