Insider Travel Guide to Prague
With Gothic churches, hilltop fortresses and an Old Town straight out of a fairytale, Prague is easily Central Europe’s most charming and photogenic city. Nicknamed the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague is an endless maze of beauty, history and culture, where imposing buildings, Baroque sculptures and playful public art jostle for attention. The medley of architectural styles on display reflects the Czech capital’s long history, with the 9th-century Prague Castle and the Gothic allure of St Vitus Cathedral throwing the colourful, Rococo Kinský Palace and the striking Deconstructivist Dancing House into sharp relief. The 16-arch Charles Bridge, which links Prague’s historic Old Town to the hilly Malá Strana neighbourhood across the River Vltava, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Another popular spot is Old Town Square, where crowds gather beneath the medieval astronomical clock to watch the hourly procession of the 12 Apostles.
Whether it’s the Baroque buildings, Bohemian art or world-class beer, there are plenty of reasons people are drawn to Prague. The warm summer months are the busiest time for the city, when the Naplavka Riverbank is lined with sunbathers watching the swans on the Vltava. Autumn brings gorgeous foliage to Prague’s many parks, and Christmas markets draw in crowds in December. You’ll find the cheapest time to visit is between January and March.