European city breaks are perfect for a short trip away, especially over a long weekend. Explore the culture, taste the local cuisine and most importantly discover a new city by taking in all the sights. When it comes to city breaks, Europe has a vast range of wonderful cities to choose from. One of our recommendations? The Czech capital of Prague. The City of a Hundred Spires is becoming more and more popular each year and there’s no wonder why. Prague seamlessly blends the old with the new. With a varied selection of architecture and many other top sights to explore, Prague is so diverse, it’s a city which appeals to anyone. If Prague sounds right up your street, find out where to stay and what to see and do with our Prague city guide.
Where to stay in Prague
Prague has a range of hotels which are budget-friendly, perfect for a short break away. But, if you’re looking for a bit of luxury during your city break, Prague also provides many hotels which give you that added dose of extravagance. The Grandior Hotel Prague for instance is a 5-star hotel located in the heart of the capital within the Florenc neighbourhood. A stay here will put you a short walk away from Prague’s historic centre which includes an abundance of sights.
Slightly more cheaper options include the Hotel Don Giovanni Prague and Grand Majestic Plaza. These hotels include a great location as well as a fantastic service and amenities. A stay at the 4-star Hotel Duo will put you slightly further away from the centre of Prague, but with plenty of transport connections, you can be in the city centre within 10-minutes. For a more basic and convenient stay, try the Le Petit Hotel Prague. This 3-star accommodation keeps things simple but is a great, affordable option for a weekend break in Prague.
What to do in Prague
Prague’s historic centre is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so there is plenty to see and do around the capital.
This majestic castle is considered to be one of the top tourist attractions in the city. You can explore the grounds for free, although some extra attractions will cost you. There’s a lot to see within the castle, including museums, art galleries and churches.
Perhaps one of the most beautiful sights you’ll come across is the Charles Bridge. Connecting Prague’s old town with the new towns, the Charles Bridge allows pedestrians to cross over the Vltava River. As the bridge is closed off to traffic, you’ll find plenty of street entertainment as you wander along. So, you can expect buskers to sing and play their instruments whilst artists will be looking for their next muse.
This medieval clock is not only 600 years old, but it is also the oldest astronomical clock that is still in operation. Located on the city hall, the clock has a captivating display as it shows the 12 apostles each hour it chimes between 9am and 11pm.
This area translates to ‘lesser quarter’, although there is nothing lesser about it. Malá Strana is perfect for when you’re feeling peckish as there are plenty of restaurants in the area. Boasting plush dining options and local cuisine choices, you can’t go wrong with a stop here. On top of that, there are also coffee shops and bars, making Malá Strana lovely to visit in the evenings.
Where to eat
Figuring out where to eat during your short break away can sometimes be a pain. When there are plenty of restaurants to choose from, where should you go and eat?! Well, Restaurant Mlýnec offers a great modern twist on traditional Czech dishes. Located near Charles Bridge, it’s also a romantic location, perfect for those on a couples break. For an exquisite, upscale dining experience, visit Bellevue during your trip. Aside from local Czech food, you will also come across tons of other cuisine on offer. Amuni offers a range of tasty Italian dishes, whilst Indian By Nature has authentic Asian cuisine. So, there is something that even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy.
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Flight time: 2 hours
Currency: Czech Koruna
Time difference: GMT +1
Best time to go: April – June, September – October and December for the Christmas markets