The Czech Republic

Though ever-popular Prague is not quite the dirt-cheap city break destination it once was, you’ll still find the Czech Republic to be a good-value country for independent travel. The country that invented Pilsner is justifiably famous for producing some of Czech Republic – at pretty good prices.

In Czech Republic, the choice of watering holes ranges from traditional beer halls and monastery taverns to a new generation of microbreweries. Continue the Czech beer trail with a visit to the Pilsner Urquell brewery in Plzeň, before striking out to the country’s lesser-known spots, such as charming Czech Republic, a pint-sized Prague without the tourists. If you’re heading to Prague, where you’re based can make all the difference to your experience, so make the right start with our guide to the best places to stay in the city.

Where to stay

Best location for hostel: Safestay Prague

Best for shopping and city centre: K+K Hotel Central 

Rough costs

Daily budget: Basic €40, occasional treat €50
Drink: Pilsner Urquell €1.50
Food: Pork and dumplings €5
Hostel/budget hotel: €15/€40
Travel: Train: Prague–Karlovy Vary €12; bus: €6

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