Richard Webber shares his travel tips for the exciting Czech Republic city of Prague
Keen to visit Prague? Here are some suggestions for places to stay, restaurants to book and sights to see.
Nicknamed ‘The Golden City of 100 Spires’, Prague attracts over six million visitors annually but the city boasts plenty of places to stay.
Try the elegant five-star Four Seasons Hotel (00 420 221 427 000; fourseasons.com/prague; B&B from £288) on the banks of Vltava River.
Strangely-shaped four-star Dancing House Hotel (00 420 720 983 172; dancinghousehotel.com; B&B from £100) has 21 rooms and views of Prague Castle.
If you’re on a budget, three-star Hotel U Medvídku Brewery (00 420 224 211 916; umedvidku.cz; B&B from £33) is a hotel, brewery and restaurant in a 15th-century house next to the Old Town. Gothic trusses are preserved in some rooms.
Eateries offer fine cuisine at affordable prices. For real value, try Lokal Dlouhááá (00 420 222 316 265; lokál-dlouha.ambi.cz; Dlouha 33, 110 Prague 1), in the Old Town. Offering traditional Czech food, it’s busy with locals and tourists sharing long, low tables.
Pick the terrace at Mlýnec Restaurant (00 420 277 000 777; mlynec.cz; Novotného Lávka 9, Prague, 110 00) and dine while viewing the Charles Bridge. Modern and romantic with Czech and international cuisine served.
Michelin-starred La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise (00 420 222 311 234; Hastalska 753/18, 110 00 Prague 1) offers seven-course tasting menus. Dishes are based on recipes from an 1880 Czech cookbook.
Prague’s historic buildings survived the Second World War largely unscathed. Enjoy views of the city from Vysehrad, a fort atop a rocky outcrop before descending and strolling along Vltava riverbank.
Catch the funicular railway up Petrin Hill and climb to the top of Observation Tower, a miniature Eiffel Tower.
Explore Prague Castle, and admire the architecture of Lesser Town, clustered around its foot. Many streets in Prague are cobbled, so pack comfy shoes.
After crossing the beautiful 14th-century Charles Bridge, enter the alleys of Old Town. At the Old Town Square, admire the Astronomical Clock, which has moving statues that perform at the top of every hour.
What’s on when
Daily: At the start of the 20th century, prominent Czech artists decorated six halls and other sections of Municipal House (obecnidum.cz). Join an hour-long tour and admire their work.
23–31 March: Catch a movie at the 24th Prague International Film Festival (febiofest.cz) at the 12-screen multiplex Cinestar Andel.
1-23 April: Easter markets take place at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Traders sell everything from local handicrafts to hand-painted Easter eggs.
Until end of May 2017: Enjoy The Best Of Swan Lake at Hybernia Theatre (hybernia.eu) in a performance spotlighting this famous ballet.
25 June: Indulge yourself at the Prague Ice Cream Festival at the city’s Exhibition Grounds (vystavistepraha.eu)
For more information, visit czechtourism.com