When we moved to Prague in 2014, I was a pretty lazy blogger, and we planned our Prague travel and adventures through good old-fashioned trial and error. Over time, as we settled into a long-stay in the Golden City, I started sporadically writing blog posts about our favorite experiences living in Prague, in the hopes it would help the odd person plan a richer and more authentic experience during their Prague holiday.
And then the Google robots found our posts, and things got a little crazy (in the best possible way). Suddenly, we had hundreds of people per day finding our website, reading what we had to say about Prague travel. We started receiving dozens of emails from people wanting help planning their trip to Prague, and Expedia UK got in touch and asked us to write a 72-hour guide to Prague, as well as creating a video.
It was amazing, and we were (and still are) genuinely so excited to be able to help people out. Prague is a wonderful city, full of world-class tourist attractions and little-known secrets, that you’d never be able to find without advice from a local. It’s a privilege to help people have a truly awesome experience in a city we love!
As we started receiving similar questions from different readers, I realized there was an opportunity for us to do better. Based on the thousands of people per month who are reading our Prague travel posts, we know that for every one email we receive, there are possibly thousands of people who aren’t emailing, but still might have questions about Prague travel.
And so I decided to put together this Prague travel resource page to help anyone who’s planning a trip to Prague. This guide is free, but you can support us by using the (affiliate) links contained within this Prague travel resource page and our blog posts to make bookings and purchases for your trip, from which we earn a small commission without costing you any extra.
We hope it’s helpful, and you have a wonderful trip to Prague!
~ Katie and Geoff
Prague Travel Resource Guide – Table of Contents
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I remember arriving at the Prague train station late at night during our first visit in 2012, utterly discombobulated trying to navigate our way to our hotel, having no idea if we were in a safe or entirely dodgy neighbourhood. Knowing what I do now, we were totally safe, but at the time, it was hard to know.
Add to that, the set-up of the city is such that, it’s kind of confusing when you’re trying to figure out where to stay in Prague: Prague 1, Prague 2, Prague 3, etc.
So here’s the gist of it (if you want more info, we’ve written a pretty comprehensive Where to Stay in Prague guide, that includes a run-down of Prague’s kind of confusing numbering system, and hotel suggestions in each area).
Prague 1 is in the centre, and the districts more or less go outward in a spiral. That said, it’s not a perfect system. For most tourists, Prague 1 is probably the best place to stay….Prague 1 includes Old Town and Mala Strana…basically, where almost all the tourist attractions are. For long-term tourists, and those who want to get off the beaten path, we’d recommend looking at Prague 2, Prague 3, Prague 5, Prague 8, and Prague 10.
I’ve linked to 6 different hotels below that are all very central. They all get great reviews and are — in my opinion — well located for exploring Prague for a few days. The hotels I’ve included here are the ones our readers seem to like the most!
Design Hotel Neruda — Our readers seem to love this hotel, which is why I recommend it so heartily. It’s a 4-star boutique hotel in a great location right in Malá Strana, and gets consistently fantastic customer reviews. It’s on the west (Castle) side of the river, which means it will be quieter and more tranquil than Old Town, but is still really close to everything you’ll need, and is walkable to the Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town.
Hotel UNIC — A 4-star hotel close to Prague’s beautiful Jewish Quarter , it’s within walking distance to the Old Town Square, and only a few blocks from Namesti Republiky (Republic Square), which has a metro stop and a large shopping mall with coffee (Paul, Starbucks, McDonalds, as well as non-chain shops), a grocery store, etc. It’s also close to one of our favorite “views” in Prague, from the T-Anker restaurant patio (Check out our top 10 views in Prague). Really hard to think of any negatives about this place, especially considering they get great reviews from past guests, too.
Mandarin Oriental Prague — A luxury 5-star property, what I love about staying here is the history: it is housed in a restored 14th Century monastery, and the spa is in a former chapel. Again, this property is in Malá Strana, which means you’ll be in a romantic, historical and quiet area. It also comes with a number of uber lux touches to keep you comfortable, including underfloor heating, a bedding/pillow menu to choose from, evening turn-down service, and essential oils in the bathroom.
Iron Gate Hotel & Suites — A 5-star luxury boutique hotel in an awesome “heart of the Old Town” location only a few minutes walk from Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and Mustek Metro station (both the A and B Lines run through here), this is a great option if you want to be in the centre of the action close to shopping, restaurants, boutique and international coffee chains (Costa Coffee and Starbucks), and transportation. You can still walk everywhere from here, and will be smack dab in the centre of some of Prague’s most beautiful and historical sites.
Red and Blue Design Hotel — This property is beautiful, and gets fantastic reviews…people seem to love it! It’s about 3 blocks from the Novy Smichov shopping centre in Andel (Prague 5) and 4 blocks from the Andel metro station. A bit out of the tourist centre of Prague 1, it is less “quaint” but will give you a more real picture of what life in Prague is all about. Even though you’re slightly out of the action, you can get everywhere you need to go within 5 to 10 minutes on transit, or 25 minutes walking.
La Ballerina — A beautiful-looking 5-star hotel with a design hotel feel to it, La Ballerina is technically in Prague 2, but it’s right on the east bank of the Vlatava river. If morning runs along the river, and evening beers (in the summer) along the Naplavka riverfront walk sounds good, stay here. The street along the river is a major tram route, so if you don’t feel like walking (this hotel is definitely walkable if you’re used to walking a lot), you can jump on a tram to pretty much anywhere. This hotel gets fantastic reviews and looks delightful!
I plan on developing this section more over time, so be sure to check back once in awhile. But for now, here’s a list of the places we like in Prague plus a small description. It’s worth noting, we’re not really foodies. Geoff is a pretty plain eater, and while I like to try different things, I’m certainly not the most adventurous eater either. So while I’ve listed some of our favs below, you might have to go further afield for foodie recommendations (This is list a pretty good start).
Café Colore — I’d describe Café Colore as a smart-casual European bistro. There is always a mix of people in there, from an after-work professional crowd, people on dates, friends getting together, and families. We first discovered it by virtue of living only a few blocks away, but even when we moved to a different neighbourhood, we kept coming back. This also became the one restaurant we took all visitors to…sometimes more than once. Why do we love Café Colore so much? One word: schnitzel. We couldn’t get enough of the schnitzel. The other pluses: it’s very close to Old Town, but doesn’t have Old Town prices (aka – it’s affordable), it has high-quality food and service, but quite affordable. Also: NO SMOKING! This is a massive plus in Prague. Although it is changing, when we were there it was hard to find places where you could eat without having second-hand smoke blown in your face. (Probably worth making a reservation Thursday through Sunday – you can do so online or call – staff speaks great English).
Lokal — This is a bit of a controversial recommendation, and true foodies would probably balk at the recommendation, but I stand by it: good-quality and locally-sourced ingredients, homemade and fresh Czech specialties, fresh beer, and laid-back. For the best value, go during the day and get the lunch special, where entrees are much cheaper. If you’re in Prague for a few days, hit up the one in Old Town. If you have a bit more time to explore, go up to the location near Stromovka, which has the feel of a neighbourhood pub.
Gastro Pasaz Dlouha — Kind of like a fancy food court, it’s a covered passageway with loads of food options. Check out Sisters for traditional Czech open-faced sandwiches (great for lunch or a snack) and Naše Maso for sausage.
There’s really no place like Prague when the sun is shining…the city comes alive and hits the beer gardens, hole-in-the-wall bars open along the river, and everyone is in a good mood. If you’re in Prague from late April to mid-October (weather pending), definitely try to hit up one of these spots. And if you’re in Prague out-of-season, cozy up in one of these indoor locations! All of these places will have non-alcoholic options too.
If you’re in Prague during shoulder season and you’re not sure if the beer gardens will be open or not, try checking the Prague Beer Garden website, which often announcese openings!
Naplavka (seasonal) — Naplavka is one of our all-time favorite spots in Prague when the sun is shining. It is an area, not a specific bar, that’s comprised of a wide river-side pathway with bars, beer tents, and restaurant barges. Mostly, it’s locals and expat residents who hang-out on Naplavka – tourists never seem to make it there. To get there, walk along the riverside road, going south past Dancing House to Palackého Most (bridge). If you look “down” towards the river on the south side of the bridge, you’ll see Naplavka! There are cheap street-food style eats here too.
Letna Beer Garden (seasonal) — Letna Park’s beer garden has to have the best view of Prague in the entire city. Looking straight over Old Town, and with views of the river and bridges as well, unwinding at Letna is a favorite activity for Praguers. Grab a beer for 30 Crown, and a sausage for a few more, and set-up camp at one of the picnic tables overlooking the city. The beer garden is in the east end of Letna Park. To get there, you can either climb the steps from Čechův Most (bridge) up to the Metronome, and then turn right (with your back to the city) and walk east along the pathway. Or you can take a Tram up to Sparta or Chotkovy Sady and walk. The walk from Chotkovy Sady tram stop also offers great views, if you walk along the edge of the park closest to the city.
Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden (seasonal) — If you’re staying in Prague 2, be sure to walk down to Riegrovy Sady (park) to enjoy a pilsner and sausage at the wildly popular beer garden. This place is a hangout for expats and young Czechs, and often plays the big sports games. If you’re there around sunset, the view from the park over Prague Castle at sunset is quite spectacular!
Anonymous Bar & Hemingway Bar (year-round) — Two of the best places to get cocktails in Prague’s Old Town. Anonymous Bar has a Guy Fawkes theme, which seems (and is) super random, but ends up being a lot of fun. The cocktails are amazing, and use fresh local ingredients where possible, but they also have insane themes to them: some drinks are served in volleyballs, others in syringes…I order a drink that’s served in an IV bag that drips the drink over ice into your glass. If you want something with less kitsch, go to Hemingway Bar, widely recognized as serving some of the best cocktails in Prague. Reservations are recommended for both of these places, especially on weekends!
Restaurant T-Anker Terrace (nice weather needed!) — The Kotva department store, which is just across from the Palladium Shopping Mall at Náměstí Republiky (Metro Line B, Yellow) has a restaurant at the top with a fantastic view of Old Town. Don’t go into the main entrance of the department store – instead walk along the outside left edge of the building until you get to an elevator. Head up to the 5th floor, grab a beer, and enjoy! We’ve never eaten here, so I can’t comment on the food.
Prague has a lot to do, and how you spend your time really depends on what you enjoy.
There are definitely some “must-see” attractions in Prague, which I would say are Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle. You can comfortably see these attractions in about 2 days, and in one day if you’re in a rush and plan well or take a tour.
However, Prague has loads to do beyond the top 5, and we’d encourage you to step beyond the Top 5 as well!
99 Things to do in Prague, which covers pretty much everything you might be interested in doing during a holiday to Prague.
The 10 Best Views of Prague — Prague has fantastic views, and I’d definitely recommend you check out a few of these views while you’re there. You can see some more of these views in our Prague in the Snow post and our Photo Op Letna Park post.
Exploring Vysehrad, Prague’s ‘Other’ Castle — Vysehrad was the royal seat before Prague Castle. Many tourists don’t make it there, but it’s worth a jaunt if you’re not in a hurry. For some reason, I forgot to include it in my 99 Things to do in Prague post.
I’ve gone into detail about most of these in the 99 Things to do in Prague post, but here are some ideas for tours in Prague:
Small-Group Prague City Walking Tour Including Vltava River Cruise and Lunch — This tour takes you through Old Town and the beautiful and historic Jewish Quarter, across Charles Bridge, and through Prague Castle. It gets consistently exceptional reviews on TripAdvisor (5 out of 5), and includes a cruise along the Vltava River in the evening, which often comes along with lovely views and a nice sunset (if you’re lucky!).
Context Travel Prague — We (unfortunately) haven’t taken a tour with Context Travel in Prague, but we did experience 4 tours with them in Rome, and absolutely loved them. Context’s whole brand is offering extremely small group tours led by experts. In Rome, for example, we visited an ancient Roman city with an archaeologist, did a central Rome tour with a restoration architect, learned about the fall and rise of Rome with a Byzantine scholar, and toured the Vatican with a PhD-level art historian. Context also offers tours in Prague, and if you’re looking to get in-depth on a specific topic, and are short on time, we’d definitely recommend you check them out.
Day Trips — If you want to take a trip out of town, check out our list of the 6 Best Day Trips from Prague, which includes the Bone Church in Kutna Hora, the picture-perfect town of Cesky Krumlov, Karlstejn Castle, Terezin Concentration Camp, Karlovy Vary Spa Town, and Dresden, Germany.
Overall, Prague is a safe place to visit with low crime, and very low violent crime.
I plan on developing this section more over time, but for now take a look at our Is Prague Safe post to get a better idea regarding the specific advice we have, and recommendations for staying safe. While the post is geared toward solo female travelers, it really can apply to anyone and everyone.
(This section is under development)
(This section is under development)
If you’re interested in moving to the Czech Republic, find out how we did it here:
- Introducing the Živnostenský List: Working in Prague as a Canadian or American (or Aussie…or Kiwi…)
- Working in Prague as a Non-EU Citizen: Part II (Applying For Long-Term Residency)
If you’re interested in teaching English in the Czech Republic, we’d strongly recommend you take a reputable TESOL course. We took the Trinity Cert. TESOL with Oxford TESOL Prague, and you can read our review here.
We hope this Prague travel resource page is helpful as you plan your trip to Prague! We do plan on developing it further over time, but in the meantime are happy to help.
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