With historic buildings, flavoursome food, and beautiful vistas, Prague is an excellent minibreak destination at any time of year. But as the city experiences comparatively extreme seasons, wise wanderers will consult a checklist before setting off. While many travellers think about their wardrobe first, there’s more to consider than clothing when packing for Prague. From the top travel apps to the must-see sites to add to your itinerary, here’s everything you need to know before setting off on a long weekend in Prague.
Knowing what to pack for a weekend away can be more stressful than planning your sightseeing itinerary, so we’ve put together a quick guide. Temperatures can range from the 20s in summer to below-freezing in winter, and nights are generally cooler. If you happen to forget weather-appropriate clothing, Prague has many stylish boutiques (read: excuses to go shopping). You’ll be doing lots of walking so pack comfortable shoes or boots that are suitable for cobbled streets and climbing stairs, a cross-body bag is also a sensible idea to deter pickpockets – a rare but not impossible occurrence- as in any tourist hotspot.
The currency of the Czech Republic is the Koruna. Electrical sockets are type E, which work with a two-pronged plug, so you’ll need to bring a suitable adaptor should you wish to charge any electronics. A European adaptor should do the trick. Finally, ensure you pack a good camera – this is one photogenic city!
Prague’s best sites and leisure areas are quite spread out, so make life a little easier by downloading a variety of helpful apps before you set off. For getting around, Google Maps is still ahead of the game, allowing you to download areas in advance for offline wandering. Another essential travel app is Google Translate, which enables you to instantly translate text with your camera. For transport, Uber Prague and Lift ago are great taxi apps, while the Jízdní řády journey planner helps navigate the city’s public transport systems. The app store is also full of helpful travel guides, such as Czech Republic Land of Stories by Czech Tourism; Czech Film Trips, which takes movie enthusiasts to top filming locations; and GPSmyCity’s walking companion, Prague Map and Walks.
A long weekend in Prague offers plenty of time to explore many of the city’s best sites and attractions. Many of the must-see sites in Prague can be found in the Old Town. The labyrinthine streets surrounding Old Town Square are filled with historical sites including St Nicholas Church, Kinský Palace, the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, and the Town Hall, which features the city’s famous astronomical clock. Prague Castle complex is another highlight, home to an array of cultural sites and historic buildings, from royal palaces to ancient cathedrals. Make time to explore the impressive Old Royal Palace and peek inside the city’s most important temple, St Vitus Cathedral.