Immortalised by Franz Kafka, famed for its ornate spires and other-worldly ambience, Prague is a quintessential slice of European grandeur. That’s not to say it’s stuffy, though. The sparkling array of cocktail bars and pumping nightclubs ensure that Prague holidays are as much for party animals as they are for history hounds. Speaking of history, it’s everywhere you look – whether you’re crossing the sculpture-studded Charles Bridge, gazing up at the castle complex or paying homage to the Gothic churches. With such charming Medieval flourishes as the Astronomical Clock, which has been keeping time over so many turbulent epochs, Prague is sure to fascinate and delight in equal measure.
There are hotels in Prague for every budget, ranging from antique-filled boutique pads to fuss-free, comfy places to crash after a heavy night out. Using ebookers makes it easy to put together holidays to Prague, and the best part is you can get up to 15% off by booking Prague hotels and flights at the same time. It’s worth considering which part of the city you’d like to stay in. Many will be enticed by the New Town, which – despite its name – actually dates back to the 14th century. You might opt for a place offering views of the Vltava River, or go leftfield by staying in Vinohrady, a handsome district very popular with expats, and strewn with multi-ethnic restaurants serving dishes from across the world.
Holidays in Prague are full of things to do, whether that’s simply strolling around the Old Town to admire the Gothic and Baroque buildings, or soaking up the atmosphere in buzzing hubs like Wenceslas Square. Then, of course, there’s Prague Castle – a stately complex of architectural gems including St. Vitus Cathedral, which contains a gilded chapel decorated with gleaming, precious stones. The Prague National Gallery will beguile art lovers with works by giants including Picasso, Renoir and Klimt, while one of the city’s most famous sons is celebrated in the Antonin Dvorak Museum, where the Czech composer’s own instruments are on show. Anyone with a love of classical music will certainly be in their element here.
Prague may look appealingly antiquated, but the city has a state-of-the-art public transport network which includes a very useful metro. There are also buses and trams readily available to whisk you back and forth, not to mention a funicular which will get you up Petrin Hill. Having said all that, bring your comfy shoes because Prague is a place that’s meant to be seen on foot, and you can always hire a car if you fancy getting beyond the stately core to see more of the Czech Republic.
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