Prague Mini-Guide

New Year holidays are coming and thousands of Russians will traditionally choose the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, as the main meeting point for the New Year. In this short article I’ll give you basic tips on what to see, where to stay, shopping, transportation, and everything you might need in this glorious city.

Airport
Most guests of Prague arrive at its airport, which is located almost within the city limits. From the exit from the arrival hall to the nearest metro, there are two buses - 100 and 119. One will take you to the metro station Zličín (line B), and the second to Nádraží Veleslavín (line A). Just choose which branch is best for you, so as not to make transfers. Buses run approximately every 20 minutes
Bus and metro tickets can be bought at the machines at the bus stop, there is also Russian, but intuitively everything is clear. There are several ticket options - for 1 and 3 days. The most common is for a trip of 30 minutes and 90. The first one costs 24 kroons - about 60 rubles. The second - 32 crowns - 80 rubles. Theoretically, you should have enough 30 minutes for the trip - a bus ride for about 15 minutes and then immediately the entrance to the subway (several stations to the center). Tickets do not forget to compost (1 time at the beginning)
In addition to such transport there are taxis and express buses. But they are not particularly needed in this situation.
Accommodation
In Prague, there are no problems with accommodation, the city is a tourist and tourists here, it seems, more than local residents. In addition to hotels there are a lot of apartments. Apartments for 5-9 people cost the same as a hotel. Only here you have your own kitchen and a large territory.
I highly recommend the apartments, where I stayed myself Charles Bridge Apartments - this is the most historical center and about a dozen different apartment options with everything you need for a comfortable life. The location is also different - you can choose. The staff is very loyal. And the prices are generally funny.

In fact, the city can be divided into two parts - the center with the Old Town Square and Prague Castle.
Prague Castle is located on the left side of the Vltava River. This is the fortress, where the residence of the king and the cathedral. Getting here will probably have to go up the stairs. Here you can see the changing of the guard, go to the museums and the Cathedral of St. Vitus, climb the tower and see the street masters.
The changing of the guard is a free sight. Museums and the temple cost money, there are several types of integrated tickets.But the tickets are objectively expensive - from 250 to 350 crowns (650 - 900 rubles). Separately, it is worth climbing the tower (150 CZK - 400 rubles). Entrance to the Golden Lane is also paid, but already at 5 o'clock there they are allowed free.
in the lowlands, in the city center more attractions. First, it is the Charles Bridge. In the left part of the old city (on the map it is northeast). The Jewish quarter is located - a few old synagogues and a cemetery. Visiting everywhere is paid and rather expensive.
In the area of ​​Old Town Square, you can explore the two churches and watch the clock fight in the town hall building. By the way, you can climb the tower itself. Further behind the square and behind the powder tower is the building of the railway station. Next to it is the National Museum.
Otherwise, this is a walk through the Old Town - it is big and beautiful, the feeling that time has not touched it. It will take all day to get around everything on both sides of the Charles Bridge.
Transport
Prague is a big city and the distance is decent, especially if you need to shop. You cannot do without subway rides here, otherwise you will have to walk about ten kilometers a day. There are few stations, but the main directions are clear.
There are also trams, but it will take longer to figure out the routes.
The shops
The whole downtown is packed with bars, pastry shops, restaurants, all sorts of shops and other things. On the National Avenue and beyond are shops of shoes and clothing.
But with food in the city is bad, even very. There are no small shops in Arabic, but large supermarkets (there are no small ones in the center either) are far from the center. I recommend Tesko store on National Avenue. This is the south of the city, within walking distance of the main square and there is the metro Národní třída nearby. Next to it there are a couple of small ones where you can buy water and some small change.
Right there, in the old market building, there is the Albert store. Another large store is located behind the Czech castle.
Grocery closes quite late - at 9 pm and work every day without days off.
Cafes and restaurants
You can eat in Prague at every corner. However, I can not say that it is cheap. Moscow prices, except that the institutions here are a little higher level. If we have a beer, then here beer is somewhat better. The average check for sausages with cabbage, soup and beer will be around 800-900 rubles. Plus tip - 10%. About them you will be reminded.Therefore it is worth walking around the city and search for places. Street food, which Prague is famous for, is even more expensive than in Moscow.
Currency
I remind you that the Czech Republic is not part of the Euro zone and has its own national currency - the Czech koruna. This is a big inconvenience for holidaymakers, however, it allows Czech goods and services to stay afloat at the expense of greater profitability.
In addition, the Czech Republic changed its banknotes not so long ago and, if you went to the Czech Republic a couple of years ago, then some money could depreciate during this time.
Some money is best changed at the airport (5% commission). That's enough to buy a ticket. There are a lot of exchange offices in Prague itself, but many of them take a commission one way or another, even if it’s written on the window that they don’t take it. The only place that all guides and residents themselves recommend is a large exchange office at the corner of Maiselova and Kaprova streets at the corner of the main square of the city - Old Town Square. There is a good course and do not take a commission. Works from 9 to 8.
You can pay in many places in euros, but then add interest 20.
TipsPrague is very good in winter. In the summer there is a lot of people here, and it is still hot. The city is quite noisy and in places it may seem unsafe.Prague pressed me a little with its concentration and weight. However, on the other hand, this concentration is the main advantage. Arriving in Germany in any city you have to look for old houses, churches and pavements. Here the whole center is like this - everything is beautiful and looks old.
English is understood and spoken well. With the Russian, too, you can somehow agree.

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