Flights to Prague
With history and culture at every turn, the city of Prague is a popular and charming city break destination. Prague is both the capital and the largest city of the Czech Republic, and it’s the country’s top tourist destination, though it’s now also one of the top visitor destinations in the whole of Europe.
The main airport for international flights to Prague is the Ruzyne International Airport (airport code: PRG), which is the largest airport in the country. The airport is situated only 10 kilometres from the city and there are several transport options for getting to the centre. Public buses will take about 40 minutes though the metro and taxis should be faster. From Johannesburg, most flights to Prague have one connection. Iberia makes its transfer in Madrid, and South African Airways travels through London. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways also have flights to Prague that stop once in London.
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The Tourist Attractions of Prague:
Prague’s charming mix of architecture and its riverside setting make this a city fit to rival the most attractive in the world. Over the last decade or so, interest in Prague has skyrocketed, and the fact that the historic centre of the city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site has certainly helped.
The Old Town
At the heart of Prague is the Old Town. This is where the original city settlement began, back in the 9th century, and it was contained within a moat and a wall for defence. The Old Town Square is one of the most popular spots to visit within Prague’s Old Town. Here you can sit and relax during the warm summer months, people watching, and admiring the beautiful surrounding architecture. This architecture includes the Old Town Hall from which you can get some excellent views over the square. On the southern wall of the Old Town Hall is the Astronomical Clock. Like most clocks this one tells the time, but it also displays the sun and moon positions so it’s a very interesting sight if you’ve never seen an astronomical clock before.
The Lesser Quarter of the Old Town is no less spectacular! Home to Prague Castle, said to be the largest ancient castle in the world, and a top Prague visitor attraction. The immense size means you’ll need to allow quite some time to explore it in detail, including its gardens, churches, palaces and grand halls.
The New Town
Though the Old Town is the real historic heart of Prague, the New Town is really quite old as well! This was built in order to extend the size of the Old Town, way back in the 14th century. Wenceslas Square is the top attraction in this part of Prague, and it includes the National Museum, monuments and impressive buildings.
The older parts of Prague are definitely the most popular parts for tourists to visit, but these are not the only attractions in the city. In the more modern parts of the city there are also numerous things to see and do. One famous landmark is the Dancing House – a modern piece of quirky architecture. Another piece of modern architecture is Zizkov Television Tower which contains three observation decks and a restaurant, while for a change of pace visit Prague Zoo, ranked as one of the best in the world.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers are the most popular time to visit Prague as temperatures are warm and although there’s rainfall the days are mostly sunny. July and August are the warmest months with an average high of just over 24C. Being popular the city is also quite crowded during the summer, so spring and autumn may be better to avoid the crowds, while winters are cold and cloudy.