Prague; the perfect city break holiday destination

Prague; the perfect city break holiday destination

Having just returned from Prague for a long weekend, I really do think that it is the perfect city break destination.

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a mesmerizing place that seamlessly blends history, culture, and architectural wonders. Known as the “City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague offers a plethora of attractions that will leave you awe-inspired. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an art or music lover, or a foodie, this enchanting city has something for everyone – and you can experience all of this in just a few days and a short 2 hour flight from London.

Things to think about before booking your trip to Prague

The beauty of Prague is that nearly all of the main attractions are within walking distance as long as you base yourself near the Old Town. However, the metro and cable cars are both clean and efficient if you want a rest from walking.

You won’t find any shortage of restaurants, but it helps if you are a meat lover as goulash, veal, pork and tasty spicey sausages are served in abundance, usually washed down with an excellent beer – or two!

It’s a good idea to take a small amount of local Czech Krona currency with you as the Euro is not the local currency. However, most restaurants, shops and taxis will take a card payment.

When to visit Prague

Prague is an all-year-round city. It comes to life in the Spring, is beautifully bright and warm in the Summer and offers a delight of colour in all the trees in around the city during the Autumn.

For that reason, do be conscious of how you feel about mingling with crowds. The Summer is the busiest time for tourists. I chose the Autumn which is less busy and a feast for the eyes. It was sunny and bright but also chilly, so if you visit in the autumn you will need to take that warm coat and scarf as well as your sunglasses.

Things to do in Prague

There are so many things to do in Prague, but these are just a few suggestions that I enjoyed.

1. Explore Prague Castle:

Perched on a hill overlooking the city, Prague Castle is a must-visit and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site which is the cultural and historical heart of the region. This sprawling complex is the largest ancient castle in the world and houses stunning architectural marvels, including St. Vitus Cathedral which has some of the most outstanding stain glass windows I have ever seen.

Be warned it is a bit of a steep walk up to the castle, but well worth the effort and you will be rewarded with exceptional views of the whole city.

Don’t miss the Changing of the Guard ceremony, which takes place every hour!

2. Wander through Old Town Square:

Step into the heart of Prague’s historic centre and be captivated by the architectural beauty of Old Town Square. Admire the Gothic masterpiece of the Astronomical Clock, which was first constructed in medieval times; it’s the world’s oldest functioning clock. At the top of every hour, 12 mechanical apostles parade between small doorways above the face of the clock. Crowds of visitors start to gather hourly to watch as the playful spectacle unfolds. Here you can enjoy a vibrant atmosphere, and indulge in some people-watching at the many cafes and restaurants


3. Cross the Iconic Charles Bridge:

A visit to Prague would be incomplete without a stroll across the iconic Charles Bridge which crosses the Vltava river and was the only means of crossing the river until 1841. This 14th-century stone bridge is adorned with statues of saints and offers breath-taking views of the Vltava River and Prague Castle. Visit early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds.

4. Enjoy Prague’s Artistic Side:

Prague is a haven for art lovers. Visit the National Gallery, home to an extensive collection of Czech and international art, or explore the Museum of Decorative Arts, showcasing exquisite craftsmanship. Don’t forget to visit the contemporary art scene in the trendy district of Holešovice.

Music is also an important part of life in Prague. There appears to be classical concerts almost every night somewhere in the city, so it is easy to book yourself into a fantastic cultural evening of live music. I saw the Parnas Ensemble perform an hour-long concert at the Liechtenstein Palace popular and well-known classics one evening which was wonderful, and perfect timing for dinner in the square in one of the many great restaurants afterwards.

5. Take a River Cruise:

Embark on a relaxing river cruise along the Vltava River and enjoy panoramic views of Prague’s stunning skyline. Choose between daytime or evening cruises to witness the city’s landmarks, such as Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, illuminated at night.

Time to book your city break in Prague

Prague is a city that effortlessly blends history, culture, and beauty. From its stunning castles and historic landmarks to its vibrant art scene and delicious cuisine, there is no shortage of things to do and see. I would love to hear from you if you would like some assistance to immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this enchanting city and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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