The following list of free travel guides is intended to offer you something more than simply taking a stroll through a postcard. Rather than queuing up with the growing numbers of tourists who arrive in Prague every day to meander their way across the Charles bridge and snap the occasionally photo with a statue for which they have no context, you will experience all of the sites in a way that brings them to life. Anyone who uses our number one recommended guide will certainly want a photo with St Christopher, and will know why they are touching the base of St. John Nepomuk’s statue. After a hearty Czech lunch that includes the world’s best beer, most tourists wander the streets of Old Town clutching their Fodors or Lonely Planet travel guides in search of the Sex Machine Museum. On the way, they will miss a great restaurant frequented by locals that offers burçak. Follow our guides and you’ll know it’s only served in the fall. Eventually, they work their way up through Wenceslas Square staring at the beautiful Czech glass and art, not to mention the beautiful Czech men and women. At the top of the hill, they spend what little time remains in the day getting lost in the corridors of the National Museum. Evenings are spent eating at touristy restaurants, where they can imbibe more beer and give their feet a rest. Following our featured one-day tour, your evening will be spent at a restaurant famous among locals for its pig’s knee, beer, and atmosphere. Here is your opportunity to break free from the standard tourist itinerary and live the experience.
Our #1 Recommended Tour
The God Complex – Self-Guided Tour of Prague
The God Complex’s Self-Guided Tour of Prague is truly the most novel twist on taking a self-guided tour that we came across. That’s because the tour is based upon a gripping thriller novel that is set in Prague. The author wove just enough historical and cultural details into the story to give travelers an exciting context through which to see the sites. The free one-day tour (.pdf) can be downloaded on the book’s website and printed out. It came in handy as a bookmark during our travels. Note: Without reading the book, the tour won’t mean much other than providing you with a good quality map and a one-day itinerary that quickly moves you through the sites with transportation and chapter references. If you are flying from America, it should take you no longer than the length of your flight to finish this page-turner. Once you start, you won’t want to put it down. Then, before you know it, you’ll be sipping coffee at the same cafes where Paul Benson pieces together his brother’s mysterious murder. Make sure you check out the restaurants he describes and order pečené vepřové koleno. You’ll be dining with locals, so you should practice your pronunciation. Enter the words into Google Translate and click the speaker to hear the pronunciation.
Compared to the other tours we reviewed that are densely packed with details, this option is more about creating ‘an experience’ and less about providing ‘a traditional tour’. We rated this as our first pick because it worked well as the glue that held together all of the other tours and resources listed below.