This winter, soak in one of Europe’s most beloved capitals, Prague, strolling among Gothic architecture in the medieval cathedral district and amidst sculptures that line bridges and adorn castles. One of the most beautiful and visited cities of Europe, this capital of 1.2 million has an incredible mix of Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and Art Nouveau architecture. The Vltava River winds through this “city of a hundred spires,” its riverbanks and the surrounding hills contrasting with the winding cobblestone streets of the old city centre.
Prague is lively and sophisticated, drawing on its centuries-old tradition of breakthrough thinking in literature, music, architecture and engineering. At the crossroads of centuries-old trade routes, and now the cultural and economic centre of the Czech Republic, Prague is an art-filled jewel in the heart of Europe. Alive with music and culture, it offers elegant riverside promenades, breathtaking architecture and café-lined squares.
This winter, Four Seasons Hotel Prague invites guests to experience the magic of picturesque Prague during the holiday season. Packages include an unforgettable shopping trip to the Christmas markets, where you can browse for unique and traditional gifts for friends and loved ones – and maybe choose a treat or two for yourselves.
Among the hotel’s many offerings, you can experience Don Giovanni in the exquisite 18th-century Estates Theatre, the very opera house that premiered Mozart’s masterpiece. We gained a deeper understanding of Mozart’s genius during a private performance of Don Giovanni here, the majestic site of the opera’s premiere in 1787. Through an exclusive arrangement with Four Seasons Hotel Prague, you and up to five guests can experience the renowned opera in total privacy amid the neoclassical splendor of the theatre, considered one of the most beautiful in all of Europe. After the spine-tingling performance, a chauffeur will bring you back to the hotel in a vintage Rolls-Royce. Toast Mozart from the rooftop terrace as you enjoy live music from a classical quartet and a gourmet meal served under the stars.
Other attractions: browse extraordinary Bohemian crystal at iMaterial, located next to the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana, or at Moser, known for superior artistry and craftsmanship. Be transported into history while marvelling at the stunning craftsmanship of Prague’s best art institutions, Veletrzní Palace & Lobkowicz Palace.
Discover Old Town of Prague with the help of a private guide – visit the Jewish Quarter, Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, with its fascinating mix architectural styles, including Baroque, Renaissance, Neo-Classicism, art nouveau and many others. Enjoy lunch in Kolkovna, a traditional Czech brewery serving Czech specialities.
Take the opportunity to visit some of Prague’s famous galleries – namely, the National Gallery in Prague and its display of Alfons Mucha’s “The Slav Epic,” or Museum Kampa, with private collections of Czech abstract art. And visit the Czech Fashion Center, see and be seen the fashion-forward Stare Mesto neighbourhood, featuring the shops of Tatiana and seven other designers nestled in the Old Town Square.
Our standout memory was the extraordinary private guided tour of Strahof Monastery, a Premonstratensian abbey founded in 1143. We feel it is one of the best…and most beautiful…libraries in the world. The private tour was arranged for us by Marika, our delightful personal concierge at Four Seasons Prague.
The hotel encompasses three historic structures – from the baroque, classical and Renaissance periods – united by a new, modern building with interior décor inspired by historical Czech eras. The 161 Old Town luxury hotel guest rooms, including 20 suites, are among Prague’s largest. The one-of-a-kind building concept creates a variety of guest room layouts, even within the same category.
Four Seasons Hotel Prague has a very welcoming restaurant, bar and lounge called CottoCrudo, a modern Italian oasis. Located by the Vltava River and entered via Veleslavinova Street, the chic urban setting showcases traditional and authentic Italian dishes with a modern touch. Take a savory journey through CottoCrudo with visits to the raw bar, cheese cave and wine cellar, salami and prosciutto tower and the cocktail bar.
The staff at the Four Seasons Prague is sharp, polite well-groomed and friendly. They never miss a beat anticipating guests’ requests.
Feeling energetic? Located just one hour from the hotel, golfers can get some tee time at one of the most beautiful golf resorts in the Czech Republic. There are great hotels in the world…and the greatest hotels in the world. We consider the Four Seasons Prague one of the greatest.
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