Known as the City of a Hundred Spires, Prague tempts travelers with its incredible charm and impressive architecture: the Czech Republic’s capital is home to dazzling churches, verdant green parks, and a blend of Italian, Czech, and German design.
Get views of one of the most famous attractions, the Prague Castle, by strolling over the Charles Bridge, where all Prague journeys begin. Both sides of the bridge are flanked by 17th-century Baroque statues—look for St. John Nepomuk, the statue of a martyr saint, which gives luck to those who touch it—and say hello to the musicians who perform here.
Head toward that castle in the distance until you arrive at the Golden Lane. Lined with small Mannerist-style houses built at the end of the 1500s, the Golden Lane is a popular Prague sight. Make special note of No. 22 (this house once belonged to writer Franz Kafka).
Architecture buffs and thespians alike agree that come evening, what to do in Prague is catch a classic performance at the National Theatre. It’s considered one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, and stands as a national symbol of spirit and unity. On any given day, you can see a play, an opera, a staged reading, or the ballet.
While in town, you must go to the top of Petřin Hill. At 1,043 feet high, you can give your legs a serious stretch, or opt for the funicular (one of the many fun things to do in Prague). Perched at the summit of Petřin is an observation tower modeled off of Paris' Eiffel Tower, surrounded by landscaped gardens. It’s an additional 299 steps to the top, but panoramic views of the city (on a clear day, you can see as far as Snezka, the highest peak in the country) are worth every step.
Before you go, spend some time admiring Old Town. At its heart is the Old Town Square, the largest marketplace in Prague, which has existed since the 10th century: it’s especially beautiful during Christmas. You can peruse the galleries and cafes on foot, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride. The centerpiece of the square, however, is the Astronomical Clock.
If time permits, you’ll want to take a day trip to Karlštejn Castle, where Roman Emperor Charles the IV once resided, and spend an afternoon exploring the thoughtfully curated Jewish Museum in the Jewish Quarter of Josefov, a former Jewish ghetto.
The best part of a Prague trip? When you bed down, you can do so surrounded by five-star digs, and spend just over $200 per night.