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Prague

Introduction

Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most visited city break destinations in central Europe. it is easy to understand why. The Old Town is truly spectacular. Scenes from a postcard await and you will not be disappointed. Prague is now on the network of several budget airlines meaning that it is accessible and good value to visit.



Getting there

Air: Ruzyne (PRG) is the main airport serving Prague and it is located around 20kms from the CBD. The normal public bus is the cheapest way to get to the city. It connects to the Metro at Dejvicka from where it is a short journey to the heart of the city. If you wish a quicker trip you can get an airport express bus or a taxi. Avoid taxi touts in the terminal building as they are usually rip off merchants.

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Rail: It is easy to travel to Budapest, Vienna and Berlin by train. Connections to Western Europe are not that efficient. This is no doubt a legacy of the previous political regime.

Bus: Eurolines connects to various European cities.

Accommodation

Prague has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets. Check out Expedia City Break Hotel Deals. Alternatively look at Hotels.com

What to See and Do

Prague's numerous attractions include the following:

Charles Bridge: Probably the most photographed site in the city, Charles Bridge crosses the Vltava and connects the Old Town(Stare Mesto) with the area around the Castle (Malá Strana}. Charles Bridge is always bustling with tourists, entertainers and souvenir vendors. Be careful they don't see you coming!

Prague Castle: Apparently the biggest castle in the world, don't miss a visit to Prague Castle. There are numerous attractions within the castle complex and the views of the city across the Vltava are worth the trek.

The Old Town (Stare Mesto): This area includes old town square with its picture book views and cobbled streets. Don't miss the Astronomical Clock in the old town square. Just be aware you will pay over the odds here for food and beers! A few streets away and the prices will be much lower.

Getting Around

Taxi: A word of warning is due here. Prague taxis are notorious for ripping off tourists. This may be a generalisation, but it remains a significant problem. If you do get a cab make sure you agree a price in advance. Ask your hotel to call a reputable firm and you will have less chance of being ripped off.

Metro: The Prague metro is cheap and convenient and takes you between many of the sights. Tickets are very cheap so don't take a chance as plain clothes inspectors are common. If a scruffy bloke in jeans flashes a badge at you when on a train or tram show them your ticket! Validate your ticket after you board.

River: Cruises are available on the Vltava River. Dinner Cruises are available if you so desire!