Cheap flights to Prague
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.
Hailed as one of the most significant cultural events of the summer, this year's edition of the Bohemia Jazz Festival features a number of jazz, blues, funk and world-music artists from across Central Europe. The festival takes over Prague's Old Town Square on 13-15 July for a series of free open-air concerts. bohemiajazzfest.cz
Many of Prague's museums and galleries will be staying open late on 13 June. The city's 12th annual museum night, running from 7pm to 1am, always attracts a big crowd. Highlights include the National Technical Museum and the Jewish Museum. Admission is free. prazskamuzejninoc.cz
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.
Prague's famous Christmas markets officially open with a tree-lighting ceremony on Old Town Square on 28 November at 5pm. Vendors sell wooden toys and ornaments as well as embroidered lace, Bohemian crystal, mulled wine and traditional Czech pastries. Most markets, scattered throughout the city's public squares, run through to 1 January.
The wildly popular Signal Festival (15 to 18 October) turns some of Prague's most prominent monuments into large scale light installations. Many of the displays use intricate video mapping techniques and music to create awe inspiring optical illusions. The festival gets underway at various points throughout the city centre around 9pm. For more information visit www.signalfestival.com.
Dvorak Prague (6-23 September) closes out the summer music festival season with classical musicians from around the world coming together to celebrate the work of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. Most performances will be staged in the main hall of the Rudolfinum or at the Covent of St Agnes in the Old Town. dvorakovapraha.cz
Circus performers and street artists from across Europe take over Letna Park from 16 August until 3 September for a series of unique, kid-friendly shows. A highlight of the summer season, Letni Letna also includes photo exhibitions and circus workshops. letniletna.cz
The Czech Republic is hosting this year's Ice Hockey World Championship. Matches will be held in Prague's O2 Arena and the CEZ Arena in Ostrava. The tournament opens on 1 May with Canada and Latvia and the US and Finland facing off against each other. The final match will take place on 17 May in Prague. iihfworlds2015.com
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
Considered one of the best secondhand stores in the city, the Prague Thrift Store (Sumavska 29) is well stocked with clothes, kitchenware, books, CDs, toys and jewellery, among other knickknacks. The inventory changes on a fairly regular basis, with a portion of all proceeds going to select non-profit organisations.
Strings of Autumn (5 October to 18 November) celebrates music talents from around the world with a series of concerts staged at various historic venues around the city, including the Spanish Hall at Prague Castle and the Czech Museum of Music. The nine concert lineup also includes a workshop for kids. For more information visit www.strunypodzimu.cz.
Fans of art and design, jewellery and fashion should be sure to check out Dyzajn market, where there are treasures galore to be found. You'll usually also find some great food stalls, decent music and a hip, arty crowd. dyzajnmarket.com.
The fifth annual Prague Pride takes place on 10-16 August. The programme includes numerous concerts, exhibitions, debates and parties at different venues around the city. One of the biggest of its kind in Europe, the festival culminates with a parade through the city centre, followed by a concert at Letna Park on 15 August. praguepride.cz
Prague Proms, now in its 11th year, stages various concerts at historic venues around the cities including the Municipal House on Namesti Republiky, home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. pragueproms.cz
Make sure to pop by the city's biggest seasonal farmers' market, Farmarskeho Trziste-Naplavka, which stretches along the river promenade near Palackeho Namesti on Saturday mornings. In addition to the usual variety of vegetables, pickled preserves and homemade breads, there are also plenty of bio coffee, local beer and wine stands to choose from. farmarsketrziste.cz