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PragueCzech Republic

Admire the churches, be in awe of the cathedrals, explore the castles, love the people – and let the Czech capital be an inspiration.

With some cities, you make a bee-line straight for the top museums and galleries. With Prague, the city is the top museum and gallery. The world is a better place for Prague's towering Cathedrals, grand Gothic churches, opulent palaces and streets paved with architectural gold.

You might come to Prague for its glimmering architectural wonders, but expect to take a little piece of Czech soul away with you. As Prague author Kafka said, “Mother Prague has sharp little claws.”

You’ll start to feel those claws as you as soon as you enter the Old Town. Its dense mosaic of medieval streets and alleys is never less than charming, and is often awe-inspiring. Especially when you step out into the Staromestske Namesti (The Old Town Square). The Baroque St.Nicholas Church makes a delicate white-clad stab up, at its western end. To the east, the Tyn Church throws dark spikes skywards from two tall towers.

Turn the corner, and you'll find a piece of pure Czech genius adorning the Old Town Hall – the Prazsky Orloj, or Prague Astronomical Clock. Not only does it keeps track of the Zodiac, while putting on an hourly mechanical procession, it can also tell the time in three different ways. Head to the river and you'll find genius with a more modern take.

The Dancing House (or Tancici Dum) could be an architect's joke – who'd want to put a pair of warped glass-fronted modernistic towers in a World Heritage site – but it's a joke clever enough to work. If you'd rather have it grand, than playful, the six-centuries old Charles Bridge (or Karlus Most) will carry you elegantly across the Vltava river.

Up on the west-bank hill, overlooking both the Old and New Towns, is the Prague Castle (or Prazsky Hrad). This complex is more a set of palatial buildings – Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and more – than a castle. Enclosed by the Castle is St. Vitus Cathedral – home to Bohemia's national treasures and saintly bones.

There's a more contemplative side to Prague back across the river in the Jewish Quarter. Prague had the largest Jewish community in Europe, before persecution drove them away. The Old Jewish Cemetery is a sobering reminder of a community with defiance in its bones. Just like the Prague citizens who gathered in Wenceslas Square to demand freedom in 1989 resulting in the Velvet Revolution.

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Where to stay in Prague

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Stare Mesto

5/5Exceptional!(80 area reviews)

Stare Mesto
Nove Mesto showing heritage elements, a city and railway items

Nove Mesto

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Nove Mesto
Mala Strana featuring a city and landscape views

Mala Strana

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

Mala Strana
Josefov showing heritage architecture

Josefov

4/5Very Good!(11 area reviews)

Josefov

Top hotels in Prague

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grandior Hotel Prague
Grandior Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Na Porici 42, Prague
NZ$208
per night
4 May - 5 May

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Municipal House Hall and Powder Tower. Palladium Shopping Centre and Mucha Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (7,455 reviews)

"Restaurant looked more cafe than restaurant but food was quite good. Unfortunately we arrived just as Corona virus struck creating a lock down of shops and restaurants so had to settle for a takeaway in our room before having to cut short out trip."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Grandior Hotel Prague
Hotel Kings Court
Hotel Kings Court
5 out of 5
U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$903
per night
13 Apr. - 14 Apr.

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Royal Route, Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (2,862 reviews)

"The Hotel is in the center and the service is excellent . I was very disappointed from the SPA and GYM ."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Hotel Kings Court
Grandium Hotel Prague
Grandium Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
NZ$226
per night
4 May - 5 May

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mucha Museum, Wenceslas Square and Jindrisska Tower. Museum of Communism and Old Town Square ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (3,945 reviews)

"The property is very nice and very well maintained. Breakfast is excellent and the staff is very friendly and very helpful"…"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2020

Grandium Hotel Prague

Popular activities in Prague

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(139 reviews)

The Tyn Church, the Old Town Hall Tower and St. Nicholas Church are just three of the treasures found in what is arguably Europe's finest Square.

Wenceslas Square
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Wenceslas Square

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Protests now form part of the myth of Wenceslas Square, but it's also a great place to shop, eat, drink – and walk in the footsteps of heroes.

Charles Bridge
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Charles Bridge

4.5/5(135 reviews)

Walking along the Charles Bridge is to walk a miracle of Gothic engineering, which has withstood war, floods and revolution.

Prague Castle
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Prague Castle

4.5/5(128 reviews)

The castle that's a really four fabulous palaces, three churches, two towers, an art gallery, and a cathedral – all fitted together over 1,000 years of history.

Prague Astronomical Clock
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Prague Astronomical Clock

4.5/5(124 reviews)

The hourly performance of Prague's Astronomical Clock will leave you trying to work out the mysteries of the multiple ways this clock can tell you the time.

Dancing House
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Dancing House

4/5(44 reviews)

The radical dancing 'couple' of Tancici Dum offer a perfectly Bohemian counterpoint to Prague's formal architectural elegance.

Top activities in Prague

Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks
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Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks

80% of travellers recommend
NZ$93
Per adult
A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague
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A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague

92% of travellers recommend
NZ$231
Per adult
Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague
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Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$57
Per adult
Underground Walk by Lamplight
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Underground Walk by Lamplight

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$37
Per adult
Famous Organ Concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church
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Famous Organ Concert at St. Francis of Assisi Church

94% of travellers recommend
NZ$30
Per adult
Czech Beer Tasting
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Czech Beer Tasting

98% of travellers recommend
NZ$44
Per adult

Reviews of Prague

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 72.96137339055794%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 22.317596566523605%
3 - Okay
10
3 - Okay 4.291845493562231%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.4291845493562232%
1 - Terrible
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan. 2020

Because of the huge tourist numbers, try & get up early to enjoy the old town Or else by mid morning lunch time you won’t be able to move

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Stop off at Vrsovice district for trendy edgy pubs away from the tourists. Few people speak English but it's the atmosphere you want. Bigger restaurants will have an English-language menu. Anywhere close to Bohemians FC stadium will be great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

The locals are very welcoming, probably, based on mu experience, they’re the friendliest in Europe. The city itself is so compact that you can just to anywhere you want to, except when you’re going uphill.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

A very beautiful city, friendly people and fabulous culture.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

28 Dec. 2019

Too many people everywhere. Feels unsafe overall. Got stolen on street. Also many currency exchange places are cheating tourists. Also came across twice people who cheat you on street for current exchange...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Dec. 2019

Prague castle is excellent, but try to avoid weekends or you might be queuing lots.

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