Prague, the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic has grown to become one of Europe's most loved destinations for people of all ages. It's history, architecture and sights entice tourists from all over the world. The city's picturesque'old town'was untouched during World War II and has been beautifully preserved since. The whole centre is UNESCO World Heritage listed and boasts some of the most beautiful architecture in Europe. The modern, surrounding districts also have plenty to offer with a healthy cafe culture, a great dance scene and some wonderful parks, museums and galleries.
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Prague isn't only famous for its history and architecture; beer in the city is renowned as the worlds best and can be found in many bars and pubs throughout the city. Check out the the Prague Beer Museum
Here are some travel tips from our in-house experts to help you make the most of your trip:
- The city is full of places to see and things to do but these are our top picks: Prague Castle Gardens, Infant Jesus in Mala Strana, Letna Gardens, Kampa Island and Prague Zoo is perfect for a family day out.
- Tipping etiquette in Prague is generally to give 10% of the total bill but only if the service deserves it.
- If it's a great night out you're looking for, we suggest you go to the Duplex Club for a dinner and dance experience. And if you want to party Czech style be sure to visit Sasazu!
- To experience the best food that Prague has to offer visit the capital in May during the Prague Food festival!
- If you're planning a visit to Prague Castle, make sure you travel by cable cart (also known as Funiculars) to the top of Petrin Hill and take a wander along one of the many trails. The castle is the largest in the world so definitely deserves a visit!
- Make the most of you time at the top of Petrin Hill and climb the Prague'Eiffel Tower'for a breathtaking view of the city, visit the Stefanik Observatory and take a walk in the beautiful Rose Gardens.
- If it's shopping you're looking for, make sure you visit the Palladium shopping mall or the Smichov shopping mall. If you're looking for some unique Christmas gifts, be sure to visit the city from the 1st December when the Christmas markets open. The main markets are held in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square with smaller ones held in Republic Square and Havel's market.
- Remember, although the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union they do not use the Euro so make sure you pick up some Czech Koruna before you go.
Thanks to Renato Julie and Jan at Expedia for there great photos of Prague!