Czech Republic

Capital of the Czech Republic and the only stop for most travellers who visit the country, Prague is divided by the Vltava River and hosts over 5 million tourists each year. Although Prague might go under the radar for a lot of tourists visiting Europe, this buzzing city has the lowest rate of unemployment in the whole EU and the entire historic centre has been classified a Unesco World Heritage Site. This often under rated city is definitely worth the trip.

Arrivals

Follow The Gap Map itinerary and get to the Czech Republic from Munich. Buses are usually the most efficient way to get from Munich to Prague and they take around 6 hours direct. Trains to Prague require a number of changes and actually takes longer.

Czech Transport have direct buses with tickets priced between 15 and 30 Euro depending on demand. See offers here.

Eurolines buses are generally priced around 23 Euro but often have promotion prices. See offers here

Student Agency buses can often be the cheapest option however their online booking system is not the easiest to navigate. See the instructions here.

Flixbus is usually the most expensive but if you are lucky to book a promotion price it can be as cheap as 5 Euro. Check prices here

Highlights

The Charles Bridge is one of the most popular sites in the city. It has been transporting people from one side of the river to the other since the beginning of the 15th century. Its arches and statues that line the walk way make this bridge unique and offers beautiful views down the river. During the day there are often entertainers and people selling souvenirs on the bridge.

Old Town Square is the main square in the historic centre. The large square features gothic architecture, a town hall, statues and most importantly the famous medieval astronomical clock. This clock dates back to 1410 making it the oldest operating clock in the world. Be there on the hour when the clock strikes and the twelve apostle figurines walk by the window above the dial. Get there a few minutes early so you have a good view because lots of tourists gather here to see the show.

Prague Castle is considered to be the worlds largest castle and is now home to the president of the Czech Republic. It was first constructed in the year 870 and inside its walls still lies the Bohemian Crown Jewels. You can visit the castle and have tours through its gardens and interior. Ticket prices vary depending on how much of the castle you want to gain access to. See prices here and directions here.

The Jewish Quarter of the city is referred to as Josefov and is located in the historic centre between the Old Town Square and the river. Here you can find many Jewish monuments and flags bearing the Star of David. At one point in time, this was the only area of the city where jews were permitted to live.

Petřín is a large hill in the city centre that is covered by parks where locals and tourists go to relax, play sport and go running. Get lost in the mirror maze or visit the old Church of Saint Michael. There is also a look out tower that closely resembles the Eiffle tower. If your legs are up to it you can climb to the top for a panoramic view of the city.

The John Lennon Wall was once a plain brick surface until his murder in 1980 when young Czech artists expressed their grievances by graffitiing his Beatles song lyrics on this wall along with a portrait of the man himself. There were many attempts by the government to cover up the colourful mural but the public would not rest until the tribute remained.
Velkopřevorské náměstí

Stay

Plus Prague is well priced considering the experience that it offers. It aims to offer a ‘luxury’ hostel experience with dorm rooms that start at 17 Euros (sometimes with earlybird discounts for just 9 Euro) and you have access to an indoor pool and sauna as well as hair dryers and complimentary cosmetic bags for female dorms. There is 24 hour reception, on site bar and restaurant, free wifi and extra nice bedding. For more info see the hostel tip post on the blog.
Privozni, Prague, Czech Republic
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Saint Christophers Inn, known here as Czech Inn has a similar concept in providing ‘affordable luxury’ with dorm rooms that feel more like hotel rooms for around 20 Euro. There is an all you can eat breakfast buffet for 5 Euro (which is a good option if you want to discreetly pack some extras for lunch), free wifi and an onsite bar/cafe. The common rooms are spacious with a hotel lobby feel and the bathrooms have rain showers. If you need a break from the hostel scene then this is a good compromise.
Francouzská 76, 101 00, Praha, Czech Republic
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Eat

U Medvidku is where to go if you want to try traditional Czech cuisine. Note that there aren’t many vegetarian options but meat lovers will have a field day with everything from knuckles to tongues. The dishes are so affordable that most mains will only set you back 3 to 6 Euros.
Na Perštýně 7, 100 01 Pragu 1, Czech Republic
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Aromi is an award winning Italian restaurant that prides itself on serving mediterranean style seafood to the residents of Prague. At lunch time they offer a three course special including coffee for 225 CZK or 8 Euro. Dishes of the day vary and food of this quality can rarely be found at such an affordable price. Don’t miss it!
Náměstí Míru 1234/6, 120 00 Praha 2-Vinohrady,
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Muj Salek Kavy is a coffee shop grinding up some of the best bean in the city. Located in a trendy area of Prague they take their inspiration from Brooklyn New York. Head here for your caffeine fix and to rest the legs after a long morning of site seeing. They also serve affordable breakfasts, cakes and sandwiches.
Křižíkova 386/105, 186 00 Praha

Sisters is a cheap takeaway lunch stop. Czech style sandwiches and soups for as little as 2 Euro.
Dlouhá 39, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic.

Nase Maso is the mastermind product of a butcher/restaurant where your meat can be chosen butcher style and cooked for you in house. Sit down and enjoy a hearty meal of burgers, sausages or 100% Czech style home made meatloaf for under 5 Euro. This place gets packed so don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table. Located right next-door to the above Sisters sandwich shop.
Dlouhá 39, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic.

Nightlife

Start off your night in the Zizkov area where there are plenty of options for nightlife. You can find over 300 bars and clubs in this small neighbourhood. Keep it casual in this laid back, beer drinking bar scene and you’ll fit right in with the locals.

Bunk Parukarka is an underground night club housed in an old war bunker.
Parukarka Park, Prague, Czech Republic

Sasazu and Retro are big and modern nightclubs where you can find the biggest DJs in the business.
Sasazu: Bubenske nabrezi 306/13, 17004 Prague, Czech Republic- Holesovice.
Retro: Francouzská 4, 120 00 Prague 2.

Karlovy Lázně is the biggest nightclub is central Europe and is 5 stories high. There are dance floors on every level with different music styles including house and RnB. There’s something for everyone here.
Novotneho Lavka 5, Old Town, Prague 1.

Departures…

Option 1:
Get the train from Prague to Salzburg in Austria. You will often have to change trains in Linz. Inquire at the train station at least one day before departure.

Option 2:
Leave a day early and get an overnight bus to Salzburg. This saves you spending most of your day on the train and also is good value because you don’t have to pay a nights accommodation. The cost is around 27 Euro one way with Student Agency Buses. Book here