How should I visit Prague alone
Prague tips for a short trip to the golden city
Here you will find my Prague tips for a short trip! The "golden city" Prague It is not wrongly named because the Czech capital is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. There is the wonderful old town of Prague directly on the Vltava, the world-famous Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle, which towers over the city and offers a wonderful view. It is surprisingly easy and cheap to get to Prague from Germany, be it by bus, train or car. I will give you my best Prague tips on how you can travel cheaply to Prague for a city trip and which accommodation is recommended. Of course, the sights of the city should not be missing and you will also receive culinary suggestions and insider tips for your stay. Even before you arrive, you can be inspired by the best nightlife options and sightseeing spots.
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The best Prague tips for a city trip
First of all: In Prague you are not traveling alone, instead countless tourists flock to the old town and want to see as much of the city as you do. But don't let this discourage you. I promise you will not regret it and enjoy every minute. For a short trip to Prague you should definitely plan three days or a long weekend to get to know other sides of Prague in addition to the tourist places.
Travel tips to Prague
Vltava River Prague
There are many different options available to you for your journey to Prague. From Dresden you can reach Prague in less than 2 hours by car. This distance makes the Golden City interesting even for a day trip. By long-distance bus you can get to the city center of Prague cheaply and quickly from Berlin. The provider Flixbus now even drives up to 14 times a day to the Czech capital and also offers express connections. In the same way, it is easy and convenient to travel to Prague from Nuremberg or Munich without any problems and for a price usually under € 20.
With the Europa Spezial Ticket, Deutsche Bahn offers a regular connection to the Czech Republic and with the Sparticket you can save a lot compared to the expensive normal price. If the bus and car are not possible because you live in West Germany, then a flight to Prague can be a good alternative. A low-cost airline is particularly suitable from the north and west. You can reach the city center from the airport within 45 minutes by bus and the green underground line A.
In Prague you pay kroner in the local currency, so you have to change euros. There are countless exchange offices that at first glance are just above the current daily rate. Be sure to pay attention to the change fee and find out BEFORE the change! This can often destroy the good exchange rate and this is more than annoying. Otherwise there are many local banks where you can withdraw money with the normal EC card (usually a fee of 5 €). In most bars and restaurants, you can also pay by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). On my city trip I always use my DKB credit card with which I can withdraw money free of charge almost anywhere.
Accommodation tips for Prague
Hotel Corinthia in Prague, © Daniel B.
On my last city trip, I opted for a more luxurious hotel in the south of Prague. The 5 * Hotel Corinthia Prague is only 3 underground stations away from the old town, which costs only 24 kroner per trip (approx. 0.80 cents). The staff are super friendly and I especially enjoyed the breakfast. With freshly prepared scrambled eggs according to the guests' desired ingredients, the kitchen definitely knows how to convince. During our stay, we got a great hotel room on the 20th floor with a wonderful view over the city, without insisting on a special room or the like. After a strenuous day and before the evening program, the SPA on the top floor has invited to the sauna and indoor pool. Overall, Prague offers a variety of affordable hotels for a city break.
Sightseeing in Prague
The number 1 highlight in Prague is the Charles Bridge. You will recognize that relatively quickly from the tourists who crowd over the bridge at noon and in the afternoon. Later in the evening, the bridge offers a wonderful view of the old town on one side and the illuminated Prague Castle on the other. From 10 p.m. it is pleasant to stroll across the bridge as many tourists have returned to the property. Only then does the beauty of the bridge really unfold!
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Stare mesto, the old town of Prague alone offers more than a day of sights. It starts at the Powder Tower, the boundary between the “Neustadt” and the old town. From there you will be led to the Rathausplatz (in the picture at the top) with the astronomical clock. This is not the only one in the world, but it is definitely one of the most beautiful. Past the “Kafka House” on the other side of the Rathausplatz towards the Jewish Quarter. This worth seeing and historically important quarter is definitely worth a visit and with the Jewish cemetery offers a cultural and historical occasion to pause for a moment during the trip and to become aware of the importance of the place.
Cross the Charles Bridge into the Malá Strana district, which Lesser Town called. It is the city quarter below the Prague Castle that you should definitely visit. From there you have a wonderful view over the whole old town, which literally calls for a snapshot. The largest contiguous castle area in Europe is divided into several buildings as well as the cathedral and the castle. I highly recommend the descent through the gardens at the castle before returning to the hustle and bustle of the city.
Culinary & lots of beer
Prague is the city of beer. In fact, the Czechs are at the forefront of the world when it comes to per capita consumption of barley juice. So you will find a pub or bar on every corner that invite you to linger. The beer is really cheap, because the price varies between 1,80 – 2,40 € for half a liter. The prices in the old town are still a lot higher than in less touristy areas of the city and there are only a few places in the center where Prague residents meet for beer. You can find one of these insider tips in theTýnská 6 only 2 minutes away from the town hall square. The entrance looks like the entrance to a hobbit apartment with a round door and a sign in front of it. Don't be shy and step in!
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For vegetarians and vegans, we recommend the Maitrea, which is next door around the corner. Please reserve in advance as it is quite crowded in the evening. As an alternative with very cheap but really tasty food, I recommend the Czech restaurant Kozička. There are incredibly delicious and inexpensive steaks with different sauces in all variations and are only visited by a few tourists. Finally, the U Parlamentu at the Staroměstská metro station offers inexpensive and traditional Czech food as well as delicious beer. Convince yourself!
The beer SPA in Prague
For all those who love to drink beer, there is the absolute highlight: the beer SPA. After a hard day, you can relax in a very special way. SPA guests can climb into the beer bath for an hour and relax in a beer barrel, sweat in the sauna or relax. Tip: Always go to the SPA as a couple, so that there is always the opportunity to help each other afterwards. Beer is absorbed surprisingly quickly through the skin.
More tips for your city trip ...
I had a great experience with the Free Tour and our guide Zed. With a free tour, you only pay your guide a tip, which depends on how much you liked the tour. That's why we paid a little more than usual for our great guide and it was still much cheaper than an “official” city tour. You can find an overview of the free tours on TripAdvisor.
Have you brought any tips with you from your city trip in Prague? I look forward to your comments and other insider tips!
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