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Catch a break with some surfing on River Elbe

Landlocked as it is, the Czech Republic may not be the destination de rigueur for surfers but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch a wave in the capital. Surf Wave’s (tel: +420 777 952 222; www.surfwave.cz) artificial break on the River Elbe, 30 minutes drive from Prague, is a great way to wipe out an afternoon.

Pour over the very best Czech Republic vineyards

Even the most experienced of wine connoisseurs have yet to uncork the best of the Czech Republic. Here, quality precedes quantity, and with very little being exported, guests should quench their intrigue by visiting the vineyards. Czech Wine Tours (tel: +420 735 610 698; www.czechwinetour.com) offer tours to boutique wineries that include some sightseeing and lunch.

Power through the snow on a fat bike

Whether it's road cycling, mountain biking or just pedalling through parks, Prague is the perfect city to explore on two wheels. Biko Adventures (tel: +420 733 750 990; www.bikoadventures.com) offer rentals and a range of tours to suit all abilities. They even have fat bikes, whose extra-large wheels make it possible to cycle over snow.

Stand up and go sightseeing

Paddleboarding may be a bit of a balancing act, but once you are up, it is one of the most stimulating ways to see the city. Plťka boards (tel: +420 739 080 492; www.pltka.cz) offer lessons and equipment for hire; from there you can take in such sights as Charles Bridge and the penguins at Sovovy mlýny.

Walk on water with some zorbing

Whether you choose to view it from Charles Bridge or take a river cruise, it’s easy to get close to Prague’s charming Vltava River. But easy doesn’t mean fun. Instead, allow Water Zorbing Prague (tel: +420 732 768 488; www.facebook.com/waterzorbingprague) to seal you in an inflatable ball so you can walk on water.

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Four Seasons Hotel Prague

As you’d expect, Prague’s luxurious Four Seasons Hotel enjoys an unbeatable location, perched below Prague Castle and only a stone's throw from Charles Bridge. Everything here is as it should be at a Four Seasons. There are 19 suites, including the sumptuous Presidentia, furnishings are elegant and artwork original, and there’s a 24-hour concierge service, state-of-the-art gym and spa. The hotel also goes out of its way to create a child-friendly environment, with complimentary cots and a babysitting service.

Hilton Prague Old Town

The location of this hotel in Prague is spot on, only a short walk from Námìstí Republiky, the Municipal House and the beginning of the Royal Road. Guests have access to a health club, pool, gym and sauna, as well as local tennis courts and a golf course. The rooms blend state-of-the-art facilities with comfortable furnishings and contemporary styling.

Jurys Inn

Near to a metro station and a 20-minutes walk to the Old Town Square, this modern hotel offers great value for money with its 214 clean and bright rooms coming in five categories - double, premium king, twin, triple and family, all of which are generously proportioned and come with free Wi-Fi. This is also a comtemporary restaurant and bar.

Hotel Josef

This light, bright and super-modern hotel in Prague provides the perfect antidote to the heavy gothic architecture that dominates the surrounding city centre. Designed by Eva Jiricna, with a spectacular glass atrium as its focal point, the hotel's 110 luxury rooms all come with equally contemporary facilities, from high-end designer bathroom suites to Wi-Fi access.

Hotel Cloister Inn

Dating from 1772, this fascinating historic building, enviably situated in the Old Town between Charles Bridge and the Old Town Square, was once a Jesuit convent, before serving as offices for the Soviet secret police. This cheap hotel in Prague now provides 73 comfortable rooms ranging from singles to triples. Unlimited buffet breakfasts are served in the former chapel.

Hotel Savoy

Situated between the city centre and the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen, this small but comfortable hotel has two underground and bus stations nearby and the Exhibition Grounds are 25 minutes away by car or U-Bahn.