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Prague is an ideal destination for a romantic break or family holiday. The capital of the Czech Republic is also its biggest city. Escaping to Prague for a few days couldn't be easier: it's a short flight from the UK. In less than two hours, you're in the geographic centre of Europe. Listen out: Czech, which is the official language, Slovakian, German and Romani are spoken here. There's guaranteed escapism in the "City of 100 Bells". On a tight budget? No problem! Finding inexpensive accommodation in Prague is child's play with our centrally located two-star hotel.
Spending a weekend in Prague: the musts
Prague is one of Europe's most visited cities and for good reason: it's full of architectural and cultural gems. You would need to spend more than a weekend here to hope to see them all. Only got a few days? B&B has picked out the places that you absolutely have to see on a first visit.
Visit Prague's Old Town
Prague's Old Town is definitely one of the first stops for visitors to the city. Head to the Old Town Square to see the Old Town Hall, gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn and Ungelt. Climb to the top of the Astronomical Clock, a symbol of Prague for over 600 years, to enjoy the spectacular views. Carry on to Celetná Street and check out the Powder Tower. Don't forget to pass by the Church of St. James, which is a real treat for the eyes. Go on to explore Josefov, the Jewish Quarter with its synagogues and cemetery. Cross over the bridge covered in love padlocks and then go see the legendary John Lennon Wall.
Cross Charles Bridge
After touring the Old Town, cross the Vltava via Charles Bridge to reach the baroque Malá Strana district, one of the oldest and certainly the most romantic in the city.
If you have a bit of time on your hands, go inside the Kafka Museum. Follow Mostecká Street to St. Nicholas Church then get out of the centre and stroll round Prague's National Gallery. We recommend following it with the Television Tower, Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Dvořák Museum. Stop off at St. Vitus Cathedral to admire its stained-glass windows.
If you're trying to soak up Prague's culture, get away from the tourist hotspots and head to Žižkov or Nové Město to meet the locals, who often enjoy a Czech beer in the sunshine. Not a bad idea, eh?
Try Czech food
Several options are available to dine with different levels of service: traditional brasseries where the beer is the most important part of the meal, inns and taverna with classic dishes, restaurants with table service and tearooms serving a wide range of pastries. In the Czech Republic, the emphasis is on quantity rather than quality. Although the food couldn't be described as sophisticated or innovative, there's lots of it and it fulfils its purpose: filling your stomach without too much concern for your waistline. But Prague is where you'll find the most highly rated and luxurious restaurants in the country. A traditional menu starts with soup, followed by pork or freshwater fish. Want a quick snack without breaking the bank? Try bramborak, Czech potato pancakes.
Shop in the capital
For a classic shopping trip with all the major international brands, head to one of Prague's shopping centres. You can choose between the Palladium, Chodov, Nový Smíchov, Metropole or Letňany malls.
For shopping that's more representative of the country's culture, B&B recommends that you visit the small boutiques and junk shops that can be found around the Old Town. Here you can find souvenirs to take back home: garnet jewellery, wooden toys and puppets. They're synonymous with Prague. Stop off in one of the many independent bookstores to discover Czech literature and continue your trip when you get back home.
Book an inexpensive hotel in Prague city centre
Want to see the Czech capital? Then book an inexpensive hotel in the heart of Prague to enjoy a well-deserved break within your budget. Our B&B hotel in Prague has comfortable and modern guestrooms. Pick a hotel with parking in central Prague to make your life easier.
History and urbanism
The first written reference to Prague was made by a Jewish trader in 965. Only later did the city become a major location with the arrival of the future King of Bohemia Charles IV, to whom the Czech capital owes the construction of the Charles Bridge, Charles University and New Town, which doubled its size. At the end of his reign, 40,000 people lived in what was the third most populous city of the Schengen Area with architectural wonders. It would later be modernized and further enlarged.
After exploring Prague's city centre on foot, why not go on a Vltava river cruise for a relaxing break with unbeatable views? If you're tempted, head to Čechův Bridge to join a one- or two-hour tour at your convenience.
Prague's historic centre has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992. It covers the Old Town, Small Town and New Town. Most of the monuments within them are a legacy of the development work ordered by Charles IV, which have had a strong influence on the architecture since the Middle Ages.
Prague is a city with a vibrant nightlife. Although it's better known for its Old Town and many churches and museums, there's also plenty for night owls to do. Here's a small B&B Hotel selection of the bars worth visiting: U Sudu, Chapeau Rouge, Double Trouble and Deja Vu. To keep the good times rolling until late in the night, we recommend the clubs Sasazu, Karlovu Lazne, Duplex, Roxy and Retro. Do a quick internet search using the Wi-Fi in your guestroom to find out what's happening during your time in the capital.