Prague Short Break, A City Break with a Difference
Posted on 12th December 2018 at 16:59
Prague is a beautiful historic city, full to the brim of things to see, do and explore. It’s a great city break option – any time of year. Plus it is easy too! Only a two hour flight from the UK and regular flights out of our regional airport, Bristol, it’s a very accessible city.
Getting There & Where To Stay
If you can, Prague is best to visit mid-week, in part because Prague can get very busy over the weekend. EasyJet flies from Bristol to Prague several times a week and every day during busy periods such as December. Prague is a compact city, and the city airport is only half an hour away by car. The best place to stay would be right in the old town, with their being a range of high end and budget style properties. This is so you are in the heart of Prague, close to all the main landmarks and attractions without having to travel to far in. If you are looking to save a few pennies, staying outside of the main city would offer good value accommodation and the tram links would get you into the city very easily.
Being in eastern Europe, Prague is a cheaper destination to visit when compared to places such as Spain or Italy. The currency is known as Czech koruna or Czech crown, but some places also accept euro. For easy conversion £1 is equal to about 30czk (at time of publication). The Czech Republic is one of the safest countries in the world, ranking 7th on the global peace index. Prague is a busy, touristy city but crime rates are relatively low except for the usual pick-pocketing. It is always wise to be safety conscious and alert whenever visiting somewhere new, but Prague did feel very safe to walk around at night compared to other European cities I have visited.
What To Do
Old Town The centre of Prague is split into two; old town and new town (also known as ‘lesser town’ or Mala Strana). In the old town, you have notable landmarks such as the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Old Town Hall and The Astronomical Clock. There are also plenty of cobbled side streets to get lost in, full of souvenir shops, pubs and restaurants. The Valletta river separates the old town and new and you can cross the infamous Charles Bridge, the most photographed in the world, to reach either side. The Charles Bridge is pedestrianised and gets very busy – so getting up early to beat the crowds is a must if you want to get that perfect photo op! New Town The new town has a lot more going on, with landmarks including St Nicholas Church, St Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle, The Jewish Quarter and The John Lennon Wall. Views of Prague Prague skyline is one of the most beautiful in Europe and there are plenty of places that offer quite the view. In the old town, there is The Old Town Hall Tower which gives you a lookout over the old town square (highly recommend this!) and there is also The Old Town Bridge Tower located on the old town side of Charles Bridge. Here, you can get views of the new town, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Over in the new town, there are a few good viewing points including Lesser Town Bridge Tower (the other side of Charles Bridge looking out over to old town), St Vitus Cathedral viewing platform (be warned it is a steep climb of nearly 300 steps!), Petrin Hill and also Letna Park.
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