Czech Republic - Prague

by David Sutcliffe

Don’t be put off by reports that Prague is just a stag and hen destination. It has far more to offer than cheap lager.

With direct flights from Leeds/Bradford (and almost every other UK airport) Prague has never been easier to get to. I stayed in the Mala Strana area of the city, just the other side of the Vltava River from the main squares, at the magnificent Mandarin Oriental. This converted 14th century monastery fits seamlessly in with the surrounding cobbled streets, yet once you walk through the door you enter a world that is very much 21st century.

Everything you would want to see in Prague is within walking distance of the hotel and one of the great charms of the city is meandering through the streets knowing that little has changed in the last 300 years. Prague Castle is just up the hill and equally famous Charles Bridge is just a 5-minute walk away. Cross this beautiful bridge and you pass the Four Seasons hotel on your way in towards the Old Square and Wenceslas Square.

If I can recommend one trip while in Prague then make sure you visit the Jewish Quarter, particularly the Pink Synagogue – to read the names of those killed by the Nazis and to see the toys of the children put to death just 60-odd years ago is heart-wrenching.

Prague does still have the occasional stag do that you might come across whilst viewing the Astronomical Clock or the Lennon Wall, but they are becoming fewer and further between. Perhaps you could consider going out of season. I travelled in March, which was a little cold, but May or September would be ideal.

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