Often referred to as The City of 100 Spires, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with stunning and colorful architecture , distinctive charm, the winding Vltava River running through, and impressive monuments scattered about. The Historic Center has received UNESCO distinctions, but every neighborhood throughout Prague offers something unique to visitors and locals alike.
Prague has one of the most efficient and easy to use public transportation systems in Europe offering three metro lines, trams, and buses. The Prague system is an "open" system, so you simply hop on and off with a pre-purchased pass or ticket. For those visiting the city for a few days I recommend purchasing the 3 day pass (available at any of the news stands in the metro stations and kiosks around tram stops for approx $11) to save time and not worry about coins. Single day and monthly passes are also available in addition to the standard 90 min passes from the ticket machines.
UBER is available and reliable in Prague.
WHERE TO STAY
Old Town - Hotel Josef
Clean modern design in a prime location in Prague's Old Town. Friendly staff, complimentary breakfast, and reasonable rates make this a great place to stay for a short visit to Prague.
Vinohrady - Airbnb
For longer stays in Prague, I definitely recommend an Airbnb for more space, the flexibility to cook, and a more local approach to the city. Numerous apartments can be found throughout the city, but the Vinohrady neighborhood is quiet, full of restaurants, has several farmer's markets, and is easily accessible to all the major sites in the city.
WHAT TO EAT
See my Guide on Where to Eat, Drink & Food Shop in Prague for an extensive list of options.
WHAT TO DO
Explore Old Town. Some notable buildings include the Kinsky Palace, the Tyn Cathedral, the Astrological Clock and the St. Nicholas Church.
Walk Across the Charles Bridge. For less crowds try to head here early in the morning.
Tour Prague Castle & the surrounding area. Although the museums and castle itself don't open until 9am, the castle grounds open at 6am, so feel free to come early to take some pics tourist free.
Get a taste of midcentury design in Prague with a tour of the Villa Mueller designed by Adolf Loos. Tours are offered in English & Czech and reservations are required. Book your tour here.
Relax in Letna Park and take in views of the four bridges.
Take a day trip to the UNESCO town of Cesky Krumlov.
Photo by Erika Kaneko
Get a taste of Vietnam with an exploration of the SAPA market in Little Hanoi.
Take a foodie tour with Taste of Prague Food Tours.
Explore the Citadel of Vysehrad, now including a large church, cemetery, and panoramic views of the city.
Stroll through the National Gallery.
Get cultured by seeing a performance at the Opera House or Smetana Hall.
Visit the Saturday Naplavka Farmer's Market.
Take a day trip to the German city of Dresden.
Hop on a train to the small town of Kutna Hora, known for its variety of churches including the notable (albeit small) bone church.
Enjoy a glass of fresh Pilsner. Cheers!