Prague is one of the most hyped tourist cities of Europe. With 5.81 million tourists in 2016, it is in the list of TOP20 most visited cities of the world (link, PDF, 21 Mb).
We were here for two and a half days. Without visiting museums, this time is enough to visit all the interesting places. Get ready to walk a lot and use public transport or taxi. Uber is working in Prague, so use it. Sample price: Train Station - Zoo, 4.5 euros.
For a public transport buy a day or multi-day ticket (from €4). You can buy it from the vending machines in subway stations or in the tobacco shops.
Zizkov Television Tower, 216 meters in height, was opened in 1992. It is the tallest building in the Czech Republic (2017). There is an observation deck at the top and a restaurant, where we came for breakfast (metro Jiřího z Poděbrad). The views from the tower are not spectacular, but the breakfast was delicious.
There are few small kids on the walls of the tower, this is an art object "Infants". Tower, by the way, was criticized in the local press, which called it the ugliest building in the world. Although, for the tourists, this is an unusual and interesting building.
Upstairs there is One Room Hotel. We even wanted to stay there, but the price of 1000 euros is ridiculous. Guys, your tower doesn't offer beautiful views and there is no open balcony in the room, so the price of your hotel is maximum 200 euros. Compare with EUROMAST hotel in Rotterdam, which costs only 400 euros. I predict that the One Room Hotel will be closed soon.
The tower was built in just 5 months in 1891, as a mini-replica of the Eiffel Tower. There is an outdoor observation deck at a height of 55 meters, which can be reached on foot or by lift. Come after 15:00 when the sun is behind your back.
During the day you can see the only sun spots and in the evening everything else. Telescopes are old and not very advanced, but if you've never seen even the planets of the solar system, visit this place.
The huge fortress, founded in 879, the residence of the Czech president. A very popular place among tourists. It was included in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest castle with dimensions of 570 by 130 meters.
We decided to come later and continue our walk. Right around the corner on the U Brusnice street, we found the entrance to the park (google.maps). Walked through the park and entered the territory of Prague Castle from the other entrance (point 6). Entrance to the territory is free.
Photos were made on the morning and evening of the next day. The area is open from 6 to 22.
Prague castle was closed to visitors until the end of the 20th century. Now, almost all the buildings, museums and galleries can be visited (prices).
There we got on the subway to Vyšehrad, back to the center by tram from a waterfront. It is an ancient fortress and the historic district of Prague, one of the first settlements. There are few tourists and a huge area for walking.
Throughout the Prague, you can find art objects of Czech sculptor David Cerny (info). For example "Piss" - two peeing men (Cihelná 635 / 2b). There is a plate with a phone number near the sculptures. If you send an SMS to this number, they will write SMS... Guess how :)
In Prague, there are two cathedrals with such name. One is located at the Old Town Square and the other on the other side of the river, near the Prague Castle. This is a historical district of Mala Strana, where we lived. In the square around the cathedral is the only supermarket in the area.
We ate at many restaurants. For example, in V kolkovne (V kolkovne 910/8), where ordered the most famous Czech dish "pork knee". This restaurant is located in the Jewish district of Josefov. You can visit here the oldest synagogue in Europe (Maiselova, 18).
According to rankings of tripadvisor website, Prague Zoo is one of the TOP5 zoos in the world. There is no metro station, so you need to go there by bus or taxi. We came by taxi with Uber from the train station (4.5 euros). Bus 112 (schedule), 236 (schedule). Use bus 112 from the nearest metro station Nádraží Holešovice to the stop "Zoologická zahrada".
The zoo is large and the number of species is amazing. There are also interesting architectural and design solutions, even a cable car to the mountains.
If you want to see a modern residential area of Prague, go to the "British Quarter". At the moment, it is one of the most remote areas from the center, but there is a direct Metro line. Prices here from 90000 EUR (36 sqm) to 300000 EUR (108 sqm).
Getting there: there are buses from the airport to the metro stations, tickets can be bought in the arrivals area. Ticket is valid for all types of transport. Bus 119 to the metro Nádraží Veleslavín (17 minutes), 100 to the metro Zličín (18 min), 191 to the metro Petřiny (24 minutes). There is also standard express bus (info), tickets on the internet it is cheaper than on the bus. In the case of a taxi, use Uber.