Travel watch: Seattle to Prague, and back again

This year, Prague is celebrating its 100th birthday. As such, the New York Times named the Czech Republic's capital one of 2018's top destinations. 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 Seattle and Prague in the next few months, including some standout hotel options and favorite local attractions.

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Flight deals to Prague

Currently, the cheapest flights between Seattle and Prague are if you leave on January 16 and return from Czech Republic on January 24. Finnair currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $499.

There are also deals to be had in April. If you fly out of Seattle on April 2 and return from Prague on April 9, Finnair can get you there and back for $532 roundtrip.

Top Prague hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are two of Prague’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price and customer satisfaction.

The Sophie's Hostel (Melounova 2)

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Topping the list is the 4.8-star rated The Sophie's Hostel. Rooms are currently set at $16/night. The Czech National Museum, Czech Technical University, Wenceslas Square Prague and the National Theatre are area attractions.

The Louren Hotel (Slezska 55 Slezska 832/55)

A second option is The Louren HotelThe hotel has a five-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $92.

Featured Prague restaurants

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

Potrefena Husa Hybernska (Dlážděná 1003)

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Let's start with the basics: where to get a drink and bite to eat. For a popular option, check out Potrefena Husa Hybernska, which has an average of five stars out of seven reviews on Skyscanner.

"This restaurant is great especially for students and backpackers and budget travelers," wrote visitor Emily. "When I was studying in Prague, this was often the restaurant of choice for my friends and I. The restaurant ambiance is cozy, especially in winter."

SaSaZu (Bubenske Nabrezi 306)

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If you're looking for a local favorite restaurant pick, head to SaSaZu, with 4.9 stars from seven reviews.

"Both a club and high-end Asian fusion restaurant, a night at stylish SaSaZu is always an unforgettable experience," wrote reviewer Clare. "Food is inspired by dishes from Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia, and after dinner the party gets started around 10 p.m."

Maly Buddha (Úvoz 110/44)

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Finally, there's Maly Buddha.

"You best get into Maly Buddha and fill up on healthy Vietnamese fare," wrote Gregory. "Great vegetarian options and plenty of vegetables on this menu, which is sometimes an anomaly in Prague."

Top Prague attractions

To round out your trip, Prague offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

The Charles Bridge

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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. 

Thousands of people traverse this cobbled bridge every year in search of magic, bohemia and possibly the good luck plaque at the 16th statue.

Prague Castle (Prague 11908)

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Prague Castle is another popular destination.

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. If you visit during the day, make sure to catch the changing of the guard, which occurs every hour (the most spectacular of which takes place at noon). If you visit by night, be sure to appreciate the lighting design and beauty as you make your way up and the spectacular view of Prague on your way down.

Old Town Square 

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Lastly, spend some time at 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.