City Breaks in Prague

There’s nothing like the mist rising up through the silent statues of Charles Bridge to prove that Prague is a truly atmospheric city. Since its development in the 11th century, the capital of the Czech Republic has become one of Europe’s most important capitals and contains tourist sights of all styles and centuries which attract visitors from all over the world for city breaks.

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The city of a hundred spires

Anyone walking the streets of this historic city is sure to cross the Charles Bridge with its 14th – 15th century cobbled stones, under the watchful gaze of the Baroque statues of saints who populate it. Legend has it, that if a visitor to the city of Prague touches the statue of St John of Nepomuk, it is their destiny to return to the city - and after staying in one of our holiday apartments in Prague, you will want to return too! Whichever winding street you take on the right of the Vltava River, all the roads end up drawing you back to the square, where you will find the famous Astronomical Clock the figures of which move every hour; and the 'Church of our Lady before Tyn' with its dreaming spires. Wandering the streets of Prague and not coming across shops selling marionettes and Bohemian crystal is virtually impossible. Traditional stores and street stalls all sell souveniers typical of the city of Prague.

Attractions and culture in Prague

The Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century and was the home to the Holy Roman emperors and Kings of Bohemia. Inside the castle complex you will find St. Vitus’ Cathedral, which rises over the city in Gothic glamour. The Royal Gardens outside are also worth a stroll. Another must see sight in Prague is the Jewish Quarter, which you might know from the novels of Franz Kafka. The 'old ghetto' is one of the best preserved examples of Jewish architecture in Europe from the 19th century. But Prague is not only Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings; there is a side of the city that moves to a more cosmopolite and modern beat. The Dancing House, also known as the ‘Fred and Ginger’, is the most representative example of this modern art chitecture and it was designed by Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunic. The Zizkov Television Tower is also a very unconventional construction dating back to the communist-era but is not so popular among the locals. It features sculptures by David Cerný of babies crawling up and down its sides! You might see a lot of other sculptures of this controversial artist in many locations in Prague. At night, Prague becomes a young city full of energy with Stare Mesto and Nove Mesto as the chosen areas for the young to go out. If you wander along Dlouha Street it won’t take you long to come across the numerous pubs lining both sides of the street. When it comes to dining, some of the most typical dishes in Prague are “kuladja”, a creamy potato and mushroom soup usually served in a hollowed out bread roll, and “goulash”, a filling stew made from beef, onion, pepper and paprika. The perfect accompaniment to any meal in Prague is, of course, a perfectly poured Czech beer!