Prague

Travel Guide
Charles Bridge featuring a bridge, a city and a river or creek

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.

Where to stay in Prague

Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
4 out of 5
Vinohradska 157a, Prague, 13020
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The price is $41 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and 3 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (959 reviews)
"Staff create an inviting atmosphere; rooms are comfortable"

Reviewed on May 10, 2022

Don Giovanni Hotel Prague
Hotel Kings Court
Hotel Kings Court
5 out of 5
U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague, 110 00
The price is $147 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, a casino, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (985 reviews)
"Very comfortable room. Outstanding breakfast. Would have liked longer hours for cocktails"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2022

Hotel Kings Court
Grand Hotel Bohemia
Grand Hotel Bohemia
5 out of 5
Kralodvorska 4, Prague, 110 00
The price is $98 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Prague. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (935 reviews)
"The Grand Hotel Bohemia is in an ideal location near the Republic Square (Námēstí Republiky) metro station, the Obecni dum, and the Powder Tower. It is an easy walk to the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge area. The property is very nice and my junior suite was well appointed and had an incredible ..."

Reviewed on May 6, 2022

Grand Hotel Bohemia
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.
EA ApartHotel Melantrich
EA ApartHotel Melantrich
3 out of 5
Praha 1 - Václavské Námestí 36 Staré Mes, Prague, 110 00
The price is $55 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (127 reviews)
"good location, really nice room, sort of like a tree house , a the balcony was good for tanning too! only thing is no one came to change the sheets or clean the room until we checkout out"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

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Emporio Prague Apartments
Emporio Prague Apartments
4 out of 5
Soukenická 6, Prague, 110 00
The price is $62 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (493 reviews)
Good for a short stay
"Great location, smooth check-in, appartement slightly worn out, missing cutlery and kitchen equipment. The appartement needs some refresh, the windows are towards a not so very nice courtyard."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2021

Emporio Prague Apartments
MN6 Luxury Suites
MN6 Luxury Suites
4 out of 5
Masarykovo nabrezi 6, Praha 2, Prague, 120 00
The price is $98 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Prague. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a flat-screen TV. Popular attractions Wenceslas Square and Charles ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
"Great walkable location"

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

MN6 Luxury Suites
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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