Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide

Tripoto
12th Nov 2013
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Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi
Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi
Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi
Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi
Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi
Photo of Things to do in Prague: A City Lover's Guide by Ashmi

The City of a hundred Spires, Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of Europe's prettiest cities. Sitting astride the Vtava River, with its fairytale hilltop castle and soaring Gothic spires, Prague is one of Europe's most attractive historic settlements. A medieval trading center, Prague grew wealthy as the seat of the Holy Roman Empire and it retains one of the most complete ensembles of Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque architecture in Europe. 

Gawk at the City of Spires' medieval architecture, visit the numerous cathedrals and churches, gape at ornate palaces and the treasures within, glug beer by the liter at one of the breweries, gorge on Czech cuisine and boogie the night away in one of the city's hip and happening clubs. 

GETTING THERE: Lufthansa, Turkish airlines, KLM Royal Dutch, Emirates, Jet Airways, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Aeroflot and Qantas Airways fly to Prague from major Indian cities (return fares from Rs. 41,630). A shuttle runs to the town center (Prague-airport-shuttle. CZ; Rs, 1,010)

Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Dating back to the 9th century, it has the Gothic St Vitus Cathedral, the Vladislav Hall and the Renaissance Belvedere Summer Palace.
Photo of Prague Castle, Prague-Prague 1, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Originally built for trade exhibitions, the Veletržní Palace is home to the National Gallery's collection of 19th, 20th, and 21st century European and Czech art by artists like Klimt and Picasso.
Photo of Veletržní, Holešovice, Prague-Prague 7, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Letná Park is built on a plateau above the Vltava River. The benches of the Letná Beer Garden offer views of the Old Town and Mala Strana.
Photo of Letná, Prague-Prague 7, Czech Republic by Ashmi
The early 15th century Old Jewish Cemetery is Europe's oldest and has 100,000 graves beneath 12,000 toppling stones.
Photo of Old Jewish Cemetery, Široká, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
The suites and apartments of Castle Steps are sited in the Castle Steps. It sleeps two to eight people, and offers great value for the location. All the rooms are furnished with antiques and potted plants.
Photo of The Castle Steps, Nerudova, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
The Dahila Inn is in a nondescript building, but don't let that put you off. Its large rooms are decorated in lime green and fuchsia, and contemporary art. The owner is a wealth of information on restaurants and bars around town.
Photo of Hotel Dahlia Inn, Lípová, New Town, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe by Ashmi
You can't get closer to the river than at the newly renovated boat hotel, Botel Matylada. It has compact, wood-panelled cabins, executive t-screen TVs and an Italian restaurant on the top deck.
Photo of Botel Matylda, Masarykovo nábřeží, Prague 1, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Hotel U Zlaté Studně, once the home of Emperor Rudolf II, is one of the Old Town's secrets. The rooms are spacious, with reproduction period furniture.
Photo of Hotel U Zlaté Studně, U Zlaté studně, Malá Strana, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
The locals throng to Restaurace U Šumavy for traditional lunch specials. The Soth-Bohemia plate comes recommended. (Shoulder of pork, smoked neck of pore, potato dumplings, bread dumplings, cabbage and spinach)
Photo of Restaurace U Šumavy, Štěpánská, New Town, Prague-Prague 2, Czech Republic by Ashmi
If you need a sugar boost, head to the Cukrkávalimonáda Cafe, which translates to 'sugar, coffee, lemonade'.
Photo of Cukrkávalimonáda, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Hergetova cihelna has one of Prague's hottest riverside spots with a terrace offering views of the Charles Bridge and the Old Town. The menu features Italian and Czech dishes, and the wine list is one of Prague's most extensive.
Photo of Hergetova cihelna, Cihelná, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Kampa Prague is the pioneer of Prague's fine-dining scene, attracting celebs like Mick Jagger and Bill Clinton. It also has a candlelit table on the cobble stoned terrace.
Photo of Kampa Park, Na Kampě, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Traditional Bohemian flavors abound in La Degustation's menus-rabbit soup with pigeon dumplings.
Photo of La Degustation, Haštalská, Prague-Prague 1, Czech Republic by Ashmi
Finding Indian food isn't too difficult in Prague. Khajauraho is one of the many Indian restaurants here. The menu offers a range of cuisines from Kashmiri to South Indian, with vegetarians options, too, all served in an atmospheric setting complete with Persian rugs and Indian statues.
Photo of Khajuraho, Malé náměstí, Old Town, Prague, Czech Republic by Ashmi
The citywide chain of Loving Hut restaurants offers tasty vegan and vegetarian food in Praha. The menu includes spring rolls, sushi, several variations of tofu and other Asian dishes. There's a good value buffet from 11am-4pm.
Photo of Loving Hut, Londýnská, Vinohrady, Prague-Prague 2, Czech Republic by Ashmi
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