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Prague
Travel Guide

Ancient castles, graceful bridges and hundreds of church spires characterize the Czech Republic capital, a city that seems right out of a fairytale.

Prague has over 1,100 years of history, which is still very much visible in its architecture and culture. The medieval-looking city is known for the romance of its architecture, with grand castles, elaborate churches and charming bridges.

Prague, or “Praha” in Czech, has been the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and Czechoslovakia. The Praguers freed themselves from a communist regime in 1989 and then split from Slovakia. Prague is now the capital of the Czech Republic, and of Bohemia, and has 1.3 million residents. Many Praguers don’t speak English, but most of the tour guides do.

Spend just a few hours in Prague and you’ll see almost all the great architectural styles: Renaissance, Gothic, baroque, art nouveau and modernist. Three of those styles can be seen in just one building: Týn Church (Týnský Chrám). The city’s most famous modern building is Dancing House (Tančící Dům).

Use the iconic Charles Bridge (Karlův Most) to travel between attractions on both sides of the Vltava River. The Vltava separates the historic Old Town (Staré Město) from the Lesser Town, home to the huge Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) complex.

Visit Vyšehrad Castle for pleasant gardens and historic fortified walls from the top of which you can spot the spires of Prague’s grand churches, including St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta). Visit the fascinating collection of gravestones in the Jewish Cemetery and medieval exhibits in the Powder Tower (Prašná Brána, Powder Gate).

Prague is pleasantly warm in summer while a winter visit is cold but picturesque when the snow falls. Regardless of the season, any time is the prefect time to try some of the delicious local pastries and cheap Czech beer.

Climb one of the many lookout points to see why Prague is the “City of 100 Spires.” Together with the medieval walls and terra cotta rooftops with chimneys, the church spires paint a fairytale-like picture of this historic Central European city. Add the art and nightlife to the mix and you understand why this is such a popular travel destination.

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Where to stay in Prague

Top Hotels in Prague

Botanique Hotel Prague
Botanique Hotel Prague
4 out of 5
Sokolovská 11, Prague
The price is $58 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Prague 8, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karlin Music Theater, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (992 reviews)
Great place for a very good price

"Brand new hotel, all very clean, nicely appointed, friendly staff, good breakfast"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Botanique Hotel Prague
Corinthia Hotel Prague
Corinthia Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Kongresova 1, Prague
The price is $49 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Prague 4, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Prague Congress Centre. Palouček Stop is 8 minutes by foot and Svatoplukova Stop is 8 minutes.

4.3/5Excellent! (996 reviews)

"As always with each stay the hotel makes you feel welcome. Pleasure to stay there. Will be back again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2020

Corinthia Hotel Prague
Alcron Hotel Prague
Alcron Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Stepanska 40, Prague
The price is $49 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Wenceslas Square and Czech National Museum. Prague Astronomical ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (320 reviews)
5-star Experience!!!

"Wow! This hotel is amazing! First of all, you feel like you’ve stepped back into the 1930s. Though usually older hotels have a certain mustiness to them, the Alcron is fresh and clean as though it were recently built. It’s perfectly located, just steps away from Wenceslas Square and easily walkable ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2020

Alcron Hotel Prague
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Prague

Honest Apartments
Honest Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Strakonicka 1856/11, Prague, Prague 5 Smichov
The price is $41 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Prague 5, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Staropramen Brewery, Dancing House, and Vysehrad Castle. Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (49 reviews)

"very clean and comfortable apartment. It is a two-minute walk from the tram and a seven-minute walk from the metro. near many restaurants and shops. pleasant communication with the owners (without a personal meeting, what I like a lot). when we arrive in Prague again, we will return to these ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Honest Apartments
Luxury penthouse with pool and beautiful terrace
Luxury penthouse with pool and beautiful terrace
Prague, Prague (region)

Located in Prague 4, this romantic apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Prague Congress Centre, Dancing House, and Wenceslas Square. Prague Astronomical ...

Luxury penthouse with pool and beautiful terrace
Wenceslas Square Terraces
Wenceslas Square Terraces
3.5 out of 5
Vaclavske Namesti 841/3, Prague

Located in Prague 1, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Na Prikope and Estates Theatre. Wenceslas Square and Prague Astronomical Clock are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (425 reviews)

"This is a huge apartment with modern amenities. It’s right on the square where there are shops and restaurants and bars. It was kinda difficult to find since it’s not a hotel. When they say it’s right beside the C&A department store, they mean the bigger store. There are 2 C&A dept stores in that ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Wenceslas Square Terraces
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Prague

You are sure to want to do a lot of walking in Prague, as the city’s historic streets are perfect for leisurely wanderings. However, there is also an excellent public transportation system for when you need a rest. Between them, the metro, tram network and bus network cover the whole city. Buy a ticket for each individual journey, or save money by getting a day pass if you plan to do a lot of travel. Visit the Prague Public Transit Co. Inc. website.Browse Prague rental cars.

Best time to visit

Gorgeous sunny weather with average daytime temperatures in the mid 70s F (20s C) makes the summer months Prague’s peak tourist season. From June through August, the city buzzes with life, with open-air events common. However, attractions and accommodations will definitely be extremely busy during these months. Consider visiting in spring or fall for lower room rates and a more peaceful experience.

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