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With its romantic cobblestone streets, charming buildings and cheap nightlife, Prague remains a favourite destination for all kinds of holidaymakers. Split in two by the Vltava River, Prague is divided into several districts, each bringing unique characteristics to the bustling city.
From 5* city centre hotels to traditional rooms in the Old Town, Prague is brimming with accommodation choices. Hotels in the Old Town area place you in the best spot for sightseeing, while the nearby New Town is best for those who want to make the most of the nightlife opportunities.
Where to stay
New Town itself isn’t actually all that new - it dates back to the 14th century, and still features a handful of its original buildings. Nowadays, the area is a hub of activity, featuring many hotels, shops, restaurants, museums and nightlife. Most of the city’s main sights can be reached within a 30-minute walk, although there are tram stops dotted all around for when the weather turns a little colder.
In the New Town there’s a real mix of accommodation: as well as 5* luxury hotels, visitors can take their pick from budget chain hotels, rooms within 14th century buildings, and even a boat that’s anchored in the Vltava River.
Bursting with a rich history, the Old Town is where you’ll find a warren of cobblestone streets, historic buildings, churches and synagogues. Commonly referred to as the most romantic area in Prague, the Old Town is ideal for couples as well as those wanting to be in the thick of all the action.
Historic buildings are home to a wide range of boutique hotels in the Old Town, from 5* designer-chic rooms to small, contemporary hotels on the banks of the River. Many of the hotels located within the centuries-old buildings are kitted out with whimsical furnishings for a romantic finish.
This area - also known as ‘Lesser Town’ is located on a hillside on the other side of the Vltava River. Its positioning gives visitors spectacular views across the River and over to Prague’s Old Town. Although it’s home to popular tourist attractions such as Prague Castle, this area is often considered a little quieter, making it perfect for families and those looking for some R&R.
Design hotels, hostels and luxury world-renowned hotel chains can all be found in Mala Strana. There’s even a few more unique accommodation options including a farmhouse and a boutique hotel in a former monastery.
What to see
Prague is well-connected with public transport and easily walkable, making it easy to see many of the city sights in a short space of time. Many of the most iconic tourist attractions can be seen for free while you stroll around the city: in fact, one of the best things to do while in Prague is just to aimlessly wander around the Old Town, soaking up the charming streets, local shops and historic buildings. Be sure to check out the Old Town Square - which dates back to the 10th century - and watch the ornate Astronomical Clock on the side of the Old Town Hall Tower spring to life when an hour strikes.
The 14th century Charles Bridge is one of the most famous sights in Prague, although it’s best visited early in the morning before the throngs of tourists arrive. By day it’s kept busy with stalls selling artwork, as well as musicians playing live music. Although on the other side of the river, Prague Castle is worth the journey - built in the 9th century, it’s now a UNESCO monument where visitors can explore the Old Royal Palace, St. Vitus Cathedral and the quaint Golden Lane.
Some of the quirkier sights in Prague include the Lennon Wall, a wall that’s decorated with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and has become a huge Instagram hit. There’s also the Petrin Tower, where you can head up to the observation deck for views across Prague.
The area around Wenceslas Square in the New Town is one of the most popular nightlife spots. At weekends it’s where stag parties and hen-dos descend for a riotous night out; with casinos, nightclubs and bars all within a short walk from each other, it’s ideal for those who want to party the night away without having to worry about finding their way around. Those looking for a quieter evening won’t be disappointed though; the city is awash with cosy bars, jazz venues and late-night eateries.
What to eat
One of the most delicious snacks in Prague is a trdelník - or a chimney cake as it’s sometimes referred to. Served at stalls dotted around the main squares, the trdelník is a traditional Slovak rolled pastry that’s usually served warm. All that’s left for you to do is choose your coating from ingredients such as cinnamon, Nutella or nuts. Away from the stalls, restaurant menus feature a number of hearty winter warmers, including Czech-style Goulash with dumplings and vegetables, as well as grilované klobásy - a long grilled sausage served in a roll with a number of different sauces.
Whether it’s international stores or local boutiques you’re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping in Prague. Palladium Shopping Centre features four floors of shops and restaurants, and is home to popular European chains as well as Czech brands. OC Quadrio is another popular shopping centre in the heart of the city with over 60 shops spread across three floors. For something a little different, head to Havelský Market which dates all the way back to the early 13th century. Stalls sell a variety of fruit and vegetables, crafts and souvenirs and are open seven days a week. If you’re visiting between the end of November and the beginning of January, don’t miss out on the quaint Christmas market in the Old Town square.
Fast Facts about Prague
- Direct flight time: 2 hours from London
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Currency: Czech Crown (CZK)
- Language: Czech
- Average price of a domestic beer: 35 Kc
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 119.50 Kc
- Number of Brit tourists per year: 600,000
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