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Ten Things not to Miss

1. A walk across the Charles Bridge (Karluv most). We would suggest either early in the morning or late at night when the crowds are much reduced. The cobbled bridge, lined with statues of the saints, links the Old Town to the Little Quarter (Mala Strana), the city's second medieval town.

 

2. Get lost in the labyrinthine streets of the Old Town (Stare Mesto). This maze of cobbled streets, countless old churches and courtyards was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Finish your tour with a drink in one of the pubs or cafes on Staromestske namesti (Old Town Square).

 

3. Prague Castle. This 9th century castle is said to be the largest in the world and dominates the city. Particularly impressive lit up at night when it casts a warm glow over the Little Quarter and Old Town. You will need to spend at least half a day here, and must not miss the brilliantly quaint Golden Lane (Zlata ulicka) within its walls.

 

4. Visit a traditional Czech pub. Prague still abounds in these wonderful establishments where you can tuck into meat and dumplings and drink the cheap and tasty Pilsner beer. The Czechs drink more beer than any other nation and after a visit to one of these places you will soon know why.

 

5. Hike to the top of the Petrin Tower. This 19th century copy of the Eiffel Tower affords some of the best views of the city and is one of the few places where you can look down on Prague Castle. Take the funicular from the bottom of Petrin Park to get there. For those with energy a short hike across the top of the park from the tower to Strahov Monastery is also highly recommended. The Monastery contains an old library which could have been created from the imagination of JK Rowling.

 

6. The Wallenstein garden. This fabulous Mala Strana garden is home to peacocks, huge goldfish, carpets of beautiful tulips and some of the weirdest sculpture you are likely to see in this city.

 

7. The Fred and Ginger Building, so named because it appears to be dancing around its corner site. To be found down the river next to Jiraskuv bridge.

 

8. Visit an art gallery. The city galleries contain a number of masterpieces including works by Rubens, El Greco and Durer. The National Gallery on Veletrzni in particular should not be missed.

 

9. Go shopping in the Old Town. Bohemian crystal remains a good value, high quality purchase and there are plenty of shops in the Old Town ready to show you their wares. Also good value are wooden toys in a number of craft shops around town.

 

10. Drink a coffee in the venerated Café Slavia. This café has been the favoured haunt of writers, artists and dissidents since the days of the Czechoslovak independence. The café at the Obecni dum (Municipal House) near the Powder Tower is a good substitute.