DO walk along the Vltava River, especially at sunset.
DON’T be wary of the side streets or less-than-famous bridges.
DO rent a paddle boat or a row boat on the river to see the city from a different point of view.
DON’T follow the crowds. Prague isn’t a dangerous city by any means, but you’re more susceptible to pickpockets if you’re in a crowd, especially on Charles Bridge or down Karlova Street.
DON’T be an easy target for pickpockets. The city felt extremely safe to us, but if you’re at all nervous the best advice I can give is to use common sense and conduct yourself as you would in any large city. Be aware of your surroundings and you’ll have no problems.
DO walk Karlova Street just once to get a feel for it, but don’t visit any of the souvenir shops or places that sell knock-offs.
DO take cash wherever you go. Many of the restaurants, street vendors, and small shops only accept koruna.
DO take a book with you to Kampa Park.
DO try the local beer.
DON’T take public transportation or taxis. You should experience Prague by walking it. Not only is it pedestrian-friendly, but everything is close and it is the best way to come across local restaurants.
DON’T forget a padlock (for yourself or for you and your significant other) to put on one of the small bridges.
DO try to plan a trip around one of the festivals (Easter, Christmas).
DO eat at local favorites. You can ask almost anyone – as the people we came into contact with were very friendly – to point you toward their favorite spot.
DO try at least one of the restaurants that seems like you’re going underground – you’ll find them in the alleys and the door (with a menu posted on it) will lead you down a set of concrete stairs to what appears to be a cellar.
DON’T be discouraged by dim lighting or a less-than-quick waiter, embrace it.
DO see a symphony or other performance while in Prague. We saw a performance at the Klementinum in the Mirror Chapel – the space was intimate and beautiful, but the quality was a bit lacking.
DO take in the views from the castle and the extensive grounds, but don’t worry too much about seeing the inside.
DON’T plan your day at the castle around seeing the change of the guard. It isn’t necessary.
DO spend more of your day wandering the streets of Prague than you do at the castle or any of the “attractions.” A few hours for those activities are more than enough.
DO take the time to read the words on the John Lennon Wall. It’s worth it.
DO notice the ornate details on everything from doors and gates to balcony support and railings.
– M. Ray Hall