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Prague | Czech Republic

The Czech capital of Prague is a winning combination of Bohemian history, artistic charm and some of the world’s best beer. A city ripe for urban adventure, from across the bridges of the Vltava River and Prague’s commanding castle, to a meander through cobbled streets and medieval squares. Unlike other European counterparts, Prague’s historical buildings survived WWII relatively intact, making it a unique place to explore the legacy of centuries. There's the oldest astronomical clock in the world watching over the city's Old Town Square, and for some local tourism with a twist, why not explore a nuclear bunker or stop off in a cajovna (tea shop) for tea?

Must-Sees

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Petrin Hill and Castle District

Petrin Hill and the Castle District are a must. Petrin Hill is accessible by funicular, which has been in operation since 1891 and also boasts the Prague version of the Eiffel Tower. The castle towers over the Vltava River and is the ideal vantage point for views across the skyline of this 'city of a hundred spires'.
View of Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Square and Charles Bridge

Beat the crowds and enjoy early morning views with a peaceful stroll across the Old Town Square to the Charles Bridge. The Charles Bridge is the oldest to cross the Vltava River, dating back to 1357. The Old Town Square also has medieval origins and was once Prague's central marketplace. Today it remains the city's historic heart.
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Chateau Jemniste

Enjoy a day out at Chateau Jemniste where descendants of the Czech Republic’s oldest aristocratic family welcome you to their 18th-century Baroque home, not far from Prague. Explore the estate on a private guided tour, and enjoy lunch before watching as birds of prey free-fly during a falconry display.

Local Recommendations

When it comes to local knowledge there's no one better to show you the way than our on-the-ground team. Read on to find out their favourite dining venues, places of interest, customs and secrets that draw them to these European cities.

Meet Local Expert – Nick Durston

You are in expert hands if you travel with Nick or his wife Simona, both experienced APT Tour Directors living in Prague. Relaxing on a boat on the Vltava river and attending the regular classical concerts are both local favourites according to Nick: "Music is very dear to the hearts of the Czechs, hence the Czech saying 'So Czech so musician'," he says. He shares with us some Prague highlights, as well as cultural, dining or everyday experiences you'll only come across if you know the ins and outs of this city.

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General Information

Country: Czech Republic

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

International Dialling Code: +420

Local Time: GMT +1

Note: Travel as we know it has changed in 2021. We're working to ensure all information is accurate but please check before heading out.

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Population: Prague's population is approximately 1.3 million. The Czech Republic's population is estimated to be 10.7 million.
View Travel Tips

Language: Czech

Useful phrases: Dobry den (hello); Dekuji (thank you); Na shledanou (good bye); Dobre rano (good morning); Dobry vecer (good evening)

Czech cuisine: "The national dish is duck, red cabbage and dumplings but guests might want to try the pork knuckle if they have an appetite."

Fascinating fact: "Prague was the centre of the Holy Roman Empire (and hence Europe) in the 14th century with Charles IV and Rudolph 2nd both being Holy Roman Emperors."

Seasonal Prague markets:

  • "Easter markets (interesting pagan traditions)
  • St Wenceslas markets (second half of September)
  • Christmas markets ( beginning to end of December)." 
  • (Words by Nick Durston) 

    You might also like to try a chimney cake, which is a donut-shaped cone filled with Nutella or ice cream, from one of the many food carts surrounding the Old Town streets.