With its brooding medieval architecture, Prague appears like something out of a dark fairy tale. Add in a hilltop castle, 14th-century stone bridge, and long, picturesque river and you have one of the prettiest cities in Europe. But Prague doesn’t get by on its looks alone: The Czech capital has a fascinating history, as well as a rich arts scene and great beer. Its cobblestone streets lend themselves to aimless wandering, but tours by foot, boat, or bus ensure your clients see the most noteworthy medieval churches and hidden courtyards. And guide commentary makes it easier to understand the complexity of the city while exploring such top sights as Prague Castle, Old Town Square, and the Jewish Quarter.
Set on a hill overlooking the Charles Bridge and Vltava River, Prague Castle is a UNESCO-listed complex of museums, churches, palaces, and gardens dating from the ninth century. Most city tours include a stop at Prague Castle, and offer varying degrees of access. Travelers can explore independently, have a more in-depth experience on a guided tour, or visit as part of a larger city sightseeing tour.
This is the tour to book for clients looking to see the highlights of Prague’s most popular attraction with a guide who can shed light on more than a thousand years of history.
Perfect for clients short on time, this day tour hits all the main sights—including Prague Castle—as well as a few off-the-beaten-path spots.
This day tour combines a guided walk around the castle’s exterior with a panoramic city tour and Vltava River cruise, making it a great option for first-time visitors looking to cover a lot of ground.
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Old Town Square
The historic heart of the city, Prague’s Old Town Square is a feast of architectural wonders, ringed with grandiose Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic style buildings. It’s best explored on foot, and travelers can join walking tours for insights into the culture and history of the Old Town. Other booking options combine a tour with a sightseeing cruise or visits to nearby attractions such as Charles Bridge.
This classic walking tour of Old Town, Lesser Town, and the Jewish Quarter is a great option for clients who prefer to get to know a city on foot. Bonus: A river cruise, tram ride, and Czech lunch are included.
Prague’s Old Town sparkles during the festive season when it’s filled with traditional Christmas markets. This private tour takes in the markets, as well as other must-see Prague sights.
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Old Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Cemetery, located in the Josefov area—once the center of Prague’s Jewish community—is considered to be the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. Today, it’s one of Prague’s most significant sights and a stop on most Jewish heritage tours.
With a guided walk through the Jewish Quarter and included admission to the cemetery and Jewish Museum, this tour provides a relatively comprehensive overview of Prague’s Jewish history.
This is the tour for clients interested in visiting both the cemetery and the Old-New Synagogue. Plus, the morning and afternoon departure options make it easy to coordinate this tour with other activities.
Perfect for time-pressed clients, this tour includes a quick walk through the Jewish Quarter between visits to attractions in Old Town and Wenceslas Square.
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Things to Know
When to Visit
Spring and fall make for the most pleasant times to visit Prague. Temperatures in those seasons are mild, and there are far fewer visitors than in summer.
Prague’s public transit system is cheap, reliable, and integrated—tickets are valid on the metro, trams, and buses, and for transfers between them. Much of the historic center is closed to traffic, making walking there enjoyable.
When traveling on public transportation, visitors should be ready to give seats up for elderly passengers. If invited into someone’s home, it’s customary to bring a small gift (flowers are good) and remove shoes at the door.
Things to Bring
Czechs tend to dress up, so suggest clients bring something smart to wear to dinner or the theater.
What the Locals Know
Contemporary artist David Cerny is much loved for his black humor and bizarre sculptures. His work can be found all over Prague, from the babies crawling up Zizkov Tower to the upside-down horse in Lucerna Gallery off Wenceslas Square.