Public Question Asked by User185126 about Prague
A friend of mine is traveling to #Prague where I studied quite a few years ago. Anyone have up-to-date recommendations?
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Answered by Andy Newman , Prague, Czech Republic
Prague - Basic Facts for visitors
Czech Koruna (“CZK” or “crowns”)
Exchange rates: GBP1.00 = CZK 27
Despite what the travel agents in the UK might say, the Euro is not widely used in Prague (unless you’re paying by credit card) and so you will need to ensure that you have Czech “crowns” with you at all times – especially when using taxis and eating in smaller restaurants.
If anyone approaches you on the street to exchange money then you should refuse as the currency they will try and offer you will either be forged notes or not Czech Koruna.
International dialling: +420
Emergency calls: Police 158
City Police 156
In case you wish to travel independently in Prague it is suggested that you use one of the following modes;
Tram – CZK 18 (Non-Transfer), CZK 26 (Transfer), 24 hour (CZK 80) and 3 day tickets are available at news-stands (Trafika) throughout the city and must be validated upon boarding the tram (3 yellow machines in each car).
Metro – the same tickets are also valid and can be purchased and validated at the entrance to the metro.
Taxi – with the exception of the airport, don’t use taxis off the street. You can either ask for the hotel in which you are staying to order you a taxi or alternatively call one of the following local reputable firms:
• Profi Taxi +420 844 700 800
• AAA +420 233 113 311
Transport from the airport – the best way to get from the airport to your hotel is either by taxi (yellow AAA taxis found in the taxi rank outside the airport terminal) or by using the Cedaz “Airport-Centrum” minibus service, which is particularly useful for groups of up to 8 people with a lot of luggage.
AAA taxis are regulated and the price from the airport to the centre should be around CZK 500 (GBP 12.50).
The “Airport-Centrum” service usually works out around CZK 920 (GBP 30) between 8 of you, and so there’s not a lot in it.
Prague Information Service – Old Town Hall (Old Town Square) and Na Prikope 20
Central European Time (CET) which is BST+1 hour
The following places are regarded as famous and historic landmarks in Prague which many tourists consider “must see” attractions;
• Prague Castle (“Pražský Hrad”)
• Charles Bridge (“Karluv Most”)
• Wenceslas Square (“Václavské Námestí”)
• Old Town Square (“Staromětské Námestí”)
• Republic Square/Municipal Building (“Námestí Republiky/Obecni Dum)
Please take extra caution when in busy tourist areas and also when using the trams and metro as pickpockets are often found operating in these place.
Prague has a large number of bars and restaurants catering for every mood and taste – here are a few recommendations;
• Lucerna (Vodickova, Praha 1) – lively 80’s/90’s close to Wenceslas Square. Open until 3am
• Celnice (Námestí Republiky) – excellent quality Czech food with a popular club downstairs
• The Dubliner (Ungelt) – International Sports Bar with plasma TV’s and 2 big screens.
• Kolkovna (V Kolkovne) – part of the same chain as “Celnice” but a more relaxed venue (bar/restaurant, no club)
• U Medvidku (Na Perstyne) – traditional beer hall with large helpings of Czech cuisine
• Café Louvre (Narodni) – A large coffee house with pool tables at the rear
• Kavarna Slavia (Narodni/Smetanovo Nabrezi) – Popular coffee house with good food and a view of the river (Vltava) and the National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo)
• La Fabrique (Uhelny Trh) – busy disco with an international crowd
• Karlovy Lazne (Novotneho Lavka) – popular disco based on 4 floors for the younger crowd
• Lavka (Novotneho Lavka) – a smaller disco next to Charles Bridge with a large terrace offering excellent nightime views of the historic bridge and castle.