Yellow Penguins and Responsible Partying

As students in Prague for the semester, we all like to have fun! And during your semester in Prague, this fun probably involves a lot of drinking, as Prague is famous for its beer, its nightlife and is filled to the brim with lively young people. But is it possible to have too much fun? Maybe so.

If you haven’t already heard, over the summer, one of the plastic yellow penguins lining the banks of the Vltava River on Kampa Park mysteriously disappeared. Just six days later, three foreigners in their 20s were arrested in connection with the kidnapping, and considering that the incident occurred around 5 am, we can assume the captors were intoxicated at the time. These three foreigners were then faced with the prospect of two years in prison if they were convicted of the crime. 

While stealing plastic penguins might seem like a harmless and hilarious prank to a few drunk students, it cost the modern art museum about 70,000 czk in damage and it is now something that is on their criminal records forever. So, was it really worth it? 

Now, the rest of us students in Prague can laugh about what happened, but we can also let it be a reminder: of course we like to party, but we also need to party at least semi-responsibly. At OhMyPrague!, we’re here to fulfill all your partying needs – we’re more than happy to provide a safe, friendly, and fun environment for students in Prague, but some of it is up to you. So how can you make sure you’re drinking responsibly with OhMyPrague!? We’ve got some tips for you:

 

1. Eat first! 

The first rule of a night out is to start by lining your stomach. And for students in Prague, it’s pretty easy, because the food is cheap and delicious. Grab a group of friends and head out for some fried cheese or goulash – both hearty options to fill you up and prep you for your big night out. 

 

2. Drink water

Do your best to stay hydrated throughout the night. Drink some water throughout the day before you go out (you should be doing this anyway!), and if you feel like you need to slow down at any point during the night, don’t be afraid to grab a glass of water. This will do wonders for your body while you’re out and it’ll help manage that nasty hangover the next day – trust us. Water is a win-win.

 

3. Know your limits 

Know how much you can handle and try to keep track of how many drinks you’ve had (we know, easier said than done sometimes). Not only will this help you save money – and we all know as students in Prague we need to save money – but it will keep you from going over the tipping point during your night out. Even if you’re feeling alright, if you’ve already had 8 or 9 drinks you probably shouldn’t be going for that 10th one just yet. Wait about 30 minutes before deciding whether or not you actually want more to drink – as you probably don’t need it even though you might feel strange without a drink in your hand.

 

4. Charge your phone before you go out

Don’t get caught without a way to contact your friends. Make sure your phone is fully charged before you leave your place for the night. If you get separated from the people you know, this will be your lifeline to either call someone or to order a taxi home. Or, you could even share your location with someone you trust in case you get lost so they’ll know where to find you. It’s also not a bad idea to bring a charger with you in case you end up at McDonald’s by yourself at 3 am wondering where your friends are.

 

5. Watch your drink

We’re sure you’ve heard this before, but we’ll say it again: never leave your drink unattended at the bar, and don’t accept drinks from strangers if you don’t see it being made. Prague is a safe city, but sketchy people are still out there, so take the necessary precautions. Keep your eyes on your drink at all times to be sure it’s not being mixed with anything you didn’t approve of first – which might make you do things you normally wouldn’t do later.

 

6. Stay away from bodies of water, bikes, and scooters

Don’t attempt to do anything that requires coordination during a night of drinking – and especially don’t go wandering around near the river. The danger of falling, drowning, or crashing isn’t worth it. Even if you don’t hurt yourself in the process, you could hurt someone else or damage property and wind up paying bills for the next few months. 

 

7. Stay with friends (or with us!) 

Do your best throughout the night to stick with the people you know and trust. We’re always here to help when you come on a night out with us, so if you have a problem, we can help you figure it out. 

Staying in a group in general is important, too. If someone has a crazy idea (such as stealing penguins from a modern art museum), if you’re in a big group it’s more likely that at least one person is a little more sober than you, and will hopefully be able to talk everyone else out of the bad idea. Look out for your friends, and make sure you trust that they’re looking out for you, too. 

 

8. Know your way home

If you’re not confident enough to know how to get home from just about anywhere in the city, we would recommend downloading an offline map just in case something goes wrong. Don’t get caught wandering around by yourself in an unfamiliar area at all hours of the night. This is how many people get into situations that can cause trouble.

 

9. Use common sense

Let’s face it: we’ve all done some pretty crazy stuff while drinking and there’s no shame in admitting that. The real problem comes when we break the law, hurt ourselves or others, or damage property. Pulling a silly prank might seem fun in the moment, but before you do anything, stop and ask yourself if you would do it while you were sober. If the answer is no, it’s probably best to step back and not partake in whatever it is. 

 

As students in Prague, we all like to party – but sometimes we just need to be smart about it. Keep these tips in mind and you should be just fine, and remember you can always come to us for help. Did we miss any tips? Let us know if you have anything to add in the comments. 

What’s going on with the Lennon Wall?

For all you students in Prague wondering what’s up with the beloved John Lennon Wall, here’s the deal! It seems that the John Lennon Wall has ceased to exist as we know it. 

Since the 1980s after the murder of John Lennon, the wall has served as a colorful and vibrant reminder of Lennon’s legacy. For decades now, people from all over the world have come to the wall to witness the art and graffiti that were its trademarks and to add their own pieces of art, but suddenly about a month ago, as you probably noticed, a blue tarp appeared, covering the wall and blocking visitors from adding to it or taking photos. 

The wall is underwent renovations and finally reopened on November 7th with a new look and new rules. Now, it’s a protected open-air gallery reserved for professional artists creating works that preserve the memory of John Lennon and messages of peace and freedom. It will be monitored by a camera and closely watched by police to make sure these works are respected. 

For all you students in Prague who have always dreamed about signing your name on the John Lennon Wall, though, never fear! A small section of the wall is still available to the public, but you can only write on it with chalk, pencil, or marker – not paint. The Lennon Wall has also been recently designated by the city as a significant historical location, meaning that no busking is allowed and noise limits will be enforced. 

The city of Prague asks just one thing of us: please remember to be respectful. A big part of the reason why most of the wall is reserved for professionals going forward is because drunk tourists would deface works of art and put vulgar graffiti on the wall, defeating the whole purpose. If it continues to be defaced even after these renovations, who knows what the city will resort to next. We don’t want to lose one of the most beloved attractions in Prague! 

Will you be visiting the John Lennon Wall anytime soon? What do you think of its new look and its new rules? Let us know in the comments! 

I need a coffee ASAP

One of the things we love about Prague is the cheap beer, but we don’t know many people who actually want to start the day with a cold Pilsner. Coffee sounds more interesting at 8 o’clock in the morning and Prague has a lot of good places to offer! It is not just coffee – it is GOOD coffee. Here are a few of the best ones that focus on high-quality coffee.

Super Tramp Coffee
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This hidden little gem is located in the heart of Prague. For a first-timer, it could be a little tricky to find, but it is totally worth it. Want a quick espresso or a delicious cappuccino to escape the crowded streets? This is the place to go. If the weather allows it, sit outside in their beautiful backyard located between beautiful, architectural buildings.


Ronin CoffeeSpot
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This is a pretty new coffee shop in Prague, located in the Vinohrady district. Have a terrific coffee to-go and go for a walk in the Havlicek Gardens close by or just stay inside in their cozy atmosphere to enjoy your beverage. Here they also have a pretty backyard that you can relax in.


EMA espresso
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EMA espresso is a busy coffee shop located by Masarykovo station, but they offer terrific coffee and you can usually squeeze in somewhere if you want to sit down. Also with a good selection of cakes and smaller foods, this place is perfect when you want to get that extra energy kick.


Lights Coffee 
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Close by I.P Pavlova station you will find this treasure. If you’re a bit hungrier but don’t want to compromise with your coffee, this is a good place to go and it is a good place to start your morning.


Coffee room.
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Well appreciated, also located in Vinohrady, this place is famous for their banana bread (and a lot of other goodies). But if you just want to enjoy a good cup of coffee, this is a must in Prague.


 

Loft Cafe Karlin 
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In the neighborhood of Karlin, don’t forget to visit this place. With a really cozy place to hang out and good coffee, what can go wrong?


Onesip coffee 
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This popular place is located not far from the Jewish Quarter. It’s the perfect get-away after a walk in the center of Prague and you won’t be sorry.


Ye’s cafe studio
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In Prague 7 you will find this awesome coffee shop. With a cool interior, music events and art, coffee is not the only thing that draws you here.

Psst – they also have good food!


Solista Espresso Bar
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Wanna have coffee in pink heaven? Solista is the place to go! Also located in Prague 7, Solista Espresso Bar offers both quality coffee and other cold beverages, along with delicious cakes.


Kafemat
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A bit further to the west in Prague 6, you will find this awesome coffee shop. Maybe a good stop after shopping at the local farmers market on Saturdays?

Text: A. Pauli
Oh My Prague! 

Halloween in Prague

Halloween is right around the corner and you know what that means – costumes, candy, and a great excuse to party! While you may not find as much trick-or-treating going on around here, the city doesn’t lack the spooky spirit. 

So what are the best ways to celebrate Halloween for students in Prague? We’ve got your back.

 

Carve a pumpkin

For all you creative carvers out there, farmers’ markets and grocery stores will be filled to the brim with pumpkins for sale. Grab a group of friends, pick out your pumpkins, and start carving! Nothing will get you in the Halloween spirit like carving some pumpkins with some spooky designs. 

There’s even a pumpkin patch near the city: Pumpkin Farm Bykos near Beroun, about an hour’s train ride from Prague. Geared more towards kids but lots of fun for students in Prague, too, you can pick a pumpkin, visit the small petting zoo, and enjoy homemade pumpkin treats. 

 

Choose a costume

One of the best parts of Halloween is getting to put together your costume! Students in Prague go all out, and whether you’re more into DIY costumes or you’re looking to grab something straight off the rack, you’ll be able to find something good. Prague is home to thrift shops galore and they also open some costume stores around the city, like Halloween Store Prague. Make sure your costume is great, because some of the Halloween parties around the city will have cash prizes for costume contests! 

 

Attend a themed event

There are tons of spooky themed events out there to get you into the Halloween spirit, no matter what kind of thing you’re looking for during your semester in Prague. 

You can attend the Zombie Night Run, which will take place on the 26 of October this year. At this event, all runners show up in their costumes after dark for the race. Check out their website for more information.

Or, if you’re not into running, you can join Prague’s Halloween Walk, or Zombie Walk, on the 23 of October. Show up to the meeting point at 5 pm in your costume to join the group and walk through the center. Plus, as a bonus, the ten best costumes will win free tickets to see the new Zombieland movie. 

If you’re not into either of those, there are a bunch of other events, such as scary movie showings, costume parties, themed nights, and special meetups for students in Prague if you just do a quick Facebook search! 

 

Parties

If you’re more into Halloween for an excuse to party, you’re not alone. For students in Prague, Halloween is one of the biggest nights of the year.  

Prague is home to Central Europe’s biggest Halloween party: Bloody Sexy Halloween – two nights, one hell of a party! Bloody Sexy Halloween features lights, shows, entertainment, and a costume contest with a 40,000 czk cash prize. Taking place this year on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2 at SaSaZu in Prague, this will be a night you won’t forget. If you’re in for a party, grab your tickets now! 

Mobile Operator Tariffs for Students in Prague

 

Let’s face it – the mobile phone tariffs in Czech Republic are ridiculously high. According to a study from 2017, they belong among the most expensive in the EU. People in Czech Republic may criticize, ridicule and curse the unreasonable prices, but, unfortunately, no one has been able to blast this bubble yet. So, if you can’t get by without your smartphone (chances are, you can’t), you’re pretty much left at mercy of the mobile operators’ companies. But wait, we hear you calling, there are the virtual operators, who have arrived a couple of years ago. Haven’t they changed the game a little bit? And we’re students, so that should help, too, shouldn’t it? Well, take a look at the comparison we have prepared for you and have all of your questions answered!

 

Student tariffs – not great, not terrible

 

The three biggest and most famous operators on the Czech market – O2, T-Mobile and Vodafone – have all quite decent offers for the students. For the first two, you don’t even have to be a student – you just have to be between 6 and 26 years old. Vodafone will ask you for the ISIC card, but its offer is also more generous. See for yourself:

O2

Let’s start with O2. But before we even begin, let us warn you against a typical big company trap – the prices stated with big fat colourful numbers only apply if you seal the deal for two years straight. If you sign without any commitment, the prices suddenly skyrocket. There is no mention about it until you dig deep and find the complete price list. Not cool, O2. Which is really ironic, since the tariff itself is actually called [:kůl:].

Anyway, you have two types of the tariff, depending on the amount of data you need monthly. You will get 5 GB for 399 CZK, and 10 GB for 499 CZK, if you sign for 2 years (and 549 CZK and 649 CZK respectively, in case you don’t). If you can do your math (and honestly, you should, being a student and all), you’re able see that the latter one is more favourable. In an unlikely case that you also need other mobile services (like phone calls or text messages – crazy, right?), you have 120 free minutes AND an unlimited amount of messagesif you text another O2 number. SMS outside the elite operator network will cost you additional 3.5 CZK. If you ever run of your free minutes, any additional one will cost you 3.5 CZK. Should you need more data, the 2 GB data package is yours for 249 CZK

T-Mobile

T-Mobile offers the students (AKA people between 6 and 26 years) 10 GB for 499 CZK. There are 100 free minutes and 100 free text messages into any Czech network (are you listening, O2?). If you’re really into the old-school texting and use up all the free ones, you’ll pay 1.5 CZK per piece. Additional calls after crossing the free limit will cost you 3.5 CZK / minute. The 2 GB data package is 299 CZK, but you also have an option of buying less data (check out the table at the end of this article).

Vodafone

Moving on to the probably best option – Vodafone. Hashtags are apparently still a thing, so this offer comes with a price of bearing the name #jetovtobe (#itisinyou). As we have mentioned before, it is conditioned with the ISIC card and will cost you 499 CZK per month. In return, you’ll receive 10 GB + additional 2 GB from the ‘My Vodafone’ app. You’ll also be able to call and text without limit. The additional data package is the cheapest option, as 1 GB will make you only 99 CZK lighter.

Virtually insignificant offers

We have mentioned the small virtual mobile operators at the beginning of this article. Are they any good, then? Have they brought a gust of fresh air, different offers, are they a healthy competition against the big, established companies? Well, not really. Apart from working on the network of the mentioned big companies, they offer the services that are so limited and exhausting that investing in them really doesn’t make much sense. Take mobil.cz as an example – the operator using the T-Mobile network offers a prepaid card. Each time you buy 200 CZK worth of credit, you get 200 MB, valid one month. Yay? If you exhaust the data before one month is over (improbable, right?), the speed of the internet decreases, but you can still do basic stuff like chatting through the messaging apps. Of course, you can forget about checking you Instagram feed. After the month of slow browsing is over, you’re done for good – your data have been switched off completely. You do have an option of buying different packages – e.g. 1.4 GB for 130 CZK or 2 GB for 300 CZK. In case you’re still interested in other services, calling costs you 2.2 CZK / min and one text message 1.5 CZK. You can buy some packages to make calls, too (for example 30 minutes for 57 CZK). It is probably a good option for someone who barely uses their mobile phone, but if it’s glued to your hand 24/7, this option seems to be to tedious, as you have to keep buying different packages, some of which are only valid for a couple of days, and most probably, you will end up paying ever more than with the tariff operators.

Summary:

O2

Cost 399 CZK (549 CZK) 499 CZK (649 CZK)
Internet 5 GB 10 GB
Minutes 120
Text messages Unlimited withing O2 / 3.5 CZK outside O2
Additional data packages 2 GB = 249 CZK

 

T-Mobile

Cost 499 CZK
Internet 10 GB
Minutes 100 / 3.5 CZK per minute afterwards
Text messages 100 / 1.5 CZK afterwards
Additional data packages 400 MB = 99 CZK

1 GB = 199 CZK

2 GB = 299 CZK

 

Vodafone

Cost 499 CZK
Internet 10 GB + 2 GB in the app
Minutes unlimited
Text messages unlimited
Additional data packages 1 GB = 99 CZK

 

Mobil.cz

Cost 200 CZK
Internet 200 MB, expires in 1 month
Minutes 2.2 CZK
Text messages 1.5 CZK
Additional data packages 700 MB = 130 CZK

2 GB = 300 CZK

 

So, how do you feel about the prices of the Czech mobile operators? Have you found your perfect tariff? If you don’t feel like pouring that much money into your smart box, you can always try the cheapest and most friendly version that never fails – offline communication!

Text:E. Lukašiková
Oh My Prague! 

Culture for Everyone – Part 1

 

Let’s face it: even though we love to party, we have to mix it up with something else once in a while. And this week, OhMyPrague! will offer you a free tour of the remarkable National Library of Technology. So let’s kick off this week with some other cool tips about where to discover more culture in the city. Whether you want to spend a whole day exploring or just visit one of these places, they’re all worth your time. Here are 5 incredible places to visit, and this is just the beginning of what Prague has to offer:

 

Prague Market & Trafo Gallery

Station: Pražská tržnice & Tusarova

Website: https://www.prazska-trznice.cz

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source: https://www.facebook.com/prazskatrznice/

 

Now, when fall is upon us, what better way to enjoy the beautiful city by visiting some of the best galleries and museums? Alongside the gorgeous Vltava river in Prague 7 you will find the Prague Market (Pražská tržnice). Even though it’s not far from the city center, it is a bit quieter and calmer. With old industrial buildings, here you can find a big vegetable & fruit market, a café, a restaurant and a big market with everything from shoes and bags to clothes and much more. You can follow the map at the entrance and orient yourself with the numbers on the buildings.

At number 14, you’ll find the cool Trafo Gallery, an exhibition space where they focus on everything from Czech to international artists. It cost 30 CZK and it’s definitely money well spent.

source: https://www.facebook.com/trafogalerie/

 

DOX – Centre of Contemporary Art

Station: Ortenovo náměstí

Website: https://www.dox.cz/en/

Map

source: https://www.facebook.com/DOXPrague/

 

Only a 10-minute walk from the market you will find DOX. This place is worth visiting

even if you just want to have a cozy place to study. The exhibition space is huge and you won’t want to miss the cool shop. It’s a bit expensive, but you can always just have a look. The café offers you a good panini for 60 CZK and a coffee for 40.

Entrance For students: 90 CZK (Art students: 30 CZK).

 

Trade Fair Palace

Station: Veletržní palác

Website: https://www.ngprague.cz/en/contact-veletrzni-palace

Map

Source: https://www.facebook.com/NGPrague/

 

Still up for some more art? Just a 5-minute tram ride from DOX, you will reach Trade Fair Palace (Veletržní palác). You can spend hours here!! So if you’re in a hurry, it might not be the best place to go. But most of the exhibitions are FREE! So if you don’t feel like doing it all at once, you can always go back. They have permanent exhibitions and they are free, but the you have to pay for the temporary ones. The permanent exhibitions contain older pieces alongside modern art. They also include pieces by Matisse, Picasso, Monet, Max Ernst, Juan Miro and a massive collection of Czech artists – basically, this place is the art-lover’s dream. They have a good café in the bottom in case you need to refuel.

source: https://www.facebook.com/NGPrague/

 

(A little detour: When you are in the area you should visit Bistro 8 – it’s just around the corner from Trade Fair Palace. Good coffee and a nice atmosphere!)

 

Franz Kafka Museum

Station: Malostranská

Website: https://kafkamuseum.cz

Map

source: https://www.facebook.com/franzkafkamuzeum/

 

Still not tired yet? Take the tram 10 minutes towards Charles Bridge and you will find yourself in the middle of the touristy area. Here, you will find the Franz Kafka Museum, dedicated to Prague’s most iconic author. The museum is pretty expensive (180 CZK), but there is a lot of material on his life and his literature connecting to the city. Even if you don’t want to go inside, it’s a got a good view of the Charles Bridge and isn’t too crowded.

(A short walk from the museum, you will find the legendary John Lennon Wall, if you haven’t already seen it! )

 

OhMyPrague!

Text: A. Pauli