4. Make sure you know the name of the country you are visiting
WHAT?! Yes…this happens!
It may be confusing by the names, especially for non-Europeans, but Czech Republic is not the same as Chechnya or Czechoslovakia. Chechnya is a different parts of the world.
Czechoslovakia is the prior name of what used to be the Czech Republic and Slovakia, prior to the split in 1993. It’s now called Czech Republic, or as it is called there, Czechia. (Thanks to Katie for correcting this)
When you talk with a Czech, try to not call his or her country by a different name. This may sound like a ridiculous recommendation to give, but due to our local friends, and the locals we met, this happens several times a day.
Also, Czech people consider their country located in Central Europe.
There are several definitions of Europe itself as a union, and as a continent, so this varies.
In a nutshell: Prague is the capital of Czech Republic, located in central Europe.
5. Plan less, enjoy more
In our opinion, Slow-Travel is the key for Prague.
It is very easy to get stressed here, to hurry from one sight to the other, from one tour to the next. Don’t fall for that! Just slow down, have a drink in a park, and watch the tram passing by, the dogs playing, and the people enjoying.
You can find many bars, cafés, parks, and hidden gems all over the city.
Prague is also home to the world’s oldest university. Many Czech and international students choose Prague for its easy-going life-style, and the various options to do in the city and surroundings. The city is not too big, and no doubt the absolute must-dos can be done very quick. Be selective, avoid touristic „must-dos“, and enjoy Prague from the slow travel perspective. You will appreciate it afterwards.
The photo below shows the Kolbenova Flea Market in Prague, taking place Saturdays and Sundays, next to Metro Station “Kolbenova”.
You can easily get here by taking the yellow line, direction to eastern Prague. This flea market is simply super interesting!
Nazi-badges, old bikes, weird pictures, and even a statues from very, let’s call them “influential” historical people.
This is the biggest flea market in the Czech Republic. It was a great experience, absolutely worth it!
Extra Tip 6: Not watching The Honest Guide
It would be a big mistake NOT to watch the youtube videos of the guys behind The Honest Guide.
In fact, their video guides are much more detailed than this basic introduction guide. This is truly one of the best local travel videos we have ever seen!
They share the nasty tourists scams you may encounter, they share their favorite bars, the best restaurants and many more fantastic tips.
Lovely locals, a colorful tragic, interesting European and East-European history – what else do you need? Make sure you avoid these touristic things in Prague, calm down, and enjoy Prague one beer at a time.
We even included some booking hacks here as well.
Any recommendations for Prague?
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