Don't forget your camera and walk!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Exploring Prague on foot like i did, you must wear comfortable shoes. Remember; on foot you will take amazing pics of things in otherwise you will not notice.
Photo Equipment: Visiting Prague you certainty will not forget it anymore, but the best way to keep your memories is with beautiful photos. So don't forget your camera, you will have plenty of amazing buildings and views to capture.
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~ Take Layers of Clothes ~
Luggage and bags: I took a small suitcase with a handle to pull along as it was better than a huge backpack. Gaz took a bagpack and found it to be too heavy when walking around to get the metro and bus.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take layers of clothes as the weather is unpredictable, some days it was cold and windy then it would be sunny and warm. So make sure you take a warm jacket and layers underneath.
Photo Equipment: Take a good camera to get some nice photos of all the architecture and lovely buildings of Prague and nice views from the bridge and tower.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good pair of walking shoes is needed as you can spend many hours walking around the town.
Miscellaneous: A map of Prague is a must.... when we got hold of one we managed to find our hotel within 10 minutes.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well we visited towards the end of March 2004. The trip started off cold but blue-sky bright and by the last afternon we had a snow storm - you could hardly see the castle from the other end of Charles Bridge. Layers of clothes and a warm jacket are a good idea. I was really glad I had some gloves too.
Miscellaneous: At the bookshops in the main railway station in Frankfurt am Main there were dozens of guidebooks about Prague on sale, which is no wonder since Prague is a popular destination for German tourists.
After taking some time to look through all these books, I finally decided on this one from the Dumont publishing house because it was new (first edition 2011), had detailed maps and nice photos -- and because it was small enough to fit in my jacket pocket, which turned out to be very convenient.
I read most of it on the train and then found it quite useful during my stay in Prague.
The only real mistake I found was the usual one about the dress code for opera houses. The author claimed that to go to an opera, theater or concert in Prague you had to have an "elegant wardrobe, including a tie" and that this was obligatory even for tourists.
Actually, this only goes to show that the author has never been to an opera. While the opera and theater management would no doubt like to have people dress up a bit (see my tip called Dress appropriately for the theatre), the reality is that some people do and some don't. At an opera house nobody will be refused admission for wearing jeans or for not wearing a tie -- as can happen at some nightclubs, if I have been informed correctly.
Map of Prague
Miscellaneous: Take a free map of Prague at one of the Tourist Information Centres. The map includes the locations of the main sights and a plan of the public transport system (metro, tramway, bus).
Prague has a few Tourist Information Centres in the heart of the historical town. The Main Office is located at Celetna 14 and it is open daily from 8:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m.
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less is best
Luggage and bags: bring an extra bag to hold more when you go home!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: leave your good heals at home unless you plan on using a taxi. the cobblestones can ruin your heels.
also - for walking around all day - a comfortable pair of shoes means something like a pair of trainers with a good sole! much easier on the feet
winter - it gets cold and windy. scarves, gloves, hats - those small accessories that help keep the exposed parts warm...important.
summer wear - AC is rare, and when it gets hot, it's hot. so dress accordingly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: depending on where you stay determines the type of toilet paper you'll "experience" :-) hostels will use a very cheap, brown, harsh paper, where the nicer places will have softer, more comfortable paper. if you have a problem with that...bring your own!
medical - bring your own tylenol, ibp, etc...especially if you dont know language. here, you have to have a prescription for most everything...and you can't buy aspirin in the store. only in pharmacies. can be a hassle
Photo Equipment: if you like photography - bring your tripod to help you get the beautiful night shots.
prague is good about lighting up the historical buildings where they stand out against a night sky.
black and white alwasy makes for great pic here in prague!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: quite a few parks and hills you can hike around...so bring comfy shoes. --then again, comfy shoes are a must just to walk on cobblestone all the time!
Miscellaneous: bags - when walking around, i suggest a decent backpack that can hold water/snack, has inside pockets where you can hide wallet, money, etc. and also hold your maps, guide books or whatnots.
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Packing for cold weather
Luggage and bags: Have an over the shoulder bag for the day rather than a rucksack, it is a lot safer as the bag rests to the front of your body
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are essential as lots of walking is involved in trips to Prague. Lots of layers so that should the weather improve you can strip off. Always carry an umbrella as it can rain anytime.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film as it is expensive in Prague. Good internet cafes allow you to download and burn your digital photographs for a good price.
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Miscellaneous: To use your electric equipment in Czech Republic, you must have an adapter plug for European sockets. It can be purchased at Sports/Travel stores or online.
Gloves were a nice addition
Luggage and bags: I always pack way too much but I am glad for that in the end. That way you are always prepared. But pack for what you are going to wear or layer up in the winter. Most winter wear is bulky anyway and can be very nice to have on cold days.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: My trip to Prague was in March. It was quite cold still but that was atypical for them. Having a hat was nice and a scarf to keep the cold wind out. I would also suggest layers and warm coats. I didn't bring gloves with me. Mistake! I was glad to have bought some on our first day because they really came in handy.
Photo Equipment: I may suggest bringing some sort of lens cloth. There were many times I had to use a soft cloth to wipe off my lens during slight foggy and snow times.
Packing for Prague
Luggage and bags: Nothing unusual, we did just fine with wheeled luggage walking to our hotels from the metro
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes for walking on uneven payment and cobblestones, be prepared to walk a lot
The weather ranged from cool to really hot in the period of a week, I did just fine with short sleeved shirts and 1 long sleeved shirt to put over it
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Even the 4 star hotels had limited tolietries, you may want to bring your own shampoo, conditioner and bath gel if that's important to you
Luggage and bags: A bag which fits over the front of you is handy so that you can keep an eye on your valuables when in crowds.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfy shoes, it rained in June a little but was too warm for a raincoat so we used umberellas.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lip Balm....the sun is strong even when its raining!
Photo Equipment: Just bring tons of film, there is so much beauty to capture here.
Luggage and bags: Small backback for walking around, make sure its safe from pickpockets.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether you explore Prague by yourself or with a tour guide you need a good pair of walking shoes..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I found it difficult to find headache pills... mind you l should have not drank all that cheap Czech beer...
Photo Equipment: Lots of film or if you have a digital make sure you have at least 64mb.
Go well equipped for the cold!
Luggage and bags: A light backpack for during the day to carry your stuff, not many pickpockets around, but it's a city so you should still keep an eye out!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: My holiday to Prague was in March therefore temperature was around -6 deg cel & coming from a meditteranean island - I froze!! So take warm coats, scarves, mufflers & gloves - all a must! Also, definitely a good pair of walking shoes, to see Prague properly it's best to walk everywhere!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Readily available from supermarkets found all over the centre...They even have Tesco's!
Photo Equipment: Lots of camera shops everywhere for your film/developing requirements...
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: They have quite a few outdoor shops one good one is called HUDY SPORT in Old Town, who supply all sorts of outdoor gear, climbing accessories, pac macs and so on..
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes of course! Bring an umbrella too, because it tends to rain unexpectedly out of the blue sky, and you don't want to waste an entire day in your hotel room.
Miscellaneous: Also, bring your MAC card (best to stick with the big ones - Visa and MC) instead of traveler's checks. You will get a much better exchange rate, and this is so much more convienient! If you want to have one less worry on your head, invest in some kind of money belt. This will come in useful everywhere in Central and Eastern Europe, as there are lots of pick-pockets in the big cities. It's also good to hide your money and passport on the overnight trains. I didn't have a money belt, so I just stuck all my money and passport into the pillow case on which I was sleeping. No one was getting in there without my knowing about it.
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Fall packing list
Luggage and bags: Small backpack for extra shirt, guide book, water, and other things while walking around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring comfortable shoes, as this is a city that you want to discover on foot. I did about 7 hours of walking, for 4 days.
Some rain proof gear can come in handy if visiting in late November.
If you go in late November like I did, you may want to bring an umbrella. I would suggest dressing in layers as the temperature can change throughout the day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you like to drink beer, bring some asperin. The beer is great, and very cheap.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera with lots of memory space
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