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Top 5 things to see and do in the City of a Hundred Spires

1. Explore the Old Town Square

Get a 3-in-1 of Romanesque, Baroque and Gothic architecture, all in one place. The Old Town Square is surrounded by historic buildings dating back almost 900 years. Tick off a few of the 100 spires by seeing the St Nicholas and Týn churches.  Right in the middle of the square is the impressive statue of Jan Hus, the influential medieval priest. Get the best view of it from one of the pavement cafés lining the square.

2. Stroll down Wenceslas Square

The Wenceslas Square is actually a long, elegant boulevard that’s been at the centre of Czech history for centuries – it was where thousands of protesters gathered during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The National Museum, home to prehistoric relics, is at one end and the State Opera is off to the side. Get a classic holiday snap in front of the St Wenceslas statue, patron saint of the Czech Republic and one of the most popular meeting spots for locals.

3. Sail past Prague Castle

Take in the Prague skyline from the Vltava river. Sail under the 15th-century Charles Bridge and approach Prague Castle as merchants would have done in medieval times. On one side, you’ll see the spires towering over Old Town, while on the other side is the Lesser Town, a medieval district that’s got a lot more to offer than the name suggests. Choose to sail day or night, with or without food – there’s even a jazz band on one cruise, if that takes your fancy.

4. Discover the historic Jewish quarter

Get a sense of Jewish life in Prague from the 13th-century to the modern day. Tour the synagogues of this former ghetto, including the oldest one in Europe and the 19th-century Spanish Synagogue, with incredible Moorish architecture. Literature fans will want to see Kafka’s house, a charmingly squat building with a bright blue front.

5. Enjoy alternative music and art

See an indie band, watch the latest works from young Czech playwrights or enjoy international and local art across 3 galleries. It’s all here at the Meet Factory, an international arts centre housed inside an old glass factory. The mix of contemporary art and industrial setting makes this about the hottest spot in Prague, and a big favourite of local culture vultures.

Insider Tip

1) On the outskirts of Prague you’ll find a piece of Vietnam. The Sapa market is so authentic it looks like it’s been pulled straight out of south-east Asia. Try out the pho bo; a beef and noodle soup that sells out fast.

2) Prague is renowned for its grand cafés. The city’s most atmospheric coffee houses are actually on the first floor of Old Town buildings, yet are missed by many tourists staring deeply into guidebooks.

3) From Wenceslas Square to the Old Town, Prague is famous for its thriving nightlife. Yet you’re just as likely to have a great time in the Zizkov district – it’s the home of several huge nightclubs.

4) Prague Zoo is often described as one of the world’s best zoos. It boasts more than 4000 animals in well-kept surroundings. It’s a great option for a fun family day out!

Food and drink

Czech beer is rightly world-famous for its smooth, velvety taste. You’ll have ample opportunity to sample the native Pilsner and Budvar at the New Town, centred upon Wenceslas Square with its lively, modern bars. The local cuisine is just as hearty, especially the ubiquitous roast pork and sauerkraut, served with lashings of thick, creamy gravy. You could also visit the Lesser Quarter for its huge array of fine dining restaurants, coffee houses and traditional pubs.


Both classic and contemporary shopping thrives in Prague, where the crystal ornaments of the Old Town sit close to the upmarket designer labels of Parizska Street. But if you don’t fancy splashing too much cash, Na Prikope Street features international brands at bargain prices. The 11th century Havel’s Market is also a treasure trove of fresh food, flowers and souvenirs such as handmade puppets and ceramics.


Stroll along the cobbled walkway of Charles Bridge and admire its ornate iron lampposts and statues to reveal the romance of the city. Whilst a visit to Prague Castle in the fading evening light will see its spires lit up in a golden glow that shimmers over the River Vltava. It’s also well worth wandering, through the 12th century Old Town Square to see the hourly animation of the world’s oldest working Astronomical Clock.

Getting around

Prague has an extensive metro system with three separate lines covering the city centre, as well as roadside trams that take you on a whistle-stop journey past all the best sights. Plus, you’ll be pleased to find that many central streets and squares are pedestrianised – perfect for pleasant city walks.

If you’re in town…

…on 28 March, pack your trainers and take on the Prague half marathon. You’ll head along the Vltava river, take in some of the city’s historic bridges and finish in front of the Rudolfinum auditorium. Or, if you’d rather be a spectator, find a spot on the route and cheer on the thousands expected to take part.

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    310 koruna for a 3-day public transport tourist ticket (approx £9.00)
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    30 koruna (approx £1.00)
  • 3-course meal

    100-250 koruna (approx £3.00 to £7.00)
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