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The world’s best beers, a skyline that makes Paris jealous and history to rival anywhere in Europe, it’s no wonder tourists are choosing Prague as one of their favourite city break destinations. 

 

Prague has become a byword for the ultimate city break, and it’s not surprising as it really is one of Europe’s most awe-inspiring cities. Tourists flock here in their droves to experience its fairytale splendour of medieval castles, Gothic cathedrals, winding cobblestone streets and a skyline heavy with church spires.

And with a range of architectural styles from the last 900 years, it’s no wonder this place is a World Heritage Site. Oh, and it’s also the birthplace of Budweiser, so expect plenty of places to stop off for a pint or three as you go about your travels. Seems like this city has the best of both worlds.
 
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Shopping


Explore the city's bustling culinary scene with a unique Taste of Prague tour. Groups of four are treated to multiple tastings that showcase current food trends as well as insider tips on shopping and other cultural must-sees. The organisers also offer private Moravian wine tours. tasteofprague.com


Running throughout the month, the sixth edition of the Grand Restaurant Festival is a great opportunity to enjoy the city's most exclusive dining spots at a huge discount. Participating chefs will be whipping up new experimental dishes as well as traditional recipes using locally grown ingredients. Reservations are required. grandrestaurantfestival.cz


A beloved winter tradition, Prague's popular outdoor ice rink opens on the square behind the Estates Theatre in the Old Town from 1 December till 31 January. Open daily from 10am until 10pm. Skate rentals cost just €1.80/CZK 50.


The city welcomes the grape harvest season with numerous wine festivals, or "vinobrani", throughout the month. One of the biggest is the Festival of the Grape, which will be held at Prague Castle on 20-21 September. New, partly fermented wine ("burcak") can be sampled in the royal gardens. praguewelcome.cz


Prague's top museums and galleries will be staying open late on 14 June. Despite long lines, the city's annual Museum Night (7pm-1am) is wildly popular, and admission is free. Favourites include the National Technical Museum and the Jewish Museum. Buses will shuttle visitors between venues. prazskamuzejninoc.cz


With more than 70 different kinds of the country's premier lagers on tap, lots of food and costumed waiting staff, the Czech Beer Festival (15-31 May) is essentially the Czech version of Oktoberfest. To accommodate growing demand, this year's festival will take place in two large tents on the Letna Plain. ceskypivnifestival.cz

Sightseeing


The One World film festival will hold screenings at various arthouse cinemas around Prague on 2-11 March. Considered one of the city's biggest cultural events of the year, the international human rights film festival features documentaries from around the world. Key events take place at Lucerna Cinema (61 Stepanska). oneworld.cz


Now in its 10th year, the Prague Short Film Festival, on 15-18 January, at the intimate Kino Svetozor just off Wenceslas Square, features work by both local and international film-makers. Most submissions are between 30 to 45 minutes long. Make sure to vote for your favourite. pragueshorts.com


Prague's Christmas markets kick off with the Old Town Square tree-lighting ceremony on 29 November at 5pm and run until 11 January. Sip mulled wine and snack on traditional Czech holiday pastries while browsing one-of-a-kind souvenirs at these dazzling seasonal markets scattered throughout the city's public squares.


Roughly 5,000 years of Chinese history is on display at Prague Castle's Imperial Stables. The exhibition, Treasures of Ancient China, features more than 90 pieces on loan from some of China's top museums, including two soldiers from the country's famed Terracotta Army. Until 9 November. kulturanahrade.cz


Tucked away on the Prague Exhibition Grounds, the Lapidarium exhibits some of the country's most important stone sculptures, many dating back to the 11th century. Original statues from Charles Bridge can also be found here. It's a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the effort (422 Vystaviste).


Amateur folklore troupes from around the world will hold a number of free performances on Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square and Namesti Republiky as part of the 8th annual Prague Folklore Days (24-27 July). praguefestival.cz/folklore

Key Areas


Find a one-of-a-kind souvenir at one of the speciality shops tucked inside the U Styblu passageway right off Wenceslas Square. Dressito, for instance, stocks colourful frocks, coats, bags and accessories, while CVRK displays crafts, jewellery and fashion from local designers (Vaclavske Namesti).


Prague's festive outdoor Easter markets (21 March - 12 April) are a fun way to usher in spring. Little wooden hut villages selling crafts, intricately painted Easter eggs and lots of sweet treats are set up across the city. Prime locations include Old Town Square, Namesti Miru and Wenceslas Square.


Prague's carnival celebrations, known locally as Masopust or "farewell to meat", are full of boisterous neighborhood parades, fancy masks and a whole lot of pork. Carnevale Praha will stage a series of Baroque-themed concerts and dances at the Clam-Gallas Palace from 6-17 February, including a lavish costume ball on 14 February. carnevale.cz


A relatively new addition to Prague's most obscure and wacky attractions, the Museum of Historical Chamber Pots and Toilets claims to have the most extensive collection of potties in the world. There are more than 2,000 items on display here, from a chamber pot built for Napoleon to ones used on the Titanic (12 Vyšehradská, muzeumnocniku.cz).


A number of special holiday gift fairs will be held throughout the month, including Design Supermarket (11-14 December), which will feature work from more than 70 local artisans and designers. Pick from handcrafts, ceramics, clothes, jewellery and other knick-knacks on display at Dum U Minuty on Old Town Square. designsupermarket.cz


Dozens of Czech designers will be showcasing their wares during a special holiday edition of the Holesovice Fashion Market, taking place on 28-30 November in Halls 13 and 14 at the Prague Market (Prazska Trznice). Pick from handmade jewellery, shoulder bags, dresses and other unique fashion accessories and decorations (Bubenské Náb?eží, novetrhy.cz).

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