We had our train at 6 AM to Salzburg. Left our apartment at 5:15 AM and 15 minutes’ walk later we reached Praha hl., the main railway station.
Recommendations and Tips:
• Discovery tours offer free guided walking tours at various time slots each day which lasts for 3 hours. I highly recommend going for them on the day of your arrival as they are quite informative in terms of history and legend behind important places of interest, restaurants, local cuisines, etc. Check for their timings before planning your itinerary.
• Try including Karlovy Vary. It’s a small town near Prague having picturesque valley landscapes
• Two entire days are enough to see all places of interest in Prague and 1 day extra in case you want to go for Skydiving or Karlovy Vary
• Use Google maps for navigating by any mode of transportation. It has all bus/metro/tram routes
• Entry to all churches and monuments is not allowed post 6 PM so plan accordingly
• There is lot of scam around currency exchange. Lot of shopkeepers will either charge higher commission or give lesser CZK for 1 euro. Therefore, check current exchange rate and exchange your euros only at those places which offers you the best rate. Don’t exchange at railway stations/airports or the touristy places as they tend to charge higher
• Better get CZK currency since a lot of restaurants, ticket counters at Metro and monuments/churches do not accept euros
• We found Wenceslas Square a good destination for shopping and a few shops in Old Town like Manufaktura.
• You can watch Honest Prague Guide videos on Youtube for more information on Prague
• We found locals to be very rude and not at all helpful. Therefore, it is better to ask fellow tourists for any information
• Some more interesting places we missed exploring in Prague:
o Sex Machines Museum in Old town – I have never seen something like this in India and from its appearance in ground floor it seemed quite interesting.
o Spider Bar in old town – The ambiance is of old world cave serving wines and beers with swordsmen, jugglers, and belly dancers to entertain
o National Library (Clementinum) and National Theater (Rudolfinum) - We had seen their counterparts in Vienna which were simply amazing so we don’t regret much on missing these out.
o The Absinthe Shop & Pub in old town and Malastrana
o Vysehrad castle which is easily accessible by metro
o The Beer Factory in Lesser town
Read on the following travelogues to know more about rest of our trip in Eastern Europe
Salzburg, Hallstatt, Innsbruck