Prague (Czech republic)
Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and the largest city of the country. It is located almost in the middle of the western part of the Vltava River. The city's main attractions are the churches in its medieval center, bridges and cathedrals. The Vltava River, which is slowly flowing through the city, is also famous for its swans. The city is located in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest ancient castle (Prague Castle). Prague is also full of museums, art galleries and street musicians. In Prague "room escape games" are very popular, in which a small group of people is locked in a room and they have to get out of there by finding keys, clues and items in a given period of time."
Monthly Weather Conditions
Prague's weather changes a lot across the year, but the city is still appealing in every season and has a lot to offer all year. The most rainy days occur from May to August, but the temperatures are higher than in other months with fewer rainy days.
From June to August the days are longer and warmer and the tourist attractions are open til late. You dont have to worry about very low temperatures so it's a great time to visit the city. The Autumn brings lower temperatures, but is the time of the year when Prague becomes a fairytale town and the changing colours of the city offer breathtaking views.
More information: Prague forecast and weather conditions monthly
Prague 8 most important sights:
- Powder Tower: One of the original gates into Old Town Prague, this tower was first built in the 11th century and rebuilt in the 15th century.
- Dancing House: Prague is known for its centuries-long span of architectural styles, with the end of the 20th century exemplified by the deconstructivist building Dancing House, created by Czech architect Valdo Milunic and Canadian Frank Gehry.
- Old New Synagogue: In Josefov, Pragues former Jewish Quarter, is the oldest active synagogue in Europe, the Old-New Synagogue.
- Tyn Church: The Church of Our Lady before Tyn graces the Old Town Square.
- Mala Strana: A district of the city of Prague, and one of its most historic regions.
- Wenceslas Square: One of Pragues two main squares, Wenceslas Square is a shoppers paradise.
- Prague Astronomical Clock: A highlight of Old Town Square is Pragues astronomical clock, a complicated, ancient orloj that reveals Babylonian time, Old Bohemian time, German time and sidereal time, as well as sunrise and sunset, phases of the moon and the suns position in the zodiac.
- Prague Castle: The castle buildings span centuries and consist of a royal palace, a cathedral and three churches, a basilica, a monastery, defensive towers, royal stables, a tiny lane where craftsmen worked and magnificent gardens.
Recommendation for one day:
- Visit the Old Town (Stare Mesto) at the heart of Prague. It's filled with many houses, churches and other structures dating back to the 13th century.
- See Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti), located in the center of historic Prague, this lively square is surrounded by baroque buildings, vibrant cafes, street entertainers and craftspeople.
- Take a great walk with great views at Prague's Castle District (Hradcany). Prague Castle is the largest castle in Europe and contains more than seven hundred rooms.
- See the Vysehrad National Cultural Monument, a must-see for history lovers and those who want to view a Prague castle from a different perspective; there's a very nice park as well for a picnic, good, cheap Czech beer and a grill garden restaurant.
- Nearby you'll find Charles Bridge (Karluv Most), connecting the Old town with Lesser Town, this popular pedestrian bridge is filled with musicians, painters, vendors and tourists.
The recommended accommodation areas for Prague are:
Cheap area: Lipanska, Dalimilova
Central location: Seifertova
Beach area: Vitava
Compared to prices worldwide, Prague is quite a cheap destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $37.26, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $120.96, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Hotel (2 stars): $35.69
- Hotel (3 stars): $54.08
- Hotel (4 stars): $79.51
- Hotel (5 stars): $135.20
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $8.15
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $13.98
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $1.36
- Meal, McDonalds: $5.38
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $5.42
Prague has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 75.6 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 92.8 (better than United states average 70.0)
- Walking alone at night: 74.5 (better than United states average 42.1)
More information: Prague safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.