PragueCzech Republic

4.7/5Top Destination

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.

Known for

Historical Buildings, Museums and Castles

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Where to stay in Prague

Stare Mesto
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Stare Mesto

Known for Historical Buildings, Romantic, Museums

4.5/5(64 reviews)

The geographical and historical heart of Prague, this UNESCO-listed district features a tangle of cobblestone streets lined by Baroque churches, palaces and houses. 

Mala Strana
Mala Strana featuring a city and landscape views

Mala Strana

Known for Historical Buildings, Castles, Romantic

4.5/5(31 reviews)

This handsome, historical neighborhood, filled with charming cobbled streets, cute courtyards, interesting museums and parks, is perfect for aimless wandering.  

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

Nove Mesto

Known for Monuments, Romantic, Historical Buildings

4.5/5(85 reviews)

Dynamic and buzzy, this central commercial district is packed with cultural attractions, chic shops and ample dining and drinking options. 

Josefov
Josefov showing heritage architecture

Josefov

Known for Shopping, Historical Buildings, Romantic

4/5(10 reviews)

This quarter of the Old Town close to the river shows how Prague's Jews flirted with wealth and success, in the face of often-gathering disaster and oppression.

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$114
per night
10 Nov. - 11 Nov.

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! (6,695 reviews)

"Good location near the tourist district good selection for breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2019

Grandior Hotel Prague
Grandium Prague
Grandium Prague
5 out of 5
Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
NZ$134
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

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! (3,337 reviews)

"Very helpful, very friendly food was excellent centric"…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

Grandium Prague
Corinthia Hotel Prague
Corinthia Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Kongresova 1, Prague
NZ$119
per night
3 Nov. - 4 Nov.

Located in Prague 4, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Prague Congress Centre. Vysehrad Station is only a 4-minute walk and Svatoplukova Tram Station is 8 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,005 reviews)

"Well located near the conference center and next to the train station. The building it self is a bit old, but they keep it well and the service is really good."…"

Reviewed on 20 Oct. 2019

Corinthia Hotel Prague

Popular activities in Prague

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(116 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.

Prague Castle
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Prague Castle

4.5/5(107 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.

Wenceslas Square
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Wenceslas Square

4.5/5(94 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(112 reviews)

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

Prague Astronomical Clock
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Prague Astronomical Clock

4.5/5(101 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(36 reviews)

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

Top activities in Prague

Prague City Pass
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Prague City Pass

NZ$102

Explore Prague's historical and cultural heritage with the Prague City Pass. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to some of the city's most famous attractions, go on an engaging guided bus tour, and explore the river Vltava on a scenic cruise.

Mozart Concert with 3-Course Dinner
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Mozart Concert with 3-Course Dinner

NZ$130

Renowned opera singers and a live orchestra perform such famous musical masterpieces as arias from The Marriage of Figaro, and The Magic Flute. Soak up the elegant ambience of an opulent concert hall as you feast on a hearty 3-course menu based on recipes from the Czech Republic and Austria.

Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Cruise & Lunch
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Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Cruise & Lunch

NZ$110

Prague's vibrant historical center boasts cobbled streets, charming courtyards, and countless church spires—all set along the banks of the Vltava River. Uncover the Czech capital's must-see landmarks by bus, on foot, and by boat on this full-day tour that includes a delicious lunch.

The Ultimate Tour of Prague - Tram, Cruise & Lunch
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The Ultimate Tour of Prague - Tram, Cruise & Lunch

NZ$98

Combine boat, tram, and walking to fully discover the highlights of this beautiful city. Eat a delectable lunch at a 17th-century tavern. Embrace all the wonders Prague has to offer with a knowledgeable guide and be enlightened about the area's rich cultural tradition.

Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Audio-Guide
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Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Audio-Guide

NZ$48

Visit the wonders of Prague at your own pace, using a convenient hop-on hop-off bus to lead you throughout this magical city. With 3 different lines that take you to the bustling Old Town Square, breweries with delicious drafts, and the ancient Vysehrad Castle, there’s much to see.

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

NZ$91

Celebrate in true Czech style in a setting reminiscent of a traditional country estate since the show is located near a small castle and a romantic folklore village. Dancers, musicians, and witty comedians entertain you with their colorful and vivid performances throughout the night.

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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities
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Hot Air Balloon Day Aerial Adventures & Activities

Sail through the sky this June 5th as you celebrate Hot Air Balloon Day with some of the top hot air balloon activities in the world.