In the airport terminal near the street exit there is an ATM that takes just about any card. I found it to have the best exchange rate, but it only gives you big bills. There is an exchange booth there too, but I would change only a small amount to get you going. There are ATM's throught Prague making it easy to get local currency at very good exchange rates. In general, I'd avoid the booths
Go to the Old Town Square,...
Go to the Old Town Square, continue through narrow old streets to the Charles Bridge, cross the bridge and go up the hill to the Prague Castle. Visit Vysehrad on the opposite river bank. There is a nice park with a great view on Prague. Time at the university.
Bring me back to Prague, Ol' St John!
The eight statue on the right side of Charles Bridge coming from the Old Town side, is probably the most famous among the lot in this famous bridge.
This is St. John Nepomuk, the court priest of the king, in his time. This statue features a plaque, with a picture of a man being thrown off the bridge, unfortunately that man was St. John Nepomuk himself. As legends says, he refused to reveal to the king the queen's confession, but some says the truth behind his unfortunate fate was, he invited a bishop to Prague, who was the king's enemy.
Its impossible to miss it anyway, as more or less you would see people gathered around it and touching those two plaques. The part of that plaque touched frequently looked nice and shiny. It is supposed to bring goodluck and will ensure your return to Prague.....( hurrah!! done that!!)
A few steps away from the statue, going towards Old Town, you will find a cross with 5 stars on the left parapet of the bridge. This was the exact point, where he was thrown in 1383, according to legend, the stars appeared the moment he touched the water. Here, you are supposed to touch the cross and stars with your left hand, and make a wish..........I knew it, i knew it, i was supposed to do something rather than just stare at that cross.......damn! i missed saying a wish!.....but i've touched the statue anyway.....So, i'll be back!
John McCrirrick eat your heart out!
The most famous horse race in the Czech Republic is the Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase - a sort of poor man's Grand National held at Pardubiche, west of Prague, in early October, but Prague itself has a Flat racecourse - Velka Chuchle - approx 10km south of the City Centre on the west bank of the Vltala. Entrance is 100 Crowns with a free bet. Racedays are held on Sunday's throughout the summer, first race is at 2pm.
I visited on 14th May 06, and found the track & facilities surprisingly good. Although the racecard (50kr) had no English translation it was easy enough to read & bets were easy to place (Tote) - Off to a flying start with the first winner, but from then on just like being at home - losers all the way, with the inevitable hard luck story (the banker bet in the big race the Czech 1000 Guineas, the ex - Irish High Reservation, was poorly ridden and got trapped on the fence, I also found out later that the jockey put up overweight as well) - where's the Morning Line when you need it!. The following Sunday top English Jockey Martin Dwyer took the spoils in the Czech 2000g riding another ex-irish horse De Roberto.
The turn-of-the-XX-century neighborhood to the East of the center is rather gritty. Above it towers the Zizkov hill with a monument to Zizka. The large concrete edifice behind it used to be a mausoleum of the deceased Communist leaders.
The view from here is unexceptional, blocked by trees, it is rather hard to get to, and the climb up can be time-consuming and exhausting. I suggest to pass.
Nearby there is a military museum with a T-34 tank in front and the city history museum. I would love to have visited them, but didn't have time. You can get a good view of the TV tower, which is stunning, and is perhaps the best example of modern architecture in Prague. I assume you can go up that tower for views also.