Prague

The magical Prague is a fantastic place with bohemian charm, for holidaymakers who are tired of beaches and who want to get acquainted with the cultural heritage of the city and country. You can devote a whole day exploring the Prague Castle, and then refresh yourself with local dishes in a classic Czech tavern.

Walk to the Old Town Square, and then head to the Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock, which will lead you to amazement. The best bars in Prague are in some basements: in the old pubs, you can sit all evening enjoying the wide variety of local beers.

 

SAFETY INDEX

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Violent crime is very rare in Prague. Most common crimes are theft, pick-pocketing and other financial-motivated offenses. In order to make your journey as smooth and relaxed as possible, SafeAround compiled information concerning all possible risks in the Prague’s neighborhoods.

SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advices in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to the medieval city.

 

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Prague is an overall safe city with a rating of 81.8, it is ranked 12th out of 113 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

A large flow of tourists makes pickpocketing and petty theft incredibly popular. Simple precautions will almost eliminate chances of being robbed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Prague is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Be wary of strangers who propose to exchange money on the street, normally nearby the currency exchange kiosks and companies, where you might receive Belarussian Rubles instead of the Czech crowns or old Czech Crowns which are no longer in circulation. There are scams with fake police officers and criminals which use electronic “skimming” to steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s  

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Generally, public transport is safe and reliable. Be aware of pickpockets in the public transport. There are some risks of being overcharged in the Prague Taxi, so in order to not be scammed, look out is the taxi meter running or simply try to use services like Uber with the pre-calculated cost of transportation.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

There is flooding possible during the spring. Any other natural disasters are not common.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Prague is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Prague is generally very safe for women travellers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Prague 1 (Old Town, New Town, Malá Strana)

Most of the Prague 1 district is a UNESCO Heritage site. All most popular tourist destinations are concentrated in this district such as Prague Castle, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge. This district has the most expensive property in the whole Czech Republic. Unfortunately, millions of tourists attract scammers and pickpockets and daily numerous visitors of the city suffer from their activity. SafeAround advises you to be vigilant during your pedestrian walk around the city center and reminds you not leave your belongings unattended. We are sure that some basic precautions will eliminate the risk of being robbed.

Vaclavske Namesti and Chain Bridge area

On par with pocketing, money exchange firms try to scam tourists as well.  SafeAround recommends to watch out the rate twice before exchanging. Otherwise, you might be ripped off.

Královská cesta (Royal Way)

As a top tourist attraction, there have been reports of bag snatching and petty thefts.  Common sense and attention to your belongings will prevent such situations.

Florenc bus station

Shady-looking men with the evident criminal connection are known to be strolling around. We also advise not to trust taxi drivers in this area as they will try to rip you off once see that you are the foreigner. We recommend using Uber or any other kind of taxi applications instead.  We advise avoiding visits to this area at night, especially if you are traveling alone. Do not start talking with people who randomly approach you in the street.

Useful Information

Visas are not usually required for stays under 90 days. If you planning to stay longer you have to obtain a visa. Normally Czech Republic government requires the proof of payment ability in order to be sure that you possess sufficient amount to cover your trip. For any other additional information, you can visit the website of the Czech Republic embassy.
SafeAround advises to use only trustworthy establishments like banks and currency exchange kiosks in the airport or in the big shopping centers. In order to find more where to exchange money, you can read this article.
Spring and Autumn are the best seasons to observe the fairy tale country.  During summer there are rains possible and the humidity is extremely high. In winter the Czech Republic is freezing enough.
Main airports in Czech Republic are in Prague, Brno, Ostrava and Karlovy Vary. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.