Recommendations for those coming to the Christmas markets in Prague

Are you planning to visit Prague and the beautiful Christmas markets this year? Here are some pieces of advice and recommendations that will help you enjoy Prague even more!

You might not find all the advises suiting you, but there will for sure be some of them that will inspire you or help you in the planning process.

If you have further advice to share or maybe a question, use the comment field at the bottom of this article.

Recommendations to those visiting the Christmas markets in Prague

Recommendations to those visiting the Christmas markets in Prague – By Jiri Foltyn / Shutterstock

Prague Christmas market recommendations

1) Live in the center of Prague

Prague is a big city, and it is a city with hotels and apartments spread around here and there. You might be tempted as you do your booking to reserve space in a cheap hotel. That might be reasonable, but do not forget that if you book a cheap hotel far outside the city center, you will most likely spend the saved amount on cabs and public transportation traveling between the city center and your hotel. And let us not forget, you will also lose valuable time that could be spent doing Christmas market shopping.

If you want to live in a hotel in the heart of Prague, close to the Christmas markets at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square, these are hotels you should consider: Hotel Rott, Hotel Melantrich, or Hilton Old Town hotel.

2) Use the local currency

It might be tempting to pay with Euro as it is a currency easier to understand and grasp than the Czech Koruna. But, if you decide to pay with Euro at the Christmas markets and in stores around Prague, you will soon discover that you pay more than you would have if you had used the local currency. As a result, we recommend everyone to pay with card or with the local currency. You can not pay with VISA/MasterCard at many of the stands at the Christmas markets, so when cash is needed, use CZK instead of Euro. The easiest way to get hold of the local currency is by using an ATM. If you decide to use an exchange office instead, we recommend that you compare 2-3 offices and do the exchange at the one with the best rates.

Prague is beautiful before Christmas

Prague is beautiful before Christmas -By Kajano / Shutterstock

3) Do not travel with hand luggage only

We live in a time where we save money by not paying for checked in luggage on our flights. That is fantastic and good, but you will suffer if you come to Prague without any checked in luggage. Well, you do not need checked-in luggage as you come to Prague, but you will for sure want to have checked in luggage on your return. At the Christmas markets and in the local stores you will find lots of products that you want to bring home. Maybe you want to bring samples of Czech beers? You cannot bring those with you in a hand-luggage! If you decide to buy clothes, bags or maybe some sausage or other cool products, you need the extra space! Take this into consideration as you plan your trip to the Christmas markets in Prague!

4) Arrive with style

Would you like to arrive in Prague with style? Do you want to check in at your hotel as soon as possible? Let us take care of your airport transfer! We can arrange for a normal cab to pick you up at the airport, or we can arrange with a limousine to pick you up. Both transfer types are great, but if you want real Christmas style and make the transfer an experience, you will never forget, the limo transfer is a big hit.

You can read more about airport transfers in Prague right here.

5) Taste things you haven’t eaten before

Life is only as interesting and exciting as we make it. Do not be boring, but open up your mouth to new tastes as you come to Prague. At the Christmas markets, you will find lots of tasty meat, sausages, and sweets. Why not taste them all? Do not eat all the traditional and safe food, but experience tastes and food that you haven’t seen, smelled or tasted before. We believe you will be surprised as you discover that the stuff you haven’t tasted before is really tasty, and you might want to repeat the success day after day at the Christmas markets in Prague.

6) Book the most important activities right away

Tens of thousands of people come to Prague for the sole reason of enjoying the Christmas markets. These people all spend several hours at the Christmas markets, but they also spend time enjoying programs such as river cruises, guided tours, excursions and fine dining at restaurants all around Prague. With such an invasion of tourists, you will often find restaurants to be packed, and it can be hard to find free tables. As a consequence, we recommend that you book the most important activities, events and tables as early as possible. Would you like to go on a river cruise while in Prague for the Christmas markets? Read more about

7) Stay warm

You might be at the most wonderful place on planet, but if you are freezing, you will not have a good time no matter what. When you come to Prague in December you should be prepared for cold temperatures, a cold wind and maybe some snow. If you get a combination of all three at the same time, you are likely to feel very cold, at least if you did not follow this advice: Bring warm clothes with you to Prague! You can not enjoy the Christmas markets in Prague if you are freezing. You should rather bring to much warm clothes. Some ladies will on purpose bring to little, giving them an excuse to do some extra shopping, but if you want to avoid those bonus visits to the fashion stores in Prague, bring clothes with you from home!

Christmas markets in Prague

Do not miss out on the Christmas market at the Old Town Square – By S-F / Shutterstock

8) Watch out for your belongings

The Old Town Square is often packed with people, and where there are crowds, there are thieves. It isn’t very often you will bump into pick-pockets in Prague, but it happens from time to time, and it can totally destroy your day if you are the unlucky person. Therefore, take care of your belongings and you will have no trouble with pick-pockets as you visit the Christmas markets in Prague or the other popular areas in town.

9) Discover some new areas in Prague

Those who have been to Prague several times might look for inspiration for new programs. Read our article on hidden gems in Prague for you to discover, and you might get some good ideas.

10) Have you got some recommendations and good advice?

Have you been to the Christmas markets in Prague and tasted something you want to recommend to everyone else? Did you experience something you want to tell the world about? Use the comment field beneath to share your thoughts, experiences or to ask your questions!

Beer trip to Kozel from Prague

Have you heard about the beer from Kozel? The Kozel beer is exported to lots of nations worldwide, and it is easy to understand why you are eager to visit the homeplace of this fantastic beer.

Kozel Beer

The Kozel brewery is located in Velke Popovice, a city only 25km from the heart of Prague. For that reason, you can easily do a trip to the brewery and taste some unfiltered beer, and continue with your program in Prague both before and after the program. Does it sound cool?

Prague Christmas Market 2017

The dates for the Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague are official. Come to Prague between December 2nd, 2017 and January 6th, 2018 to experience the fantastic atmosphere and delightful smells of one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

I can almost feel the smell of Christmas and traditional Czech sausages in my nose as I write this article. The magnificent Christmas market at the Old Town Square in Prague is significant to get the Christmas atmosphere into the body. So, why don’t you start planning your Christmas trip to Prague already?

Christmas Market in Prague 2017

Christmas Market in Prague 2017 – By Kajano / Shutterstock

Some people complain and ask why they decide to open the market that late in Prague? It is tradition again. Sometimes they open smaller markets in part earlier, but in general, the big Christmas market at the Old Town Square opens four Sundays before Christmas. You can read more general information about the Christmas markets in Prague in this article.

Christmas markets in Prague 2017

December 2nd, 2017 – January 6th, 2018

Other cool programs in Prague?

Do not forget to book a beer dinner in Prague, a river cruise or maybe a guided tour? You can read more about these and lots of other fantastic Prague programs here in our Prague Guide. And do not waste time at the airport after arrival. Order your airport transfer in Prague through us to get to your hotel as soon as possible, and then to the Christmas market!

 

What is the distance from Prague Airport to downtown Prague?

Václav Havel Airport is the official name of the airport in Prague. It is located within the city borders, but still outside the heart of the city. What is the distance between the airport and downtown Prague?

The official airport in Prague is enjoying more and more passengers every single year. It is expected to surpass a total of 15,000,000 passengers in 2017, and that number will just keep on growing in 2018 as well. According to Wikipedia, it is located about 12 km outside the city center of Prague.  If you do a cross-check on Google Maps, you will, however, see that the real distance between Prague Airport and downtown Prague (the Old Town square) is rather 16-17km. That isn’t much of a distance either, at least not compared to the Ciampino Airport in Rome which is 30km outside the city center. If you compare it with Stansted Airport in London, then it is like a dream (as Stansted is located more than 60km outside London).

from Prague airport to city-center of Prague

How much time does the ride take from Prague Airport to downtown?

If you jump in a taxi (or book an airport transfer with us), then the travel time should be quick. Depending on the location of your hotel or apartment, you should, however, calculate a travel time of 25-40 minutes. It might be quicker sometimes, but in general, it takes between 25-40 minutes.

Want to use public transportation to get from the airport to downtown?

You can also travel with public transportation from Prague Airport to downtown. You can then first travel by bus 119 to the stop  Nádraží Veleslavín (7 stops). There you will jump on the tram which will take you to Staroměstská which is in the city center of Prague. From there you just walk on to wherever you want to be downtown Prague.

What to do when you arrive in Prague?

When you get to Prague downtown, there are millions of things to do. You can read around in our Prague Guide to find ideas and inspiration. Some of the most popular programs in Prague are for sure the river cruises, the guided tour and of course shopping. We hope you will find inspiration as you read, and we wish you a fantastic stay in Prague.

 

Hidden gems in Prague to discover on your next visit

Have you been to Prague several times? Have you seen the Charles Bridge, the Vitus Cathedral and the Astronomical clock several times? Would you like to discover something new?

Prague is a magnificent city, with some magnificent attractions. If you have not visited the town yet, you should of course discover the main attractions of the city first, like the Charles Bridge, the Vitus Cathedral, the Astronomical clock and some more sights. Are you among those people who have already seen these sights, and now long for more? Here we will present to you 10 hidden gems in Prague that you might want to discover during your next trip to the beautiful city.

Nine hidden gems in Prague

 

Divoká Šárka

This is a beautiful area outside the main city of Prague. The area is special for several reasons, but first of all, because of its canyon (gorge). It is named after a warrior named Sarka, who is supposed to have thrown herself into this after she had betrayed her lover Ctirad. In the area, you might also see black woodpeckers. Would you like to take a swim, then you can do so in the outdoor pool.

Divoka Sarka

Divoka Sarka

How can you get to Divoka Sarka? You can travel with the metro to the stop Dejvicka, and from there travel on with bus 119 to Divoka Sarka. You might also travel with tramline 20 or 26 to the stop Divoka Sarka.

John Lennon Wall

Are you fond of graffiti? If your answer is yes, then you should head to the John Lennon Wall which is located in the castle area. Here local people add their paintings and art, and whenever you come, you will see a wall heavily decorated. It is well worth looking at, and it can be found in the street named Velkopřevorské náměstí, very close to the Prague Gallery.

John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall in Prague

Sapa Vietnamese Market

Would you like to do some authentic Vietnamese shopping while in Prague? This is not important on your first trip to Prague, but if you have seen all the important attractions of Prague, this is a cool add-on program. To get to the Vietnamese market, you can travel with metro to the stop Kačerov, and from there you travel with bus 113 to the stop Sídliště Písnice. Another option is to travel with bus 197 from Smíchovské Nádraží (a bus station) to Sídliště Písnice. The place is open every day from 8.00 to 18.00. The exact address of the place is Libušská 319/126 (in the fourth district of Prague). Here you can buy both souvenirs and groceries. Should you get hungry, then there are also places where you can buy some nice Vietnamese food for lunch.

Sapa Market Prague

Sapa Market Prague

Prague metronome

This is a giant monument that was raised in 1991. Earlier a giant Joseph Stalin statue had been on the same spot, but that was destroyed in 1962, and until 1991 the area was left empty. Now this is a place where you can enjoy the beautiful panorama of Prague. If you walk on the other side of the river, you can enjoy the view towards the metronome from lots of spots in Prague.

Praha metronom

Prague Metronome

Love locks

The love locks are popular all across the world, and you will find examples of those in Prague as well. There is a small pedestrian bridge close to the John Lennon Wall, and there you will find thousands of these locks. In recent time people have also started with love locks at the Charles Bridge, but the local community really do not like it, and try to remove those. The love locks unfortunately endanger the bridges with their weight, and it would be terrible to see beautiful bridges be destroyed because of love locks. If you come to Prague, feel free to look, but please do not add new locks!

Discover the works of David Cerny

David Cerny is a fantastic artist, and while in Prague, it is recommend discovering his works. Most of these can be discovered here and there while walking around town. David Cerny created three babies climbing the walls of the Zizkov TV tower, which you can see on your trip to the TV tower. During your stay, you will also visit the Wenceslas square, and there you should visit the Lucerna Music Bar. Inside the building, you will find a room in which St. Vitus is riding his horse. It might not sound very special, but the fact that the horse is upside down, will for sure catch your attention.

If you decide to join us for a beer dinner in the street Na Perstyne, you can enjoy another statue. To discover it you will have to look upwards, and you will then discover a man hanging from the roof. The guy is Sigmund Freud, and this is one of the most popular and bizarre works of David Cerny in Prague.

david cerny guide

Where to find the works of David Cerny in Prague – From TerraNovaMag

Would you like to know more about David Cerny and his sculptures in Prague? We recommend that you read this article.

The Magical Cavern

Are you tired of all the traditional art galleries? Why not visit the Magical Cavern in Prague. The artist Reon Argondian decided to make his home his gallery. It is an old mill, which has now become the home of the Kingdom of Argondia. Every wall in this former mill are covered with paintings and sculptures, and if you take a look at the picture beneath you will get a feeling about this place.

The Magical Cavern is located at the Petrin Hill, and the exact address is Petřínské sady 417/5.

Visit the Magical Cavern in Prague

Visit the Magical Cavern in Prague

The Zizkov Tower

We have already mentioned the three babies climbing Zizkov tower. If those do not interest you, then you should simply visit the Zizkov tower because it is interesting. The Zizkov tower gives you a splendid view of Prague, and is probably the best panorama spot of the city. As a result people come here from morning till evening to enjoy the view, but also to enjoy a delicious meal. The restaurant in the tower is known for high quality, and if you want even more luxury, then there is a luxury hotel room (one room only) available in the tower. The entrance fee for an adult is 230 CZK.

At their very own website the Zizkov tower boosts in the following three “awards”:

  • Highest building in Czech Republic
  • The highest observatory in Czech Republic
  • The second ugliest building in the world

To get to the tower, travel with metro line A to Jiriho z Podebrad and enjoy the five minute walk from there.

Prague TV Tower

The second ugliest building in the world?

Visit an art cinema (Bio Oko or Kino Aero)

Prague has some very special cinemas, better known as art cinemas. Here you sit in very different chairs, and the very feeling of it all is old school. They normally have quite a lot of performances available in English, so you should be able to understand what you are actually watching.

The address of Bio Oki is Františka Křížka 15 (seventh district). The address of Kino Aero is Biskupcova 31 (in the third district).

What about using a bicycle while watching the movie?

What about using a bicycle while watching the movie?

Are you ready to discover the hidden beauties of Prague?

These were some hidden gems in Prague. We believe you will be delighted to discover all or some of them. If you have questions related to any of the places mentioned, or maybe want to share some feedback or recommend other hidden gems, use the comment field beneath.

Did you find this article interesting or useful? Why not share it on Facebook or Twitter, to let even more people know about these beauties awaiting you in Prague?

 

 

 

Andrea Bocelli concert in Prague 2018

Andrea Bocelli live in PragueWant to combine a trip to Prague in May with the annual Marathon, the annual Beer festival and an Andrea Bocelli concert? Sounds like a treat, doesn’t it?

We do not have the dates for the Czech Beer festival yet in 2018, but it will probably be arranged around this period. The annual Wolkswagen Prague Marathon will be arranged one week earlier, meaning that you have time to relax and regain your strength before sitting down to listen to the beautiful tones coming from the mouth of Andrea Bocelli.

In May there are lots of things happening in Prague, so hurry up and do the preparations already. Why not book a nice hotel, reserve a river cruise and set the time for a romantic beer dinner? We can help you out with these and other programs.

Andrea Bocelli Prague 2018

O2 Arena
May 12th, 20.00

Tickets: Viagogo

If you press the ticket link above, do a quick search for Andrea Bocelli. You will then find tickets for all his concerts around the world in 2018, and you can buy tickets for the events that you want to attend. For more information about events taking place in other cities around Europe, visit www.worldcityguides.net.

We wish you a pleasant stay in Prague!

Laver Cup (Tennis)

Laver CupNamed after the famous Rod Laver, the Laver Cup in tennis will be arranged for the first time in 2017. It will be held in Prague and the O2 Arena this year.

The plan with the tournament is that it will be arranged every year, except from the years in which the Summer Olympics are arranged. It will be held two weeks after the US Open, and there will be a total of 12 participants, 6 from Europe and 6 from the rest of the world.

The captains of the two teams are Bjorn Borg (Europe) and John McEnroe (rest of the world). Since this year will be the first year arranging the Laver Cup one can expect even some great names to take part in the cup, and one name that for sure will be there is Rafael Nadal.

Laver Cup will be arranged in the O2 Arena between September 22nd and September 24th. If you want to be there, then you can buy tickets from Viagogo .

For more information about other events and programs in Prague read on in our Prague Guide. To make sure that a driver will wait for you upon arrival, book a Prague airport transfer today. If you are afraid of dehydration, book a beer dinner today instead!

Day trip to Berlin, Bratislava, Dresden or Vienna from Prague? We can fix it!

Would you like to discover one of the beautiful cities of Berlin, Bratislava, Dresden or Vienna during your stay in Prague? We can help you fix it. Book a personal driver who will take you to the city you desire to visit and enjoy a day discovering even more than just the city of Prague.

Day excursion to Vienna from Prague

Want to do a day trip to Vienna from Prague? Mapics / Shutterstock

Prague is a magnificent city, and it is very centrally located in Europe. For that reason it is perfect to come and visit Prague over and over again. And due to its nice geographical location, it is very easy to visit other great cities in the European Union on day trips from Prague.

Here are some interesting facts that you might find interesting:

  • The distance between Prague and Berlin is only 350km and it can be covered in less than 4 hours.
  • Bratislava is less than 330km from Prague, meaning that you need less than 3,5 hours to get there.
  • Dresden is only 150km from Prague, making it almost a neighbor city which can be reached in less than 2 hours.
  • Vienna is about 300km from Prague and can be reached in about 3,5 hours as well.

Would you like to discover one of these cities during your stay in Prague? Or maybe you want to stay inside the Czech Republic and visit Cesky Krumlov or Brno instead? We can help you out with day trips to those cities as well.

You can read more about these trips, prices and much more at our site for day excursions from Prague.

Want a limousine airport transfer in Prague?

limousine airport transfer pragueWe have offered airport transfers in Prague for a long time, but just now we broadened our offer, meaning that we can also arrange with a limousine airport transfer for those wanting the little extra!

We are in a really great mood today. Not only did we make our services bigger, but we also lowered the prices on the normal airport transfer. You heard us right, we lowered the prices. For a normal airport transfer for 1-4 persons the price was just lowered from 900 CZK to 795 CZK, meaning that more money is left for you to enjoy your stay in Prague afterwards.  And if you look for activities and ideas for what to do in Prague, look around in our Prague Guide where you can read about river cruises, beer dinners and interesting excursions.

If you want a limousine to wait for you at the airport, then you can choose between a Lincoln limousine or a Hummer. These are both fantastic and will give you and your travel mates a fantastic start on your trip. Read more about the airport transfers in Prague right here.

 

A fantastic May month in Prague

May is one of the most fantastic months every year. The temperatures get better and better, and it is a month with lots of events taking place in Prague.

The information given in the start of this article is true mostly every year. But, in 2017 May seems to become an even better month than normal. There will be lots of events taking place in Prague, and starting in only two days from now with the annual Prague marathon. You can read more about this and other events in Prague here in the Prague Guide.

A few days after the Prague Marathon, a fantastic artist will come to town. His name is Andre Rieu, and fans of classical music will for sure enjoy his concert in the O2 Arena.

Prague in May 2017

Prague in May 2017

After Andre Rieu has been to the O2 Arena, Lord of the Dance will perform with their Dangerous Games program. And the people of Prague only need to sleep once before it is time for the worlds most famous circus performance, Cirque du Soleil, to come to Prague. They will perform several nights in Prague, but on May 22nd it is stop, because then Deep Purple will take control over the O2 Arena as they have their concert there. Two days after that Depeche mode will have a fantastic concert in Prague, and then the month will end with several Rammstein concerts.

If you want to buy a ticket for any of these or some other Prague event, visit Viagogo.

If you want help with a river cruise, a beer dinner or some other program in Prague during this period, hurry up and do your booking today! Read more and book such programs here in our Prague Guide.

That ain’t everything!

So far we have only mentioned concerts and events, and a marathon, but let us not forget that May is the month for the annual Czech beer festival in Prague. This event lasts for 2 1/2 week every year in May, so do not miss out on in if you are a fan of Prague, the Czech Republic and of beer.

Do you have any other programs you would recommend to people coming to Prague in May? Write a comment!