I'd say never, because I didn't like it much when I visited it.
I spent a week there with a tour guide, so I saw a lot of the city, meaning my opinion is not uninformed.
The old town is quite nice, but nothing extraordinary or special for Europe, and a lot of buildings were decaying because of carelessness/lack of funding. Still, the locals charged (comparatively) high prices for admission and food, and it was very touristy and not authentic.
I'm going to Prague this spring with a girlfriend, and we have never been there before! Do you have any suggestions? Any recommendations? What absolutely not to do, or what we absolutely can't miss? Restaurants, night clubs, shopping and everything else!
I stayed there for 9 days and was never bored. oh we stayed at Andels we had a suite 2 bathrooms 2 tvs dvd. Really modern and great breakfast-neighborhood was eh but a tram away. shopping was cheaper than us but I dont know. I bought 1 handbag and it was a salvatore ferragamo. I did not like food there and would eat in Italian or american type places. Went to some cool bars and coffee places. I went on a lot of tours do it all. The Jewish quarter tour was great. I rode trams and cabs. I went to the subway once and it is so far down!!! My mother said she didn't like it. I went to the modern Museum Called I think krafts?(sp) it was pretty.
oh yes I saw Louis Vuitton, Salvatore F, Hugo Boss, I think Dior . I do not think they have Chanel. They also have their own designers. Oh and great glass. It you like modern home acc. go to a store called qubus. INfo on Hermes +420 2 2481 7545 - Parizska 12 Prague 110 00 Czech Republic
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Walking around Prague's charming cobblestone streets from one boutique to the next, trying on the latest Czech designer fashions is a fun way to spend an afternoon. Most of Prague's boutiques are concentrated around Wenceslas Square and Stare Mesto, where the elegant Parizska Avenue is also lined with international designer stores such as Dior, Boss and Armani.
Besides trying on the fashions I'm keen to meet some of the designers, so I book a fashion tour with Prague Walks. My guide, Jitka, picks me up from my hotel.
I've visited Prague three times now, once for pleasure and twice for business. Czech food is somewhat similar to German food but very rich and oddly spiced. I tried it twice and was never really happy with what I ordered. Last time I was in Prague for business I ate Japanese, lol.
Prague is a very fascinating city. There are a lot of historical and architectural sites to visit, yet it is also young and vibrant. Whatever you are looking for, I am sure Prague will have it.
Also, Prague is very safe, I never felt in danger when I was there.
The only negative things I have to say about Prague are the terrible traffic (jams everywhere) and the horrible air quality. Whenever I was there, the sky had an odd colour and you never really saw the sun (smog related I believe).
I went to Prague over the summer with my family; it's gorgeous!
My best recommendation is to spend at least a day getting lost in all the tiny, curving cobblestoned streets.
The National Theatre opera house is also wonderful (we saw Tosca), as are the "Black Light" theatre shows. The latter is really fun and unique. The Old Jewish Cementary is also quite a spiritual experience. We also did a wonderful, though tragic, tour to Terezin, a small city used as a work camp for Jews and Nazi prisoners.
Don't miss out on the Old Town square and the Astronomical clock tower- right off the main square there is a host of designer shops. In fact, the Hermés there is where I first spotted the lovely Marwari, which my mother and I are both currently obsessed with.
Prague is a tiny yet beautiful city with lots of history.I have been living here for almost 2 years. The traditional local food is nothing special: heavy bland dishes due to their "poor economic past"...lots of dumplings,stews,soups and meat coated in fried batter(awful). It's not culinary heaven like in France or Italy...we rarely eat in Czech restaurants.
If you're looking for designer shops,there's one small street called Parizka where you can find LV,Dior,Cartier,Ferragamo(small shop),Hermes(small shop),etc. It's located near the Main Square. Prague is not considered a good shopping destination like Paris or London though...
The historical part of the city(Stare Mesto,Mala Strana,Hradcany.etc.) can be seen on foot. You won't be deceived by the beauty of the city!
The nice part about Prague is that everything(hotel,food,public transportation,etc.) is really cheap compared to other European countries.The average local salary is only 1000euros/month.
Have fun planning your trip.The city will certainly enchant you.
I was in Prague this past spring - loved it! Definitely take one of the free Prague tours; about three hours but covered the entire city and was so worth it. Ended up tipping the guy $5 US (which was about average tip) - great deal for an informative and humorous tour!
Oh I love Prague!!! I went there about two years ago, and had an absolute blast! You will see TONS of amber and garnet jewelry in almost every other store. I recommend eating as much goulash as possible, because you'll never have better anywhere else. Also, on one end of the Charles Bridge (the busier end closest to the middle of town) there is an amazing little art gallery. I absolutely fell in love with it, and bought three pieces. It has amazing stuff, and is very reasonably priced. Also, a really fun souvenir for yourself is a set of crystal wine glasses. Czech crystal is very beautiful, and they make it in so many different colors. They are always a big hit at dinner parties! Thanks to the exchange rate, they are a very good price!