The one-time seat of the Holy Roman Emperor, postcard-perfect Prague has long attracted admirers—Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Kafka among them—to this gorgeously Gothic city on the Vltava River. An ever-evolving cityscape, iconic squares and ancient chapels mingle with new-Baroque buildings and contemporary architecture.
Intimate in size and subject matter, explore the work of one of Prague and 20th century literature’s most influential writers at the Franz Kafka Museum. Rare photographs, copies of manuscripts, letters, diaries and interactive installations make for an immersive experience that is fittingly Kafkaesque.
Bold Bohemian architecture impresses at the Rudolfinum, a Neo-Renaissance beauty on the banks of the Vltava River. Home to the Czech Philharmonic, this culture center hosts world-class musicians in the elegant concert halls where frescoes, detailed reliefs and soaring Roman colonnades also take center stage. Discover forward thinking exhibitions in the Galerie Rudolfinum and refresh with an afternoon coffee and pastry at the charming cafe.
A host of spires atop Prague’s central cathedral pierce the sky like Gothic stalagmites. Centuries in the making, the foundation stone was laid in the 14th century but the great cathedral was not completed until 1929. Marvel at the stained glass windows in a rainbow of rich colors created by contemporary Czech artists including Alfons Mucha. A tour of art history through the ages is on display with the intricate 14th-century mosaic of The Last Judgement above the Golden Gate, a Romanesque rotunda that mixes with French Gothic style and interiors dripping with baroque carvings and details.
A stroll over Prague’s most well-known landmark is a step back in time to the 14th century. Wander beneath the stoic gaze of the dramatic statues of saints lining this stone footbridge thick with buskers and vendors. Continue south of the bridge and beyond the bustling crowds, to picturesque Kampa Island. This leafy atoll on the Vltava River is a patchwork of tranquil parks, romantic lanes and the Kampa Museum, a treasure trove of modern European artwork.
Meticulously trimmed topiaries and bold box hedges encircle babbling fountains and mythical figures frozen in bronze relief in the wow-worthy Wallenstein Garden. The verdant Italian-style garden is the icing on the regal baroque cake that is the 17th-century Wallenstein Palace, now the current home of the Czech Senate. Drift through the hedge mazes and the fragrant flowering paths April through October, and join the locals at the Sala Terrena for dreamy summer concerts.
Significant exhibitions of Czech and international 19th–21st century artwork are presented in eight unique spaces housing permanent and changing exhibitions.Learn More
The International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is an important UNESCO-recognized event and screens over 100 films on politics, development issues, social, and environmental topics.Learn More
This retrospective brings the best international films of the past year to the big screen, along with independent, experimental, and children’s films not otherwise in wide release.Learn More
Runners from around the world come to compete on this scenic course that winds its way through the city.Learn More
Hoist a glass to the country’s most beloved beverage at this epic food and hops festival with tastings, workshops, and presentations.Learn More
Sample incredible bites from renowned and up-and-coming chefs at this three-day pop-up feast of food and spirits in the Royal Garden of the Prague Castle.Learn More
Join the locals in Old Town Square for two days of free jazz performances by renowned international artists.Learn More
Central Europe’s largest folk dance and music festival is celebrated with performances and lively parades from groups spanning the globe.Learn More
Master classes, tastings of 150 rare and well-known whiskies, and live Scottish music are part of this new, but popular festival.Learn More
Shop for charming keepsakes at the festive wooden stalls trimmed with twinkling lights in the Old Town Square.
Take in the opera or a ballet from one of the silk-lined opera boxes at the historic Estates Theater. Don Giovanni premiered on the legendary stage of this neoclassical building in 1787. Cherished works from the classical repertoire, such as Othello and The Nutcracker are presented today with modern flourishes.
Unwind with traditional, all-natural body rituals and treatments devised from secret recipes from the Augustinian Order of Monks in a decidedly modern spa with Turkish Hammam.Learn More
Stalactites and stalagmites frame a floating terracotta floor in this inviting cave-like tavern. This cellar is the original home of the St. Thomas Brewery, which has been brewing beer since 1352.Learn More
Make a visit to the heart of Europe a family affair with a special rate for an additional room and free meals for the littlest travelers.Learn More