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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

Top hotels in Prague

Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Four Seasons Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Veleslavinova 2a, Prague
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Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Charles University and Old Town Bridge Tower. Charles Bridge and Old Town Square are also ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (475 reviews)

"Staff was great - friendly and helpful. The facilities were nice, although our room was a bit noisy."…"

Reviewed on 16 Mar. 2020

Four Seasons Hotel Prague
Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague
Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Vladislavova 1477/20, Praha 1 - Nove Mesto, Prague
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This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Wenceslas Square and Prague Astronomical Clock. Old Town ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (646 reviews)
Excellent location but service of 4* hotel

"Hotel says its 5*, but in reality had 4*service. I expected more choice for bfast and better quality. Location of the hotel is excellent - right in the middle of the city and walkable to main attractions. Metro & tram lines, supermarket, coffee places, restaurants, shopping centre in front of the ..."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2020

Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague
Hilton Prague
Hilton Prague
5 out of 5
Pobrezni 1, Prague
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The price is NZ$126 per night from 23 Jan. to 24 Jan.

Located in Prague 8, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Karlin Music Theater and Municipal House Hall. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square ...

4/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Pool was nice"…"

Reviewed on 18 Sep. 2020

Hilton Prague
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Prague

Apartments Tynska 7
Apartments Tynska 7
3 out of 5
Týnská 7 - Praha 1, Old Town, Prague
The price is NZ$153 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.

Located in Prague 1, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Municipal House Hall and Charles University ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (172 reviews)

"GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY"…"

Reviewed on 15 Dec. 2019

Apartments Tynska 7
Three Golden Crowns Apartments
Three Golden Crowns Apartments
3 out of 5
Malostranske Namesti 260/11, Prague
The price is NZ$98 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Prague 1, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Lennon Wall, Kampa and Prague Castle. Charles Bridge and St. Vitus Cathedral are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (134 reviews)

"Quick check-in, friendly staff, spacious rooms with nice window city views. Hotel is conveniently located in Prague, easily accessible by local transports and just stones throw away from Charles Bridge."…"

Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2020

Three Golden Crowns Apartments
Brand-new spacious studios in the hip ‘Karlin’ quarter
Brand-new spacious studios in the hip ‘Karlin’ quarter
Sokolovská, 694/100A, Prague, Prague (region)

Located in Prague 8, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Karlin Music Theater, Zizkov Television Tower and Palladium Shopping Centre. Prague Astronomical ...

Brand-new spacious studios in the hip ‘Karlin’ quarter
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Prague

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5/5 - Excellent

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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

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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

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19 Dec. 2019

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

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