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Rick Steves' Prague and the Czech Republic

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  496 ratings  ·  31 reviews
You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Prague and the Czech Republic.

With this book, you'll create your own unforgettable tour of the "Golden City of a Hundred Spires." Walk across Charles Bridge at twilight, stroll the grounds of Prague Castle, and wander through the city's stunning Old Town Square. Venture beyond Prague wi
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Paperback, 392 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Rick Steves (first published November 7th 2005)
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Kevin Shepherd
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Travel is intensified living - maximum thrills per minute and one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is freedom... If you don't enjoy a place, maybe you don't know enough about it. Seek the truth. Recognize tourist traps. Give a culture the benefit of your open mind. See things as different, but not better or worse. ...travel, like the world, is a series of hills and valleys. Be fanatically positive and militantly optimistic. If something is not to your liking, change your lik ...more
Matt
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rick Steves always has good advice and we use his books whenever we visit Europe. this book was great and well worth the price we paid.
Beth
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful for trip planning!
Snooty1
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-books
Very helpful not to mention informative.
Love learning and getting inspired for future trips!
James Foster
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rick Steves' philosophy of travel is to experience new people in new places, not just to "see the sights". His guides provide plenty of excellent advice on what to see and do, where to stay, and what to eat. Rick and I are similar in that we prefer intimate lodging with local people, and we like to eat and drink like a local. We differ in that I love museums and spend about four times more time in them than he recommends. But his walking tours and descriptions of local eateries and sites are alw ...more
Garlan ✌
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very informative and readable. Lots of insights into Prague and the surrounding area.
Nikki
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: czech-culture
He was kind of wrong about currency exchange fees though, but that might just be that since I live in Brno not Prague, they do things differently. I would strongly suggest exchanging your currency at the exchange booths--if you are Turkish, Arab, Middle Eastern, or Italian-looking they generally do not charge you a fee to change. For me, it was cheaper to exchange currency at the booths. I got both a better exchange rate and I was not charged a fee. However, I first attempted to do what Rick Ste ...more
Vicki
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I lived in Prague for about 14 months, and this book became like a friend to me. I'd visited there before living there, and I had the book then, too. I notice that one other reviewer finds Steves patronizing. I couldn't disagree more. I find him quirky, nerdy and passionate. I find his writing style engaging, and he knows how to personalize a place, and make it accessible to anybody.

There are lots of great places Steves shines a spotlight on. Not just in Prague (pretty much all of his listings
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Stephanie
Aug 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
If you plan on going to the CR this book is a must! Steves introduces you to a little tea house by the name of Dobra Cajovna. It's in a back alley and unless you know where to go, you're not going to find it. It has GREAT tea. It really is worth the trip. The staff is pretty good with English and you won't have too much of a language problem. The place was hoppin' when I was there, so be patient if you have to wait for a table. It's a great place to relax and reflect on what a great trip you're ...more
Denis
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Denis by: Martha
The biggest issue that I have with Rick Steves as a travel writer is his patronizing tone. I find it very grating to be treated like a dumb American who needs to be taught how to travel by Steves' mysterious sixth-sense for what tourists like. His books have some value because he actually does have pretty good taste, but he's not infallible. The fact that he will simply dismiss the sites that he considers uninteresting is where I find myself getting fed up with his method of telling me what I sh ...more
Brittany
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I read only the Prague centric parts which is the majority of the book (bypassed most day trips). Very detailed with tips as to what to do and what to pass on. Also, I enjoy the inclusion of historical details and basic travel tips. However, it was repetitive in stating the same attractions in Prague and didn’t include any of the more unusual or off the beaten path items. The public transport section also seemed lacking more detail. The audio guides you can download from the app were a nice addi ...more
Tracie
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IS there such a thing as a bad Rick Steves book? I don't think so. This book was used to help my husband and son plan their visit to Prague in the Czech Republic. It is a good sized volume and I wouldn't take it with my on vacation but they did! Lots of helpful details and maps. Great section on Kutna Hora, which was a big help in managing transportation. The only downside is the size of the book for me. But it didn't stop my husband from carrying it over there and bringing it back. Now I was ab ...more
Althea Ann
This was the first 'Rick Steve's' guidebook I'd used - and it will
probably be the last. It was not completely lacking useful
information, but every time I looked something up in it, I found
myself aggravated by Mr. Steve's arrogantly stated personal opinions.
I think a guidebook should portray the facts, and leave it to the
traveler to decide what they find "boring" or "worthwhile."
Chris Linehan
I’m giving this book three stars at the moment. As it is a travel book, I reserve the right to amend my decision up or down when I make the trip. It’s a good book, written well and informative. Steves makes it accessible and enjoyable to read. How do you rank a travel book without the travel though?
Ann
Aug 13, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Rick Steves always does a great job of explaining places to the reader, good and bad. I love his shows, too. He has great tips for his readers. I love going to Europe and seeing other people walking around with his books.
Brendan
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Locals will scoff, but this book really pares the complexity of this large international city into approachable, non-scary bites. It touches on every part of town. Includes a good mini-history of the Czech Republic for the historically-challenged tourist who thinks Europe ends at Germany.
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rivals the Lonely Planet series for my absolute favorite-- he just doesn't have the breadth of information that some have, nor the photos, but his anecdotes make up for it and he clearly loves the city, as do I, so enjoyed taking him along
AndrewVC
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Borrowed from the library to prep for a trip in the Fall.
Lots of great tips and websites to venture and learn more - he also has lots of youtube vlogs and tours to watch.

A good resource to start with.
Adam Van meter
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very helpful and informative book. If you're going to (or if you're already in) Prague, this is the guide for you. Great maps (also great accompanying audio tours that can be downloaded) and great insight. Highly recommend.
Sarah Densman
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never tour Europe without his help. This book wasn't as thorough as Rome or London but still an essential book for anyone traveling through Prague.
Anne
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in preparation for an upcoming trip to Prague and Budapest. Rick Steves guidebooks are simply the best! Not a lot of glitzy pictures, but chock-full of useful advice.
Rosemary Daly
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great help in deciding what was important to see on my brief trip to Prague. Rick Steve's guidebooks are my favorites!
Sue
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually read Steve's travel books from cover to cover because they are so thorough and chocked full of useful information. This one was no exception.
Debby Baumgartner
Good section on Prague
Susan
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Rick Steves guidebook. Helpful hints and explicit instructions for city walks.
Laura
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always love Rick's insights into great European cities! T-minus 3 weeks until my next Euro trip :)
Janie
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated on our cruise of the Danube in October. Now lent to friends.
Juliettereiss
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very comprehensive and engaging with excellent flow and details. Feel much more attached to the history and focused on how to approach our upcoming trip to Prague.
Jason Galloway
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great overview by Steves

We have enjoyed following Rick as we travel throughout Europe. We plan on using his audio tours in Prague as well.
Julie
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rick Steves guide are my first source for information on any place in Europe. Only black & white photos, but the information in the book gives practical advice. ...more
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Richard "Rick" Steves is an American author and television personality on European travel. He is the host of a public television series, and a public radio travel show, and the author of many travel guidebooks and autobiographies.

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