Romantic Prague

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Romantic Prague
Prague is known for being a romantic city, but strolling through the cobbled streets is just the beginning. Whether you’re after a boat ride along the Vltava River or a concert in a baroque palace, the city offers many memorable experiences.
By Joann Plockova, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Joao Canziani
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    Timeless Music in Timeless Venues
    Experiencing a classical music concert in Prague is a life-changing experience, both for the quality of the musicianship and for the exquisite venues in which the concerts take place. One of the finest examples is the art nouveau Municipal House, home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. This is also where the annual Prague Spring International Music Festival is held.
    Photo by Joao Canziani
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    Stroll around Prague’s Gardens and Green Spaces
    The sprawling Prague Castle is home to a number of gardens including the Renaissance Royal Garden, the South Garden, restored to its original 1920s design by Slovenian architect Josip Plecnik in 2012, or the Deer Moat, featuring a shoulder-width tunnel by Czech architect Josef Pleskot. Downtown, the charming Franciscan Garden (near Wenceslas Square) is laid out in a classical French style and occupies a beautiful setting next to the Church of Our Lady of the Snows. Back on the other side of the Vltava River, Letná Park's tree lined avenues are perfect for strolling, jogging or inline skating, while Kampa Island is a pleasant spot for a picnic.
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    Cozy Up in a Cellar Bar
    Prague’s cellar venues carry an intimate, and often romantic air. Parlour, located on one of the upper side streets off of Wenceslas Square, takes some faith that you will actually find it. The cozy, living-room style speakeasy serves all of its drinks in vintage glasses. It feels like these self-proclaimed cocktail artists can read your mind.
    Photo by Gianna Wyatt
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    Exotic, Elegant, and Luxurious Restaurants
    There are so many restaurants in Prague that it’s difficult to narrow the options, but a few special spots set the standards. For an unbeatable setting, the breezy but classy Kampa Park restaurant is blessed with a fantastic location on Kampa Island and offers an international menu and a terrace right on the river. Visit La Degustation Boheme Bourgeoise for a luxurious and creative twist on 19th and 20th century Czech cuisine. Not far from the eastern end of the Charles Bridge, Lehká Hlava offers excellent vegetarian plates in a historic and enchanting setting.
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    Relax and Recharge at a Spa with Your Loved One
    The Czech Republic has a longstanding spa tradition. Prague is a wonderful place to indulge. After a long day of sightseeing, set aside some time to unwind with your loved one. Many of the city’s leading hotels include fantastic spas and wellness centers. On the top two floors of The Emblem Hotel, The M Spa includes a wellness area with a sauna and spa, a Kneipp path, and a Finland-inspired ice shower. The menu of body and facial treatments is extensive, while the highlights include the spa's clean, modern design and rooftop jacuzzi with views of Prague Castle and the city's red roofs (book in advance).
    Photo courtesy of the Alchymist Luxury Group
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    ‘Tis the Season for Romance
    Snow or no snow, Christmastime is as romantic as it gets in Prague. Mulled wine and puppet shows, light displays and crepes, carol singers and hams roasted on spits…the festive atmosphere provides a glorious sensory overload. The city’s Christmas markets usually run from the end of November to mid January and take place around the city. The Old Town Square market installs a Christmas tree from the northern Krkonose mountains, which makes for a wonderful sight when set against the city’s gothic skyline. And if it does snow? You’ll never want to leave.
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    One River, Many Ways to Enjoy It
    It doesn’t get much more idyllic than being on a river with your loved one, and there are multiple ways to explore Prague’s Vltava. You can rent a paddle boat if you are feeling active (there are several rental shops on Kampa Island), or join a dinner cruise that sails past such sights as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge. Or gaze from its banks on Kampa Island, or Naplavka, an active hotspot including a weekend farmer's market, a floating gallery and numerous cultural activities.
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    The High Points of Prague
    Prague may look even better from above or afar as it does from up close. In the Old Town Square the 230-foot clock tower is accessible via a ramp or elevator and provides an unparalleled view across town. For a broader view, the ramparts of Prague Castle are a good bet. A charming option is Letna Park, one of the best places to take in the city’s succession of bridges. But the ultimate high point is the TV Tower. A newly renovated observatory affords 360-degree city views, which you can best enjoy from the on-site bar or bistro.
    Photo by Joao Canziani