I'd definitely recommend doing the free walking tour if it's running while you're there. It's aimed at backpackers and it's customary to tip a few Euros at the end of the tour (which lasts at least a few hours), but you don't have to if you don't want to. It's great if you're on a budget, because instead of just seeing the sites for yourself and trying to find out their significance from guidebooks/internet, you've got a knowledgeable local guide who will know all that information and stories that you'd find out from locals. I think they run in most major European cities throughout the tourist season - I didn't actually do it in Prague but I did in Budapest, and it made me really regret not going in Prague because I'd done loads of sightseeing without really understanding what I was looking at.
>>957777 Be warned Mr Quads that a lot of the castle may still be closed. Not worth paying for admission for anything up there if it is. And if you want to see Charles Bridge when not covered in people you will need to get up early. Main sights are easy to figure out, try to go to the jewish cemetery, and to the theatre as often as you can
Golden street or whatever it is called in English (you have to buy a ticket at the castle which includes it, it's more expensive than the church alone but worth it - also the St. Vitus Cathedral has beautiful Mucha windows) & the walk with gorgeous view from there down to the city next to vineyard absinthe ice-cream / milkshake. A noodles bar called Zebra near the large square, the small food/toy market next to it. Vysehrad is nice as well. Jewish Quarter, Jewish cemetery (though expensive). Eat food with 'pivni syr' (beer cheese) or Kolach with poppy seed, damn yummy..... I've been to Prague 6 times, so ask me anything :)
>>957777 Avoid any restaurant that drops condiments and bread and shit on the table without asking you. They add huge charges to your bill for them when you go to pay, regardless of whether you even touch them. Either tell them to take them away or just leave and go to a place that isn't actively trying to rip you off.
The least confrontational way of avoiding having your bill doubled is to just leave immediately that they do it.
>>957777 The Castle is one of the most crowded tourist attractions I have ever been to. Make sure to get there early in the day before the hordes show up. The Petrinsky Hill is fairly nice to walk around, it has good views of the city.
>>960021 It's an old scam that restaurants in the very touristy parts of Prague pull.
It goes like this: >walk into restaurant >get shown to table >sit down, be given menu >order food >bread and condiments arrive >meals arrive >bill arrives >bill is 2x price of ordered dishes >pay with card, don't notice because rich american tourist OR >complain, be told 30 euro per person for condiments >possible fine print in menu you need a microscope to read >Possibly not in the original menu you were given either but you don't get to see that again. >Waiters suddenly block your exit until you pay
It's pretty much only Prague that does this, the only other place on Earth I've ever seen it was in one super expensive bar in Hong Kong ($28HK for 'complimentary' nuts, not as bad as the Prague bread scam).
I'd read about it online before it happened to me so I was prepared and my friend and I didn't touch the bread etc, said to take it away and just had a drink and left exact change for the drinks when they started giving us trouble about it. Plenty of other tourists get strong-armed into paying up though, most people off to take pictures of their family on Charles Bridge aren't ready to fight their way through semi-gangster waiters.
>>957842 This, I also like to take very late night week day wanders. Always make sure you're safe though.
Wandering about alone at night when the sights are lit up is great. I remember the pantheon in Rome being all illuminated and I basically had it to myself. Highlight of the trip. Also, NY at night was fantastic. Just like the movies.
I am considering applying to the Prague university of Economics for my master's degree. Natives of Prague, what can you tell me about the student life in the city? My studies will take about 2 years there, would I get bored after a while?
>>957777 >the beer museum is just a pub with really good marketing, but it does have the best beer anywhere >don't buy weed from the blackest guy in the back of the reggae bar, its laced >don't go to that 5 story club, its just live every other club everywhere >do go to cross club, awesome music different genres every night, great friendly atmosphere, and it looks cool as fuck >stay at sir tobys hostel, they do free barbecues a couple days a week >czech absinthe is just green paint stripper, slivoviche (or however you spell it) on the other hand
Go to the monastery breweries up in the hills. Lots of stuff to see on the way up there and a nice place to enjoy a good beer with some food. Admittedly I haven't been to as many places as many on this board, but Prague was probably the coolest place I've ever been.
>>959997 Just avoid eating at venceslas square, old town square and Na příkopě, its ok to shop there, but not to eat. Also avoid anything that say 'real prague souvenir' is some shit selled by russias, thats why you always find matrioshka and shit there...
Check these vids about taxi scams, in english made by natives
>>960297 Also Jazz dock Raduta maybe (never been there, but its quite famous)
>>960424 No, Prague is on the rise and if you manage get out of your rourist shell and find some cool Prague people you're gona have a time of your life in the city
>>960461 >>the beer museum is just a pub with really good marketing, but it does have the best beer anywhere Tourist shit, go to Lokál
>don't buy weed from the blackest guy in the back of the reggae bar, its laced Probably true
>don't go to that 5 story club, its just live every other club everywhere Please avoid it
>do go to cross club, awesome music different genres every night, great friendly atmosphere, and it looks cool as fuck true
>>960749 Pho tuan&lan - Jiřího z poděbrad or anglická, they have the best pho bo in prague Czech food - Lokál, U Parlamentu. But there is a load of decent places a bit outside the tourist zone and during the time from 12.00 to 15.00 you can get soup, main dish and beer for like 100-120czk Burgers - dish burger, the tavern Places to go: cafe Neustadt, neone, Polygon (party), Bio oko, aero, cafe jedna, podnik, cafe nona, Akropolis, Vlkova 26, Bukowski and many more
>>957777 >>957777 Don't exchange money. You will be ripped off immensely. Just withdraw money from the walls. The Czech republic is very cheap, but not neccesarily in Prague if you don't know where to look. Evade all the tourist traps and look for pubs in back alleys. If you want to visit strip clubs, go to Hot Peppers. They have decent prizes. Most other strip clubs are very shady and they might extort you. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Good luck and have fun!
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