Old meets new in a cultured capital
Dvořák, Mozart, Einstein, Kafka, Havel – they all lived in Prague at some point, and with good reason. Sometimes called ‘The heart of Europe’ or the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’, Prague has Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture that’s as varied and inspiring as its history is eventful. Beyond the buildings, holidays in Prague spent exploring the cobblestone streets will turn up a wealth of historic sites, and contemporary innovation in culture and cuisine.
Small in size and cheap to travel around, Prague has a wealth of interesting districts. The beautiful Old Town is a great place to start, but check out some of the more up-and-coming areas, too – Prague 7, a district that includes the Holesovice quarter, is fast becoming known as a cultural and artistic hotspot, with trendy galleries, cinemas and more. Meanwhile, the former industrial districts of Smichov and Karlin are now home to chic restaurants and boho cafés. Zizkov remains famous for its bars and nightlife (with many attracted by the famously affordable Czech beer), but it has upped its game in recent years, with hip speakeasies replacing many ageing ‘herna’ (slot machine) bars. With a vibrant combination of old and new, and many stories to tell, holidays to Prague are an enticing prospect.
Prague Astronomical Clock