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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.


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.

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


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

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).

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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

Celebrating its 70th season, the Prague Spring international music festival (12 May-3 June) pulls together top orchestras and soloists from around the world for a series of concerts at various historic venues around the capital. The main stage will be the ornate Municipal House on Namesti Republiky. festival.cz

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

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