Prague, Czech Republic
Dating back more than 1,000 years, Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and also its capital. Its historic centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the rich history and culture of the area has led it to become one of Europe’s top tourist cities. Perched on the banks of the Vltava River (also known as the Moldau River), the terracotta roofs and celebrated architecture of Prague have long been synonymous with the beauty of Central Europe.
River cruise ships travelling down the Elbe enter the Vltava River and pull into port in central Prague, allowing passengers to disembark and explore this truly memorable city with ease. There are several ports set along the river, with ships generally stopping at those closest to the city centre, such as at the iconic Charles Bridge.
How to Get Around
Prague is a great city for walking, and from the cruise docks most of the central city can be toured simply and easily on foot. Prague Castle is accessible via the Charles Bridge and the Astronomical Clock is located in the centre, within walking distance from the river.
The metro system is also very clean, frequent and efficient, with tickets available for purchase from automated machines at stations as well as tourist offices and many hotels. Tickets cannot be purchased on board, however they are valid on both train and bus services.
- Currency - the currency used in Prague is the Czech Crown (CZK). Coins come in 50-heller (cent) pieces and 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50-crown denominations. Notes come in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 5,000 denominations.
- Time Zone - Prague uses Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+1). From April to October the city uses Central European Summer Time (CEST), which is 2 hours ahead (UTC+2).
- Weather - Prague has a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. The average daily temperature ranges from -2 degrees Celsius in January to 17 degrees Celsius in July.
- Prague Castle - the presidential residence, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world with construction on the site dating back to the first century. With consistent additions and repairs taking place over the past 2,000 years, the result is a mixture of architectural styles that serve as a curious backdrop to its museums and exhibitions of Czech history.
- Franz Kafka Museum - perhaps Prague’s best-known literary export, the Franz Kafka Museum is filled with original photos and exhibitions dedicated to Kafka’s life. The museum gives context to the metaphysical musings of this literary genius, and is also the site where his body is interred.
- Old Town Square - in the shadow of the Astronomical Clock, Prague’s Old Town Square is an historic market district that now functions as a meeting place and restaurant precinct, bordered by souvenir stores and cafés. The oldest functioning astronomical clock on the planet, every hour Prague’s famed timepiece performs a mechanical show.
- John Lennon Wall - despite having no direct link to John Lennon or The Beatles, this wall in central Prague has become a symbol of Lennon’s words of peace and love. Covered in a constantly evolving layer of handwritten messages, it is a testament to the power and reach of Lennon’s message.