It's easy to get around - enjoy walking!public transportation system is extremely effective and well developed. A hot tip is to buy a period ticket when you arrive at the airport, as it will get you anywhere with trams, buses or by the subway. Getting from the airport to downtown can be a bit of a hassle by public transportation if you are carrying a lot of luggage, and might be a time where you should consider catching a cab. Everywhere else, trust the public transportation system, it also runs during the night. If you at any time should prefer taking a taxi, remember that not all taxi drivers can be trusted in Prague (not even with a meter). AAA is the most trustworthy company, so look for their name on the taxis. The best way of exploring Prague though is definitely using your legs…
A lot of history to see and discoverDepending on your time and on your expectations from the trip, you can choose one of these parts of Prague: Old Town, Lesser Quarter or the area around Prague Castle are most desirable. These main districts of Prague's city centre lie next to each other and thus are easy to reach. The big advantage of Prague is that everything the city has to offer is just one step away from you. Ujez and New town are only a few minutes walk from the centre of Prague. Smichov, Djevice or Vinohrady are just 10-15 minutes far away from Old Town, so you can get there easily by public transport. Prague is a safe town, you can walk around freely and that is the best way to familiarize with the city. Print out this city map before you go. It covers all of the most popular spots can help you to discover what Prague has to offer and may help you to organize your trip.
Where to stay in Prague and start your trip?Best place to start your tour is Old Town Square (shown on top) and to admire the Astronomical clock, symbol of Prague. This unique clock was installed in 1410. and represents date, position of sun, moon, other planets and the signs of the zodiac. There are many legends about this clock. One of them is about the clock maker who was made blind, so that he could not repeat his work. Every hour is marked with the figures of the 12 apostles the and figure of ''death'' start their show! The ''Walk of the Apostles'' is a unique experience and you can enjoy it for free!
Famous Prague Castle with its surroundings occupies 7,28 ha and is mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records. In the past it was a royal palace and is now the residence of the President of the Czech Republic. This complex of palaces, gardens, churches... is something you must see and you will be fascinated with its beauty and luxury! It includes the biggest church of the country, St.Vitus Chathedral, as an example of Gothic architecture with its 96,5m high main tower. Close to it there is the Chapel of St.Wenceslas, where relics of the saint are kept, decorated with many semi-precious stones and paintings (It's not open to the public, but it's worth seeing small part from the doorways from the outside!).
Another part of the complex is Belvedere, or Royal Summer Palace, where you can listen to a unique concert which is played by water in the 'Singing Fountain', the Castle Picture Gallery offers paintings of Rubens, Veronese, Titian and many other famous painters. Loreta will astound you with the beauty of a baroque church and a tower with 30 bells, but the main attraction is ''Prague Sun'', an object made of gold-plated silver and decorated by 6222 diamonds.
After your sightseeing trip to all those gorgeous buildings you should go to see the smallest street in Prague – Golden Lane, with several colourful, small houses from XVI century, where alchemists used to live and tried to turn metal into gold. Now, all this houses are souvenir shops or book shops, including the famous one at number 22, where Franz Kafka once lived. It's might be the right place to buy something that will remind you of Golden Prague.
trdelnik''. For drinking - famous Czech beer is obligatory! Many bars will offer you different types of beers and all of them are very tasteful. Beer has been the symbol of Prague for more than 500 years!
Why to go and visitThis town, during the hundreds of years, was an inspiration for musicians, painters, writers and many other people. If you would like to get lost in the labyrinth of the past and feeling like being in a fairy tale, this should for sure be your next destination!
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