The Czech Republic, a country situated in Eastern Europe is highly frequented by travellers from around the world. Its capital city, Prague is known not just for its colourful streets and breathtaking architecture, but also for its rich backpacking culture. For the same reason, most travellers simply visit Prague and miss out on some really unique experiences that the country has to offer.
On my recent visit to Czech Republic, I had the opportunity to explore Prague and towns beyond Prague that surprisingly had a host of experiences for tourists to indulge in. If you're planning to unlock Europe this year, trust me and plan a visit to Czech. Here's a complete guide and itinerary that will help you plan your dream European trip.
Spending in Czech Republic
Before we get into the details of places to visit and activities to do in Czech, here’s an important factor that makes Czech an ideal gateway to Europe. You'll be surprised to know that 1 CZK = 3.1 INR only! Unlike other European countries that have a reputation of being notoriously expensive, spending in Czech is like spending in India. Thus, if you're a budget traveller, you can easily experience the best of Czech without spending atrocious amounts of money.
Now that we have that out of the way, here's the itinerary that you can follow to experience the best of Czech.
Day 1: Arrive in Prague
Prague's Václav Havel Airport is the gateway to Czech Republic. You can reach Prague easily since there are a number of flights from major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata that ply on this route. Please note that there are no direct flights to Prague, most flights have a layover in Dubai.
To Dubai: 4 - 4.5 hours
Dubai to Prague: Approx. 6 hrs 45 mins
Estimate cost: Rs 38,000 onward for a round trip
Once in Prague, check into your hotel or hostel. I stayed at Mama Shelter Prague which was a mid-range hotel that had a fantastic view of the city. Budget backpackers can have a look at Czech Inn or Hostel One Prague. Since you'll reach at night, it is best that you sleep off your tiredness so that you're refreshed to start exploring the next day.