Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, has a rich culture and history and it’s best known for its castles, baroque and gothic cathedrals, and medieval squares. Nicknamed “The City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague is the medieval heart of Europe and when walking the cobblestones streets you’ll feel like you’re living in a fairytale. With tons of attractions and sights to see, Prague should be your next vacation destination. Here’s everything you need to know about the Czech Republic city.
Best Time to Visit
Spring and early fall are the best times to visit because the weather is milder with highs ranges in the mid-50s to the upper 60s, and it’s not too crowded. The summer months have warmer weather, but they’re super touristy. If you don’t mind cold weather and snow, the Christmas season is a great time to visit Prague.
How to Get Around
The best way to get around Prague is by foot because you’ll get a chance to explore the city and most of the attractions are within walking distance from each other. Public transportation which includes buses, trams, and subways, is another great way to get around.
Where to Stay
Four Seasons Hotel Prague
In the middle of Prague’s Old Town, Four Seasons Hotel Prague is a prime location, within a one-mile radius of the top attractions including the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Prague Castle. The 5-star hotel has five bars and restaurants to choose between, a fitness center, and an on-site spa.
Mandarin Oriental, Prague
Located in the central Mala Strana neighborhood, this 5-star hotel, which is housed in a 14th-century monastery, is not far from the main attractions. To get to them you’ll just have to cross the Charles Bridge. There are three dining options—one of which has a Michelin Star—a spa, and a fitness center that has personal trainers and yoga classes.
Alchymist Grand Hotel & Spa
This 5-star hotel in the Old Town is housed in a baroque-style building from the 16th century is not far from the city’s main attractions, restaurants, and shops. Highlights of the hotel are the romantic decor and the spa which has Indonesian-inspired treatments.
What to Do
Old Town Square
The square hasn’t changed much since its establishment in the 12th century and its architecture and historic attractions like the Old Town Hall which has the Prague Astronomical Clock, the Church of St. Nicholas, and the Church of Our Lady before Týn shouldn’t be missed while in the city.
This bridge which dates back to 1357 connects the Old Town and Lesser Town and the 30 saint statues that line the bride to honor saints.
The largest coherent castle in the world, the Prague Castle is the office of the Czech president and it’s a buzzing tourist destination. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the castle has been around for over a thousand years and there are tons of architectural styles featured on the grounds. Top attractions include St. Vitus Cathedral, the Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, and the Golden Lane.
What to Eat
One of the most famous dishes in Prague, this beef eye fillet seasoned with a sweet sauce and cooked in vegetables shouldn’t be missed. It’s usually served with boiled bread dumplings, cream, and a slice of lemon.
These pancakes are similar to crepes and they’re a dessert that’s topped with sweet cheese, whipped cream, nuts, ice cream, fruits, or jams. There’s also a savory version which has spinach, cheese, and meat.
Dumplings both sweet and savory are super popular in Prague, and Ovocné Knedlíky are sweet versions made with dough and cheese, filled with fruit, and served with melted butter, sugar, and cheese.