Sightseeing in Prague
Prague is a very historical and cultural town with plenty of shops, cafes, restaurants and bars to entertain visitors to the city at night. A good place to start your Prague sight-seeing adventure is the grand Charles Bridge which is fully pedestrianised so acts as a focal point for tourists. Stalls and street musicians line the bridge and you can even have your picture drawn by a caricaturist.
Prague Castle is so vast that it cannot be enjoyed in just one day. It is the size of a small town and includes churches, galleries, gardens and state apartments. It dominates the skyline of Prague and can be seen from most parts of the city. Prague Castle is definitely a must-see attraction whilst on a weekend break in the city, so make sure you include this landmark in your list of places to visit.
The Staromìstské Námìstí or Old Town Square is a centre for tourists and is surrounded by places of interest including the Old Town Hall, palaces and churches. The square is an enjoyable place to stop for lunch with tables set out on the square during the summer. On the hour join the crowds to marvel at the Astronomical Clock's movements on the Old Town Hall's tower.
The Jewish Quarter of Prague is home to some interesting sights including a synagogue reputed to be the oldest in Europe, a gallery and a museum.
The Obecní Dùm (Municipal House) is an architectural gem and was constructed in 1905-1910. This building is home to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and is one of the major venues for concerts during the Prague Spring Festival. The building also houses a café, bar and restaurant. Booking a guided tour round this tourist attraction is recommended.
To see all these fantastic buildings at once ride the funicular up to Petrin Hill where there is a park to walk around, Petrin Tower (which is a scaled down version of Paris' landmark Eiffel Tower), an observatory and a café to stop for a spot of lunch.
Fun Seekers in Prague
Prague is known for its vibrant nightlife with key areas of the city providing a different night out. Throughout the Old Town there are many British themed pubs and Irish bars. There are also some more traditional options in this area, which are great for a taste of the local brew. The suburb of Žižkov is where you will find the trendy bars, particularly Hapu, a must if you appreciate a good cocktail!
Whether it's trashy discos or the funkiest dance nightclub, you'll find it in Prague. The city is also a centre for world music with a selection of clubs featuring anything from world music and Latino to rock. Karlovy Lázné claims to be the largest club in central Europe and its four floors feature different music, including techno, retro, pop and hip hop/funk. There is also a café and a chill-out area with big bean-bags and sofas. Another option is Radost/FX, which has a mix of house and techno and features big name guest DJs. There is so much to see and do whilst on a long or weekend break in Prague, so start planning your trip early so that you don't miss out on all the wonderful attractions this city has to offer. Prague's nightlife is so good that it is often popular with stag and hen parties so don't be surprised to see groups of people wandering the cobbled streets in fancy dress!
As with any large city there is a wide selection of restaurants on offer, from gourmet fare to budget grub. If you're pushing the boat out on your trip, try the Pálffy Palác Club which is particularly good in summer when the terrace is opened and the fantastic views can be appreciated whilst you dine.
For true Czech food on a budget visit U Zlatých Andelu or At the Golden Angel. This traditional restaurant serves up typical Czech fare such as roast beef with cream sauce, half duck, roasted with sauerkraut and bacon and bread dumplings, but at cheap prices.
If shopping's your thing then the Czech crystal and glassware on offer in Prague are fantastic value and good quality. You can find some great crystal jewellery at bargain prices across the city. If you fancy a stroll around a market, visit Havelská for the best crafts, hand embroidery, leather goods and wooden toys.
Activities in Prague
Top Tours in Prague:
Prague – Legends and Ghosts Walking Tour
Explore some of the prettiest parts of the island like Valldemossa and Soller...
Prague City Walking Tour and River Cruise
Explore Prague's historical landmarks and attractions on this walking tour and on a river cruise...
Prague City Tour and Dinner Cruise
Enjoy a city tour of Prague and a dinner cruise set against the glittering backdrop of Prague...
Kutná Hora Sightseeing and Traditional Czech Lunch
Tour of Kutná Hora and experience two sides of this lovely town - the beautiful and the macabre...
Photography Tour in Prague - Castle Walk
Capture the tourist attractions of Prague on camera and discover the essence of the city...
Family Fun in Prague
Prague has many cultural and historical places to visit that the whole family can enjoy. Make your first day trip one up the Funicular to the top of Prague where you are met with panoramic views of the whole city. There is even a mini Eiffel Tower the kids will love to climb for an even better viewpoint. Prague Castle is a magnificent building well worth a bit of exploration and the kids will love running round the old grounds which are the perfect setting for a picnic in the summer. If the weather's a little colder then don't worry, take the kids inside where they can enjoy the toy museum. Puppetry is also a Czech specialty and there are several theatres in the Old Town playing regular shows. Head to the Old Town square on the hour when crowds gather to watch the Astronomical Clock with its animated figures which is a strange sight to behold!
The city also has a few park areas where the kids can play in summer and go sledging in winter! Stromovka is one of Prague's biggest and best parks where you can feed the ducks in the lake. Next to Stromovka is the exhibition ground known as Výstavište which has the Lunapark Funfair as well as regular fairs and shows throughout the year. Prague also has its own Zoo in Troja where you can see hundreds of different species providing a great day out for all the family!
Romantic Breaks in Prague
Walk around the cobbled streets of Prague and soak up the Czech culture whilst admiring the historical architecture, or take in the sights in style in your very own horse-and-carriage ride. A good place to start is the most famous location in Prague, the Charles Bridge, which is best enjoyed when the sun goes down.
Enjoy a romantic stroll hand in hand with your loved one around Prague Castle, where you could even take a picnic and find a secluded spot in the extensive grounds for lunch. Why not take a Prague Dinner River Cruise with live music in the evening to see the castle lit up at night.
Prague has so many restaurants that cater to all culinary tastes from traditional Czech to French, Italian and Chinese that you are bound to find somewhere to enjoy a romantic meal. Hot restaurant serves delicious steak and pasta dishes in Art Deco surroundings with amazing views of Wenceslas Square. In the warmer weather you can dine al fresco here under the stars.
Top Tips for Prague
Food - Sample some Czech cuisine such as cabbage dish sauerkraut and dumplings.
Clubs - If you want a club to dance in until the wee hours then head for a ‘disco' or ‘dance club'. Avoid ‘nightclubs' which usually mean table-dancing clubs.
Drinks prices - Drinks are pretty cheap, particularly vodka. The highest prices will be found around the Old Town. You can expect to pay from 50p-£2 for a beer depending on the brand and which area of the city you're drinking in.
Tours - A relaxing way to see the city is via a boat tour along the River Vltava. Sit back with afternoon tea and take in the surroundings.
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