Prague on a Budget

Welcome to the Prague Travel Guide for my favorite city of Central Europe. I like Prague because of its lovely architecture, great viewpoints, excellent food and the Czech culture. You have always something to explore, besides the overcrowded touristic areas, there are also great spots to relax. Be prepared that during the hot summer months it might be quite challenging to walk all day, therefore I suggest to plan your trip to Prague in spring or autumn.  In this post, you will find a list with suggestions for low cost activities in Prague, as well as a map with all points of interest.

SIGHTSEEING

  • Wenceslas Square with National Museum
  • Old Time Square
  • Church of the Virgin Mary
  • Charles Bridge
  • Franz Kafka Museum (if you like poets)
  • Prague Castle + Kings Garden
  • Petrin Tower – Mirror Labyrinth (show your ISIC student card for discount)
  • Prague’s Zoo (if you have more than 2 days in Prague)

FOOD

  • Havelska Koruna – great Czech Cuisine for less than 7EUR
    • My suggestions
      • “Svickova” – beef with sauce and dumplings (ask for more meat or dumplings if you are very hungry), take your order card always with you, you will need it for the payment
      • “Ovocne knedlíky” – fruit dumplings

RELAX

  • Styl&Interier – a hidden Caffee right next to the Wenceslas Square, with a nice garden to slow down and relax with friends
  • Rent a paddle boat on Zofin island. Cost 250kc/h (9EUR) bring some drinks with you
  • Náplavka Riverside – meet locals and taste Czech Beer for (1,50EUR)

TRANSPORT

  • Navigation in Prague is quite simple, they have a decent underground (metro), tram and bus infrastructure. For your ease find below a map of Prague’s Metro system.
  • Buy tickets for 32kc (1,20EUR) at any orange ticket machine or any news stand.

 

NIGHTLIFE

  • Many good bars in the downtown in the area of Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square
  • “Karlovy Lazne”, a club visited only by tourist, three floors with various music genres and ice bar, not really my thing, entrance is around 10EUR and guests are mostly males.
  • “Duplex” a club at the rooftop of Wenceslas Square, a little more fancy but you might find more locals in here.
  • “NEBE” a good bar and restaurant with nice atmosphere and good service, food and cocktails, recommended by locals. At Wenceslas Square.

 

WATCH OUT FROM TAXI DRIVERS

Prague is unfortunately known for taxi drivers who rip off tourist, some of them tend to change the decimal point on their taxomat machine. It’s probably only 5% of drivers who rip off tourist, but they are located on the main tourist destinations as the train station, old town square (Parizska Street), so there is a big chance that as soon as they notice you are a tourist you might pay much more. I suggest you ask for the price and agree before you decide to take the cab. You should pay around 2EUR/km. If you party long, you can take the metro which drives from 5am to 12pm 🙂

WATCH OUT FROM THIEFS

I suggest to keep your belongings on a save spot so you won’t get robbed. If it happens, you can report it and spend 3-4h at the police station. It’s good to have a Czech speaking person with you who can translate in your language. If you don’t have one the whole procedure might take significantly longer. The result of the endless stay at the police station is a document that says that you were robbed. If you have no insurance, it’s useless to you, unless your documents were stolen. My advice, as sad it might sound, if your money or camera get stolen, it’s bad luck and you will not get it back. Going to report it to the police station will only waste your time in Prague. I know this because my friend from Brasil was robbed at the Fusion Hostel (would not recommend it because of the bad security), so I could experience the whole procedure by myself.

I believe this post will help you to navigate yourself in Prague safely so you can fully enjoy the city. Have a great trip and let me know about your experiences 🙂

Here a map with all the locations mentioned in the post:

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Wenceslas Square with National Museum: 50.081747, 14.427189
Old Time Square: 50.087569, 14.421187
Church of the Virgin Mary: 50.085729, 14.403551
Charles Bridge: 50.086477, 14.411437
Franz Kafka Museum : 50.087955, 14.410508
Prague Castle + Kings Garden: 50.090216, 14.399579
Petrin Tower – Mirror Labyrinth : 50.083527, 14.395084
Prague’s Zoo : 50.117846, 14.405875
Havelska Koruna : 50.085568, 14.421633
Styl&Interier- Caffee right next to the Wenceslas Square: 48.216038, 16.378984
Zofin island: 50.078763, 14.412872
Náplavka Riverside: 50.070565, 14.414103
Karlovy Lazne: 50.084571, 14.413465
Duplex-club: 50.082505, 14.426620
NEBE : 50.080131, 14.428589
Parizska Street - Watch out from Taxi Drivers: 50.089430, 14.419111

 

Undreground Map:

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