A city brimming with an exciting blend of architectural styles, a long and varied history that any visitor will want to delve into, shopping experiences galore and nightlife that draws the crowds for long weekends, Prague is the capital that should be on everyone’s wish list.
The city, known as ‘the city of a hundred spires’ is named as such for its hundreds of cathedral spires that are best spotted high up from the gates of Prague Castle. Like many major cities across the world, it boasts a river running through it and Prague’s is the Vltava River with one of the city’s most notable highlights, the medieval pedestrian Charles Bridge, which was completed in 1402, running across it.
Other top sights that are worth a visit when spending some time in Czech Republic’s capital include St Vitus Cathedral, the medieval Astronomical Clock and Old Royal Palace, while wandering around the well-maintained UNESCO World Heritage centre will allow anyone to imagine themselves here at any time in the past few hundred years.
For an action-packed weekend to remember, Prague has to be a top pick, so we’ve gathered all the highlights together below, from how to spend your time to where to stay and eat.
What to do
As we touched on above, there are many ways in which you can fill your time when staying in Prague, and from interesting historical and religious sites to learn about to light-hearted ways to spend your days, you can be sure that you’ll return home with many a story to tell.
What you choose to do will often depend on the company you have for your trip – whether it’s family, a group of friends, or a partner – so make sure that you’re all on the same page about what you want to do before you travel to avoid being left disappointed. Groups of friends will no doubt love a tour of the city on an e-scooter, while a trip to the Prague shooting range is a must for anyone looking to enjoy a fun shooting experience using a range of legendary guns. You could also take part in a scavenger game, use your wits to set yourself free from an escape room or bathe in a beer spa to enjoy some fun experiences in and around the city.
Culture vultures will love the Old Town square, the Prague City Museum, National Theatre and Dancing House, while Prague Castle is a must-visit. Be sure to head to the Astronomical Clock beneath the Old Town Hall Tower on the hour to witness the clock in action and check out Old Royal Palace and Lobkowicz Palace to gain insight into how nobility have lived throughout the centuries.
Where to stay
Any trip you take in the world will be made or broken with the accommodation you choose and to make the very best of any holiday, a top-notch hotel is a must. Five-star hotels promise great food, fantastic service, upscale accommodation and plenty of amenities to make sure your stay is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, and so here is a great place to start your search.
Big name hotel brands are in great supply in Prague, so you know you’re getting a great stay. Four Seasons Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Hilton, Aria Hotel, The Grand Mark, The Mozart, Grand Hotel Bohemia, Grandium Hotel, Hotel Kings Court and Augustine, a Luxury Collection, Prague should all be considered.
Where to eat
Prague is a city known for its hearty food and it’s certainly not short of a fine dining restaurant or two either. Make sure to book yourself in at one of the city’s most highly rated restaurants for a meal to remember, and if you’re a real foodie, then why not make sure you have something set up for each night of your stay? Whether blessed with a Michelin Star or two, or not, the below restaurants come highly recommended for their fine dining experience, so delve a little further and choose a few that appeal to your tastes for a meal that you won’t forget.
For a modern take on 19th-century Czech dishes in an upscale setting, La Degustation is a great choice, while creativity is in abundance at the opulent Field Restaurant. Expect modern Asian delights at Sansho and gourmet French-style dishes at Kampa Park Restaurant, which boasts a winter garden and three summer terraces to make the most of. Grand Cru Restaurant, Eska Restaurant and Bakery, Restaurant Mlynec, CottoCrudo and La Finestra in Cucina should all also make it to your shortlist.