Visiting Prague: when to go and what to see

Malá Strana

Beautiful year-round, Prague is busiest over the Christmas and Easter holidays and during the summer months. Prague is the equal of Paris in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium. And the beer is the best in Europe!

Prague is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of them.

Spring in Prague generally offers good weather, with a more relaxed level of tourism: flowers are blossoming, historic sites are open for business, and the Prague Spring International Music Festival is in full swing.

This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries. Almost undamaged by WWII, Prague’s medieval centre remains a wonderful mixture of cobbled lanes, walled courtyards, cathedrals and countless church spires all in the shadow of her majestic 9th century castle that looks eastward as the sun sets behind her. Prague is also a modern and vibrant city full of energy, music, cultural art, fine dining and special events catering to the independent traveller’s thirst for adventure. [wikitravel]

Once fall arrives the trees are decked out with gold and scarlet leaves, and Czechs head to the woods in search of mushrooms (picking fungi is a time-honored pursuit here). In winter, crowd sizes and hotel costs drop along with the temperatures. You’ll get a chance to see the photogenic capital blanketed in snow—the drawback is that some castles and museums (especially those outside of town) do close for the season.

It is regarded by many as one of Europe’s most charming and beautiful cities, Prague has become the most popular travel destination in Central Europe along with Vienna and Krakow. Millions of tourists visit the Prague city every year.

January and February usually bring the best skiing to Bohemian slopes, and finding a room at area ski resorts can be difficult. If you’re not a skier, try visiting the mountains in late spring (April or May) or in fall, when the countryside is ablaze with brilliant colors and you have hotels and restaurants pretty much to yourself.

What to see in Prague?

Prague Castle & HradčanyPrague Castle & Hradčany

The tourist hotspot of Prague Castle is perched on a hilltop above the Vltava River, with the attractive and peaceful residential area of Hradčany stretching westward to the Loreta and Strahov Monastery. Hradčany became a borough of Prague in 1598, after which the Habsburg nobility built many palaces here in the hope of cementing their influence with the rulers in the castle.

Staré MěstoPrague Old Town

Staré Město – meaning ‘Old Town’ – is the historic heart of medieval Prague, centred on one of Europe’s most spectacular town squares (Old Town Square, or Staroměstské náměstí). It is home to some of the city’s most iconic sights, including the Old Town Hall Tower, the Astronomical Clock, the Municipal House and the Prague Jewish Museum. The maze of cobbled streets and narrow alleys leading away from Old Town Square is perfect for exploring.

Malá StranaMalá Strana

Malá Strana (the ‘Little Quarter’) is a charming district of Renaissance palaces and gardens, with an idyllic riverside setting. It is home to the beautiful baroque Church of St Nicholas, the elegant Wallenstein Garden and museums of music and modern art, as well as many excellent restaurants and bars. Prague’s scenic centrepiece, Charles Bridge, links Malá Strana to Staré Město on the far side of the river.

Nové Město - PragueNové Město

The ‘New Town’ – new in the 14th century, that is – wraps around the Old Town, and finds a focus in the broad, historic boulevard of Wenceslas Square. Its sprawl of mostly 19th- and early 20th-century buildings encompasses important museums and galleries, impressive architecture and the city centre’s main shopping streets.

Vinohrady & VršoviceVinohrady & Vršovice

Vinohrady (literally ‘vineyards’) is one of the city’s most desirable residential neighbourhoods, known for its excellent restaurants and fashionable bars and cafes. Adjacent Vršovice is not quite as sophisticated, though parts are slowly gentrifying.

Žižkov & Karlin

Žižkov is one of the city’s liveliest districts, with more bars per capita than any other part of Prague, and home to two prominent, communist-vintage hilltop landmarks: the TV Tower and the National Monument. Karlín, to the north of Žižkov, is undergoing massive redevelopment, but along Křižíkova is an up-and-coming area with lovely art-nouveau buildings.

Where to buy air tickets to Prague

A lot of travel companies and agencies worldwide organizing tours and excursions in Prague and Czech Republic. But the convinient way to get an airline ticket for Prague flight is the online booking. InTour.cz Czech online travel project usually offers the cheapest air tickets for traveling to Prague. It’s system compares flights and offers the shortest and cheap flights from any city to Prague, Czech Republic. Visit for online booking: www.intour.cz

Book hotels in Prague

More than 1700 hotels combined in InTour.cz Czech online travel website. The system compares the hotel prices in Prague and offers cheapest booking engine for online booking. Vitis Prague hotels page

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