Staronová Synagoga is one of the oldest synagogues in Europe. This is where Rabbi Löw, who created Golem — the clay figure which was to protect Prague’s Jewish population from persecution — preached. It has been an important centre for Czech Jews for centuries.
This iconic bridge was built in 1357 under the guidance of Charles IV, and up to the 19th century it remained the only bridge connecting both sides of Prague. Take a stroll over the bridge and learn the names of the 30 saints whose statues stand sentinel there.
This handsome, functional building from the 1920's is where trade fairs used to be held until 1951. Later, it served as headquarters for foreign trade companies. Today, it houses the National Gallery collections of modern, international and Czech art.
The whole of Prague Castle, the area which lies on a hill overlooking the city, is a must for any visitor. The castle’s history goes back to the 11th century, and it is believed to be Europe’s largest castle. The Gothic St.Vitus’ Cathedral, which took more than 600 years to build, is most significant and impressive.
Many people imagine the Czech Republic to be a prominent beer producer - and rightly so. If there is one place where you should take the opportunity to sample some of the best beer in the world, it's here. There is a wide selection of pubs where you can begin your tasting.
This clock has been ticking since 1490 on the wall of the Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square. Every hour between 8 am and 8 pm, visitors can see the Apostles (small wooden figures) appear from the clock. At closer glance, one can see mystical zodiac signs on the clock´s face.
There are many places to go to for a drink in Prague, and the casinos are always a good choice. Palais Savarin is highly recommended even if you do not gamble since the interior is simply amazing. If you are a fan of James Bond, then head to Banco Casino, as it is one of the casinos which appear in the movie Casino Royale. Palais Savarin:
The Czech are known admirers of classical music, which is easily apparent through multiple concerts hosted regularly at different venues across the city. Rudolfinum offers beautiful music in an amazing setting. See what is on while you are in town, and catch a fascinating performance if time permits.
This Art Nouveau palace was erected after the right-wing revolution, which, during the second half of the 19th century, came to transform Prague into a modern capitalist city. Before the inauguration in 1911, all of the Czech artistic elite of the time helped create what is today one of Europe’s finest Art Nouveau monuments. The building was renovated from 1994-97 and houses a gallery, a beer cellar, and a bar.
Of all Prague’s old, traditional cafés, Slavia is the most well-known. This is where members of the Czech avant-garde would sit in the early 1900's, and, during the Communist era, dissidents used to gather here, the secret police spying from only a couple of tables away. The view towards Prague Castle is simply stunning, but if you get tired of it, you can always look at the fine painting "The Absinthe Drinker."
This bagel chain is located in different spots around town, however, this is the the original store. Bohemia Bagel is American-inspired, so even if you are not in the mood for a bagel you will also have options such as blueberry pancakes, cheeseburgers and Philly cheese steak which is a must-try.
The night club, restaurant, and cocktail bar known as Radost (joy) FX, flies in internationally famous DJs from around the world, and wins prizes for its delicious drinks. The club was chosen, by the British Ministry, as one of the world’s best. Don’t miss the vegetarian restaurant, which is open late every night.
Palác Akropolis is a Prague institution in Žižkov, the part of town known as Prague’s Bronx. The brightly coloured building was erected in the 1920's as a cultural meeting place. It houses a restaurant on the ground floor, and a stage in the basement. Excellent live music venue for alternative and world music.
Baráčnická Rychta is a cosy Czech beer hall with a history going back to the 1800's, when it served as a meeting place for people who wanted to revive ancient Czech traditions. Today, on a stage below the pub, you can see everything from Czech folk music to Ukrainian punk bands.
You have probably heard of Absinth, the notoriously strong liquor. At this Absintherie you can try many different varieties of the drink, as well as various products containing it. Choose between everything from Absinth ice creams and slushies to real cocktails and special beers.
Prague’s main shopping areas are situated in New Town: on Václavské námesti (Wenceslas Square), and, immediately below, on the pedestrian mall Na Příkopě. There are large individual shops and chain stores such as H&M, Zara, and Marks & Spencers, as well as several large department stores.
At the Palladium Shopping Center you can find a wide range of shops spread over five floors. You will most probably find what you are searching for, whether it be toys or clothes, among the 180 shops here. You can also take a break at one of the restaurants or cafés.
Shopping Centre Letňany is the biggest shopping centre in Prague, and the biggest shopping centre in the whole of Czech Rebublic at that. This place has most things you would expect from a large shopping complex, such as stores, entertainment, and even indoor tennis courts and an ice skating rink.
Prague is appealing in any season and has lots to offer throughout the year. The city is at its busiest during the summer months of July and August. Late spring and early fall are a little less crowded, whereas the slowest times are during the cold months of November, January, February, and March, so if you don't mind the cold and prefer fewer tourists, this would be a good time for you to travel to Prague. If you are thinking of coming to Prague in early spring, try to schedule your trip around Easter when Prague is decorated and Easter markets are open.
Ruzyne Airport is located 20 kilometres to the northwest of the city centre. There are minibuses with shared fares. They take you to Metro A Station Dejvická and to Metro B station Námešti Republiky in Central Prague. The cheapest solution is to go by bus. Number 119 will drop you at the Metro A station Dejvická, and bus number 100 at Metro B station Zličín (change to Metro B to get to the city centre). You can buy a transfer ticket, valid for 75 minutes, in the flight terminal or at the ticket vending machine at the bus stop. The bus runs between 4 am and midnight. The Airport Express runs via Terminal North 1 – Terminal North 2 – Nádraží Holešovice Metro and train station (change to metro line C to get to the city centre).
The underground, buses and railway operate daily from 4 am to 12.15 am (night service every 30 minutes). Tickets can be purchased in tobacco shops and ticket vending machines and are valid for 1 hour. You can choose to get an e-ticket or receive it as a text message. For more information, see: