It is easy to see why Prague is the jewel in the crown of European capitals and is still a firm favourite for year-round city breaks. In summer the city buzzes with street theatre and open-air cafes; autumn mists give it a romantic haze; in winter the Christmas Markets equal any in Germany and the Prague Spring Festival dominates May.
Prague is constantly alive with visitors who come to wonder at medieval architecture, winding streets reminiscent of a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, cobbled squares and monuments to a great past. Prague's artisans specialise in fine filigree silver work, wood carvings, porcelain and Bohemian crystal - all of which can be bought on its most famous landmark, Charles Bridge. Nearby Wenceslas Square is home to Prague's most elegant cafés and hotels - perfect for a glass of postshopping Czech beer.