Practical Information about Prague

All sort of useful tips and information to make your citytrip or weekend in Prague hassle-free and even more enjoyable; what is the best way to get from the airport to the city centre, where to buy tickets for the tram and metro or is it better to get a travelcard?

Did you know that although the Czech Republic is a Euro country, the currency not the Euro but the Czech Crown? Beware that some Money Exchange Offices are a rip off. Fortunately, there are some Exchange Bureaux that can be trusted. Is it true that the film Amadeus was shot in Prague and that alchemists who lived in the Golden Lane near Prague Castle tried to transform base metals into gold? (Almost) all your question will be answered in the information section of Prague-Now.

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Learn Czech in 5 Minutes

Learn Czech in 5 Minutes

Is it possible to learn Czech in 5 minutes? Not really, but have a go. Watch this video and listen to Janek and Honza who will teach you a few basic words and expressions in five minutes. It is a complicated language and uses grammatical cases to convey the function...

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Listen to the Sounds of Czech

Listen to the Sounds of Czech

Watch the video and listen to sounds of Czech. The song is an ode to chlebícky. These are open sandwiches topped with a layer of soft cheese, mayonnaise or potato salad and decorated with a slice of ham or salami, a piece of egg and a pickle. All this arranged very...

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Prague City Pass

Prague City Pass

The Prague City Pass is your ticket to a hassle free city trip to Prague. This city pass allows you free admission to a number of top sights in Prague and discounts for many attractions and museums. This pass is user-friendly and will save you a lot of hassle: no need...

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Money Exchange Offices in Prague

The Czech Republic is a euro country without the euro. You pay in Czech crowns (Koruna), abbreviated to Kč or CZK. You will find ATM's and money exchange offices everywhere in Prague. Some shops, restaurants and hotels accept Euros but their exchange rates are not...

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Public Holidays in the Czech Republic

When planning a holiday or a city trip to the Czech Republic and Prague, you may or may not want to include public holidays. If your trip is during the peak season, you are sure to see higher prices and more tourists. On the other hand museums and other sights stay...

read more
Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Tucked against the castle walls, Golden Lane is a charming little street. In the sixteenth century during the reign of Rudolph II, the brightly painted cottages were the haunt of alchemists. Originally members of the imperial entourage, including alchemists, lived in...

read more

Prague as Film Set

When in Prague for the first time, you may have the feeling that you have been here before. Not so strange after all. Prague's cobbled streets, Baroque mansions and the Vltava River are extremely picturesque and authentic. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of...

read more
Prague Card: Free Travel on Tram and Metro

Prague Card: Free Travel on Tram and Metro

Travel free on the Prague metro and trams with your Prague Card. This card also allows you free admission to many famous museums like the Jewish Museum and Prague Castle. Besides, you get up to 50% discount on many Prague attractions, boat trips and in restaurants....

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From Prague Airport to City Centre

From Prague Airport to City Centre

From Prague Airport to City Centre takes about half an hour. Vaclav Havel International Airport is about fifteen kilometers northwest of the centre of Prague. It takes  30 minutes by taxi (40 minutes in the rush) and 30 minutes by public transport – 15 minutes by bus...

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From Prague Airport to City Centre

By Plane to Prague

Vaclav Havel International Airport is the largest airport in the Czech Republic and located 15 km west of Prague. Major airlines and many budget airlines have flights to Prague. Prague Airport is still comparatively quiet. The waiting lines at the security check are...

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By Train to Prague

By Train to Prague

Praha hlavni nadrazi, the main station in Prague is located in the city centre. Buy your tickets on the day you want to travel, advanced booking is only necessary on some international trains. Do not change money at the Exchange Offices in and just outside the...

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Prague Card

Prague Card

Free entrance to many Prague museums with your Prague City Card! This 2, 3 or 4-day tourist card allows you free admission or discounts at museums and other attractions. No hassle with buying separate ticket for attractions because the Prague Pass allows and free...

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Slav Epic by Alfons Mucha: Where to See?

Slav Epic by Alfons Mucha: Where to See?

The Slav Epic by Alfons Mucha is a cycle of twenty impressive paintings depicting the history of the Slav people and civilization. He found inspiration for this work in Slavonic mythology and the history of the Czech people. The largest canvas is more than six by...

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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Monument Hopping

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Monument Hopping

The hop-on hop-off bus tour makes monument hopping in Prague easy! Hop on, sit back and listen to pre-recorded details about the history of hotspots and landmarks. Hop off at Prague Castle, the Old Jewish Cemetery or Old Town Square to see these iconic places in...

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Terezin Concentration Camp Ghetto and Memorial

Terezin Concentration Camp Ghetto and Memorial

Terezin concentration camp, Theresienstadt in German, portrays the horrifying story of a shameful past. So horrendous it must be told again and again to prevent it from reoccurring. In 1942, the old fort of Terezin was inaugurated as a transit camp for Jews. The...

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Cubist Kiosk: Gem of Rondo-Cubism or Fake?

Cubist Kiosk: Gem of Rondo-Cubism or Fake?

The Cubist Kiosk in a public park near Prague's Main Train Station is a Bureau de Change. It used to be a Trafika Kiosk: a place that sells newspapers, magazines, soft drinks, snacks and, very importantly, tram and metro tickets. This is appropriate because it was...

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Visit Prague Castle Tips and How to Beat the Queue

Visit Prague Castle Tips and How to Beat the Queue

Visit Prague Castle; the best-known landmark of the city! The castle is situated on a hill high above the Vltava River. The iconic spires of St Vitus Cathedral are a beacon and seen from everywhere in the city. This is the place were kings were crowned and buried. A...

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Prague Charles IV Exhibition: the Medieval Town

Prague Charles IV Exhibition: the Medieval Town

Prague Charles IV is a permanent exhibition in Muzeum Prahy, the City of Prague Museum. The full title of the exhibition is: Prague during the Reign of Charles IV: a Medieval City. When Charles arrived in the Czech lands in 1333, he found the city of Prague and both...

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Take the Metro to the Suburbs for the Real Prague

Take the Metro to the Suburbs for the Real Prague

Go to Luziny suburb and see the real Prague. Hop on Metro Line B and get off at Luziny station, a residential area full of ten-storey blocks of flats. Prague has 1.3 million inhabitants and this type of suburb is where most residents live. The blocks of flats looked...

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Zizkov Jewish Cemetery

Zizkov Jewish Cemetery

Zizkov Jewish Cemetery is not as famous as the Old Jewish Cemetery in the Josefov district or the New Jewish Cemetery in the Vinohrady district. From 1787 to 1890 the Zizkov cemetery was the most important burial place in Prague. 40.000 people were buried in the...

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Mala Strana Cemetery

Mala Strana Cemetery

Sandwiched between two busy roads, Plzenska and Vrchlickeho, Mala Strana Cemetery is an oasis of peace and serenity. When taking a closer look, this churchyard resembles more a public park than a cemetery. This cemetery, outside the centre of Prague, is not just a...

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Vltavska Metro Station and Street Art

Vltavska Metro Station and Street Art

Street art in Vltavska metro station is worth checking out. Vltavska is one of the many stops on the red line C and also a busy tram junction. It is neglected, it is ugly. It is a place no one wants to be unless they need transport. Yet, Vltavska is unique because it...

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How Much to Tip – Tipping Etiquette for Prague

How Much to Tip – Tipping Etiquette for Prague

How much to tip depends on how satisfied you are with the service. A rule of thumb: if you decide to tip, the amount is usually 10 % of the bill. Tipping is a fairly recent phenomenon in Prague. In Communist days, everybody was equal. Work was done for the community,...

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Communist-era Hotel Praha Now Demolished

Communist-era Hotel Praha Now Demolished

Communist-era hotel Praha was once the favourite place in Prague for the Communist party elite to splash out and entertain guests such as Nicolae Ceaucescu, Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev. Located in Dejvice, Prague's most prestigious neighbourhood , Hotel Praha...

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Is Czech a Difficult Language to Learn?

Is Czech a Difficult Language to Learn?

If Czech is difficult for you depends on what other languages you speak. If you have learned Polish or Slovak and to a certain extent Russian, the Czech language is not so difficult for you to master because Polish, Slovak and Russian share with Czech similarities in...

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Convenience Stores and Vietnamese People in Prague

Convenience Stores and Vietnamese People in Prague

Convenience stores in Prague are almost always 'potraviny' (food) and / or 'vecerka' (night shops). They are often tiny self-service stores that sell just about anything you need; from bread, vegetables and fruit to condoms, Becherovka and Asian delicacies. They are...

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Czech Phrases for Beginners

Czech Phrases for Beginners

Learn 100 Czech phrases while listening to a native speaker. Words like: yes, no, hello, I understand, good morning, excuse me, cheers, goodbye and 92 other phrases. Czech is considered a difficult language to learn. The US Foreign Service Institute has created a list...

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Learn Czech in 5 Minutes

Learn Czech in 5 Minutes

Is it possible to learn Czech in 5 minutes? Not really, but have a go. Watch this video and listen to Janek and Honza who will teach you a few basic words and expressions in five minutes. It is a complicated language and uses grammatical cases to convey the function...

read more
Mozart and Prague

Mozart and Prague

Mozart and Prague are intrinsically linked. This famous composer lived for some time in Prague. He composed and directed several of his works here. Prague has no Mozart Museum, yet you can follow the musician's footsteps. Join the walking tour to visit places in...

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Guided Walking Tour Ghosts of Prague

Guided Walking Tour Ghosts of Prague

Join the Ghosts of Prague Walking Tour. Wind your way through the cobbled street and winding alleys where alchemists, murderers and spirits once wandered around. Listen to nerve wrecking stories about betrayal, murder and demons. You will hear about the secrets of the...

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Listen to the Sounds of Czech

Listen to the Sounds of Czech

Watch the video and listen to sounds of Czech. The song is an ode to chlebícky. These are open sandwiches topped with a layer of soft cheese, mayonnaise or potato salad and decorated with a slice of ham or salami, a piece of egg and a pickle. All this arranged very...

read more
Hop-on Hop-off Bus Prague

Hop-on Hop-off Bus Prague

Hop on or hop off as often as you like and enjoy the sights of Prague in a relaxed and hassle-free way! This is one of the best ways to see the iconic sights of Prague without walking one single step! Highlights include: Old Town Square and the Astronomical clock and...

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Prague City Pass

Prague City Pass

The Prague City Pass is your ticket to a hassle free city trip to Prague. This city pass allows you free admission to a number of top sights in Prague and discounts for many attractions and museums. This pass is user-friendly and will save you a lot of hassle: no need...

read more
Prague Card: Free Travel on Tram and Metro

Prague Card: Free Travel on Tram and Metro

Travel free on the Prague metro and trams with your Prague Card. This card also allows you free admission to many famous museums like the Jewish Museum and Prague Castle. Besides, you get up to 50% discount on many Prague attractions, boat trips and in restaurants....

read more
Best Time for a City Trip to Prague

Best Time for a City Trip to Prague

Prague is a popular city trip and the streets in and around the centre are crowded much of the year. Especially spring and autumn are popular seasons for a city trip to Prague. July and August are the hottest months with temperatures (sometimes) soaring above 30°C...

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From Prague Airport to City Centre

From Prague Airport to City Centre

From Prague Airport to City Centre takes about half an hour. Vaclav Havel International Airport is about fifteen kilometers northwest of the centre of Prague. It takes  30 minutes by taxi (40 minutes in the rush) and 30 minutes by public transport – 15 minutes by bus...

read more
Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Alchemists, Rudolph II and Prague

Tucked against the castle walls, Golden Lane is a charming little street. In the sixteenth century during the reign of Rudolph II, the brightly painted cottages were the haunt of alchemists. Originally members of the imperial entourage, including alchemists, lived in...

read more
Tram and Metro in Prague

Tram and Metro in Prague

Public transport in Prague is excellent; swift, cheap and frequent. You will have the choice of tram and metro. There are only few buses in the centre, they tend to go to the suburbs. Your ticket is good for 90 minutes of travel on all forms of transport, including...

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Prague as Film Set

When in Prague for the first time, you may have the feeling that you have been here before. Not so strange after all. Prague's cobbled streets, Baroque mansions and the Vltava River are extremely picturesque and authentic. The Czech Republic has a long tradition of...

read more
Tram Stops for Popular Attractions

Tram Stops for Popular Attractions

Help! Where do I get off to get to Prague Castle? Do you recognize this? Prague-Now has put together a list of tram stops and metro station near important Prague sights. Although Prague is a compact city and most attractions are within walking distance of each other,...

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Prague on Foot

Prague on Foot

Prague on foot is the best way to get around the compact city centre because most sights are within easy walking distance of each other. If your hotel is in the Old Town, the New Town or Mala Strana, you may not need public transport at all. Prague is a safe city to...

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Money Exchange Offices in Prague

The Czech Republic is a euro country without the euro. You pay in Czech crowns (Koruna), abbreviated to Kč or CZK. You will find ATM's and money exchange offices everywhere in Prague. Some shops, restaurants and hotels accept Euros but their exchange rates are not...

read more

Public Holidays in the Czech Republic

When planning a holiday or a city trip to the Czech Republic and Prague, you may or may not want to include public holidays. If your trip is during the peak season, you are sure to see higher prices and more tourists. On the other hand museums and other sights stay...

read more
Prague Card

Prague Card

Free entrance to many Prague museums with your Prague City Card! This 2, 3 or 4-day tourist card allows you free admission or discounts at museums and other attractions. No hassle with buying separate ticket for attractions because the Prague Pass allows and free...

read more
Discover Prague on a Bike Tour

Discover Prague on a Bike Tour

Cycling in Prague is an excellent way to see the city in two hours. Pedal along with your English-speaking guide who can write anything he doesn't know about Prague on the back of a postage stamp. The Baja Bikes Tour leads past famous but also lesser known attractions...

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From Prague Airport to City Centre

By Plane to Prague

Vaclav Havel International Airport is the largest airport in the Czech Republic and located 15 km west of Prague. Major airlines and many budget airlines have flights to Prague. Prague Airport is still comparatively quiet. The waiting lines at the security check are...

read more
Attractions and Sights in Jewish Prague

Attractions and Sights in Jewish Prague

Attractions and sights in Josefov Jewish District: synagogues, designer shopping and kosher dining. Elegant Josefov is sandwiched between the Vltava River and Stare Mesto, the Old Town district. Josefov was once a thriving Jewish ghetto. The six synagogues, the town...

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By Train to Prague

By Train to Prague

Praha hlavni nadrazi, the main station in Prague is located in the city centre. Buy your tickets on the day you want to travel, advanced booking is only necessary on some international trains. Do not change money at the Exchange Offices in and just outside the...

read more

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