Panoramic View of Prague. Buy plane tickets to Prague
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Church of Mother of God. Buy plane tickets to Prague
Golden Lane. Buy plane tickets to Prague
Czech Cabbage Soup. Buy plane tickets to Prague
Panoramic View of Prague
National Museum
Church of Mother of God
Golden Lane
Czech Cabbage Soup

Prague is one of the most beautiful European capitals. According to Mastercard’s annual Global Destination Cities Index, in 2016 Prague was the sixth most popular European capital, behind London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Vienna. Prague seems to be imbued with a spirit of history and romance: you could walk its picturesque streets forever. At Christmas it is especially charming, with  festive holiday markets.

The fastest and easiest way to get to the Czech capital is by flying from Moscow. Aeroflot offers regular direct flights . The best way to save is by buying a round-trip ticket or booking a connecting flight instead of a direct one. A direct flight takes about 3 hours and arrives at Václav Havel International Airport. The most affordable tickets sell out quickly, so we recommend booking in advance.

General flight information Moscow  → Prague

Distance between cities

1 668 km

Time difference in winter

-2 h

Time difference in summer

-1 h

Average direct flight time

2 h 50 min

What to see

The heart and soul of Prague is Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí). It is surrounded by architectural monuments belonging to different eras and styles. One of them is the Old Town Hall with its famous Prague Clock (Pražský orloj), a symbol of the city. The clock is astronomical and has two complex dials. It tells not only the time, but also the day of the week and the month, the time the sun and the moon rise and set and the positions of the signs of the Zodiac.

Every hour, a crowd of tourists gathers in front of the clock tower to watch the show: sculptures symbolizing Death, Avarice, Vanity and Danger start to move and the figures of the Twelve Apostles appear in the tower’s windows.

The Old Town Square is dominated by the Tyn Church (Týnský chrám) also known as The Church of the Mother of God before Týn (Kostel Panny Marie před Týnem). Its construction began in the 14th century and was completed only in 1511, so  it’s not surprising that the church’s design encompasses such different styles as Gothic, Renaissance and early Baroque. The two monumental pointed towers rising above the red tiled roofs of the Old Town are pure Prague.

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí), one of the largest squares in the world, is also worth seeing. Here you will find a monument to St. Wenceslas (Pomník svatého Václava), the patron of the Czech Republic. Behind it is the National Museum (Národní muzeum). Wenceslas Square is the business centre of the city, a hive of activity from morning till late at night.

Another of Prague’s more important sights is the Charles Bridge (Karlův most). It was built in the 14th century on the order of Emperor Charles IV. Spanning the Vltava River, the bridge connects the historic districts of Staré Město and Malá Strana. It is for pedestrians and is adorned with 30 sculptures. During the Middle Ages, fairs and knights’ tournaments were held on the bridge; nowadays, it’s popular among artists, musicians and souvenir vendors.

On the left bank of the Vltava,up on a high hill, stands Prague Castle (Pražský hrad),  a fortress and former residence of Czech kings, now the residence of the president of the Czech Republic.

Several museums are located within the fortress, and every day at midday, the main show, attracting crowds of tourists with photo and video cameras, is the solemn changing of the guard of honour. The guards step to the music of a military band and pass on the presidential standard with great fanfare. If you don’t make it by noon, don’t fret. Less solemn ceremonies take place every hour.

Within Prague Castle stands the Cathedral of St. Vitus (Katedrála svatého Víta), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and the main cathedral of the city. Czech kings were crowned here, and their graves are here, as well.

Be sure to take a look at Golden Street (Zlata ulicka), where ‘gingerbread’ houses stand on cobblestone. Legend has it that alchemists settled here in the Middle Ages, hence the name Zolotaya. In reality, the street was popular among artists and writers; Franz Kafka lived in one of the houses. Now there are many cozy cafes and souvenir shops selling ceramics, lace and books.

Czech national cuisine will not leave you indifferent. To visit Prague and not try the ham hock (pečené vepřové koleno, pork shank baked on an open fire) or knedlík (steamed or boiled bun) would be unforgivable. For a drink, of course, have a beer;  Prague is the brewing capital of Europe.