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Thanks to good beer and cheap prices the historic city of Prague has a reputation for being full of rowdy stag dos. But this city is rich with culture. From the hundreds of towers and spires that fill the skyline, to fantastical Baroque palaces and the astronomical clock, there is something for everyone here.
Situated at the heart of the Czech Republic, there are also great road links to the rest of the country. With a hire car, Prague is just the start of your adventure. You could head northeast to the city of Mlada Boleslav in the country’s Central Bohemian region, or drive an hour west to Plzen for a tour of the Pilsner brewery.
Prague Airport is half an hour’s drive from the city centre and it’s an easy route by car. Otherwise try the Airport Express, which takes 35 minutes to Prague’s main train station.
For a hire car in Prague city centre head just east of the old town, near Wilsonova Street where a number of the rentals companies have offices.
Avis, Budget and Sixt are among the companies that can supply car hire at Prague Airport. They are based in the car hire centre, which is in a separate hall on the ground floor of Parking C. Then follow the Evropska road into the city centre.
Once you have your rental car in Prague, head an hour and 20 minutes east along the E67 to Pardubice, a picturesque town famous for its gingerbread. There is even a Gingerbread district and a museum which explores its impact on the town. There is also a Renaissance chateau and the Theatre of East Bohemia, as well as the CEZ Arena, where you can watch ice hockey.
An hour’s drive north of Prague is the spa town of Teplice. Nestled in the valley between the Central Bohemian mountains and the Krusne mountains, Teplice has lush gardens and a beautiful backdrop. The historic spa buildings are at the heart of the town and the parks and gardens make this a perfect day trip from the busy city of Prague.
Finally take your hire car to Liberac which is just over an hour away from Prague on the E65. The Jizera mountains form the backdrop to this city and offer plenty of stunning driving tours, as well as hiking and cycling trails. In winter, this is a popular destination for skiing and snowboarding and in the heart of the city is the Edvard Benes Square and the opulent town hall with its arched windows and green towers.
Prague has great road links with the rest of the country thanks to the spread of roads that lead from the city’s ring road. They have pretty much every direction covered. Drive on the right and overtake on the left and if you are travelling with children who are less than 150cm in height, you must use child car seats.
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If you’re flying to Prague, you’ll be landing at Václav Havel Airport. Renting a car here is easy thanks to numerous car hire facilities like Europcar and Hertz. The valleys surrounding the city might call for a sturdier vehicle, so if you’re planning on driving here, car rental agencies provide a range to suit different tastes. The airport itself is just 12 miles from the city by motorway, which makes driving into Prague is simple. You can browse the various car rental options available with the Expedia search tool.
If you’d rather rent a car from the city centre, take a number 119 bus from the airport to the last stop, Nádraží Veleslavín. From here, take the metro line A and get off at the Old Town Square. Alternatively, taxis aren’t expensive and can be hailed from outside arrivals. In the centre, you’re within walking distance of reputable car hire brands such as Avis, Broadway Car Rental and Car Rental Prague. Prague has several key main roads which make getting from A to B both efficient and enjoyable.
The Czech Republic has a wealth of medieval history, and Prague is the ideal base to start discovering it all. Krivoklat Castle is around 37 miles from the city centre and is full of Gothic architecture laid with thousands of paintings and books. For anyone looking to absorb rich Czech history and hear some harrowing medieval tales, this castle is the attraction for you.
An hour north of Prague, you’ll find the Terezin Concentration Camp. Still complete with the benches and bunks of its past, the settlement was liberated in 1945. This acts as a powerful reminder of the Nazi’s World War II occupation, and visitors are free to roam the entire complex.
The picturesque town of Karlovy Vary is just under two hours by car from Prague and is made up of a colourful array of buildings, although many were destroyed in natural disasters in the 18th and 19th century. One such spa survived, and is still standing more than six centuries later – a refreshing experience no matter what the season is.
If you’re travelling to Prague, then hiring a car here is a sure-fire way to make the most of the city and the regions surrounding it.