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Insider's Guide to Prague

A May 2003 trip to Prague by bombayhog

Quote: Prague is a small and beautiful city, emerging as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe and asserting its separation from Communist rule that only ended recently. As such, it is a fascinating place to explore and get to know.

Insider's Guide to Prague

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Overview

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Walk around the Mala Strana or the Stare Mesto. There is a multitude of small streets, beautiful open squares, and gorgeous architecture to see. Go to Petrin Hill, the big park on the hill to the west of the river. You can either walk up or take the funicular railway up. It is a haven of green away from the city and offers incredible views. Go to any one of the pubs you might come across (preferably away from the big tourist spots) and enjoy a very cheap and delicious beer. Walk around Smichov, the less touristy neighborhood below the Mala Strana. Afterwards, go to the Village Cinemas Andel (next to the Andel metro stop) and see one of the Gold Class films on offer. It's dou...Read More

Hotel Neruda

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Hotel

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This is a very pleasant hotel, right underneath the Prazsky Hrad (castle) and about halfway up the hill that makes up the northern part of the Mala Strana (to the west of the River Vltava). Nerudova, the street on which it's located, is a narrow, winding, "classic Prague" type of cobblestone street. The only drawback is that all the vendors and restaurants along the street are very aware of this, and therefore the beauty of the street is affected by tourist-catching bright colors and big storefront signs. Nevertheless, it's a convenient and relatively nice place to be situated. Aesthetically, both the exterior and the interior of the hotel are top notch. The lobby and dining area are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 25, 2003

Hotel Neruda
Nerudova 44
Prague, Czech Republic
+420-606821628

U Dragouna

Restaurant

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U Dragouna is an interesting little restaurant in Prague 6, behind Petrin Hill and about a ten minute walk from the Castle. It may be difficult to find, and due to its remote location and indifferent service, may not even be worth finding. If you do happen to come across it, it may be worth a visit. Somehow, despite this being a mediocre restaurant, there's some sort of charm to it. The bar is well-stocked, with mid-range prices for beer (by Prague standards). The food is not the best in Prague but certainly not the worst. The interior decoration is slightly cheesy, but not horrible. Service, while sometimes friendly, is pretty spotty. It depends who you get. One guarantee, howeve...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

U Dragouna
Parlerova 5, 160 00
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 220 511 282

Bohemia Bagel

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Restaurant

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Bohemia Bagel is a great place. There are two locations, both of which offer exactly the same things, from the food to the interior design. One is in the Mala Strana, on Ujezd, and the other is in the Stare Mesto (Old Town) on Masna. It was opened by an American, as far as I remember, and this is definitely the place in Prague to go for a good bagel, coffee, or dessert. They have a number of types of bagels that can be purchased individually at fairly cheap prices. In addition, there are a number of bagel sandwiches, most of which are truly delicious. I recommend that everyone that finds themselves in Prague immediately go to Bohemia Bagel and get themselves a Triple-Decker Turkey Clu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2003

Bohemia Bagel
Ujezd, 16
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
+420 2 53 10 02

Village Cinemas Andel

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Attraction

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The Village Cinemas Andel is a brand-new multiplex (or multikino) type of theater. It is comparable to an average American multiplex, with many theaters, good sound, and a stadium seating layout. There are many small, independent theaters throughout Prague, and some larger ones towards the outer parts of the city. This particular theater, located in the neighborhood of Smichov, near the Andel metro stop, is notable for one reason: there are two classes of film-seeing experience offered. You can either opt for the standard film experience, for which a ticket will cost you the equivalent of about 4 USD. Or, you can pay an extra 6 USD or so, and see a Gold Class film....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 25, 2003

Village Cinemas Andel
Radlicka 3179/1E
Prague, Czech Republic

Petrin Hill

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Story/Tip

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Petrin Hill is visible from just about anywhere in Prague. It is the large area of grass and trees that rises up on a hill to the west of the River Vltava, just south of the Castle. There are two options for getting to the top: hiking up one of the many trails, or taking the funicular railway up. Both options involve some steep climbing. Hiking up, one can meander amidst the trees and be treated to an increasingly breathtaking view of the city of Prague to the east. It's about a 20 or 30 minute walk up to the top, and is only mildly strenuous for someone in good health. The funicular railway goes directly up to the top, working on an ancient pulley-like system in which the car coming down the hi...Read More
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Pragues's Ruzyne airport (code PRG) is located about 10 kilometers or so from the city. It is a relatively small airport, and it's very easy to naviagate within the buildings, consisting of one arrivals and one departures terminal that are connected by a food court. There are a few options for getting from the airport to the city: there are minibuses that go to hotels and can be a good deal for several people sharing, there are taxis, and there is public transport. Taxis have been known to rip people off. In fact, they are famous for it. It is recommended that you avoid this option. The minibuses are worth looking into. However, for travellers on a bud...Read More