Craving a holiday but don’t fancy a long-haul journey? Why not escape for a short break in Prague? Ed James shares his top tips on how to make the most of your trip to this stunning European city…
Staroměstské Náměstí, Old Town Square
At the heart of Prague is the stunning Old Town Square. There’s so much to do; beautiful food, fantastic architecture and amazing street theatre. Every hour, the crowds gather there to watch the oldest working astronomical clock in the world. The square is also home to the Church of Our Lady before Týn as well as a host of cafes, bars and restaurants. The Old Town Square is one of the two main squares in Prague—the other, Wenceslas Square, is just a five minute walk away.
Karlův most, Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge is a must-see lined with entertainers, street sellers and caricature artists. As Prague’s oldest bridge, it links the two sides of the city together, and as you cross it you’ll pass replicas of historical statues and enjoy the most stunning views of Prague’s charming buildings and the Vltava River. The bridge can get incredibly crowded during the day, but an early morning or late evening stroll should garner some truly magnificent sun-scapes.
Old Town Rickshaw Tour
One of the best ways to explore the Old Town is on a rickshaw. You can find them at the Old Town Square next to St Nicholas Church, and at the Republic Square in front of the Palladium shopping mall. There are two tours to chose from: the 60 minute Grand City Tour — which features popular sites including the House of the Black Madonna and Municipal House—or the 30-minute tour which whisks you around the Old Town and Josefov.
The Funicular Railway up Petřín Hill
Take the Funicular up Petřín Hill, climb the 299 steps up the Eiffel inspired Petřín Lookout Tower, and you’ll be rewarded with some amazing sights. On a clear day you can get the most picturesque views across Bohemia, then move on to exploring the mirror maze at the top of Petřín Hill. The ride to the top takes around four minutes, with the railway running every 10 and using the same tickets as Prague’s main transport system.
Czech Beer Museum
The Czechs love their beer. So much so that they have a museum dedicated to it where you can have your pint served to you on a train. Tours of the museum run daily at 15.30, and will give you an insight into what makes Czech beer so great. You’ll learn all about the history and making of Czech beer, before heading down to the cellars where you can sample several varieties and customise and bottle your own beer!
Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) and St Vitus Cathedral
The castle and cathedral are great during the day, but at night become truly breathtaking. Covering almost 70,000 m², the castle and cathedral offer some of the most spectacular architecture that Prague has to offer. There’s an option to join guided tours, or alternatively you can hire an audioguide for three hours. If you’re looking for an activity to fill an entire day, then a trip to the castle is perfect with 10 incredible sections for you to explore.