Prague is one of Europe’s most popular city getaways, the capital of the Czech Republic and a real mix of the past and present.
Sport in Prague
The two most popular sports in Prague are football and ice hockey, although the city does offer some other events:
- Prague is home to several football clubs, with the Prague derby between Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague being the biggest in Czech football.
- AC Sparta Prague are the most successful football club in the Czech Republic. Sparta Prague have won 36 domestic league titles, the Czech Cup 27 times, as well as reaching the semi-finals of the European Cup (now the UEFA Champions League) in 1992, and the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1973. Sparta play their matches at Stadion Letná, which has frequently hosted Czech Republic international matches.
- SK Slavia Prague are the second most successful football club in the Czech Republic, winning the Czech domestic league 19 times as well as reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup (now the UEFA Europa League) in 1996. The club play their matches at Sinobo Stadium, which has hosted several Czech internationals as well as the 2013 UEFA Super Cup.
- Less successful football clubs but also recently playing in the Czech First League are Bohemians 1905 who play at Ďolíček Stadium and won the title in 1982/83, FK Dukla Prague who play at Stadion Juliska and FK Viktoria Žižkov whose home is FK Viktoria Stadion.
- Ice Hockey is a popular sport in the Czech Republic, with Prague host to HC Sparta Praha and HC Slavia Praha, who have both previously won the national championship. Both teams play at the O2 Arena, a multi-purpose arena that opened in 2004.
- The Prague Marathon is held each May, being known as one of the most beautiful courses in the world.
- The Strahov Stadium, with a capacity of 250,000 is the largest stadium in the world. Built in 1926 to host mass synchronised gymnastics, it now serves as a training centre for Sparta Prague.
Travelling to Prague
Air: Prague’s Václav Havel Airport serves over 150 destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America (including Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, and Nottingham).
The airport lies 7 miles to the west of central Prague, with the cheapest way of transport between the two being public bus, with the AirportExpress running from Terminal 1 to Prague’s main railway station.
Train: Fairly central to the city, is Prague’s main railway station, Praha hlavní nádraží. Trains serve most of the larger Czech cities including Brno, Plzeň, České Budějovice and Olomouc, as well as international destinations such as Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Serbia, Russia, Ukraine and Croatia.
Where to stay in Prague
Food & Drink in Prague
What to do in Prague
Prague is a popular destination for tourists, with its beautiful architecture largely remaining untouched over time. The most popular sights include Old Town Square (the traditional heart of the city), Charles Bridge (built in 1357), Josefov (the former Jewish ghetto), Prague Castle (founded in the 9th century) and Wenceslas Square (scene of the 1989 revolution). Prague’s abundance of bars and cheap beer has also made it a firm favourite with Stag Do’s.