Prague, Czech Republic: Travel Guide

What to do and see in this picturesque city.
Looking much as it did hundreds of years ago, Prague (Praha in Czech), the Czech Republic's capital city is a cultural hotspot with a rich history topped with a mélange of glorious architecture. No surprise then, that the city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Weather/ when to go:

Prague typically has a continental climate. Winters can be cold and summers can be very warm. If you're after good weather, visit between April and October. This is the main tourist season and outside of this, the weather can be cold and less welcoming. If you don't mind the weather being cooler, you'll find the city a lot less crowded between November and March.

Do & see:

Don't miss these attractions during your trip!

Charles Bridge

This 13th century bridge crosses the Vlatavi river and allowed Prague to become a key trading route between eastern and western Europe. It was formerly the Stone Bridge or the Prague Bridge but has been known as the Charles Bridge since 1870. The bridge as it is today was built by the favored architect of King Charles IV. The bridge's decorative statues are largely copies of the originals thanks to floods and other damage. One of these statues relates to John Nepomuk, a priest who was drowned in the river under orders from King Winceslas IV. Just in front of the statue is a small crucifix marking the spot from which he was thrown. Touch the crucifix and your wish might just come true!
Address: Karlův most Staré Město

Prague Castle

The castle dates back to the 9th century, with a Romanesque palace built in the 12th century and rebuilt in Gothic style in the 14th century. As well as the castle itself, there is also the St Vitus cathedral (where you can climb the bell tower for views of the castle and the Old Town), St George's Basilica, Lobkowicz Palace and the Golden Lane (which used to house the palace guards and is now home to some fascinating but expensive shops). Tours are available or you can take a trip around the grounds yourself.
Address: Hradčanské Námĕstí Hradčany

Vyšehrad Citadel

Sometimes known as "Prague's second castle", Vyšehrad dates back to the 10th century. Situated on a rock above the Vlatava river, it offers great views of the surrounding area. Inside the castle is the Church of St Paul and St Peter and Vyšehrad Cemetary, which is the final resting place of many famous Czechs.
Address: V Pevnosti 5

Municipal House

This is the city's most prominent Art Nouveau building and is famed for its concert hall. There are also restaurants and coffee rooms where you can relax and admire the stunning decor. Tours are available for the areas that regularly play host to events and this includes a trip to the Smetana Hall. However, tours only take place at certain times so check whether there will be one on offer when you plan to visit.
Address: Náměstí Republiky 5

Křižík's Fountain

If you'll be visiting Prague during the summer, make sure the Křižík's fountain is on your to-do list. The shows offer a stunning combination of water, light and music and are a big hit with tourists.
Address: U Výstaviště 1 Holešovice

Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall has several historic attractions, and is located in one of the most crowded corners of Old Town Square. The area is home to museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and other forms of entertainment, and dates back to the 11th century, when its position at a crossroads for trade routes gave it a marketplace role. Here you'll find the impressive Astronomic Clock, which was first installed in 1410 and is a tourist attraction in its own right.
Address: Staroměstské náměstí 1

Wenceslas Square

There are plenty of entertainment options here including restaurants, nightclubs and cinemas. You'll also find the statue of its namesake, St Wenceslas, on his horse and close to this, a memorial for those who died in the Communist period. Also here is the Koruna Palace, a shopping arcade with a dome dating from 1911.
Address: Vaclavske náměstí

The Jewish Quarter

Known as Josefov, this is the oldest Jewish settlement in Europe and contains some impressive architecture. Find out more about the Czech Jews and the persecution that they have faced in their history in the Jewish Museum.

Strahov Monastery

Founded in 1140, Strahov is now a working monastery and a museum. Here you'll find the Church of St Roch, the Church of Assumption of our Lady and the Strahov Library -- the largest monastic library in the Czech Republic.
Address: Strahovské nádvoří 1 Strahov

River Cruises

Take a trip down the Vlatava river and get a look at Prague attractions like the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. If you fancy seeing the city from the water, pre-booking is often mandatory due to popularity.

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