PRAGUE is literally one of our favorite European city attractions, and the Czech capital always has something new to offer.
But it’s not the only city worth visiting – so why not extend your stay with a few days in beer-crazed Pilsen?
Classic scene: The Astronomical Clock in Prague’s Old Town Square is always a huge draw for tourists – the hourly show of dancing figurines is a treat. Prague staple.
But few people realize that you can see the watch from the back.
The Old Town Hall Tower, where the clocks are stored, can be climbed from the inside.
Go around sunset time and you’ll get a great view of the city and its twinkling lights.
Fun neighborhood: Mala Strana is a complex of small streets and beautifully decorated buildings.
A walk from the monastery rewards the curious, who will find small museums, small shops and spirits bars below ground.
It is the most beautiful part of Prague.
Wonderful moment: The Charles Bridge over the Vltava River is the highlight of the route from Old Town Square to Prague Castle.
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It comes from more and more schools of architecture, with 30 monumental statues.
The walk across is rarely quiet unless you go at dawn, but the stalls selling handmade decorations give the bridge a festive air.
New for 2022: Want to replenish the jewelry box?
You can make your own as part of the Pragl Prague Glasses Experience.
This studio has glass blowing demonstrations then allows beginners to make their own. See pragl.glass
A great party: Impressive Cerveny Jelen restaurant challenges the taste buds with dishes inspired by local cuisine.
It could be sour mushroom soup with melted eggs or beer cake for dessert. See cervenyjelen.cz.
Cultural repair: Pilsen, 90 minutes by train west, is a wonderful place.
The main square is one of the largest in Europe, with the 13th-century Church of St Bartholomew as the centerpiece of Gothic architecture.
The Bohemia Museum, which tells the stories of this heritage-filled area, is a short walk away. See zcm.cz.
Top tour: Pilsen is home to pilsner beer, and the Pilsner Urquell brewery is like a small city.
Brewery tours take place in the historic brewery, and they allow you to sample beers. See prazdrojvisit.cz.
With kids: Adventurous kids will love exploring Pilsen’s network of underground tunnels.
COVID: You must be fully stabbed.
Those who have had both doses and the booster dose will not need to have any tests, but those who have not received the third dose should have a PCR test before departure.
Arrive there: There are direct flights to Prague. For example, Easyjet flies from Bristol, Gatwick, Luton and Manchester. One-way tickets start at £22.99.
You can tour through the pits, wells and cellars, part of an estimated 12 miles under Pilsen. See prazdrojvisit.cz.
One more treatment: Soaking in a bathtub full of beer isn’t exactly a standard spa treatment
But Pilsen’s Purkmistr Beer Spa claims it relieves stress, relaxes muscles and delivers vitamins to the skin.
And you can get your own free beer from the tap. See purkmistr.cz/en/spa.
Big hotel: The Occidental Praha Wilson has classic yet attractive rooms.
It is located next to the main shopping district and close to many prominent tourist attractions.
Rooms cost from £45 a night. See barcelo.com.
In Pilsen, the Courtyard by Marriott Pilsen has rooms from £72 a night.
For more information, see marriott.com.
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