Advance Planning

Three months before Book accommodation if visiting in high season. Check the Prague Spring or Dvořák Festival programs and book tickets.

One month before Reserve tables at top-end restaurants, and buy tickets online for weekend visits to Karlštejn Castle.

One week before Make Friday- or Saturday-night reservations for any restaurants you don't want to miss. Check website programs for art galleries, jazz clubs and music venues.

Resources

  • Living Prague (www.livingprague.com) Insider guide to the city by a British expat.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/prague) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
  • Prague Events Calendar (www.pragueeventscalendar.com) Covers music, entertainment, culture, sport etc.
  • Prague City Tourism (www.prague.eu) Official tourist information website.
  • CzechTourism (www.czechtourism.com) Official tourist information for the Czech Republic.
  • IDOS (http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz) Train and bus timetables, and fares for the Czech Republic.

Top tips

  • Plan your time. Although Prague’s public transport system is top-notch, criss-crossing the city will eat into your day. Choose just one or two neighbourhoods to explore in a single day.
  • Buy a map! It's easy to get lost in Prague's medieval maze of backstreets. Most bookshops sell excellent large-scale maps of the city centre (look for the Kartografie Praha brand) which include tram and bus info.
  • Sightsee by foot. Walking is one of the best ways to get around within each neighbourhood – it’s quick, free and provides the opportunity to explore hidden lanes and shops you might otherwise miss.
  • Try to visit the big-ticket sights early or late in the day to avoid the worst of the crowds.

What to Take

  • European two-pin electrical adapter. When there, consider buying a cheap extension cord with multiple sockets – lots of tourist accommodation is sadly lacking in electrical outlets.
  • Comfortable walking shoes – Prague is best appreciated on foot.
  • Umbrella and/or packable waterproof jacket.
  • A small day-pack (the smaller the better to avoid having to check it when visiting museums).

What to Wear

Most Praguers are pretty style-conscious and take pleasure in looking good. Folk here still dress up for dinner, and as for going to the opera in anything but your best, well, you must be a tourist.

Pack layers of clothing – Prague's weather can be fickle, with thunderstorms and cool spells even in summer. In spring and autumn, a light trench jacket and a small umbrella will mean you’re prepared for the odd shower. In winter, bring a warm coat, hat and gloves to ward off the sub-zero temperatures, and footwear that can cope with snow and ice.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company of your intended travel dates and destination.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Contact your cell-phone provider to inquire about roaming charges or getting an international plan.