Picturesque Prague holidays
The capital of the Czech Republic has long been associated with beautiful Baroque buildings and towering Gothic spires. However, delve a little deeper on a holiday in Prague and you’ll find there’s much more to discover than just the ecclesiastical architecture.
This is somewhere that sits at the epicentre of Europe and has more historical heritage in the cobbled Staré Mesto (Old Town) than most capitals have in their entirety. You can spend all day here just meandering between the market stalls and manicured gardens or simply strolling on either side of the Vltava River.
From delicious, yet unpronounceable, dishes, such as svíčková (meat and veg in a creamy sauce), to river cruises on the Danube and guided tours around Prague Castle, if you’re looking for your next favourite city break destination – there’s plenty of Prague to keep you coming back for more.
Admiring the ecclesiastical architecture – such as the Spanish and Maisel synagogues – as you stroll around the cobbled streets of Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, is essential for learning more about the history and culture of the Czech capital. This quiet neighbourhood, within the Old Town, is awash with important sites, including the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Ceremonial Hall, and is a historical highlight of Prague tours, especially when experienced in the company of a local Jewish guide.
Featuring many of Prague’s highlights, including the Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj), Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge, the Old Town can be found on the eastern banks of the Vltava River. It’s an exceptional setting with a variety of architectural styles, such as the Gothic Church of Our Lady and the beautiful Baroque designs of Kinsky Palace, creating an absolute treasure trove of cultural delights. The street food in the Old Town’s great, too, especially the ham and halusky dumplings.
Sailing past the highlights of Prague onboard a glass-sided cruise boat is the perfect way to see the city from an entirely new perspective. Thanks to the audio commentary, you’ll get to learn more about the history of Prague as well as finding out a few fun facts and fascinating tales. It’s an ideal way to bypass the crowded streets in the summer as well as adding a touch of class to a sightseeing tour as you serenely sail past the palatial riverside properties and under the medieval stone bridges.
The flight time from the UK to Prague usually takes just a couple of hours.
Currently, British citizens holidaying in Prague don’t need a visa unless they’re staying longer than 30 days. Visit GOV.UK for more advice about entry requirements to Czech Republic or, alternatively, visit CIBT visas for more information.
Prague follows a similar seasonal weather pattern to the UK. July and August are the hottest months and also when the Czech capital sees the most tourists. Best time to go for fewer crowds and warm(ish) weather is May/June or September/October - although expect a few showers. Winters in Prague can be very cold although a mug of Svarak at a Christmas market more than makes up for it.
Prague is just an hour ahead of the UK.
Czech is the official language of Prague although German, Polish and Slovak are also readily recognised. English is widely spoken amongst the younger generation as well as shop keepers, restaurateurs and hoteliers.
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