Spring into Prague’s Classical Music Scene

With its fascinating history and grand architectural appeal, the question isn’t why visit Prague, but when. Spring is the ideal season for a trip to the Czech capital, as are the early summer months before peak crowds and sweltering temperatures arrive in August. Those who visit the Czech capital around this time will be rewarded with a wealth of festivals and events. Not to mention the palace gardens in full bloom and the abundant greenery of Prague’s numerous urban parks. At the heart of this vibrant cultural capital are traditional Easter markets, world-class concert halls, and elegant shopping and dining districts. Then there is Hotel Paris Prague. Built in 1904, in neo-Gothic style with stunning art nouveau embellishments, this 86-room, five-star hotel is the perfect base for those wishing to explore this famous and exciting city.

Conveniently located on the Royal Way – the coronation route of Czech kings – the hotel’s proximity to the medieval Powder Gate, Old Town Square, and Charles Bridge makes it an ideal starting point for any number of Prague excursions, and a luxurious, relaxing retreat from the bustling city.

Stars of classical music light up spring

Hotel Paris Prague is a neighbour of Municipal House, Prague’s most prestigious classical music venue. This art nouveau treasure is adorned with original murals by Alfons Mucha and is also the seat of the Prague Spring Festival. This showcase for outstanding classical music from the Czech Republic and beyond takes place from May 7 to June 4 and features performances by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and other leading Czech ensembles.

Classical music also takes centre stage at the Rudolfinum –  within the legendary Dvořák Salon – a short walk from Hotel Paris Prague. From the vantage point of the Rudolfinum’s iconic staircase you can see the stunning panorama of Prague Castle, the historic Jewish Quarter, and the newly reopened Museum of Decorative Arts. Follow up a performance here with a visit to Prague’s popular Saturday riverside farmer’s market Náplavka, where you can enjoy everything from grilled fish to succulent burgers, all locally sourced, all completely delicious.

Don’t miss the Easter markets

The Old Town Square Easter market usually runs from the end of March through to April. The colourfully decorated stalls sell ornate hand-painted eggs and a range of traditional delicacies. Be sure not to miss the folk groups performing on the main stage. Smaller markets pop up around Prague, including a charming one adjacent to Hotel Paris Prague at Republic Square.

Summer promises its own delights with an array of festivals and open-air events to choose from, including the Prague Food Festival. Metronome Festival and United Islands are among the many rock festivals that take place in the city, all headlined by the biggest names. Combine all of this with a trip to one of Prague’s many beer gardens for a memorable day out. A favourite for its gorgeous view, the Letná beer garden is a short tram ride from Hotel Paris Prague. From here you can explore the trendy restaurants and museums of the district or head on to the sprawling Stromovka – the city’s largest park.

Relax amid art nouveau splendour

While guests will find no shortage of ways to stay entertained in Prague, they will also want to make the most of the comforts on offer at Hotel Paris Prague.

Boasting welcoming rooms, as well as luxurious apartments and suites – complete with replica art nouveau interiors and modern amenities – the hotel can accommodate a variety of stays, from group bookings to romantic escapes. The Mucha Suite and Tower Suite capture the hearts of those looking for a memorable getaway with breathtaking views. Named after the famous Czech painter, the Mucha Suite is a cosy wooden-beamed garret, while the Tower Suite is tucked away high in the hotel and features a 360-degree view of Prague. Both suites can be connected to create a spacious family accommodation.

Elegant in-house dining options will set the most discerning palates racing. The fresh salads, soups, and light bites of the Café de Paris, a coffee house with a 1920s feel, are ideal for breakfast or lunch. While the sophisticated cuisine of restaurant Sarah Bernhardt sees Executive Chef Karel Hynek fuse Czech traditions with French inspiration. All are paired perfectly with Moravian and French wines.

Guests are invited to the Wellness & Spa Centre to recover and unwind with a foot massage or a special all-over body massage with aromatic herbs and grasses designed for de-stressing. Treatments that ensure your Prague adventure ends on the perfect note. Θ

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