It's as famous for its beer as it is for world-class architecture and enchanting old-town streets. Prague is a place that visitors head to for city breaks all year round.
It doesn't take long to fall under Prague's spell, whatever your age. Climb the Hradschin hill to explore the vastness of Prague Castle and the neighbouring spires of St Vitus' Cathedral. Stroll along Charles Bridge, stopping to count the historic statues and enjoying the vibrant street performances on the way. Pause to soak up iconic riverside scenes of the Vltava or the sumptuous Baroque buildings of the Mala Strana quarter, including the eye-catching St Nicholas Church. One of the highlights is undoubtedly Stare Mesto, or the Old Town, a layered maze of boutique stores and uncovered passageways, with tram-cars and cobble stones.
As the day wears on, the caffs and beer halls swell with visitors looking for a real taste of Czech culture, while others set off to visit the renowned State Opera or National Theatre. For an evening stroll with a view, catch the funicular railway up Petrin Hill. Children in particular will love the mirror maze and the views over Hradschin Hill from the Observation Tower.
Prague's busiest months are July and August due to the warm temperatures and holiday season, but the city is an equally delightful sight when the flowers are blossoming in spring or during the peaceful autumn months. An abundance of festivities and picturesque snowy scenes makes Prague a pleasure even in the depths of winter.
Prague Spring Festival is the biggest reason to visit in the early months of the year, as residents celebrate the approach of warmer weather. Musical events tend to take place later in the summer, such as the dance-led Tanec Praha and United Islands of Prague festivals. The colder months are filled with lively celebrations, from traditional Christmas markets to New Year's Eve in the Old Town Square.
As a cultural hotspot and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Prague remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with direct from most major airports and plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes.
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Families: The 800-year-old Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) might not look up to much when children first crane their necks up the side of the Old Town City Hall, but just wait until the turn of the hour, when the figures come to life.
Active types: Walk across the Charles Bridge from the Old Town and climb the hilly streets around Prague Castle, with a fine reward of incredible city views.
Shopping: Get your comfortable shopping shoes on and take a tour of the goods on offer between Wenceslas Square and Republic Square, via Na Prikope. You won't be able to resist some of the bargains. Or, head to the Old Town to buy unique art works.
Romance: Central Prague might appear to have only historic virtues, but check out the amazing Dancing House. This unique, modern building houses a fine top-floor restaurant called Celeste and it is the perfect spot for a romantic supper for two.
Nightlife: One of the biggest clubs in central Europe, night owls will want to throw some moves at the five-floor Karlovy Lazne nightclub. Expect to dance the night away with locals, plus visiting stag and hen parties.
There is no train service direct from the airport, though you can use a bus service to connect to nearby underground stations.
Shared minibuses and private taxis will have you into the city centre in around 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic, which can be very heavy at peak times.
The airport operates shuttle buses into Prague city centre. This is a cheap option and takes around 30-45 minutes, again, dependent on traffic.
Tram riding: Chug along on a tram to experience a Prague from a different time. The special nostalgic tram operates at weekends from spring to autumn.
On foot: The attractions of Prague are packed closely around the central spot of the Old Town. Getting about by foot is free, green and by far the nicest way to see the sights.
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