Prague can be a cheap city to spend your time in, but it can also be an expensive one. It all depends on what you do. You will find that you will be charged an entrance fee for many sights. Small amounts of money in most cases, nothing to worry about, but with so many things to do and see it can really add to the costs.
At first I thought Prague was taking advantage of tourists. Many touristic places do. Go to Amsterdam for some real rip-offs. Then a local VT-member explained the reasons to me. Like everywhere all these monuments need maintenance and the government only pays a small part of the costs. So there have to be other sources. Paying these small entrance fees helps preserving the beauty of Prague. And it pays off; it's not so long ago that a flood damaged many buildings in Prague, but you will have to look hard for traces!
Enjoy Your Views from Above
Those who visit Prague will likely turn away enchanted with its storybook medievalism and its Baroque and modern art-deco facades. The Old Town Square is a must on the hit list, but the views above the square are equally if not more enchanting than those obtained from the street below.
Phrases and some helpful information...
Pøíští zastávka: Námìstí Republiky
Next stop: Námìstí Republiky
May I help you?
Dám si jedno pivo prosím.
I'll have a beer please
In other way, the official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Crown ("koruna"), abbreviated as "".
1 crown consists of 100 hellers ("haler"), abbreviated as "hal.".
Coins: 10 hal., 20 hal., 50 hal., 1 Kc, 2 Kc, 5 Kc, 10 Kc, 20 Kc
Banknotes: 20 Kc, 50 Kc, 100 Kc, 200 Kc, 500 Kc, 1000 Kc, 2000 Kc, 5000 Kc
The Czech Republic is not part of the European Union yet, so the Euro (and also US dollars) is not in use here. Some shops, restaurants and hotels accept payments in Euro but with an inconvenient exchange rate so I suggest to change your Euros in the bank and pay for everything in Czech Crowns.
There is a cultural tradition in Prague: There is a plaque on the Charles Bridge with a picture of a man being thrown off the bridge. What is their story and why (if you noticed before) the people touch the plaque?
The statue represents Saint John of Nepomuk. He was the court priest of Wenceslas IV and was killed on the request of the king. Touching the statue is one of Prague's rituals and it is supposed to bring good luck and ensure that you will return to Prague soon. If you walk a few steps towards the Old Town from there, you can find a cross with five stars on the left parapet of the bridge. This is the exact point where the priest was thrown in the water and the legend says that stars appeared when he touched the water. Here you are supposed to touch the cross and the stars with your left hand and a wish you think of is supposed to come true.
Well, I have to say that I touched the plaque...so I'm waiting to visit Prague again....!
Day trip to Karloy Vary
Is a great place for a day trip. We booked our trip with martintours. The trip cost 1.500 crowns and included return trip by bus, lunch, guided visit to factory Moser, town center and bath in a pool´s spa. Further infomation on my Karlovy Vary page soom.
Es un lugar fantastico para ir una excursión de 1 día. El viaje lo reservamos con martintours. El viaje cuesta 1.500 coronas e incluye viaje ida y vuelta en autobus, visita guiada a la fabrica Moser, al centro de la ciudad, almuerzo y baño en una piscina de un spa. Mas información en mi pagina de Karlovy Vary muy pronto.
The Convent opposite the...
The Convent opposite the Castle has beautiful rose gardens and in the forest a miniture Eiffel tower which you can climb and see out onto the city of prague. Also in the convent grounds there are statues and paintings of the twelve stations of the cross