how to get there
Weekend return flights with Czech Airlines (0171-255 1898) or British Airways (0181-897 4000) start at pounds 209.50. The Czech Tourist Centre (0171- 794 3263) flights start at pounds 182.50 (mid-week from pounds 166 return). Regent Holidays (0117 921 1711) weekend returns from around pounds 180 (mid-week, special offer of pounds 159 from 2 September 1995 to 1 March 1996).
where to stay
The Czech Tourist Centre can arrange accommodation from around pounds 20 per double room per night for basic accommodation outside the city centre; a 3-star hotel is pounds 50/60 per night for a double room; a 5-star hotel will cost as much as pounds 200. The Romantic Weekends guide suggests the Interhotel Pariz, U Obecniho domu 1, Prague 1 (00 42 2 2422 2151) as an alternative to the standard Eastern European hotels, which are heavy on marble and lighting, short on comfort. The Hoffmeister Hotel, Pod Bruskou 9, Prague 1 (00 42 2 2451 1015) is also recommended. Regent Holidays (0117 921 1711) can arrange bookings in either of these hotels for around pounds 150 per night for a twin room; other hotels from pounds 36 per twin room per night.
Time Off (0171 235 8070) offer packages of return flight plus two nights in a two-star hotel from pounds 282 per person; their range of hotels spans two-star to luxury grade (two nights in the Pariz pounds 381, two nights in the Hoffmeister pounds 389 including flights).
Romantic restaurants: U Mecenase (53 38 81); U Modre kachnicky (06 20 38 22) - get your hotel to call and book for you. For late evening drinks and dancing, Lavka (24 21 47 97), a garden bar by the Charles Bridge.
The Czech Centre (0171 794 3263/794 3264). As well as flights and accommodation, they can also arrange concert tickets.