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Prague City Guide

Prague boasts a history of over 1000 years and it's plain to see it in the incredible architecture and culture all around the city. This town, with its medieval appearance, is known for its beautiful building, with grand castles, majestic churches and picturesque bridges: the Czech capital, a city that seems to come straight out of a fairy tale.

Prague was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, a federation that counted former German principalities and Austria as part of its sphere of influence, and later, of Czechoslovakia. After occupation during World War Two, the country fell under the Communist sphere of influence until liberation in 1989. A split from Slovakia led to the creation of The Czech Republic as we know it today. Prague is both the capital of the Czech Republic and of the Bohemia region, and has 1.3 million inhabitants. Many of Prague’s inhabitants barely speak English, but most guides do so.

If you've spent a few hours in Prague, you can admire almost all major architectural styles: Renaissance, Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Modernism. Three of these styles even come together in one building: Our Lady of Tyn (Týnský Chrám). The most famous modern building of the town is the Dancing House (Tančící Dum).

Make sure you pay a visit to the beautiful Charles Bridge (Karlův Most), an attraction in and of itself, as well as the best point to access both sides of the Vltava. The Vltava River separates the historic Old Town (Stare Mesto) from the Lesser (Lesser Town), where the gigantic complex of the Prague Castle (Pražský Hrad) is located.

Take a trip to Vysehrad Castle to stroll through the lovely gardens and historic fortifications that overlook Prague. The ornate Jewish cemetery is well worth a visit too, as is the exhibition about life in the Middle Ages in the Powder Tower (Prašná Brana).

Prague is pleasantly warm in summer. While it may be cold in winter, the town offers a picturesque sight when it snows. Whatever the weather is, it's always the perfect time to try out the delicious local delicacies and affordable Czech beer.

Take in the view of the spires of the majestic churches that populate the city, such as St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta). Or, even better, climb one of the many yourself and discover why Prague the "City of a Hundred Spires". The medieval walls, the terracotta roofs and chimneys; this historical Central European city really does have a fairytale appearance. And when combined with adding the many art treasures and the nightlife, it is not hard to understand why Prague is such a popular travel destination.

Guide to Exploring Prague

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Grandior Hotel Prague

Grandior Hotel Prague

Na Porici 42, Prague
of 5, from 1,539 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Fortuna West

Hotel Fortuna West

Mrkvickova 2, Prague
of 5, from 118 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Repy, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Battle of White Mountain and within 6 mi (10 km) of Prague Castle and Old Town Square. Strahov Monastery and Prague National Theatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Hotel Astra

Hotel Astra

Mukarovská 1740/22, Prague
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 10, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Eden Arena and within 6 mi (10 km) of Prague State Opera and Czech National Museum. O2 Arena and Mucha Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
of 5, from 824 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Opened in 2006, this modern design hotel is located in the center of Prague, just a block from Wenceslas Square and 100 meters from the State Opera.

Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

Zlatnicka 3, Prague
of 5, from 171 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Republic Square and Palladium Shopping Centre. Municipal House Hall and Hybernia Theatre are also within 10 minutes.

Grand Majestic Plaza

Grand Majestic Plaza

Truhlarska 16, Prague
of 5, from 1,931 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Mucha Museum are also within 15 minutes.

Hotel Louis Leger

Hotel Louis Leger

Legerova 9, Prague
of 5, from 145 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Nove Mesto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Peace Square, Czech National Museum, and Prague State Opera. Wenceslas Square and Prague Congress Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Hotel Kings Court

Hotel Kings Court

U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
of 5, from 1,676 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Municipal House Hall, Republic Square, and Hybernia Theatre. Palladium Shopping Centre and Powder Tower are also within 5 minutes.

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