Prague is an absolutely beautiful city that I highly recommend visiting. To make your trip smooth and enjoyable, here are some tips for visiting Prague.
The local currency is the Czech Krona, and not the Euro. A lot of places will advertise their prices in euros as well, but it’s more of a helpful conversion guide. Some of the larger places will accept Euros, but you are much better off carrying some Krona.
On the subject of Krona, exchange currency before going to the Czech Republic. If you want to exchange money while you are in Prague, make sure you go inside a bank to exchange. Do NOT use the Euronet ATMs (they are everywhere, including inside the airport!). Not only do they give you abysmal exchange rates, they sometimes also clone your card for fraudulent use.
Pretty much all taxis are a scam in Prague. Avoid them if at all possible. If you must use one, call a taxi company for one, and make sure the meter is on. Public transport in Prague is cheap, easy to use and reliable. Trams link most of the popular tourist spots, and buses are plentiful.
There is a bus that links the airport to the central station. You can then transfer onto another bus/tram to get to your hotel. If you have a lot of bags and/or would prefer the convenience of a taxi, then Uber is a great option.
English is widely spoken, and we had absolutely no language issues in Prague. However, if you are planning to explore outside the capital, a phrasebook or google translate might come in handy.
At a restaurant, tipping 10% is a reasonable amount.
The Czech Republic is part of the Schengen area. You can Czech (Haha, get it?!) if you need a visa here.
Prague is a fairly safe city, and we felt perfectly comfortable walking around. However, like any tourist destination pickpockets are common, so make sure you keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
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Wear comfortable shoes! There are cobblestones everywhere, so leave those heels at home. If you decide to ignore this bit of advice, or just want to indulge while on vacation, there are a lot of spas offering massages at very reasonable rates. This might be a good time to treat yourself to a foot rub!
The hourly show at the famous astronomical clock draws a lot of people, and it can get very crowded for a 15 second show. If you do decide that you want to see it, go early in the day or later in the evening to avoid being crushed by the masses.
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