How to spend a weekend in prague

Planted in the middle of the Czech Republic and the Vltava river, Prague is a city of antique structures and matchless heritage. Prague, which happens to be the 13th most liveable city in the world, is a perfect tourist destination for couples. Gothic buildings, cultural landmarks, luxury hotels, panoramic landscapes are a few things that make Prague a top tourist destination for couples. From sightseeing to stargazing, Prague has the right mix of antiquity, nightlife and luxury for wanderlust couples. 

When to visit Prague

 You can visit Prague all year round. Prague bursts with lots of activities. These activities vary according to the time of the year. To maximize your experience, schedule your trip based on the festivals, events, and celebrations you want to witness. 

Spring –  Spring is perfect for sightseeing antique buildings and famous landmarks. You can also take part in Easter celebrations, shop at local Easter markets and eat local cuisine from food vendors. The largest Easter market is located in the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. There are lots of cool collectibles to buy: old Czech classics, hand-painted eggs, Easter wood crafts, and souvenirs.  The not too cold not too hot atmosphere of spring makes the environment suitable for large outdoor celebrations.   

Summer – Summer in Prague is alive with activities. From June to August, Prague bursts with lots of tourist activities: beer drinking in pubs, sightseeing, star gazing, you name it. You should know that this is the season of overpriced menus, booked hotels, and overpriced tourist collectibles. You will want to plan and make a budget ahead of time.

Attending a beer garden festival should be top on your list of things to do in summer. Beer gardens like Letná Beer Garden and Riegrovy Sady sell one of the best beers in Prague. It isn’t unusual to find these places packed with tourists who drink chilled beer under a cool shade of trees. 

Autumn – for wine lovers, autumn is the best time to visit Prague. The Burčák which is also known as the young wine of the harvest season, announces autumn.  Burčák is freshly pressed and partly fermented grape juice that is served during autumn. This drink is low in alcohol and often sold in large one-liter bottles.  

Winter – Winter in Prague is busy with Christmas celebrations. From October to February, tourists from America and other parts of Europe travel down at this time of the year to enjoy the local Christmas celebrations. 

What to see during a weekend trip to Prague

Sprawled across Prague are tourist destinations, recognizably heralded by four major hubs, namely; Hradčany and Lesser Town (Malá Strana), Old Town (Staré Město) and Josefov, New Town (Nové Město), Vinohrady and Žižkov. 

Hradčany and Lesser Town (Malá Strana)

Prague Castle 

This is the official office of the President of the Czech Republic and the largest ancient castle in the world (according to Guinness book of records). It is also the most visited tourist destination in Prague. Its pre-historic architectural design is second to none and is a sight worth seeing. It also houses the St Vitus Cathedral and Romanesque Basilica of St George.

Charles Bridge 

Originally called Stone Bridge, this historic bridge crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Named after King Charles IV since 1870, it connects the Prague Castle and Old Town. While standing on ancient cobblestones, you get to take in the fresh river air and panoramic views.

Old Town (Staré Město) and Josefov

The Astronomical Clock

A medieval clock installed on the southern wall of the Old Town Hall in 1410 and the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world. Its rich history and legend were heralded by its creators and clockmakers— Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel. Church of our Lady before Týn

A predominant feature in the old town of Prague, this 14th-century gothic structure has 18m high towers and four mall spires. Originally built to accommodate foreign merchants coming to Týn courtyard, this gigantesque structure has been serving as the major church in the city. 

New Town (Nové Město)

Wenceslas Square

This captivating and historic monument is home to an underground metro station. It is also the heart of the business and cultural facet of the capital city. It is a stage to numerous traditional displays, celebrations, public/international gatherings, and cultural exhibitions. The Square is abundant with gothic architectural designs and sculptures, making it a beehive for people and cameras.

Prague National Museum

Founded in 1818, this is a shelter to over 14 million natural, scientific and historical collections. Its collection and departments provide an engaging presence for tourists who enjoy natural landscapes and ornate ceilings.

Vinohrady and Žižkov

Church of St Ludmila

Located in Náměstí Míru (Peace Square) in Vinohrady, the neo-gothic Roman Catholic Church which was built in honor of St Ludmila of Bohemia has an excellent three-isle interior with peerless windows and sculptures. During the Christmas and Easter holidays, its front is a backdrop for fairs, philanthropic sales. and outdoor concerts. This particular destination is open to visitors only during services.

Žižkov Television Tower

An unconventional transmitter erected between 1985 and 1992, this unique structural expressionism takes a name after its location—Žižkov. Besides being an apparatus for meteorological observations it offers a magnificent view to the Žižkov district and is also a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.

Where to Stay in Prague

Scattered across the densely populated and tourism-infused city are classy hotels/lounges situated in alluring locations. These places offer great views to the aesthetic corners of the lush city. If you are looking for cost-effective and budget-friendly options, you should check these places out: 

Hilton Prague

The Hilton Prague is a glorious view of Gothic buildings in and around Old-Time Square. It is located 16km from the Václav Havel Airport just across the Vltava river. Its neo-styled architectural design also has a rooftop bar and lounge, state-of-the-art office edifice, a musical theatre, steakhouse, an international restaurant, minibars, family rooms, and executive suites.

 Delicious cuisines, bubbly nightlife, and scenic views are worth the average cost of $93. It requires no less than a few minutes to get to the surrounding tourist attractions like the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Prague Astronomical clock, St. Vitus Cathedral, etc. 

Hotel Theatrino

Hotel Theatrino is a thirty-three minutes ride from the Prague International Airport. You can relish the thrill of a room overlooking the rooftops of Prague, and enjoy the perks of being near to the Zizkov Tower observatory. Hotel Theatrino offers luxury comfort: a bar, sauna, ballroom, spa, and gym are activities to enjoy with your partner. Another perk of being within Zizkov is you get to enjoy cocktail-sipping dinners while taking in the vast scenery.

Hostel Santini Prague

Hostel Santini Prague is situated around a few meters radius of the Prague Castle and the prestigious Charles bridge. A five-star hotel, this gothic building was remodeled and fitted with a casual cafe, internet services, and ornately painted ceilings. Its shared neighborhood with Malá Strana, a hillside area with outlooks across the Vltava river and the Old Town, makes the area animated.  Within this vicinity, you can see the John Lennon wall, Franz Kafka Museum and colorful peacocks roaming Wallenstein Garden.

A&O Prague Rhea

With as low as $24, you can savor the luxury and lavishness of the A&O Prague hostel. It is wedged in a great location, offering an overlooking view of the Wenceslas square and the Zborov—Strašnické Divadlo tram stop. It has comfy rooms fitted with flat-screen TVs. The ambiance here is relaxed and serene. The thirty-seven minutes drive from the airport is a good opportunity to sightsee the museum and shops of the iconic, gothic Wenceslas Square.

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