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Prague

Prague is the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. The city is a spectacular mix of bridges, cathedrals, towers, churches and a river. The centre of the city remains in its medieval form. with cobbled lanes and courtyards, overlooked by the castle. Prague is a cultural capital, with a mixture of events, food, art and music offering visitors a wide range of attractions to visit.

In the Czech Republic, each building has two numbers, with the blue one being the ordinal number of the building on the street, and the red number corresponds to the house number within the entire quarter. Generally, the red number corresponds to the order in which the buildings were constructed, so the lower the number the older the building.

Some of the city's highlights include Prague Castle, the Old Town, the Czech National Gallery and Prague Zoo. There are a few sightseeing passes, such as the Prague Card, the Prague Pass and the Welcome Card.

Travelling to Prague:

Prague is one of the most well connected cities in Europe in relation to overland travel. International train services arrive at Praha hlavní nádraží, which is connected to the city's metro system. Eurocity trains connect Prague with Berlin, Vienna and Budapest. There are also faster Pendolino services that travel to/from Prague to Ostrava, Olomouc and Vienna. If travelling to/from Paris or London, most routes will go via Berlin, although it may actually be quicker to change trains a couple of times at Nurnberg and Stuttgart.

International bus services (including Eurolines) also travel to Prague, arriving at Florenc, east of the city centre.

Travelling within Prague:

Once inside the city, Prague is easily walkable, although many of the streets are cobbled which can make it difficult for the elderly of mobility impaired. Importantly, remember that it is illegal to cross a road in Prague on a red man (you may be fined!).

There are three subway lines within the city, and quite a few tram lines. There is a public transport website that details timetables for most of the routes within the city, which can be accessed here. Travelcard options are available, with 24hr, 3-day and 5-day tickets available from some metro stations. Buying these tickets can be cheaper and easier to use than buying individual tickets. The city works on an honesty system, so tickets aren't inspected on entry, but plain clothes inspectors do frequently check tickets on-board. Watch out for fake inspectors though, and make sure you always carry a valid ticket.

How to get to Prague from
Route 1:

The service between Prague and Budapest is operated by the EuroNight 'Metropol' sleeper train service. Both first and second class sleeping accommodation is available onboard, as well as second class couchettes. A second class seating carriage is also available, although obviously not as comfortable as the other options.

This route is shared between Berlin and Brno with another EuroNight sleeper train service to/from Vienna.

Route 2:

There is one direct service per day between Amsterdam and Prague, although there are plenty of indirect services that involve a change at Berlin (although that route is dealt with on a separate page). This service is operated daily by Deutsche Bahn's City Night Line sleeper service, Kopernikus / Phoenix, and calls at Cologne and Berlin en route.