A city of arching bridges, gold-topped towers, cobbled alleys, soaring church domes, and red-brick roofed houses, Prague's a magical city which wouldn't look out of place in a fairy tale. As you wander its pretty streets, you'll stumble upon vibrant cafes, ancient chapels, hidden courtyards, and quaint squares. See swans cruise on the River Vltava's rippling waters, explore its hill top castle, and sample a hearty stew swimming with dumplings in a traditional restaurant.
Things to see
Perched atop a hill, the medieval masterpiece of Prague Castle looms large over the city, and as you stroll along the ascending winding path to its entrance you're treated to breathtaking views of the red-brick roofed houses, cobbled streets, and rippling river waters below. It's here you'll also find St. Vitus Cathedral with its honey-colored stone facade and white domes, and the lush green Royal Garden. Prague's Old Town is awash with ancient buildings and monuments, with narrow alleyways and hidden courtyards to uncover at every turn. At the heart of the district is the Old Town Square with its famed Astronomical Clock whose carved clockwork figures spring into action every hour. Wenceslas Square is another must, and the perfect place to pull up a pew watch street performers juggle batons, sip a coffee, or browse the rectangular landmark's many stalls and shops. Connecting the Old Town with the Lesser Town, Charles Bridge elaborately arches over the River Vltava and is a hub of activity where musicians busk, artists sell paintings, and visitors potter soaking up the atmosphere.
Hotels in Prague
Prague's home to hundreds of hotels, so there's plenty of choice when it comes to picking a place to stay. If you're after a slice of luxury or a romantic break, there are lavish, historic hotels aplenty, some overlooking the lovely, lazy Vltava, which offer sensuous spa services, deep soaking baths, and well-stocked minibars. If your budget won't stretch this far, there are endless mid-range hotels in Prague catering well to both business travelers and families, and offering convenient amenities like WiFi, televisions with satellite channels, and tea and coffee making facilities. You can also book apartments in Prague where you'll find well-equipped kitchens, concierge services, and, if required, multiple rooms, too.
Where to stay
Prague's Old Town, or Stare Mesto, is dotted with gothic and baroque splendor, narrow cobbled lanes, and ancient arcades and a stay here will really immerse you in the city's history as well as put you within minutes of sights such as the 15th Century Astronomical Clock. The New Town, or Nove Mesto, actually dates back to the 14th Century, and is where you'll find the ever-bustling Wenceslas Square, as well as some of Prague's best shops and nightlife spots, making it a great base for those who want to be in the heart of the party action, as well as families who want a really central place to stay. Sitting on the left bank of the Vltava, Mala Strana is another very pretty neighborhood, with arches, sculptures, and winding lanes at every turn. Mala Strana is also where you'll find Charles Bridge.
How to get to
Vaclav Havel Airport, located around 20 kilometres from the city center, is served by a raft of airlines, and is the most likely entry point for those arriving by air. The cheapest way to reach the city is by bus, with the 119 regularly departing to Dejvická station where you can catch the metro to the center. If you plan on using the bus, be sure to have change to purchase tickets and remember to validate your ticket as you board. The Airport Express bus runs the same service as above, but is more expensive.