Travel to Prague for a City Break

Oddly, Prague has retained its position as a top stag and hen destination in Europe despite the steep price rises recent years have brought to the country. However the party atmosphere of Prague is only a tiny fraction of the many sites and delights the city has to offer. With that in mind we’ve put together a few of the highlights for your enjoyment here which will no doubt make you anxious to get going. Flights to Prague run from as little as £30 each way so grab some money and some single trip travel insurance and get going.

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Where to start in Prague is a tricky one as there’s just so much to do. However, probably the first thing you’ll want to see is Charles Bridge — perhaps Prague’s most famous monument. The bridge spans the river Vltava and was started in 1357. Its key features though are the lines of statues put up during the Counter Reformation as propaganda. The statues are plentiful and impressive though we personally prefer the view across the river to the castle.

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Prague castle itself towers above most of the city and is an incredible place to visit. The area is called Hradcany and has a concentrated mix of the best monuments the city can offer. The best way to get there is to walk through the winding cobbled streets as you get great views and there’s something imposing about the looming castle rising above you. The castle complex needs a full days visit and you should start with the incredible St Vitus Cathedral. The spires and gargoyles are magnificent in the early sun and the inside has some beautiful ornate stained glass windows and gorgeous curved arches. Inside you will find the Chapel of sv Vaclav with its incredibly over the top decorations making it look more like a treasure chest than a chapel.

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From St Vitus head around the corner to the Imperial Mausoleum with its impressive murals. Next up is the old royal palace which is a series  of apartments and grand halls that whilst not as impressive as the  cathedral and mausoleum are nonetheless well worth a visit. Finally in the castle complex you can head to the Basilica of St George — which is unassuming from the outside but an exquisite example of Romanesque beauty on the inside. There’s plenty more to see here and it’s well worth a full day but once your done you can stroll out across powder bridge and take a leisurely stroll through the parks back to the city.

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On your next day it’s time for the infamous Staromestske Namesti which is the most impressive square in all of Prague. The highlight has to be the astronomical clock with its incredibly kitsch figures that come out on the hour. The square is gorgeous but once you’ve admired the clock alongside all the other tourists it’s time to duck into some of the alleyways and go exploring. There are mazes upon mazes of quiet back streets here so just let your feet do the wandering.

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Once you’ve wandered for a while it’s time to head to the Jewish cemetery in what used to be the cities slums. The cemetery has two real points of interest. Firstly the holocaust memorial is a truly sobering experience with name after name lined on marble slabs. However the graveyard outside is incredible as there are literally thousands of graves in a tiny amount of space. The headstones stack on each other and show just how many people were buried in this tiny plot of land.

We’ve still only scratched the surface of Prague but finally we have to recommend a more relaxed stroll around Petrin hill. This beautiful park sits astride a large hill so it offers stunning views out across Prague and in the summer is a buzz of activity and cafes.

 

About the author
Mike is a travel writer for sites such as TravelInsuranceWeb.com, covering worldwide destinations, budget travel and tips on how to find the right deal for your holiday.





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