Your Finnair flight from Chicago will depart from O’Hare International Airport (ORD), which is located 28 km northwest of the city. Finnair invites you to experience one of the world’s longest-running airlines and make your way to more than 100 exciting locations aboard our sleek and modern fleet of aircraft.
Reaching O’Hare International Airport from the city centre is easy and the airport shuttles offer convenient travel to and from the city, suburbs, and hotels. Go Airport Express shuttles offer non-stop direct service to O’Hare, providing door-to-door downtown coverage throughout Chicago’s neighbourhoods. Alternatively, the CTA blue line trains connect the city and ORD with a 24-hour service.
Departing from Chicago with Finnair
- Your Finnair flight from Chicago will depart from Terminal 5, the same location as your check-in.
- We operate up to five flights a week from the city, so you can fly at a time that suits your needs.
PRAGUE: WHERE THE PAST MEETS THE PRESENT
A city of medieval squares and narrow cobblestone streets, Prague is one of Europe’s finest travel destinations. Its mix of historic sites, friendly atmosphere and European cosmopolitan feel attracts more than 5 million visitors per year, and we cover the best of these in the Finnair travel guide to Prague. With so much to see and do, a trip to this city on the Vltava is a must-do on your European vacation.
A FANTASTIC CITY OF BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE AND RICH HISTORY
Like a living fairy tale, Prague is filled with fantastic buildings from different centuries. The view from the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River and the red brick roofs is among the most beautiful in Europe. Prague Castle is the biggest mediaeval castle in the world, and the St. Vitus Cathedral and the Church of our Lady Before Týn are wonderful examples of gothic architecture. The beautiful baroque buildings in Malá Strana, or the Little Quarter, look like beautifully detailed doll’s houses.
Built in Art Nouveau style, Hotel Evropa on the lively Wenceslas Square offers a luxurious stay, and the numerous outdoor restaurants around the square are perfect for sampling world-famous Czech beer. The futuristic Dancing house by Frank Gehry creates an interesting contrast with the historical buildings. To gain insight into the rich history of Prague, which spans over a thousand years, visit the City Museum, Museum of Communism and the Jewish quarter Josefov.
SIGHTS IN PRAGUE
Charles Bridge - Spanning the Vltava river and connecting old Prague with the far bank is this beautiful medieval bridge. It has stood for many hundreds of years since its construction during the reign of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. Since then it has seen millions of visitors who come for the picturesque river views, making this one of the most popular sights in Prague. Walking across towards Prague Castle, perched high above the city, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back into the Middle Ages. The largest ancient castle in the world, its imposing walls and stout fortifications have served as the seat of power in the area for centuries.
Completing the medieval feeling is the Old Town Square where a hive of activity day and night bustles with tourists, diners, locals and vendors all coming together to form a lively arena of activity surrounded by beautiful gothic buildings. Check out the Astronomical Clock on the wall of the Old City Hall, a marvel of science in its time. Moreover, Prague has long had a Jewish population, which has formed a valuable part of its identity. The Old Jewish Cemetery, the final resting place of some of these Czechs, is an interesting sight all of its own and worth a visit.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEAR PRAGUE
- Konopiste Castle – A fairy-tale castle set on a lake among the woods, it is less than an hour from Prague by car. Enjoy some medieval magic.
- Terezin Concentration Camp – An education centre, tours and a memorial provide a sobering view of this World War II site.
- Karlovy Vary – A few hours from the city, this spa town has the soothing mineral waters and bubbling pools you’ll crave after a long day of walking around the capital.
SHOPPING IN PRAGUE
Despite being all about the Old Town, Prague shopping has modern options on top of the usual tourist wares. New shopping malls are springing up, and you can find most brands you’ve become accustomed to elsewhere in Europe.
- Old Town Square – Geared almost exclusively towards tourists, it’s still a pleasant (if not crowded) place to pick up Czech crystal, souvenirs and natural goods from the many market vendors.
- Palladium – A great stop for shopping, Prague’s modern mall is just a short walk from the Old Town Square. You’ll find many modern European and international brands along with eateries and cafés, making it a great stop for shopping in Prague.
- Wenceslas Square – Actually a long boulevard, this shopping area is similar in content to Palladium but with the addition of some upper-tier brands. The pedestrian streets branching off provide some good, local shopping opportunities.
- Pařížská Street – Luxury-brand aficionados need only head here where all the famous labels are located.
CZECH FOOD & DRINK IN PRAGUE
Prague’s food and drink scene embraces both traditional Czech fare along with modern cuisine. As the city has modernised, it hasn’t forgotten its roots however, and hearty Czech food and drink is available around every corner.
- Svíčková – A true food of Prague, this is beef sirloin served in a creamy sauce with traditional Czech bread dumplings.
- Lángos – Actually from Hungary, this fried dough masterpiece has made its way to Prague. Topped with garlic, tomato sauce and cheese, it is the perfect snack to keep you going on a chilly day.
- Guláš – Well-known as Goulash in English, this is stewed meat served in a thick, brown sauce with a variety of sides.
- Řízek – Traditional Czech schnitzel of beef, veal or pork that is coated and fried, then served with dumplings.
- Žemlovka – A sweet dish made with apple soaked in milk and flavoured with vanilla, then baked until golden.
- Beer – Pilsner was first brewed in the Czech Republic, and the beer culture here is strong. Well-known brands like Pilsner Urquell and Budvar are very popular, while many more styles and flavours are also available.
- Wine and spirits – Both widely available and cheap with Prague’s famous Absinthe available for those brave enough to try.
- Coffee – Enjoyed everywhere in all the usual styles. There are many small, charming coffee spots tucked away in the alleys, so don’t be afraid to explore.
TRANSPORT IN PRAGUE
Getting around in Prague is quite easy thanks to its many pedestrian-friendly areas and the efficient metro system. Transport in Prague is relatively cheap compared to other European capitals.
- Metro – Three lines serve the city with several stops in places of interest for tourists. The system is reliable and affordable, especially the 24-hour or 3-day ticket. Always validate your ticket when entering the metro station.
- Bus – Buses run earlier and later than the metro; they are a good option if you’re out late. They can also take you outside the city to farther-away destinations. Validate your ticket when you get on. If you are not able to make the climb up to Prague Castle, a bus is recommended.
- Tram – More than 20 tram lines weave through the city, so they provide a convenient way to quickly get around town.
- By foot – Prague is very easy to walk around. The narrow streets of Old Town can mean pedestrians share limited space with cars, but it is not dangerous. Many areas are for pedestrians only. Distances between sights can be quite long, but if you have time, there are many beautiful scenes to see by foot.
PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT PRAGUE
- Currency – Czech Koruna (Kč).
- Electricity – 220 volts, 50 hz, European type C plug.
- Tips – Not formally expected but appreciated if given. Most restaurants include a service charge and perhaps a cover fee.
- Payment/card – Widely accepted. Carry cash for shopping at the markets.
- Time zone – CET/UTC+1.
- Water – Usually safe to drink, but bottled water is available everywhere.
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