Escape from Phoenix to Prague on a budget

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Last year, the Czech Republic celebrated its 100th birthday, and Prague — the country's capital city — was named one of 2018's top destinations by the New York Times.

Bisected by the Vltava River, “the City of a Hundred Spires" is known for its Old Town Square, colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and its medieval Astronomical Clock, which gives an animated hourly show. Besides the stunning architecture, there are also enough local libations and delightful dishes to appease any traveler.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Phoenix and Prague in the next few months, including some popular hotel options and beloved local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Prague flights

The cheapest flights between Phoenix and Prague are if you leave on Nov. 7 and return from Czech Republic on Nov. 14. Finnair currently has tickets for $594, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in September. If you fly out of Phoenix on Sept. 8 and return from Prague on Sept. 16, Finnair can get you there and back for $625 roundtrip.

Top Prague hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Prague’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.

The Mosaic House (Odboru 4)

If you're looking for a top recommendation, consider The Mosaic House. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $110.

"The rooms are light and modern and I liked the trendy décor," wrote visitor Petr Gut. "You can get a dorm or a superior room with a terrace, and the top floor is occupied by penthouse apartments with rooftop terraces, so there's something for everyone."

The Sophie's Hostel (Melounova 2)

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There's also the 4.8-star rated The Sophie's Hostel, which has rooms for $16/night.

This hotel is located in Prague, and the Czech National Museum, Czech Technical University, and Wenceslas Square are area attractions. Another nearby attraction is the Prague National Theatre.

The Louren Hotel (Slezska 55 Slezska 832/55)

A third option is The Louren Hotel. With a five-star rating on Skyscanner, the hotel is one of the most luxurious in the city. Rooms are currently listed for $92/night.

Featured Prague restaurants

Prague has plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most popular, according to Skyscanner.

Cacao (V Celnici 1031/4 at Namesti Republiky)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Cacao, which has an average of five stars out of 14 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Great cafe in the central part of Prague with spectacular views of the Republic square Prague and the municipal house and many other historical sites," wrote visitor Josef.

Villa Richter (Stare Zamecke Schody 6/251)

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Another popular dining destination is Villa Richter, with five stars from seven reviews.

"Set among vineyards on the hill beneath Prague Castle, the atmosphere at this renovated villa is really magical," wrote reviewer Clare. "It’s divided into three parts: the Italian restaurant Terra, the casual, outdoor summer terrace, serving wines grown right here in the castle vineyard, and the traditional Czech restaurant Piano Nobile."

Nase Maso (Dlouha 39)

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Also worth considering is Nase Maso.

"Naše Maso (Our Meat) is a butchery using only the best quality meat, " wrote Petr. "The guys really take their profession seriously."

U Medvídků (Na Perštýně, 345/7)

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Finally, there's U Medvídků.

"Great value and authentic, " wrote Marie."Both tourists and locals eat at Medviku so you know it's legit, but you also know they'll speak English (and German and French if I recall correctly). I highly recommend the potato dumplings filled with cabbage and smoked meat."

Top Prague attractions

Prague is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are some popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The Charles Bridge (Karlův most, 110 00 Praha 1)

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First up is The Charles Bridge.

Joining the Lesser Side with Old Town, the Charles bridge is famously the best spot for viewing the Prague Castle. The bridge was laid under superstitious circumstances, at a precise date and time (believed to be lucky-- Year 1357, July 9 at 5:31 pm), and it has withstood the ages, invasions and wars. Find street performers, salesmen, and a pleasant view of the city and Prague Castle from this iconic eastern European landmark.

"Overall, this is on most people's list when visiting Prague/Praha," wrote visitor Billy. "Pro tip: Avoid the summer crowds and go late Autumn/ early winter. It will be dreary/raining but less crowded."

Prague Castle (Prague 11908)

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Then, there's Prague Castle.

Perhaps the most beautiful sight east of Paris, Prague Castle was the original seat of power in Bohemia, the home of Czech royalty. The former royal compound is actually a series of castles, with a cathedral and several gardens and plazas at the center.

"The Prague Castle is beautiful and historic, yet packed, " wrote visitor Emily. "It is a must see in Prague but it will be so busy no matter what."

Old Town Square (Staroměstské nám, 110 00 Staré Město)

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Lastly, consider checking out Old Town Square.

Aptly named for its location in the Old Town quarter of Prague, Old Town Square is the oldest and most populated square in this historic city. While there are a number of architectural styles that can be seen throughout the space, the dominating figure is the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, a massive Gothic structure completed in the 15th century. Visitors can also check out the astronomical clock, the Jan Hus Memorial, and the baroque St. Nicholas Church.

"This is one of two must see spots in Prague, " wrote visitor Schel.

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