Feast on great sausages and feast your eyes on pretty sights in Prague
From a medieval skyline and cobbled streets to a beautiful main square with one of the oldest astronomical clocks in the world, visit Prague and you’ll instantly feel transported back in time.
First, head to the Old Town Hall, with its glass elevator that gives you 360-degree views of the red-roofed city.
A Prague Visitor Pass grants you access to 60 more experiences, plus free public transport – £65.50 per adult for 48 hours (Praguevisitorpass.eu).
Then, take a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter, home to Europe’s oldest synagogue, for a moving history lesson, £14.30 per adult (getyourguide.co.uk/prague).
Later, cross the famous Charles Bridge to the pretty district of Lesser Town and admire the bright Baroque houses nestled beneath Prague Castle.
The city may have a reputation as a stag party hotspot, thanks to its abundance of breweries, but cool cocktails are also on the menu.
SIP A SPICY TODDY
Take a tram to the modern Manifesto food hall in the Andel district, 20 minutes from the old town (Manifestomarket.com/prague/andel/en).
Fabulous Soot cocktail bar blends homemade syrups with fresh, local ingredients – we loved the seasonal Spicy Toddy – hot pumpkin and tangerine gin – £5.10 (Sootbar.com/english), while the 14 restaurants offer everything from Ukrainian ravioli to Venezuelan empanadas.
For local pilsner with a view, head to the garden bar in Letenský Zámecek, in the green expanse of Letná Park (Letenskyzamecek.cz/en/zahradky).
PARTY BY THE RIVER
Cool yet laid back, Lokál Dlouhááá, with its industrial decor, house beer and classic Czech dishes, is a must.
Start with a medley of sausages, before delicious mains like beef tartare rich in red onions and capers with fried bread, £9.75, and sides of tangy coleslaw and horseradish.
The Czech meringue biscuit puddings with whipped cream, £2, are also a delight.
Wash it all down with Lokál’s own ales, including a dark caramel frothy malt and an aromatic, hoppy kozel blend, £1.80 a pint (Lokal-dlouha.ambi.cz/en).
Fancy something more special? Located on the banks of the Vltava River, which crosses the city, the Mlýnec restaurant offers a magnificent view of the Charles Bridge.
Feast on veal tenderloin cutlets and chocolate pud with kiwi and hazelnuts – £87 for four courses with wine pairings (Mlynec.cz/en).
HAVE AN ART ATTACK
The city is full of modern museums. Our favorite was Dox: Prague’s contemporary art center in the trendy former industrial district of Holešovice.
Enter the massive Gulliver airship and explore eye-catching exhibits, before heading to the cafe and terrace.
Adult tickets cost £9.05 (Dox.cz/en).
Nearby is Vnitroblock, a refurbished factory that now houses a cool cafe and independent shops selling everything from colorful cacti to cute children’s clothes. Plus, there’s a selfie-perfect courtyard scribbled with street art (Vnitroblock.cz).
GET A GOOD KIP
The Bargainous Mama Shelter in Holešovice is a clean, modern pad with quirky touches, just a 10-minute tram ride from the Old Town.
It has the comfiest beds and a double costs from £63 B&B, with pastries, yoghurt and granola in the morning (Mamashelter.com/prague).