Prague has become a great holiday destination for both short and long breaks. The city is steeped in history and appeals to everyone – from couples on their honeymoon to those looking for fun on stag and hen nights. It is a capital city and thanks to low budget airlines and low hotel room rates, it has also become a great destination for those who do not have a lot of cash to splash.
This is one of the reasons why Prague is great for a student holiday. Besides the low travel costs and reasonable accommodation rates, students can get many more discounts around the city if they hold one of the international student cards (ISIC). This means that public transport; museums, cinemas and restaurants suddenly become much cheaper and will put less of a strain on an already stretched bank balance.
The nightlife in Prague is the subject of many travel stories. With a variety of clubs and bars to choose from, there really is something for everyone and the city has a large number of bars that are aimed at students. Student bars and clubs also offer bar snacks or meals at a low cost too. The clubs and bars are not just restricted to dance music and those who enjoy jazz, opera or classical music will find something to suit them, particularly during the summer when the city plays host to many different music festivals.
Most of the travel stories about Prague focus on the history of the city and the historical attractions, which draw in thousands of people each year. The city centre has achieved World Heritage Site status thanks to the careful preservation of the buildings and the narrow streets. The architecture of the buildings takes in many styles including Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and even Cubist.
There are a number of tourist attractions that should be high on anyone’s list of things to do while they are in the city. Prague Castle was formerly the home of kings, presidents and Holy Roman Emperors, not to mention housing offices for the Czech Republic. Those who want to see a variety of architectural styles all at the same time should pay a visit to the castle. The trip to the castle will also take in St Vitus Cathedral, a monastery and several palace buildings, as well as beautiful gardens and museums. As much of the castle area is open to tourists it can keep visitors busy all day.
Not all students will want to spend their time in pubs and clubs and there are plenty of museums in the city to capture the imagination of history enthusiasts. One such example is the Museum of Decorative Arts, which has a vast collection of design and artwork that spans centuries. These are mainly of European origin and visitors are able to find out more about the development of arts such as ceramics, glass, jewellery and fashions. Those dedicated students who want to combine their break with a little research will find one of the largest specialist libraries at the museum, with more than 170,000 volumes on art and design.