Welcome to Prague! 👋 Prague is undoubtedly one of most popular cities to visit in the heart of Europe and known as the ‘City of a hundred spires.’ At first glance you’ll notice the architectural gems throughout, with the stunning Charles Bridge extending across the Vltava River. Prague is famous for its cultural and urban life, dating back thousands of years. Below you'll find our list of the top things to see and do in Prague.
✨ Top must-dos in Prague
This is one of the top monuments to see in the city and one of the oldest castle complexes in the entire world, dating way back to the ninth century. The property spans over 18 acres with beautiful gardens, palaces, museums and is home to St.Vitus Cathedral – the largest cathedral in Prague and the site of historical coronations of Czech kings and queens. 🏰
One of the most important landmarks in Prague, Charles Bridge is an impressive medieval stone construction over the Vltava River. It’s a beautiful spot for a walk, just over 500m long and connects Prague’s old town to several other districts. Oh, and you may have spotted this iconic bridge in films like Mission: Impossible and Spider-Man: Far from Home. 📽️
If you want to immerse yourself in all the rich history of Prague, in between all the football festivities of course, be sure to make your way to the central square. Here you’ll see the astronomical clock mounted on the Old Town Hall where you can also head to the observation deck and take in the scenic views over the city. 🌆
This gorgeous square rather resembles a boulevard, with high-end boutiques in the lower part and the neo-renaissance building of the National Museum at the top. Check out the architectural differences among the buildings, many which have evolved over time. Also stop by the Lucerna Passage, which is lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. ☕
One of the best ways to see the city and highlights of the Prague skyline is with views from the water. Get another angle of many of the attractions above and snap those dreamy pics. Many companies offer cruises along the Vltava River depending on the time of day and the duration to suit your itinerary in the days before or after the final. ⛵
Know before you go! 💡
Here are a few other useful bits to help you plan your trip to Prague:
1) Czechia has its own currency, the Czech Koruna, which could come in handy for small street vendors and public transport. 💰
2) Free Wi-Fi is widely available in Prague and most restaurants, banks, cafes, and even fast-food places have their own Wi-Fi networks. If you have an EU SIM card, mobile roaming is free. 📱
3) Czechia is in the CET (Central European Time) time zone and the official language is Czech. Generally, locals can communicate at a good level of English, though it can certainly help to learn a few basics in Czech! 🗣️
4) All shops in Prague are open Monday to Saturday while large shopping centres and department stores are also open on Sundays. Working hours are usually between 7:00/8:00 until 18:00/19:00 with large supermarkets and malls open until 20:00 or 22:00. 🛍️
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The city of Prague will be buzzing with all things football so check back closer to the match for all the details and exact locations. ⚽
🥘 Food and drink
If you have some time to explore the local food scene before or after the match, be sure to taste some authentic Prague delicacies:
1) Bramborak – This potato pancake is the perfect easy meal on the go and made with a unique blend of local spices. The perfect treat for veggie lovers!
2) Knedliky – Traditional Czech-style dumplings whose history dates to the 13th century! They are usually made of bread or potato and can be served on their own or with meat dishes.
3) Pork knuckle – Probably the most famous traditional meat dish in Prague, it’s usually served on a wood cutting board and roasted with herbs and dark beer for hours.
4) Babovka – A lovely, classic dessert, this Bundt cake is made with a combination of chocolate and nuts and is the perfect lunch-time sweet treat.
🍻 It's no secret that Prague has some of the world’s finest beer and Czechia is one of the top beer-drinking countries in the world. There’s no shortage of pubs in Prague and alongside the beers, try some authentic local pub snacks such as utopenci – a spicy soft sausage appetiser – or nakladany hermelim – pickled cheese with olive oil, peppers, garlic and spices. 🍲
Check out the official tourism page for Prague for all the details on food, drink, and nightlife in the city. 🥳
🏨 Where to stay in Prague
As the Czech capital and a beautiful city with many charming streets and districts, it might be hard to narrow down where to stay for your 2023 UEFA Conference League Final experience. Although there are limited options around the stadium, it is well-connected to the city centre and Prague is also well- covered by public transport. There are a variety of accommodations to choose from, ranging from hostels to the most glamorous offerings and everything in between.
If you enjoy staying in the heart of it all, you can’t go wrong with a place in the historical centre among the cobblestone streets, charming churches, and top sights. As the centre of Prague for locals and tourists, you can find accommodation options from across the spectrum, including budget, mid-range, family- friendly and luxury offerings.✨
This is a great district if it’s your first time in Prague, you’re close to Prague Castle and other historical palaces, peaceful nooks, and stunning views. You’ll get to experience the beautiful medieval origins of the district and luxury travellers can find many restored medieval buildings. There is also a wide selection of other accommodation options fit for every budget.
Also known as ‘Little Quarter’ or ‘Lesser Town’, this district is perfectly nestled between the Old Town and Castle district and is another historic neighbourhood. It’s filled with quaint shops, cute cafes and narrow streets connected by stairs. While very close to the city centre, it’s usually less crowded than Old Town.
Translating as ‘New Town’, this is a lively commercial spot centred around Wenceslas Square. Despite what its name suggests, this district dates to the 14th century. You’re sure to find upscale accommodation but also plenty of restaurants, shops and clubs with a wide selection of hotels.
This neighbourhood, which translates to ‘Vineyards’ offers many green spaces, cafes and international cuisine as it is home to many expats. There are a few vineyards remaining that you could explore, and most accommodation is found in older, restored mansions but there are a few hostels in the area as well.
This is one of the newer districts, housing many local commuters as its quite accessible for the city centre. You’ll also see parks with fantastic views over Prague such as Vilkov Hill. If you want to immerse yourself in the city away from tourist spots, then this is a great option; there’s not a lot of large hotels or historical attractions but charming rental apartments and hostels.
ℹ️ Tourist and emergency info
With the abundance of things to see and do in the city, be sure to follow Prague’s official tourism account, @cityofprague, on social media for regular updates and inspiration to plan your trip.
🚨 Local emergency services
Sometimes unforeseen accidents happen. We want you to stay safe in Prague so if you are involved in an emergency of any kind, immediately contact 112 and you will be connected with an operator who will dispatch the appropriate fire, ambulance or police services.