Prague Travel Guide

The City of a Hundred Spires is like something out of a Gothic fairytale, with enough history and magic to bewitch visitors from all walks of life. Prague has come alive and undergone a modern renaissance as one of Europe's most desirable destinations, its cobblestone streets and lofty spires giving the whole city the feel of an outdoor museum. Prague's Old Town (Stare Mesto) was virtually undamaged during both World Wars, allowing the old city to show off a cross-section of centuries-old architecture unseen even in Europe's most famous capitals. Complementing this buffet of well-preserved history, Prague boasts a feisty nightlife that attracts young revellers from all over the continent. The city also has a trendy assortment of new galleries, restaurants, cafes and shops. Prague is, indeed, a great combination of traditional charm and vibrant, trend-setting youthfulness.

Best time to visit Prague

Midsummer is high season for a holiday in Prague, with droves of visitors coming to bask in the sunny weather. The best time to travel to Prague for those not wanting to join the crowds is in spring (April, May) or autumn (September, October) when the crowds have thinned and the weather is still pleasant.

What to see in Prague

-Stroll over the iconic Charles Bridge and photograph the city.

-Admire the oddly beautiful Dancing House designed in part by renowned architect, Frank Gehry.

-See the Old Town Square, the heart of Prague since the 11th century.

-Watch the amusing medieval Prague Astronomical Clock chime the hour.

What to do in Prague

-Visit the Museum of Communism for a taste of Prague behind the Iron Curtain.

-Explore the many attractions of Prague's stately Castle District.

-Learn about the history of Prague's Jewish population in The Jewish Museum.

-Tour the Vysehrad hill fortress, thought to have stood since the 10th century.

Beyond Prague

The Czech Republic is not a large country and Prague is fairly central, meaning that many of the country's attractions are within easy reach of the capital. Pilsen, the birthplace of Czech beer, is just beyond Prague, as is the eastern town of Kutna Hora, which is renowned for its architecture. The spa resort town of Karlovy Vary and even the more distant medieval town of Cesky Krumlov are popular options for weekend getaways from Prague.

Getting there

Prague's Vaclav Havel Airport is conveniently located just 10 miles (16km) northwest of the city centre and is the Czech Republic's main air-transport hub.

Did you know?

-Prague Castle is said to be the largest castle complex in the world.

-There is a famous graffiti shrine to John Lennon on Mala Strana.

-Alchemy was very fashionable in Prague during the middle ages, with assorted 'magicians' practising the art.