PRAGUE

Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and is one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe to travel during Christmas – and one of my favourite destinations abroad. Especially, Prague’s Old Town is like a fairytale, as it’s full of castles and towers and amazing pedestrians.

COVID-19 Restrictions 

In order to travel to Czech Republic at this moment, you must have a vaccine certification or disease (Covid-19) certificate. If you are unvaccinated and without a certificate, then you must have a negative PCR test up to 72 hours.

Be careful! If you are unvaccinated you may need to be quarantined. Each country is constantly updating their protocols, so you should check their government website before you travel. 

To enter the country you must fill a Passenger Location Form (PLF).

When I traveled (December 11, 2021) to Prague, regarding the unvaccinated people, they were banned from entering indoors spaces, even with a negative test. The stores were closed from 10pm, until 5am, and drinking alcohol in public places was also prohibited. Their famous Christmas markets unfortunately were cancelled this year in an attempt to limit the spread of the pandemic in the country.

What you need in order to come back in Greece

From December 19, in order to return to Greece, besides the PLF form, you must have a negative 72-hour PCR or 48-hour rapid test. This is mandatory for everyone, vaccinated and non-vaccinated, from all countries. Restrictions are constantly changing, so it’s better to check with gov.gr as well, before your trip.

Tip: The best website to search about restrictions in Europe is reopen.europa.eu.

Transportation in Prague

Prague is a big city, with a lot of attractions, but you can easily move around. A travel card for public transportation for 72 hours costs around €12. 

When I was planning my trip I was also planning to buy this card, but my hotel (Hotel Rott) was located at the center of the Old Town and I was able to walk around and explore all the tourist attractions. So if you like walking like me, then go for it. The paths of the Old Town are unique.

I used Uber just to go to the airport and paid 15€ for a distance of 11 km, about 20 minutes route.

Where to stay

Hotel Rott

In the heart of the Old Town, behind the famous Astronomical Clock, you will find Hotel Rott (Malé Nám. 138/4, 110 00 Staré Město). It’s the best choice to stay in Prague, regarding the location and you can visit the most popular attractions in the area by foot. (Just one minute from the famous clock and a six-minute walk from Charles Bridge).

The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with the view of the Old Town Square. The staff is very kind and willing to help you with whatever you need. They can also arrange you a transfer from the airport, if you want.

My favorite part of the hotel was the view from the terrace. You can enjoy the magical view of the Old Town, without even leave the hotel.

Breakfast has plenty of options in order to choose. My favorites were scramble eggs and butter croissants.

Where to eat in Prague

Frites Butik

A very unique idea, inspired from Belgium. Authentic Belgian fries in the heart of Prague. I loved this original idea and the staff was extremely polite. The prices are also very affordable.

The menu has many options to choose. I tried French fries with mayonnaise, peanut sauce and fresh onion, cheese, chicken and beef croquettes, but my favorite was the Frikandel. It’s a type of meat I’d never heard of before. I tried it hot dog style and it was delicious.

If you visit Prague, I highly recommend it!

Tato Pizza & Pasta Bar

In Prague I tried authentic Italian pizza and it was delicious! The dough was fantastic, thin pizza with puff dough in the crust. I tried margarita pizza and pizza with prosciutto. 

The portions are very big in comparison with their affordable prices. The place is very beautiful and the music leads you from Prague… directly to Rome!

Chimney

There are literally everywhere in Prague chimney shops. At first I didn’t want to try them but there were everywhere around so I was convinced! I tried the simplest of flavours, which is plain with chocolate, as there are countless variations with ice cream, fruits, nuts and whipped cream.

The taste of the dough reminded me of a warm pastry. It wasn’t my favorite, but it’s definitely worth a try! Prices starts from 2-3€ for the simple ones, up to 7-8€ for the chimneys that have a lot of ingredients.

Old Prague Traditional Ham

I spotted in Old Square small wooden houses, like canteens, which had large grills with wood and a strong fire next to them, and huge pieces of juicy pork. The line to get pork and mulled wine from these little canteens was endless! If you visit Prague, you should definitely try it.

Street food

In many places of Prague there were many canteens, where they cooked traditional food, such as sausages, roast chicken, potatoes and many side dishes.

In my opinion, it’s better to try food from there, than choose a restaurant where you would have a basic meal like burger, pasta etc.

Be careful! The price list is not per portion, but per 100 grams. Keep this in mind, so you won’t be surprised to hear the price is twice as high as you expect. But the prices are still affordable.

What to see in Prague

Prague is literally a huge attraction. This fairytale town has countless beautiful spots to explore.

Astronomical Clock

One of the most famous places in the city is the old clock located in the Old Square. In fact, it is the oldest clock that is still working. 

Every hour, the clock ticks and through two small windows, some figures come out and put on their own “show”. In front of the clock, countless people are gathering to watch the time change. Many people even applaud when the “show” is over!

Old Town Square

The walks in the Old Square are simply magical. Cobbled streets and colourful houses and shops all around are creating a unique scene, like a painting. The best thing you can do is to explore the square and its paths.

The Church of Mother of God before Týn

The Church of Mother of God before Týn, often translated as Church of Our Lady before Týn, is a Gothic church and a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague. It has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church’s two towers are 80 m. high, and each tower’s spire is topped by eight smaller spires in two layers of four. It has free entrance.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is the most famous spot in Prague. It’s a medieval stone bridge with gothic details, that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Every day is full of hundreds- maybe thousands of tourists.

Tip: If you want to take photos at the bridge without any people around, thens toy should definitely visit it just before the sunrise.

You should also watch out for pickpockets.

Castle of Prague

Prague Castle is beautiful and huge. Under the castle you will find the castle’s gardens, but they’ re not open in winter, they close in October.

To start your walk to the castle you pay 50 CZK (about 2€). The entrance afterwards to see the outside of the castle and the surrounding areas is free. You’ll only pay extra if you want a guide, or to enter the museum areas.

St. Vitus Cathedral

St. Vitus Cathedral is inside the castle area and it’s the largest &the most important temple in Prague. Apart from religious services, coronations of Czech kings and queens also took place here.

The Lennon Wall

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Since the 1980s this once typical wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti, lyrics from Beatles’ songs, and designs relating to local and global causes.

Dancing house

A well-known attraction in Prague is the Dancing House, because of its unique architecture. Inside the building there is a hotel to stay in, but also a restaurant on the top floor, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

National Library of the Czech Republic

The National Library of the Czech Republic is the central library of the Czech Republic. It is directed by the Ministry of Culture. The library’s main building is located in the historical Clementinum building in the centre of Prague.

It worths a visit in order to see the huge book tower inside the building. Inside the “tower” of books there are mirrors and they create the infinity effect.

Jerusalem Synagogue

Jubilee Synagogue, also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue for its location on Jerusalem Street, is a synagogue in Prague, Czech Republic. It was built in 1906, designed by Wilhelm Stiassny and named in honor of the silver Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. It’s a beautiful and colourful building.

What you need to know before visit Prague

  • Prague’s currency is CZK. 1€ = around 25 CZK. Many shops accepts payments with euros but the payments would be more expensive.
  • The weather is quite cold with a lot moisture. The best months to visit Prague are April-September, when everything are bloomed. Prague has many gardens but all of them are closed by October.
  • You should be watch out for pickpockets at crowded spots like Charles Bridge and Old Square.
  • Prague is a small city compared to other European cities. You can explore it easily within 3-4 days.
  • In the tourist spots -such as the Old Square- the prices in the restaurants are quite high, compared to the restaurants located in the non-tourist places of the area.
  • From the town center to the airport the route with Uber costs around 15€.
  • If you are Greek resident, mobile data and minutes to all networks are available for use in the Czech Republic with data roaming.

If you want to see more about my trip to Prague, visit my profile on Instagram.

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