Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, and an excellent city for weekend breaks dancing till dawn, taking walking tours of the ornate Baroque and Gothic architecture, and visiting many of Prague’s best bars. From the astronomical clock in the medieval Wenceslas Square, to the entrance of the Charles Bridge, Prague is a treat for the eyes. The best time to go to Prague is usually April-May, and September-October. The weather in Prague is around 22°C during this time, but soars during summer, and drops as low as -5°C in winter.
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Best things to do in Prague
Weekend breaks in Prague always begin in Stare Mesto, Malastrana and Nove Mesto. This is the centre of Prague, where you can walk to the 600-year-old clock tower in the Old Town centre, the Charles Bridge, and perhaps most importantly, Prague Castle. From here, walk over to Josefov and the Jewish Quarter: full of glittering shop fronts, the Jewish Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue. There are Gothic Churches all over Prague, but the most impressive are the Church of our Lady Before Tyn or the Church of our Lady Victorious. Entry to these is free. Vinohrady, behind Stare Mesto, is a great place to cycle in Prague due to the green parks and outdoor bars, and the Petrinska Tower is a great hike when it’s not too hot. Shoppers are in for a treat in Prague, as there are high-end stores in the centre, but if you venture outside the centre you’ll find one-of-a-kind boutiques and Czech designers.
Check these great things to do on a city break in Prague.
Nightlife in Prague
Prague is one of the best cities in Europe for partying, not least for their vast selection of beers, hipster nightclubs and cheap drinks. Pilsner is the most common beverage in Prague, with pints rarely costing more than €2. Be wary though: in many of Prague’s nightclubs the local tipple is Absinthe, an 80% alcohol spirit. You can have a really fun city break here, whether you’re after buzzing nightclubs or cosy Czech pubs. Karlovy Lazne is one of the biggest clubs in Europe (near the Charles Bridge, in Stare Mesto), whereas if you go down to Žižkov (located behind the train station) you’ll have your pick of Prague’s best beer gardens. This is said to be one of the neighbourhoods in Europe with the highest number of pubs per capita – take a look in our guide to the best places to go out in Prague at night.
Tips for a weekend in Prague
Where to stay in Prague
Stare Mesto, Nove Mesto and Malastrana are the most central places to stay in Prague, and there are plenty of hotels and hostels here for weekend breaks. If you’re looking for a cheap place to stay in Prague, look for hotels in Vinohrady, Vrsovice or Zizkov. These neighbourhoods are just as beautiful and have plenty of small restaurants and bars, but you’ll be away from the crowds. Zizkov is a good place to stay in Prague if you’re here for the nightlife, as it’s student central. Letna is an affordable place to stay in Prague across the river from Stare Mesto.
How to get around in Prague
You can get around most of the city by foot, but it’s easy to rent a bike in the centre. Trams are the most common form of transport in Prague. Taxis and Ubers in Prague are also widely available.
This information is correct as of February 2017.