As beautiful as Paris and with a history dating back a millennium, Prague has a many stories to tell and abundant experiences to offer. A romantic and charming city by day, it becomes particularly enchanting by night.
Prague is a buzzing Western metropolis straddling the Vltava River. Since its release from the shackles of Communisim after the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the former capital of the Kingdom of Bohemia has flourished and now basks in the dazzling light of its own shining beauty. Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, tourists have descended on Prague in their droves, but even the crowds can’t detract from the splendor of a 14th century Bohemian sandstone bridge, hilltop castle and the hundreds of spires that punctuate the skyline.
Prague played significant roles in several uprisings and wars throughout history, most recently in the 20th century as the capital of Czechoslovakia during World Wars I and II and in the post-war Communist era. Fast forward to the post-Communist era and Prague has become the fourth most-visited city in Europe after London, Paris and Rome.
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How to get to Prague from the airport?
The airport is 17 km (10.5 miles) from Prague. The easiest option is to ride the Airport Express bus as there is no Metro rail service to the airport. The journey by bus takes around 50 minutes. If you prefer to travel by car, the ride share service, alternative taxi services such as Uber can be very convenient as they are more used and also considered more reliable than regular taxi services in Prague.
What about getting around the city?
The city center is small and easy to navigate, making it ideal for a walking tour. The 25 tram routes in Prague are excellent options for sightseeing and the city is also very well serviced by bus.
What else is good to know?
Given its small size, the city center is highly amenable to walking but you’ll need a comfortable pair of shoes to navigate the cobbled streets. To give your feet a break, grab a 24-hour travel pass that is valid across all forms of public transportation – remember to validate your ticket before you board.
Enchanting, full of character, historic and modern – this is Prague
Given its central European location, Prague has a continental climate with bitterly cold winters and roasting summers. From a weather perspective, the best time to visit is late spring or early fall. Parts of Prague will make you feel like you’ve just stepped onto the set of Game of Thrones with their ancient and medieval feel. In other parts, the friendliness of the locals will be remembered in times to come. Prague will not fail to deliver an experience and you will take home unforgettable memories from the City of a Hundred Spires.
- Prague Castle
- St. Vitus’ Cathedral
- Staré Město (Old Town)
- Nové Město (New Town)
Once home to the Austro-Hungarian elite, Hradčany and Malá Strana now face the rowdy crowd in the commercial quarters of Staré Město, Josefov and Nové Město. Hradčany is home to Prague Castle, which dates back to the 9th century and was previously the seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and Czechoslovakian presidents. Today it is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic and the Bohemian Crown jewels, which include the crown of Saint Wenceslas and the royal orb and scepter, are housed in a hidden room inside the castle.
Don’t miss the Gothic-style St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Located within the confines of Prague Castle, the cathedral is the most prominent and largest church in the Czech Republic at 124 x 60 meters (407 x 1967 feet) with its main tower extending 102.8 meters (337 feet) into the air and flanked by front towers of 82 meters (269 feet).
Staré Město (Old Town) is a delicate web of alleyways and passages containing the old Jewish quarter, which is now a luxury shopping area. The Old Town leads to Staroměstské náměstí, the Old Town Square, which has been the city marketplace since the 11th century. The western side of the square has an astronomical clock that displays an animated show of saints, deadly sins and Jesus every hour between 9 AM and 9 PM. Opposite the clock are the slightly unequal Gothic steeples of the Týn Church, representing Adam and Eve. The centerpiece of the square is the Jan Hus Monument.
Nové Město (New Town) is the central area of the modern city and a busy commercial hub centered around Wenceslas Square, which is lined with hotels, cafes and chain stores. The art nouveau Municipal House classical concert venue sits opposite the upscale Palladium mall on Republic Square. Near the curved Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House building, the Náplavka riverbank is dotted with bars and restaurants. Also overlooking the river from Nové Město is the grand National Theatre, which hosts plays, opera and ballet.
Prague’s art and architecture
Prague art galleries may not engage the same hype as the Louvre or the Tate, nevertheless, there is still much to admire in the varied collections in the many galleries and museums. From the Gothic altarpieces in the national cultural heritage landmark, Convent of St. Agnes, to the impressive and internationally recognized collection of 20th century surrealists, cubists and constructivists in the National Gallery and the art nouveau of the Czech Republic’s favorite son Alphonse Mucha.
Embark on a walking tour of Prague, where you’ll encounter the sculptural works of David Černý in public spaces throughout the city. Prague is also a blend of architectural styles, representing the soaring heights of the Gothic style to the opulent exuberance of Baroque, the sensual elegance of art nouveau and the chiseled definition of the Cubist.
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Prague’s creative cuisine
Once upon a time in Prague, food was limited to meat and starch, most often in the form of dumplings. 21st century Prague has stepped things up a few notches and it’s now possible to find everything from French to Mexican and Korean. But you won’t be coming to Prague to eat Korean or Mexican, right?
Experience traditional Czech food by booking a guided food tour or try tracking down the traditional Czech restaurants yourself. Either way, you’ll have an authentic experience or traditional Czech food. Prague also has a thriving cafe culture and as you’re on vacation, you can watch the people passing by from an old-fashioned coffeehouse with a slice of strudel or honey cake and maybe an old-school paperback.
Restaurants in Prague are affordable and beer can be matched to any dish. Restaurants and bars tend to exclusively sell one brand of beer. As an aside, there are different pours for Pilsner Urquell – traditional pours are Na dvakrát (crisp), hlandinka (smooth), which gives the beer a larger head of foam for a smoother taste, and mlíko (milk), which is very little liquid beer and almost a full glass of foam.
Sausages are something of a national sport in the Czech Republic. The love for sausages is strong here and they appear at breakfast, lunch and dinner – as well as being the perfect accompaniment to beer of course. Scout around to find your favorites.
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Discover Prague’s beer
You’re sure to work up a thirst after sightseeing all day, but never fear as you are in the European city with the best beer. Since the introduction of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have gone from strength to strength in the production of some of the finest brews in the world. However, the 20th century star brands – Urquell, Staropramen and Budvar – have been surpassed by craft beers and microbreweries. As a result, beer menus are astounding and continuously improving. Head to Letná Park for a cold craft beer and vistas over Prague’s red rooftops and bridges from the large beer garden.
Geneva - PragueFlight duration: 01:30 hrs total, Frequency: 5 x daily
Departure GenevaTerminal: 1Counter opening time: 24 h prior to departure
Arrival PragueDistance to city centre: 16 km