A quaint collection of cobbled, cafe-lined streets and tucked-away treasures, Prague is an enticing labyrinth that’s begging to be explored. Take a golden-hued waltz at sunset from Old Town (Staré Město) to the bustling neighbourhood of New Town (Nové Město), or glide over the sparkling waters of the Vltava river to the tree-shaded lanes of Letná? On the way, you’ll discover hidden gardens, mysterious buildings, undercover bars and restaurants galore.
Whether you’re after a traditional Czech snack, a modern-spin on classic fare or a tipple from one of Europe’s leading beer and wine producers, Prague has it all and then some. You’ll find an abundance of cafes, wineries, craft beer houses and more, with new treats waiting to delight your taste buds around every corner. The locals of Prague are famously competitive over whose beer is the best and which family’s secret guláš (goulash) recipe is the most delicious.
As if beautiful views, sensational dishes and a plethora of adventurous activities wasn’t enough to entice you to embark on a holiday to Prague, the city is also saturated with history. Every facet of the Gothic, Romanesque and Baroque eras have their place in the city’s stunning architecture from the oldest active synagogue in Europe to the picture-perfect castles and cathedrals scattered throughout the area. But the history of Prague is more than its beautiful buildings; the Old Town has the marks of every historical phenomena imaginable whether it be witches and alchemists or Lennonists and Communists.
So you’ve seen the incredible Astronomical Clock and filled your camera’s memory card with fabulous photos of the picturesque Old Town skyline but what now? There’s almost too many things to see and do in this one small section of the Czech Republic’s capital city. We recommend keeping your eyes on your feet...and peeled for one of Prague’s spookiest marks; the ‘X’ in the Old Town Square. This mark signifies the spot where witch trials took place many years ago and is well worth reading up on before you go.
More magical even than the witch’s spot, Golden Lane is an absolute must for any visitors to Prague. Not only does this narrow little lane let you take a step back in time to when doorways stood no higher than your chest, but there also a mystery to solve. If legends are to be believed, during Rudolf II’s reign, an old alchemist called Uhle was found dead after a mysterious explosion... clutching a lump of gold in his hand that to this day, historians cannot explain.
With a perfect plethora of Michelin-starred options available, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. At the top of your list of tastes to try should undoubtedly be Svíčková na smetaně: a braised beef sirloin marinated in a thick, creamy sauce of parsley and carrots, topped with cranberry relish and whipped cream. A decadent daydream of a dish that will have you coming back for more.
One of Prague’s most fascinating historical monuments, the Lennon Wall is a must for all history buffs. During the tumult of Prague’s political landscape during the 1980s, the movement called ‘Lennonism’ was born, which saw the youth of Prague protesting against the government ban on music by The Beatles, among many other infringements on their freedom. To this day, new Beatles’ quotes are added to the wall daily, and guests are more than welcome to add their peace messages too.
The warmest months of the year for a holiday to Prague are from June through to August, rising up to the mid-20s in typical Central European fashion but rainfall is still common so guests should come prepared for all weather possibilities. Rain is minimal in winter but temperatures drop rapidly and snow begins to cover the city. Despite the cold, Prague is the ultimate winter destination during the festive season thanks to the beautiful Christmas markets that adorn multiple areas of the city.
If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Czech Republic and are visa exempt for 90 days. For more information on entry requirements and travel regulations, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/czech-republic/entry-requirements.
The currency in Prague is the Czech Koruna (CZK).
In Prague, the main language spoken is Czech.