City Breaks Prague
Regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the stylish capital of the Czech Republic is brimming with grand historical and cultural sights. Its Gothic and Bohemian Baroque architecture provides a magical setting in which to experience Prague’s contemporary art, dining and entertainment. Whether you seek a romantic walk along the river or late-night dancing in a trendy nightclub, Prague welcomes you.
Best time to visit: April-May and September-October.
Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) is 20km northwest of the city centre.
Just walking from Old Town to the Castle District is a lesson in Central European history and architecture. Largely undamaged in WW2, the cobbled streets feature well-preserved Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque buildings. A city break in Prague also includes contemporary food, fresh Czech pilsners and a variety of nightlife options.
Crossing the Vltava River on the Charles Bridge, you’ll find more world-class architecture on the west bank. Relax at an outdoor café and gaze at the bohemian palaces and ornate churches. One of the popular things to see in Prague is John Lennon Wall, where residents have left messages of peace and love since the 1980s.
One of the top activities in Prague is to visit this fairy-tale castle, the site of Czech rule for centuries. Overlooking the Vltava, it has multiple gardens and courtyards. Its St Vitus Cathedral is a haunting Gothic church with a medieval mosaic, stunning stained glass and city views from the top of the south tower.
Hearty meat dishes come with houskové knedlíky (spongy, steamed bread dumplings). The must-have drink on a city break in Prague is pivo (beer) – specifically pilsner. In tankovna (tank pubs) you’ll find fresh pilsner in tanks, not kegs. There’s a brewery on the grounds of Strahov Monastery in Lesser Town, and Prague Beer Museum serves 30 Czech beers.
The city’s modern attitude is evident in the diverse nightlife. Visitors will find everything from wine bars and pub crawls to jazz clubs and Central Europe’s biggest night club (which blasts a different style of music on each of its five floors). Take a Prague Beer tasting tour or splash out at one of the fine-dining restaurants.
Artists: Visit the Mucha Museum for art nouveau masterworks from the Czech Republic’s most renowned painter, Alphonse Mucha.
Families: See swimming polar bears and walk through spacious animal habitats at the newly renovated Prague Zoo.
Couples: Take a romantic sunset stroll across Charles Bridge and along the cobbled lanes of Lesser Town.
Language: The language spoken in Prague is Czech
Currency: The currency used in Prague is the koruna (Kč)
Local time: Prague is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) is 20km northwest of the city centre
Flight time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Tourist information: Further Prague tourist information can be found at www.prague.eu
Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Prague, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Temperature: Average highs of 22 (°C) in summer, 2 (°C) in winter
Best time to visit: April-May and September-October
If you can bear the cold, Prague can be a winter wonderland at Christmastime. July and August have the hottest weather, but spring and autumn are best for milder temperatures and fewer crowds.
By foot: The city centre’s old and new neighbourhoods are easy to cover on foot.
By metro or bus: The large and inexpensive public transport network includes the metro, trams and buses.
By taxi: Avoid dishonest taxi drivers by using a reputable company, agreeing to the fare beforehand and dodging the taxis outside stations and tourist attractions.
Prague Spring International Music Festival: For three weeks in May, the capital hosts classical music events showcasing world-famous symphony, orchestra and chamber ensembles – with particular focus on young performers.
Signal Light Festival: See the Prague skyline as never before in October, when artists from across the world illuminate the city with innovative light installations and videos projected on prominent city buildings.
Prague Christmas Market: Starting on St Nicholas Eve (5 Dec.), the Old Town Square transforms into a festive Christmas market offering mulled wine, food, ornaments and gifts.
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