City breaks in Prague
Book a short stay or weekend break in the Czech capital
Prague is the ultimate fairy tale destination for a city break: a magical maze of cobbled streets and quiet courtyards, with graceful spires on ancient churches overlooking green hills and the winding Vltava river.
Whether you're looking for castles, monuments and fascinating museums to explore, or simply wish to stroll through atmospheric lanes, sip some excellent beer and enjoy the comfortable cafés, it's the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
During a short break, you can discover everything from medieval bridges to Art Nouveau architecture, rustic Czech cuisine to Michelin-starred dining, and take in some of the city's world-class cultural offerings – think opera and classical music, cutting-edge theater, art exhibitions and more.
The city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is easily traversed on foot. By staying at a centrally located hotel like the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague, you can experience centuries of history – along with fantastic shopping, dining and nightlife – right on your doorstep.
Our top 3 Prague attractions
- Prague Castle
- Charles Bridge
- Old Town Square
- National Gallery
- Prague Jewish Museum
- Mucha Museum
Use our Prague map to see our pick of the top attractions
Locations and Neighborhoods
Location and neighborhoods
Discover Prague’s different areasPrague is divided into 10 districts, which radiate outward from the historic city center. Most visitor attractions fall within Prague 1 and 2. Within these districts, you'll also find individual neighborhoods with their own unique identities and charms. Here are a few of our favorites:
Best for vibrant street scenes: Old Town
Centered on the picturesque Old Town Square, this historic area is packed with colorful buildings, handsome medieval churches and interesting attractions. You'll also find plenty of bars, restaurants, stores and boutiques in this visitor-friendly neighborhood.
Best for tranquil, historic charm: Castle and Lesser Town (Malá Strana)
Quieter and more laid-back than the adjoining Old Town, the ancient streets that wind up to and around Prague Castle on its hilltop are lined with historic homes, quaint galleries and shops and relaxed cafés and bars.
Best for lively nightlife: New Town
As Prague's main business and commercial district, the New Town is the place to go for trendy shopping, bustling bars and restaurants and buzzing nightclubs. You'll also find museums, galleries and the main train station in this area, as well as the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel.
Best for greenery and views: Petřín
Take the funicular from Malá Strana to the top of this wooded hill, then climb the TV tower at its top (which is modeled on the Eiffel Tower) for sensational views over the city. While you're there, enjoy a stroll in the lush parkland and gardens, and pay a visit to the maze and observatory.
Best for hipster vibes: Vinohrady and Žižkov
Popular with young Czechs and expats, these up-and-coming neighborhoods are a bit off the beaten tourist path and offer a cool, trendy vibe. Hang out in edgy bars, pubs and beer gardens, and enjoy the variety of restaurants on offer.
Where to Stay
The indescribable joys of discovering the charms of a city are plentiful. Apart from renowned must-sees, legendary monuments and breathtaking architectural wonders, city breaks offer an array of surprises. A spontaneous stroll through alluring alleys might take you to a gem only known to locals. For the best and most authentic experience, mix your city escape with below recommendations and aimless walks. Take time to sit down and observe people enjoy the sun.
Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague
Located close to Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge, this historical hotel in Prague offers 206 rooms and suites with high ceilings, antique lighting and contemporary amenities. The hotel’s signature restaurants, The Alcron and La Rotonde, have each won multiple awards, including a Michelin star for The Alcron. Relax at the fitness center and sauna, have a cocktail at Be Bop Bar or experience an unforgettable cooking class with executive chef Roman Paulus. The hotel’s elegant event facilities provide the perfect space for business conferences, important celebrations and romantic weddings.
Things to do in Prague
Must-sees, must-eats and must-dos
Landmarks and attractions
- Charles Bridge: The oldest bridge in Prague (and the longest medieval bridge in Europe), this handsome 14th-century structure offers brilliant views along the Vltava and is adorned with a fascinating gallery of statues depicting famous historical figures.
Directions: About a 10-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square.
- Old Town Square and Astronomical Clock: Prague's beautiful main square is lined with striking heritage buildings, including the medieval Old Town Hall, whose Gothic tower houses the famous 15th-century Astronomical Clock – the oldest still-functioning clock of its kind in the world – adorned with intricate carved figures and symbols.
Directions: Just 10 minutes' walk from Charles Bridge – less than 15 minutes from the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague.
- Wenceslas Square: Once the site of the city's horse market, this broad thoroughfare has witnessed many pivotal events in Prague's history, from the birth of the Czech Republic to the fall of communism.
Directions: Just over a 5-minute stroll from the Radisson Blu.
- Prague Castle: It's impossible to miss the fairytale-looking castle which has perched above the city for over 1000 years – it's the largest castle enclosure in the world. Inside, you can visit a variety of museums, galleries, historic palaces, gardens and more.
Directions: Around 15 minutes on the tram from Charles Bridge or the hotel.
- St. Vitus Cathedral: As the Czech Republic's largest church, this spectacular Gothic cathedral took 6 centuries to build and is packed with historical and artistic riches, including the tombs of Czech royalty and saints and stained glass by renowned artists, including Alfons Mucha.
Directions: Located within the grounds of Prague Castle.
- Dancing House: Be sure to get a photo of this unusual structure designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry, which appears to be swaying in a silent dance.
Directions: About a 15-minute walk from the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel.
- Municipal House: Fans of Art Nouveau will adore this outstanding example of the style, painstakingly crafted by leading artists in the early years of the 20th century. Inside you'll find Smetana Hall, the city's largest concert venue, plus the impressive Lord Mayor's Hall and a fantastic array of ornate sculptures and murals depicting scenes from Czech history and legend. Buy tour and concert tickets on official site.
Directions: About 5 minutes' walk from the Old Town Square.
- Palačinky: These light Czech pancakes are similar to crêpes, and are served with a variety of sweet or savory fillings.
- Beer: Czech beer is famously both good and inexpensive. Brands such as Staropgramen, Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser are popular, or try new craft beers from one of Prague's many microbreweries.
- Smažený sýr: If you're craving a savory street snack, this warm, deep-fried cheese served with salad, fries or bread is a great choice.
- Svíčková: This traditional Czech dish of braised, marinated beef served with a creamy root vegetable sauce and bread dumplings is a popular Sunday dinner.
- Kulajda: For a warming, filling meal, try a bowl of this creamy soup made with potatoes, dill, vinegar and mushroom, served with a poached egg topping.
- Trdelník: Common throughout Eastern and Central Europe, these "chimney cakes" are made by wrapping pastry dough around a stick and roasting it over an open flame. Slathered with butter, cinnamon, sugar and nuts, it's a common and tasty street snack in Prague.
- Old Town: The streets and lanes surrounding Old Town Square are some of the best places to hunt for high-quality Czech crystal, glass and porcelain, as well as boutiques stocking local designers, jewelry and other unique finds.
Directions: A 15-minute walk or 7-minute tram ride from the Radisson Blu Hotel.
- Malá Strana: Nestled on the hillside just below Prague Castle, this historic area boasts many excellent shops selling antiques, vintage prints, postcards, maps and antiquarian books.
Directions: Just 10 minutes' walk from Prague Castle.
- Parízská: This broad, glamorous street running between the Old Town Square and the Vltava is home to high-end designer brands such as Hermes, Prada, Cartier and Armani, as well as a number of fine dining restaurants.
Directions: Just off the Old Town Square.
- Wenceslas Square and Na Príkope: This L-shaped area is Prague's main shopping area, with lots of familiar brands – such as Zara, H&M and Adidas – as well as the Palladium, Myslbek, Černé růže and Slovanský Dům shopping malls.
Directions: Less than 10 minutes' walk from the hotel.
- Mucha Museum: Learn about the life and work of the renowned turn-of-the-century Czech artist Alfons Mucha, known for his intricate Art Nouveau paintings, posters and decorative works.
Directions: Just over a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
- National Gallery: The Czech Republic boasts a truly outstanding national collection, housed in 6 permanent exhibition sites around Prague: Veletržní Palác, Convent of St. Agnes, Sternberg Palace, Kinský Palace, Trade Fair Palace, Salm Palace and Schwarzenberg Palace. Works include everything from ornate Gothic altarpieces to modern masterpieces by the likes of Van Gogh, Klimt and Picasso.
Directions: Various locations, all within a 30-minute tram or metro ride of the hotel.
- Jewish Museum: The cluster of 6 historic sites and synagogues that make up Prague's Jewish Museum house the world's largest collection of Judaic artifacts, manuscripts, photos and more. Be sure to visit the atmospheric Old Jewish Cemetery, packed with around 12,000 tombstones. Buy tickets on official site.
Directions: A 5-minute walk from the Old Town Square.
- Prague City Museum: Discover the history of Prague from prehistoric times to the present day in this eclectic museum of everyday life, which includes a fantastic scale model of 19th-century Prague by Antonín Langweil.
Directions: About a 15-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square.
Travel in Prague
All you need to know about the city’s transportPrague's central neighborhoods are compact and easy to explore on foot. Wear comfortable walking shoes to help you tackle the hills and cobbled streets. The city also boasts an excellent public transport system to help you cover longer distances between areas.
By staying at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel in Prague city center, you can cut down on your travel time and spend your weekend break getting to know this enchanting capital. Our concierge and front of house teams will be happy to help you with routes and directions.
Here’s everything you need to know for getting around Prague:
Václav Havel Airport Prague
Prague's main airport is about a 30-50 drive outside of the city center, depending on traffic. You can catch regular city bus numbers 119 or 100 just outside the arrivals terminal – they will take you to the Nádraží Veleslavín (119) and Zličín metro stops (100), from which you can get trains into the city center.
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Arriving by train or coach
Prague's main train station, Praha hlavní nádraží, is located near Wenceslas Square and has good metro and tram links to the rest of the city.
The Florenc bus terminal is the main station for international coach arrivals. Located just to the east of the city center, it is also easily reached by public transport.
Prague has a very efficient integrated public transportation network consisting of trams, buses and the metro, all run by the Prague Public Transport Authority (DPP).
Trams are useful for shorter trips between neighborhoods, and the 3 metro lines are a quick and easy way of making longer journeys. Buses are mostly used to reach outer areas of the city, as well as the airport.
You can use the same tickets on all 3 forms of transportation – make sure you validate it when you board. Services run from approximately 5am until midnight, and there is also a reduced night tram and bus service.
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Taxis are plentiful in Prague, and usually reasonably priced. However, Prague taxi drivers have a reputation for sometimes overcharging tourists, so it's better to call a taxi and agree a fare and destination in advance, rather than flagging one down on the street. Our concierge team at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel will be happy to arrange a taxi for you.
Facts and Useful phrases
Language, costs, useful phrases and more
Top 10 Czech phrases:
|Do you speak English?||Mluvíte anglicky?||Mloo-veeteh ahngleetskee|
|Where are the toilets?||Kde je toaleta?||Gdeh ye toh-ah-lehta|
|How much is it?||Kolik to stojí?||Koleek toh stoyee|
|Excuse me||Promiňte||Promeenyuh teh|
|Yes / no||Ano / Neh||Ah-no / Neh|
|I don't understand||Nerozumím||Neh-rozoo-meem|
Population: 1.3 million (2017)
Currency: Czech koruna (crown) (CZK)
Average cost of travel: A day ticket for the tram, metro and bus is 110 CZK
Most defining feature: The dreamy architecture and inexpensive beer
Average cost of a pint: 30 CZK
Top 5 Prague facts and tips:
1 koruna equals 100 halers, but prices are always rounded to the nearest crown – so if a price tag reads 135 CZK and 75 halers, you'll pay 136 CZK at the cash register.
Some shops and restaurants will accept payment in Euros, but don't be surprised to be given your change in Czech crowns.
If you get a second beer before finishing your first, it is considered bad manners to pour the dregs from the first glass into the second.
Near the Charles Bridge, you'll find an unofficial wall of graffiti dedicated to John Lennon – even though the late Beatle never visited Prague.
Some historic sites, museums, galleries and other tourist attractions are closed on Mondays, so check in advance before you visit.
Prague is a lovely destination to visit year-round, with 4 distinct seasons that each give the city a different feel. In summer you can expect highs of up to 23°C with plenty of sun, whereas in winter temperatures can drop to around -4°C, and snow is common. Spring and fall are mild and pleasant times to visit.