A city with an interesting history, marvelous architecture, a charming atmosphere, plenty of traditional culinary delights, fascinating museums and good beer, Prague is one of the best European destinations one can pick for a city break.
Prague was founded in the ninth century with the arrival of the Slavs in Bohemia. Initially there was only a small shopping area located on the site of the Old Town (Stare Mesto). Then, the first castle was erected, but only the St George Basilica has survived until today. In the thirteenth century, the Jewish ghetto and the Old-New Synagogue were built, but Prague reached its peak in the fourteenth century under the reign of Charles IV. He built many of the architectural masterpieces the city is famous for nowadays, founded Charles University (the oldest in Central Europe) and create the part we know today as the New City (Nove Mesto).
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Such a popular tourist destination, Prague awaits its visitors with open arms, oferring a full range of accommodation services – from the simple hostel rooms with shared bathrooms to luxury holiday apartments, vacation villas and hotel suites.
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If you are not on a diet, or a vegetarian you will certainly love this culinary paradise. The best food in Prague is not necessarily found in chefs’ restaurants, although there are quite many of them. You can eat traditional Czech food in the bars as well as in the street, but if you want to splurge, there are also places to do that. Don’t forget to order a beer or more!
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Beer is an institution in Prague, and a very good reason to visit this charming city. If you are a beer lover yourself and want to experience Czech Republic’s best, then you will no doubt find this guide to beer in Prague invaluable.
A pub for a casual atmosphere, a garden for some fresh air during the summer or a microbrewery for some authentic craft beer, Prague certainly has it all. If this is not enough, plan your holiday for the second half of May to join the Czech Beer Festival. Offering around 120 different beers, many culinary delicacies, souvenir stalls and live music, this annual event offer a similar atmosphere to the famous Oktoberfest.
Visiting Prague and looking for a fine dining experience? Besides being one of the most beautiful city break destinations, Prague is also home to a number of top class eateries, including two Michelin-starred restaurants serving the most delicious dishes carefully prepared by the best Czech chefs.
Planning to explore the beautiful city of Prague? Book your tour in advance and get straight to it! You can get on a bike, walk or ride a Segway! You can hire a vintage car or a horse-driven carriage and admire the city’s architecture. What about crawling the pubs and learning the secrets of traditional breweries?
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What to See in Prague
Each of Prague’s neighborhoods will show you a different face of the Golden City, as the Czech capital is also known as. Prague’s Old Town Prague amazes by its bucolic setting and flamboyant architecture that has earned it a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
The Old Town (Stare Mesto) is home to many of Prague’s most famous landmarks – the impressive Old Town Square with its lively atmosphere, where you can find the Old Town Hall and its Astronomical Clock, but also the magnificent Church of Our Lady before Tyn.
The New Town (Nove Mesto) has been the scene of many events including Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution. Here you will find the historic boulevard of Wenceslas Square, numerous museums and the city’s main shopping streets. The residential area called Hradcany, home to Prague Castle, to the Loreta and Strahov Monastery (famous for its historical library) is nevertheless charming.
Towering the entire city from the top of Hradcany Hill, Prague Castle is the ancient royal edifice in Europe. Looking more like a small town than like a castle, this is one of Prague’s top landmarks.
The complex is made of a few churches, palaces, royal yards and gardens. Plan at least half a day touring this landmark if you want to make the most of it. There a few cafes and restaurants on the site, so if you get tired, you will have where to catch your breath and have some rest.
Formerly known as the Stone Bridge, Charles Bridge (Karluv most) is a top landmark in Prague and the place where you can have a nice walk strolling along local souvenirs merchants, street performers and hordes of tourists.
It’s impossible to miss Charles Bridge, but to make the most of your Prague experience, visit this iconic bridge at different times of the day. You will notice the atmosphere changes.
In the early hours of the morning, you can see the commuters hurrying up on the way to work, then it gets invaded by hordes of tourists, while at dust you will see the lovers walking by.
The Astronomical Clock
A top landmark in Prague, attracting the hordes of tourists, the Astronomical Clock has been measuring the city’s time for over six centuries, since 1410, when it was first installed.
Also known as the Prague orloj among the locals, the Astronomical Clock was the third such time measuring mechanism in the entire world. Currently, it is the oldest still functioning astronomical clock.
A city with a troubled history, Prague is home to impressive churches and cathedrals, that emphatically retrace the city’s past.
St. Vitus Cathedral’s spires oar above the ramparts of the Prague Castle complex. The magnificent Church of Our Lady Before Tyn dominates the Old Town Square with its 80 meters towers.
Prague is dotted with fantastic parks and areas of greenery, which provide a quaint location to sit back and take in the sights and sounds of this bustling city.
When the weather warms up, Prague parks become hotspots for the city’s residents, and for any tourist that knows where to find them!
What to Do in Prague
Touring the city, admiring the architecture, visiting its top landmarks, drinking beer and eating dumplings garnished pork or duck dishes are the main things to do in Prague.
Whether you are new lovers, honeymooners, or a well-seasoned couple looking to rekindle the flame of your relationship, Prague is a great destination for a romantic getaway. A stroll across the city center, admiring the well-preserved architectural gems, a boat ride on the Vltava River, a tour of the city in a horse-driven carriage or a vintage car, Prague is certainly the place where to live an eternal Valentine’s Day.
We all know that finding fun-filled activities for kids while traveling is not an easy job. If you are afraid your young ones will get bored in Prague, you don’t have to worry! With special places for them, boat rides, kids oriented museums and plenty of puppets show, Prague has everything you need to them entertained.
Traveling on a budget? You should know that Prague can still make a top destination as this beautiful city offers plenty of free things to do. Its twisting cobbled streets are worth walking up and down. Charles Bridge is a complete experience, while the grounds of Prague Castle are simply impressive.
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The Czech capital boasts an impressive number of castles, palaces and other royal landmarks and there are many more you can visit by taking day trips from Prague. After touring the city and its majestic palaces, you can visit Karlstejn and Cesky Krumlov’s World Heritage-listed castle also known as the Pearl of the Renaissance.
You can also take a spa day at Kalovy Vary, or just admire this town’s beautiful architecture. The mining town of Kutna Hora awaits you to give you a chill for the day with its wonderfully macabre structures.