Instead I found a magical city with beautiful architecture and lots of attractions. Much of the city is pedestrian only and walking is easily the best way to appreciate everything Prague has to offer.
And I was spolt for choice with things to do, with some great concerts, theatre, and pubs catering for all tastes. We went in May and the weather was good, but there is lots to do here whatever the time of year.
Part of it, the Vitus Cathedral, apparently took 600 years to build, and every hour you can watch the Changing of the Guard, which takes place at the front gates.
Prague is rich in history and culture, and another place well worth visiting is just one of the many museums, The Jewish Museum, with it's extensive collection of Judaic art.
If you do manage to have a Prague vacation, you simply must see The Old Town Square. It's a great place for spending relaxing days, with lots of outdoor restaurants, cafes and bars, and it's pedestrian only. Also scattered around the square are stalls selling Czech arts and crafts.
If you like sightseeing, then the cathedrals, churches and the Vltava river with The Prague Jazz Boat will all contribute to a fascinating visit, and for the children, a trip to the zoo should provide a pleasant day out.
Prague is not just for sightseers, as outdoor types can get in on the action with quad biking, paintballing, go-karting and white water rafting.
At the time of writing this it has been four years since my visit, but I will remember my Prague vacation for a long time to come.
If in Prague, you should take advantage of the many Prague Tours that are available for seeing the sights and attractions, starting from just £12.
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Prague Climate :
Mild with warm, wet summers and cold winters with temperatures reaching freezing point.
Prague Airports :
Just one - Prague Ruzyne International Airport, serves most major airlines.
Getting Around :
Good public transport will get you anywhere by bus, tram or metro. Beware of the taxis, if they know you are a tourist they will try to rip you off.
Popular Prague Attractions :
The National Museum, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Wenceslas Square and Municipal House.
One thing you must do :
On your prague vacation, you must have an afternoon Tea Cruise on the Vltava River, it's simply magic.
My Dublin vacation revealed one of the trendiest cities. Two of the most popular areas are Temple Bar, with dozens of pubs and restaurants, and some of the side streets off Grafton Street.