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Visitors to Prague can expect a large programme of events all year round. From the International Spring music festival, to seasonal specialized markets. Opera events run year round, and further afield in the Czech Republic, film festivals and renaissance fairs.

Prague holds a magical allure to any adventurous explorer, and has something to offer for almost anyone. If you’re stuck for ideas of what to do or what to see in Prague, consider some of the most essential points of interest below.

Ghost walk tours are given in several languages, including English, daily in the Old town square. The website has more information.

The Old town square itself hosts regular events from seasonal markets, concert events to Christmas fairs and an impressive firework display with live music on New Year’s Eve. Both Tyn church and the Astronomical clock tower over the square and are worth visiting.

Karlův most (Charles’ Bridge) itself is unmissable, a leisurely walk across can offer impromptu street performances, artists and caricature painting, as well as traditional Czech dolls and goods for sale. There’s a great view of the river and the Castle above.

Prague castle is an amazing place to explore. A guided tour of Golden Lane is on offer for a small ticket price. St Vitus Cathedral sits in the centre, its famous spires can be seen from several miles away on a clear day.

The Vltava river separates Mala Strana and Stare Mesto. Mala Strana offers many wine bars and park areas, whereas Stare Mesto has plenty more restaurants, bars and museums. There are many cafes and wine bars along the river front making for a refreshingly relaxed stroll along the waterfront.

Alternatively river cruises are available, tickets can be purchased from the many docking bays for around 500kc (€9) a person, more if you book a dinner cruise. Though some do include a complimentary glass of wine. The best time to opt for this is shortly before sunset in spring or summer. Visit to find out more.
Literature fans of novelist Franz Kafka may be interested to know of Kafka cafe located at Široká 12 nearby to his childhood home in the Old town square. The Kafka museum is across Charles Bridge in Mala Strana at Cihelná 2b, visible from the bridge. The museum is open 10am to 6pm and offers an interesting story of his life experiences and romantic interests in Prague.

Wenceslas Square is perhaps the most well known street in Prague because of its statue of Saint Wenceslas at the top end of the square, just in front of the National Museum. There are numerous shops for all your book, fashion or tech gadget desires, as well as several bars and restaurants. Nearby metro stations Mustek or Muzeum will take you to large shopping malls such as Andel, Palace Flora and Palladium.

Palace Lucerna is home to wondrous shops, cafes, clubs and an art gallery, hidden from the main street. Any visit to Prague is not complete without exploring the many halls of this shopping complex. Within you can find Lucerna art gallery, exhibiting work by the famous David ČernĂ˝. Nearby on Vodickova you can visit Hajek for the best ice cream in Prague.
Accommodation in Prague ranges from cheap hostels around town, to luxurious hotels on Wenceslas Square. Dlouhá Hostel offer private rooms and shared dorms from 270czk (€11) and are just a short walk from the Old Town at Dlouhá 33. Luxury at the Corinithia Hotel on Wenceslas Square starts from around. €110 a night. Many places include wifi internet in the rooms.
Karlovy Vary is home to the International film festival each August, with a large programme of films from new and experienced directors. There is a large Russian community settled in Karlovy Vary which gives a comforting feel of little St Petersburg.

The famous springs are here too, many tourists come just to drink the mineral water from the spring, its warm and slightly salty but said to be very healthy. A popular place to visit also is Manes Spa for relaxing treatments.

Kutna Hora is another favoured destination with an impressive Bone Church Museum which is definitely a must see stop during your visit. Karlstejn is a small town south of Prague just a few Kilometres down the river Vltava. It is the site of historic Karlstejn castle. Guided tours are available every 2 hours during the week, in several languages. The town itself, and the castle is closed on Monday.

Cesky Krumlov offers many outdoor festivals throughout the year, summer is the best time to visit and possibly catch the medieval exhibitions and tournaments, in full swing during July. The castle itself is worth a visit with its extensive gardens, a few hours wandering and you’ll be surprised how quickly the time vanishes.

The Czech Republic is an intriguing cultural country and well worth visiting...
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