If you are looking for a European city break with a rich history and great atmosphere, why not visit Prague? The highly-walkable capital of the Czech Republic has a number of intriguing landmarks and sights to visit. After exploring, there are plenty of bars to unwind in and sample some of the beer that the city is so famous for!
What to Do in Prague
There are plenty of great sights and monument to visit while on holiday in Prague. Synonymous with Prague is Charles Bridge which spans across the Vltava River. The bridge is more than 500 meters long and is edged with 30 statues and relief plaques. One of the most notable plaques is that of John of Nepomuk . It is believed that touching the plaque will ensure a future visit to Prague and will give you good luck. In addition, the bridge is bookended by towers which can be ascended for a great view of the bridge and city.
The Old Town is a great place for a walk and there are plenty of interesting sights to see here such as the Astronomical Clock which sits proudly of the wall of the Old Town Hall, St. Nicholas Church and Kinský Palace which is home to a branch of the National Gallery. In addition, there are plenty of bars, cafes and shops to visit in the lively Old Town too.
No trip to Prague is complete without a visit to Prague Castle. The castle is the size of a small town and dates back to the Ninth Century, making it the largest ancient castle in the world! There are two styles of guided tours available, long and short, and the castle has extensive, manicured grounds which are free to explore.
While in Prague be sure to try out some of the local beer and cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants which serve traditional dishes, usually comprising of meat and dumplings or potatoes which is then coated with gravy. One restaurant of note is U Pravdu in Praha 1 (Zitna 15).
Where to Stay in Prague
When it comes to accommodation in Prague, holidaymakers are truly spoiled for choice. There is a good range of accommodation to be found in a number of desirable neighbourhoods throughout the city such as the Old Town, the area around the castle and the New Town.
Prague has a fantastic selection of luxury hotels complete with gourmet restaurants, spa facilities and stunning rooms. As well as independent luxury hotels, a number of international chains have hotels here. On the other hand, if you are looking for somewhere cheap to stay and close to the action, there are plenty of pensions and small hotels which offer cheap accommodation. While this type of accommodation does not boast all the facilities of midrange and high-end hotels, they have the basics and most offer a buffet breakfast.