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About Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic and one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, Prague offers a wealth of architectural and historic attractions and is one of the most rewarding cities in Europe to experience. Throughout its long history, it’s been the capital of the Holy Roman Empire, part of the Habsburg Empire and has had a prominent role in several major conflicts. In contrast, the altogether more peaceful Velvet Revolution in 1989 marked the dawn of a non-Communist future and an influx of tourist visitors. Though it lies far from either, Prague is included on a number of river cruise itineraries which explore the Main and the Danube rivers, with an overnight stay usually included. You’ll no doubt be glad of this, as the city’s historical centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rich in cultural attractions.

Exploring Prague

Prague’s Old Town is the place to go if you want to experience the city’s 13th-century charm. The expansive square is always alive with numerous market stalls, craft displays and cafes vying for your attention. It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir and soak up the atmosphere and also where you’ll find such architectural treasures as the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. The former is an incredible piece of Gothic architecture which dominates the square, while the latter is always popular with visitors, as the clock’s animated mechanical figures emerge from the clock on the hour to the delight of the assembled crowds below. The Church of the Virgin Mary Before Tyn is another key Old Town landmark and you won’t fail to miss its distinctive black spires as soon as you enter the square. 

Leave the Old Town across the Vltava River, which joins the Elbe further south, and visit the home of one of Europe’s finest faith buildings in the form of the soaring St Vitus Cathedral, which is part of the Prague Castle complex and visible from anywhere in the city. Though the square it sits on is pretty large, you’ll struggle to fit its façade in the frame if you’re taking a photo, which should give you an impression of how big it is. The view from the south tower is certainly worth the 297-step climb but there are plenty of wonders to behold inside too, including some hugely detailed stained glass windows and an incredible mosaic of the Last Judgement.

If St Vitus Cathedral was where Czech kings-past were both crowned and laid to rest, Prague Castle itself was where they ruled from, throughout hundreds of years of the city’s history. Though it’s now home to the presidential offices, other attractions in the castle complex include some beautiful terraced gardens and courtyards to explore.

Prague tips

Your cruise excursion leader will no doubt be wise to this but be sure to get there early to see the Astronomical Clock in action if you’re exploring the Old Town on your own. Beer is a big deal in Prague and if you want to try a local brew, Staropramen is a popular choice.

Prague Itineraries

Budapest

Danube Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date December 2023
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Bratislava

Prague & Danube Explorer: Budapest - Prague

8 sailing dates August 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Regensburg

Christmas Markets Prague - Paris

1 sailing date November 2023
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris (Le Havre)
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Salzburg

Jewels of Europe - Prague - Paris

13 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2023
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris (Le Havre)
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £6459pp
Prague

Jewels of Europe with Prague - Prague - Amsterdam

26 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £4699pp
Vienna

Jewels of Europe - Paris - Prague

12 sailing dates September 2022 to October 2023
20 Nights From Paris (Le Havre), to Prague
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5659pp
Prague

Amsterdam to Prague & Splendours of Europe

4 sailing dates August 2022 to August 2023
19 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £3669pp
Prague

Amsterdam to Prague & Splendours of Europe

4 sailing dates August 2022 to July 2023
19 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £4299pp
Dürnstein

Prague & Danube Explorer - Prague to Budapest

14 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Emerald Cruises logo FROM £1959pp
Würzburg

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date November 2021
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Prague

Prague with Christmas Markets on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2022
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Amsterdam

Paris to Prague & Splendours of Europe

3 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
20 Nights From Paris (Le Havre), to Prague
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Nuremberg

Prague with Christmas Markets of Europe

1 sailing date December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Vienna

Prague to Paris & Splendours of Europe

3 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
20 Nights From Prague, to Paris (Le Havre)
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Würzburg

Splendours of Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

7 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Melk

Christmas & New Year with Prague

1 sailing date December 2022
17 Nights From Amsterdam, to Prague
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Munich

Jewels of Europe with Bohemian Sojourn & Oberammer

2 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
21 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich
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Bamberg

Christmas Markets with Prague

1 sailing date November 2022
17 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Vienna

Gems of the Danube with Pragu - Prague to Budapest

36 sailing dates July 2022 to October 2023
10 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £2959pp
Vienna

Christmas Wonderland - Paris to Budapest

1 sailing date December 2022
20 Nights From Paris (Le Havre), to Prague
Scenic River Cruises logo FROM £5899pp

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