Prague Nightlife Guide has been written our Europe content specialist – Alara Benlier. This post has been further expanded by the editor.
Prague is the heart of Europe, which beats golden hues throughout the day and rocks harder at night. Strange analogy? No, it isn’t really because Prague is often called the heart of Europe because of its geographical placement.
With its otherworldly architecture, famous clock, insanely good beer and historical buildings, Prague is a popular destination for over 7 million tourists each year. No surprises there, because it is an iconic city that many claim is even prettier than Paris. Have you visited both of them? I’d love to know your preferred choice in the comments below.
Is Prague good for nightlife?
Prague – the bejeweled heart of Europe is an affordable destination – Prague Travel Tips
There is a lot to do in Prague, including but not limited to spectacular sightseeing opportunities, cultural events, and delicious food. You can read about what to do here in our Prague itinerary post. But after the sunset, this magical medieval city turns into one of the best drinking places in Europe.
Full of dungeon-like underground and classy wine bars, electrifying EDM clubs, and fancy cocktail lounges, Prague’s nightlife has a wide variety of options for all tastes. And I assure you, there is no other place you would rather be than the world-famous Charles Bridge to watch the sunrise after a great night out.
So, if you are interested to know all the essential nightlife tips (and if you don’t watch out how much Absinthe you drink, you will definitely need all the tips) and learn more about the cult nightlife spots of Prague, then keep reading.
Prague Nightlife Tips
Ordering Beer in Prague like a local
Ordering Beer in Prague – Prague Nightlife Guide – CCA via Pixabay
First things first, you have to know how to order a beer in Prague like locals. After getting the attention of the bartender, just say “Pivo, prosím” which means “Beer, please”. This might lead to some questions about the kind of beer that you will be getting. The main reason why is that the Czechs have a different rating system for the beers.
Usually, the beers are differentiated by their alcohol levels or the color, but Czechs have a maltiness rating system. This means that you can get to choose the level of the maltiness of your beer.
It is a great system to enjoy the best flavor for your taste, but keep in mind that the maltiness has nothing to do with the alcoholic content of the beer. So, the high maltiness doesn’t mean that you will get a high percentage of alcohol.
About Drinking Absinthe in Prague
Drinking Absinthe in Prague
Nicknames the Green Fairy, Absinthe is one of the strongest alcoholic drinks. It isn’t possible to get it in its real form in most of the countries because it is sold without thujone in almost every country except Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic.
Yes, you can get Absinthe with thujone in Prague – but be very careful because it is strong enough to cause a blackout. On the other hand, be informed that the Czech absinthe doesn’t have anise or the other herbs that it is famous for. You may want to also try Slivovice that has 50% alcohol content.
What time do bars close in Prague?
Prague might be known for its pubs and exquisite nightclubs, but not all of them stay open till the morning. If you want to check out the touristy pubs, you are in luck because they tend to stay open till 3 to 4 am. On the other hand, if you are looking forward to dancing till the morning, you can find a bunch of nightclubs that are open till 6 am.
Getting Around After Party: Public Transport in Prague
Prague Metro – Party Tips for Prague
Finding the way back home might be tricky for some people after midnight. If you are one of them, don’t worry, because Prague offers trams, buses and the metro to its visitors. For detailed information about how to use the public transport in this city, check out our Prague travel tips post.
If you’re planning on using the metro, you better be partying between midnight till 04.30 am because public transportation operates usually between 04.30 in the morning till midnight. After midnight, there is a night schedule and the bus/tram/metro numbers change. You can find their schedules and further information at the waiting stops.
If you don’t want to wait in the middle of the night for a bus, you can always use Uber or Liftago. Liftago is a Czech app that’s just like Uber and is awesome. App based taxis are super, but try to avoid using a normal taxi, unless there is an emergency. The taxis in Prague are known for ripping off tourists with outrageous rates.
Prague Pub Crawl
Another thing to keep in mind that, Prague has the second-highest bar density rate in the entire World. It is the perfect place for a pub crawl, although it will take probably weeks to get to experience the unique atmosphere of every each of the pubs. Even though there are a lot of options to choose from, this does not mean that you will sit in an empty pub. So, be aware of the fact that you will most likely end up in a very crowded bar.
There is also a lot of options when it comes to the types of pubs. You can get to enjoy your drink in many cult pubs that serve over centuries or in trendy craft breweries. In either case, you will have pricey drinks.
Smoking Inside the Clubs
Prague Pubs – Nightlife in Prague
It’s legal to smoke inside the pubs and most of the nightclubs. So, better get a place where you can air your clothes after coming home. Personally, I’m not a fan of this aspect of Prague’s nightlife.
Prague Clubs Entry Fee
Usually the pubs and nightclubs in Prague charge an entry fee between 50 and 200 CZK. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t get free entry. Some clubs offer free entry before midnight, although most parties don’t start before 1 am. So, if you want to save some money, you have the option to wait inside the nightclub before an epic party. And always bring cash, most places don’t accept cards.
Smaženy Syr is a delicious street food in Prague that you will love after a crazy night out. My condolences to vegans and lactose-intolerant people because Prague offers the most delicious fried cheese sandwich in the entire World.
You can get it from almost every street vendors that stay open for 24 hours. Just ask for Smaženy Syr, and enjoy the tasty sandwich. You can also get a sausage, or pick up a thick slice of pizza on your way home.
Prague nightlife for singles
Visiting Prague alone? Having no significant other? Don’t worry because Prague got you covered. As mentioned before, Prague offers a significant amount of options when it comes to nightclubs and bar options. You won’t feel alone or left out because you will most likely meet other friendly and single party people in here. And God knows, here is one of the most romantic cities to have your first date.
Prague nightlife dress code
There is no certain rule for dressing up in Prague when it comes to nightlife, however, some bars and clubs require you to dress smartly. If you don’t want to spend your entire night in one place, I would advise you to dress smart casual. This will help you to “fit in” most of the nightclubs and pubs.
What to see in Prague at night?
Sunset in Riegrovy Sady, Prague 3
There is a lot to do in Prague after the sunset, but if you want to spend your night just like locals, you should grab a few beers and start your night by watching the epic sunset by the Vltava river or in one of the parks like Riegrovy Sady or Letna Park. But after that, the choice is yours. Prague is roughly divided into three sections; Old Town (Stare Město) & New Town (Nové Město), Vinohrady & Žižkov, and Holešovice.
In the Stare Město aka Old Town, you can get to see the incredible medieval architecture, historic buildings, and sculptures that will mesmerize you. Being the most famous stop among tourists, you can get to see famous landmarks like the old Jewish Quarter and the Astronomical Clock. Walking on the cobblestone paths, you can visit many galleries and restaurants here.
Which part of Prague has the best nightlife?
If you are looking for more fancy bars, you should definitely check out the Old Town first. But if you are looking for the city’s hottest night clubs, you have to visit the Nové Město, aka the New Town. Besides the epic nightclubs, you can also check out many theaters, restaurants, high-end retail stores, and famous Wenceslas Square.
With its Art Nouveau architecture and international restaurants, Vinohrady is the perfect place for you if you are seeking more fancy and chic vibes. Covered with posh bars, you can get to have a fancy night out without breaking the bank. It is also a very easy spot to reach due to the Jiřího z Poděbrad (JZP) metro station. But if you are looking for more alternative bars with edgy vibes, you have to visit Žižkov. In here, you can get to enjoy both traditional Czech pubs, as well as dimly lighted cocktail lounges.
And last but not least the Holešovice. Holešovice area is mainly residential, but here is also industrial heaven for hipsters, artists, and poets. Here you can check out many fascinating modern art galleries, hip cafes and a lot of cool night clubs. And if you are not sure where to visit first, here is a list of famous pubs and clubs of Prague.
Best pubs and nightclubs in Prague
Prague is a place where you can enjoy the house, techno, and many other types of dance music as well as the best indie club nights or the eighties nights. So, whatever you seek, you will find it in Prague. And if you want to find the best place for you, here are some of the famous pubs and nightclubs.
Old Town Bars and Clubs
Prague Old Town Bars and Clubs – Nightlife in Prague
Have you read our post about Prague’s neighborhoods? If yes, you surely know that the Old Town is the main tourist hub of Prague and is also called Praha 1. It is the section that’s between New Town and Lesser Town (Mala Strana). Charles River connects the Old Town to the Lesser Town.
With ist radiant atmosphere and a vibrant interior with unique art pieces, Roxy is one of the oldest and most visited bars/nightclubs in Prague. Located near Old Town Square, this club offers you a massive dance floor, live DJ performances, and of course, awesome strobe and neon flashing lights.
Decorated with disco balls, you can enjoy international DJ’s that play the best electronic music every weekend. If that is not enough, you can also get a drink from its massive bar, which serves almost every type of alcoholic beverage, including famous absinthe.
If you ever visit Roxy on the weekend, don’t forget to bring cash because you will need to pay the entrance fee.
If you are looking for a unique bar experience, you have to check out the Hemingway bar. Especially if you are an Ernest Hemingway fan just like me, you will adore this place. Located in the Old Town square, this bar is definitely one of the best bars in Europe.
With its dim-lighted atmosphere, you will find yourself enjoying a great interior, which is made of high-class liquor bottles and gorgeous mirrors. You can choose your drink from an extended menu, or just go ahead and try drinks that gave Hemingway inspiration; like rum and absinthe. You can also try their famous pink cocktail aka the Revenant, with an orchid in it. But if you want to keep the theme going, you can choose the best rum for yourself over 200 varieties of aged rum. The average price is approximately 250 CZK, which is around 10 Euros.
So if you want to check out the Hemingway bar, don’t forget to bring cash and have a reservation because the bar fills up very quickly. And suit up, because there is a dress code.
If you are looking for a fancy Parisian night, you have to check out Le Velmont in the Old Town square. Located in a building which is a part of the UNESCO site, this luxurious underground bar and nightclub will take you on a tour of the set of the famous film Moulin Rouge. With its crystal chandeliers, beautiful Can-Can dancers, and delicious cocktails, Le Velmont will welcome you with a unique atmosphere.
In here, you can get to enjoy your night with a touch of Paris while a dancer swinging and singing from the ceiling. If you want to visit this spectacular place and have a classy night, don’t forget to wear your nicest clothes and prepare yourself to join the dancers in a historic building.
And last but not least, the world-famous bar/underground nightclub Chapeau Rouge. The history of this amazing nightclub dates way back to 1919. Since then, Chapeau Rouge has been entertaining its visitors by modern pop, house music, and hardcore underground performances in its convenient location. If you don’t know what type of music you want to listen to, then just head to this dazzling club with a great atmosphere because you will much likely love what you hear in here.
Another great thing about this club is that you can visit here any night you want. With its three-level floor plan, Chapeau Rouge offers incredible bars on every floor with reasonable prices, and of course two main dance stages with live DJ performances. Whether you come here alone or with a huge group of friends, you will not get disappointed. You can visit here by dressing anything you want and enjoy the delicious cocktails and well-poured beers.
New Town Bars and Clubs
Wenceslas Square in the new Town – Prague Neighborhoods
New Town’s most famous part is Wenceslas Square. Most of the restaurants and bars are situated around it. The award winning building – the Dancing House is also in New Town, and so is the Head of Franz Kafka.
With its beautiful rooftop terrace that overlooks the Wenceslas Square, the Duplex is open both day and night. Having reasonable prices and two massive dance floors, you should check this amazing nightclub/restaurant out in the New Town area. During the day, you can enjoy a tasty meal and hang out with your friends, and during the night, you can enjoy the two dance floors, four bars, and an epic world-class sound system. You should definitely check the special events before selecting the date to visit and also don’t forget to dress up.
Holešovice Bars and Clubs
Many say Holešovice is Prague’s coolest district. If you’re looking for something unique and fresh, ditch the old town but spend your party night right here in Holešovice.
With its incredible steampunk design, this three-floor warehouse welcomes you to have the best night of your life. Surrounded with recycled metal art and interesting carvings, Cross Club not only offers an eccentric interior but also great music.
In here, you can let loose while listening to almost all types of music genres, including EDM and Dubstep. With its live DJ performances and the green and red light shows, you will feel like you are in a futuristic movie. So, whatever music genre you are into, you should definitely check out the Cross Club. You don’t need to dress up to enjoy an epic night out here, but be prepared to pay a small entry fee on Friday and Saturday nights.
About the writer:
My name is Alara Benlier, and I am a passionate traveler who is in a constant search for delicious foods and historical places. Currently living in Germany, I visited many places in Europe and met lots of lovely people from different cultures. Before Germany, I lived in Rotterdam for a year and traveled all around the Netherlands. I am excited to share all my experiences in Drifter Planet.
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Wondering what to do in Prague in 2 days? Here’s a detailed itinerary that includes both touristy and offbeat places which will help you spend the most amazing 2 days in Prague.
There is some magic in Prague.
The city shines throughout the day, looks golden when the sun sets and shimmers at night. There are old towns, churches, pretty bridges, hidden alleys, hipster cafes and even a castle. Every street of Prague is lovely and is worth a picture.
I spent four days in Prague and out of that I spent very little time doing touristy things. My time here was relaxed and I explored the city at a slow pace. It was spent mostly in one of the quieter neighborhoods because I was staying at a friend’s place who’s a local.
On my last day here, I stayed in a hostel and discovered that many people visited Prague for just 2 days and spent most of their time in the busiest areas. It was then I decided to write this post about how to spend 2 days in Prague and share information about the offbeat areas too.
Just because they are touristy, doesn’t always mean they’re bad. I have included some of Prague’s touristy areas, but I will let you know when to visit those areas when they aren’t at the peak of their crowd. Moreover, this itinerary has been designed in a way that you can walk from one place to another.
Here’s how to spend two days in Prague
Day 1: Touristy Prague
Start at Prague’s Old Town Square
Get on to Prague’s Metro and get on to the yellow line for Mustek station. Get off in Mustek and walk to the OId Town, that’s where you’ll start your day.
Extremely Crowded Old Town Square in Prague – Essential Travel Tips
Old Town gets very crowded so it is best to arrive here in the morning and leave before lunch. The Old Town Square definitely reminded me of the main Amsterdam city centre with many different kinds of performers that were busking, a Hare Rama Hare Krishna group, a Church group, a bubble artist and more.
Old Town Square in Prague – itinerary for exploring Prague in 2 days – CC0 via Pixabay
Spend the first few hours of your day in the Old Town and start your tours with the Old Town Square that boasts of several important spots and site like St. Nicholas Church and the Old Town Hall. You can take a horse and carriage ride and enjoy the sights of Karlova Street and Parizska Street.
an empty street in the Old Town, Prague
Alternatively, you can do exactly what I did – walk around here aimlessly and take a few rounds till you reach an empty street. Put the camera on the road and click a few self timed shots (haha).
See the famous Astronomical Clock
Prague astronomical clock in the Old Town – Prague Neighborhoods – – CC0 via Pixabay
One of the most popular attractions in Prague is the Astronomical Clock and is right here in the Old Town. You will find so many people are standing and waiting for that little performance form the Clock every hour. The Old Town is filled with colorful baroque buildings and medieval Gothic churches.
“If you go to Prague then surely walk on the Charles Bridge” – said almost everyone when I told them I’m going to Prague.
Walking on the Charles Bridge (Old Town Bridge Tower in the background)
Charles Bridge is a historical bridge that’s at the centre of the city on top of Vltava river. There is no way that you’re going to miss seeing it. It is a pedestrian bridge and connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town. Charles Bridge is seen as a symbol of Prague and is a part of most of the picture postcards.
View of the Charles Bridge, Prague
Of course the Charles Bridge better visible in complete when you see it as you walk along the Vltava river. However, walking over the Charles Bridge is an experience in itself. Even though it is touristy, it is something every first timer MUST DO when they visit Prague.
Caricature artist on Charles Bridge, Prague
You will see many caricature artists on top of the Charles Bridge and small shops with overpriced souvenirs. Check them out and enjoy the art. You can spend some time here and look out over the Vltava River while listening to the musicians here.
Charles Bridge is extremely crowded and it is not easy to photograph it. If you want to photograph the bridge without people, then get here at the break of dawn.
Walk on the Charles Bridge from the Old Town to reach Mala Strana – the Lesser Town.
Walk Under the Charles Bridge too
Under the Bridge – right between Mala Strana and the Old Town – Prague Neighbourhoods
Most people walk over the Charles Bridge but not many walk under it. Go under the Charles Bridge from the side that connects to Mala Strana and see the amazing street art.
See Čertovka – the Devil’s Canal
Čertovka – the Devil’s Canal in Prague
Yes, Prague has its own canal too and you should surely check it out because it is lovely. It is also called Little Prague Venice and rightly so – it is beautiful. The canal can be accessed when you go off the Charles Bridge towards Mala Strana, the Lesser Town. It is believed this canal was built in the 12th century by the Order of the Knights of Malta.
The water in the Čertovka canal comes from Prague’s Vltava River. The houses on both the sides look very beautiful and most are decorated with flowers on the windows. The houses on the right are a part of Kampa island.
Explore Mala Strana or the Lesser Town
Mala Strana – the Lesser Town in Prague
Old Town is definitely more popular as compared to the Lesser Town, but I enjoyed the latter. Firstly, it is not as crowded as the Old Town and I found some empty streets to click some good photos. Secondly, there is so much to see in the Lesser Town. There is the narrowest street of Prague, which I wouldn’t have been able to find without Google Maps. There is also a wall that’s dedicated to John Lennon.
Mala Strana streets and Prague Castle in the distance
Enjoy lunch at one of the Old Town’s charming cafes or if you have more time on your hand then opt for food tours in Prague. Experiencing a new city through its food is an experience in itself.
Head to the Prague Castle
Prague Castle Steps – Prague in 2 days – CC0 via Pixabay
The Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world as per the Guiness Book of Records. It is one of the most visited spots in the Czech Republic. If you have time on your hand, then explore Prague Castle’s museums, palaces, and grounds.
If you’re short on time, then you can just enjoy the view of Prague City of one of the spots in the castle. If you don’t have much energy, then you can be lazy here and catch view from here.
You will have to climb some steps to enjoy the view but it will be worth it. Prague castle is definitely a popular sunset spot. I will share another sunset option below.
Watch the Sunset in Letna Park
View from Prague’s Letna Park – Prague in two days – cc0 via Pixabay
This itinerary for Prague has two parks on two different days that are famous for their viewpoints. You will visit Riegrovy Sady tomorrow but today you can visit Letna Park, which is not very far from Mala Strana. If you still have energy after the touristy attraction packed day, then give Letna Park a chance. Photographers will love Letna Park because of a picture postcard perfect viewpoint.
Start your day late and head to Vršovice, which according to the Lonely Planet is Prague’s most happening spot. You can reach here by taking the green line metro to Náměstí Míru station or blue line to Krymska.
Walk around in the Bohemian Village and admire the bookshops and Art Nouvaeu buildings. Spend some time relaxing in Cafe Sladkovsky or Gyro or one of the vegan restaurants here.
Lunch in Cafe Sladkovsky
Get out of Vršovice and walk towards Krymska Street, which is your next destination. You will arrive at Cafe Sladkovsky where I recommend you stop for lunch.
Walk fromKrymska Street to Blodkova (Žižkov)
A shop in Blodkova (Žižkov), Prague
If you like to buy of a kind and arty objects, then Krymska Street has a few shops where you can go. You can find vintage stores too. Try Baobab for shopping. Walk from Krymska to Blodkova to enjoy the sights of this hip neighborhood. You will also see Žižkov TV Tower in the distance.
Sunset in Riegrovy Sady
Sunset in Riegrovy Sady, Prague
Riegrovy Sady is a public park and is an excellent spot for watching the sunset. You will be able to see Prague’s many buildings from here and watch how they turn golden when the sun starts going down. Carry a mat and something to sip so that you can chill here for hours and spend your second day in Prague like a local.
Amazing Viewpoint in Riegrovy Sady, Prague
There is also a beer garden here where you can go after to enjoy a few drinks and dinner. It is a typical German style Brauhaus and you will find sausages, fries, etc, to eat. I visited here while I was pregnant and I ate a vegetarian panini and drank lemonade.
Dinner in New Town
Wenceslas Square in the new Town – Prague Neighborhoods
New Town in Prague is in this list because you will find some iconic spots here that you may not want to miss. You can see the Dancing House, which is an architectural wonder.
The Award Winning Dancing House Building in Prague
Head of Franz Kafka in the New Town – Prague Neighborhoods
Walk around in the New Town to reach the next famous spot that’s pictured above. You will also find the head of Franz Kafka that rotates in the New Town. If you like this installation, then you’d enjoy these other strange statues in Prague.
Where to eat in Prague?
Indian by Nature – the best Indian food in Prague
I usually hunt for local food but the time I visited Prague, I was 7 months pregnant and away from my home (India) for more than a year. I had a massive craving for Indian food and I walked for more than a kilometer in extreme heat to have a meal in Indian by Nature. It was worth every effort and penny. I believe it was my the best Indian food food experience in Europe.
Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan in Indian by Nature – amazing Indian food in Prague
I spent a little time chatting with the staff and I was happy to know that almost all of them were from India and many from my home city – New Delhi. This restaurant is close to the New Town but is totally worth your time if you’re craving authentic Indian food, like I did.
Mangal Restaurant – authentic Turkish food in Prague
My dinner in Mangal – Turkish restaurant in Prague
I will be honest – I don’t like Turkish food. I happened to mention this to my Turkish friend in Prague and he took me to his favorite Turkish Restaurant to change my mind. Mangal is on Wenceslas Square in the New Town.
Beer Garden in Riegrovy Sady Park – German Bierhaus in Prague
I visited the Beer Garden in Riegrovy Sady Park after watching the sunset here. I ate a wurst (German sausage) with fries. The sitting area is massive with many outdoor benches and it is casual. The Riegrovy Sady Park is in Vinohrady.
Las Adelitas – Mexican food in Prague
Las Adelitas – Mexican restaurant in Prague
My first meal in Prague was in Las Adelitas, an amazing Mexican restaurant in Prague. I had nachos with a delicious guacamole dip here. This restaurant is in the Old Town as well as Vinohrady.
Prague Hotels and Hostels
Last year I published a detailed post about Prague’s neighborhoods and information about where to stay in every neighborhood. You should definitely check it out. It is a very detailed post and will help you decide where to stay in Prague.
The Old Town gets a little crowded but I really liked the Lesser Town where I was able to find a few empty streets. I highly recommend Hotel Pod Věžíin this area that is also a 4-star. This hotel has an extremely charming balcony that overlooks the Charles Bridge. Go check out the reviews by other travelers who stayed here.
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Prague will dazzle you with its beauty no matter in which direction you go. In one moment you will be surrounded by artists on the Charles Bridge and then if you walk a little, you will find yourself admiring the Old Town’s massive psychedelic Astronomical Clock. You will be one in many because these areas are crowded but the city’s magical energy will rub on you.
There is a lot to see and do in Prague but most likely you will spend your first day doing what I described above. If you’re here for longer, then you may just end up exploring some of the coolest neighborhoods of Prague that are away from the main historical center. I talk about such neighborhoods in this post + where to stay. Also, read my top travel tips for Prague to know how to do Prague right.
Prague is a a part of most of first timers’ Euro Trip itinerary but sadly many travelers leave after a day or two. The thing is – Prague is surely going to be one of the cheaper destinations in your Europe itinerary and perhaps the most beautiful one, so why not spend a longer time here?
If Prague is not a part of your itinerary, then I highly recommend you to alter it and include this city. In that case, I’m sure you’re going to try to find the perfect place to stay to make your trip epic.
The city boasts so many hotels and hostels BUT I will help you decide where to stay in Prague. I have sorted these hotels in Prague in descending price order for different neighborhoods so that you can easily find the one that fits your budget. Not just hotels, you will also find information about hostels in Prague.
Where to Stay in Prague: Prague Neighborhoods
Prague has a very confusing number system for neighborhoods. For example – Praha 1 has Old Town but also the Lesser Town. So in this post, I will only use the names, not the numbers so that you get a clearer picture.
Although you will read it in detail in each section, but just a quick glimpse of FAQs about where to stay in Prague:
Which neighborhood to pick if I want to be next to Prague’s main Bus station or the main train station? The New Town and Vinohrady. The train station is where these two neighborhoods meet but the bus station is closer to the New Town.
Where should I stay if I want to be near the Charles Bridge? The Old Town [Staré Město] or the Lesser Town [Mala Strana]. The Charles Bridge connects these two districts.
The City Centre is too stressful for me. What are some of the artsy or hipster neighborhoods or Prague that are away from the historical centre? Vršovice (near Vinohrady) and Holešovice (Near Letna).
I want to stay near the Prague Castle because I want to see the sunset there. Which neighborhood should I pick? The Lesser Town [Mala Strana] is right next to the castle.
Of course, I will not mention every neighborhood of Prague but just the ones where I’m recommending some cool places to stay.
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Old Town or Staré Město
This is the OLDEST part of Prague and has the famous astronomical clock, three extremely famous churches (St. Nicolas’ Church, Church of Our Lady Before Týn and St. Castulus Church) and Jan Hus Memorial.
The super famous Old Town Square is here and it kind of reminds me of Amsterdam’s Dam Square because you can see buskers, religious chanters and hoards of tourists. On one corner I saw Catholics with capes and on the other side I saw saffron clad Hare Rama Hare Krishna singers. It was hilarious!
If it is your FIRST trip to Prague and you want to be in the middle of everything, then the Old Town area is for you.
Member of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Grand Mark is housed in a former baroque palace. Away from the hustle and bustle but a few steps from the railway station and the main city attractions, it offers an exceptional location in the heart of Prague.
We definitely enjoyed the staff ‘s hospitality and professionalism, the ultimate luxury and comfort of our room, the fine dining at The Grill restaurant, the winter garden, the perfectly maintained patio and the many hotel facilities (free airport transfer, free-of-charge vintage style bikes). Wellness and beauty treatments are also available in a brand new luxury spa.
If you decide to stay here, you will experience a “voyage within a voyage”. As soon as you walk through the doors of this 5-star hotel, you feel like you were transported to Asia. The decor is modern, sleek, and authentic Asian, which gives this hotel a unique feel.
The hotel leaves nothing to be desired. From a full bar to decadent chocolate treats, a jacuzzi tub with a TV in the opposite mirror, the suite at the Buddha Bar Hotel Prague have all the bells and whistles you could ask for.
The location could not be better. Just a 3-minute walk from Náměstí Republiky – the main square in Prague – means that you are in the heart of the city and can explore most of the city’s sights by foot or a short tram ride. I highly recommend staying here, if you are looking for a luxury hotel in Prague with a little something special!
Tucked away on one of the quieter side streets in Prague’s Old Town, Emblem Hotel’s sleek, contemporary interior might not have the most generously sized rooms (unless you can afford one of their impressive suites) but its prime location and excellent facilities make it great value.
Emblem Hotel’s USP is the rooftop jacuzzi, part of the swanky M Spa: perfect for enjoying a bottle of champagne and soaking up the magnificent fairytale vista. There’s also a games room stocked with consoles to keep young and old entertained. Art enthusiasts can sign up for cultural walking tours of Prague led by local art students.
The Boho Hotel is a stunning boutique hotel in central Prague. It’s located just minutes away from Náměstí Republiky and Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square), making it the perfect location for a visit to the Czech capital.
Boho organizes every detail of its guests’ stay to ensure comfortable and luxurious accommodation. Guests are provided with a welcome drink and photo book upon arrival created by a local photographer just for the hotel, the photos from which add a unique ambiance to each room.
The rooms of the hotel are beautifully decorated, including the common spaces like the library and breakfast room. Guests are invited to participate in Moravian wine tastings in the airy breakfast room during their stay, or can relax in the hotel’s cozy and intimate spa. No detail has been overlooked at the Boho Hotel, which is the pinnacle of low-key luxury in Prague.
If you’re looking for a charming boutique hotel in the center of Prague (Praha 1), then check out the EA Royal Esprit. This 31 room, art deco hotel is located less than a 5-minute walk from Old Town Square, the Palladium and Kotva shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and more.
The average cost of a double room is €110 per night. You can also choose a Business Double, a suite, or a terrace room with a killer view of Prague Castle all for less than $200/night. If you’re watching your budget but you want to be in the center of it all then the EA Royal Esprit is for you.
If you want to stay in the action while in Prague, Hotel U Malvaze is the perfect place. It is less than two minutes from Charles Bridge and right on Karlova street so you can walk onto the main street that leads to all of the main attractions very quickly.
The best thing about Hotel U Malvaze besides the cleanliness, comfort and air conditioning is that it’s not loud even though you’re close to the most tourist areas. Water, coffee and croissants await you in the lobby along with the resident parrot, Oscar, who can be seen and heard around the lobby.
This is the perfect place to stay whether you’re solo, with a friend, family or even a group. There’s also a great restaurant downstairs that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This hotel has many sizes and styles of rooms available, which makes it convenient to travel with or without companions. The rates vary depending on season, type of room and booking portal. I would definitely stay here again next time I’m in Prague.
For around €100 per night, the 5th floor Citadel apartment in the artsy, boutique hotel – the Emerald Prague was fantastic!
Quiet, clean, spacious room oozing with a combination of vintage and modern charm with just a touch of industrialized whimsy. No elevator but walking up the stairs you get an eyeful of elegant emerald-green painted lacquered doors mixed with inspirational modern wall art.
Location in Praha-1 was very convenient to historical sites, cafes and shops. It has a mini-refrigerator, Nespresso machine, and all cooking utensils handily stored in a vintage wardrobe with separate large sections for clothing storage. High-speed Internet works well!
Tucked behind a corner, a few blocks behind Prague’s Old Town square is the Old Prague Hotel. The best amenity this hotel can offer is it’s ideal location. It’s perfectly situated near Old Town and has numerous great cafes and restaurants nearby that can quench your thirst and appetite. The hotel also has that highly lusted after air conditioning that’s rare in Europe. The staff is also very accommodating and definitely will make you feel welcome during your stay. An average night stay costs €80.
Hotel Casa Marcello is a family-owned boutique hotel in the heart of Old Town Prague. With a spa, concierge service and free WiFi throughout, you can enjoy modern amenities while residing in an original Gothic building.
The hotel’s design insulates rooms from any street noise. Highlights include the friendly front desk staff, available 24 hours a day, and the handful of air-conditioned rooms, a rarity in historical buildings. Note, there is no lift. If you’re getting dropped off or picked up by a taxi or Uber, double check your location since the hotel is tucked away in a corner. Stay here if you‘re looking for a comfortable and easy stay close to the Prague’s main tourist attractions.
Old Prague House is a hostel located on a quiet cobblestone street near the river. The biggest advantage of sleeping here is its proximity to major places of interest!
Old Prague House has many different kinds of accommodation options with shared and private bathrooms all very clean. You can book a bed in a 4-5 bed male or female dorm single bed or you can get yourself a private room. There are also maisonettes with terrace for up to 8 people. The WiFi in Old Prague House is strong Wi-Fi, the breakfast is good and the staff is usually smiling.
A walk to the river takes only a few minutes and from there you have many options to explore the city. Stroll 10 minutes to reach the famous Charles Bridge or 10 minutes in the other direction to the Old Town square where all visitors admire the beautiful Astronomical Clock.
The best of Old Prague House is how affordable and quiet it is, yet so close to everything you’d want to see. Like many cities in Europe, Prague has a rich history with extra charm around every corner, so just keep walking any which way and enjoy!
If you want to be in the heart of Prague’s old town area, Hostel Downtown is a great option for budget travellers. St. Charles Bridge is an 8-minute walk away and an entire smorgasbord of shopping can be found within just 5-minutes.
Every single day, there are different scheduled activities in Prague Downtown Hostel, including free walking tours, themed dinner parties, and excursions. One of the most unique features about Hostel Downtown is that there is a no commission exchange machine that will seamlessly exchange Euros for Czech Krona into Euros in the kitchen.
Head over to this hostel if you are looking for a fun environment to meet other like-minded travelers.
The Old Town connects to the Lesser Town via the Charles Bridge where the scene a little more relaxed. In fact, this is my favorite neighbourhood in the city centre. The Old Town has it’s Astronomical Clock tower but Mala Strana has it’s own “mini Eiffel Tower” – Petřín Tower on Petrin Hill. It is a lookout tower and you can go on the top.
I prefer the Lesser Town to the Old Town because it is quieter but is close to everything. On one end is the Prague Castle and on the other end is the Charles Bridge. Mala Strana also has the John Lennon Wall. Interestingly, the narrowest street of Prague is in the Lesser Town.
For a five star stay that perfectly orchestrates music and luxury, the Aria Hotel Prague is a great choice. First, there is the location, down a quiet street, a few blocks from the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
Each room at Hotel Aria takes their inspiration from a musical artist, composer or genre. Amenities include a preprogrammed iPad or phone for use on your daily touring, and of course an abundance of musical stations to enjoy in your room. The rear of the building opens to a private entrance to the Unesco World Heritage Vrtbovska Zahrada Gardens. Best of all is the rooftop Coda Restaurant where you can dine on local gourmet with some of the best views in the city.
Housed in one of the Little Quarter’s former monasteries, Mandarin Oriental Prague is brimming with historic atmosphere: for example, those vaulted ceilings in the gorgeous Spices restaurant replete with cozy nooks and crannies. It’s also worth mentioning that the Asian fusion menu has plenty of delicious options.
Take a yoga class in the newly refurbished spa, once a Renaissance chapel; admire the gothic foundations through the glass floor as you perfect your poses. The superlative service will make you feel like a superstar even if you don’t splash out on the Presidential suite with its vast private terrace offering fairytale views of the Castle and beyond.
Hotel u Páva is located just 350 metres from Charles Bridge – the Times Square of Prague. For a city teeming with tourists, finding a decent hotel with on-site parking that close to action is astonishing. The fact that I was going to pay just €297 for 3 nights (breakfast included) was an additional dose of ecstasy.
Despite being close to Charles Bridge, it is located in a heritage residential zone that is remarkably quiet. Parts of the hotel were built in 16th century and its rooms are cosily done up with classical furniture, original artworks, and fireplaces in its rooms.
Its vintage notwithstanding, the entire property is air-conditioned (those of us who visited Czech Republic during the great European heat wave would know how important it is!). And the cherry topping – one of the rooms we had booked accorded a brilliant view of Prague Castle!
All in all, if you plan a visit to Prague and intend not wasting time commuting, check in to Hotel u Páva. It is a total value-for-money stay option that serves you the heritage character of Prague right in your room!
Vintage Design Hotel Sax is located across the Charles Bridge from the Old Town in Prague in the Mala Strana area. The name should have given it away – it is one of the funkiest hotels we have stayed in with loads of vintage products that we can relate to dating back to the 50s, 60s and 70s. Colorful bedrooms, trendy wallpapers and bed linens and an atrium full of different lights in all shapes, colors and sizes.
The location is perfect with bars and restaurants just a few doors away. Rates can vary depending on booking but on average around 90 euros per night upwards.
At a very convenient corner of Mala Strana that is one of the less crowded in Prague but still relatively central to most of the city’s attractions is this comfortable and polished four-star boutique hotel. Located next to the calm oasis of the Kinsky Gardens, this is perfect if you wish to have some quiet time away from the crowds too!
All the important amenities are there – a comfortable bed and en suite bathroom and air-conditioned rooms. I cannot describe enough how vital that was in July! The marble hall entrance almost harks back to an early 20th Century splendor, as do the bar and dining areas.
As low as €50 a night subject to availability, and breakfast and laundry are included too. Quite excellent value all things considered.
For young and young-at heart travellers who love to be in the heart of the action, Charles Bridge Economic Hostel is an affordable, clean and safe place to stay. Steps away from the iconic Charles Bridge, this hostel is close to many of the must-see attractions of Prague.
The reception desk doubles as a tourist information kiosk, and the friendly staff help you make the most of your time. Free Wi-Fi, coffee, soft drinks and free tours are additional perks.
Ever seen pictures of Prague’s lovely pastel buildings? The New Town is full of them. Don’t expect the New Town of Prague to be totally modern looking, it was established in the 14th century and it is just newer as compared to the nearby historic districts. It is right next to the Old Town by the way. You will randomly find modern art installations or buildings with a backdrop of old ones.
The most famous spots in the New Town is the Wenceslas Square and the Dancing Building. The main bus station – Florenc and the main train station – hlavní nádraží are at the border of the New Town.
The Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague is located in the New Town area of Praha-1 right next to Wenceslas Square. Older like a classy-lady, there is a refined elegance upon entering the lobby with gilded touches of shine catching the eye. Greeted warmly by a caring and friendly staff at the front desk who help you with any and everything for the comfort of your stay. A standard room can run over $200USD but is worth it in terms of having air-conditioning (for hot summer stays) and all the modern conveniences a 5-star hotel can offer including a very comfortable bed, tasteful décor, and amenities.
There’s something magical about sleeping inside a monument. The glass lined walls of the Dancing House include a boutique hotel, meaning you get amazing views of the Vltava River and, if you’re lucky, the Prague Castle silhouette while lying in bed.
A sparkling chandelier sets a mood of magical elegance over the breakfast buffet. In-house status also gets you free access to the rooftop observatory and cocktail bar, including 360-degree views around the twisted steel sculpture topping the building.
The clean and modern Exe City Park Hotel is located across the park from the Prague’s main train station, Hlavni Nadrazi, which makes it very convenient if you are arriving by train, staying for just a few days and then leaving by train again. It means you only have a short walk lugging your bags across cobbled streets.
The hotel is a short 7-minute walk to sights like Wenceslas Square, the Powder Tower and the Mucha Museum, and an easy 15-minute walk to the heart of Prague’s Old Town Square. Conveniently, one of the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus stops is also just a block from the hotel.
Located in Prague’s New Town and just five minutes from Wenceslas Square is Sophie’s Hostel. This hostel offers everything from shared dorms, complete with en suites, to entire apartments.
I personally stayed in a six bed, mixed dorm and while one would think the space can quickly become cramped or awkward, I was surprised at how roomy the dorm really was. The ensuite bathroom equipped with a waterfall shower-head was also massive by hostel standards.
If you don’t want to walk on over to the Old Town for a bite to eat, the daily breakfast prepared by a specialty chef is also a treat.
I was looking for the closest possible hostel to Prague’s main bus station – Florenc when I found Hostel Marrakesh. This hostel is literally just 200 meters away from Florenc and that’s where Flixbus leaves from.
Hostel Marrakesh is a value for money dormitory which is in Prague’s New Town. You will find a lot of options to eat and drink around, literally right at your doorstep. If you’ve been away from home for long and are bored of the local Czech Food, then you will find many international options near the hostel. There are two Indian restaurants, a few Vietnamese restaurants, KFC, McDonalds’ – all just a few steps away.
The dorms rooms are pretty basic and thankfully you don’t have to pay extra for a locker. There is a kitchen with microwave, electric kettle and all the basic necessities. Hostel Marrakesh is a good place to meet other travelers. More than anything, it is super convenient if you’re looking for a place that’s walkable distance from Prague’s main bus station.
Prague has a lot of amazing hotels, but one that stands out is the Mosaic House. It’s located in a quirky looking building just off the Charles Square. You’ll be struck by the artsy decorations in front of the hotel, such as the large mushrooms or a man hanging from a rope by an umbrella.
Inside, the hotel is sleek and cool. It features rooms for all budgets from cheapest (yet still quite stylish) dorms for as little as €13 to high-end penthouses for about €170 per night. Those include a view of the Prague Castle.
The hotel focuses on sustainable operations and thus has a unique water saving system.
There’s a cool bar/restaurant on the ground floor called La Loca with frequently held events for anyone.
This small neighborhood of Prague is mostly residential and it was once covered in vineyards. In fact, the full name is Královské Vinohrady which means Royal Vineyards.
Vinohrady is right next to the New Town and the main train station (hlavní nádraží) is between the two neighborhoods. Do you remember the sunset spot in a public park that I mentioned in my Prague Travel Tips post? It is right here and the park is called Riegrovy Sady. I spent most of my time near Vinohrady on my first visit to Prague.
I spent 3 nights at Le Palais Art Hotel in Prague, and it quickly made it to the list of my favourite hotels. This luxury hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the main town square, and has a tram stop just down the street.
The hotel has a high standard, with added amenities to add that luxury feel, such as a turn down service every evening (who doesn’t love that piece of chocolate on their pillow?), a spa, and prosecco served at breakfast.
The outdoor area where breakfast is served has amazing views of Prague, so you can truly enjoy your morning with a view!
Looking for somewhere modern, sociable and in a location that makes getting home even after a few Pilsners easy peasy? Then Post Hostel Prague is the place for you. Located down the street from a main tram line and the Metro line A, getting to and from the city centre is quick and easy. The dorm rooms are clean and the best part is each bed has a little curtain; light and plug- making it like your own private den.
It’s always a good start when your hostel gives you a ticket for a free welcome drink in the bar. I dropped off my bags, went to the basement and began sipping on my welcome drink just as comedy night was starting. This was a nice dose of entertainment for the evening.
This is one of many social events (Quiz Night, Beer Tasting Night, etc.) Czech Inn Hostel organizes throughout the week to encourage other hostel guests to interact with each other.
Each dorm bed in the hostel has also had a little reading light and an electric socket to plug in your phone or other electronic devices, which I really appreciated.
This hostel offers very excellent rates considering its location in Vršovice (Prague’s District 10). Prices start at 5 Euros/night for cheapest dormitory (I recommend booking in advance to get the best rates). Czech Inn Hostel also offers private rooms starting at 39 Euros/night.
Sir Toby’s Hostel in Prague is one of the hidden treasures of affordable accommodation. Prague in recent years has become an international city of wonder and with that has come a significant increase in the price of visiting.
Located just outside of the city CBD Sir Toby’s is a great place to start off your European adventure. Close enough to tram station, cafes and even a mild walk into the old town it’s perfect for settling into a different time zone. The hostel is hidden away and safe for the solo female traveller. The staff are friendly, the breakfast is delicious and the overall building is clean. What more can a backpacker ask for? Oh yes there is a pub onsite too.
I want to share a very cool video with you about Prague’s hidden spots. It is by my favourite YouTubers – the Honest Guide. These guys are very funny and their videos are awesome. They’re Prague locals so it makes sense to listen to them before heading to their city.
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Prague travel tips to help you have a good time in this lovely city.
Is Prague the prettiest city in Europe?
Paris had claimed title many decades back, but many say this medieval seat of Bohemian kings is even prettier. With ancient bridges, pastel houses, Vltava River, historical squares, look out towers, and one of the largest castles in the world – Prague is definitely bejeweled.
Beautiful Prague at Night – Charles Bridge – cc0 via Pixabay
By the way, Prague is called “Praha” in the Czech Republic and is also called the City of a Hundred Spires. There are many other nicknames too but my favorite is “the heart of Europe” because it is in Central Europe. Funnily enough, there are 4 different cities in the USA that are called Prague or Praha.
Prague Travel Tips – Important things you need to know before visiting Prague
If you’re visiting Europe then you should definitely include the loveliest city of the continent in your itinerary. Here are some essential Prague travel tips that will help you plan your trip:
Travel Tips for Prague
Currency in the Czech Republic
Czech Currency Coins – Prague Travel Tips
No, the currency of the Czech Republic isn’t Euro but is Czech Crown. Yes, it is basic info but I was surprised to see so many travelers who didn’t know when they arrived here. – haha. The locals mostly say “Koruna” instead of “Crowns”. The abbreviation is CZK or Kč. 1 Euro is currently 25 Czech Crowns but check the latest currency rates.
The coins are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 denominations, while the notes are in 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000. Why am I telling you this? You will know the answer in the next point.
Currency Exchange Scams in Prague
There are a few exchange offices that claim “0% commission” but charge an exorbitant “exchange fee” when you exchange with them. Make sure you not only ask the exchange rate but the final amount that you will get for your money.
Another horrible currency exchange scam in Prague is that many touts walk around exchange offices and catch a hold of tourists. They offer a rate that’s too good to be true but give out old currency that’s not accepted anywhere. Check Czech National Bank website to see which notes are currently in circulation.
There are some really good currency exchange offices that actually charge no commission, so I recommend you head to a few of them, ask and then exchange. A few locals recommended I visit eXchange in Kaprova. Normally I prefer withdrawing directly from an ATM but I got a horrible rate when I did. Avoid EuroNet ATMs because they charge a fee.
Traveler SIM Card in Prague
If you’re coming to Prague from another European Union country, you don’t need a local SIM card in Prague. My German SIM worked very well here.
If you’re looking to buy, then I will give you a few options. Vodafone offers a 10 GB data SIM card for visitors for 800 CZK, which is valid for 30 days. There is not much price difference between the 4 GB and 8 GB one. Vodafone SIM cards are available at the airport and many supermarkets.
Prague Weather and Best Time to Visit
Sunrise in Prague – it looks even better in Spring and Autumn – cc0 via Pixabay
Prague is good to visit throughout the year and you can enjoy all the seasons. Winters are cold but the city looks charming under the magic of snow. Spring and autumn are the best months to visit because Prague looks very colorful, the weather is not too cold and the city is not extremely crowded.
Like most of the European cities, Prague tends to get extremely crowded in the summer months. I visited Prague in summer and it was warmer than usual because of the unexpected European heat wave.
Prague Metro – Travel Tips for Prague – CC0 via Pixabay
Prague metro is well spread out and will get you just about anywhere you want in the city. The metro system is not confusing at all and most likely you won’t need to take any other mode of transport at all. There are just 3 metro lines in Prague – A (Green), B (Yellow) and C (red).
The best part is that you can get a combined ticket for the metro train, tram, and even buses. A 30-minute ticket is for 24 CZK and a 90-minute one is for 32 CZK. You won’t need the 90 minute one in 90% of the cases. A full day ticket is for 110, which only makes sense if you’re making more than 4 journeys.
The metro ticket machines in Prague CAN BE confusing and will ONLY accept coins. On the left are the normal fares and on the right are child fares. The first button is for a 30-minute ride and you need to put coins after pressing the button so that you can get your ticket.
All my validated metro tickets in Prague – Travel Tips for Prague
Wait, it doesn’t end here. You HAVE to stamp and validate your ticket before entering the platform. The ticket validator machines are generally yellow or orange in color. You may just miss them because the locals don’t stop there since they have a monthly or annual pass. If you get caught traveling in the metro without stamping your ticket then you will have to pay an expensive fine.
Liftago, Uber and Local Taxies in Prague
Even though the metro in Prague can get you literally everywhere, you may need to take a taxi if you’re carrying a lot of luggage. Also, if you’re more than 2 people then taxis are more economical. App-based taxi services in Prague are super comfortable!
The Czech version of Uber is called Liftago and I used it a few times. You just need to put your pick up and drop locations, and the drivers send you the best prices that you can pick. On the other hand, the locals warned me that if I hail a taxi from the street directly, they would overcharge me or scam me. Thankfully, never experienced this.
Typical Travel Costs in Prague
Prague – the bejeweled heart of Europe is an affordable destination – Prague Travel Tips – cc0 via Pixabay
Prague isn’t as expensive as most of the European cities and you can do a lot here even on a shoestring budget.
A room in a five star will cost you around €200 and a mid-range room can be from €50 to €150. You won’t end up spending more than €10 per person in a good restaurant if you eat well. The cost of attractions is not high.
If you’re on a backpacker budget, then a hostel in Prague can cost you 15 – 20 euros. One time metro ticket is 1 euro. Food from the street (hot dog) can be as low as 1 euro too. Food in a decent restaurant will be for around 5 euros. Beer is cheap and is really good. You can easily do your day in less than 50 euros if you want to.
Avoiding Crowds in Prague – Charles Bridge and Old Town
Extremely Crowded Old Town Square in Prague – Essential Travel Tips
Do you know what are the most popular things to do in Prague? Visiting the Charles Bridge and the Old Town! That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit these places at all but get there before the others do.
If you’re thinking of heading to the Charles Bridge for Sunset Photography, forget it because you will only capture people. Instead, wake up super early and get there before the sunrise. The same is the case with the Old Town too. I even wrote a guide about how to experience Prague in 2 days and have mentioned touristy spots during early hours.
If you’d like to visit Prague’s main attractions but don’t want to wait in super long queues then check out these below “skip the line” entry tickets:
Old Town Hall & Astronomical Clock Tower Ticket: This ticket costs EUR 10 in 2022 and has the best of the old town. See Prague’s oldest town hall. Visit the Gothic chapel and the staterooms, see at the inner mechanism of the astronomical clock, and view into the extensive underground space below the Old Town Hall building.
The Lesser Town (Mala Strana) in Prague wasn’t crowded as the Old Town when I visited. In fact, I even found a few empty streets to myself. And hey, I found the Lesser Town area to be very beautiful. I spent most of my time in Jiřího z Poděbrad area because it wasn’t crowded.
Sunset Spots in Prague
View from Riegrovy Sady Sunset Spot in Prague – travel tips for Prague
As mentioned in the last point, avoid the Charles Bridge and the Old Town at sunset time. Instead, I will give you two options that are actually public parks – Letna Park or Riegrovy Sady. Hanavský Pavilion in at Letná Park is a good spot.
I enjoyed Riegrovy Sady so much that I went there on two occasions to watch the sunset. The view from here is definitely one of the top sights in Prague. You can carry something to eat and drink and put your mat on the garden to watch the sunset in Riegrovy Sady.
Alternatively, the city has a few lookout towers. Head to Petřín Tower, it is Prague’s “mini Eiffel Tower”. The line outside it tends to get long at sunset time, so check below for a special “skip the line” ticket.
You can also go on top of the Žižkov Television Tower for the sunset view. I personally did not go (even though I was staying pretty close to it), but I have heard it is great.
To see all the places I love in Prague, check out this diary I’ve created with Wowanders. Wowanders is a travel diary app that both lets you easily save the details of all the places you visit on your travels, while also making it easy to share your recommendations with others.
Get Out of the Centre
Most of the travelers get stuck in Prague’s center and don’t end up exploring anything beyond the Old Town and the Charles Bridge. Prague is a beautiful city and even the lesser-known areas are amazing.
I spent most of my time in and around Jiřího z Poděbrad Square because I really enjoyed the chilled out vibe there. Moreover, the restaurants were definitely cheaper here. The streets were NOT full of souvenir shops and I actually saw some lovely boutiques.
Trdelník is not a Czech Dessert
Trdelník – Round Pastry in Prague – NOT a local delicacy – Prague travel tips – cc0 via Pixabay
Yes, it looks pretty and you will see an insane amount of vendors selling Trdelník in the touristy areas but it is not a local delicacy. It has kind of become one of the most popular Instagram accessories for photos in Prague. It actually originated in a town called Skalica in Slovakia.
…And Neither Are These Russian Dolls
Matryoshkas – these are Russian Dolls but sold in Prague’s souvenir shops – cco via Pixabay
Somehow a lot of souvenir shops in Prague (and other European cities) sell Matryoshkas dolls, which have nothing to do with Prague or the Czech culture. Many travelers get fooled into thinking that they’re buying something local. Would you buy a saree when you’re visiting Germany?
Instead, Buy These Local Souvenirs in Prague
Buy puppets in Prague – Prague Travel Tips
If you want a locally made souvenir, then you should buy crystals, Moser glass, blue onion patterned porcelain or my favorite – Czech puppets. While glass or porcelain souvenirs are fragile to carry, marionettes and puppets are easy to carry.
Czech Dumplings Are Not What You Think
Czech Dumplings – Prague Travel Tips – cc0 via Pixabay
I’m from Asia and dumplings are very different from where I come. There’s usually a dough coating with a filling inside. If you are from Asia and order dumplings in the Czech Republic, then you’re in for a shock. You will receive a plate with pieces of bread and meat.
Absinthe in Prague.. or Slivovice?
A lot of travelers buy Absinthe in Prague, which is actually from Switzerland. Absinthe – the Green Fairy is highly regulated in most of the countries and is sold without thujone there. However, in the Absinthe in the Czech Republic has thujone so it is near its true form. But the Czech Absinthe doesn’t have anise or herbs, so it is better to buy it from France or Switzerland. Buy it in Prague only if you’re not visiting France or Switzerland. Keep it mind that many shops in Prague sell overprized Absinthe.
I’d recommend you to try Slivovice and consider buying it instead. Slivovice is a locally produced brew that you can buy in the Czech Republic. It enjoys a status of Moravian national drink. It is very strong and the alcohol content is 50%. It is mostly served in shot glasses.
Prague’s neighborhoods have both names and numbers. However, confusingly an entire neighborhood can be two numbers and one number can be more than 2 neighborhoods.
The numbers start from Praha 1 to Praha 10 but to make things even more confusing, there is an old number system too and some buildings display that instead.
Most of the travelers visit the Praha 1, which is the Old Town (Staré město), Jewish Town (Josefov), some part of the Prague Castle (Hradčany), some parts of the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) and some parts of the New town (Nové město) too.
It is easier to understand the neighborhoods by just looking at the names: Praha North, Praha East, Praha West, Praha South, Castle (Hradčany), Lesser Town (Malá Strana), Old Town (Staré město), New town (Nové město), Jewish Town (Josefov), and Vyšehrad.
Spas in Prague – They’re Very Naked!
I have been to spas before but Czech spas have a different level of nakedness. You can’t get inside with your clothes but you will be given the flimsiest towel to wrap around you, which is basically just a piece of cloth. No, there aren’t robes.
You can wrap them around your waist because they are not big enough to wear as full body sarongs. No, the Czech spas are not usually gender segregated.
Don’t misunderstand me – I don’t have anything against human body or nudity. However, these are the things I like to know before visiting and I bet some of you do so too.
Get out of Prague – Regiojet is Awesome
Yes, it is lovely but don’t spend all your time in the capital city. Instead, head out to the quitter towns such as Pardubice or National Parks such as the Bohemian Switzerland.
RegioJet Staff Member Who Helped me with my Luggage – Prague Travel Tips
Enjoying our RegioJet Ride in the Czech Republic
The best way to travel out of Prague is by RegioJet train. I traveled to Ostrava by the government-run České dráhy but booked the privately run RegioJet when I visited Pardubice. I was so amazed at the difference in service and comfort.
Living in Germany, the trains are extremely expensive and the service standards are not at all like Czech trains. The cost of my train rides in the Czech Republic was a fraction of German train tickets AND there was a hight-speed free Wifi, free tea/coffee / water, and even a porter service. Every seat had a plug point.
Day Trips from Prague
The Czech Republic is not so massive geographically, so you won’t spend much time when you travel from Prague to another destination in the country. In any case, I have handpicked a few day trips from Prague to the nearby areas. Check them out:
All these day trips include transportation to and back from Prague but I highly recommend you check all the details before booking, in case the terms have changed.
Prague Main Train Station
Praha hlavní nádraží – Main Train Station in Prague – CC0 via Pixabay
If you’re getting out of Prague, then most likely your train will depart from Praha hlavní nádraží. (Hlavní nádraží. means “the main railway station” by the way.)
Here’s the thing – the platform number where your train will depart from, will NOT be displayed on your ticket. It will ONLY be displayed around 30 minutes before your journey in the main station. It gets even more confusing because the platform numbers are alphanumeric.
From what I learned, don’t look for exact directions but just follow the signs that say “all platforms” and look for your number. Once you’re there, then ask for the alphabet part of your platform. A girl from Brno helped me because she said the platform numbers are super confusing!
I’m used to German trains where I don’t have a fixed seat but I can get into most of the coaches and sit anywhere. That’s not how it works with Czech trains. You need to find your coach and your seat.
The Old Town gets a little crowded but I really liked the Lesser Town where I was able to find a few empty streets. I highly recommend Hotel Pod Věží in this area that is also a 4-star. This hotel has an extremely charming balcony that overlooks the Charles Bridge. Go check out the reviews by other travelers who stayed here.
The BEST thing that you can watch before reaching Prague is Honest Guide’s Prague Playlist. Their videos are entertaining and will give you a lot of important information about Prague. From where to eat, what to do and where to party in Prague, their massive playlist has info about ALL the things to know before visiting Prague.
Prague Travel Tips – things you need to know before visiting Prague
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Yup – that’s the typical answer that you will get when you ask even the most well-traveled people about the Czech Republic. A majority of those who visit this lovely country in Central Europe, just end up visiting its capital city!
Like most of the European capital cities, the city of Prague is suffering from an over tourism problem. Yes, Prague is beautiful but it was too crowded for my liking. On the other hand, I had an amazing time in the nearby region – East Bohemia.
What is East Bohemia? (and Where?)
The Czech Republic or Czechia is divided into 14 regions but they are often grouped together in 8 broad regions:
The East Bohemia part of Czech Republic has something for every kind of traveler – natural landscapes, arty towns, historical regions, many castles, highest Czech mountain Sněžka, giant mountains Krkonoše and even a historical walled city!
If you’re thinking of visiting the Czech Republic for a holiday, then you may not have to visit any other region because you can experience “the best of Czech” in just East Bohemia.
Here are 11 Magical Places to visit in East Bohemia, Czech Republic –
1) Pardubice City
Gingerbread horse and pastel colored streets of Pardubice, Czech Republic
It is easy to reach Pardubice from Prague on a train, so it makes sense to start your East Bohemia trip from this town. Although there is an entire region called Pardubice in Czechia, but at this point, I’m talking about the Pardubice city, your gateway to East Bohemia.
The main town of Pardubice is adorable and has colorful streets, with cute pastel houses. In fact, it gets more magical than this because the specialty of this town is gingerbread and you will see gingerbread houses, figures, and even gingerbread horses!
The town logo is a “half horse” and Pardubice is also known for its stud farms. We visited one and also a racecourse, which is supposed to be one of the most famous racetracks in the world. Since 1874, every second Sunday of October there is a horse race in Velká pardubick.
Hrad Kunětická Hora Castle, Pardubice – East Bohemia, Czech Republic
My favorite spot in Pardubice was a little out of the city and on top of a hill. It is called Hrad Kunětická Hora. Hrad means a castle and Hora means hill, so it literally just means Kunětice Mountain or Kunětice hill castle. You can’t go inside the castle but can spend an amazing evening here to enjoy the sunset.
Apart from this, the main city of Pardubice has a few other Castles and Chateaus that you should definitely check out.
Where to stay in Pardubice:
Spa in Golf resort & Spa Kunětická Hora, Pardubice
We stayed in a place called Golf resort & Spa Kunětická Hora, which was a little outside the main city but close to the Kunětická Hora castle. Our rooms were very cute and had a red polka dotted floor.
The hotel also has an area for golfing and we received an hour-long golf lesson here, which was fun. The food was very good
Sec viewpoint, Pardubice Region, East Bohemia, Czech Republic
Seč is a little paradise destination for nature lovers that’s super close to Pardubice city. It is also in the Pardubice Region of East Bohemia.
Most of the area in Seč is covered in forest. There is a lake called Seč that’s made by Seč dam. There is also a beach by the same name. Right next to this beach is a massive campground where I saw many tents and campervans.
Sec Lake Beach, Pardubice Region, Czech Republic
Spend a day on Seč beach or rent a paddleboat and experience the beauty of the lake from the water. The best part is that there is a little island on the lake that you can reach by paddle boating.
Sec dam viewpoint – Pardubice Region, East Bohemia, Czech Republic
I’m a sucker for viewpoints and my favorite spot in Seč was the abandoned Castle Oheb. You can climb on top for a spectacular view of the dam. There is not one but there are a few different viewpoints here and the view is, of course, a little different. The best time to come here is right before the sunset so that you can watch how the water changes colors.
Where to stay in Seč:
We stayed in Kongress Hotel Jezerka in Seč, which has a big spa area. There is an outdoor pool here as well. The time when I visited Seč, it was unbearably hot and unfortunately, our rooms did not have AC and I didn’t have the most comfortable night. If you’re visiting in summer then be sure to prebook one of their AC rooms. Nonetheless, it is a very good hotel and we had a very good dinner here.
Streets of Litomysl, East Bohemia, Czech Republic
Art lovers love Paris but Litomyšl in East Bohemia is a hidden gem that they will absolutely love. This town was the birthplace for many artists and it embraces a blend of old school art together with contemporary.
This town made me feel as if I have stepped into an old movie – the kind with flapper dresses, piano symphonies and an overdose of art. With random pianos on the street corner, art installations in unexpected places, and a castle complex town center – Litomyšl will make you enter the world of fantasy!
Inside Litomyšl Castle, Czech Republic
Streets of Litomysl and the castle – East Bohemia
First, let me mention the Litomyšl Castle – it is no doubt lovely from the outside but is unexpectedly spectacular when you step in. The time we visited, each room was decorated as per the theme and mannequins were wearing old-time costumes that were borrowed from the theater.
The Lovely Costumes Inside Litomyšl castle
The entire chateau type castle complex is a UNESCO world heritage site. We stayed in the complex right opposite the castle in Litomyšl Chateau Apartment where all of us had themed rooms. We had a contemporary art room, our friends had an old school room and another friend had a library or a book shop themed room.
Concert in the Park in Litomyšl, Czech Republic
Secondly, Litomyšl is super arty! It was so much fun discovering Litomyšl’s art scene. Bedřich Smetana – a famous Bohemian musician was born here in 1824 and we also visited his house, that’s turned into a little museum.
The sculptures made by Olbram Zoubek in a wine cellar in Litomycl, Czech Republic
Sculpture made by Olbram Zoubek in a wine cellar in Litomyšl
Art Exposition of Olbram Zoubek in a wine cellar in Litomycl, Czech Republic
One thing that really stood out was the art exposition of Olbram Zoubek’s sculptures in a wine cellar! He was who was employed during the communist period to restore the painted decorations on the Litomysl castle and he later donated his sculptures here.
Where to stay in Litomyšl:
We stayed in the Litomysl castle complex in a lovely place called Litomyšl Chateau Apartments where all of us had themed rooms. Our room had an art gallery theme and it felt I was living with an artist in Paris – haha. I loved it!
The best part about staying in Litomyšl Chateau Apartments was that we were right next to everything. The famous church, castle, wine cellar, park – it was all just a few steps away.
View from Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia, Czech Republic
Svojanov is a little town and the main feature is the castle by the same name. It is lovely and is on top of a hill but the best part is that Svojanov Castle is one of those places where you can actually stay inside!
Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia, Czech Republic
The most interesting part of staying in Svojanov Castle was a “night tour”. The tour was pretty funny and the guy who was showing us around was in full costume. At the end of the tour, we got to eat some cinnamon pancakes.
Our Amazing Guide at Night Tour of Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia
Our night tour guide also lit small a cannon that was surprisingly loud. Oh but that wasn’t even the best part about the tour! I loved the part where he told us the stories.
Night Tour of Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia
Some believe that the castle is haunted and the night tour had hilarious stories about them. In fact, Svojanov Castle is popular amongst spirit chasers and there are some funny videos about it (in Czech) on the Internet.
I do not believe that the castle is haunted, but it seems to be a good marketing strategy – because all the rooms were full when we visited. It also made our stay a little more interesting and the castle tour.
There is a watchtower in Svojanov castle and you can go to the top. I highly recommend you to do so for the sunrise or sunset. The view of Svojanov town from up above is beautiful.
Where to stay in Svojanov:
Our Room inside Svojanov Castle, East Bohemia
Don’t even think of staying anywhere other than the Svojanov Castle. It will be one of a kind experience for you and you’re going to love the view from here. Tip: do a night castle tour like we did.
5) Prachov Rocks, Jičín
Prachov Rocks, Jicin, East Bohemia, Czech Republic – by Jaroslav Kuba – (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Although most of the places that are mentioned on this list are in the Pardubice region, Prachov Rocks Nature Reserve is in the Hradec Králové Region of East Bohemia.
Prachov Rocks are called Prachovske Skaly in Czech. This natural site is worth visiting to admire the beauty of the rocks that were formed 60 million years back and have been eroded over the years. As a result, they form unique shapes.
To visit Prachov Rocks Nature Reserve, it is recommended you find a place to stay in the nearby town Jičín that is just 5 KMs away. The best way to reach here is by car. Car rental rates in the Czech Republic aren’t very high and it is economical if you’re traveling in a pair or more so that the cost can be split. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Jičín to Holin.
Prachovske Skaly, Jičín, East Bohemia, Czech Republic – by Jaroslav Kuba – (CC BY 2.0) via Flickr
Arrive here early in the morning to beat the crowds (or the new European heat wave). Wear comfortable shoes because Prachov Rocks Nature Reserve has a few marked hiking trails and some dramatic viewpoints.
There is a long hiking route, which is 3.5 KMs, and a short hiking route, which is 1.5 KMs long. The short route takes around 45 minutes and has two viewpoints. The long route takes 2 hours and has 8 viewpoints. If you’re traveling with a small baby, you will be happy to know that there is a special pram route also that’s marked on the map. There is only one toilet and that’s at the information center.
There are cafes where you can buy something to drink. These cafes are open only in the main visiting season and not during winters. To cool off after your hike, you can swim in the nearby Jinolice Ponds.
The entrance fee for visiting Prachov Rocks Nature Reserve is CZK 70 per person – which is around 3 euros. If you’re reaching by car, then keep in mind that the parking fee is CZK 80.
Where to stay in Jicin
Grand Hotel Praha is one of the highest rated hotels near Prachov Rocks because the location is excellent and it is affordable.
Chrudim town streets – the Czech Republic
Did you know that Czech Puppetry is registered in the UNESCO world heritage list? You can get to experience the beauty of this art in this small town called Chrudim, which also hosts an annual puppetry festival called Loutkářská Chrudim.
You don’t really have to visit Chrudim during the puppet festival, but you can visit the Chrudim Puppetry Museum, which has many different types of puppets on display and depictions of many theatrical scenes. You can also get to see what it is like to operate your own puppet here!
In some ways, Chrudim reminded me of Pardubice town. They are not far from each other, but Chrudim is smaller. The streets of Chrudim are a little hilly, so the views are good. There is an old cathedral in Chrudim’s main square, which is called Assumption of the Virgin.
7) Podhůra Recreational Forest
Podhura Forest Reserve in East Bohemia, Czech Republic
There is more to East Bohemia than just castles and pretty towns. There are lovely nature reserves too. Not far from Churdim is a recreational forest area – Podhura, which has a number of attractions.
Climbing Park in Podhura Forest Reserve
There is a climbing park inside Podhůra Recreational forest that’s made for both adults and children. It has cable paths and different obstacles. But hey, being 6 months pregnant at the time of visiting, I opted not to do this.
I’m a sucker for viewpoints and I was so happy to see an observation tower in Podhura forest. It is called Bára lookout tower and is a unique triangular shaped wooden structure.
Bara Tower has a spiral staircase inside that goes to the top. The view from up above is very interesting and major attractions are marked. Since we visited Podhura Forest at the beginning of our trip, I could only recognize Hrad Kunětická Hora – the medieval castle on a hill in Pardubice. You can also see the nearby Iron Mountains and the distant Giant Mountains and Eagle Mountains.
View from Bara Tower in Podhura Forest Reserve, Czech Republic
Literally, every Czech attraction has something to do with castles, so interestingly enough; there is a miniature castle inside Podhura. It is called Cat Castle and it was built in the 19th century by Vilemena Auerspergova.
Apart from this, there are many cycling trails inside Podhura Forest and also a café. Surprisingly enough there is a free WiFi network that actually works!
8) Nové Hrady
Nové Hrady Chateau in East Bohemia, Czech Republic
OMG, another castle? No, it is not a castle, it is a chateau that looks as majestic as a castle. How can I not include this and let you miss this lovely orange – peach fairy tale-ish chateau?
Nové Hrady Chateau was built in 1777 by Count Jean-Antoin Harbuval de Chamaré. The architecture is very French and because of which it is also called Czech Versailles.
The life sized maze behind Nové Hrady Chateau in East Bohemia, Czechia
Have you ever been inside a real-world maze? There is one right behind this castle chateau. Enter this labyrinth at your own risk because you can get lost! But don’t worry because there are a few places where you can climb and get a bird’s eye view.
The entry gate of Nové Hrady Chateau in East Bohemia, Czech Republic
Nové Hrady Chateau is owned privately but they let people visit it. There is a well-kept kitchen garden behind the chateau and I saw tomatoes, peppers, onions, radishes, pumpkins and many more things growing.
Nové Hrady is very close to Churdim city, so you can make a day trip here like I did. I did not get to spend time in Nové Hrady town but I heard it has a “Fairy Tale house” with elves, witches, and fairies that are mostly made of puppets.
9) Polička walled city
Walking on the Walls of Policka from one tower to another, East Bohemia
Ever visited a walled city? Dubrovnik in Croatia is one – but is super crowded thanks to Game of Thrones. But hey, there is a little walled city in East Bohemia and it is called Polička,
The old town of Polička has an ancient wall around it that has 19 towers. We went on top of one of them. There is a passage that connects some of the towers and it is possible to walk there with a guide. Our guide told me that this ring of the wall is one of the best-preserved one in Central Europe.
The streets of Polička, a walled city in Czech Republic
This historical walled city of Polička was founded in the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II. Back in those days, the town was known to be a prosperous one.
I really enjoyed walking in the garden that’s kind of outside the “walled city” and is next to the wall. There is a lake as well, where I saw some families that were boating with their children.
If you have enough time on your hand then go ahead and sleep here overnight. Else, you can visit Polička on a day trip. If you have more time on your hands, visit the small village – it is in Ústí nad Orlicí district of Pardubice region.
Where to stay in Polička
I did not stay overnight in Polička, but based on what I have heard, I suggest you check out Pension Otakar. It is an affordable hotel with very good rooms.
10) Veselý Kopec, Hlinsko
Veselý Kopec Folk Museum in Czech Republic
Veselý Kopec looks like an actual village but it is an open-air museum of folk architecture. There are timber houses, streets, a pub, little mills, small church and many older farming equipment.
Inside one of the houses in Veselý Kopec museum
You can actually go inside the many timber houses and get a sense of the farmers’ way of life in the early days. There are bedrooms, kitchens, eating areas and many other rooms that are carefully arranged with furniture that belongs to that era. The furniture depicts the farmers’ way of life.
Even though we visited Veselý Kopec on a hot day, the shade from the trees kept us cool. This place reminded me of Serbia’s wooden village that was actually built for a movie.
Veselý Kopec is usually closed on Mondays. You can visit this place on a day trip from Litomyšl. Here’s the official website of the museum that will help you plan your visit.
11) Vysoké Mýto
Vysoké Mýto main town, Pardubice Region, Czech Republic
Vysoké Mýto is a town that lies on the river Loučná with many architectural monuments and old buildings. There is a Museum of Czech Car Bodywork where you can see many different types of vintage cars. This museum was a lot of fun to explore and I really enjoyed the stories about the cars.
Museum of Czech Car Bodywork in Vysoké Mýto
After you have spent enough time in the museum, I recommend you walk around the town square. Our guides mentioned that it is one of the biggest town squares in the Czech Republic. For lunch, I recommend Mlýn Jangelec restaurant – I had a very good meal there.
Colorful houses of Vysoké Mýto – East Bohemia, Czech Republic
A little history – Vysoké Mýto was founded in 1262 by a Bohemian king – Přemysl Otakar II. After that, it was a part of the Austrian monarchy until 1918.
View from the Watch Tower in Vysoké Mýto, Czech Republic
Like most of the Czech towns, even Vysoké Mýto has a lookout tower and you can go on top and get a bird’s eye view of the town. It is called Prague Gate.
Guess what, there is a place that’s a little outside of Vysoké Mýto town where you can actually do go-karting. If you’re traveling in a group, then you should definitely do this.
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East Bohemia, Czech Republic – Pardubice region
Pardubice gingerbread horse – East Bohemia, Czech Republic
Bohemians in East Bohemia – Sec Dam viewpoint, Pardubice Region
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