13 - 16 October
SIGNAL Light Festival is back to illuminate the streets of Prague with videomapping, site-specific projections, light and interactive installations.
The Cure will be performing at the O2 arena as part of their 2016 tour playing their hits and unreleased tracks.
Holding nearly a thousand years of untouched historical beauty, a visit to Prague is like stepping back in time. The perfect city to wander the labyrinth of cobbled streets, guiding you to the impressive cathedrals, high towers, medieval palaces, hidden courtyards, and old galleries. Greeting you at every twist and turn, every building, tower, street, feels just like a fairy tale town. Prague also boasts one of Europe’s best-known tourist attractions, and a ‘must see’ for visitors to the city - the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock draws crowds every hour, on the hour to watch in action.
Best Restaurant: Enjoy carefully treated beer and freshly prepared homemade food at Lokál Dlouhááá. Cooks prepare classic Czech dishes, using only fresh ingredients and spices sourced from renowned regional suppliers
Best Shopping: Palladium Shopping Centre and Na Prikope street are the most frequently visited shopping areas in Prague.
Best thing to do in Summer: Visit Rašínovo nábřeží if you're looking for an evening drink, socially the most vibrant area on the river banks in central Prague especially on weekends.
Best Kept Secret: Dlouha street is a refuge that offers some great places to eat, meet and greet with the locals with many restaurants in the vicinity.
The Czech Republic, and its capital city in particular, inherits a great musical tradition. It is a heritage of which the Czech people remain proud. The nation's great composers are celebrated with museums, concert halls, and other public monuments.
The National Theatre is the neo-Renaissance architectural flagship of the Czech National Revival, and one of Prague’s most impressive buildings. Today, the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles–opera, ballet and drama– take a look at the upcoming programme to plan your visit.
The National Theatre is a pleasant half hour walk from Jurys Inn Prague.
Philharmonic Hall - Rudolfinum
The Rudolfinum is set upon the riverbank the Vlatava in an impressive Neo-Renaissance architectural monument of Old Town. It has been promoting music and art since its opening in 1885 and today it boasts the Dvořák Concert Hall with fantastic natural acoustics, and hosts the finest orchestras, including the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Rudolfinum is just over 20 minutes from Jurys Inn Prague by foot.
The Smetana Hall, part of the Municipal House and largest interior classical concert venue in the city, seats more than 1,000 people. The building was finished in 1912 and was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of Independence in 1918. It's a beautiful place with neo-renaissance influence and Art Nouveau décor. Home to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and an absolute must see for anybody with a love of classical music.
You'll find the Municipal House at Namesti Republiky Republic Square,less than ten minutes from Jurys Inn Prague.
National Marrionette Theatre
The National Marionette Theatre shows operas such as Orpheus, Don Giovanni and Don Quixote at the theatre location in Zatecka about 200 metres from the Old Town Square, just off Platnerska. Staging more than 20 premieres of traditional puppet performances, the theatre is a great for families, appealing to both adults and children.
The National Marionette Theatre is a leisurely 20 minute walk from Jurys Inn Prague.
DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
If you’re looking for a bit of modernity in this truly historical city then head north to the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art for an impressive collection of thought provoking modern works. The opening of the centre marked the beginning of a fundamental, pioneering enterprise on the Czech cultural scene. DOX is a place where the unpredictability and bravery of new art is promoted and its mission statement is ‘To present and advance contemporary art in the context of issues that are changing today's world.’
Jurys Inn Prague is a half hour walk from the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
For many, a visit to the Jewish Museum is an important and poignant experience – unsurprisingly, as it’s probably the world’s biggest collection of sacred Jewish artefacts and a moving memorial to seven centuries of oppression. The Jewish museum actually consists of six Jewish monuments clustered together in Josefov: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klaus Synagogue, the Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery. An ordinary ticket gets you admission to all six monuments.
The Jewish museum in under twenty minutes by foot from Jurys Inn Prague.
Strolling across Charles Bridge is a favourite for tourists and not surprisingly the hustle and bustle is non-stop, filled with artists, craft sellers, and buskers. Remember to take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the Bridge itself as you stroll beneath the impassive gaze of the baroque statues that line the parapets. The bridge towers have great views too - the bridge is most atmospheric at dawn.
Jurys Inn in Prague is around half an hour by foot from the Charles Bridge.
Cruising gently along the Vlatava River is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon learning a bit about the city and offers a great opportunity to see the city from a different perspective. There are a number of different companies offering tours from 45 minute guided trips to a leisurely 2.5 hour lunch cruise. Browse the boat cruise guide to find the right trip for you.
Often referred to as the ‘little Eiffel Tower’ Petrin Tower seems similar to its Parisian bigger brother but doesn’t sit on four legs and instead the base melts into the building below. There are 299 steps to the top or for a little more money (around £1.50) you can take the lift.
The tower can be found an invigorating climb/walk up Petrin Park or via the Funicular that goes from the bottom of the hill close to the Ujezd tram stop. You'll need a full adult single ticket to travel, exiting close to the Stefanik Observatory where you can take in the views of Prague. Most tourists will combine a trip here with a visit to the Strahov Monastery/library just a short 20 minute walk between the two.
The trip to Petrin Toweris about 45 minutes on the metro from Florenc station, just a short walk from Jurys Inn Prague.
Founded around 880 by prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid dynasty, Prague Castle is said to be the largest castle area in the world and is home to a collection of magnificent buildings covering over 18 acres. Found high above the city, visitors can walk up the old castle steps from Malostranská metro station and be rewarded with one of the most beautiful views of Prague – the castle is well worth visiting again at night to see the city lights, and the castle buildings, in particular the Cathedral of St Vitus, are beautifully lit up and the site has much fewer tourists.
During the day, the multiple building offer the history of the castle, artefacts, military displays, and more – you’ll need a good few hours to explore.
The Prague Castle is 23 minutes via the metro from Jurys Inn Prague.
Get away from it all in the most romantic part of Prague, Kampa Island and it’s easy to see why. Announced the second most beautiful city island in the world, Kampa Island is filled with picturesque houses, cute little cafes, and an array of bars, dotted all along the riverfront and treating you to beautiful views of Prague’s most famous attractions including Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge. The other side offers views of the National Theatre.
Kampa Island is a leisurely half hour walk from Jurys Inn Prague, or you can get a boat along the river.
Havelské Tržiště - Havel's Market
Less than 20 minutes on foot from Jurys Inn, Havelské Tržiště is the city centre's permanent market and is popular with locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of stalls where vendors are selling everything from fruit and vegetables, flowers, leather goods, arts and crafts, wooden toys and puppets, and ceramics. It’s a great place to soak up some atmosphere and pick up a souvenir or two. You’ll find more information on this and other markets in this guide.
Crystals and Glass
You couldn’t avoid the Czech glass and crystal shops if you tried, they’re all over central Prague, and the twinkly stuff is on offer at any time of the day or night. The lower end (more affordable) shops are on Wenceslas Square, Na Prikope and Celetna. The two high-end producers are Moser and Egermann. Moser also has a shop in Na Prikope.
Palladium Shopping Centre
Despite this being an ultra-modern shopping centre, the exterior of Palladium has a chateau like appearance that sits in harmony with the rest of this beautiful historic city. You’ll find anything you need here - it boasts over 200 shops with plenty of big brand names, cafés and fast food huts. Around festive seasons like Christmas and Easter, wooden huts appear selling local handmade crafts. Palladium is on Náměstí Republiky and is an easy ten minute walk from Jurys Inn.