The magical city of Prague is filled with bridges, gold-tipped towers, cathedrals and church domes which are beautifully reflected in the swan-filled Vitava River.
Prague’s medieval architecture is a lovely mixture of walled courtyards, cobbled streets and church spires – all of which are in the shadow of Prague’s royal 9th century castle.
However, don’t be fooled – Prague is very much a vibrant and modern city filled with art, music, restaurants and events which cater to the independent traveller’s desire for excitement and exploration including theatre, art and music.
Many regard Prague as one of the most delightful and alluring European cities, being a popular tourist hot spot.
What to see
A visit to Prague isn’t complete without seeing the seat of Bohemian Kingdoms as well as the presidency of Václav Havel. From here, we would recommend St. Vitus Cathedral and the Prague Castle however if history isn’t your cup of tea, you can also just commune with the country’s history in one of the many medieval pubs located in the Staré Město district.
You can also see Prague’s modern district at Náplavka, a Vltava riverbank in Nové Město where pop-up bars, music and a farmers market attract international travellers of all ages.
Best time to visit
Prague is transformed in the spring as the sun starts to warm people’s faces and plants begin to blossom. June to August, while usually receiving the best weather, also has the most visitor traffic. Autumn is also a lovely time to come as most of the tourists are gone and the weather is much cooler. If you are looking for a winter get-away, the snow-capped medieval spires are beautiful in winter.
By law, you are required to always carry a personal ID in the Czech Republic, so make sure to keep your passport with you!
You can address the locals by using ‘dobrý den’ for ‘good day’ or ‘dobrý večer’ for ‘good evening.’ However most Czech’s in Prague do speak English – but that’s no excuse for not trying new things! The locals will appreciate your attempts to speak their language, even if it’s just ‘prosím’ for ‘please’ or ‘děkuji’ for ‘thank you.’