Your Prague holiday
Prague was founded in the 9th century by Slavic kings who made it capital of Bohemia, built the Prague Castle, and began the town’s trading industry. Prague continued to prosper in the 14th century as a centre of trade, culture and education under Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV, who commissioned the building of the city’s New Town, the Charles Bridge, and Charles University. In 1526, Prague fell under the House of Hapsburg and was an Austrian city for the following 400 years. It quickly became a hub of European culture. Though the city suffered wars, occupation, a massive fire, and the plague, Prague consistently bounced back.
The Czech nationalist movement was growing stronger by the mid-to-late 19th century. With the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the First World War, Prague became capital of the independent nation of Czechoslovakia. In 1939, the German army under Hitler invaded the city, forcing the Jewish population, which had been part of Prague since its creation, to flee. After Germany’s surrender and exit from the city, Prague fell under control of the Soviet Union and became the centre of the Communist government of Czechoslovakia. In 1968, in order to prevent proposed reforms by Communist party leader Alexander Dubček known as Prague Spring, Soviet troops occupied the city. Nonviolent demonstrations in 1989 led to the fall of the Communist government, in what is referred to as the Velvet Revolution. In 1993 Czechoslovakia was split into Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with Prague remaining the capital of the latter.
Spend a weekend in Prague and pass the time in this enchanting city, which sprawls over rolling hills and is set along the Vltava River. With a medieval Old Town, Gothic architecture, baroque gardens and palaces, and the magnificent 14th-century Charles Bridge, Prague is rich in both history and art. By day, explore historic sites like the Prague Castle or get lost in one of dozens of excellent museums. At dusk, relax in a beer garden, and then catch the city orchestra at Smetana Hall at night. So book a flight to Prague today and take advantage of all that this classic and contemporary city has to offer.
Best time to take a vacation to Prague
The best time to visit Prague is during the spring and fall, when most days reach 15Â°C or higher and the streets are less crowded. The high season is from late May to early September. During the summer, days can be hot, with temperatures topping out at 22Â°C. The summer months draw the largest crowds, and the city hosts events like the United Islands of Prague festival and the Tanec Praha dance festival. If you don't mind about temperatures dropping to 0Â°C, the winter is a beautiful time to visit Pragueâ€”the falling snow and Christmas markets create a magical atmosphere.
Insider tips for Prague travel
Explore on Foot
Prague has an extensive tram and subway network, but going on foot allows you to explore the city's many hidden pathways and secluded side streets.
Prague residents are proud of their beer, and you can spend a pleasant afternoon or evening sampling the beers on offer at a local pub.
Check out some of Prague's most cutting-edge modern art at this art centre, which offers rotating exhibits.
Sample a new type of performing art at the stunning National Theatre, which offers tickets for all price ranges.
If you're visiting Prague in November or December, don't miss the city's many Christmas markets. Buy a glass of hot mulled wine to stay warm.
Where to stay in Prague
The recently renovated Hotel Roma, located in Lesser Town, is just steps from Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge and the National Theatre. The hotel features a meeting room, a fitness centre and a summer garden. Each room is furnished with Italian decor and equipped with air-conditioning, high-speed internet, satellite TV, and a safety deposit box.
Situated in quaint Vinohrady, the city’s historical centre chock-full of bars and restaurants, is Galileo Hotel. Renovated in 2006, the hotel features an airport shuttle, wireless internet access and a breakfast buffet. Each room has air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, and high-speed internet. A short walk from Wenceslas Square and other sights, Galileo Hotel is a great spot from which to explore the city.
Once a bank and post office, the recently renovated building housing the luxurious Carlo IV A Boscolo Luxury Hotel is a gorgeous tribute to neo-Renaissance architecture. From the marble-floored lobby to the crystal light fixtures, the Hotel Carlo IV is full of features that are sure to please travellers of fine tastes. Each room has a contemporary design, internet access and safety deposit box.
The Praga 1 Hotel is just a short walk from the Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square and offers great prices. The hotel is quiet with an accommodating staff, and each room has air conditioning and free wireless internet connection. The fare also includes a continental breakfast.
So choose your hotel in Prague, and start planning your holiday today!
How to move around in Prague
To and from the Airport
For a fast and inexpensive way to reach downtown from Prague Ruzyně Airport take bus number 119, which leaves every 7 to 20 minutes from outside the terminal and goes to Dejvická metro station on line A. From Dejvická you can reach all major downtown neighbourhoods. Alternatively line 100, running every 15 minutes, will take you to Zličín metro station on line B. From Zličín you can get to Charles and Wenceslas Squares.
For travelling outside of the city centre take one of Prague’s buses, which run from 4.30 in the morning until midnight.
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Prepare for the gastronomic experience of a lifetime at La Desgustation Bohême Bourgeoise (Haštalská 18). Choose one of three seven-course meals that include international and Czech cuisine. Begin with fried aubergine with Prague ham, followed by a beef oyster blade with fresh dill or the organic beef tenderloin with cranberries. Dishes change seasonally and produce comes from local and organic farms.
Bagel lovers rejoice: Bohemia Bagel in Prague is the place to get that hand-made, freshly baked breakfast you have been missing. With classics like onion, poppy, and cinnamon raisin, Bohemia Bagel also has bagels like parmesan-oregano and jalapeño-cheddar in addition to some hearty sandwiches and gourmet coffee. Shops can be found in five locations around Prague, and a visit really hits the spot before a day of sightseeing.
Friendly service and a cosy atmosphere await you at Artisan Restaurant & Cafe (Rošických 603/4). Using fresh local produce and making their own bread, stocks, and pastas, this restaurant goes to lengths to make sure the diners’ experience is one of a kind. Dishes not to miss include the salmon ceviche, the succulent filet mignon, grilled halibut with couscous, and for dessert a rich chocolate lava cake.
Boasting a gorgeous view of the city from its expansive terrace, Terasa U Zlaté Studně (U Zlaté Studně 4) mixes Czech, French and other cuisines to divine effect. Starters include a marinated Canadian lobster and beetroot tartare, while entrees range from a rack of fallow deer with butter gnocchi to a duck confit with red cabbage.
Health & Safety
Health in Prague
Water from the tap is not safe to drink in Prague. Purchase bottled water such as Ida, Evian or Artes. Though there are no required vaccinations for a visit to the Czech Republic, those recommended include tetanus, polio, diphtheria, measles, and hepatitis A. Prague has a very reliable health infrastructure and there are plenty of well-stocked pharmacies in town.
Some Important Numbers
Emergencies: dial 112
Ambulance: dial 155
Police: dial 158
Fire department: dial 150
Safety in Prague
There has been a recent rise in petty crime in Prague, so take common sense precautions. Do not walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas. Try to keep items such as jewellery and electronics concealed, and do not carry large amounts of money on your person. Park in demarcated areas and do not leave personal belongings in parked cars. Be sure to make photocopies of all your travel documents, and keep them on you at all times. Store originals in the hotel safe with some cash.
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