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.
Arriving at Václav Havel Airport Prague
Prague’s only airport is about nine miles (15km) from the city centre. It takes about half an hour to get from the airport into the city by public transport, and 20–40 mins by car, depending on traffic.
You buy your ticket before you get on a bus, tram or train. You can choose from a selection of tickets or passes at a public transport information booth at the arrival halls of Terminals 1 and 2 (cheapest). You can also get tickets from an automat or the driver. Follow the signs in the airport to either the Airport Express bus, which takes you to the main station in Prague. There are also a couple of buses that will take you to Metro line A or B. Bear in mind that there’s limited space for luggage on public transport.
If you have large or heavy luggage, you can find a taxi through a contact counter in Terminal 1 and 2’s arrivals hall, and then follow signs to departure points. If you’re hiring a car, you’ll find all car rental offices in a separate hall on the ground floor of Parking C. You can also book airport transfers in advance through your hotel or a private company.
Prague hosts events and festivals all year round, from Christmas and Easter markets to the Prague Marathon, and film, food and beer festivals.
Old Town Square was the city’s market place for over a thousand years; now it comes alive every Easter and Christmas. Traditional wooden huts sell local crafts, seasonal gifts and all manner of food and drink here and in Wenceslas Square. At Christmas, Prague Castle has a magical Christmas market.
Running a beautiful course, the Prague marathon winds through the historic city centre, over bridges and along the Vltava River. The race is on a Sunday in early May, but there’s a weekend of activities, including relay and corporate team marathons.
Czech Beer Festival in Prague
The annual Czech Beer Festival seats 4,000 visitors on benches inside huge marquees. Sample more than 150 varieties of Czech beer from international and regional breweries, and microbreweries at Letná Park in Prague 7 in May.
There are two film festivals in Prague in March. One World is an annual international human rights film festival featuring thought-provoking documentaries. Febiofest is an international film festival screening the best of the past year's cinema releases, including feature-length films, shorts, documentaries, experimental and animated movies.