48 hours in Prague
You have two days in 'the golden city of 100 spires'. How can you discover Prague in that short time?
In TripAdvisor's Top 25 Destinations in the World, Prague comes in at a very respectable number nine. Astonishingly for its position in Central Europe, through centuries of war and upheaval, this fairytale city retains its original medieval architecture, right down to the cobblestones. Prague is beautiful, historic, vibrant and modern in equal measures - perfect for a weekend getaway with Jet2CityBreaks.
The best way to start discovering Prague on your first day is simply by walking round it – it's very pedestrian-friendly. You can do this on your own with a guidebook, but you'll learn so much more about Prague's wonderful landmarks, history and local colour if you tag along on one of the free three-hour walking tours that start from the Old Town Square. Turn up in time to see the mechanical Twelve Apostles parade past their little trap doors as the medieval Astronomical Clock chimes the hour, then head off with your knowledgeable guide.
You'll see Prague's most iconic sights – the bustling Charles Bridge across the Vltava river, and Wenceslas Square; scene of demonstrations against Nazis and Soviets and birthplace of The Velvet Revolution – the peaceful movement that overthrew Czechoslovakia's communist regime. Glowering over the whole city is Prague Castle, the largest medieval castle in the world. Art lovers will enjoy the Cubist House of the Black Madonna, and you can pause for reflection in the narrow streets of Old Jewish Quarter Josefov.
Your walking tour may include a lunch stop, but if it doesn't, Prague's coffee shops are great places for soups and light bites. Try a chlebicek – an open sandwich with potato salad, herring and beetroot, or roast pork belly. Whatever time of year you visit Prague, the eating experience is great – in winter you're tucked up in cosy little cellars, in the summer it's café style on the streets or river terraces.
Now you've seen a bit of the city and got your bearings, you can decide what you want to do with your afternoon. To learn more about Prague's Communist past, The Museum of Communism, with its kitsch Soviet-era relics gives a surprisingly affecting insight into how hard life was under an oppressive regime. If that isn't your thing, Wenceslas Square is Prague's prime shopping area, with international brands side by side with interesting local shops.
Nightlife in Prague revolves mainly around one thing: beer. This city boasts some of the world's best, as the numbers of hen/stag parties attest, with cocktail bars and jazz clubs playing second fiddle to pubs serving amber brew. For a truly authentic Czech night out, try one of the old beer cellars serving traditional food. The U Fleku Brewery dates back to 1499 with its medieval décor and cannonballs from the Thirty Years War embedded in its garden wall. They serve their own heady dark beer alongside rib-sticking Czech classics such as goulash, dumplings, pork knuckle, braised cabbage and apple strudel, with live traditional accordion and euphonium music to get your feet stomping.
If you love classical music, the magnificent Czech Philharmonic Orchestra has its home in the Rudolfinum. The acoustics are superb and the best seats in the house are tremendous value. Check the schedule to see if there's a recital that takes your fancy.
Day two, cross the Vltava river to the western side of the city and treat yourself to brunch in the trendy Letna district. Letna Park has wonderful views across Prague's 100 golden spires, and down to the Jewish Quarter. A leisurely half-hour stroll through the park takes you to Prague Castle and spiky St Vitus Cathedral, where, depending on how much you like castles, you could spend all day.
Make a quick 10-minute detour to pay your respects at the Lennon Wall, then pick up Tram 22 – it's as good as a bus tour as it trundles through or near many of Prague's most famous sights. Jump off near the atmospheric Jewish Quarter, known as the Jewish Museum in Prague. It's Europe's best-preserved complex of Jewish monuments, with Europe's oldest synagogue, one of the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the world and an art gallery. Tram 22 will take you right back to the centre of Prague where you started your visit.
Experience Prague in one complete package with Jet2CityBreaks, including your flights and hotel. With great flight times and a choice of amazing 3-5* hotels to make your mini-break perfect, now's the time to visit this wonderful city. Jet2CityBreaks to Prague start at just £219 per person. All prices are based on two adults sharing, staying for three nights.
Jet2CityBreaks are offering £200 off per couple. Jet2 Fly from nine UK airports. Fly to Prague from one of six UK airports, including Manchester, Glasgow and, new for 2017, Birmingham. You can book your mini-break with a deposit of just £60 (and zero credit card fees) with 22kg of luggage included in the price too. ATOL and ABTA protected.