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Dopravní podnik Prahy (tel: +420 296 191 817; www.dpp.cz/en) offers tours around the city centre on the Historic Tram 41 at weekends from April to November on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from noon to 5 pm. Travellers can board at any stop on the circular route. Prague History Trip (tel: +420 737 306 599; www.historytrip.cz) offers unique tours of Prague in beautifully restored vintage cars from the 1920-1930s; while the Fiacres, horse-drawn taxis found along the west side of the Old Town Square, offer tours of the centre of the Old Town.

Bicycle tours

For those who prefer to take in their attractions at something a little brisker than strolling pace, tours of Prague by bicycle are available and designed in packages to suit all ages and fitness levels. Group tours with knowledgeable guides are available daily, but if you prefer to strike out alone, bikes can be rented for any length of time, from two hours to a full day, and come with a safety helmet, lock and a free city bike map.

Tel: +420 7761 80284
Website: http://www.citybike-prague.com

Ghost tours

As you'd expect, a fairy-tale-like city that was once dubbed the 'magical capital' of Old Europe has its fair share of mysterious and supernatural tales to tell. Discover a few as you're guided at twilight through the city's many narrow, winding lanes. For those seeking even more sinister thrills, there's even a chance to visit the ancient labyrinth of 12th-century tunnels and dungeons lying hidden below the town.

Tel: +420 222 315 258
Website: http://www.mcgeesghosttours.com

Bus tours

Prague Sightseeing Tours depart from Námìstí Republiky and terminate in the city centre - free pick up from most 4-star hotels can also be arranged. The ‘Grand City Tour', which takes in all the major sights in Prague and includes a walking tour, takes three and a half hours. All tours are in English and other major European languages on request. Bus tours of Prague and other tourist locations are also available through Bohemia Travel Service.

Tel: +420 2223 14661; +420 2248 26262
Website: http://www.citytours.cz

Boat tours

Prague Boats offer several boat tours on the Vltava River including frequent one-hour cruises that travel past the Prague Castle district. There are also two types of night cruise: one standard and one luxury, both have onboard dining and music entertainment. All boat tours depart from the dock at Čech Bridge.

Tel: +420 724 202 505
Website: http://www.prague-boats.cz

Walking tours

Several companies, including Pavel's Walking tour (tel: +420 603 157 001; walks.cz), offer excellent walking tours of Prague, some with themes such as ghosts, Kafka and legends. Leaflets are available at all tourist information service locations. Most tours start on the corner of Old Town Square and Pařízská Street and last about two hours.

Prague excursions

Visit the baroque Troja (Trojský Zámek)

Troja was built by the Sternberg family in the late 17th century. Located in the north of the city, much of the rich baroque interior decoration celebrates the victories of the Habsburg dynasty. Exquisite formal gardens lead down to the river. Get here by bus 112 from metro Nádraží Holešovice, or via a pleasant half-hour walk along the banks of the Vltava. The château is now owned by the city of Prague and sometimes houses a collection of Czech art. Opening hours are Tuesday-Thursday 1000-1800, Friday 1300-1800, Saturday-Sunday 1000-1800.

Tel: +420 2838 51614
Website: http://en.ghmp.cz/troja-chateau

Discover legends at Vyšehrad

This mighty fortress perched high above the Vlata is one of the most historically important sites in Prague. Recognised from afar by the gothic twin spires of the Church of St Peter and St Paul, this was the seat of the first kings of Bohemia in the 11th century. A place brimming with legend and rumours of hidden treasure, the gallery here also houses the original statues from the Charles Bridge.

Tel: +420 241 410348
Website: http://www.praha-vysehrad.cz/?l=9

Take a trip to Kutná Hora, the City of Silver

Now a UNESCO World Heritage site located 84km (62 miles) east of Prague, Kutná Hora came to prominence in the late 13th century as a centre for silver mining, and with a boomtown economy it soon became second only to Prague in importance. Today the principal point of interest is the extraordinary gothic Cathedral of St Barbara, while the Hrádek in Barborská Czech Silver Museum offers tours into the mines.

Tel: +420 3275 12378
Website: http://www.kutnahora.cz/?lang=2

Spend a day in Cesky Krumlov

This idyllic Bohemian town stakes a fair claim to being the most attractive in the Czech Republic. Curling around the Vltava, the compact Old Town is as a UNESCO heritage site and every bit as appealing as any part of Prague with plenty of cosy cafés and bars to relax in. Regular trains reach here from Prague's main station. There's also a bus service from the Czech capital.

Tel: +420 3807 04621
Website: http://www.ckrumlov.info/docs/en/kaktualita.xml

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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.

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.

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.