The 14th largest city in the European Union and historical capital of Bohemia, also a UNESCO world heritage site.
Prague is the capital city of the Czech republic where the language spoken is Czech but English is also widely spoken.
The currency is the Czech Crown but some shops and hotels will accept the Euro. The rate is approximately £1=28czk.
When to visit
If you’re looking for a quiet break away and don’t mind the weather being cooler, the best time to visit Prague is between the second half of May and June, also September. If you prefer warmer weather and don’t mind more crowds, July and August would be better for you with the temperature in the mid to high 70s
Visit Prague for a long weekend with Jet 2, return flights from £214 or if you want to stay for longer, flights for a midweek break start from £113.
(based on flights from East Midlands Airport to Vaclav Havel Airport 8-11 June 2018 for weekend and 4-8 June 2018 midweek)
To visit as a family, 2 adults and 2 children can fly from East Midlands Airport for £172 per person with daytime flights. There is activities for children of all ages including a Zoo and an escape room style attraction.
Where to stay
Prague boasts a wide range of places to stay while visiting the city, these range from luxury hotels to hostels. The Four Seasons Hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in Prague with prices starting from £298 for a Modern Room up to £758 per night for a premier river room with rooms facing west or south with a view of all the city’s key landmarks. The rooms come with a Double or Twin beds and come with a full marble bathroom. To really splash out you can book a suite for around £2700 per night and has 1,2 or 3 bedrooms, also comes with a marble bathroom.
For a smaller budget, there is the very popular Domus Henrici with prices starting at £108, there is other mid budget hotels too.
For the tiniest of budget there is a range of Hostels, which costs from £45 with the cancellation plan if needed for 3 nights in a 8 bed mixed sex room with it’s own bathroom, these are ideal for walkers, backpackers and single travellers who just want somewhere to rest of a night after a long day sightseeing.
Prague is a city filled with history and beauty, a great walking city but comfortable shoes are highly recommended because there is more cobbles than Coronation Street.
Three days are a good minimum to enjoy Prague’s sights and magical atmosphere, below is some ideas of what to do and where to go.
The main sightseeing areas of Prague are separated by the Vltava River. On the left bank there is the Prague Castle area and Lesser Town, on the right bank is the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter and the New Town.
You can take one of the many river cruises ranging from 1 hour 15 minutes for a short river cruise to 3 hours and 30 minutes for a guided dinner cruise, these can cost from between approximately £10 – £38 (depending on exchange rate).
The heart of Prague’s historical centre is the Old Town Square, which has been beautifully restored and is a good place to start your Prague visit. You will find the Gothic spires of the Tyn Church towering over the square and also the statue of reformer Jan Hus, the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall which at every hour between 9am and 11pm the twelve apostles appear.
Walk across the bridge on your first day because you may want to do it again, it’s recommended strolling across it at night to enjoy the magnificent view of Prague Castle all lit up. An idea for the daytime is climbing the towers on both side of the bridge, the one on the Old Town side for wonderful views of the bridge and spires of the Old Town.
You will not regret the 70 meter climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower where the view of the square and beyond is spectacular. The tower is accessible to all via a system of lifts. The basic entrance fee is approximately £9 or a family ticket will cost around £17, the entrance fee includes entrance to the tower, the halls underground, the historical halls and the chapel of the Virgin Mary.
For around £24 – £36 a group of 4 can enjoy a horse drawn carriage that starts and ends in Old Town Square. The carriages are lined up near the white St Nicholas Church.
Old Town Square
Spend a day wandering the streets leading off the square, there is the Grand Parizska where you have the pleasure of shopping in luxury boutiques belonging to famous brands like Louis Vitton and Dolce and Gabana, also unique antique stores with a magical atmosphere. There is stores selling traditional Czech wares including Glass, Porcelain and Jewellery. Also off the square you will find the Tynska where there is some of the best bars in Prague including an Irish Bar, from there is Ungelt which is the Club and Theatre district, you will find a Jazz and Blues club which is a family run club that has been around since 2000 and the Ungelt Theatre which is a intimate setting for small audiences.
Prague cuisine is not the healthiest and can be a bit heavy for some people, so forget about the diet during your stay. It does go very well with the traditional Czech drink which is Beer.
Beware of some of the over priced restaurants in the Old Town Square or near Prague Castle, there is plenty of restaurants where the locals go to that are extremely easy to find and will not cost a fortune. These are found very easily in the centre of Prague.
There’s traditional pubs that offer Czech dishes as well as restaurants offering international cuisine, neat bars, cozy cafés or simple fast food and sausage stands just waiting for you to give them a try!
If you wanted to learn to cook like the locals, there is cooking courses all conducted in the English language.
The best way to get around Prague is to use public transport rather than driving or taking a taxi. There is a good public transport system in the city mainly consisting of The Metro, Trams and Buses.
There is a range of passes and single trip tickets that can be purchased either by the ticket machines or by using your mobile phone.
A 3 day travel pass costs around £11 and will give you access to all public transport in Prague during the time the ticket is valid.