Nestled in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic has been populated for thousands of years and sees more and more tourists each year. Since the fall of communism in 1989, the Czech capital is a place everyone visits, the cradle of Czech culture, offering a near-intact medieval core of Gothic architecture. Prague is a city that lives up to all the hype, so spending an extra day or two winding through the medieval streets will certainly be worth it. Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty and the beer is acknowledged as the best. But the city is not just about beet and history, offering a rich array of cultural offerings as well.
The Czech Republic’s location has seen a long history of conquering armies, a turbulent past which has left a legacy of hundreds of chateaux and fortresses perched above towns or lazing peacefully amid manicured parkland. If you visit, try to leave the city and take the train from place to place to see what else the country has to offer. The Czech Republic may be a modern nation, but it is also a country rich in folklore, most apparent in South Bohemia and Moravia, during the summer festival season.
Prices for hostel dorm beds will vary, starting at 175 CZK in small towns, and free WiFi is standard. Expect to pay closer to 900 CZK per night for a budget hotel, though Airbnb can be found in the major cities, if you’re looking for shared accommodation. For those traveling with a tent, expect to pay upwards of 200 CZK per night for a basic plot.
Czech cuisine is nothing fancy, but a plate of goulash bread dumplings and gravy makes for a cheap meal. For fast food you’ll actually pay more, as fast food usually costs around 130 CZK, so if you’re looking for a budget-friendly meals, note that there are numerous kebab shops and grocery shopping for the week will cost around 1,000-1,200 CZK for Czech items. Never before had Czech pubs offered such a wide range of brews, including Primátor and Matuška. The best beer in the world was marked by the invention of internationally famous brand names, such as Pilsner Urquell in 1842.
Transportation between towns via train is very easy, and we suggest you buy your tickets at the station in advance. Most cities have a tram system, while Prague has an underground with only three lines and a one-way ticket is less than 24 CZK for a 30-minute window of use. Inter-city buses are a cheap way to get around, from Prague to Vienna is under 500 CZK, so check out Orange Ways for their deals.
Visits to most Czech towns will be less about the sights, so grab a beer at the local pub and take in the gothic and communist architecture. There are also plenty of free hiking trails for anyone looking to spend some time in nature, but more intensive activities will cost around 2,000 CZK.