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Christmas Markets in Prague

Prague Christmas MarketsPublished: 21 December 2017

Author: Sheena Simaria

Known for its beautiful Old Town Square, colourful baroque buildings and historic past, Prague had been on my list of European cities to visit for a long time and it did not disappoint. We were lucky enough to visit during the Christmas Markets season and whilst it was very cold, snowing some days even, it was a wonderful three night break and so pretty during the festive season.

We stayed at the Four Season Hotel, centrally located and with stunning interiors. It was the perfect location to enable us to walk the city and explore the wonderful attractions, especially the famous Charles Bridge which was just a block away.

We did the hop on hop off bus tour which gave us great orientation and enabled us to see all the main sites. It also provided us with a break from the very cold weather especially as we were traveling with young children.

My favourite attractions and recommendations on top things to see would be:

Old Town Square - the Christmas Market here is wonderful with lots of stalls selling wonderful decorations, Christmas gifts and of course lovely food and mulled wine.

The Astronomical Clock - has chimed on the hour every hour since 1410. Hundreds gather in front of the Old Town Hall to watch the short mechanical performance. A great photo opp.

Prague Castle; this fairy tale fortress is one of Prague’s main attractions and well worth a visit. Within the castle walls are wonderful historic buildings, museums and galleries that are the country’s greatest treasures.

Charles Bridge - this beautiful, stone bridge that crosses the Vltava River is one of Prague’s most visited sights. The 520 metre stretch glides across from the west bank to the Old Town on the East Bank. It is crowded all day with visitors and hawkers but has a wonderful vibe and some great views.

Wenceslas Square - another main square in the city, but more like a boulevard, this also had a lovely Christmas Market selling traditional Czech food like barbequed pork, Czech muffins and of course beer. The streets are lined with shops, cinemas and restaurants too.

Recommendations for restaurants:

Pepe Nero - a great family friendly Italian restaurant with hearty food and great choice. The pizza chef is fab and the staff are very welcoming. Worth booking, especially on weekends.

Noi - located in the heart of Prague’s Malá Strana district, this is a wonderful Thai restaurant. Each dish was authentic and they were very accommodating to vegetarians and children too!

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