What is the distance between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town square in Prague?

The Wenceslas Square and the Old Town square are very popular squares in the capital of the Czech Republic. They are also popular locations for the annual Christmas markets. But, what is the distance between the two squares? It is easy to walk from the Old Town square to the Wenceslas square on foot? Do you need to use public transportation to move between the squares?

If you haven’t been to Prague before, you might be nervous about the distances. Maybe you want to book a hotel located on the Wenceslas square, but you are worried that is will be far away from the Old Town square? Well, here we will give you the answers you have been looking for.

Map showing the walking distance between the Wenceslas Square and the Old Town square
Map showing the walking distance between Wenceslas Square and the Old Town square

The annual Christmas market has two main locations, the Wenceslas Square and the Old Town square. If you check the map above, you can see that it says the distance is 950 meters and that it should take approximately 10 minutes to walk the distance.

But, it is very important to notice that the final destination on the Wenceslas square is already far into the square. So, if we do the search again, but this time we only want to walk to the Merchants Crown Hotel. This is located at the very beginning of the Wenceslas square, the location of the square nearest to the Old Town Square.

Now the distance between the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square is only 500 meters.
Now the distance between the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas square is only 500 meters.

As you can see, the ideal distance is 500 meters. So, if you walk the shortest path between the two squares, it should take you about 6 minutes and a 500-meter walk to get from the one square to the other square. And then you can still walk for 6 minutes to get to the other and of the Wenceslas square, but at least you are there.

It can also be nice to know that the annual Christmas market at the Wenceslas square is arranged at the start of the square, the part closest to the Old Town square.


Other cool things to do in the area!

If you are in the area of the Wenceslas square, why not enjoy our authentic Czech Beer dinner which is arranged only a few hundred meters from the square? You can read more about the beer dinner here.

Another idea is to join in on a river cruise in Prague. The tours we can help you arrange have their pick-up point in Na Prikope (the street at the start of the Wenceslas square), meaning they are also very close to the Wenceslas square.

Look around in the Prague Guide and be inspired as you plan your trip to Prague!

Is Prague a dirty city?

Are you planning a trip to Prague, but you are worried about it being dirty? Have you heard people complaining about the city? What is the truth? Is Prague floating in garbage, or is it really a nice looking and clean city?

There are cities where you walk around and it almost feels as if you are walking on garbage. That might be especially true about Saturday and Sunday morning when the party people have thrown all their garbage on the streets the evening before. Other cities simply doesn’t have a well working litter removal policy, meaning that the garbage cans are packed and the garbage is floating on the street nearby the garbage cans, simply because they are full and people have nowhere else to throw the litter. But, what’s up with Prague? What should you expect in the Czech capital?

Is it much pollution and dirt in Prague?
Is it much pollution and dirt in Prague? Source: Pixabay

Prague and garbage

Many people think that Eastern Europe equals dirt and garbage. But, the fact is that it is often the very opposite that is the truth. How come? In rich nations and in popular nations, they do not really have to do anything, because the tourists will keep coming no matter what.

But, in cities like Prague and other cities in the Eastern Europe, there is a much bigger fight for the tourists. This isn’t only true about the cities themselves, but when you visit a restaurant you will experience the same. The quality and the look of the restaurants is often way cleaner, simply because there is a struggle to survive, and therefore, they feel the need of making it look nice and clean (including the bathrooms).

When you walk the streets of Prague, you will quickly discover that it is almost free of garbage. This has to do with people throwing less garbage on the streets, and also the fact that no garbage on the street makes people watch out so that they do not throw garbage on the street. It is strange, but that is how it works. If you have some garbage in your pocket and it falls on the street next to a cigarette and a chocolate paper, you will leave it there. But, if it falls out of your pocket to the street and it is completely clean, you will most likely pick it up and throw it in a garbage can on the next corner.

Once again – Is Prague a dirty city?

The answer is no! It is, in fact, the very opposite of dirty. Things are clean, the streets are clean, and it looks very nice no matter what time of the year you come. Even during the Christmas markets at the Old Town Square and at the Wenceslas square, they manage to keep the city clean and without much garbage falling to the street.

There is, of course, pollution in Prague. As a result, some of the buildings starts to look a bit dirty and black, even though they might have been shining and beautiful a few decades ago. That is natural and it comes with all the traffic and airport transfers bringing hundreds of thousands of people to and from the city center of Prague every single day.

But, for you as a tourist walking the streets of Prague, you shouldn’t have to suffer much because of pollution or garbage in the streets.

When it comes to the polluted buildings, there is a constant work on renewing and cleaning these buildings, giving them all back their former glory. Besides this, as more and more electric cards and hybrid cars are used in the Czech capital, there is a hope that things will look better and better for every year passing by.

For those worried about the quality of the air in Prague, there isn’t that much to worry about. Luckily, the Old Town is well sealed off from traffic, meaning that you will not bump into a lot of car traffic during your stay (hopefully). If you leave the old town, you will, but as long as you walk around in the walking area of the city, you should be safe!

Watching the Rugby World Cup in Prague!

We will be visiting Prague in September and October and come from England, the land of rugby enthusiasts. We are however afraid that since the Czech Republic will not play in the Rugby World Cup that it will be hard to see the matches. Have you got any advices?

It is true that rugby is a very “second-hand” sport in the Czech Republic and only a few people actually know that there is an upcoming rugby world cup in England this autumn. That is why you will not see the action on typical Czech television, but around in the city there are quite a lot of sportsbars and pubs and in these they often show live streams of sports events from English TV, so you should be able to find a place which will show the rugby world cup, even if you are in the Czech Republic and in Prague.

If this does not work, or if you want to watch it on your laptop, on your iPhone or maybe your Android device instead, then there is an easy way in which you can watch the rugby world cup online, and that is by using a VPN connection. You can read more about this and exactly how this works in this article written in the IP Address Guide.

For a full schedule of matches and which teams will play when, this article will give you more information.

We hope this answer has helped you, and do not forget to enjoy a nice river cruise, maybe a beer dinner and some real Czech goulash while in town!

Where to watch Ice Hockey World Championship online?

Ice hockey onlineIt is 2015 and soon it is time for the Ice Hockey World Championship 2015 to start. It will be arranged in the Czech Republic and in the cities of Prague and Ostrava, and if you want to know more about the World Championship in Ice Hockey we recommend our following article on the subject. The best is of course to come to either Prague or to Ostrava to watch the action, but if you are located somewhere else and want to follow the action, what can you do to watch the Ice Hockey World Championships online?

There are quite a lot of TV channels who will broadcast from the Ice Hockey World Championship online. The best way to watch the Ice Hockey World Championships online is by starting to get yourself a VPN subscription, because that will give you the chance to get IP addresses in different nations, which again will make it possible for you to watch the Ice Hockey World Championships online in different ways. We recommend using the VPN services of IPVanish for this purpose. Visit the IPVanish website here.

Now that this is in order what you can do is the following:

1) Visit Ceska Televizie, the Czech TV channel, and connect to a server in the Czech Republic with IPVanish. Once you get your Czech IP address you are ready to watch the Ice Hockey World Championships online on CTV in the Czech Republic. That is a free channel to watch, so you need no other subscription for this to work!

2) You can also watch it on NBC Sports in the United States with a US IP address or at Premier Sports in the United Kingdom with a UK IP address, but for all these options you need a special subscription to these TV channels in addition to the VPN subscription, so those are quite costly versions.

So, go ahead and sign up for IPVanish and watch the Ice Hockey World Championship online on Czech television, live from the Czech republic.

Which is the best beer in the Czech Republic?

Best Czech BeerEveryone knows the best beers can be found in the Czech Republic, but when you are on a holiday how to decide which is the best beer to try in the Czech Republic?

In this article you can read about the best beers you can find in the home of beers. The answer on this is not as easy as you would expect. The most popular beer in the Czech Republic is Gambrinus which has a 4.3% alcohol content. The other really popular beer in the Czech Republic is Kozel’s Medium which won the award for the best Czech beer in 2008 and it has 4.6% alcohol content. The third most popular beer of our list is Pilsner. It is also a Czech beer which is a type of pale lager. The beer was first produced in 1843, Pilsner has a brown golden colour and lighten flavour. The strength of the alcohol is between 4.5-5%. These are the most popular and most typical Czech beers but there are several other beer brands (Staropramen, Bernard, Budvar and so on) in the Czech Republic worth trying, so you should for sure not leave the Czech Republic thirsty after a holiday in Prague.

If you want to taste the strongest beer available in Prague, we recommend the following beer dinner as a great program!

If you want to know more on the pubs, programs and festivals in the Czech Republic check the following site for more information.

Which restaurants are open on 24th December in Prague?

Which restaurants are open on 24th December in Prague?

There are plenty of restaurants which are open on 24th December in Prague so here you can find the names of some of them! These are all restaurants with great quality, but do not forget that you will for sure need a table reservation to get a free table, so make sure to book your table as soon as possible if you want to visit any of these restaurants.

Bily Konicek (Staroměstské náměstí 548/20, 110 00 Praha – Staré Město, Czech Republic)

Bily Konicek (White Horse) restaurant is open on Christmas Eve. The restaurant is located in the heart of the city just right at the Old Town Square. The restaurant offers a wide range of various dishes and drinks from the best international to the most delicious Czech foods. The meals are prepared with the best quality ingredients and spices. The restaurant is open every day from 11 in the morning until 01.00.

Chagall’s Restaurant (Kozi 5, Old Town, Prague 1, Czech Republic)

Chagall’s Restaurant is also located in the centre of the city nearby to the Old Town Square. The restaurant only has international dishes from the best burgers through steaks and different pastas to desserts as well. All the dishes are for reasonable prices. The restaurant is open on 24th December from 11 in the morning until midnight.

Christmas Eve dinner in Prague
Como Restaurant is open on December 24th in Prague

COMO Restaurant (Václavské náměstí 818/45, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic)

COMO Restaurant is a nice and stylish restaurant located in the centre of Prague nearby to the Wenceslas Square. At the restaurant you can eat mostly Mediterranean dishes but you can also have some of the best and most delicious Czech foods as well and all this for friendly prices. The restaurant is open every day from 7.00 until 01.00. They have a special menu at Christmas Eve, and this you can find right here.

Do not forget that in addition to these restaurants, most nicer hotels have open restaurants, so that could also be an option. Enjoy your meal and we wish you a merry Christmas. If you want more information on the Christmas markets in Prague, you can find that here. If you plan on visiting Budapest you can also read more about restaurants open in Budapest on December 24th in this article.

Where to eat breakfast in Prague?

Prague is among the most visited cities in Europe and thousands and millions of people visits Prague every year. Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. In Prague there are a lot to do and the city offers a wide selection of programs and activities during the whole year.

It is a great tourist destination and it is also a perfect place for a romantic get away as well. In the city there are plenty of attractions, historical buildings and museums, restaurants and pubs to check out. In this article we will list some of the best places for breakfast in the Czech capital.

Bakeshop

The first place of our list is the Bakeshop. Bakeshop is absolutely one of the best places to have breakfast in the city during a holiday. The place offers breakfast, brunch, lunch, all kind of desserts and there is also a possibility to take away. The Bakeshop has a wide range of breads, prepared fresh salads, scrambled eggs and all kind of desserts as well. The place has no seats so you will have to eat on stools near to the window. The Bakeshop is located in the central of Prague which means it is always busy and crowded.

Bakeshop
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Bakeshop
Bakeshop

Bohemia Bagel Burger Bar Holesovice

Bohemia Bagel Burger Bar Holesovice is the second bar from our list which is also one of the most popular breakfast places in Prague. The Bohemia Bagel Burger Bar offers breakfast and brunch. The place offers a rich selection of the best sandwiches, home made chips and burgers with fries. At Bohemia Bagel you can have various burgers and freshly baked bagels filled with baked salmon, cream cheese red onions and so on and all this for a really reasonable price. At the bar you can also enjoy the best Czech beers.

Bohemia Bagel Burger Bar Holesovice
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Bohemia Bagel
Bohemia Bagel

Jan Paukert

Jan Paukert is buffet in Prague. The place is located in the heart of Prague near to the National Theatre and the place offers the best breakfasts, brunches and lunches. Jan Paukert has a wide selection of various, fresh and delicious sandwiches filled with roast beef, smoked salmon, ham, salami or egg. Each of the sandwiches and dishes are masterpieces. The bar also offers other traditional Czech dishes for breakfast along side with a wide selection of desserts and salads as well for fair prices. It is highly recommended for everyone.

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Jan Paukert
Jan Paukert

Erhartova Cukrarna

Erhartova Cukrarna is a small cafe in the central of Prague. This cafe offers a wide selection of the most delicious, freshly made cakes and all kind of pastries. It is the best place to get the most delicious cakes in the city for a really good and fair price. It is a perfect place to eat some cake and drink some coffee as a start of the day or during a sightseeing with the family. The Erthartova Cukrarna has a lovely atmosphere with simple retro interior which reminds of the old cafe houses. Erthartova Cukrarna is open from Sunday until Saturday every day from 9 in the morning until 6 in the evening.

Erhartova Cukrarna
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Breakfast in Prague
Erhart Cafe

These cafe houses and bars are among the best in Prague but there are several other places where you can have a breakfast in the city.

Hotels near O2 Arena in Prague

The O2 Arena is the biggest and most popular concert venue in all of the Czech Republic. It has space for more than 17,000 spectators, and if you want to know more about the O2 Arena, address, upcoming events and so on, you can read more about O2 Arena here.

If you are coming to Prague for a concert, sports event or some other thing going on in the O2 Arena, and want to live as close as possible to the venue, then this article is for you, because here we will tell you which are the hotels and apartments located within walking distance from the venue.

Best hotel near O2 Arena

If you want to live in the hotel which is the best near the O2 Arena, then you better go for and reserve a room in Hotel Carol, a three star hotel. Because of its located near the O2 Arena, it is quite far away from the city center, but with the metro which is located only some hundred meters away, you can easily get to the city center of Prague from here.

Often as you come to a new town for a concert, you come together with a group of friends or colleagues, and then an apartment can be very useful. If that is you, then there is a some very nice luxury apartments located just next to the O2 Arena in Prague as well. These have loads of space, nice furniture and if you come with many people it is much cheaper than to stay in a hotel. Read more about the Luxury Apartments by clicking the link.

Luxury Apartments near O2 Arena
Luxury Apartments near O2 Arena

A third option if you want to live in a three star hotel is the Hotel Inturprag. This hotels is only 300 meters distance from the O2 Arena, and it is a family run hotel. A nice option if you want to live with some stars, without to much luxury.

If you do not really care about the location, but all you want is luxury, then you can read about the best five star hotels in Prague in this article.

Hotels near CEZ Arena in Ostrava

I am going to CEZ Arena to watch hockey-matches in 2015. I am looking for a hotel very close to the arena. Can you please help me?

Thanks for asking. As you might know the CEZ Arena is the fourth largest hockey venue in Czech Republic. It has a capacity for more than 10,000 spectators, and it was originally built back in 1989. It is the homeground for HC Vitkovice today.

Hotels near CEZ Arena in Ostrava

If you want to live on a hotel near CEZ Arena in Ostrava, then there are a couple of hotels that can be found in less than 1km distance from the venue. The nearest place to accomodate near the venue is Hostel River, but it is worth noticing that this is just a hotel, and the quality and comfort comes thereafter.

The second closest hotel is 600 metres away from the CEZ Arena and the name is Hotel Morrison. This is a three star hotel, for sure not among the best, but if you do not require the best, this might still be more than good enough.

Pension Antica
Pension Antica

Then comes two more hotels just 100-200 metres further away than Hotel Morrison. These are both better, they have better ratings and more satisfied visitors, and those are Pension Antica and Hotel Victoria.

We hope this list of four hotels and pensions have helped you. If you want to live in the hotel said to be the best and with the most happy guests in Ostrava, then you should book a room in Mercure Ostrava Center, which is a very central hotel, though a little distance from the CEZ Arena, but with a taxi that can easily be done in not so many minutes.

How to watch the World Cup 2014 in Prague?

If you are coming to Prague in the coming month then you are probably curious to find out how to watch your favorite matches from the World Cup in Brazil while in the Czech Republic. There are several ways, and here you go!

The channel showing the World Cup matches in Czech Republic is CTV. That is an amazing channel, and in fact they have one of the best online coverages from the World Cup in the entire world, meaning that it is very easy for you to tune in to their website and watch all the matches online while in Prague. If you try to watch the matches from outside the Czech Republic on the CTV website it will though not work.

Ceska Televizie will also be available in your hotel room and wherever you go, meaning that you can watch all your favorite matches both in your hotelroom and also in restaurants and bars and pubs all across the Czech Republic. Unfortunately the Czech team will not be present in the World Cup, but some fantastic teams will be there, and probably you look just as much forward to some of the fantastic group stage matches as we do, such as the Spain – Netherlands match on June 13th, the England vs Italy match on June 14th and the Germany – Portugal match on June 16th. Full World Cup schedule can be found here.

Hope you will enjoy watching the World Cup matches while in Prague! If you have some free time between the matches, why not check out a Prague river cruise as well?