Euro Tripping's City Guide- Budapest
• Currency:Koruna or Crown
• Exchange: 26 CZK =1 EURO
• Population:1.28 mil
Welcome to Prague! One of the beautiful cities in Europe!
The medieval city is just like a city from a fairytale. It needs to be seen to be believed
Largest beer consumers in the known world
Safety In Prague
No matter what you have heard Prague is a very safe city to explore and just like other cities, if safe and smart travel is utilised, you will have no problems here. Here are a few things you do need to look out for to make sure you have a wonderful time.
When changing money over in Prague it is smart to shop around and haggle your price from what’s on the boards. You’ll be suprised how much they will raise their rate when larger sums of money are involved. Secondly try to find a currency exchange that is away from the city centre. The ones in the heart of the city and old town square in particular can ‘rob you blind’ if you are not smart about things.
Also one bit of advice is before you hand your money over ask them exactly how much you will get in return, and work out the sums to make sure it’s what you were promised. Once the transaction is done, it is too late and if there are any discrepancies you will not be getting your money back.
Night Club Promoters
This one is mainly for the guys out there. In Prague men tend to get approached by guys handing them cards for gentlemen’s clubs. They tend to promise cheap drinks or free transport there, but once there men are encouraged to buy drinks for themselves and the girls. There are often no prices on the menu and even though the first drink may have been free or cheap, the subsequent ones are extortionate. Once the bill comes it can be a rude surprise! If you don’t have the money, they wont let you leave until someone hands over the cash. Even if that means an escorted trip to the ATM
Late Night Taxis
Taxis in Prague can be very interesting, especially at night. If it is late night you may find that many drivers will up their price sometimes 100 or 200% higher then the daily price. Why? it is because they can and want to! So a good tip is to always know how much you trip to and from your hotel costs, so you don’t get caught out and pay too much.
If you need haggle and argue the price, if that doesn’t work then move onto another driver. You will eventually get the right price.
Another word of caution : BUCKLE UP! I personally have been in many cabs that drive you home at 120-140km per hour in the street of Prague, even using the other side of the road in order to get you home faster and back to the bars for more overprices opportunities.
Getting Around Prague
Prague is very easily accessed by metro, train and of course best seen by foot. If you’re planning on staying out of the city centre the metro will be your best friend, so here is come quick advice on the metro system in Prague.
3 lines to ride
The Metro consists of 3 lines. A, B & C. They all cover different parts of the city, but interconnect and meet in the city center. This is a fast and easy way to get around Prague and to its outer suburbs
Above ground and you want to get somewhere fast? Then the trams of Prague are for you. The tickets you purchase for the metros are valid on the trams and you simply hop on and off as you need.
There are ticket machines in all undergrounds and in some cases ticket offices. Just make sure you have enough coin in your pocket when using the machines, as they do not take notes or cards!
• Short-term (tourist) passes
24-hour pass: 110 CZK (children 6-15 years: 55 CZK)
3-day pass (72 hours): 310 CZK
30-minute ticket: 24 CZK
Adults: 24 CZK
Children 6-15 years: 12 CZK
Children under 6: free
90-minute ticket: 32 CZK
Adults: 32 CZK
Children 6-15 years: 16 CZK
Children under 6: free
Eating In Prague
Eating In Prague is an absolute delight with options to satisfy any tastes. If you want to go traditional you can find many traditional Czech restaurants that serve up a whole host of different style of Czech food. Here you will find an array of cooked meats including pork cuts and sausages, along with the Czech famous bread dumplings with cranberry sauce.
If your not in the mood for delicious grilled and slow cooked meats you can still find food from all genres and influences. My favourite place was discovering a little gem of a Cuban restaurant not far out of the main square, where you can get your Cuban food and cigars!
If you’re just after a quick bite there are lots of little kebab style sets ups, where you can buy the kebabs or the Czech versions of hotdogs at very low prices. Speaking of low prices you will also find that Prague is no stranger to the fast food chains sweeping the world.
If you are on a budget, you are better off heading to a supermarket. Here you can find some of the most delicious baked Czech treats and the cost is next to nothing!
Food In Prague
Czech cuisine has been largely influenced by the surrounding countries over the span of centuries. Being a central European country allowed it to benefit greatly from all sides. It got dumplings, sauerkraut and roast goose from the Germans. Schnitzels, which are breaded and fried pork or chicken patties came from the Austrians, but it has developed its own characteristics and chattels too which in turn influenced others. Lastly, a large variety of cakes and pastries that are popular in central Europe originated within the Czech lands.
Traditional Czech food though got somewhat extinct in the restaurants in communist era has returned since with new innovations and inspirations derived from modern European food trends. This blend has made the food in Prague more than just a meal.
In a hearty dinner, normally a soup (polévka) comes first which may be made of beef, chicken or vegetable. Popular are Houbova Polevka myslivecka (made of onions, bacon and chopped mushrooms) Goulash (vegetable and beef). The main meal contains a lot of meat traditionally, but exceptions are available as different dish types and at different restaurants adding to not just variety, but taste also and these exceptions are literally hugely versatile and worthy too. Of course you will be the most unlucky if you come to Prague and miss the world renowned and exceptionally tasteful variety of beverages available here too!
Czech Republic has very long tradition of hop growing and is one of world’s largest hop producers, and therefore beer! Hops have been an important crop in these lands for centuries long before many other nations started the cultivation.
Just a few years ago, it has been revealed that the earliest brewery in the Czech lands was at Břevnov Monastery in Prague in 993. It is regarded among the initial breweries to use hops rather than ginger, barley or other grains. Main reason for this may be the supreme quality of hops here. King Wenceslas even ordered the death penalty for anyone caught exporting any hop cuttings that could be used to grow new crops to preserve this superiority, but over the span of centuries bohemian hops spread to other places in Europe. Nowadays, hops farming in the Czech Republic is spread in three areas. In Bohemia, these are the Saaz and Auscha regions and in Moravia, it is the Tršice region. These hops have well kept their old tradition of being prized . The finest composition of bitter and aromatic ingredients of this variety provides beer its particular pleasant bitterness.
Basic characteristics of the beer produced here is the very fine aroma of hops growing in the specific soil and climate here which is nowhere else available thereby making it the most prized one across the world. Today, the most common Czech beers are pale lagers of Pilsner type, with distinctive translucent golden color, high foaminess and agiler taste.
It is any wonder why the Czechs claim to be the biggest beer drinkers in the world!?
Prague, a city of spires and bridges, is among the best preserved cities in the Europe. It has grasped the historical periods from roman times, through medieval ages, renaissance and later until the very 20th century. While many historical buildings seen in Paris may be rebuilt or repaired after two great wars, this however isn’t the case in Prague. Practically untouched by both wars, Prague has retained its glorious architecture and beauty thereby offering an opportunity to see how a European city looked like before the wars. Literally the whole city is an architectural museum covering symbols of beautiful architectural styles from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Classicism and Baroque architecture. Spanning from 9th to the 13th century.
The most prevalent designs you will find in this beautiful city stem from the Gothic architecture that appeared in Prague during the 13th century, bringing with it the ribbed vaulting, pointed arches and flying buttresses. It is regarded as Prague’s golden age as it became the capital of Holy Roman Empire in that period and so being a focal point of empire, underwent many constructional projects like Charles Bridge, the New Town and Saint Vitus’ Cathedral all built by Emperor Charles IV. Adding the structural beauties built later in renaissance and baroque styles, Prague is simply a gem of architecture worth exploring
Bohemian crystal is among the most demanded products of Czech Republic. Much of this is owed to the country’s long history of making the glass and furthermore innovating new ways to improve it. Bohemian glass got its distinctive name and reputation when the manufacturing process involved the use of a mixture of chalk and potash to make it look more clear and smooth. This triggered a massive acceleration in the industry thereby resulting in the world’s first glass factory at the time in Chřibská.
In the 17th century, Caspar Lehmann’s discovery of glass’s gem engraving with copper and bronze wheels paved the way for international reputation and supremacy of the bohemian glass. Furthermore, in the 18th century the expert craftsmanship of bohemian glass workers made it much prized one for the aristocracy and wealthy. Its fine cutting and engravings enabled it to make its way to the palaces of the French king Louis XV, Maria Theresa, Empress of Austria, and Elizabeth of Russia in form of crystal chandeliers.
The glass industry even preserved itself during communist era much of which was due to it being thought a national symbol. Nowadays bohemian crystal is way more demanded and in turn is sold in the form of lasses, candlesticks, decanters, vases, chandeliers and distinctive colorful “druk” beads.
Puppetry is an ancient performance form claimed by some to precede the actors in theatre and Marionettes are famous in Prague. What differentiates the Marionettes from other puppets is that they are controlled by strings that are handled from above. Czech puppet theatre very distinctively has almost succeeded in its effort to gain an equal standing alongside the other theatrical arts. Much of this is due to prominent status of Czech puppeteering because of it’s national affiliation.
The national revival and puppeteering in Czech lands continued almost alongside each other thereby becoming byproduct of each other. Marionette puppets of the persons involved in the revival period of Czech cultural and national identity are displayed in many shows in a very interesting and charismatic way. It has also been an important element of Czech folklore, where the amateur puppet movement earned it enormous respect in the Czech society.
Being a so well prized element of society, puppeteering has undergone many developments and improvements in the Czech Republic making it unique in the world. Prague is home to many marionette puppet theatres and shops in a large variety. Among the theatres, the important one is National Marionette Theatre, which showcases numerous companies to present their rich shows that span over many eras and characters.
Top 10 Sights Of Prague
Jewish Cemetery & Ghetto
John Lennon Wall
Old Town Square
Pissing Men Statues