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PragueCzech Republic

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.

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Where to stay in Prague

Prague which includes a city

Prague 1

4.5/5Wonderful!(630 area reviews)

Known for its popular shops and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Prague 1. Check out top attractions like Charles Bridge and Prague Astronomical Clock, and jump on the metro at Staroměstská Stop or Karlovy Lázně Stop to see more of the city.

Prague 1
Czech Republic featuring a city, heritage architecture and a square or plaza

Stare Mesto

4.5/5Wonderful!(542 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Prague Astronomical Clock to Old Town Square – discover Stare Mesto, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Stare Mesto
Nove Mesto which includes railway items, a city and heritage elements

Nove Mesto

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,151 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Wenceslas Square to Dancing House – discover Nove Mesto, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Nove Mesto
Nove Mesto showing a bay or harbour

Prague 2

2/5(1 area review)

Known for its ample dining options and fascinating museums, there's plenty to explore in Prague 2. You can visit top attractions like Dancing House and Vysehrad Castle, and jump on the metro at I. P. Pavlova Station or Bruselská Stop to see more of the city.

Prague 2
Mala Strana featuring landscape views and a city

Mala Strana

5/5Exceptional!(312 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Lennon Wall and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Mala Strana. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Hellichova Stop or Malostranské Náměstí Stop.

Mala Strana
Zizkov Television Tower

Prague 3

4/5Very Good!(67 area reviews)

Travellers choose Prague 3 for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Nákladové Nádraží Žižkov Stop or Biskupcova Stop and check out top sights like Zizkov Television Tower.

Prague 3

Top hotels in Prague

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grandior Hotel Prague
Grandior Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Na Porici 42, Prague
The price is £49 per night

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4,302 reviews)

"Restaurant looked more cafe than restaurant but food was quite good. Unfortunately we arrived just as Corona virus struck creating a lock down of shops and restaurants so had to settle for a takeaway in our room before having to cut short out trip."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Grandior Hotel Prague
Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague
Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague
4.5 out of 5
Stepanska 33, Prague
The price is £41 per night

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Town Hall, Lucerna Palace and Wenceslas Square. Mucha Museum and Museum of Communism ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,876 reviews)

"Great location , nice hotel . Nice , friendly staff"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague
Hotel Kings Court
Hotel Kings Court
5 out of 5
U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £68 per night

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Royal Route, Municipal House Hall and Palladium Shopping Centre. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,860 reviews)

"The hotel is in a great location, great service. The room was first class. If possible, I will stay there again."…"

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2020

Hotel Kings Court

Popular places to visit in Prague

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(1,328 reviews)

This public space is as important to the people of Prague today as it was a thousand years ago.

Wenceslas Square
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Wenceslas Square

4/5(1,159 reviews)

Prague’s busiest boulevard is great for both shopping and nightlife and has a history as a gathering point for local uprisings and celebrations.

Charles Bridge
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Charles Bridge

4.5/5(1,282 reviews)

This iconic structure with sculptures spans the Vltava River and connects the historic Lesser Town on the west bank with the Old Town on the east bank.

Prague Castle
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Prague Castle

4.5/5(1,139 reviews)

Witness the changing of the guard ceremony at this medieval fortified complex that is now the seat of the President of the Czech Republic and also houses the huge St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague Astronomical Clock
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Prague Astronomical Clock

4.5/5(1,311 reviews)

The hourly show put on by this early 15th-century masterpiece on the Old Town Hall is a must-see event that draws the crowds.

Dancing House
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Dancing House

4/5(557 reviews)

This modern building, which houses a bar and restaurant, stands out from Prague’s traditional cityscape.

Top things to do in Prague

A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague
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A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague

£126
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks
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Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks

£47
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Prague Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Prague Dining with Priority Seating

£18
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Prague City Pass
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Prague City Pass

£52
Per adult
Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague
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Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague

£29
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Private two way transfer tour to wonderful Karlstejn castle
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Private two way transfer tour to wonderful Karlstejn castle

£160
Per adult

Reviews of Prague

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 22.483660130718953%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 1.8736383442265796%
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2 - Disappointing 0.26143790849673204%
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1 - Terrible 0.2178649237472767%

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Government over reacted to the virus, Czech people very ignorant and unpleasant, especially towards the British, considering how many and how much we spend there, will certainly never go to Czech Republic ever again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Very pretty clean city

5/5 - Excellent

Dadster

11 Mar 2020

Loved it here... it’s a beautiful place & I will return some day.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

Lovely place to visit Lots to see/do

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Feb 2020

We liked Prague very much. Would recommend going there. A beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Can't wait to come back to Prague! Loved every minute but there is so much to see! Just wouldn't stay in the hotel we stayed at again.

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