Prague, Czech Republic travel tips

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Prague is a maze of Medieval, cobblestone streets, and the best way to see the city is simply to wander through these old streets and just see what you find.

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For a lovely stay, book a room at the Aria Hotel.

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For a luxury stay, book a room at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague.

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One of the best hotels in the city is the Mandarin Oriental.

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For a beautiful, hand-made souvenir, visit Slavica. The shop sells Czech and Polish pottery, and is located next to the US Embassy.

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For an interesting shopping experience, try Naplavka, the embankment along Rasinovo nabrezi in New Town, which is home to farmers and flea markets.

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For a bit of Prague that is a bit off the beaten path, be sure to visit Vysehrad, an 18th century fortress, which is often overlooked by tourists.

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Art lovers should not miss the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, which has frequent rotating exhibits.

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The Czech Republic is known for its glass and crystal. If you plan to buy any, be sure to go to the Moser showroom on Na Prikope street.

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If you're hoping to experience Prague's nightlife and sample some local music at the same time, head to Jazz Dock, on the banks on the Vltava.

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You can save some money on dining in Prague--and have a great meal at the same time--by shopping at the city's farmer's markets. Most sell fresh cheeses, fruits and vegetables, pastries and bread. Try the one in front of the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord; it's open on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.

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If you're looking for a hotel in a great location, check out the Four Seasons Prague. It's right on the Vltava River and just steps away from Charles Bridge.

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Americans should be prepared for Czechs to be a little standoffish, at least compared to the US. They're friendly, but reserved, and you may find that service in shops is a bit slower and not up to the cheery standard they're used to at home.

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If you want to save money in Prague, remember than many hotels serve a complimentary breakfast, so keep that in mind when booking accommodations.

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You can easily change US dollars to Czech koruny at many businesses, but you'll be charged fees--sometimes as much as ten percent. You can avoid this by using a credit or debit card or withdrawing money from an ATM.

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Prague is---at least for now--one of Europe's cheaper destinations. It's generally a bit cheaper to fly into than other major European cities, and you'll find that hotels are a bit cheaper as well.

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In spite of their being numerous English speakers in Prague, the language barrier is quite steep, so a Czech dictionary or app will come in handy.

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Although generally very safe, keep in mind that pickpockets are known to frequent the big tourist areas like the Charles Bridge.

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Most people in the city center of Prague will speak very good English, but if you make an effort to learn at least a few phrases in Czech, it will be noticed and appreciated.

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Keep your passport on you, as Czech law requires that you have personal identification with you always.

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