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A March 2003 trip to Prague by panda2

Quote: Prague is a fairly developed Eastern Europe, great public transportation system if you can manage their Slovic language. Prague isn't an inexpensive Eastern European spot. It seems that the prices are getting up there, though it's still not as bad as western Europe.

PRG

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Overview

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Prague attractions: Charles Bridge, The Prague Castle and palace gardens, Old Town Square House at the Stone Bell, New Town, National Gallery: Veletrzni Palace, Sternberg Palace, and St. Georges Convent, National Museum and Antonin Dvorak Museum, Lobkovic Palace, National Technical Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, Petrin View Tower, The Maze, The Powder Tower, The Municipal House, St. Nicholas Church, Vrtbovska garden, Bertramka (Mozart Museum), Church of Our Lady of Victory (The Prague Bambino), Old New Synagogue, Botanical Garden in Troja, Krizik Fountain, Jewish Town except Pinkas Synagogue, Bedrich Smetana Museum, N...Read More

Villa Mansland

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Hotel

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We arranged for a room at Villa Mansland via the Internet. The website gives this gay hotel the illusion of something better than it actually is. Airport pick-up was also pre-arranged with a hotel driver who had the wrong name displayed after clearing customs. We were able to find the driver after he corrected the name displayed, a delay of 30 minutes at the airport. He charged CZK 650 for the long ride from the airport. I couldn't put my seat belt on in the back seat of the car, as I couldn't locate the other part to lock into. Prague 8, where the hotel is located, isn't near the city center -- it's more ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Villa Mansland
Stepnicna 9
Prague, Czech Republic
420 777 83 97 33

Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square

Hotel | "Novotel Praha City"

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I found Novotel by using Hotels.com, which was the best rate at the time of booking under US$70 for two, but I noticed that prices have more than doubled recently. We booked during the off-season. It''s near the city center, and there is a fitness facility and swimming pool. You need a magnetic-stripe card to use the elevator, to enter and exit the fitness room, to enter and exit the swimming pool. There''s a 24-hour security guard inside hotel lobby. There is a small bathtub/shower and an electronic safe in room, but no ice available. My partner sai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Novotel Praha Wenceslas Square
Katerinska 38
Prague, Czech Republic 120000
420 2 21 104 999

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Being the last night and getting late, we didn't want to eat at another fast-food place. We called the Novatel Praha City where the restaurant is, and being guests of the hotel they would serve us coming into the restaurant just before midnight. We were the only customers at that late hour. We ordered monkfish and pork medallions. Ordering Cola Light, we got very small servings of the drink served with three ice cubes on the first round, and no additional ice for another round. The food was good but not exceptional. They serve a extensive buffet breakfast Le Grand Bonjour 06:30-10:30. For exceptional dining, go to Lala's Restaurant in Pisek; not only is the food great, but the cost is le...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2003

Cote Jardin Restaurant
Katerinska 38, 120 00 Praha 2
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 2 2110 4999

Alsovo Namesti 35

Restaurant | "Lala's Restaurant"

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The restaurant is located behind the City Hotel in the center of town of Pisek, about a half-hour walk from the train station. This is a must-eat place if you're in this town. We took a train into the city for a day trip. The restaurant will serve late, until 11pm. My partner ordered a red wine, but the waitress brought out a bubbly white wine instead. My partner decided to keep what was brought and liked it after tasting it. My partner doesn't really care that much about food - when he was growing up, he had to eat his mom's cooking, which wasn't very good. But just about every mouthful of food he eats, he's going, "mmm, mmm, mmm." He was really ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Alsovo Namesti 35
Alsovo Namesti 35
Pisek
+420 382 215 634

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Cukrarna, kavarna Mozart, a sweet shop in Pisek, is located an eyeshot from crossing the Stone bridge, which was how we ended up here for some sweets. Unfortunately, the pastries were old and stale for some of the items selected.

Coffee was very good. The tiramisu, a fresh, multi-layered cake with cream filling, was delicious.

We couldn't ask what was fresh, as the worker didn't speak English.

Pisek information.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Cukrarna, Kavarna Mozart
Cechova
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 382 270 913

Pinocchio

Attraction

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Pinocchio is a gay men's nightclub with a small dance area which has gambling, a small hotel, a live strip show, and some food available. Young hustlers are available, and rooms are available for short term. A drink ticket is issued upon entry. Losing the ticket will cost CZK 1000. It's better to go with friend(s), since it can be boring. The music didn't pierce my ears, which I'm thankful for, but the smoking is heavy at these types of establishments, so be warned of second-hand smoke. Falling asleep in the bar will cause one of attendants to shake you awake and ask you to leave. We ordered some soup for a relative...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2003

Pinocchio
Seifertova 3, Praha 3, metro C, st. Hl. nádraží
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

Attraction | "Prague Castle"

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Prague Castle. Walking up the old castle steps is only for the fit -- arriving on a tram and taking an easy stroll of the castle is much better. You can take the old castle steps to depart. We arrived too late to look inside, but were able to walk around outside and watch the changing of the guards put on for tourists.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

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

Charles Bridge

Attraction | "Stone Bridge"

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The oldest bridge in the country, it was built in the 13th century. It is 111m long and had defense towers on both banks, which have not been preserved. The bridge is decorated with statues of St. John of Nepomuk, St. Anne, St. Anthony of Padua, and the Christ crucifixion.

Pisek information.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 21, 2004

Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Letnany Mall

Attraction

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Letnany mall is a large modern, bright, clean mall with shops, eateries, cinema, offers baby-sitting services with weekend events in the center court. A Tesco hypermarket is there for value shopping. We bought a power adapter for a Nokia phone at Tesco for a bargain price. An international food court there requires you change your money for credit on a card and then lets you buy food using the card. Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, French, and Czech foods are available.There is a free daily bus starting at 10am that runs at 30-minute intervals from Nadrazi Holesovice. Make sure you're out of there before that last free bus, or you'll have to find another local bus, as we did, to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2005

Letnany Mall
Veselska 663
Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock

Attraction | "Astronomical Clock (Orloj) & the Old Town Square"

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The Astronomical Clock (Orloj) and the Old Town Square are attractions not to be missed. The 12 apostles revolve through the open window while the figures of Vanity and Greed (on the left) and Death and the Turk (on the right) move on the hour, entertaining large audiences watching below. Arabic numbers measures Old Bohemian time, when the day was based on the sun. The Roman numerals depict our time. The blue is for the daylight hours of Babylonian time, and the circle with astrological symbols records the movement of the sun and moon through the 12 signs of the zodiac. The clock mechanism is credited to Jan Taborsky, who built it in the 16th century. Beware of pickpockets. Tel: 420 24...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 1, 2005

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic

Tesco

Attraction

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Tesco is a large chain supermarket and department store based in the U.K. that made its way here through acquisition of K-Mart stores. It's a huge big-box hypermarket store offering groceries, as well as department store goods. We went shopping for and purchased an A/C charger for a Nokia phone.

There is a free daily bus starting at 10am that runs at 30-minute intervals from Nadrazi Holesovice. Make sure you're out of there before that last free bus, or you'll have to find another local bus, as we did, to get back.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Tesco
Narodni, 26
Prague, Czech Republic 113 00
+420 2 2200 3111

Tesco

Attraction

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Tesco a large chain supermarket and department store based in the U.K. that made its way here through acquisition of K-Mart stores. This convenient location is in the city-centre, Národní tř. 26, 113 89 Praha 1. Home-delivery shopping is available through this store location, but you must be 18 or older. Register for Internet orders--orders must be at least CZK 501 for CZK 199 delivery fee; over CZK 2,000 delivery is free. Payment must be made in cash. Groceries DS: Monday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 9am-8pm Delivery orders phone daily 8am-5pm: 222 003 134, 222 003 136...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 21, 2005

Tesco
Narodni, 26
Prague, Czech Republic 113 00
+420 2 2200 3111

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www.csa.cz/en/czechia/cz_home.htm  Czech Airlines was the
airline we used to fly into Prague when we booked our flight through Northwest/KLM. The fare from Amsterdam to Prague costs as much as the fare from the US West Coast.

The service was nice, but the uniforms look dated, and the service is
dated - and not for the worse either. The service and attitude were like
stepping back in time to the 1960s, especially regarding the food service, with
a nice meal that included a full silverware set.

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PRG - Prague RuzyneAirport has two terminals located in Prague 6, 10km west of the citycentre. The north terminal handles most of the general traffic, whilethe south terminal has domestic, private, and special flights. Prague Public Transithas routes 110 (Zlicin metro line B, Prague 5), 119 (Dejvicka metroline A, Prague 6, with stops to Terminal Server -- north terminal --and Terminal Jih -- south terminal). Current fare...Read More
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Fare validation for two zones is for 60 minutes, Monday to Friday from 8pm to 5am, and Saturday and Sunday for 90 minutes.

It was very difficult understanding Czech language, and spoken English isn't common. Some of the more modern vehicles pronounce the next station stop as well as display the station stop.

When you first board, time-stamp your ticket onboard. It's an honor system, with inspectors doing spot checks to make sure you have paid.