The streets of Prague
In recent years, Prague has been overwhelmed by tourists. The Czech capital became one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Despite the relatively small size of the Czech Republic (sometimes referred to as Czechia, although not by the Czechs themselves, who don’t seem to like that name), the city of Prague is the 14th largest city in the European Union, right after Milan.
What can be problematic is the transport. Prague has arguably one of the best public transport networks within the EU. It’s very cheap, punctual, and well connected. During peak hours the metro comes every 2-3 minutes. Its three lines sprawl across all of the city, making it not only the fastest method of travel, but possibly also the most convenient. What is the issue then? Well, there is none for locals, but tourists might struggle getting from the airport to the actual city. The metro doesn’t reach all the way to the airport, and the buses can be quite confusing for first time visitors, as the system is different to many other countries. This means it might be a good idea to look at guides which can help you organise your transport. It can take away the stress of trying to get to your hotel. Often people will choose the Taxi when they are not sure what to do, however, this can be a very expensive method.
Services like this one can also help when getting back to the airport, or if your hotel is located in an inconvenient location. Therefore, it’s a good idea to look at it before your trip, to save yourself money and unnecessary stress.
Once you get to Prague you can enjoy all it has to offer. There is a reason it grew so much in popularity. It retains a picturesque European style, while also being a huge metropolis. The city is divided in many districts, each one can take an entire day if you’re really passionate about exploring every single detail. The main ones are definitely Prague 1 and 2. The first is the strict centre, this is where you will see the most monumental buildings, the most expensive shops, and naturally, the most tourists. This is the part that never sleeps.
Prague 2, on the other hand, is still the centre of the city, but more for the Czechs, than tourists. This is where the culture lives, you will find amazing pubs or restaurants, some with talented musicians performing within. Theatres, or other forms of art are what makes this area so special. Because it’s not as orientated towards tourists it also offers cheaper prices. Visitors from Western Europe will be surprised how cheap all types of great alcohol are, Pilsner, a traditional Czech beer, costs between 30-40 koruna, which is between a pound and pound forty ($1.40-$1.90, €1.20 -€1.55).
Naturally, the city centre is not the only place worth visiting. Prague offers many historic attractions. The most obvious one is the castle on a hill, overlooking the entire city. Its construction has started 1148 years ago, and it changed throughout its history. On the way to it you will most likely cross Charles bridge, and John Lennon’s wall, although you might have to Google how to get to it, there are quite a few streets and it can feel like a bit of a labyrinth.
A more modern attraction is the ‘Petřínská rozhledna’ made to resemble the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1891. It is visible from the castle, or rather the castle is visible from it, as it is located at a higher point. For a small fee you can get to see the entire city of Prague as one landscape, it is an amazing view. Additionally, the tower is surrounded by beautiful gardens. There also a newer tower which became a symbol of the city, the TV tower, also called Žižkov Television Tower. It reaches 216 metres, the height of a fairly tall skyscraper, however, it isn’t one. The tower’s design seems like it belongs on another planet, with the round pods attached to it, and to make it weirder there is usually an art installation of “babies” climbing it. Needless to say, it is quite a very weird structure, and evokes mixed feelings, both among the Czechs and the visitors, but perhaps this is what draws people to it.