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
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.
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
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- Interesting facts
If there are any younger members of your party, Prague's Zoo is well worth a trip out of the city centre.
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Vaclav Havel 17km
- Railway stations
Praha Hlavní Nádraží