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Prague - travel information

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. This is the fifth most visited city in Europe, after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome. Over 8.4 million foreign tourists visited the city in 2017. Most tourists come to Prague from Germany, USA, UK, Italy and Russia.

About 1.3 million people live in Prague. The Vltava River flows through the city. The historic center of the city is located on the banks of the river. Several bridges connect the shores in the central part of the city. Charles Bridge is the most famous of them. It is one of the attractions of the city.

Choose a good area to stay in Prague

Prague is divided into 22 administrative districts, which are designated by numbers (Prague 1 - Prague 22). The most popular among tourists are the districts 1 and 2. This is where most of the attractions and most of the best hotels are located in the city. Choose this area of ​​the city to live in Prague, if you can afford it.

For example: the 5 star hotel Four Seasons Hotel Prague (5 stars) is located in the Old Town, on the banks of the Vltava River. There is a view of Prague Castle and Charles Bridge from the best rooms of the hotel. (You can book a room in this hotel right now on the BookingCom website.)

If you need a very good hotel in the center of Prague, we can also recommend the Grand Hotel Bohemia 5 star hotel (5 stars). The Grand Hotel Bohemia is located in the very center of Prague. Within walking distance of the hotel, there are located: Old Town Square, Powder Tower, Palladium Shopping Center and the metro station Namesti Republiky. The hotel provides a very comfortable stay in the center of Prague.
(You can book a room in this hotel right now on the BookingCom website.)

Hotel Klarov 4 star hotel. Hotel Klárov is good, 4-star boutique hotel located in the center of the historical part of the city. Some rooms offer views of Prague Castle, the Vltava River. Malostranská metro station is located next to the hotel.
(You can book a room in this hotel right now on the BookingCom website.)

Cloister Inn Hotel 3 star hotel. Hotel Cloister Inn (3 stars) is located in the center of Prague, near Charles Bridge. The nearest underground station: Národní třída.
(You can book a room in this hotel right now on the BookingCom website.)

The public transport system works well in the capital of the Czech Republic. You can choose another hotel (hostel), located at a distance from the city center. It will cost less. You will find here the hotel that suits you best.

Tyn Church in Prague

Travel

Many interesting places and cities are located relatively close to Prague. If you love to travel and have enough free time and money, then you should not limit yourself. You can travel both by bus and by train.

Distance from Prague to some cities:

  • Vienna - 290 kilometers.
  • Munich - 370 kilometers.
  • Dresden is 150 kilometers away.

You can also visit these cities. Tickets for the train or the bus can be bought online.

You can also join a guided tpour. Tours in Prague and other cities can also be selected and booked online.

Places to visit

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Many architectural monuments of different centuries are located in the central part of the city. Among the main attractions of Prague: 18 bridges, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old city, Prague Castle.

Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is located on a hill on the left bank of the Vltava River. The residence of the Czech kings was here before. Now here is the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. Many architectural monuments are located on the territory of the fortress. The most famous of these is the St. Vitus Cathedral.

Old Town (Staré Město) is located on the right bank of the Vltava. The market square (Old Town Square) can be considered as the center of the Old City.

Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is a popular tourist destination in Prague. The square is located in the historic center of the city. The distance from Prague Castle to Old Town Square is approximately 1.5 kilometers.

St. Vitus, Wenceslas and Vojtěch Cathedral (Katedrála svatého Víta, Václava a Vojtěcha) is a beautiful, gothic Catholic cathedral in Prague Castle. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful examples of European Gothic architecture in Europe.

Town Hall on Old Town Square

Where to start the first walk in Prague

Where to start the first walk in Prague? It is best to start with a sightseeing tour. A professional guide will tell you much more information than you can find yourself. (You will find more information about excursions and tours in Prague here.)

If you intend to explore the city on your own, (as an option) come by the red metro line to the Muzeum station. You will come to Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) to the National Museum. View of the entire area opens from the museum. Walk through the square, and then along the Na Můstku and Melantrichova streets, go to the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). Look at the Tyn Church and the Town Hall. From the Town Hall go to the Charles Bridge along Karlova Street (follow the signs and crowds of tourists movements). Crossing the river over the bridge, you can walk up to Prague Castle. This will be enough to start. The length of the pedestrian route from the National Museum to Charles Bridge is approximately 1.7 kilometers.

Additional information can be found in the information points and the Internet.

Wenceslas Square in Prague

Photo: view of Wenceslas Square from the side of the National Museum. (December, 2018.)

Transportation

Prague has a well-functioning public transport. Prague's city transport includes: metro, tram and bus. If necessary, you can take a taxi. You can also rent a car (you can choose and book in advance).

Václav Havel International Airport (Letiště Václava Havla Praha) is located in the "Prague 6" area, about 15 kilometers from the city center. The airport has 4 terminals.

There are several options for getting from the airport to the place you need by public transport.
To get to the center of Prague, you can take the bus number 119 (Terminal 1 / Terminal 2 - Nádraží Veleslavín), get to the metro station "Nádraží Veleslavín" by bus, and go to metro line A.
Airport Express buses provide direct access from Prague Airport to the Central Railway Station (in the city center),

Useful tip You can also take a taxi. This is convenient if you have large luggage or if you are traveling with children. Taxis can be booked in advance online.

Pardubice Airport (Letiště Pardubice, code: PED) is located about 120 kilometers from the center of Prague. Many charter flights arrive at this airport.
To get from Pardubice Airport to Prague, you need: walk to the bus stop (about 800 meters from the terminal), get to Pardubice Train Station (many flights, for example buses 8.88, 23), get to Prague by train.

The central railway station (Praha hlavní nádraží) is located in the central part of the city, about one kilometer from the Old Town Square. Address: Wilsonova 300/8, Praha 2.
The neares metro station: Hlavní nádraží.

Make the trip yourself

There are two most approaches for organizing travel: buy a package tour or organize everything yourself. If you want to just relax - buy package tour.
Fans of independent travel will find here links to useful online services. Visit Prague and have fun.

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