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Prague city breaks are not complete without a visit to the many concerts and excellent restaurants in and around the streets of the old city.
USEFUL INFO
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 45 min
  • Václav Havel Airport Prague: 18km from the city centre; transfer time about 16 min
  • Nearest railway station: Prague Main Railway Station
  • Currency: Czech koruna

A hidden city for so long, the Velvet Revolution changed everything and opened up Prague to the West. Now, its popularity shows no sign of slowing down. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning architecture with a maze of cobbled lanes and impressive churches leading to a fairytale fortress perched over the city. Climb the 299 steps to the viewing platform of the Petrin Observation Tower on Petrin Hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the city and river when you reach the top. Whilst popular, the city still maintains great value for money. It is easy to find a reasonably priced bar or café and enjoy lunch while you watch the world go by…

For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Prague city break.

Top 5 Things To Do In Prague

Prague Castle

Listed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest ancient castle, this dates back to the ninth century.

The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock

The clock-face dates back to the 14th Century and the medieval clock rings on the hour, attracting large crowds. It's best to go and see it outside of peak times to get an uninterrupted view.

Beer Walk

Visit some of the oldest pubs in Prague in the company of a local guide and learn the history of one of the city's most important industries (brewing). Prices start at £24 and include three beers, a meal and local guide (3 hours).

Communist Walking Tour

Take a walk around some of the most famous Communist symbols, resistance areas and locations in Prague. The tour reflects the turbulent lifestyle of communist Prague. Prices start at £29pp and include admission to the Communist museum and a local guide (3 hours).

Grand City Tour

This is a walking/coach tour through historical Prague visiting the castle district, Jewish quarter and Wenceslas Square. Prices start at £25pp and include transport and local guide.

Prague Zoo

Perfect for families, the zoo is located in the picturesque environment of the Troja Basin. Open all year, this is definitely worth a visit. In summer months, the Exhibition Ground and Stromovka Park host a funfair that is a great choice for families with children.

Detsky Ostrov (Children's Island)

Prague's smallest island, as the name suggests, offers activities especially for children. There are swings, climbing frames and a sandpit to occupy toddlers, as well as a mini football pitch and netball court for older children.

Charles Bridge

An amazing 14th century stone bridge which connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) and offers a fairytale view of the Prague skyline.

Enjoying breakfast in one of the many city cafes is an ideal way to start the morning. One of the most famous cafes is the Bake Shop where you can indulge in a hearty breakfast and try one of the sourdough specialities. Then, visit the Old Town Hall and Astronomical clock - make sure you are there on the hour to see this strike. Climb the Old Town Tower for some great views of the city and walk across the Charles Bridge which is full of entertainers and one of the most romantic areas of the city.

The Café Savoy, with its neo-Renaissance ceiling, is ideal for lunch. Prague Castle is walkable or easily reached by Public transport. Its buildings represent a number of architectural styles including the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral and splendid gardens. Heading back to town, there are many jazz clubs, bars and cafes that are worth a visit in the evenings.

Prague offers a wide range of excellent restaurants with regional and international specialities.

Bellevue

Excellent Michelin recommended restaurant offering fabulous cuisine and a fantastic view of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. The Jazz brunch/breakfast on Sunday comes highly recommended.

Novoměstský Pivovar (brewery)

A traditional pub offering Czech cuisine in a rustic atmosphere.

Café Slavia

This famous café, opposite the National Theatre, is a well-known meeting place for artists and intellectuals. It is a nice place to go for coffee and dessert at the end of the day or after a night at the theatre. There are beautiful views to be had in front of Prague Castle from the café's riverside windows.

During recent years, many shopping malls and hypermarkets have been opened in Prague and invite shopping enthusiasts to an unforgettable experience.

Černá růže (Black Rose)

In 1990, the historic Černá růže passageway was turned into a fantastic shopping mall. Visitors can find more than 50 shops and several restaurants inside.

Myslbek Shopping Gallery

This shopping mall hosts about 30 shops and boutiques like GANT, Next, Korres, Mothercare and much more. Visitors can also relax in one of the many restaurants.

Overview

A hidden city for so long, the Velvet Revolution changed everything and opened up Prague to the West. Now, its popularity shows no sign of slowing down. The city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers stunning architecture with a maze of cobbled lanes and impressive churches leading to a fairytale fortress perched over the city. Climb the 299 steps to the viewing platform of the Petrin Observation Tower on Petrin Hill and enjoy a magnificent view of the city and river when you reach the top. Whilst popular, the city still maintains great value for money. It is easy to find a reasonably priced bar or café and enjoy lunch while you watch the world go by…

For a more in-depth look at the city, check out our definitive guide to a Prague city break.

Top 5 Things To Do In Prague
Attractions

Prague Castle

Listed by Guinness World Records as the world's largest ancient castle, this dates back to the ninth century.

The Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock

The clock-face dates back to the 14th Century and the medieval clock rings on the hour, attracting large crowds. It's best to go and see it outside of peak times to get an uninterrupted view.

Beer Walk

Visit some of the oldest pubs in Prague in the company of a local guide and learn the history of one of the city's most important industries (brewing). Prices start at £24 and include three beers, a meal and local guide (3 hours).

Communist Walking Tour

Take a walk around some of the most famous Communist symbols, resistance areas and locations in Prague. The tour reflects the turbulent lifestyle of communist Prague. Prices start at £29pp and include admission to the Communist museum and a local guide (3 hours).

Grand City Tour

This is a walking/coach tour through historical Prague visiting the castle district, Jewish quarter and Wenceslas Square. Prices start at £25pp and include transport and local guide.

Prague Zoo

Perfect for families, the zoo is located in the picturesque environment of the Troja Basin. Open all year, this is definitely worth a visit. In summer months, the Exhibition Ground and Stromovka Park host a funfair that is a great choice for families with children.

Detsky Ostrov (Children's Island)

Prague's smallest island, as the name suggests, offers activities especially for children. There are swings, climbing frames and a sandpit to occupy toddlers, as well as a mini football pitch and netball court for older children.

Charles Bridge

An amazing 14th century stone bridge which connects the Old Town with the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) and offers a fairytale view of the Prague skyline.

Things to do

Enjoying breakfast in one of the many city cafes is an ideal way to start the morning. One of the most famous cafes is the Bake Shop where you can indulge in a hearty breakfast and try one of the sourdough specialities. Then, visit the Old Town Hall and Astronomical clock - make sure you are there on the hour to see this strike. Climb the Old Town Tower for some great views of the city and walk across the Charles Bridge which is full of entertainers and one of the most romantic areas of the city.

The Café Savoy, with its neo-Renaissance ceiling, is ideal for lunch. Prague Castle is walkable or easily reached by Public transport. Its buildings represent a number of architectural styles including the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral and splendid gardens. Heading back to town, there are many jazz clubs, bars and cafes that are worth a visit in the evenings.

Dining

Prague offers a wide range of excellent restaurants with regional and international specialities.

Bellevue

Excellent Michelin recommended restaurant offering fabulous cuisine and a fantastic view of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. The Jazz brunch/breakfast on Sunday comes highly recommended.

Novoměstský Pivovar (brewery)

A traditional pub offering Czech cuisine in a rustic atmosphere.

Café Slavia

This famous café, opposite the National Theatre, is a well-known meeting place for artists and intellectuals. It is a nice place to go for coffee and dessert at the end of the day or after a night at the theatre. There are beautiful views to be had in front of Prague Castle from the café's riverside windows.

Shopping

During recent years, many shopping malls and hypermarkets have been opened in Prague and invite shopping enthusiasts to an unforgettable experience.

Černá růže (Black Rose)

In 1990, the historic Černá růže passageway was turned into a fantastic shopping mall. Visitors can find more than 50 shops and several restaurants inside.

Myslbek Shopping Gallery

This shopping mall hosts about 30 shops and boutiques like GANT, Next, Korres, Mothercare and much more. Visitors can also relax in one of the many restaurants.

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