As beautiful as Paris, as lively as Amsterdam and source of Europe’s most popular beers – no wonder Prague’s a European favourite.
Explore its cobbled lanes a little further and you’ll find the real Prague: stylish galleries, traditional bars, gothic spires and cosy cafes.
It’s about half an hour from the airport to the city by public transport, 20 to 40 mins by car. Prague’s public transport system is cheap, clean and reliable, covering the centre and most of the outskirts.
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Neighbourhoods To See
Beautiful Taroměstské Náměstí town square was the main marketplace for over 1000 years. Now it’s home to special sights such as the famous Astronomical Clock, as well as busking bands, alfresco concerts, political meetings and fashion shows.
Almost too picturesque to be true, the ‘Little Quarter’ is a maze of cobbled streets, green parks, ancient houses, baroque architecture, boutiques and traditional bars and restaurants. Visit St Nicholas Church, walk on Petřín hill, see the John Lennon wall graffiti and sip beer in Malostranské Náměstí.
This historically working-class district has revived as a hip area full of boutiques, beer gardens, traditional restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and many, many bars. Popular with arty locals, it offers a more authentic vibe and plenty of Prague’s excellent beer.
Visit at dawn to cross this popular bridge at its most atmospheric and look out for the famous baroque statue of St John of Nepomuk who was thrown from the parapet.
Within fairy-tale Pražský hrad you’ll find spires, towers, palaces and St. Vitus Cathedral, home to an impressive collection of historic museums and galleries, filled with great cultural Czech treasures.
Prague Jewish Museum
This museum in Josefov is made up of a synagogue plus a cluster of six Jewish monuments, containing a moving collection of Jewish artefacts.
The Clementinum and the National Library
One of Europe’s largest collections of historic buildings and home to the breath-taking National Library which holds copies of every book published in the Czech Republic.
The Old Town Square
Seek out the iconic Tyn Church and enjoy wonderful views from the Old Town Hall Tower. Every hour the 12 Apostles can be seen crossing the 15th-century Astronomical Clock’s face.
Food And Drink
Czech food is hearty and filling. It’s best to avoid tourist restaurants if you want genuine traditional eats, such as steak tartare, roast duck, pork schnitzel, goulash and dumplings. Be sure to learn the phrase 'Pivo prosim' (beer, please) and look out for brilliant ‘beer snacks’ in most pubs, as Czechs love to pair food with beer, rather than the other way around.
MARCH | Film festivals
One World international human rights film festival features documentaries, while Febiofest screens the best of the past year's international releases.
SPRING + DEC | Easter and Christmas markets
The Old Town and Wenceslas Squares comes alive with huts selling local crafts, seasonal gifts and food and drink. At Christmas, Prague Castle has a truly magical market.
MAY | Prague Marathon
This beautiful course runs through the historic centre and along the Vltava River, amid a weekend of sporty activities.
MAY | Czech Beer Festival
Sample over 70 Czech beers and a fabulous party atmosphere at the Czech Republic’s biggest beer festival.