The Czech capital is a city reborn since the Velvet Revolution of 1989. As you wander through its many squares, youll find Gothic and Baroque façades sitting shoulder to shoulder, shops nestling under Romanesque arches and stately Renaissance palaces where the changing of the guard is still a daily ritual. High over the city tower the spires of St. Vitus Cathedral, part a sprawling Castle Quarter that hides a maze of medieval cobbles, pastel coloured cottages and museums that cater for every interest. Against this old world canvas beats the pulse of a modern city, alive with cubist art, street performers, a lavish choice of café bars, Bohemian restaurants and vibrant, up-all-night Jazz venues.
There is a range of accomodation in Prague to suit all budgets from fantastically renovated palaces & buildings that are now city centre boutique hotels, to competitively priced b&b and apartment accommodation towards the outskirts of the city.
Aria Hotel - 5* (Map)
Review: The ultimate in Prague chic with gorgeous interior decor and a roof terrace that offers some of the best rooftop views in Prague.
Location: Trite 9, Prague 1, 11800
From £160 per room per night
Hotel Tchaikovsky - 3* (Map)
Review: A home from home atmosphere at reasonable prices and only a mile south of the old town square.
Location: Ke Karlovu 19, Prague 12000
From £80 per room per night
K&K Hotel Central - 4* (Map)
Review: Sassy, chic & superior service... everything you'd expect from this excellent hotel chain.
Location: Hybernska 10, Prague 11000,
From £60 per room per night
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Things To Do in Prague
Historical sights with fantastic architecture abound, plus numerous gardens, museums & river trips to explore. At night the city buzzes with a plethora of music clubs & bars and many of the hotels have their own nightclubs.
Astronomical Clock (Map)
Review: Watch the 12 apostles appear as the clock strikes the hour and then climb the tower for some awesome views of Prague.
Expert Tip: The striking of the clock on the hour is nice enough but can be a bit ofan anticlimax for some!
Location: Old Town Square 1/3, PRAHA 1 Prague-Old Town
FREE to clockwatch; £3 to climb tower
Charles Bridge (Map)
Review: The oldest bridge in Prague and one of the most beuutiful in Europe.
Expert Tip: Take your time crossing the bridge and admire the various street performers, musicians & artists.
Location: Karluv most, 118 00 Praha
Opening Times: ALL DAY
Prague Restaurants & Bars
International cuisine and fast food is widely available. But if you want Czech food there are now plenty of excellent options offering more than the traditional meat & dumplings.
The Wine Bar (Map)
Review: Excellent wines accompanied by some tasty cheeses & sausages, plus friendly, knowledgeable staff. You'll be back again and again.
Location: Trziste 14, Malá Strana, Prague 110 00
Bottle of wine from £7.
Review: In a pretty courtyard near the Old Town Square, this friendly restaurant offers good food and warm ambience.
Location: Malá tupartská 5/636, Tınskı dvur (Ungelt), 110 00 Praha 1
From £20 per person
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Getting Around Prague
Much of the city is pedestrianised but come prepared with some good shoes to cope with the endless cobblestones. Alternatively, a cheap & efficent Metro and tram service operates throughout the day and much of the night.