Stephanie North, City Break Specialist

"This city is one of my favourites, whatever season. A visit to Prague’s castle (Pražský hrad) is a must, which is supposedly the largest ancient castle in the world and its free to get in! Prague serves up great drinks so be sure to get involved at the Prague Beer Museum and try the sample board with five taster beers of your choice."

Prague at a glance

Thrilling history, glorious architecture, a fascinating medieval old town and lively nightlife make Prague one of Europe’s most popular destinations. Blossoming into a confident cosmopolitan city since the 1989 Velvet Revolution, today Prague continues its reputation as a beautiful, historic jewel.

Serving as the capital of Bohemia, Prague’s place as a leading centre of central Europe dates back over 1,000 years. It has been home to Roman emperors, Bohemian kings and the Hapsburg monarchy, playing an important role in the Protestant Reformation, the First and Second World War and the Cold War.

Escaping much of the bombing of World War II, the city’s historic buildings have remained authentic and intact. The city centre is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a virtual European architecture history book, with examples of everything from Romanesque and Renaissance to Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. The Old Town Square is the perfect place to soak up this rich visual experience when the evening lights illuminate the baroque facades and spires of the city to create a genuine ‘Once upon a time…’ atmosphere.

With a history that is tangible at every turn, Prague truly is a gem, providing an exceptional city break destination full of charm and a historical ambience you won’t soon forget. 

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Romantic short break
  • Picturesque setting
  • Iconic sites

Getting around

Prague’s engaging atmosphere and sites are perfect for exploring by foot.

If public transport is preferred, the city offers an organized system of 3 underground lines as well as a tram and bus system. Taxis are limited in the city and can be expensive.

Shopping

Although Prague isn’t a top shopping destination, it does offer a unique shopping experience with location and nearby sites often stealing more attention than the goods for sale. The 14th century Charles Bridge has become a popular destination for those who want to enjoy a picturesque stroll while perusing hand crafted jewellery, landscape paintings by local artists and other handmade items.

Prague is also home to some of the world’s best glass and crystal products, with a rich history of fine crystal production dating back to the 14th century.

Dining in Prague

Much of the traditionally heavy cuisine of Prague such as pork, cabbage and dumplings, has made space for up and coming chefs and award-winning restaurants, gifting the city with a culinary transformation.

The Czech Republic is known internationally for its brewing industry. Popular Czech beers can be found at most modern pubs in the city along with an international selection of wine and spirits.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Sopský salát – a fresh mix of tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers in a sweet vinegar sauce topped with a white cheese
  • Guláš – a stew made up of beef or pork with potato dumplings
  • Kolache – a yeast pastry filled with fruit or cheese

Osprey Holidays top tips

Café Evropa, one side of Wenceslas Square, is an absolute treat for lovers of Art Nouveau with original lamps, chandeliers and murals decorating the interior. Enjoy a coffee and pastry in this sumptuous setting.

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Prague designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Prague hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 1,257,000
Languages Czech
Currency Czech Koruna
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Interesting facts

If there are any younger members of your party, Prague's Zoo is well worth a trip out of the city centre.

Distance from airports
Vaclav Havel 17km
Railway stations
Praha Hlavní Nádraží

Things to do in Prague

  • Prague Castle: This huge, ancient castle is not to be missed, and contains churches, monasteries, museums and art galleries.
  • Castle Gardens: Dating from the 17th century, these beautiful terraced gardens sit just beneath Prague castle.
  • Charles Bridge: Lined with Baroque statues, this famous bridge is very popular with tourists, buskers and entertainers alike.
  • Old Town Square: Full of atmosphere, this historic  town square is lined with Baroque, Gothic and Romanesque buildings as well as shops and cafés.
  • Golden Lane: Part of the castle complex, this ancient street is lined with miniature colourful houses built into the sides of the castle walls.
  • Petrin Hill: Take the funicular railway to the top of this 318m hill for rewarding views of the city.
  • Astronomical Clock: This ancient clock on Old Town Square is famous for its hourly procession of the 12 wooden apostles.
  • Wenceslas Square: A large square in the newer part of Prague with the National Museum at one end – renowned for its shopping.

Tours and Excursions

Evening River Cruise with Dinner

Enjoy beautiful views of illuminated Prague from the comfort of the salon or top deck as you cruise under Charles Bridge, past Prague Castle and the baroque churches of the Old and New Town. A hot and cold buffet is served while a live band provides entertainment and there is a bar on board.

Prague Castle Walking Tour

From Charles Bridge you will walk into the historic Lesser Quarter and take a picturesque tram ride to Prague Castle while your guide shares the turbulent history of this symbol of Czech culture. Once in the grounds of the castle you will see St Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace, St Georges Basilica and the Royal Garden.

Staropramen Brewery Tour

At the beginning of the 20th century there was a brewery on nearly every street in Prague. During this tour you will learn the secrets of the city’s most famous export, Staropramen, and of course sample the product itself. You will then be taken to one of Prague’s best pubs to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and some typical Czech food and beer.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.