Prague: top 5 things to do

By Amy Rosoman

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December 2017

Discover the abundance of captivating sights in this pretty city, from palaces and charismatic squares, to quirky cafes and world-class bars. Enjoy the mythical cityscape of the Czech Republic, which is reflected within the architecture of the capital.

Soak up the sights

The entrancing style of Prague shines throughout the cityscape. Gaze up at the overpowering gothic essence of Powder Tower, admire the renaissance style of Schwarzenberg Palace and the Baroque character of St Nicholas’ Church. Make tracks to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock and watch eccentric entertainers perform. Wander across the arches of Charles Bridge and see the 30 statues of saints, before you head up the hill to the breathtaking Prague Castle. Walk through the courtyards and find your way to the gardens, for mesmerising views. This walkable city makes it easy to squeeze in all the favourite sights.

Where to stay: Lindner Hotel Prague Castle – Make the most of a romantic stay in the grounds of a Strahov Monastery. Just a short walk away from Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and Petrin Hill, sightseeing is made easy when you take a break here. After a day of exploring, relax in the sauna, then sip on an evening drink at the hotel’s Muse Bar.

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Wander across the arches of Charles Bridge and see the 30 statues of saints, before you head up the hill to the breathtaking Prague Castle

  • Puppet at the National Marionette Theatre. ©National Marionette Theatre.

    Did you know…?

    There are daily puppet shows at the Prague Puppet Museum, which holds the largest puppet collection in the world.

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  • Tombstones in the Old Jewish Cemetery. ©starmaro.

    A story to tell

    It is Europe’s oldest surviving graveyard, with tales of sadness, yet eerily beautiful.

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  • Interior of the Hemingway Bar. ©Hemingway Bar.

    A quirky, cool, must-visit bar

    From the dapper dress bartenders, to the cocktails served with sorbet, this bar is the place to be.

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Classic cuisine

Although not famed for its cuisine, Prague has a selection of must-eats that will go down a treat. Dine on delicious pork goulash with fluffy bread dumplings. Or tuck into a Czech favourite of chlebíčky, an open sandwich traditionally served with ham, egg and pickles. Cheese lovers will go wild for the smažený sýr, deep fried cheese – served with bread, salad or fries. You can find this cheese dream at most street food vendors. Embrace the café culture here and stop by Roesel for a beer and cake, then make a move to the Italian Wine Food Market for fresh food, tasty drinks and live music.

Where to stay: The Emblem Hotel – take a break in a boutique retreat, with a central location. You don’t have to wander far for delicious food – dine in the hotel restaurant for tantalising dishes with wonderful wine. After a busy day discovering Prague, relax in the rooftop Jacuzzi or enjoy a spa treatment.

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  • Interior of St Nicholas Church. ©Pintai Suchachaisri.

    An Old Town Square wonder

    Impressive both inside and out, the church of St Nicholas is an inspiring visit.

Cultural marvels

Rich in history, Prague is bursting with a cultural hub. From the colours and artistic flair of Lennon Wall, to the depths of the Museum of Communism, the capital provides plenty of variety. Catch a popular puppet show at the National Marionette Theatre, a favourite with the locals of Prague. Or get tickets to the opera, at the Prague State Opera House. Look around the DOX Center for Contemporary Art to see intriguing and provocative pieces, in one of the Czech Republic’s most progressive galleries. Visit the Jewish ghetto to see charming synagogue’s, then walk along the banks of the Vltava river.

Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Prague – enjoy a luxurious stay near the Vltava river. Savour the blend of historic architecture with modern room designs and breathtaking views. This hotel sanctuary is in the heart of Prague, situated near plenty of cultural spots. When you’re ready for relaxation, kick back in the serene spa.

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Spending spree

With its diverse fusion of shops, Prague offers a hotbed of fashion, collective pieces, vintage books, bohemian liqueur and sweet-scented confectionary. If luxury and big brands are calling your name, head to Parizska Street for designer stores, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and more. The Palladium Shopping Centre is a sleek and stylish shopping haven, with an array of stores and eateries – find everything imaginable under one roof, for the ultimate shopping trip. Or enjoy the quirky and traditional market stalls of the Old Town Square. Make the most of food stands, hippie trinkets, flowers, hand-crafted ceramics and discover real gems.

Where to stay: Atlantic Prague – Stay close to the best shopping and drop your bags off with ease. Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet before you hit the shops and see the beauty of Prague. Whether you want an early night or to head out into town in the evening, head to the HAVANA Lobby Bar for drinks and games. From seeing city sights to super retail therapy, enjoy this walkable city from the Atlantic.

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On-trend nightlife

The nightlife of Prague is lively and electrifying. Whatever it is you are looking for, from live music jazz clubs and unique bars with authentic touches, to a big club night out, find it here. Enjoy smooth sounds at the Reduta Jazz Club, Prague’s first jazz venue. Relax as you listen to some sax and sip on a long drink. For an exclusive experience, enjoy the atmosphere and delectable cocktails at Hemingway Bar. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, step back in time to classy service and barmen dressed for the occasion. Choose from an incredible menu and spend an evening here with good company.

Where to stay: Design Metropol Hotel – Get ready for a stay, close to Prague’s epic nightlife. See the main attractions of this city by day and paint the town red by night. Head up to the rooftop terrace, overlooking the best of this atmospheric cosmopolitan. Relax in the lobby bar for a quiet drink, or begin the night here with a tipple or two.

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