Prague, capital of the Czech Republic and its largest city (with a population of nearly 1.3 million), is one of Europe's most beautiful cities, from Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square and from Kafka to Dvorak it's a cultural feast. Known as the “Golden City” or “the city of a hundred spires”, it's one of those destinations you must see in your lifetime. If you're visiting because a extremely well chosen Prague stag party is on the cards, you're in for a treat!
The chances are you're not going for your annual cultural intake however you'll need a hangover that keeps your eyes firmly shut not to notice an incredible city which is an appealing mix of complementary styles. Don't miss out on seeing what a special place this is, plan well, take in a little culture, don't spend the whole day in the pub – it's too good for that (besides which you can do that at home). Don't miss out because you'll regret it if you do. The boys might take a bit of convincing but if you load the visit with action, decent well researched hospitality and a splash of culture they'll be grateful and you'll all get more out of it. Plus you'll all remember it forever and you'll look like a very high quality bestman. It would be a shame if you missed the opportunity to make your weekend something special, plenty of stag parties go and overlook much of this incredible city. Go for gold, it's one of the greatest destinations in Europe and for a stag party, Prague may just be one of the best in the world.
|population:||Czech Republic 10.4 million / Prague 1.3 million|
|time difference:||GMT +1|
|flight time:||2 hours 15 minutes|
|currency:||Czech Crown or Koruna|
|exchange rate:||approx (see www.xe.com for daily exchange rates)|
|climate:||mild with hot summers and cold winters|
|tipping:||10% is standard for good service, taxis round up to nearest 10|
|not to be missed:||brewery dinner, strip dinner, target shooting|
|visas:||not required for British passport holders, varies for other nationalities (see here for more info)|
|immunisation/ vaccination:||none required|
|must have:||travel insurance (including health)|
|should have:||european health card|
The climate in Prague can vary greatly throughout the year from snowy winters to gorgeous summers. Prague in December is a must, walking round the traditional Christmas market in the Old Town Square wrapped up warm with snow falling all around is incredible. Late spring is the best time to plan your Prague stag do, the sun normally shines and there’s a warm feel to the city. Bars and cafes will open up the outdoor terracing serving up a selection or warm drinks and cold local beers.
Getting around the city:
Prague is a relatively small city compared to other capitals in Europe which makes getting around relatively effortless. Although the Vltava River runs through the centre of Prague all the major tourist spots such as Wenceslas Square, the Old Town, Charles Bridge, and the castle are all within easy walking distance of each other. If walking is not for you then the public tram system covers large areas of Prague. Day time trams run from 5.00am to midnight at 10 minute intervals, with the night trams running every 40 minutes. Tickets cost 25KC and can also be used on the subway and bus network for a 75 minute period. A 24 pass can also be bought for 100KC. Single and transfer tickets can be purchased from Yellow vending machines (coins only) or ticket offices which are located at some metro stations and newsstands.
If you bring sterling on your trip, you'll have no trouble finding a place to exchange them, but we strongly recommend that you just bring your cash point card and obtain cash that way. You'll get the best exchange rate from any cash point machine in Prague. (Avoid the money changers that loiter in touristy areas and train stations!) And finally, although cash is king, major credit cards are accepted in most establishments.
hello > ahoj
goodbye > sbohem
yes > ano
no > ne
please > prosim
thank you > dekuji
Prague's history reportedly dates back as far as 4000 years BC when it is written that a bunch of Celtic farmers called it “Bohemia”. From there on in it's had a noteworthy place in Europe's history books, even becoming the capital of the Holy Roman Empire for a while! In more recent times 1918 saw the formation of Czechoslovakia with Prague as its capital. After the second world war the leading communist party established a healthy third of Czech votes and subsequently formed a ruling coalition with the other pre-eminent socialist parties. However the story continues dramatically as after significant infighting the communist stole the march and seized government.
Backed as you would expect by neighbouring Soviet Union, the die was cast and to cut a longer story short albeit with a brief flirtation to reform in the late 1960s, the Czech Republic (and importantly Prague) remained under communist direction until the velvet revolution of the late 20th century. Prague was finally established as the capital of the new Czech Republic on new year's day 1993. Since then it's been on the up and up, now firmly established as one of Europe's must visit destinations! We haven't even mentioned the prize winning beer or enormous range of quality bars, pubs and restaurants or Czech footballing champions Sparta Prague, there's a lot more to come.
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