Prague Warnings and Dangers
Prague is one of the most-visited cities in Eastern Europe thanks to its picturesque architecture and music and art scenes. The historic city is beautiful inside and out, but there are still some things to be aware of before visiting.
Prague is a photographers dream: It seems that everywhere you turn there is another building unlike any other. Photography is welcome in most areas of the city, but there are some places where it’s not permitted, like in historic churches. Signs posted near the church should say if photography is allowed inside. If you have permission you should still turn your flash off to avoid disturbing worshippers.
Validate Public Transit Tickets
Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in Europe. If you use it be sure to validate your ticket every time you ride. If you get caught riding with a ticket that isn’t validated you could get hit with a hefty penalty. Each validation lasts about an hour and a half.
When using taxis, hire one from a company recommended by your hotel and always make sure the driver starts the meter before you depart for your destination. Many private taxi drivers will try to overcharge tourists who don’t know the area. You can hire the cab ahead of time from your room and set a price for the trip, or have your hotel concierge call one for you. According to those who have visited the city, AAA Taxi is a reputable company.
Prague is a pleasant and safe city overall, but there are still some precautions that need to be taken. In city centers and places where tourists frequent you should be on the lookout for pickpockets. You may also encounter homelessness and people asking for money. Never leave your things sitting around or your wallet visible, especially at railways stations, Celakovskeho Park, and Charles Square. Be vigilant while visiting these areas, or avoid them.
Money Exchange Scams
Know all the terms before you use a money exchange station, or stick to ATMs. Some exchanges take hidden fees or can shortchange you.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Prague.