Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most important cities in Eastern Europe. It has been a major metropolis for centuries because it sits in the middle of the historically significant region of Bohemia. Much of its colorful past is still evident in its castles, domed churches, towers and historic bridges. The picturesque Old Town and the Vltava River give Prague a timeless feel. Indeed, with a history that stretches back more than 1000 years, this city is a timeless place…the perfect destination for travelers to introduce themselves to Eastern Europe and the Czech Republic. Of course it is not just the historic atmosphere that makes this city unique. There is something for every traveler. Malls and museums are on the menu, as are hearty Czech cuisine and generous amounts of the country’s famous beer.
The main areas of Prague can be traversed on foot. It is one of the most walkable cities in all of Europe if you stick to these central streets. The heart of the city is Wenceslas Square, which is lined with shops, restaurants and pubs. From there, tourists can walk through the Old Town section of the city and reach Old Town Square, an equally important attraction. Taxis are an option, but public transportation is much better, as taxi drivers have been known to overcharge tourists. With a three-line metro system and a number of buses and trams reaching all over the city, it is usually not necessary to flag down a taxi. One and three-day tickets are a possibility. For people who ride public transit frequently over a weekend, these unlimited passes are a great value. Tickets are checked by transportation personal at random times, so always be sure to have a ticket handy and never throw it away until it has expired.
Weather (What to pack when you come to Prague)
Prague has pleasant summers, cool springs and falls, and cold winters. From December until February, the temperature hovers around freezing and snow is always a possibility. A winter coat, hat, and gloves are a necessity for anyone visiting during this time of year. That said, Prague usually does not get as bitterly cold as more-northern parts of Europe. Summers are warm, though average temps only reach into the mid-70s Fahrenheit (mid-20s Celsius), so tourists won’t often have to contend with brutal heat. Light jackets are usually needed at nighttime, even during height of summer. On average, May and June are the rainiest months in Prague, though rains can fall at any time during the three warmer seasons.
Prague’s many attractions
Prague has a lot of attractions, so tourists will find themselves having to pick and choose which ones to see if they are staying for a week or less in the city. A number of amazing buildings, both modern and historic, give Prague its charm. Sightseers will have a full slate of basilicas, castles, bridges and more-modern structures to view. Eastern Europe’s best zoo, a world-class botanical garden, shopping malls, and two major shop-lined squares give people even more options for filling up their itinerary. Prague is also a city of festivals. Major festivals take place in every season, with events celebrating music, beer, folklore, and the holiday season filling up the city’s calendar. Visiting during one of these times can turn a casual city trip into a truly memorable experience. In short, Prague is a sightseers dream, and the city has many more traits so that any visitor will find excitement no matter what their interests might be.
Where to stay and eat
Like other major cities across Europe, Prague has a wide array of hotels and restaurants. People can visit the city for very little if they stay in a hostel and eat cheap pub grub or street food. At the same time, funky boutique hotels and high end inns can make a visit to Prague a very luxurious experience, while the city’s world-class eateries can impress gourmet food lovers and eating enthusiasts alike.
Prague is a world-class city and a great place for people to introduce themselves to the Eastern half of Europe.