5 reasons why Prague is the perfect pre-spring break29 January 2019
Prague is the city on everybody’s lips this year. The stunning capital of the Czech Republic, the 14th largest European city and a true Bohemian paradise - Prague is the perfect pre-spring break.
There may be sun, sand and palm trees in Australia and the likes, but Prague boasts plenty of holiday must-haves closer to home. Steeped in history and culture, now when you ask Alexa™ or another popular search engine where you should holiday at this time of year, you can scoff when you’re urged to travel to the other side of the globe because you have Prague just around the corner. Here’s why:
1. You can beat the crowds
By going in low-season - ie. not in the height of summer - you’ll be able to enjoy Prague like a local, not to mention the likelihood of finding cheaper flights and accommodation from TUI, Thomas Cook and the likes. Wrap up warm as temperatures sit around 4 degrees celsius throughout February, and take to the city’s main attractions, minus herds of tourists.
Prague Castle is an epic sight and well worth exploring for a few hours if not for a full day. Arrive before midday to spot the changing of the castle guard, a flag ceremony and generally delightful fanfare while you soak up the range of artwork and Gothic architecture around you.
Old Town Square is a vibrant place which deserves a visit without all the bustle. A main attraction, here you’re likely to find street performers, music and plenty of Czech cafes to relax in. While galleries and museums are always more appealing without queues. The Jewish Museum preserves a number of historical monuments and synagogues that are among the best preserved in Europe and is perfectly for a historical afternoon.
If you’re looking for peace, quiet and more picturesque surroundings, stroll over the Charles Bridge to the Lesser Quarter side where Kampa Island and more elegant, painted buildings can be revealed.
2. You can release your inner culture vulture
The art and music scene alone is enough to bring the most creative beings to the heart of Prague. Renowned for jazz by night and art by day, you can explore the works and sounds of Czech artists all over the city.
The art hungry shouldn’t let the House of the Black Madonna pass you by. Home to the Museum of Czech Cubism while the Kubista gallery is the only outlet to sell original and replica Czech Art Deco and Cubism pieces - you’ll leave beaming with creativity.
The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art is a relatively new addition to the gallery scene, boastine imaginative and provocative works - this is a gallery that will get you talking. While Beatles fans can admire the Lennon Wall, that has been joyously graffitied with iconic quotes and lyrics from The Beatles since the 1980s.
3. You can take your Valentine
Should you be looking for an original Valentine’s Day treat, a weekend trip to Prague can make the perfect present as the Czech’s have refined this day of love. From romantic meandering alongside or even along the Vltava river by cruise, to strolling through the medieval streets of the Jewish Quarter and soaking up the beautiful intricacies of structures like St.Vitus Cathedral at the castle - the city’s romantic allure is almost unquenchable.
From sumptuous sights to gourmet experiences, Prague’s traditional cuisine is a culinary treat and perfect for the cooler months. Whether you prefer a casual and traditional restaurant setting, or a Michelin star establishment - there are endless spots to recommend. Visit cosy cafes for mugs full of soup and stews, teamed with fresh bread, dumplings and more that’ll put a little more meat on your bones to aid against the winter chill. While Thomas Cook gives the Alcron Hotel Radisson hotel restaurant, and La Degustation Bohême the nod for real foodies. Accompany your meal with a world famous beer (pivo) or wine (of the mulled variety) and you’ve a recipe for Valentine’s Day success.
4. You can be Bohemian
From getting familiar with the Jewish Ghetto, to experiencing a puppet show or the magic of Golden Lane within the walls of Prague castle - the city unleashes raw imagination and veritable joie de vivre in all who walk its streets. Lose yourself in small shops and traditional brew houses across the river on the streets of Mala Strana which also offers phenomenal views of the Vltava river. To immerse yourself in theatre, the Festival Mala Inventura is an annual art event that usually takes place at the end of February to celebrate the start of a new theatrical year. Giving tourists and locals alike a chance to revisit past theatre productions, visit Prague throughout February and catch vibrant performances at different venues around the city.
5. You can wave winter farewell
Indeed, in Prague you can join a marvellous parade of masquerade balls and carnival flair towards the end of February or beginning of March wherein the Czechs enjoy ‘Masopust’. This is a pagan tradition that was born in the 13th century and that now features on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The tradition was almost faded out under Soviet rule, making this an honourable tradition to be a part of.The medieval streets and monuments of Prague are enough to lift your wintered spirits high in time for spring. Glittered with culture and the finest Renaissance architecture, experience it all for less at this time of year with travel and accommodation discount codes available from vouchercloud.