Prague

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Charles Bridge which includes a city, a river or creek and heritage elements

The city of a thousand spires is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Its stunning skyline and architecture give many clues to its fascinating history.

Visitors can’t help fall under Prague’s old world charm. It is the capital of the Czech Republic, and until the late 1980’s, was under communist rule. These days, it is also known as the ‘heart of Europe’ and is one of Europe’s leading cities. It also has some of the best beer in the continent.

Prague is compact enough to see on foot, but wear good walking shoes to avoid the pain of cobbled streets. Take a camera to capture the surroundings and some Czech crowns (czk) to sample the famous Pilsner (local beer). ‘Pivo, prosím’means ‘one beer, please’.

The city is divided by the River Vltava, responsible for another moniker, ‘mini Venice.’ Linked by the medieval Charles Bridge; on one side lies the castle district, and opposite, the sprawling Old Town (Staré Město) and New Town (Nové Město). The city’s Old Town lies at the heart of the historical district. Here you’ll find the timeless Old Town Square and its famous Astronomical Clock.

Staying here has its advantages. There are many excellent hotels and restaurants, beautiful baroque buildings, and charming cobbled streets around you, and easy routes to the top sights.

From the Old Town, follow the Royal Way, to majestic Prague Castle, which dates back to around AD 870. Spend the day exploring its vast grounds and attractions such as St Vitus’s Cathedral and the Golden Lane. Go early for the changing of the Guard at 12:00.

The historical former Jewish Quarter (Josefov), in the Old Town, has some of the most beautiful Moorish architecture and synagogues. The Spanish Synagogue is one of the most striking with an accompanying cemetery. Synagogues are normally closed on Jewish holidays, including Saturdays.

Prague’s New Town, is the city’s commercial centre. Don’t be fooled by the name, as it was founded in the early 14th century. This is the livelier side of Prague, with Wenceslas Square at its core. Here you’ll find many bars, restaurants, shops, hotels and main transport links. The sites of the New Town are best seen by day. Like many modern capital cities, it is less charming at night.

The Square has been the location for much of Prague’s political upheaval. Here in 1989, the Velvet Revolution took place, leading to the downfall of the communist regime. Above the Square sits a statue of Prague’s ancient national hero, King Wenceslas, and in the backdrop, sit two other national treasures, the National Museum and Prague State Opera.

When tired of touring on foot, negotiate the winding streets with a tram ride through the city, or see Prague from yet another viewpoint with a magical boat trip along the Vltava River.

However you do it, you won’t forget the sights of this postcard city.

Where to stay in Prague

Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
4 out of 5
Vinohradska 157a, Prague, 13020
The price is £42 per night from 12 Jun to 13 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (957 reviews)
"Staff create an inviting atmosphere; rooms are comfortable"

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
Hotel Kings Court
Hotel Kings Court
5 out of 5
U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague, 110 00
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £120 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, a casino and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"Very comfortable room. Outstanding breakfast. Would have liked longer hours for cocktails"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2022

Hotel Kings Court
Grand Hotel Bohemia
Grand Hotel Bohemia
5 out of 5
Kralodvorska 4, Prague, 110 00
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £96 per night from 19 Jun to 20 Jun
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Prague. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (939 reviews)
"The Grand Hotel Bohemia is in an ideal location near the Republic Square (Námēstí Republiky) metro station, the Obecni dum, and the Powder Tower. It is an easy walk to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge area. The property is very nice and my junior suite was well appointed and had an incredible ..."

Reviewed on 6 May 2022

Grand Hotel Bohemia
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EA ApartHotel Melantrich
EA ApartHotel Melantrich
3 out of 5
Praha 1 - Václavské Námestí 36 Staré Mes, Prague, 110 00
The price is £48 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (127 reviews)
"good location, really nice room, sort of like a tree house , a the balcony was good for tanning too! only thing is no one came to change the sheets or clean the room until we checkout out"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

EA ApartHotel Melantrich
Emporio Prague Apartments
Emporio Prague Apartments
4 out of 5
Soukenická 6, Prague, 110 00
The price is £50 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (494 reviews)
Good for a short stay
"Great location, smooth check-in, appartement slightly worn out, missing cutlery and kitchen equipment. The appartement needs some refresh, the windows are towards a not so very nice courtyard."

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2021

Emporio Prague Apartments
Golden Angel Apartments
Golden Angel Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Celetna 29, Prague, 110 00
The price is £64 per night from 30 May to 31 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Prague Astronomical ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"Stunning restored building right in the heart of prague."

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Golden Angel Apartments
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