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This area is populated by about 1,200,000 locals.
Naturally, Charles Bridge will be high up on your list of sights to see while you are here.
Everyone in the family is sure to have a blast at the LunaPark and Miniature Museum. If that isn't enough to wear the kids out, why not make the trip to the Petrin Funicular Railway and Aquacentrum Sutka as well?
Our oceans are teeming with all kinds of wonderful marine life. At Sea World, you have the chance to observe some of these mysterious animals up close.
Take your kids to the Prague Zoo or the Terarium Praha and watch their eyes widen with wonder! They can get up close to some interesting animals and learn about the importance of taking care of the environment while they're at it.
If analysing combinations of hops and yeast is your idea of fun, then this destination more than has you covered. Try your skills out on the latest drop as you learn about the brewing techniques they use at the Staropramen Brewery. After that, when you're keen to trial another creation, head over to the Strahov Monastery Brewery.
Botany experts and novices alike will be glad to find out about this region's rich plant collections. For a blossom-filled day, start off with a leisurely walk around the winding pathways at the Prague Botanical Gardens. Once you've finished there, make your way to the Kinsky Garden, where the diversity of species alone will be sure to thrill you. If you'd like to see more, the floral exhibits at the Garden on the Ramparts and the Vojan Gardens are also rather pleasant.
There's no need to venture deep into the forest to take in a bit of greenery. The Royal Garden and Kampa Park are just two of the impressive grassy spots you'll discover amid this concrete jungle. Also think about spending a peaceful day roaming the grounds of Charles Square and Riegrovy Sady.
Remember to pay a visit to Prague Information Service or Tourist Information Centre Old Town Hall. The helpful staff will be able to give you advice and inspiration to get the most out of your time here.
Take the opportunity to gaze out across the calm, open water at Lake Hostivar.
In need of some downtime out in nature? Nourish your mind and soul as you experience the striking surrounds at Kunratice Forest.
If you're seeking to learn a new thing or two or even just escape a wet-weather day, Prague Castle and the Mucha Museum ought to be on your itinerary. Ask about group tours or study the displays in your own time. If you've got the time, also go to Vysehrad Castle and Old Jewish Cemetery.
Step inside a world of science discovery at Stefanik Observatory. Enquire about a tour or simply let the artefacts themselves do the talking. If you've ignited your inner science nerd, make Prague Planetarium your next stop. It's bound to keep your brain working.
With a number of intriguing art exhibitions to admire, you might need a small push in the right direction. We recommend picking up a strong coffee and spending some time at the Kinsky Palace or the Lobkowicz Palace. You should also enquire about what displays are being held at the Schwarzenberg Palace and the Sternberg Palace.
Take a step back through time and learn about the characters and events that have contributed to the growth of the Prague region at the Czech National Museum and the Jewish Ceremonial Hall. For an even deeper peek into the past, also think about visiting the Prague City Museum and the Podskalska Customs Office at Vyton.
To totally recognise the history of Prague, take time to visit the Charles University and the Astronomical Clock. If you have time up your sleeve, St. Vitus Cathedral and Karlstejn Castle should also be on your list.
Make sure you clear some time in your schedule to wander around Novotného lávka. This treasured crossing has stood tall above the water for years and years, adding some old world character to Prague.
Walk along the border walls and get to know the tumultuous history of Vysehrad National Cultural Monument, a fortress that was instrumental in the region's defence.
For a short glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous, pay a visit to Queen Anne's Summer Palace and Old Royal Palace. Clam-Gallas Palace and Cernin Palace are two more grand residences. Ask after a guided tour if you want to thoroughly explore them.
Troja Chateau appears as though it belongs in a children's folk tale. Visit it and consider what it would've been like to reside in this majestic fortification. Prague Castle Entrance Gate and Pruhonice castle - Institute of Botany are two others that are equally as impressive.
No matter your beliefs, you're sure to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere at Strahov Monastery and the Old-New Synagogue. If you want to explore more, keep going to Tyn Church and the Pinkas Synagogue.
You'll probably feel like there's nothing left to do after exploring Prague's popular tourist sights, but don't head off yet. There are still a few things which are worth a look. Why not spend some time at the Lucerna Palace and the Bobsleigh Track? The Cubist Lamp Post and the Proudy Sculpture are a few more places to put on your radar.
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Shoestring backpackers and other conserving travellers will find a room rate to suit their budget at the Alice Apartment House or the Abex Hostel. Theses accommodations are proof that great service doesn't have to come at an expensive price. Maybe you'd prefer to live like a king as the professional staff at the Four Seasons Hotel Prague tend to every desire? The Mandarin Oriental, Prague is one more popular choice for those who relish the finer things in life.
One of the best aspects of any visit to Prague is Charles Bridge. If you'd prefer to stay within easy walking distance of this renowned attraction, the Augustine, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Prague and the Golden Well Hotel are both worth checking out.
This ancient clock has been in operation since 1490 and never fails to bring in tourists and locals for its hourly show.
Some of Prague's most beautiful buildings cluster around this square, which offers everything from restaurants to bookstores.
Take a tour of Prague's majestic castle complex, which includes a cathedral, torture chamber and countless historical exhibits.
If you're travelling with your family, check out the Prague Zoo for an afternoon of outdoor entertainment.
Wander down the Charles Bridge at any time of day to watch people, look at the statues and listen to the street musicians.
Don't miss the KGB Museum, which offers a fascinating and educational look at the history of the secret police in Europe.
Wander among ancient tombstones at this tiny cemetery, which is the final resting place of over 100,000 people.
For a true Prague experience, have a meal at a local pub, where you can share tables with locals and enjoy local delicacies like cold mackerel.
Adults and children alike will enjoy the puppet shows around Prague, which are performed by master puppeteers.
In late April, join locals in the revelry of Witches Night, when bonfires light the outskirts of the city and parties abound.
Towering on a hilltop above the city is the Prague Castle. This 70,000-square-metre complex is said to be the largest castle in the world. Originally built in the 9th century by the Slavic Přemyslid Dynasty and renovated numerous times throughout its history, the castle boasts architectural styles including Bohemian baroque, Roman, and Gothic. It served as the residence of royalty for thousands of years and was the Nazi headquarters during Germany’s occupation of Prague and the centre of Czechoslovakia’s Communist Government, and is now the office of the President of the Czech Republic.
This impressive Gothic cathedral that lies inside the Prague Castle complex deserves mention of its own. Built in 925 by the Duke of Bohemia Wenceslas I, the cathedral, which consists of 21 chapels, became what it is today during the 14th century, under Roman rule. The most famous section is the St. Wenceslas Chapel, which is made up of over a thousand Bohemian gems, Gothic frescoes depicting biblical scenes and the life of St. Wenceslas, and the intricately decorated tomb of the saint himself.
It is hard to miss this neo-classical monument that dominates Wenceslas Square. But make sure not to miss the millions of historical treasures that are inside. The biggest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic, the National Museum houses an impressive permanent collection ranging from prehistoric artefacts, archaeological finds such as medieval weapons, and an exhibition on the history of theatre in Czechoslovakia.
Though there is great art spread through the city, the modern art works of Prague’s National Gallery at the Veletržní Palace are the ones to see. They include paintings and sculptures by Slovak and Czech artists, as well as works by Van Gough, Picasso, Klimt, Renoir and Rodin, among others. There is also Chinese and Japanese art and even some Andy Warhols, so be sure to take an afternoon to enjoy it all.
Prague has an extensive tram and subway network, but going on foot allows you to explore the city's many hidden pathways and secluded side streets.
Prague residents are proud of their beer, and you can spend a pleasant afternoon or evening sampling the beers on offer at a local pub.
Check out some of Prague's most cutting-edge modern art at this art centre, which offers rotating exhibits.
Sample a new type of performing art at the stunning National Theatre, which offers tickets for all price ranges.
If you're visiting Prague in November or December, don't miss the city's many Christmas markets. Buy a glass of hot mulled wine to stay warm.
The best time to visit Prague is during the spring and fall, when most days reach 15Â°C or higher and the streets are less crowded. The high season is from late May to early September. During the summer, days can be hot, with temperatures topping out at 22Â°C. The summer months draw the largest crowds, and the city hosts events like the United Islands of Prague festival and the Tanec Praha dance festival. If you don't mind about temperatures dropping to 0Â°C, the winter is a beautiful time to visit Pragueâ€”the falling snow and Christmas markets create a magical atmosphere.
Traverse cobblestone streets and marvel at the Gothic, baroque and Romanesque buildings in Prague’s charming Old Town. Dating back to the second century, this area once served as the central marketplace of the city. Spend some time in one of Old Town’s many cafes and make sure to have a look at the 15th century Astronomical Clock in the square, which shows the position of the earth in relation to the sun and moon.
The wide range of species and their spacious habitats spread over 100 acres have earned Prague zoo recognition as one of the world’s best. It boasts more than 630 species from around the world, including penguins, polar bears, wolves, gorillas and Andean vultures.
For spectacular views and an escape from the city, get up to Petrin Hill and check out the Petrin Lookout Tower. The tower appears to be a smaller version of the Eiffel Tower, and visitors can either climb the 300 steps to its top or ride a lift. Those who are looking for more of a challenge can hike up Petrin Hill, which takes about half an hour, while others can catch the Petrin funicular to the top. While there, check out the 14th-century Hunger Wall, a monastery, and a mirror maze at the base of the tower.
On any given night of the week in Prague you can enjoy an excellent opera, ballet, classical music or theatrical performances. The Prague State Opera boasts classics such as La Bohème or Madame Butterfly, while the acclaimed National Theatre features a wide array of ballets, operas, and dramas all year round. For classical concerts, head to the Smetana Hall of Municipal House or St. Nicholas Church, or catch the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra or the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
For a fast and inexpensive way to reach downtown from Prague Ruzyně Airport take bus number 119, which leaves every 7 to 20 minutes from outside the terminal and goes to Dejvická metro station on line A. From Dejvická you can reach all major downtown neighbourhoods. Alternatively line 100, running every 15 minutes, will take you to Zličín metro station on line B. From Zličín you can get to Charles and Wenceslas Squares.
For travelling outside of the city centre take one of Prague’s buses, which run from 4.30 in the morning until midnight.
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