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A Wonderful Prague Weekend

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A May 2002 trip to Prague by jim

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: In the middle of a whirlwhind European trip, I had the opportunity to hang out in Prague. I focused on the magnificent architecture and hanging out and relaxing.

A Wonderful Prague Weekend

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Overview

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Everything you see in Prague is a highlight of some sort, given the beauty of the city. More than any other city I have been to, Prague is consistently beautiful and literally every building is worthy of pictures. Having said that, the things I enjoyed most included:- Hradcany (the Castle): an amazing site overlooking the city- Vysehrad and the Slavin Cemetery: an off-the-beaten-path site and the most amazing cemetery I have ever seen- Staromestské námestí (the main square in the Old Town): a good starting point and fun place to hang out- Petrin Hill: for the best view of the city- the amazing architecture throughout the city...Read More

Best Western Hotel Kampa

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Hotel | "Hotel Kampa (Best Western)"

Best Western Hotel Kampa Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I wasn’t sure what to expect given that the Hotel Kampa was associated with Best Western. But I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. First, the hotel is in a great part of town (Mala Strana or the Lesser Town) which is easy walking distance from all of the best sites (Charles Bridge, the Castle, Petrin Hill), but is not overrun by tourists. Plus, there is a small park behind the hotel to relax and hang out and the hotel provided some nice options for my morning runs along the water or up Petrin Hill. Second, the hotel was a lot of fun. It has been decorated in 17th Century style…meaning there is full knight’s armor, lots of wood and coats of arms, etc. There is even a dinner show with ...Read More

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Best Western Hotel Kampa
VSEHRDOVA 16
Prague, Czech Republic
420 257320508

Kolkovna

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Restaurant

Kolkovna Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Kolkovna is a combination restaurant and pub. There are two levels…both have a bar and dining. The out-door seating is also very nice when the weather permits. The neighborhood is nice as well and this is a perfect stop if you are anywhere near the main square or the Jewish quarter. The shopping in this area is also fantastic (and upscale). As for the food, it was very good. Czech food is pretty heavy, and typically pretty bland, but I enjoyed my meal very much. We ordered way too much food…this will be true for anyone who orders the ribs and anything else. Apparently, the ribs have a very good reputation because everyone we talked to lit up when we told them we ordered ribs at Kolkovna. Havi...Read More

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Kolkovna
V Kolkovnì 8, Prague 1 - Staré Mìsto
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 02 2481 9701

C'est La Vie

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Restaurant

C'est La Vie Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I was told that this was one of the nicer restaurants actually owned by Czech natives. It seems that a lot of Americans and Europeans have descended on Prague and opened several restaurants and bars. In the grand scheme of things, this is only a minor reason to check this restaurant out. The more important reasons are the food and the location. This restaurant is conveniently located no matter you are staying in the center of Prague, but tucked away enough to avoid the throng of tourists. If you are staying at the Hotel Kampa like we did, it is about a 200 meter walk. It is next to the river and outdoor dining is available. It can be very romantic and pleasant (as long as you don’t mind the sme...Read More

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C'est La Vie
Øíèní 1, Prague 1, Malá Strana
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 02 5732 1511

Barock

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Restaurant

Barock Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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After a few days of Czech food, I felt like something with a little more spice. Plus, I wanted to eat at a nice restaurant on my last night in Prague. Barock was one of the few logical options. Barock serves a variety of Asian foods (including sushi). It has a very nice atmosphere and is located on a beautiful tree lined street only a couple of blocks from the city center. It is clearly one of the more "trendy" spots and reminded me of something I might find in Paris. As for the food, overall it was good, but it was a little bit of a mixed bag. I really enjoyed the spring roll appetizers and the sushi was pretty good. The other entrees were fine but a little bland. Even with some hot sauce,...Read More

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Barock
Parizska, 24
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2232 9221

Petrin Park

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Attraction | "Petrin Hill"

Petrin Park Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Oddly there is a miniature replica (60 meters high) of the Eiffel Tower on top Petrin Hill. You can go to the top of the tower (it costs about $1) and you will be rewarded with unobstructed views of not only Prague and the castle, but also of the outer suburbs of Prague including many communist era apartment complexes and the stadium. Of course you have to get to the top of the hill as well which you can do by walking (about 15-20 minutes uphill) or taking a funicular railway (from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. approximately). I preferred the walk because the sights along the way are part of the fun of this excursion. There were some amazing gardens and it was nice to be in a natural setting after wandering th...Read More

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Petrin Park
Ujezd Street
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 544 444

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Staromestské Námestí"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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No one goes to Prague without at least walking through Staromestske namesti (which means that it is packed with tourists). This is the main square in the middle of Stare Mesto, the Old Town. Despite the crowds, it is definitely worth the visit. First, it is a good place to start because it helps you orient yourself as you walk around the different sections of Stare Mesto. Second, there are dozens of outdoor cafes that are great for grabbing a beer and watching the sights and sounds of this crowded square (the people watching is a lot of fun). Third, the architecture is stunning…the colors, the intricate facades, the towering cathedral. Finally, there are some specific sites worth seeing such as ...Read More

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Old Town Historic Center of Prague
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Castle (Hradcany)"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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You can’t possibly miss the castle (hrad in Czech) and cathedral perched atop the high ground overlooking the city. It is a breathtaking site and one you are drawn to from the moment you enter the city. It is walking distance from anywhere in the city center (allow about 20-25 minutes from Staromestské námestí in Stare Mesto, the Old Town) and there are many interesting shops and cafes along the way. In terms of things to see at the Castle, I recommend the following:St. Vitus Cathedral: You will see the cathedral from outside the castle walls and be drawn to it as you enter the castle gates. The detail of the architecture was amazing and the gargoyles on the outside were one of my ...Read More

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Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
Castle District, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
420 2 2437 3368

Vysehrad Castle

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Attraction | "Vysehrad (Fortress and the Slavin Cemetary)"

Vysehrad Castle Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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After spending a couple of days in the hectic city center, Vysehrad (the city fortress and park) sounded like a nice place to relax and enjoy a more "local" experience. There were very few tourists and lots of open space to walk around. It was a little rough around the edges (a little run down), but there were several things to see that made it worth the trip (10 minutes by subway). The most memorable site by a long shot was the Slavin cemetery. Next to St. Peter and Paul’s Church (which is quite beautiful but a bit understated compared to the catherdral’s you will see in Prague), you will stumble across the cemetery. At first glance, I didn’t expect that much. Fortunately, I was intrigued by th...Read More

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Vysehrad Castle
Sobeslavova, 1
Prague, Czech Republic 128 00
+420 (2) 2492 0735

Prague Architecture

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Buildings Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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No one can go to Prague without commenting on the architecture. It may be the most architecturally beautiful city I have ever seen. The thing that most amazed me was the consistency. Everywhere you look, the buildings are incredible. The little touches, the statues, the brickwork, the colors all combined to create a picture perfect façade throughout the town. Considering the Czech Republic was a communist state for several decades, it is quite a feat that there is no evidence of the ugly communist architecture you find in other places in Eastern Europe. My only regret is that I can only provide four pictures in this entry.
Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The main reason for this entry is to provide some more photos of Prague. But having said that, the statues and bridges of the city are definitely worthy of comment. The statues on the Charles Bridge alone could be the subject of a full chapter in a guidebook. But beyond the obvious statues and bridges, you will continually stumble across the most amazing sites. In fact, some of my favorite statues were in very obscure places...perhaps the greatest collection of statues was in the Slavin Cemetery (see separate entry).