How to go to Prague yourself.
Visa to Prague on your own.
To visit Prague, Russian citizens need to obtain a Schengen visa, the easiest way to do this is in one of the Czech visa centers that are in many cities of Russia: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar, Saratov, Samara, Kazan, Perm, Ufa, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. Also, new visa centers are constantly being opened. All you need is to choose the one closest to you. An application for a Czech visa can be filed in any of these cities.
How to book a hotel in Prague yourself.
In the capital of the Czech Republic there are more than 1400 hotels that can provide accommodation for every taste and purse. The choice of hotels in Prague is very wide, from budget hostels with a common room for 400 rubles, to very expensive hotels for 30 or more thousand rubles a day. It is very easy to book a hotel in Prague independently, it’s more difficult to choose the most suitable hotel. You can book on one of hundreds of websites of hotel reservation systems via the Internet, for example, on Booking.com (the most popular reservation system in Russia). But according to my personal experience, different sites offer different prices for the same hotel and not always. Booking offers the cheapest option (sometimes it leaves much more expensive).
If you have never booked a hotel independently through the Internet, I recommend reading the detailed instructions on how to do it – http://mirputeshestvii.ru/read/itravel/kak-zabronirovat-otel-samostoyatelno-686127/.
The main criteria for choosing a hotel for me are location and positive feedback. The location of the hotels and their price is convenient to look on the map on the same search engine (the link was given above), and I read reviews either on Tripadvisor.com or on this site in the “Reviews about hotels in Prague” section.
Currency of the Czech Republic.
The official currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (CZK or Kc). Its rate is approximately 1 EUR = 27.54 CZK or 1 RUB = 0.61 CZK. In some places you can pay in euros, but the rate will not be profitable and the change will always be in kroons.
How to buy an air ticket to Prague.
Several airlines fly to Russia from Prague, there are direct flights and there are flights with a transfer. There are direct flights to Prague from almost all major cities of Russia (more precisely, from 13 cities), but the easiest (and cheaper) is, of course, to fly from Moscow and St. Petersburg.
I just checked for the summer of 2014 the price of air tickets to and from Prague and back from Moscow and St. Petersburg starts at 8,800 rubles, depending on the dates, from Yekaterinburg from 10190 rubles. Cheapest variants with transfer. The final price depends on many parameters, including the season, advance purchase and other. Sometimes there are special sales and then prices can be even cheaper.
How to get from the airport to the center of Prague.
The planes arrive at Prague International Airport (PRG) – Prague-based Wenceslas Havel Airport, which is located in the Prague 6 area (catastral district Ruzyne) 12 km west of the city center. From the airport to the center of Prague you can get in different ways: by car, by bus or by taxi, there are no special express trains.
By bus . The cheapest way to get to the city is by bus, but you need to prepare in advance the Czech crowns for the fare. The ticket can be bought at the special Public Transport booth (in the afternoon you can pay by bank card) in the arrival hall of Terminal 1 or 2. The ticket can also be purchased through a special terminal at the bus stop or by the driver (the driver is more expensive for 8 kroons). The ticket price is 32 CZK (plus CZK 16 per luggage). You can take the bus at number 119 and get to the metro station Dejvicka (Line A) in 24 minutes, then take the metro and get to the center or any other station. You can take the bus at number 100 and get to the metro station Zlicin (Line B) in 18 minutes. At night, every 30 minutes, there is a bus at number 510, on it you can get to the stops “Jiraskovo namesti” or “I.P.Pavlova”, which are not far from the center. When boarding the bus, do not forget to validate the ticket, otherwise you can get a fine of 900 kroons. The bus ticket also operates in the metro! With a special Airport Express bus for 60 CZK, you can reach directly to Prague Central Station. There are other buses at the airport, including a bus directly to Karlovy Vary.
By car . You can rent a car directly at the airport in Prague. The cost of renting a car at the airport in Prague starts from 30 euros per day for a budget model. The longer the lease term, the cheaper the final cost. Book your car better in advance.
Transport of Prague.
The public transport system in Prague is very well developed, it is easy for tourists to drive to the right place on their own. To do this, at your service there is a subway, trams, buses, taxis. The whole center of Prague can be walked around without resorting to public transport.
Basic – 90 minutes – 32 kroons, Short – 30 minutes – 24 kroons, One day – 24 hours – 110 kroons, Three days – 72 hours – 310 kroons, month – 30 days – 560 kroons (the ticket is to be signed, it must be signed).
Weather in Prague.
You can visit Prague all year round. In winter, especially before Christmas, Prague has its own special magic. Winters in the Czech Republic are mild and little snow, the average temperature in December is about zero degrees. But the best time to visit Prague is spring (May), when all the nature blossoms, this is especially noticeable, as the city is rich in green plantations. Summer is the most popular season in the Czech Republic, at this time the country is visited by the largest number of tourists. The weather in summer is warm and sunny, but sometimes it can be very hot. The rainiest time in Prague is from May to August.
What to see in Prague yourself.
Prague is rich in sights, there you can easily spend a week, walk around the old city, look at the figures on the Charles Bridge, drink beer in the Old Town Square and dance in the best nightclubs in Europe. Prague is the ideal place for self-guided sightseeing, it is necessary to walk it thoughtfully, so that no one is not driven anywhere. Let us dwell in more detail on the most important sights of Prague.
The Charles Bridge.
Old Town Square and Tyn Church.
Old Town is a beautiful historical square, located right in the center of the Old Town, is the main square of the city of Prague. Every building here is a masterpiece of architecture.
Near the square is the Tyn Church – another business card of Prague.
The Old Town Square is a pedestrian zone, it is very pleasant to walk around, and it is even better to sit in one of the street restaurants and try the famous Czech beer.
The Prague chimes.
When you are leisurely walking along the Old Town Square, do not forget to look at the Prague chimes set on the south wall of the tower of the Old Town Hall. Every hour, when a small performance is arranged before the battle, the figures on the watch begin to move like in a medieval theater. In the finale, the rooster screams and the chimes of the chimes.
Prague Castle is an ancient fortress and the current residence of the President of the Czech Republic (the largest presidential residence in the world). The fortress rises on a hill in the Prague district of Gradchany. The main dominant of the Prague Castle is the St. Vitus Cathedral. Previously, you could climb up and see a chic view of Prague.
The Prague Castle is open from 5:00 to 24-00. Most of the palaces and museums from 9-00 to 17-00. Entrance to the territory is free. But, there are some places to visit, for which you have to pay.
In addition to many historical attractions, in Prague there are also modern art objects that can be of interest to tourists. One of the most famous is the “Dancing House”. This office building is a metaphor for a dancing couple, One part of the building symbolizes the male figure, the second resembles a female figure with a waist. There is a building in the Prague-2 area at the intersection of Rashinova and Resslova Streets. On the roof is the popular French restaurant “Pearl of Prague” (La Perle de Prague).
Do not be afraid to travel alone – it’s cheaper and much more interesting. Traveling independently, you gain freedom.
How to go to Prague yourself.