Hello! I am thinking about buying a nine days package holiday to Prague next year. I am not sure yet as I don't know what there is to do there and I don't know absolutely anything about the city. I would like to know how is the weather in the end of May and beginning of June and in the end of August and beginning of September, as I am not sure yet which of these periods I will visit it. How is the food? Is it pricey around there? What is there to do in the city? Is it really a stunning beautiful capital? Are there many tourists in this time of the year? Are the hotels good? I will be with a tour staying in a hotel with half board and most of the attractions included. How much money I will need to survive and have fun during my stay? Is it easy to exchange Euro/US Dollars/British Pounds? Are credit/debit cards widely accepted? Is it a safe clean city? Is it easy to communicate in English? I know… too many questions. I do appreciate any information. Thank you very much. Audry
I would like to know how is the weather in the end of May and beginning of June and in the end of August and beginning of September, as I am not sure yet which of these periods I will visit it.
I was there this Sept. Sept. was nice. Not too hot or cold. I had a light rain jacket for the evenings.
How is the food?
Good. Typical german food. Lots of meat and potatoes. Beer is cheaper than water (no joke).
Is it pricey around there?
I found it cheap. Not as cheap as Asia, but not as expensive as Canada.
What is there to do in the city?
Charles bridge. Astronomic clock. Jewish quarter. Prague castle. Night life. Sex museums. Shopping. Strret artists.
Is it really a stunning beautiful capital?
I like Paris more. But there is a sense of freedom in the city. Very young but traditional and....well Bohemian
Are there many tourists in this time of the year?
Always tourists. But I didn't find it too hard to get around.
Are the hotels good?
Yes. Up to "western" standards. But as with any city you have to shop around.
How much money I will need to survive and have fun during my stay?
That depends on what you do and how you spend your money. I was travelling alone and mostly ate sandwiches, fruit and drank bottled juice sitting on park benches. Eventhough I did find a great coffee place once. Like I said, I found it cheap. They do add in all kinds of "extras" in tourist restaurants so watch out for that.
Is it easy to exchange Euro/US Dollars/British Pounds?
I just used ATM bank machines which are everywhere. The exchange places, I heard from other people, sometimes overcharge you. Euro is the easiest to exchange these days.
Are credit/debit cards widely accepted?
Is it a safe clean city?
Yes. I was out by myself until 11 or 12pm many times. Felt as safe as in any western city. Taxi drivers do try to rip you off, so negotiate the price before you get in. And walk away when you feel ripped off. I stayed in a student dorm. The students there liked to have Johnny Walker whiskeys after their dinners every night. A bottle at a time I think. Other than that. It's a beautiful city.
Is it easy to communicate in English?
Yes, in the tourist spots lots of people spoke English. But pointing and "tourist sign language" also helps.
Have fun !
I would say that May and September are the best times to go to Prague. Not too hot, and not quite so many tourists. If you are staying in a hotel with half-board, you will not need that much extra money. Some tourist places are a little expensive - well by Czech standards, but, for example, if you just go a little off the main tourist routes you can get a good lunch and a glass of beer for less than 200Kcs (that's around £5)even in Prague. Outside the city centre prices are much lower.
Whilst there is plenty to see in the city, see if you can get a trip to Cesky Krumlov or to Karlstejn - both wonderful places, and some lovely scenery on the way there as well.
Hey yes, any information would be good for me too as I´m planning on teaching there next year. BTW Audry I´m currently working near Saõ Paulo and am moving there for the last month here in Brazil. Maybe we could meet up and do something one night in São Paulo - what do you reckon? Send me a message if you´re interested. PS I´m going to check out the destinations guide here on travellerspoint as it will have further information on Prague also.