A June 2003 trip
to Prague by slabeaume
Quote: My daughter spent a semester of architecture studies in Prague. At the end of the semester, I joined her for a trip through Europe by Eurail. What better place to start then Prague?!
By European standards, Prague is inexpensive. So it is becoming a very popular tourist area lately, especially amongst student age individuals. Because Prague escaped the ravages of war for so many centuries, it is the ideal place to go to see architecture. While I was there, there was even a free Prague Symphony performance in the city square. Fantastic culture and history in the same place! I also loved being there at the end of June -- it smelled wonderful! The city had lots of flowering trees that made the whole city smell great!
Under the Communists, Prague was the showplace of the Warsaw Pact. Although it went through many really tough economic times, since the 1989 Velvet Revolution it has begun to prosper and transform into one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
Prague isn't an exceptionally large city, so it's easy to get around in.
I understand about half of the building is a hotel. According to the internet, it is situated in a residential area of Prague. Near the Prague Castle. Double and single rooms. Every room has own WC (water closet, or bathroom), shower, TV-sat, and a telephone. When I last checked, rooms let for about $34per person per night.
You may also be able to rent one of the dorm rooms during the summer. They are designed for two or three people per room and three rooms per "flat". The "flat" shares a small kitchen with table, entryway with shoe holder, hall with bathroom and separate shower room. It didn't have air-conditioning, or a TV, but there was a TV room across the hall from my daughter's flat and the window opened up and let a nice breeze come through. It was clean and comfortable and conveniently located near the metro, busses, and subway. They also had a club, or bar, downstairs where she enjoyed spending many evenings. I hear she's become quite the fuzeball player there.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2003
Prague, Czech Republic
Restaurant | "Bohemian Bagel"
There are two Bohemian Bagels Restaurants in Prague. The newer store has double the seating capacity and has 10 internet terminals for use at the minimal fee of only $1.75 per hour. We went to the older one across the river towards the castle (in Ujedz). It was small, but had a really nice ambiance. There were a few tables and chairs for outside seating, as well as the small inside restaurant area and bar.
Another big advantage here is that for a small extra fee on your drinks, you can get a bottomless glass of soda or cup of coffee! That may not seem too special, unless you're a spoiled American like myself! After walking for hours, the refills are really nice to have!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
+420 2 53 10 02
Attraction | "Prazsky Hrad ("
There are two ways to get up to the castle, one is a road that brings you up to the front of the castle, the other is a bunch of steps that leads to the back. Along the steps are a more venders with more beautiful artwork. Both ways are quite a hike, but well worth it. Besides the castle grounds to explore, there are great views of the city from the castle.
Although the whole castle complex was interesting, the most fascinating to me was "talking to the bushes"! They created an aucoustic trick that if you stand on a certain platform and talk towards a semi-circle of bushes, it'll echo back to you in a very eerie way! I've never encountered anything like that before.
Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
Castle District, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
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Attraction | "Karluv Most -- Charles Bridge"
Expect this pedestian bridge to be packed full of tourists and street vendors, especially if you go here during the summer. Most of the venders we saw were very good at their work! The artworks (mostly water color paintings) were amazing, as were the musicians (there was an older fellow playing a saxophone to the crowd and further down was a 4 man Big Band era group that was really amazing!). Charles Bridge has become one of the major tourist spots in Prague. If you want to see it when it's less crowded, come very early in the morning. It also wasn't as crowded when we were there at night.
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
In the upper part of the boulevard, the statue of St.Wenceslas on his horse can be seen. On the top of the hill and centered on the boulevard is the domed National Museum.
The boulevard is 750-meter long and 60 meter wide and is lined with commerce, tourist shops, restaurants, casinos, hotels and countless little souvenir shops, as well as name brand department stores. There is even a bar here owned by the famous hockey player, Jaromir Jagr.
This pedestrian-friendly boulevard is Prague's main commercial area. The beautiful landscaping and plenty of benches along the boulevard also make this a great place to rest and people watch.
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