Sunset view of river in Prague

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The capital of the Czech Republic is a perfect city break from spring to winter. 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.

Why go?

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Prague has history, culture and a great nightlife...

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.

How to get there

Flying to Prague could not be easier, with flights from most UK airports and some at bargain prices if you compare deals...

Flights to Prague take around only two hours from the UK. The airport, Prague Ruzyne International Airport (PRG), is around 30 minutes from the city centre.

Prague flights can be very cheap and the best deals are to be found by booking early.

Getting to and from the airport

Transfers from Prague airport are trouble-free and good value...

With tourism being one of the main sources of income in Prague, expect competitive rates on transfers by taxi.

There are no train connections to the city from the airport, but taxis (around £20) and buses are plentiful. Buses run frequently into the centre and take just over 45 minutes.

Where to stay?

The options for places to stay in Prague get better year by year - from a luxury break to a budget weekender, the city has it all...

While Prague is not one of Europe's biggest cities, it is one of its prettiest and Prague does offer a great variety of places to stay. One of the most popular is in the centre in the Staré Mesto district. It is probably the key location for British travellers thanks to its proximity to the great nightlife, shops and the famous baroque and Gothic architecture which gives Prague such a magical atmosphere. A broad range of budget and mid-range hotels can be found here, including some well-known chain hotels, offering good value.

For a touch of elegance and luxury, aim to stay in the less rowdy area of Malá Strana, the Little Quarter, which is located just below Prague Castle. This district is also close to some of Prague's trendy boutique hotels and shopping malls.

Hotel prices are still a little cheaper here so do shop around for good value accommodation. It is also possible to rent apartments near this district which is a cheaper option if you are travelling as a family or a group.

The arty and young crowd gravitate to the hotels around Žižkov which is a short tram ride to Malá Strana. This is the place to be for the young crowd and bargain hotels, guesthouses and hostels.

If that has enticed you, how about booking your flight to Prague today so you can experience this magical city for yourself? Use our comparison tool for great deals.