I am probably going to be spending 3 or 4 days there in September. Does anyone have any must see places? Also, has anyone stayed in the Apple Hostel? That’s where we are looking at staying?
I went to Prague in February. A stunning city but bloody cold when i went (-10 when we landed)!! Public transport was great, and cheap. The astronomical clock and Charles brindge are must-sees! For music lovers like myself Ungelt Jazz bar and U malena G. bar were blissful.
I went there a couple of years back and, to be honest, I just wondered around for the whole week and found loads of cool things!! One of the best things I discovered was a broadcast tower with a panoramic observation level (you have to use the scary express elevator to get to it) and has 10ft baby sculptures crawling up it… weeeird!! It’s located…erm… near Palac Flora (a metro stop)… oh, and while you’re at Palac Flora visit the cemetary next door – seriously cool architecture in there… and black squirrels everywhere!!
haha, sorry I haven’t been of much help… but the best way really is to explore… especially since it is just Â£5 for a week-long pass for all public transport!!
As has already been said, Charles Bridge and the Castle are natural musts for sightseeing. Great photo opportunities in the castle grounds – simply stunning architechture (see [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/asorsz rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/asorsz[/url] for pics)
We stayed in the Traveller’s Hostel on Dlouha ([url=http://www.travellers.cz rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]http://www.travellers.cz[/url]). They had a loft conversion with some brand new apartments (look on the website); private bathroom, and it worked out about the same price as a dorm for 4 of us sharing.
‘Bombay’ cocktail bar on Dlouha (same road at the hostel, off the main square) is very swanky, and ‘Mount Steak’ (just off Charles bridge in the little quarter) have every type of meat under the sun!
Keep off of the market square for beer as it’s 3-4 times the price on the square itself!
By the way, when we went in jan it was even colder; minus 20 was the record! (Look out for the pic of the frozen antifreeze if you don’t believe me!)
All the best and enjoy your trip
This doesn’t answer either of your questions but the most important information anyone going to prague should know is the following: be really careful with taxis! I had a really bad experience with one taxi driver that really shook me up. I didn’t get in a taxi after that, but all the taxis I had been in before (although not as nasty as this particualr driver) completely ripped me off too. Most (if not all) try and rip tourists off or worse. Avoid them if possible because Prague isn’t that big and the best way to see it is by foot. But if you do get in one you really must note the licence number and you must agree the price of the journey before you set off (although this might not be much help). Just be really cautious and not naive and trusting like me!!
Prague is beautiful though – I recommend the Jewish quarter. Also for nightlife the ‘5 storey club’ right next to Charles Bridge (I never found out its actual name) was really good.
Have a wicked time!
Thanks for all of this guys.
Yes do be careful with Taxis only use the firm AAA taxis and set the price before,all their despatchers speak english and they are the safest firm to use in Prague. You shousldn’t need a taxi if you are in the town and you can get the bus from the airport but remember to buy a ticket/travel pass before you get on a bus /tram/metro and get it stamped, they operate the honor sytem and you get a fine if you get caught without a pass or stamped ticket.
Please only change money in banks or use the ATM’S. I have seen too many tourists getting ripped off by money exchange places that advertise reasonable rates on their door then screw you over when you get in there, the prague authorities are well aware that this is happening but as these shops display their terms od business in very small print inside their offices their isn’t much you can do!.
Avoid eating in overtly tourist places and watch out for service charges and cover charges, its not unusual for a waiter to charge you for service and for each ‘cover’ in a restuarant, this can really bump up your bill!. strangely this only seems to happen to non czech speakers!
If you like jazz go to asgharta jazz centrum it’s in a side street off the old town square,near the astronomical clock its an intimate little jazz cellar with amazing accoustics, open every night from about 8pm to midnight, get there early as it often ends up as standing room only.
The 5 story club on the charles bridge is Karlov Lazne, it claims to be central europes biggest nighclub, not difficult as prague pretty much is central europe!, beware it does attract a lot of stag parties but the atmosphere is friendly and there are loads of different nationalities, so you should experience it at least once. Although its free to use the claokroom the attendants will expect a tip as will the bar staff every time they serve you!, (if you aks for a beer in czech you will get served first every time!) tipping the bartender is an american influence they seem to have adopted!. For a more laid back vibe ther is Nebi, more of an R&B vibe, very chilled in a downstairs cellar, its in a side street near tesco but i cant think which street it is on right now!
My favourite part of Prague is bohemia, as you can imagine it has a laid back vibe some cool shops and interesting bars/pubs.
The old town is also lovely and you can get the best ice cream at ‘cream & Dream’ just over the charles bridge.
hi thanks for all the tips, im just wondering if anybody knows a cool hostel in prague that has a bar, a nice atmosphere and isnt majorly expensive…
DON’T stay at Hostel Jednota, there were slightly weird communal type showers and no curtains in the room, and generally not a nice atmosphere.
Definitely try out a jazz club, and if you’re a drinker try the Absinth fire shot- 70% and you won’t forget it in a hurry!
The Sex Machines museum just off the Old Town square (you’re bound to walk past it several times) was expensive and very small, athough it does have the slight comedy factor.
You could go to a black light theatre performance, there are loads of the theatres around, basically they all have productions with people in bright colours under black light, so it looks like they’re floating in the air etc. We went to one and it cost about 500 kroner I think (just over Â£10), which was a bit steep but we enjoyed it nonetheless.
If you’re interested there’s a Franz Kafka museum on the same side of the river as the palace and government buildings- quite a pretentious place but could be of interest.
Just wander between and around the Old Town and Wenceslas Square and you’ll see things.
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