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Prague:  Riverside walks along the Vitana


A 10 mile taxi ride from the airport lies the Vitava river. 

It is broad and peaceful and following it slowly north on foot is a pleasant way to get off the beaten track. It's a bohemian style walk through actual Bohemia. You can take a bus back into the city or to the airport from Kralupy nad Vltavou. It makes the initial taxi ride somewhat longer, but crossing over to walk on the east side of the river will give you a quieter hike. You'll probably meet a few curious fishermen peacefully watching the world go by who are interested to chat with you. They won't be used to seeing tourists out here. And that is a good thing. 


Level of Difficulty: Medium.  


What to pack: Warm clothes (check the weather forecast!), hiking shoes, woolly hat, headtorch, raingear, sleeping bag, mat and bivvy bag. 


Best time to go: late spring / early summer.



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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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The city of a hundred spires awaits. Book your trip and you’ll be waltzing across Charles’ Bridge, and admiring the Astronomical Clock in no time. Sip a local Pilsner and tuck in to some well-made dumplingsThe easyJet experience doesn't have to end on the runway at Václav Havel Airport. So fly on over to easyJet holidays and choose your complete holiday package with one simple booking. easyJet holidays provides a wide range of great value holidays to Prague. Whatever your price range, from luxury to best value, you will find it with easyJet holidays’ Prague city breaks.

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The picturesque Prazsky Semmering rail route will take you on a panoramic tour through the lesser-known parts of the city, with views of the castle, river and valleys. Catch the train at the main station (Hlavni Nadrazi) and ride it to Zlicin, the last stop before the train leaves Prague.


A beloved winter-time tradition, the city's outdoor ice rink takes over Ovocny trh, the square behind the Estates Theatre in Old Town, through 31 January. Bundle up and enjoy skating along to your favourite pop tunes. The rink is open daily from 10am until 9:30pm. Skate rentals cost about €1.85/CZK 50.

Sightseeing


Signal Festival (12-15 October) turns many of Prague's most prominent monuments into large-scale light installations. This much-anticipated autumn festival uses intricate video mapping techniques and music to create magical optical illusions. The show gets underway at various spots throughout the city centre around 9pm. signalfestival.com


Dvorak Prague (3-23 September) celebrates the renowned Czech composer with a series of concerts performed by local and international symphony orchestras, soloists and quartets at various historic venues across the city, including the Rudolfinum (12 Alsovo nabrezi), St. Agnes Convent (17 U Milosrdnych) and St. Vitus Cathedral at Prague Castle. dvorakovapraha.cz


Prague's Letna Park (Letenske sady) will be taken over by contemporary circus and theatre performers between 17 August and 3 September for a series of unique shows filled with dazzling acrobatics, humour and drama. Most Letni Letna performances are kid-friendly. Check programme for age restrictions. Reservations advisable. www.letniletna.cz


The Bohemia Jazz Festival kicks off on Prague's Old Town Square 10-11 July before moving on to a number of surrounding cities, including Pilsen (12 July), Tabor (16 July) and Brno (17-18 July). These free open-air concerts feature musicians from across Europe. In addition to jazz, the lineup also includes blues, funk and world music. bohemiajazzfest.cz


Now in its 13th season, Prague Proms (from 21 June) pulls together a string of foreign and domestic talent for a month-long tribute to jazz and classical music. This year's lineup includes Danny Elfman, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Denise Donatelli and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. pragueproms.cz


The Prague Spring international music festival (8 May-2 June) brings together top orchestras and soloists from around the world for a series of concerts at various historic venues around the capital. festival.cz

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Now in its 21st season, Strings of Autumn (20 October-9 November) celebrates music talents from around the world. This year's 10-concert lineup, taking places at various venues across the city, includes famed pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, bassist Gavin Bryars and guitarist Ralph Towner. strunypodzimu.cz


It's wine season! The botanical gardens (134 Nadvorni) will host tastings and live music, while the Festival of the Grape will take place at Prague Castle on 16-17 September.


The seventh annual Prague Pride takes place 7-13 August. The programme includes numerous concerts, exhibitions, debates and parties at different venues around the city. Considered the biggest in Eastern Europe, the festival culminates with a parade through the city centre, followed by a concert at Letna Park on 12 August. www.praguepride.cz


A summer must is the promenade that runs between Palackeho namesti and the Vyton tram stop in New Town, known as 'Naplavka.' Many of the docked boats offer food and drinks, which you can enjoy sitting along the riverbank. The stretch also doubles as a lively farmer's market on Saturday mornings. farmarsketrziste.cz


Many of Prague's museums and galleries will be staying open late and waiving their entrance fees on 10 June. The city's popular museum night, running from 7pm to 1am, always attracts a big crowd. Highlights include the National Technical Museum and the Jewish Museum. prazskamuzejninoc.cz


Considered the Czech version of Oktoberfest, the Prague Beer Festival (11-27 May) will have more than 150 different kinds of lagers and ales on tap from the country's top breweries. The event will take place on the Lenta plain in the city's seventh district, a popular spot for sunbathers, cyclists and skateboarders. ceskypivnifestival.cz

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