Since the fall of communism in 1989 and the opening up of Central and Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic – and its capital in particular – has evolved into one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations.
Prague offers an intact medieval core that transports you back 500 years. The 14th-century Charles Bridge, traversing two historic neighbourhoods, is one of the continent’s most beautiful sights.
The city is not just about history, though; it’s a vital urban centre with a rich array of cultural offerings. Outside the capital, castles and palaces abound – including the audacious hilltop chateau at Český Krumlov – which illuminate the stories of powerful dynasties whose influence was felt throughout Europe.
Stroll Across Charles Bridge
The silhouettes of the statues lining the 6-centuries-old crown jewel of Czech heritage hover like ghosts.
Take a Slow Boat Down the Vltava
You can see many of the most striking architectural landmarks from the low-angle and low-stress vantage point of a rowboat you pilot yourself. At night, you can rent a dinghy with lanterns for a very romantic ride.
Learn about the rich Jewish Heritage
Prague’s 13th-century Old-New Synagogue is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Walk through the Jewish quarter and visit the many synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery or take a trip to the Terezin concentration camp.
Visit a Large Communist-Era Housing Estate
Anyone wondering how most latter-day Praguers live should see the mammoth housing blocks called panelák. They were considered the height of architectural and technological progress during communism.
It has been a speciality for over 1,000 years. Enjoy a local pilsner or other beer in a beer cellar, brewpub or sidewalk cafe or take one of our beer tours.
Shop for Antiques
If you like old stuff, you’ll also find a little treasure in the many of Prague’s antiques shops or bookstores.
Czech glass, crystal, porcelain are world-renowned for their high-quality. You can also take a Bohemian crystal workshop to learn more about this traditional art.
Visit Unesco Sites
Such as the medieval silver mining city of Kutna Hora or the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov.
Walk Through the Satov Wine Cellar
Some of the finest Moravian wine is produced at the Satov vineyard, and at this wine cellar you’ll find more than the local product. The cellar’s walls are carved and painted in intricate detail with scenes from Prague Castle and Snow White.
Set in a group of buildings, including a former monastery, dating from 1284, this genteel hotel is 4 minutes’ walk from Malostranská metro station, an 8-minute walk from Charles Bridge and 1 km from Prague Castle.
Featuring period details such as wood beams, the refined rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and minibars, plus heated bathroom floors; some have castle views. Suites add living rooms, and plush upgraded suites come with balconies and/or kitchenettes. Room service is available 24/7.
There’s a glass-enclosed European restaurant with a terrace, and a posh bar, along with a chic spa, a 24-hour gym and gardens.
Hotel Four Seasons Prague
In 3 Old Town buildings featuring baroque and renaissance styles, this refined, high-end hotel is less than a minute’s walk from a metro station and 5 minutes’ walk from the Charles Bridge.
Sophisticated rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars and marble bathrooms; some have chandeliers or vaulted ceilings. Opulent suites add living areas, and some include additional bedrooms. Room service is available.
Breakfast is offered (fee) in a modern-chic Italian bar/restaurant. There’s also fitness center, and a spa with saunas and treatments. Kids’ toys and games are available.
Hotel U Prince
On the Old Town Square, this refined hotel in a restored 12th-century building is a 2-minute walk from a metro station and an 11-minute walk from the Prague National Theatre.
Featuring antique furnishings, the elegant rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Many have renaissance artwork, beam ceilings, stone entryways and original masonry. Grand suites, some on 2 floors, add living areas. Upgraded suites add separate living rooms, 4-poster beds and balconies. Room service is available 24/7.
Breakfast is free. The 2 restaurants include a rooftop option and a high-end choice with an old-world ambiance, plus a terrace.
Across the street from the Vltava River, this art nouveau style hotel is 9 minutes by foot from a metro station and 2 km from Old Town Square.
Polished rooms with courtyard views feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minibars. Upgraded rooms and suites add sitting areas, city or river views, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Select suites offer balconies. Room service is available.
Breakfast is complimentary. There’s a relaxed restaurant and an elegant bar and lounge. Massage treatments and parking are available for a surcharge.
Hotel The Iron Gate
A 4-minute walk from both a metro station and Old Town Square, this polished hotel in a 14th-century building is 2 km from Prague Castle.
Featuring warm colors and traditional frescoes or hand-painted ceilings, the elegant rooms and suites come with flat-screen TVs, sitting areas, and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Wi-Fi is also available. Suites add separate living rooms, and some have whirlpool tubs and/or terraces. Room service is offered 24/7.
Amenities include a free breakfast buffet, a cafe, a business center and a courtyard garden.
An 11-minute walk from the nearest metro station, this upscale hotel in a simple townhouse is also an 8-minute walk from Prague Castle and 12 minutes’ walk from Charles Bridge.
The modern rooms have free Wi-Fi, minibars and flat-screens with satellite channels. The minimalist, upgraded rooms add glass-enclosed bathrooms or in-room bathtubs.
Complimentary continental breakfast is served in an elegant restaurant with vaulted and glass ceilings. There’s secured parking and a spa offering a sauna, a whirlpool tub and massage treatments.
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