As beautiful as Paris, as bohemian as Amsterdam, and with Europe’s best beer, Prague is a gem.
It’s a European favourite – at times it feels like half the world’s travellers are on Charles Bridge. But explore its cobbled lanes a little further and you’ll find the real Prague; boho galleries, traditional bars, gothic spires and bijou cafes.
A stroll across Charles Bridge is on everybody’s must-do list, which is why it’s thronging with tourists, hawkers and buskers by 0900. To cross at its most atmospheric, visit at dawn. Find its most famous baroque statues, St John of Nepomuk and the bronze cross that marks where he was thrown from the parapet.
Fairy-tale castle Pražský hrad dominates the city centre. Its spires, towers, palaces and St. Vitus Cathedral hold an impressive collection of historic museums and galleries, where you’ll find some of the Czech Republic's greatest artistic and cultural treasures.
Prague Jewish Museum
This museum is a cluster of six Jewish monuments in Josefov, plus an operating synagogue. Ironically, the museum’s moving collection of Jewish artefacts from demolished synagogues was established by the Nazis, intending it to be a ‘museum of an extinct race’.
The Clementinum and the National Library
The Clementinum is one of Europe’s largest collections of historic buildings. It’s home to the National Library containing more than six million tomes, including copies of every book published in the Czech Republic. Climb the Astronomical Tower for spectacular views, and visit the splendid Mirror Chapel.
The Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is the best place to begin exploring Prague. Here you'll find the iconic Tyn Church and the wonderful Old Town Hall. Watch the 12 Apostles process across the 15th-century Astronomical Clock’s face each hour, and ascend to the top of the Old Town Hall Tower for stunning views over Prague.