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Is it easy to get from the Prague Hilton to Old Town? How good are street signs in Prague? I'd rather walk and enjoy the view than take the subway and possibly have to deal with pickpockets. I know, it could be a problem on the street, too.

 

I'm sure I can get directions from our hotel. Just wondering how easy it is to get around Prague.

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It's pretty compact and easy to get around. We were just there in May and used public transport plus walking to get everywhere. It was not difficult at all.

 

Which Hilton Hotel are you staying at? I think that Prague has more than one; some are closer to Old Town than others. Google shows that the Hilton Prague is about a mile from Old Town Square, and the Hilton Prague Old Town is half that distance.

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I thought there were just Hilton and Hilton Old Town. We are not in old town.

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Haven't stayed in either. We stayed in a small hotel in the heart of Old Town.

 

So your hotel is about a mile from Old Town Square. There may be a tram that will take you at least halfway if you want otherwise you can walk it. Charles Bridge is past Old Town Square, on the opposite side from your hotel.

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We have stayed at both. Some in our group walked from the Hilton. We always took the subway. This was the only place a pickpocket has succeeded getting my husband's wallet. It was on the tram, they are so clever. Hotel was wonderful. Had replacement card the next day. This Hilton is very large, lots of groups staying there. If you walk towards the subway, there is a fantastic restaurant just across from the subway next to a beer garden. You have to walk downstairs to the restaurant--great food and beer.

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When we were there, we just walked along the river until we got to the Charles Bridge and walked into town from there. It is over a mile. If you have a smart phone, you can download a street map of Prague using Google Maps before you leave and use it in Prague even if your data plan is switched off. There are also "city walk" apps you can download and use with data turned off.

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When we were there, we just walked along the river until we got to the Charles Bridge and walked into town from there. It is over a mile. If you have a smart phone, you can download a street map of Prague using Google Maps before you leave and use it in Prague even if your data plan is switched off. There are also "city walk" apps you can download and use with data turned off.

 

Thanks for the advice. This is how I'd like to do it, walk along the river. We should recognize the Charles Bridge by the large tower, isn't that right?

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Thanks for the advice. This is how I'd like to do it, walk along the river. We should recognize the Charles Bridge by the large tower, isn't that right?

 

Not to mention the 100 statues on the bridge :D

Well - maybe not quite a hundred but many :D

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We walked it, walk along to the charles bridge and cross there.

 

 

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Not sure what you mean by "cross there".

Both Hiltons are on the same side of town as the Old Town - hence no bridge crossing is required to get from either Hilton to Old Town.

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Not to mention the 100 statues on the bridge :D

Well - maybe not quite a hundred but many :D

 

Also helps that there are no cars!

 

Too bad they are not originals. But I think you can see them in one of the museums.

 

Thanks.

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I've read somewhere else that the street signs in Prague are pretty good, easy to find, easy to read. Would anyone agree/disagree with that? I think they are like Paris, signs on the side of buildings.

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I've read somewhere else that the street signs in Prague are pretty good, easy to find, easy to read. Would anyone agree/disagree with that? I think they are like Paris, signs on the side of buildings.

Yes, the road names are on the sides of buildings at each intersection. Even if you can't pronoun them.

Your hotel should have a street map for you with the hotel marked so you can find your way back.

Leave most of your valuables in the safe at the hotel and just get out and enjoy the city.

Do not exchange your money at the many exchange shops / booths unless you don't mind getting ripped off.

RB

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We found Prague easy to navigate. But I used Google maps on my phone. Didn't need to read too many street signs.

 

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Are you saying that you were walking and Google maps gave you directions?

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Yes, they do. However, I believe that you can't do it offline; you have to be connected.

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I was connected. But you can save areas for offline use, and if you do so, directions are available offline for areas which are saved. This is a recent change in Google maps, and a great one.

 

Since I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile I don't worry about data when roaming internationally. I save areas if I remember to do so, just because they load faster.

 

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I was connected. But you can save areas for offline use, and if you do so, directions are available offline for areas which are saved. This is a recent change in Google maps, and a great one.

 

Since I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile I don't worry about data when roaming internationally. I save areas if I remember to do so, just because they load faster.

 

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I knew you could save offline areas for driving directions, but when I last looked I'm pretty sure it didn't work for walking directions.

 

I just checked the support for Google for Android and found the following statement

  • "You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions."

You can of course save the offline map and navigate by yourself, but if you want directions you need to be connected.

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I knew you could save offline areas for driving directions, but when I last looked I'm pretty sure it didn't work for walking directions.

 

I just checked the support for Google for Android and found the following statement

  • "You can get driving directions offline, but not transit, bicycling, or walking directions."

You can of course save the offline map and navigate by yourself, but if you want directions you need to be connected.

 

You're right; I found that in the offline map explanation also.

 

I usually don't use the walking directions - I just find my destination on the map and walk towards it, following my progress on the map. We did drive through South Africa for a few days last year, just using the offline driving directions from Google Maps, so I can attest that they actually do work as expected. And the driving directions even worked in Madagascar, though "driving" in Madagascar is a bit of a misnomer!

 

I know that I used the walking directions last year in Budapest, and that was before I had a cell phone with an international data plan. I must have started them up when I was connected to the hotel's Wi-Fi signal, but I remember that they continued to work after we got out of Wi-Fi range, until we reached our destination. That would be a convenient workaround, if you want to use walking directions offline.

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Walking around with cell phone in hand seems to make you a target of pickpockets. They could walk up and grab your phone.

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Walking around with cell phone in hand seems to make you a target of pickpockets. They could walk up and grab your phone.

Everyone in Europe is walking around with a cellphone in hand.

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Is it easy to get from the Prague Hilton to Old Town? How good are street signs in Prague? I'd rather walk and enjoy the view than take the subway and possibly have to deal with pickpockets. I know, it could be a problem on the street, too.

 

I'm sure I can get directions from our hotel. Just wondering how easy it is to get around Prague.

 

We were at the Hilton Old Town last June. All you have to do is walk out of the hotel & walk to your right. Stroll easily for about 10 - 15 minutes, people watching, taking pictures etc & before you know it, you're there. Locals were friendly & spoke some English. Very safe at night. I'd walked to the Old Town one evening around 9 PM & returned to the Hilton around 10:30 PM with no problems.

 

Enjoy.

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We were at the Hilton Old Town last June. All you have to do is walk out of the hotel & walk to your right. Stroll easily for about 10 - 15 minutes, people watching, taking pictures etc & before you know it, you're there. Locals were friendly & spoke some English. Very safe at night. I'd walked to the Old Town one evening around 9 PM & returned to the Hilton around 10:30 PM with no problems.

 

Enjoy.

 

So I've been moved to a new hotel but I appreciate your story. How did you wander around Old Town without getting lost?

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So I've been moved to a new hotel but I appreciate your story. How did you wander around Old Town without getting lost?

There is a huge plaza in old town & of course the astronomical clock is there. Just keep the clock or anyone of the many sites there as a landmark in your head or on your camera. Most if not all the streets you walk down away from the plaza will eventually lead you back to the plaza when you decide to turn around and walk back to the plaza area. Getting lost is the best way to explore the area. I'm sure your hotel will have a map of the area. As I mentioned before the locals are friendly & helpful. Just in case take a business card from the hotel, so you can at least show it to the local if you have to ask for directions.

 

Enjoy & don't fret too much.

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We stayed at the Hilton you mention (not in Old Town). It was a doable walk. We asked the hotel to highlight the route for us. While the hotel food is good, it is very expensive.

 

 

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We stayed at the Hilton you mention (not in Old Town). It was a doable walk. We asked the hotel to highlight the route for us. While the hotel food is good, it is very expensive.

 

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Did you choose to walk along the river, or take city streets?

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