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PragueCzech Republic

A charming and historic city with over a thousand years written into its fairy-tale church spires, ancient castles and beautiful bridges.

Better known to the Czechs as ‘Praha’, the historic city of Prague dates back over 1,000 years. Once upon a time, the city was the great capital of the Holy Roman Empire and then of Czechoslovakia. In 1989, the city became free of the Soviet regime, before finally the Czech Republic separated from Slovakia. Today, it is a thriving capital city, home to 1.3 million people, and a popular destination for visitors who leave enchanted by its medieval charm and heritage.

As soon as you arrive in the heart of this old city, you’ll be greeted by its rich mix of architectural styles, with Renaissance, Gothic, baroque, art nouveau and modernist buildings and monuments towering over the skyline. Head for the Týn Church where you’ll see three of these styles brought together in one structure. Elsewhere, look out for the Dancing House (Tančící dům), Prague’s most famous modern building.

The Vltava River courses through the city, separating the Old Town from what is known as the Lesser Town. Here you’ll find the dominating Prague Castle. You can cross the river on the iconic Charles Bridge (Karlův Most).

Explore the Vyšehrad Castle and its picturesque gardens as well as its fortified walls which afford a commanding view of the cityscape. You’ll be able to see its great churches such as St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta) which have led the city to be dubbed the ‘City of 100 Spires’. Head for the Jewish Cemetery and take a look in the Powder Tower (Prašná brána) where you’ll discover amazing medieval exhibits.

Prague is a charming fairy-tale-like city to admire and observe from afar, but is also a destination rich in art and nightlife, making it a popular travel destination for all kinds of people. When looking around the city, bear in mind that whilst tour guides may speak English, many locals do not.

Pleasantly warm in the summer, come the winter Prague is often chilly, albeit very picturesque in the falling snow. Come rain or shine however, the city always happily welcomes its visitors with its tantalising locally-made pastries not to mention its cheap Czech beer.

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Where to stay in Prague

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Stare Mesto

5/5Exceptional!(80 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Prague Astronomical Clock to Old Town Square – discover Stare Mesto, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Stare Mesto
Nove Mesto showing heritage elements, a city and railway items

Nove Mesto

4.5/5Wonderful!(111 area reviews)

Gourmet restaurants interesting history and top sights from Wenceslas Square to Dancing House – discover Nove Mesto, a destination also famous for its shopping.

Nove Mesto
Mala Strana featuring a city and landscape views

Mala Strana

4.5/5Wonderful!(42 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Lennon Wall and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Mala Strana. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Hellichova Stop or Malostranské Náměstí Stop.

Mala Strana
Josefov showing heritage architecture

Josefov

4/5Very Good!(11 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Josefov for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Old Jewish Cemetery and Parizska Street. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you take a ride at Právnická fakulta Stop.

Josefov

Top hotels in Prague

Grandior Hotel Prague
Grandior Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Na Porici 42, Prague
The price is AU$89 per night from 5 Nov. to 6 Nov.

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,961 reviews)

"Great room and bathroom. Very clean. At breakfast you have the biggest choice I have ever seen at a hotel."…"

Reviewed on 23 Aug. 2020

Grandior Hotel Prague
Hotel Kings Court
Hotel Kings Court
5 out of 5
U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
The price is AU$131 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Royal Route, Municipal House Hall and Palladium Shopping Centre. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,771 reviews)

"Good location, a short walk from heart of the Old Town. Comfortable room, large modern shower, staff were friendly. We ate breakfast outside watching the trams, there is also a metro stop directly outside but the main nightlife spots are a little way from here so there was no noise . We really enjoyed ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2020

Hotel Kings Court
Grand Majestic Hotel Prague
Grand Majestic Hotel Prague
4.5 out of 5
Truhlarska 16, Prague
The price is AU$70 per night from 9 Nov. to 10 Nov.

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Mucha Museum are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,248 reviews)

"Ideal location for central Prague rooms were well furnished clean bed very comfortable. Bathroom was very good with very good shower and bath.Staff were very helpful and efficient, breakfast had a good variety overall very happy with choice of hotel"…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug. 2020

Grand Majestic Hotel Prague
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Prague

Golden Prague Rooms
Golden Prague Rooms
4 out of 5
Elisky Krasnohorske 4, Prague, Czech Republic
The price is AU$52 per night from 27 Oct. to 28 Oct.

Located in Prague 1, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Parizska Street, Old Town Square and Old Jewish Cemetery. Prague Astronomical Clock ...

4.2/5Very Good! (180 reviews)

"George at the front desk was so helpful and welcoming . He deserves a pay raise"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Golden Prague Rooms
Salvator Superior Apartments
Salvator Superior Apartments
4 out of 5
Revolucní 1201/18, Prague
The price is AU$45 per night from 3 Nov. to 4 Nov.

Located in Prague 1, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Route, Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Old Town Square and Prague ...

4.4/5Excellent! (708 reviews)

"Couldn’t fault it, clean, staff helpful and great location to everything, would stay here again when visiting Prague"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Salvator Superior Apartments
Seven Wishes Boutique Residence
Seven Wishes Boutique Residence
4 out of 5
14 Vítkova, Prague, Hlavní mesto Praha
The price is AU$195 per night from 10 Nov. to 11 Nov.

Located in Prague 8, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Karlin Music Theater, Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Municipal House ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (54 reviews)

"Very nice property, good location, and clean. I was very unlucky with upstairs neighbours and across the hall were very noisy unfortunately, but otherwise it was a great stay."…"

Reviewed on 20 Dec. 2019

Seven Wishes Boutique Residence
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Prague

Old Town Square
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Old Town Square

4.5/5(139 reviews)

The historic centre of Prague, just as much of a thriving central landmark today as it was hundreds of years ago.

Wenceslas Square
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Wenceslas Square

4.5/5(113 reviews)

Prague’s long boulevard in the heart of the New Town is the city’s historic focal point and a great place for visitors to shop and eat out.

Charles Bridge
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Charles Bridge

4.5/5(135 reviews)

A historic and intricately designed pedestrian bridge over the Vltava River, connecting the Lesser Town on the west with the Old Town in the east.

Prague Castle
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Prague Castle

4.5/5(128 reviews)

An impressive complex with over 1,000 years of history, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the Czech government and the splendid St. Vitus Cathedral.

Prague Astronomical Clock
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Prague Astronomical Clock

4.5/5(124 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest working astronomical clocks, complete with animated wooden figures that come alive in a captivating must-see show every hour.

Dancing House
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Dancing House

4/5(44 reviews)

A modern building housing a popular bar and restaurant, standing in stark contrast to the rest of the historic Prague skyline.

Top activities in Prague

A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague
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A day-long Bohemian & Saxon Switzerland tour from Prague

AU$225
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks
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Folklore Show & Dinner with Unlimited drinks

AU$85
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Prague City Pass
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Prague City Pass

AU$95
Per adult
Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague
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Kutna Hora and Bone Chapel Tour From Prague

AU$53
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Karlovy Vary Day Tour & Moser Glass Factory Museum & Lunch
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Karlovy Vary Day Tour & Moser Glass Factory Museum & Lunch

AU$116
Per adult
1 week, 3 countries: Prague - Vienna - Budapest: PRIVATE TOUR:
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1 week, 3 countries: Prague - Vienna - Budapest: PRIVATE TOUR:

AU$6,002
Per adult

Reviews of Prague

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 22.317596566523605%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.291845493562231%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Jan. 2020

Because of the huge tourist numbers, try & get up early to enjoy the old town Or else by mid morning lunch time you won’t be able to move

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

Stop off at Vrsovice district for trendy edgy pubs away from the tourists. Few people speak English but it's the atmosphere you want. Bigger restaurants will have an English-language menu. Anywhere close to Bohemians FC stadium will be great.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

The locals are very welcoming, probably, based on mu experience, they’re the friendliest in Europe. The city itself is so compact that you can just to anywhere you want to, except when you’re going uphill.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

A very beautiful city, friendly people and fabulous culture.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

28 Dec. 2019

Too many people everywhere. Feels unsafe overall. Got stolen on street. Also many currency exchange places are cheating tourists. Also came across twice people who cheat you on street for current exchange...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Dec. 2019

Prague castle is excellent, but try to avoid weekends or you might be queuing lots.

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