PRAGUE IS THE BEST COUNTRY TO VISIT!!! (Obviously you are going to think I am biased because I lived there for 6 months but it is true) Not only is Prague filled with amazing architecture, food, wine, history and some of the best clubbing in Europe but, it is a centrally located country making it very easy to get to and from (and it is cheap as hell….)
Getting there: Flights to Prague from the US can range from $900- $1,500 depending on what time of year you are planning to visit. I would suggest booking a direct flight to Stockholm through Norwegian ($500)and flying to Prague from there. Prague is beautiful any time of year but, the best times to visit Prague are September (Grape Harvest) or December (Christmas Markets).
Stay: I would suggest Mosaic House if you are traveling alone. If you are traveling with a group I would suggest booking an Airbnb, they are extremely cheap and in the best locations. You can find multiple bedroom apartments in Old Town Square, near the Charles Bridge or near the Castle for great prices!
Transportation: If you are arriving to the Prague Airport you can easily take a taxi cab (arrange ahead of time for cheaper rates) or 2 buses to the city center. Exit the airport and take bus 119 (Dejvicka) to the last stop and transfer to the metro. BUY A TICKET – if you are caught without one you will be fined (this happens often). This is the end of the Metro line so you will only be able to travel in one direction to the city center. The most popular destinations are Mustek (Wenceslas Square), Staromestska (Old Town Square) and Florenc (next to main bus station). Once you are in the city center the Metro is VERY easy to learn. There are 3 trains (red, green and yellow) and they connect in 3 central stations. Click here for the map.
September: If you are traveling to Prague in September make sure to look up the dates of the “Wine festival of Prague Castle”. This festival is held at the Prague Castle and costs around 80 korunas for entry and tasting glass ($4 USD) You can also purchase Burcak which is only available for a few weeks in September. Burcak is somewhere between wine and grape juice – it tastes like juice but gets you dangerously drunk.
Day 1: Your first day should be spent czeching out the Charles Bridge (which has the best view of the castle) and the Lennon Wall. Take the green metro to the Staromestka stop and follow the river to the bridge. The first picture above is what the entrance to the Charles Bridge looks like. Look for the statue pictured above and touch the falling priest – it is supposed to bring good luck and ensure your return to Prague. At the end of the bridge there will be a staircase on the left that will lead to the Lennon wall. On the way to the wall you will pass a bar that serves beer to-go (you should probably stop there) and a love lock bridge. The Lennon Wall was one of my favorite places to visit in Prague, every day the wall looks different! Eat: Kampa Park (Expensive restaurant but located on the water and has an amazing menu, last picture above is the view of the Charles Bridge from Kampa)
Day 2: Explore Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square. Take the Green Line Metro to Muzeum, there you will find the National Museum. On the opposite side of Wenceslas Square will be the street to Old Town Square. You will find plenty of souvenir shopping along the way. Eat: Smazeny Syr or Sausages from the street booths in Wenceslas Square. Follow the street to Old Town Square and there you will find the Astronomical Clock Tower and the Church or Our Lady before Tyn. If you are traveling at the end of November or in December you will also see the Christmas Market! Going out: There are plenty of rowdy bars to choose from in Prague (Harley’s, M1, Chateu Rouge, Dejavu, Radost, Misch Masch, Sasazu, Mecca) I would suggest doing the Drunken Monkey Pub Crawl – it is around $20 and you get to drink open bar at the Drunken Monkey and a welcome drink at every bar you go to.
Day 4: Tour the castle! You can book a tour here. I spent plenty of time on the Castle Grounds but I never did a guided tour and I regret that so book it!! Going out: Visit The PUB, each table has it’s own keg in the middle and they charge you by the ounce!
Day 3: Check out the times for the Prague Boat Cruises – book a cruise for your 3rd day, we did the dinner cruise. During the day check out the Tančící dům or Dancing House (it is located on the river) and also head to the Beer Garden at the Metronome (the best view of Prague!) Eat: If you decide not to do the dinner cruise look for a restaurant that serves “goulash and knedliky” Going out: One of the most well known clubs in Central Europe (and one of the most touristy) is the 5 Story Club – literally 5 stories with an ice bar on the top floor.
Cesky Krumlov: GO HERE, cut out a day in Prague and go here! This is my favorite place in Europe. Book tour here.
Kutna Hora: Book a tour here. There is a chapel made completely of human remains and you can go silver mining (do not do this if you are claustrophobic!! )
Glass Blowing & Pilsner Urquell Brewery: Book at tour here to learn how glass and beer are made! Eat: At the restaurant at the brewery!