Prague is such a beautiful place rich in history. After visiting I can see why so many people love it. While there I learned a few things not only from my own experience, but from those who live there as well. So here are some things to know before you go to Prague!
English is Spoken. – You really don’t need to worry about learning Czech because everyone I encountered spoke English. It is cool to know some words/phrases though.
Wear Comfortable Shoes. – Prague is a very walkable city. Especially if you are staying in or near Old Town. I did a ton of walking and on cobblestone no less. Even with comfortable sneakers on my feet hurt. So definitely make sure you have some comfortable shoes with support.
Currency. – They use the Czech Crown, but if you have Euros many places take that as well. Don’t change money at any of the places around the city. The exchange rates aren’t good and there may be hidden fees. You mostly likely will not get the correct amount of money back. If you need money, use an ATM.
Weather. – Some people have told me when they think of Prague they think it is always cold. It isn’t. I went during the summer and it was hot. I actually walked around in jeans thinking 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit wouldn’t be too bad. I was very wrong and wish I had shorts on. I even got a tan from walking around, so wear sunscreen! At night is does cool down and you may need a light jacket.
Different Areas. – Clearly Prague has different areas, but if you want to be in the more walkable areas to check out different sites, shop, and eat out you will want to stay in what is known as Praha 1. There are 10 distinct districts. If you stay outside those areas you can hop on the tram.
Taxis. – They are known for ripping off tourist. The city is so walkable or you can just take the tram so you don’t really need one. We took one, but had the hotel call it for us since we were in a time crunch. We also inquired about the price prior so we had no issues.
Drink Beer. – I don’t really drink, it is pretty rare. I certainly don’t drink beer, I have never been fond of the taste. However Prague is known for their beer, they have hundreds of kinds so I figured let me give it a try. To my surprise the two different ones I tried were very good. Beer is also very cheap. Less than $2.00!
Restaurant Service. – Our tour guide informed us that the service in many restaurants were pretty bad. If you go and sit there and no one acknowledges you, it isn’t you, it is just how it goes. In fact one place we went to no one came to take anyone’s order at all. When I saw a waitress walk by I politely asked her when she had a moment I just wanted to order something to drink. She started screaming “No!” at me.
Also if something is put down on the table such as bread, odds are you will be paying for that on the bill. So if yo don’t want it, tell them to take it away. If you are in a big party, check your bill. We were told sometimes things can end up on there that shouldn’t be. Luckily we didn’t have this issue.
Affordable. – Prague isn’t as expensive as it’s many European counterparts. I didn’t spend all the money I changed into Crowns. Your money can go far.
Have you been to Prague? If so what tips do you have?