Capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a mysterious, romantic city that is truly larger-than-life. With a history dating back to the 9th century, Prague features outstanding architecture that spans thousands of years, including Renaissance, Gothic, Romanesque, Rococo Art Nouveau and Cubist.
Because there is no other place quite like it, it is an ideal holiday destination for groups. Below are some activities and attractions that belong on every traveller’s must see list, as well as the most popular hotels:
What to See and Do
Old Town Quarter
Old Town Prague is a remarkable collection of shops, restaurants, Cubist houses and exhibition halls. Numerous vendors, sausage stands and seasonal markets thrive in the square. The area is also home to several Gothic towers and Prague’s renowned Astronomical Clock. If your group plans to dedicate a day to shopping and sightseeing, the Square should be top on your list.
No visit to Prague is complete without a leisurely walk across the Charles Bridge. Straddling the Vltava River and adorned with several ornate statues, the bridge was known as the lifeline of Prague for thousands of years. Tourists, monarchs and armies have all marched across Charles Bridge, which was named after the country’s famous Bohemian emperor, Charles IV. Its two towers offer terrific photo opportunities and adjacent to the bridge is a historical Museum.
Prague Castle is perhaps the most iconic attraction in the city. This hilltop fortress has stood since the 9th century and offers an outstanding, panoramic view of the town. Believed to be the world’s largest ancient castle, it boasts four courtyards, a museum and a royal palace in which the president lives.
Where to Stay
You will be pleased to discover that there is a broad range of accommodation options for you and your group. Among some most popular Prague hotels are the Hotel Century Old Town, the Hotel General and the Arcadia Old Town Apartments.
Hotel Century Old Town
The Hotel Century Old Town is the perfect combination of modern amenities and old world charm. It is located just minutes from Old Town and features an on-site brasserie-style restaurant with outdoor seating when the weather is warm. The establishment’s 174 air-conditioned units have safe deposit boxes, mini bars and Wi-Fi service.
The Hotel General is approximately a 20 minute walk from Prague’s top tourist attractions; however, it is still a highly popular choice among travellers because of its elegant rooms and outstanding service. It features a sauna, wine bar, restaurant and concierge service. Your group has a choice of single rooms that can be booked individually or the hotel’s General Suites, named after Albrecht von Wallenstein, Caesar and Napoleon.
Arcadia Old Town Apartments
The restful residential apartments of the Arcadia Old Town Lodge are a great choice if your group is travelling on a budget and prefers a self catering establishment. Although the units offer only basic amenities, they are spacious and clean. Additionally, because the Arcadia is within walking distance from the Charles Bridge and Old Town Square, its location is ideal. In-room breakfast and cleaning service are offered daily.
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