We will be spending about 8 days in Prague. We have found walking tours to be valuable when traveling to cities where there is great history and culture. I am looking for advice/experience in arranging a personal walking tour of the city, either 1 or 2 days. Also, we will rent a car so would appreciate any suggestions for day trips outside the city.
We are in our 50's, active/mobile, and willing to have an adventure. Any other thoughts, suggestions, or "watch-outs" would also be appreciated.
Thanks in advance ....
Prague was a wonderful city. Just ensure you don't take lots of cash out with you as there are pickpockets everywhere. My purse was stolen from my handbag, and the bag was across my body between my husband and I and neither of us felt anything and it happened very quickly. Cost a lot of time reporting it to the police and cancelling cards etc. Take minimum cash out with you and take care of other valuables.
Would appreciate thoughts and recommendations from others. Favorite restaurants and/or sites. We are arranging this on the fly which makes it a bit more of an adventure. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback.
I was in Prague in February- beautiful! It was like walking in a fairytale, really lovely.
Unlike Angelus I did not have any issues with pickpockets, either did my equally young female travel companion. Just a long-strapped shoulder bag worn over my body, same as I might in the Tubes in London, no problems. I can't imagine reporting a theft to the police would be great fun though, we did find that people could speak English specific to their needs but otherwise it could be difficult! Waiters could tell you about their menu and take orders in English, but they wouldn't necessarily be able to tell you where a pharmacy is for example- definitely found a few people who seemed to speak good English until the topic changed outside their usual needs and it was interesting! But not a problem really, lots of signs in English etc.
We stayed in Vinohrady, Praha 2, a short walk from the main city centre, and to be honest, everywhere we ate there was actually really nice! We had some really, really nice Goulash served in bread bowls in Mala Strana (near the castle). I can't recall what it was called, but it was essentially at the end of the tourist path if you keep walking in a straight line from the Charles Bridge (beautiful) towards the castle (also very highly recommended). I didn't really have any particularly bad food, although I concluded I don't have much of a taste for most traditional Czech food (dumplings and a lot of cabbage-y things). Lovely beer, we really liked the Gambrinus.
Charles Bridge, Lennon wall, the castle (give that a whole day- we didn't and had to go back!).
Here is a link to my blog, you might find a few more ideas on there! We found Prague great for just wondering around, really compact and public transport was good- you'll probably only want a car for going out to the other towns- we didn't get enough time but I'm told they're really lovely! It was a nice place to just wonder about and get lost in the evening and choose a nice-looking restaurant.
check this website out for walking tours http://www.newpraguetours.com/private-tours.html
Any suggestions on renting a car? I was originally thinking about a couple of day trips outside of the city but there are "group" tours to the more popular places and I have heard that everything in Prague can be reached easily with public transportation. Also, driving is a bit challenging given street conditions and directions, so I am told.
Still looking for some good suggestions on restaurants if anyone has any ...
Thanks again for any and all help ...
You could eat lunch at Bohemia Bagel, bagels of all sorts, and it's yum.
Probably more expensive (but what is really expensive in Prague?), but the restaurants around Staromestske Namesti have really good food, especially goulash, which you have to try since it's their national dish. It doesn't sound good, but it is!
You could go to The Estates Theatre, built in the 1780s and was where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart first performed his opera Don Giovanni in 1789. The building is pretty much still in its original condition, and if you are a classical music fan, you should absolutely at least see it.
Also, there's a Mozart museum a bit outside the centre (yes, I'm a Mozart-fanatic), the Bertramka, location Mozartova. A beautiful place.
The Mucha Museum. Pictures, paintings and drawings from the Czech art-nouvau artist, Alphonse Mucha. And there's very nice shop inside with souvenirs you won't get anywhere else.
The gardens at the Walstein Pallace is also worth a trip. A break from the big city. It's not far from Charles Bridge.
What I like the best about Prague, is to explore the tiny streets inbetween, avoiding the tourist stream. That's how you find shops that are really hidden treasures. Prague is a city for the eyes.
Thanks ... very good suggestions. They are now in our itinerary ...
If you're driving and would like to visit other places, I recommend Karlovy Vary. It's about 2 hours drive from Prague.. it's a spa town, with lots of very cute places and lovely food. They have about 13 hot spring fountains. It is traditional for tourists to buy a miniature mug and try the water from each of the fountains. It's meant to be really good for you, but I personally think it tastes awful. So as you follow the route of the fountains you see the city also. It's a lovely place! I'd go back there if I could.