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Our 4 day trip in Sept - some queries......


Myself and wife (age 54, 48) arrive in Prague on Sept 02 around 9pm for 4 nights. We are booked at the Maximilian Hotel for 4 nights. We leave on Sat Sep 06 - flight is at 5pm.

So we are in Prague for 3-1/2 days. We have already reviewed the forums and are generally clear on our activities during this time. However, some queries:

  1. How is our hotel location? Is it central in terms of sightseeing etc? Hotel reviews are excellent.

  2. We are also looking at the possibility of renting a car for one day (mostly on friday Sept 05) and basically going out of Prague for a drive to see the countryside. Please advise on this - and possible options.

I understand that car rental + going out may not be required, as we are here only 3 days. But we always love to drive in Europe for at least one day during our time in Europe.

Any other advice will be welcome, Díky!

Posted by
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Your hotel is very central. You are right in the Old Town and most of the major sights are in walking distance. No more than 30 to 45 minutes. Renting a car for one day is not economical. You can get around very easily and much much cheaper by public transport. Friday afternoon there will be heavy traffic almost everywhere and gridlock in Prague. If you want to see countryside go by train to Krivoklat. Plenty of scenery on the ride. Karlstejn is little closer but very touristy. There is a castle of the same name in Krivoklat. If you still insist on driving, google car rental in Prague and choose based on your preference for car or price. You can also investigate here in the US with major companies (Avis, Hertz, Budget, etc) if they have a branch in Prague and if they offer better deal. Rental in C.R. is substantially more expensive than in US, gas too, cars are with manual gear shift, automatic much more expensive, you need International Drivers Permit (obtainable in AAA), zero tolerance of alcohol behind the wheel.

Posted by
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I stayed at the Maximilian Hotel last month, and I absolutely loved the hotel. The Maximilian is in an excellent location, very central. You'll be right next to the Jewish Quarter, you're a very short walk to Old Town Square, you're a short walk to the nearest tram stop, and a relatively short walk to the nearest Metro station. I found everything at the Maximilian to be excellent, especially the professionalism and friendliness of the staff. And speaking of the staff, I'm sure you'll meet the front desk managers Tomas and Harriett, they're wonderful, absolutely wonderful!