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Tour Prague the City of 100 Spires

Updated on August 22, 2014

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe

The city of Prague, in the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe in my opinion. Prague is the 6th most visited city in Europe for a reason; The Church Spires and cobblestone streets lead you back into History.

There are Churches and Synagogues from practically every period in History. The Jewish Quarter was one of my favorites, as was eating and relaxing by the River. Architecture, Plays, Musicals, Festivals, all add charm to this city.

The Medieval Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square is a popular tourist attraction, and something not to be missed. Architecture, Cultural Shows, Marionettes, and Crystal are some of the other things Prague is known for.

Prague is the Capital of the Czech Republic, formerly known as Czechoslovakia before the breakup of the Soviet Union. Prague, Budapest, Vienna, and Krakow are a few of the other Cities I would highly recommend seeing if you get the chance. There are tours of Eastern Europe that can include these cities, but for now we will concentrate on Prague. Below you will find some useful information, and photos from my trips there.

St. Nicholas Church in Old Town Square - Old Churches in Prague, the Capital of the Czech Republic

Preparing for Your Trip to Prague - A few things to keep in mind when vacationing in Prague

There is so much to see and do that a guide can help you learn some of the History before you go, and will help you when you get there. There are people selling tours on the streets, but from experience I learned to know what I want to see in advance (saves money), but keeping options open is my advice.

Money: The currency in the Czech Republic is the Koruna (Kc), but most shops in the tourist area also take Euros and the Dollar. You can convert money in various shops, but NEVER exchange money on the street, it is illegal and the people exchanging your money will likely rip you off.

Accomodations in Prague - The Castle Steps: Aspen Apartment

Trying to find the right lodging to fit everyone's needs isn't always easy when you have to depend on the Internet. I learned that some of the places advertised, were nothing like how they appeared on their website, like our Apartment in Budapest which was a big letdown. But the one in Prague was even better than expected.

Booking was pretty easy, they emailed me a contract after several mails back and forth with me asking questions, and them answering. I picked this Apartment because it was bright, on the ground floor and slept 4 comfortably. At the time of booking they didn't offer a continental breakfast, but by the time we got there, they had renovated a wonderful room that served a wonderful continental breakfast and also had a free Internet Cafe for their guests.

A big plus was that our Apartment was in the same building as the Dining Room and Internet Cafe. Other guests of The Castle Steps had to walk up the street for breakfast to reach our building. My mother said it was the best place she had ever stayed, and I have to agree. They book very quickly so when we went to another town for 2 days I kept the Apartment, preferring to pay instead of having to pack, and unpack, and possibly not have the place ready when we returned.

The Castle Steps Executive Apartments are a series of Apartments in the Executive District very close to the Castle. Transportation is close by, but it is a walk. We learned to walk down to catch the bus, but coming back we took a different bus so we didn't have to walk up hill....it's pretty steep after a long day of sight seeing. We even asked the little train tour guide if he would drop us at our Building as we had already seen the Castle, which was where the little train was going. I just loved that the tour went past our Apartment!

Tour to the Castle

Finding Affordable or Comfortable Lodging in Prague

Accommodations for all budgets in the Czech Republic

The first time I went to Prague I went with a Group of people, and we stayed in a small town outside of Prague. Transportation is excellent, and it just took us about 20 minutes to get into the city by tram, or you can go by bus.

This trip we were more concerned with saving money than on my second trip. Very different experiences and because of the location outside of Prague it was less expensive, although it was very hard to find in the dark that first night.

Another good option besides staying outside the City are the Hostel's. You can find one from a Double Bed Room up to large Dorm Rooms with rows of bunkbeds. Some have their own baths while others have a shared bath and shower down the hall. Breakfast is included in some, while others aren't much more than a bed for the night.

Whatever your needs are you can usually find something to match your budget.

Transportation: Getting around in Prague

Prague has a very good transportation system of buses, trams, taxis and the metro. Tickets are good for a little over an hour and you MUST punch them with a time date stamp, which is a little box somewhere when you get on. You'll see it. Controllers periodically check passengers and if you are caught without a valid ticket, there is a large fine, payable on the spot. Transportation is cheap, so it's not worth the risk.

Also negotiate taxi's before you get in to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Recommended Tourist Attractions In Prague

The Main Square and the Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock is an absolute must see experience. As you can see this Medieval clock is beautiful. Located in the Main Square, tourists and locals alike line up for the Show of the Apostles.

"The Walk of the Apostles" is a show with figures of the Apostles (and other moving figures) that entertains and delights children and adults alike. The calendar dial with medallions represents the months.

Prague's Medieval Astronomical Clock

Video of the Astronomical Clock

Although it's not the same as being there, this is the next best thing.

Josefov: The Jewish Quarter in Prague

One of my favorite areas of Prague is the Jewish Quarter, just around the corner from the Main Square in Old Town. During my first trip to Prague the Jewish Museum had a Display about Children from the Holocaust, stories, drawings and tons of shoes. Walking around reading everything I was aghast at what I saw. It's different seeing it in real life versus reading about it in a book.

During my second trip to the Museum in 2006 it was the "Walls" that captured my heart. The walls are monuments to the Jews that had been killed. It reminded me of the Vietnam Wall in Washington DC, but very different. Honoring the deceased was the common denominator of these Walls.

If you are in Prague, I would highly recommend spending some time in the Museum, and walking around the area. They have guided tours, but with a good guide book you can do it yourself at your own pace. This Museum is the most visited Museum in all of Prague for a good reason.

Don't forget to visit the old Jewish Cemetery which is the oldest surviving Jewish Cemetary in Europe. There are also 6 Synagogues ranging from the 13th Century Gothic Style to the 20th Century neo-renaissance Style.

Do they speak English in Prague?

Yes, in all the Major tourist areas You will most likely find English Speakers, especially in the shops. Keep in mind that Czech is the official language, not English so do not expect them to know your language. It is very appreciated if you learn a few basic phrases of Czech. The effort is appreciated by most Czech's even if it is pronounced wrong :)

My Google Maps

A trip to Karlovy Vary is well worth the trip if you want to explore outside of the Capital. It is easily accessible by train, or bus and then either a taxi or another bus will get you there. If you are taking a lot of luggage I would suggest a Taxi.

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Traveling to Karloy Vary (Carlsbad) by train

We chose to go by train to enjoy the scenery along the way. Coming back we opted not to take the train, but paid a Taxi Driver to take us back. This ride took us through areas that we wouldn't have seen otherwise. We paid 250 euros for the trip, but all of us decided it was well worth the cost.

For your next vacation, imagine yourself here......

Traveling can be a very enriching experience. I would love to know your thoughts or comments on this Travel Guide to Prague. And don't forget to Rate this Lens. All Photos were taken by me and are copyrighted but if you would like to use one let me know :)

Comments or suggestions you have on Traveling to Prague

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    • Erin Mellor profile image

      Erin Mellor 

      3 years ago from Europe

      I love Prague, it's one of those cities I'm happy to get lost in as I always find something unexpectedly beautiful around each corner.

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      Jenn Dixon 

      3 years ago from PA

      Prague is one of my favorite European cities. It's absolutely beautiful. I want to go back.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      4 years ago from California

      @delia-delia: Oh how wonderful....and when you get to Budapest there is so much to see also! Glad this brought back some good memories :)

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      Delia 

      4 years ago

      I just want to share with you how absolutely wonderful our trip was to Prague. Just seeing these photos here are bringing back great memories...I would like to visit Budapest next (mom said that's where I was created ;-) our River Cruise was awesome we saw many great places...Paris was a week to remember, wish I could do it all over again.

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      abbielea25 

      5 years ago

      What a fantastic lens! I would LOVE to visit Prague one day!!

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      6 years ago from California

      @delia-delia: oh I hope you have fun...that's a great trip!

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      Delia 

      6 years ago

      I'm so glad I came back to reread this lens, we are going to Prague through Germany to Paris on a River Cruise..it should be fun...this was on my bucket list.

      Thanks for sharing the info here, I just got some answers for some of my questions. :-)

      ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Nice travel lens! I'm putting Prague on my bucket list. Now as soon as I make a gazillion dollars on Squdoo.....

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      JustinSnyder 

      6 years ago

      I have a couple of friends who have visited Prague (and one there right now), and am always SO jealous when I see the pictures! I hope to be able to visit one day too. Great Lens!

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      Celticep 

      6 years ago from North Wales, UK

      we went there last year for our silver wedding anniversary, it was lovely :)

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      kindoak 

      6 years ago

      When I was about 11 or 12 we passed quickly through the city and stopped just long enough to see the clocks. I really need to be getting back there - nice writeup that is getting my tourist itch itching!

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      Sunshine38 LM 

      6 years ago

      My home sweet home. Love it there :)

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      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Great lens and some lovely memories, thanks. I went to Prague a few years ago and luckily had a hotel near the old town so maximised the time for site seeing. The architecture was indeed stunning and would add to your recommendation as a place to visit. Blessed.

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      DonD LM 

      6 years ago

      What a beautiful lense you have, such a good set up and informative lense. Hopefully someday will visit Prague

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      kimmanleyort 

      7 years ago

      Blessing travel lenses today and this is one of them. I found this lens very helpful before my visit to Prague. We ended up renting an apartment after I read about your experience.

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      KettyRobinson 

      7 years ago

      We were looking for the information about Prague places to visit and I found this top ten places. By just reading I'm excited to visit this place. if the photos are so beautiful, then I can't imagine how amazing it must have been in person. thanks for this lens.

      Prague places to visit

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      Sue Dixon 

      8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      I just love Prague, and your beautiful lens has reminded me that I need to go back there!

      Blessed by an angel.

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      Tony Payne 

      8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice lens. I would love to go to Prague, especially to see the architecture, all those buildings that survived from prior to WWII.

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      Indigo Janson 

      8 years ago from UK

      This is a wonderful guide to Prague. I hope to visit one day and I'll be sure to read up on it here first so I don't miss a thing! *~*~ Angel Blessed ~*~* in an angel's final flutter.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kathy McGraw 

      8 years ago from California

      @kimmanleyort: Wonderful Kim, and congratulations! Let me know as there is another city close by-a few hours by train that is another must see if you are in the area :)

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      kimmanleyort 

      8 years ago

      Now that I have 100 lenses under my belt, I am going to visit Prague in June! No, really! Thanks for all your support in helping me reach my goal. I am bookmarking this lens for ideas for our trip to Prague.

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      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      I've spent a New Year in Prague a few years back. Really great place and so many attractions. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. =)

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      gkovats 

      8 years ago

      Hi Kathy,

      great lens about your trip to Prague. I'd like to point out that you have number of innaccuracies throughout. First of all, the second picture is not St. Nicholas church but Church of Virgin Mary in front of Tyn known as Tyn Church for short.

      Czech Republic did not result from the break up of Soviet Union. It resulted from Slovak withdrawal from Czechoslovakia in 1989. Soviet Union broke up in 1991.

      Tickets for public transportation in Prague are good for 75 minutes not an hour.

      Getting to prague is very easy and does not take a longer time. Forget London, Paris or Vienna unless these cities are also on your To Visit list. Next time go through Frankfurt or Dusseldorf in Germany. There is only 1 hour layover.

      The Astronomical Clock does not have Jesus. It only has 12 apostles.

      You can avoid the steep hill to the apartments by taking a tram to Pohorelec stop and them walking down the hioll. Much better.

      It is a myth that taxi drivers will rip you off. I used taxis in Prague aqnd was never ripped off and neither were any of my friends. Use phone number 14014 for quick and immacculate service.

      I'm little bit disappointed that you did not mention beer, the most important food group for the Czechs. According to United Nations statistics the Czechs drink about 560 litres of beer a year per person. That's about a little bit short of a sixpack a day accounting for kids under 14, women and very old people. And we though Irish were the drunks.

      George

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      Carol Goss 

      8 years ago

      Great lens and blessed by an angel

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      I was there and I love the Golden City! Wish to visit soon again! We're walking every day, all day, but I still have a feeling we missed a much... :) Well done, Kathy! This took me back there!

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      hospitalera 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens! 5*****

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 

      9 years ago

      Gorgeous images! I've never been to Prague, but would sure love to go now. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Fantastic lens. As I may never get there, it was wonderful to see this amazing city through your eyes. 5*

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      VBright 

      9 years ago

      Beautiful work! I love the pictures and the layout! You give some great information too. Very nice lens and very helpful and informative.

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      puzzlerpaige 

      9 years ago

      Kathy,

      Wow this is an excellent lens. Really one of the best, informative lenses I've ever seen. And I "ain't" just saying that! Now I'm off to hunt a video of that Astronical Clock so I can see it too. 5*'s (I wish there were more).

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Hi Kathy - this is a wonderful lens! Full of useful information and advice, with stunning visuals and great links. 5* without a doubt - thank you! :)

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      julieannbrady 

      9 years ago

      Kathy -- this is a beautiful lens of Prague -- we've been there and would have loved this as a guide of what to see. I've nominated your lens in the forum for a squid angel blessing or two!

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      badmsm 

      9 years ago

      What a beautiful city! My in-laws are going there this fall. Great lens, 5 stars & a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      I would love to visit just to see the Medieval Astronomical Clock!

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      Zut Moon 

      9 years ago

      Interesting Lens. I am off in that direction soon but not going that far East. I don't plan to ever go to Prague even though it does seem like a nice place to visit. There are so many places to visit but Machu Picchu is at the top of my list. You done good Girl ... must see how many stars I can find in the cookie jar.

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