travelgrove Travel Guides
 
 

Prague Travel Guide, Czech Republic

Often called the City of a Hundred Spires because of its many churches and towers, Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.

Unlike much of central Europe, the city was largely undamaged in World War II (1939-1945) and the cityscape is stunning. Due to this, since the fall of Communism in 1989, Prague has become a major tourist attraction, bolstering the city’s economy.

Prague has two parts: Old Town and New Town, which lie on the eastern bank of the Vltava River. The historic center of the city, Old Town, developed in a valley on the banks of the river. Many bridges link the two parts of the city, the most famous of these being the Charles Bridge, commissioned in the late 14th century by Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV.

Old Town contains many important architectural and artistic monuments, several concert halls and museums many of them situated on Old Town Square. There’s Hradcany (Prague Castle) that includes several historical buildings and is Prague’s most visible symbol. Zlatá ulicka, or Golden Street, is just inside one of the castle’s walls and includes the tiny shops and small homes of the artisans who once served the castle’s occupants. Other attractions are the 14th-century Týn Church, and the astronomical clock, or Orloj, of Old Town Hall (Staromestská Radnice), which is adorned with statues of the 12 apostles that rotate each hour. Old Town also encompasses Josephov, the city’s Jewish quarter that contains the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is the oldest in Europe.

New Town, which is adjacent to Old Town on the eastern bank of the Vltava, is the commercial centre.

Prague caters for visitors all year round. Many Czechs go on holiday in July and August, during which time the supply of accommodation actually increases, as student hostels are opened to visitors, but you can also go in winter if you can put up with the cold, as hotel space is plentiful (except Christmas and New Year), and Prague is gorgeous under a mantle of snow.

What else? Prague’s many parks and gardens, the large sports and entertainment center, a zoological garden and the low rent and the cheap, exquisite Czech beer has always attracted visitors. The nightclubs, modern bars, discos, and jazz clubs are plentiful and the number and variety of restaurants in the city has also grown dramatically. Prague's past plays a big part in its entertainment scene by providing centuries-old stone cellars for musicians, sculpted facades for beer halls to make noise behind, or grand auditoriums for the staging of classical events.

Emerge yourself in the culture and traditions, get to know the people, taste the cuisine, have fun and enjoy the splendors of Prague!

Ask our travel experts a question about Prague

Things about Prague you may be interested in

 
 
 

Read our members' reviews about Prague


  • WazlingPrague for every taste
    review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
    The city itself isn't very nice, besides the city center, what is pretty beautiful. There you have the place of Wenzel, where a lot of historic buildings are located. There you can also go shopping or just enjoy one of the restaurants or bars. In the night it's very interesting walking around in...
  • WazlingTrip to Prague
    review by Wazling posted more then 30 days ago
    That trip was really long ago, but interesting. We have rent a whole loft for just nothing. So we could enjoy the trip by spending money only for going out at night. The city offered us great views and she still doing that. The Wenzels place and the bars and retaurants around it was the place we...
view all
 

Read our members' travel tips about Prague


  • JohanGolden Lane in Prague
    travel tip by Johan posted more then 30 days ago
    Ocated in the northern area of the Castle district, Golden Lane is a small street with picturesque and colorful houses, some of them date back to the 16th century. The name of the street has got two possible origins. One is that the...
  • ainoChanChurch of St. Nicholas in Prague
    travel tip by ainoChan posted more then 30 days ago
    I do love Prague for many reasons and let me admit, the Church of St. Nicholas is one of them. The church is a breathtaking example of the baroque architecture from the early 18th century. While the outside might not look that sparkling...
  • luciPrague Castle
    travel tip by luci posted more then 30 days ago
    There is so much to see and do in Prague Castle that you will have to give it at least one afternoon. But then, it's perfectly worth every second. The Castle is actually a whole town of wonderful sights: the Royal Palace, galleries,...
view all
 
 

Prague City Ratings

  • Rating75%
    City Rank181
     
  • History & Culture: rated for 93%
  • Night Life & Entertainment: rated for 83%
  • Family & Fun: rated for 65%
  • Outdoors Activities: rated for 55%
  • Food: rated for 65%
  • Sightseeing: rated for 98%
  • Shopping: rated for 75%
  • Public Transportation: rated for 68%
  • Must visit this place: rated for 90%
  
 

Prague Galleries

 
 

Community

Members Who Have Been to Prague

Community Galleries About Prague

Browse our members' Prague galleries to get a better impression of the place
 
show alladd gallery
 
 

Popular destinations

 
the best travel deals provided by TravelZoo...
 
 
  
Cheap flights to Prague

Recent Prague flights found by Travelgrove users

  • $913Aeroflot flight Aeroflot 
    FromToDepartureTime
    New York, NY (JFK)Prague, CZ (PRG)05/21/201507:10 pm
    Prague, CZ (PRG)New York, NY (JFK)05/26/201512:35 am
    faregeek.com check price
  • $1039Multiple Airlines flight Multiple Airlines 
    FromToDepartureTime
    Las Vegas, NV (LAS)Prague, CZ (PRG)11/19/201408:02 am
    Prague, CZ (PRG)Las Vegas, NV (LAS)12/03/201406:35 pm
    faregeek.com check price
  • $1083Multiple Airlines flight Multiple Airlines 
    FromToDepartureTime
    Boston, MA (BOS)Prague, CZ (PRG)08/17/201406:20 am
    Prague, CZ (PRG)Boston, MA (BOS)08/28/201411:20 am
    flyfar.ca check price
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*