Question

A friend of mine is traveling to #Prague where I studied quite a few years ago. Anyone have up-to-date recommendations?

Location

City: Prague

Region: Central Bohemia

Country: Czech Republic

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Prague - Basic Facts for visitors

Currency
Czech Koruna (“CZK” or “crowns”)
Exchange rates: GBP1.00 = CZK 27

Despite what the travel agents in the UK might say, the Euro is not widely used in Prague (unless you’re paying by credit card) and so you will need to ensure that you have Czech “crowns” with you at all times – especially when using taxis and eating in smaller restaurants.

If anyone approaches you on the street to exchange money then you should refuse as the currency they will try and offer you will either be forged notes or not Czech Koruna.

Telephone
International dialling: +420
Emergency calls: Police 158
City Police 156
Ambulance 155
Fire 150

Transport
In case you wish to travel independently in Prague it is suggested that you use one of the following modes;

Tram – CZK 18 (Non-Transfer), CZK 26 (Transfer), 24 hour (CZK 80) and 3 day tickets are available at news-stands (Trafika) throughout the city and must be validated upon boarding the tram (3 yellow machines in each car).

Metro – the same tickets are also valid and can be purchased and validated at the entrance to the metro.

Taxi – with the exception of the airport, don’t use taxis off the street. You can either ask for the hotel in which you are staying to order you a taxi or alternatively call one of the following local reputable firms:

• Profi Taxi +420 844 700 800
• AAA +420 233 113 311

Transport from the airport – the best way to get from the airport to your hotel is either by taxi (yellow AAA taxis found in the taxi rank outside the airport terminal) or by using the Cedaz “Airport-Centrum” minibus service, which is particularly useful for groups of up to 8 people with a lot of luggage.

AAA taxis are regulated and the price from the airport to the centre should be around CZK 500 (GBP 12.50).

The “Airport-Centrum” service usually works out around CZK 920 (GBP 30) between 8 of you, and so there’s not a lot in it.

Tourist Information
Prague Information Service – Old Town Hall (Old Town Square) and Na Prikope 20

Time Difference
Central European Time (CET) which is BST+1 hour

Sightseeing
The following places are regarded as famous and historic landmarks in Prague which many tourists consider “must see” attractions;
• Prague Castle (“Pražský Hrad”)
• Charles Bridge (“Karluv Most”)
• Wenceslas Square (“Václavské Námestí”)
• Old Town Square (“Staromětské Námestí”)
• Republic Square/Municipal Building (“Námestí Republiky/Obecni Dum)
• Vyšehrad

Pickpockets
Please take extra caution when in busy tourist areas and also when using the trams and metro as pickpockets are often found operating in these place.

Going out
Prague has a large number of bars and restaurants catering for every mood and taste – here are a few recommendations;

• Lucerna (Vodickova, Praha 1) – lively 80’s/90’s close to Wenceslas Square. Open until 3am
• Celnice (Námestí Republiky) – excellent quality Czech food with a popular club downstairs
• The Dubliner (Ungelt) – International Sports Bar with plasma TV’s and 2 big screens.
• Kolkovna (V Kolkovne) – part of the same chain as “Celnice” but a more relaxed venue (bar/restaurant, no club)
• U Medvidku (Na Perstyne) – traditional beer hall with large helpings of Czech cuisine
• Café Louvre (Narodni) – A large coffee house with pool tables at the rear
• Kavarna Slavia (Narodni/Smetanovo Nabrezi) – Popular coffee house with good food and a view of the river (Vltava) and the National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo)
• La Fabrique (Uhelny Trh) – busy disco with an international crowd
• Karlovy Lazne (Novotneho Lavka) – popular disco based on 4 floors for the younger crowd
• Lavka (Novotneho Lavka) – a smaller disco next to Charles Bridge with a large terrace offering excellent nightime views of the historic bridge and castle.
Wow!
You have spent a long time putting all that information together Andy.
If I may be so bold to point out one little mistake on the tram information.
You say...... Tram – CZK 18 (Non-Transfer), CZK 26 (Transfer), 24 hour (CZK 80) and 3 day tickets are available........
The 18 CZK ticket is for any journey of 20 minutes or less or 5 Metro stations.
The 26 CZK ticket is for journeys of up to 90 minutes or 75 minutes at peak times.
I thought the day ticket was 100 CZK?

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