At the heart of Europe is pretty as a picture Prague, where thousands of years of history collide wonderfully with a modern population that welcomes visitors with open arms.
The capital of the Czech Republic is a perfect city break from spring to winter, with flights to Prague taking around only two hours from the UK. The airport, Prague Ruzyne International Airport (PRG), is around 30 minutes from the city centre.
Don't be put off by the city's reputation as a stag and hen do destination. Brides and grooms in waiting, and all their friends, are catered for well in Prague, but you'd hardly notice the booze-fuelled activities if you are looking for a more sedate break.
What you will see is a historic centre so important it has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You'll be met by optimistic residents, many of whom witnessed the non-violent Velvet Revolution in 1989 and the dissolution of the former Czechoslovakia in 1993. You'll find the wide expanse of the River Vltava and the famous bridges that span its watery width. Charles Bridge is the most well known and tourists with cameras jostle for space with street merchants along the pedestrian bridge.
High above the river, Prague Castle dominates the skyline. It is the largest ancient castle in the world and Kings of Bohemia, rulers of the Roman Empire and more recent presidents have sat in power here. St Vitus Cathedral is located within the castle grounds and draws large crowds.
Across the river, the renowned Prague Opera attracts visitors, as does St Nicholas Church in the Old Town Square. The Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) can also be found here. First used in 1410, the clock is a masterpiece and the hourly show has hundreds of necks craning upwards to take in the charming performance.
Czech beers are famed, as are the numerous Tesco stores that populate the city. Café tables line the streets and, if all this seems a little familiar (and you're an action thriller movie fan), you've probably seen Prague in numerous films such as 'Wanted', with Angelina Jolie, and 'Mission Impossible', starring Tom Cruise.
There are no train connections to the city from the airport, but taxis (around £20) and buses are plentiful.
Prague flights can be very cheap and the best deals are to be found by booking early. Use the TravelSupermarket price-comparison service to get your city break to Prague underway.