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Prague - A must see on your Euro Trip
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rohithv
A friend of mine was visiting Prague from Hungary. Hence I wrote this post to share with him my experiences with this amazing city.
 
Money:

1. In Prague you will need Czech Krouny's. Not euroes.
2. DO NOT convert large qty of euroes in the railway station. You will find one soon after you arrive on Prague. Convert only what is needed. Like say 50 euores or less than that. The service charge which is put in the railway station conversion counter is humongous. Like some 17% or something.
3. Always convert money in a bank. They have the cheapest service charge and very standard conversion rate.

Where to Stay:

1. Use http://www.hostelworld.com/. This is very good. May be at times you will find tripadvisor or some other site giving you slightly better rates. But really not worth the effort. We made all our booking thru this.
2. We booked in http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Hotel-Karlin/Prague/22175. Was placed a little inside the city. But was good. The locality looked like its a WWII torn area. I don't know why this locality looks like this. However, Prague is one of the very few cities which was not affected by WW and the most well preserved city in Europe.
3. I think breakfast is included. Else always pay in these restaurants and get breakfast. They are usually the cheapest and its best you get a good breakfast. And this place has a sumptuous array of food served in the restaurant beside the hotel.

Where to eat:

There is a nice little Indian restaurant right down the road. Folks are not Indians but the food is almost Indian. You will have to pay by the weight of the food you take. Good Hindustani classical music in the background.

Prague Old Town Square

How to travel:

1. I think we got a day pass. In case there is a 3 day pass. Get it. It gives you amazing liberty to travel at will.
2. The metro underground is a 2 min walk from this hotel.
3. There is a bank right after you get out of the underground metro. You can convert the money there.

What to see:

Your primary places to visit would be

1. Old town square.
2. See a ballet.
3. If possible also see an Opera (State Opera House is a good place. This is right opp. the place where the ballet takes place).
4. Both Ballet and Opera venues are right in the Old town square. Hence you won't miss it.
5. The Prague Castle.
6. Spend time at a Cafe.

Opera at the State Opera House

What not to do:

1. If possible avoid the cafes/restaurant studded in the Old town square. They are expensive and are for western tourists.
2. You will have to spend all your krounys while you are in this town. Hence plan your conversion. Remaining money can be spent on the train buying chocolates or coffee.

Ballet at Prague

Your ideal itinerary:

Day 1:

1. Take the first train into Prague. You will be in Prague by 12 or 1 noon.
2. Freshen up after you land up in your hotel.
3. Get lunch.
4. Head to Old town square. Time will be around 3 or 4 pm.
5. After spending time, walk straight up and get a seat for a ballet. (Or Opera). They are cheaper here and the quality performances are more pure and well preserved compared to Vienna or Salzburg where it has diluted due to tourists.
6. After getting tickets walk around Old town. Get coffee.
7. I think by 7 or so the event begins.
8. After the event get dinner.
9. Spend some more time in Old town square. Suck in the beauty.
10. Sleep.
 
Day 2:

1. Get good breakfast and start for Prague Castle.
2. You should be your way by 8:30 or so.
3. Pass by the Charles bridge.
4. This is mini climb so relax and climb.
5. Get a heat set for guide / narration. You will have to give them an id as deposit.
6. See the guard changing practice. Nothing great about this but nice to see.
7. Head down by 1:30 or so.
8. There are restaurants on the castle. But expensive.
9. On your way back get lunch. There is an Indian restaurant, which is bad.
10. Head down to Old town square.
11. Catch an Opera.
12. Get dinner.
13. Sleep.
 
Day 3:

1. We couldn't do the Petrin Hill funicular. If you have time, try this as well.

1)Best pilsners in the world!!! Not be missed.. specially beer from monasteries which until couple of decades earlier were just brewed for the kings.
2)Absinthe: this needs no introduction :)

Re: 2 things you missed..

rohithv

2011-04-19 06:30 am (UTC)

You very well know why I might have missed it. Non-alcoholics like me didn't find these interesting :). I read about it in many places though.

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