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Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, and is the largest city in the nation. It’s an amazingly beautiful city; throughout its history dating back to the 9th century, Prague has adopted a variety of architectural styles including Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau. The city’s history is well-preserved in its architecture and traditional charm, making it feel as though you’re walking through a time capsule. It’s also known for its great café and beer culture—whichever your vice, you’ll be glad you came. There are a variety of Prague hotels available, from luxury and 5 star hotels to boutique hotels to hostels. Hostels are a popular solution for those on a shoestring budget, and the more luxurious Prague hotels are close to Old Town’s many attractions.
Because most of the landmarks in its historic district have survived both World Wars intact, Prague is an enchanting and beautiful city to visit at any time of year. It’s especially magical at the end of the year, when the city transforms into a festive Christmas village!
Where to Stay in Prague
Prague overall is regarded as a fairly affordable city—for both attractions and accommodations. You can find decent places to stay for around €60 per night, maybe even less. Luxury Prague hotels will cost more, typically around €200 and higher. Those on a very tight budget will want to consider staying at a Prague hostel, of which there are many.
Most of the popular attractions are found in Old Town in the heart of the city. This is an ideal area if you want to be close to the city’s most historic sights. Finding cheap hotels in Prague city centre isn’t impossible. Unitas Hotel Prague is one of the best hotels in Prague Old Town, with a nice midrange rate and great location near Charles Bridge and public transport. Rooms start at €111 and include breakfast. Mamaison Residence Belgicka Prague is among the incredibly cheap hotels in Prague city centre. Because its rates are so low, you can get an apartment-style suite for less than single rooms at other Prague hotels in the area. It’s just a quick walk from all the major sights, and is a smart choice for families.
In terms of luxury and boutique hotels, La Palais Hotel is among the best hotels in Prague city centre. It’s quite cheap for a 5 star hotel, with rooms starting as low as €176 per night. With a great location steps from the best attractions, beautiful rooms and fantastic service, you can’t go wrong with this surpisingly affordable example of luxury Prague hotels. Another of the luxury cheap hotels in Prague is Alchymist Residence Nosticova Prague. This Prague hotel is close to Prague Castle and features spacious Gothic style rooms.
The best hostels in Prague are extremely cheap. They’re the obvious choice for students or backpackers traveling alone. Czech Inn is a great Prague hostel, offering both dorm and private rooms. Because the Prague hostel promotes local businesses, visitors don’t have to try very hard to find fun things to do or places to eat. The Prague hostel also typically hosts events of its own. Mosaic house is one of the best hostels in Prague when it comes to booking options: there’s many sizes available for rooms and suites, including a penthouse. This modern Prague hostel is wonderfully decorated and sleek—an attractive place to stay on any budget.
The Most Important Places to See and Visit
With a historic district dating to the 9th century, there are many beautiful historic sites to explore. The best place to begin your itinerary is the Old Town Square found in Old Town. This quaint square is surrounded by buildings of different architectural styles and periods—most notably the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Tý and the Astronomical Clock—and monuments. During Christmas or Easter time, this square transforms into a Medieval-style market that shouldn’t be missed. The nearby Charles Bridge, completed in the 15th century, is one of the world’s most famous bridges thanks to its beautifully austere silhouette. Strahov Library at the Strahov Monastery is a testament to both architecture and knowledge, housing an extensive collection of philosophical and theological texts in its baroque library stacks. The library offers tours to visitors so they can admire the beautiful interiors.
Among the most notable locations in the city is Prague Castle. The castle houses a handful of stunning buildings, such as St. Vitus Cathedral, which houses the tombs of Bohemian kings and Holy Roman emperors. Lobkowicz Palace is also located in the complex, today serving as a museum dedicated to art, musical instruments, military supplies and other effects related to the region’s history.
Prague’s must-see architecture isn’t just about old, classical buildings. The Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić-designed Dancing House stands out among its more conservative neighbors. It resembles a pair of dancers, with an animated and curvaceous shape. Lennon Wall is a sight not to be missed by Beatles fans. Covered in graffiti since the 1980s, the wall today displays Beatles and Lennon-inspired images, quotes and messages of peace.
For such a historic city, Prague appropriately has several excellent museums. The National Gallery houses the largest collection of art in the country, and is one of the biggest museums in the region. Here you will find works by Picasso, Klimpt, Munch and other famed artists. A walk through the National Museum, meanwhile, features striking exhibits related to natural and human history.
The National Technical Museum is related to many aspects of human technological advancement: chemistry, technology, astronomy, mining and more! Visit for a surprising new perspective on the everyday world around us. The Museum of Miniatures is a more unique institution, and a fun attraction for kids. This museum collects tiny objects (including the world’s tiniest book), which are so small that they must be viewed through magnifying glasses.
Dining in Prague
One of the best places to grab a bite to eat is the Naplavka Farmers Market. This weekend market has hot breakfasts and coffee, perfect for an energized start of the day. It’s close to Prague Castle, too, so you can enjoy beautiful views while strolling and dining with the locals.
Vinohrady is the neighborhood for fine and casual dining or enjoying a beer with loved ones. Sit outside along the tree-lined streets on a warm summer day for an extravagant dining experience. You’ll find a great deal of seafood options here, and a nice mix of Czech and Italian cuisine. Stop at U Bulínů for authentic, fine Czech dining. Bílá Kráva is another strong restaurant focused on preparing meals with only the finest ingredients. You’d be remiss to find a higher quality meal than here.
Lunch is the main meal in Prague, not dinner. Luckily, almost every restaurant you’ll visit has a discounted lunch menu. Be aware that you’ll have to ask for it, though.
Prague Cultural Festivals
Prague’s cultural heritage is rich, as exemplified by the city’s many festivals held throughout the year. Mezi Ploty is one of the greatest festivals in the city, in terms of performance and cause. This June festival, aimed at raising awareness of mental illness, features local bands, art workshops and theater shows—a packed weekend dedicated to the various local arts.
The Prague Fringe Festival is a must-see for theatergoers, featuring the most innovative and forward-thinking acts from around the world. Fringe shows range from the traditional to the truly bizarre; there’s no guessing what you’ll see there. Fancy film instead of live shows? Stop by during the Days of European Film Festival, where you can view foreign films and talks at historic theatres.
Finally, a visit during winter must include the Christmas Markets. From November through December, the city transforms into a winter wonderland bedecked in Christmas lights and shopping stands selling unique goods and gifts. Stop by Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square to see two of the best markets in the city.
Whether you want to sip a martini at a sophisticated cocktail bar, dance all night at a disco or enjoy a jazz performance, Prague’s got a little bit to offer everyone when it comes to nightlife. Wenceslas Square is one of the main party hubs; its side streets are filled with bars and strip clubs, making it the city’s de facto red lights district.
If you’re looking to dance, stop by Roxy for bass-thumping electronic music. Another popular club is Radost FX, which hosts famous touring DJs on a frequent basis. For jazz performances, visit Reduta Jazz Club—among the oldest in the city—for a funky, soulful night of music.