Not many European cities can be described as year-round destinations; however Prague is certainly one that is not restricted by seasonality. City breaks in Prague are as much about soaking up the sun, along urban beaches, as they are about absorbing the festive atmosphere when the Christmas markets set up their stalls.
A timeless city, with layers of history and charm - Prague has thoroughly earned its UNESCO World Heritagestatus.Bursting at the seams with a magnificent display of stunning architecture – which ranges from gothic to neoclassical – this compact city is best explored, and admired, by foot. After a day of sightseeing, embrace the traditional café culture at Café Imperial and admire its splendid Art Nouveau décor. Or sample the nightlife and Prague’s famous beer around Mala Strana and Nove Mesto, as the city transforms into a buzzing metropolis after dark. With regular flights, carefully selected hotels in central locations and fascinating things to do, Prague has it all.
Experience the magic of Prague
Prague is transformed into a winter wonderland at Christmas. A picturesque city that is already famous for its fairy tale, medieval squares – the beauty of Prague is exaggerated by the magic of its Christmas festivities. The main markets can be found in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, so soak up the festive atmosphere as you browse – picking up hearty food and mulled wine, known locally as svařené víno, as you go. You’ll have plenty of opportunity for Christmas shopping, with traditional wooden toys, Bohemian crystal, and beautiful puppets and dolls making great gifts. A stay at the family-run Cloister Inn won’t break the bank.
Venture outside of the Czech capital to find even more beautiful Christmas markets and enjoy Bohemian trdelník (sweet pastry) with Christmas punch. Head to Český Krumlov, just two hours south of Prague for a traditional Czech Advent, including their astonishing live Nativity scene. The picturesque streets come alive with merrymakers drinking mulled wine, singing carols by the giant Christmas tree. Or visit the beautiful town of Plzeň, home of the famous Pilsen beer. Only an hour and half by car, you can be enjoying the city’s lively folk music and carols by the Tree, warming yourself with freshly baked Christmas treats – don’t miss the traditional gingerbread.
Visit the Old Town Square, with its world-famous astronomical clock. Built in 1490, it is one of the oldest in the world and provides a popular hourly show. Climb the Old Town Hall tower for magnificent views of Prague’s cobbled streets, castle, river and the magnificent Our Lady of Tyn church. The Charles Bridge is named after the countries most famous monarch and offers superb views and access to the castle side of the river. Friendly musicians and souvenir stallholders attract locals and visitors alike.
Named after the Holy Roman Emperor who emancipated the Jews, Joseph II. Josefov, or the Jewish Quarter, is the birthplace of the celebrated author Frank Kafka. It contains the remains of the historic Jewish slums and 20th century buildings, with its Old-New synagogue and the Jewish museum showcasing some of central Europe’s most important Jewish artefacts. It contains six synagogues and an old cemetery.
New Town’s most famous landmark is Wenceslas Square, filled with an enticing array of bars, shops and gathering crowds. This is also where you will find the National Theatre, U Fleku beer hall and the National Museum – whose vantage point encourages you to take in the ornate architecture that lies below. It’s also the Czech Republic’s oldest museum – showcasing everything from mineralogy and zoology to archaeology and anthropology.
Walk down the picturesque streets and enjoy its lively restaurant scene. In the evening walk through the quaint, quieter gas lamp-lit lanes. Take the funicular railway up Petrin Hill, then walk the leafy trails to Petrin Tower – a scale model of the Eiffel Tower built in 1891, providing spectacular views. Explore the maze and the Stefanik Observatory while you’re here too.
Containing the world’s largest ancient castle, this district lies to the left of the River Vltava, over the Charles Bridge. With cobbled streets and incredible views from the castle walls over Prague, this area is not to be missed. The Prague castle is over 1000 years old and has an hourly changing of the guard and regular exhibitions in the gallery. The Saint Vitus cathedral is located within the large castle walls.
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