Prague Travel Guide

Introduction to Prague

Book flights to Prague and enjoy the best of Bohemia.

With its imposing gothic architecture and moody medieval streets, Prague is one of Central Europe's true beauties. The home of absinthe and Kafka, Prague embraces the surreal. Intriguing statues dot the streets while narrow alleyways beg for further exploration. The biggest draw? The beer. It's some of the best in Europe, and no matter where you are in the city you're not far from a Pivovar (micro-brewery).

Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock: World's oldest operational astronomical clock

Old Town Square

Old Town Square: Picturesque square lined with gothic and baroque buildings.

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge: 14th Century bridge between the old town and the castle.

Other things to do in Prague

Take a walking tour. It's a good way to get to grips with Prague's sprawling old town. Sandeman's offer one of the city's best free walking tours, starting from the Old Town Square twice daily. There are also tours around the impressive castle and the monastery, if you're prepared to climb a lot of stairs.

Visit Prague's old Jewish neighbourhood, Josefov. The area was home to Prague's Jewish community since the 13th Century. The six synagogues were perfectly preserved, even during Nazi occupation, as Hitler planned to keep them in place as a "museum of an extinct race". The higgledy-piggledy stones in the cemetery provided the inspiration for Berlin's famous Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

There are plenty of morbid attractions just a short drive away, such as Kutna Hora bone chapel and Terezin concentration camp. If you want to explore a bit more of Bohemia, take a look at our deals on car hire from Prague Airport.

If you're looking for more inspiration, read our top 7 things to do in Prague.

Eating and drinking in Prague

Prague has some of the best (and cheapest) beer in Europe. Make sure you check out our 7 favourite bars in Prague while you're there. The best news? Czech cuisine is made to complement a glass of the good stuff. Meat, dumplings and boiled cabbage dominate traditional food menus. For a modern take on Czech/Italian fusion cuisine, head to Kafka Food Snob in the old town. As Prague is a popular tourist destination there are plenty of international restaurants to whet your appetite: there's even a Hooters. If you're craving dessert, grab a Trdelník. Although not traditionally from Prague (they hail from Hungarian Transylvania), the rolled pastry treats are sold by vendors throughout the city.

Prague climate

Prague has a more extreme climate than Britain, with hot summers and freezing winters. Highs of 23°C are common during July and August, although the mercury does sometimes soar higher. If you're visiting for the Christmas markets be warned: it can drop as low as -2°C in December. January and February are chillier though, with temperatures dropping as low as -3°C.

When to go to Prague

Summer is the most popular time to visit Prague, especially during wedding season when stag and hen parties arrive in their droves. Summer music festivals attract a cultural audience, while the warmer weather makes sightseeing a pleasant prospect. If you want to see Prague on a budget (and without the crowds) aim to visit in spring or autumn. Hotels in Prague are at their cheapest during winter, but be warned: it gets very cold. Visit during December for a wallet-friendly alternative to Germany's Christmas markets.

Flying to Prague

Cheap flights to Prague are available from numerous UK airports, making it a convenient destination for a budget break. Airlines offering direct flights include British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Smart Wings, Wizz Air and Czech Airlines.

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