Having survived the centuries with its medieval architecture intact, Prague is one of the best-preserved and attractive capital cities in Europe, offering a wealth of museums, palaces, bars and hidden alleyways, most within walking distance of each other. Add to this fantastic value for dining and entertainment Prague city breaks have a lot to offer.
Sitting astride the Vltava River, Prague is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and has long been one of the most popular destinations with Cities Direct’s clients. Famous for it’s café culture and vibrant nightlife, surrounded by spectacular architecture, nobody ever returns disappointed from a Prague city break.
At the heart of the old town is the majestic Old Town Square, a great place to start your visit. In the square is the huge Tyn Church with its twin 80m gothic towers, an important baroque altar and a 17th century pipe organ, it is well worth a visit. The Town Hall Tower features the signature Astronomical Clock which has been in service since 1490. Sitting in one of the main pavement cafés of the Old Town Square just observing the hustle and bustle of the many peddlers and buskers can be a relaxing way to while away a fe hours. From here it is just a short walk to the most famous Vltava crossing, Charles Bridge. At 620 m long, built upon 16 arches, with statues along its length all guarded by 3 towers, it is truly one of the most amazing bridges in the world. From the Lesser Town side, head for St Nicholas church in Town Square (not to be confused with Old Town square!) one of the highlights of baroque architecture in Europe. Do not miss the incredible fresco of the Celebration of the Holy Trinity inside the 70m dome. From here you can walk up the hill to Prague Castle, which claims to be the largest castle in the world, where the buildings are topped by the Gothic spires of St Vitus’s Cathedral. There are great views of the city from the ramparts. For a romantic touch to your short break, try a horse drawn carriage ride around the Old Town. No city break to Prague would be complete without visiting the Jewish Quarter and in particular the haunting Old Jewish Cemetery. You enter the cemetery via the Pinkas Synagogue where the interior walls are covered with the names of 80,000 Holocaust victims from Bohemia and Moravia. Wenceslas Square is actually more of a wide, tree lined boulevard in the New Town area of the city. With staues and other points of interest it is worth a visit, although we think it doesn’t quite match the delightful Old Town. Given it’s rich history, Prague has many museums and galleries for lovers of art and culture. If you have a bit more time, you might feel like exploring beyond the city. The medieval silver mining town on Kutna Hora and the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary are both easily reached by bus from the station at Florenc and would make interesting day trips during your stay.
The 3 star Cloister Inn is always a popular choice. It is in a prime location in the heart of the Old Town just 300 metres from Charles bridge. If you prefer a 4 star hotel, then the Jurys Hotel is a great choice. A modern hotel offering good sized, contemporary styled, air conditioned bedrooms. Even a 5 star hotel needn’t break the bank. We have some great deals on the 5 star InterContinental, a great choice if you are celebrating a special occasion.
The most famous local food is knedliky (dumplings) which are usually potato based. Also worth trying is zelnacka a cabbage soup sometimes served with minced sausage.
Prague has a cold winters and warm summers, and as it is so easy to explore on foot, each season has its merits and it is popular all year round.
We offer direct flights to Prague from 10 UK and Irish airports including Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh and Leeds Bradford. Why not combine your stay in Prague as part of a multi –centre break with another city like Vienna or Budapest? Call us for more information, we will be happy to put together an itinerary based on your requirements.
Despite being one of the most visited cities in Europe, Prague still conjures up a celestial atmosphere with its cobbled streets, alleyways, superb churches and palaces.
We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would not hesitate in using Cities Direct again in the future...Prague, Vienna & Budapest