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Humming with history, dancing with modern flair.
For 600 years the 30 statues of Christian saints that line Charles Bridge have watched footsore pilgrims, fictional spies and avid tourists cross from Malá Strana to the Old Town. In the near distance, the city’s baroque castle looms over a cityscape that’s straight from a fairy tale.
This expanse of well-trodden cobbles has been the heart of Prague for centuries. With Christmas Markets in the winter and street bands in the summer, the square is alive with tourists and locals bustling to and fro. Watching over the scenes below are the Old Town Hall tower, the spires of the imposing Týn Church, and the surrounding patchwork of colourful facades.Accommodations near Old Town Square
Is it a sculpture? Is it a spaceship? No, it's a clock! This labour of love attracts a glittering sea of cameras every hour on the hour. Drawing on ancient knowledge, the 600-year-old Astronomical Clock’s cluster of golden symbols, circles and dials can tell you the position of the sun, the moon, the stars – and it can even tell you the time!Accommodations near Old Town Hall with Orloj Astronomical Clock
A curiosity if only for its contradictory name, the Old-New Synagogue has stood on this spot for the best part of a millennium. It is Europe’s oldest active synagogue, and its soaring gothic arches are said to be built on stones brought from Jerusalem … by angels. Legend has it that the attic above these arches houses a golem created to protect the city from harm.Accommodations near Old-New Synagogue
This faithful friend has spanned the watery divide between the Old Town and Malá Strana for over 600 years. The stream of footsteps on the cobbles sounds out a restless beat, accompanying the myriad street musicians and performers. Bronze statues stand watch over the crowd, giving an eternal sense of grandeur to this most majestic of Prague’s bridges.Accommodations near Charles Bridge
Wenceslas Square’s sweeping boulevard of shops and restaurants runs from the edge of Prague’s medieval centre to the National Museum. Watched over by a statue of the Good King himself, pivotal moments in recent Czech history took place right here. The square is hallowed ground for protestors and freedom fighters, and is seen as a home for Czech national pride.Accommodations near Wenceslas Square
The alabaster-coloured Prague Castle drapes along the hillside. It overlooks the clay-tile rooftops of Malá Strana from its stately seat seeming more like a citadel – with towers and palaces from all periods surrounded by ramparts and gardens. You’ll wind through grand halls and courtyards from the Gothic to the Romanesque.Accommodations near Prague Castle
Dancing like nobody's watching, this curvaceous and fluid building leaves its neighbours looking like wallflowers. Designed by Czech architect, Vlado Milunić, and the legendary Frank Gehry, Dancing House was inspired by film idol dance partners, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Cut in and dine at the top floor restaurant, or sip champagne with the stars on the roof terrace.Accommodations near Dancing House Fred & Ginger
Amid the dull echoes of Prague Castle’s courtyard, the Gothic spires of St Vitus Cathedral thunder skywards and dwarf the surrounding palace buildings. Step into the cavernous sanctuary to marvel at the delicate carvings and vivid stained glass windows. Then, the glint of silver cherub wings will draw your gaze towards the towering vaulted ceilings.Accommodations near St Vitus Cathedral
Scale to the top of Petřín hill and you'll find a solitary sentinel watching over Prague below. Petřín Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, and gives an almost birds-eye view of the snaking river and the historic centre. Whirring its way up and down the hill is the Petřín funicular railway, giving visitors a more leisurely ascent to the tower and its gardens.Accommodations near Petrin
You could spend hours exploring this ancient hill fort’s grounds. Its pathways criss-cross lawns dotted with ancient gnarled trees and sleepy statues. Stroll along the ramparts for romantic views of Prague Castle, or discover Dvořak’s final resting place amid the cemetery’s forest of gravestones. Crowning the site is the Gothic Basilica of St Peter and St Paul.Accommodations near Vysehrad
Prague’s historic core is an enticing brew of culture, monuments and new experiences, always beckoning you to take another sip. Forget sleep. Watch dawn break over the city from the steps of Prague Castle. Spend the day browsing and soaking in the atmosphere on Charles Bridge. At sundown, tuck yourself away in one of the city’s genial bars and swig Staropramen 'til the wee hours.Accommodations in Prague Center
Hit the shops here for high-street labels and to mix with a more local crowd. The square itself was a crucible for change during the country's Velvet Revolution against communism. Grab a 'trdelník' (don't try to say it, just eat it) from a vendor on the square and try bar-hopping your way towards the 500-year-old U Fleků brewery.Accommodations in Wenceslas Square
Tucked into a bend of the Vltava River, the Old Town has been a centre of commerce for over a thousand years. In its heart, the famous Astronomical Clock maps out the heavens, while the twisty streets brim with shops and restaurants catering to visitors' every whim, from “knedliky” (Czech dumplings) to souvenirs and traditional glassware.Accommodations in Old Town (Stare Mesto)
Prague 02 mixes old and new. For a taste, just follow its riverside promenade from the eccentrically curvy Dancing House to the ancient Vyšehrad fort. Away from the traffic and hubbub of Sokolská and Legerova, Náměstí Míru square is a calm retreat under the watch of the Vinohrady Theatre and Church of St Ludmila.Accommodations in Prague 02
Take a stroll in Vinohrady to spot yuppies and urbanites sipping designer coffees. Kick back in laid-back style at Havlíčkovy Sady Park or peruse Pavilion Market Hall's boutiques. International restaurants like Samurai and Las Adelitas bring cosmopolitan flair, and Paul bakery will have your every sugar-whim covered.Accommodations in Vinohrady
Adventurers will want to scale Petřín for a view over Malá Strana’s terracotta rooftops towards the dome of St Nicholas church. Afterwards, wander down quiet lanes past inviting bars and sellers of hand-carved marionettes – a Czech speciality! Then tuck into some sizzling pork with fluffy dumplings at any of the traditional local restaurants.Accommodations in Lesser Town (Mala Strana)
In the heart of Smíchov is the neighbourhood of Anděl – and the Nový Smíchov shopping centre. Bringing new life to what was once Prague’s industrial district, Anděl has lively restaurants, shops and a cinema. Treat yourself at the speciality Wine Food Market, or head to JazzDock for an evening of toe-tapping fun.Accommodations in Smichov
Prague Castle and its gardens dominate this area, creating a peace to accompany the hazy views over the city below. Need to find some enchanting souvenirs? Legends say that Golden Lane’s trinket shops were once home to alchemists. Saying that, your most cherished memento may just be a snapshot from the head of the New Castle Steps.Accommodations in Prague Castle (Hradcany)
Prague’s Jewish Quarter is a compact tangle of streets weaving between historic synagogues and elegant townhouses. Side-by-side with the oldest synagogue in Europe runs the boutique-bedecked Pařížská street. Here you can peruse the glittering shop windows as shoppers clatter over the cobbles from Fendi and Prada to Louis Vuitton.Accommodations in Josefov
Lada is a travel-lover with a passion for food and new places! Her life motto? "Eat, sleep, travel".
This is a wonderful alternative route up to Prague Castle. Letna Park gives you beautiful views of the Old Town and is less crowded that the usual way to the Castle. Enjoy a nice picnic in the park, visit the large beer garden, or stop by Metronome aka “the time machine”.Accommodations near Different way to Prague Castle, through Letna Park
Luboš always tries to go the extra mile and find unusual and off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Did you know that the Czech Republic used to live under communism? The Communism Tour will guide you around Prague's communist past. You'll even have the unique chance to visit a large nuclear bunker under one of Prague's parks, with an exhibition dedicated to the Cold War and communism.Accommodations near Communism tour
When he's travelling, Lukas loves meeting the locals and hearing their personal city tips.
Music Club Zlaty Strom is an underground club with a young atmosphere, fresh music and friendly staff. The club is always full of people whatever the day of the week. On top of it all, there's nothing better than the early-morning walk home over the deserted Charles Bridge!Accommodations near Great party in the city centre
Tomas has lived in Prague all his life, and knows exactly how to escape the crowded centre!
Stromovka is every Praguer's favourite park. It's perfect for wandering, relaxing, picnicking and playing sports, and it dates right back to the 13th century. I'd also recommend it for Letna beer garden and Prague Zoo, as well as the Vystaviště exhibition grounds.Accommodations near Kralovská obora - Stromovka - Relaxing area
David is a curious young traveller who likes to explore beyond typically touristic holidays.
Are you a fan of local food and farmers' markets? Then Náplavka is ideal for you. In the afternoon it becomes a gathering place for young people from around the world who like to relax with a cold Czech beer.Accommodations near Naplavka - Drinks & Relax
Tereza was born and raised in Prague, but the city still surprises her every day!
Aim for an early rise and take a morning walk across the Charles Bridge. During the day the bridge gets pretty busy, so enjoy this very rare moment of calm with the stunning view through the mist and up towards Prague Castle. You'll feel like you've taken a step back in time.Accommodations near Go back in time
Relaxing with the locals and learning some of their language are two of Robert's travel "musts".
I love to go boating on the Vltava River. I recommend Slovanka for boat rental, located right on Slavic Island under the National Theatre and Legii Bridge. Try a romantic evening paddle around Strelecky Island with fantastic view of Hradčany and Prague Castle.Accommodations near Boating on Vltava
Aneta adores getting back to nature, so she's been exploring all that Prague's parks have to offer.
Taking a hike while not even leaving the city is easy in Prague. Divoká Šárka nature reserve is a beautiful park with a public pool in its heart for summertime dips! There's a great 15-km hike from Evropská street (tram stop Divoká Šárka) to Podbaba (bus stop V Podbabě).Accommodations near Hiking in Divoká Šárka - rocks and forest
Simona has lived in Prague for more than 15 years but feels much more like a citizen of the world.
Prague Zoo is a great modern zoo with over 4,000 animals. The kids really love the Zoo's African Safari, Indonesian Jungle pavilion and the Monkey Islands, not to mention the many playgrounds it has. To get there, take the bus 112 from the Nádraží Holešovice Metro Station.Accommodations near Prague Zoo - a place to go with children
Vasek started work in Prague 5 years ago and is always looking for the perfect sporting spot.
Do you want to get active with beautiful views of the Vltava river? This is an ideal area for cycling, jogging, roller skating or simply taking a nice stroll along the river. You can start right under Prague Zoo, bus number 112, stop ''Zoologicka zahrada''.Accommodations near Troja - sporting haven
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you enjoy the sights in Prague while avoiding the crowds?
Be prepared to wander off the beaten track. There are lovely gardens in Mala Strana and around the castle which are usually very peaceful. Petrin Hill is great for walking - it is steep, but there is a great funicular railway if you don't fancy the climb. The view rom here is lovely - and also from Letna Park, by the giant metronome. Stromovka is another nice park where you won't be tripping over other tourists and the area around Vysehrad tends to be quiet too. Prague Castle opens quite early and a ticket will give you entry on 2 days. Buy your ticket early to avoid the queues and give you time to see around everything. If you are an early riser, head to Charles Bridge before 10am to avoid the crowds. May is a great time to visit Prague. It is usually sunny, the cherry blossom is out and there are fewer tourists than in the summer. Avoid July and August when it is hot and crowded if you can.See all 153 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...What is it in Prague that makes history come to life?
Prague has a long history of the arts with plenty European influences swept over it, many artists, also including musicians and literates enjoyed the spirit and flair of this city - everybody loves Prague! During WWII the Old Town got hardly destroyed which makes for a unique feel with the buildings reflecting the various styles from the Middle Ages through Gothic, Baroque up to Art Deco, Cubism and Modern Art. It is all (still) there, ready for the individual experience.See all 78 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How well restored were the castles in Prague?
Well maintained and easily reachable. River view from Vysehrad castle is unforgettable. Walking towards main castle from charles bridge gives you altogether different expereince which can not be missed when you are in Prague .See all 33 answers
Booking.com asked travelers...How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Prague?
Walk around the OldtownSee all 28 answers
Václav Havel is Prague’s main airport. The best way to reach the city centre is using the Airport Express bus service - the station is 100 metres from the main exit of the airport. You can buy tickets from the driver for 60 CZK one way. The Airport Express has 4 stops around the centre of Prague. If you're in a hurry there's a taxi rank just outside the airport entrance, but check with prices before getting in - taking you to the city centre shouldn't cost more than 500 CZK.
The metro can get you to all corners of the city, and runs from 05:00 to around midnight. The city isn't big so there are only 3 lines (green, yellow, red). Stations have a red sign combining an 'M' with an arrow - get a ticket inside then validate it at the machine in the entrance. There are lots of different tickets (60 minutes, 90 minutes, 1 day, 3 days) but the most usual is for 90 minutes which costs 32 CZK. These tickets can also be used on buses and trams.
The tram network is a very popular form of transport in Prague and allows for a spot of sightseeing as it even runs in the historic centre. The tickets are exactly the same as for the metro and the bus, and can be bought either at a metro station or in any newsagent / tobacconist shop. Once you're on board, just stick the ticket into one of the yellow boxes to validate it.
The bus network mainly covers the surroundings and outskirts of Prague, leaving the city centre to the trams and metro. Bus tickets can be bought at any metro station / newsagent / tobacconist shop and used across all forms of public transport. Hop on and validate your ticket in one of the mounted yellow boxes.
Taxis are almost everywhere in Prague, especially in the city centre. The easiest and usually the cheapest way is to order a taxi at the hotel reception. The most known are the yellow AAA Taxis. Watch out for drivers trying to charge tourists more than the usual rate. To avoid this it's always better to order a taxi on the phone. In these cases they'll ask you where you're heading and give you an estimated price in advance.
Prague is a busy place and traffic restrictions in the centre make driving stressful. Be prepared for tricky one-way streets and not much available parking in the centre. Parking meters mark out the few areas where parking is possible. One thing to note is that parking in Prague 1 and 2 is reserved for resident only. A quick guide: blue line - only for residents (you'll risk being clamped!), yellow line - no parking, red line - no stopping at all.
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