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Explore Prague

There’s something extra-special about Prague that sets it apart from the other big cities of Europe. Whether it’s the Gothic cathedrals and Baroque palaces, or the more than 200 gardens scattered across the city, Prague offers a true escape from the modern world. For architecture and history buffs, there’s really nowhere better to be. From the heart of Old Town Square to Prague Castle up on the hill, you could spend your days wandering up and down the river, marveling at the city. It’s also one of the classical music capitals of the world—be sure to catch a show at the Art Nouveau Municipal House (an architectural marvel, too). Don’t leave without throwing back a pint or two—travelers say Prague has some of the best beer in Europe (you’ll just have to see for yourself). We’ve got even more recs, and your full Prague itinerary below.

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How to do Prague in 3 days

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The best places to drink beer in Prague

When people ask me why I’ve lived in Prague so long (three decades now), I usually say it’s for the culture, but it might actually be for the beer. Czechs drink more beer than anyone else and pride themselves on making the world’s top Pilsner-style lager. (Who am I to disagree?) You’ll find great beer everywhere, but these are my favorite spots for a pint.
Mark Baker, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Dva kohouti
    49
    The residential neighborhood of Karlín is hipster central—and mostly devoid of tourists. Whenever I walk the streets (and dream about buying an apartment here), I pop into this industrial-style craft brewer for a glass or two. It has excellent sours, American ales, IPAs, and Czech-style light lagers—you’re spoiled for choice. Join the locals in the relaxing beer garden, but a heads-up, the mood turns raucous at night.
  • U Hrocha
    470
    I’ll admit, I’m biased—this might be my favorite Czech pub. The Pilsner Urquell beer on tap is said to be the purest in Prague. The vaulted ceilings give the place a snug, slightly upscale feel, which explains its popularity with the diplomats from the nearby British Embassy. Don’t let that fool you, this is a true everyman’s pub. The only issue is getting a table. To be safe, arrive after it opens at noon (really).
  • Restaurace U Fleku
    11,518
    I used to avoid this centuries-old pub—founded in 1499—because it was too touristy for my taste. I’ve warmed up to it, though, for one reason: the exceptional quality of its dark lager, a rarity in a country where lighter, amber-colored lagers are preferred. The dark beer here—crafted from water, hops, yeast, and barley—may be the best you’ll ever try. It also pairs beautifully with the pub’s roast pork and sauerkraut.
  • Klasterni Senk
    527
    Hop on Tram 22 to get to this 1,000-year-old monastery. Here, you can sample some off-the-beaten-path beers. The monastery’s microbrewery produces a highly rated standard lager, Benedict 12°, and dabbles in rarer brews like its (very good) stout. You can tour the brewery or simply down a few pints over a plate of pork knee, served at one of two bars on the grounds.
  • Hostinec U Černého vola
    20
    Sure, the staff at The Black Ox can be gruff. The small tavern, with its long, well-worn oak tables, hasn’t been prettied up for the benefit of visitors. But that’s not the point. The beers they serve—a standard lager, a perfectly poured Pilsner Urquell, and a dark lager from Czech brewer Velkopopovický Kozel—are as much a part of the fabric of the city as Prague Castle, just down the street.
  • BeerGeek Bar
    409
    At this popular watering hole in Vinohrady, the 30-plus taps highlight local Czech craft brewers, like Clock or Sibeeria, as well as harder-to-find German- and Belgian-style beers. Expect a different assortment on each visit and a helpful bartender to guide you in your choice. Most people, naturally, come for the beer, but I love the BBQ chicken wings the kitchen turns out, too.

Prague Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips or experiencing Prague

MSH1867

Wear comfortable shoes because the streets are cobblestone and you can easily spend a day walking over bridges, through parks and squares, and up and down church and tower stairs.

Suzana J

During lunchtime, most of the restaurants offer daily set menus for less than the a la carte menu items. If the menu is not on the table, just ask.

Patti W

Get up early and start walking. We were there by 7:30 a.m. and had the place to ourselves.

Ady

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes.

Zuzana M

Prague is a wonderful city full of contrasts. Whether you want to see historical buildings, hidden parks and gardens or just wander in its narrow streets, you will be amazed by the romantic mood in the air.

Steve H

Prague is a city of incredible beauty and sophistication. It's a surprising city with remarkable scientific and musical history along with cobbled lanes and fantastic al fresco dining in the town square.

Irena I

Prague is the city for the romantic, the fun-loving and the history- and architecture-loving people of the world.

What is the best way to get there?

flying

Prague Ruzyne Airport (Václav Havel Airport Prague) has direct flights to the US, Canada, and many European cities. Airport Express buses and public bus 119 connect the airport to the city.

train

Prague Central Train Station (Praha Hlavni Nadrazi) has trains to cities around the Czech Republic and to Central Europe destinations such as Vienna, Budapest and Bratislava.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Prague from overseas, use Schengen Visa info to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

Summer is Prague’s busiest season and offers the best weather, with temperatures reaching highs of 75°F (25°C) and lows around 55°F (12°C). Major events throughout the year include the Czech Beer Festival in May and the Signal Light Festival in October.

Prague is also popular over the holiday season, when Christmas markets and festive illuminations show the Old Town at its most atmospheric. During the holiday season, Prague sees highs around 35°F (2°C) and lowest temperatures of 23°F (-5°C).

Get around

on foot

Prague’s central neighborhoods are easy to get around on foot, and it’s possible to visit most attractions without using public transport.

bicycle

Prague is not the most bike-friendly city, but cycling is becoming more popular. Freebike is an electric bike-share system with bicycle stations located across Prague.

Sign up online here.

train

DDP operates metro and tram services daily from 5 a.m. to 12:30-1 a.m. Tickets can be bought from the automated ticket machines at metro and tram stations; day passes and single fares are available. Tickets are also valid for the Petrin funicular.

For more information about the network and fares, see here.

bus

Prague’s local bus system operates day and night, but most travelers find it quicker and more convenient to take the tram.

For more information about the network and fares, see here.

taxis

It’s possible to hail down a taxi on the street in Prague, but prices will generally be higher, and it’s advisable to agree on a fare before you set out. Alternatively, find an official taxi stand or get your hotel to call one for you.

ridesharing

Uber and Bolt are readily available in Prague on your smartphone.

On the ground

What is the timezone?

Central European Standard Time

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage in Czech Republic is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. The plug has two round pins.

What is the currency?

Czech Koruna (CZK). Some larger hotels and restaurants may accept the euro, however, it is not widely accepted. If you do choose to pay in euros, the exchange rate is often less than favorable.

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes.

How much do I tip?

Tipping is not obligatory in Czech Republic, however, a 10% tip for exceptional service is always appreciated.

Are there local customs I should know?

Drinking

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18 years old.

Walking

Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions, or want to take in a view.

Public transport

Allow others to disembark before boarding, don’t take up more than one seat, and stand to offer seating to pregnant women or someone with a disability. Stand to the right on escalators to allow others to pass — locals can get quite frustrated if the left-hand side is blocked.

Don’t expect fast service

Czech culture is laid-back and service is equally leisurely. You will need to ask for the bill when you have finished your meal — it won’t automatically be brought to you.

Watch out for hidden extras

Be aware that items that might be complimentary in other European countries, such as bread and tap water, are often charged for in the Czech Republic.

Frequently Asked Questions about Prague

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If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Prague between June and August, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between March and May.