Prague Travel Guide & Information
Prague, formerly known as Zlata Praha, is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Situated on the bank of River Vltava in central Bohemia, the beautiful city of Prague, is rich in history and is in the heart of Europe. The city has been dubbed the most exciting city in Central Europe with wonderful sightseeing, opera, restaurants & nightlife.
Travel to Prague, a city renowned for having the largest ancient castle in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. Flights to Prague are you ticket to a city that boasts countless cultural treasures and attracts millions of tourists every year. Lovingly known as "The Golden City", Prague showcases artists and symphony orchestras at the city’s classical venues.
Since 1992, the extensive historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, making Prague one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.1 million international visitors annually. With a touch of modern art and renovation, paired with the historical and cultural history, Prague is one of the most distinctive and exciting European destinations.
Things to do in Prague
Prague has a host of museums filled with Prague’s unique historic art and culture.
Czech National Museum: The National museum is a Czech museum intended to establish, prepare and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections. Founded in 1818 by Kaspar Maria Sternberg, The National Museum, at present contains several million items in mineralogy, paleontology, mycology, botany, entomology, zoology, anthropology and archeology.
Galerie Jaroslava Fragnera: The Jaroslav Fragner gallery focuses on architecture, aimed at presenting profiles of important architects and architectural groups from the Czech Republic and abroad. The gallery is located right next to the famous Bethlehem Chapel, which was rebuilt by Jaroslav Fragner during 1949 through 1953.
Besides museums, Prague is filled with prominent landmarks that are an absolute "Must See" on your trip.
Prague Castle: Prague Castle has been recorded as one of the biggest castles in the world by Guinness Book of Records. Czech kings, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had offices in this castle. The Czech Crown Jewels are kept here. Additionally, the castle grandly rises above the city, offering beautiful views.
Charles Bridge: The Charles Bridge is a famous, historical bridge that crosses the Vltava River in Prague, Czech Republic. At night, the Charles Bridge is a quiet place. However, during the day it’s filled with painters, kiosks and other traders alongside numerous tourists walking along the bridge. Construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV and was finished in the beginning of the 15th century.
Dancing House: The Dancing House was the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in downtown Prague. It was designed by Croatian-Czech architect, Vlado Milunic in association with Canadian architect, Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. A French restaurant with magnificent views of the city, is perched on top of the house of the city.
Where to Stay in Prague:
Prague ranks as one of the top destinations, especially for quality accommodations to suit all budgets and every type of traveler. Choose from quaint bed and breakfast inns, spa hotels, luxury hotels, cheap hotels, 4-Star Hotels Under $99 and hostels.
North & Western Suburbs: The North and Western suburbs of Prague are an excellent choice for travelers looking to explore the bustling, central part of the city by day, but return to a quiet neighborhood at night. Despite being a little off the beaten path, these areas are accessible by public transportation to the city center.
Hradcany: Hradcany is one of the oldest districts in Prague and home to the famous Prague Castle. With its cobblestone streets and distinctive charm, the area is steeped in history, and lots of things to do. Several premier hotels and luxury hotels can be found in this area. However, the area is suitable for backpackers, as it has several hostels.
Passport & Visa Requirements
For US Citizens:
Prague a part of the Schengen Agreement. U.S. citizens may enter Prague for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
* If you are traveling for any other purpose, you may need to obtain a visa.
* Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
* The 90-day period begins when you enter any of the Schengen group of countries.
For Canadian Citizens:
A tourist visa is not required for stays of less than 90 days within a 6-month period.
* A Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit the Prague.
* The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the date of the expected departure from the country.
This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.
We strongly recommend that you check out the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Prague.
*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.
When to visit Prague
Prague is an ideal vacation destination almost any time of year. However, the best time to travel to Prague is during the summer, when the weather is warm. Though, the weather is a little damp, you’ll find lots of musical events during this time of year.
Budget travelers might want to visit Prague during the winter. However, we would suggest you avoid the holiday season, as this is a peak travel time.
Planning your Visit:
High season: (July to August)
Low season: (November, January to February)
Prague has a seasonal climate with warm, wet summers, cool springs, lovely falls and cold winters. The average temperature during the summer hovers around 75-79° F with chilly nights.
* During the winter, daytime temperatures can hover around freezing, falling several degrees lower at night.
* Spring is generally sunny. The wettest months of the year are during late spring and summer, May to August.
Currency and Language
Visitors will normally receive a better exchange rate for the Czech Crown in Prague.
* The official language of Prague is Czech.
* English is rapidly becoming popular among the younger generation and the majority of tourist attractions and hotels have English speaking staff. However, before venturing to Czech, you might want to learn some basic phrases.