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Prague--"The City of One Hundred Towers and Spires

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A June 2003 trip to Prague by slabeaume

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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?!

Prague--"The City of One Hundred Towers and Spires

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Vltava River Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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When my daughter said she wanted to go to school here for the second semester of her fourth year of architecture school, I was a bit anxious about it. It was a bad time for an American to be in Europe (with the Iraq war just beginning). But the experiences she gained were well worth the anxieties I had. At the end of her semester, I flew there to meet her and go on a two week trip through Europe by Eurail. First, though, she showed me around Prague for a couple days. 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 t...Read More

Masarykova hotel

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Masarykova hotel Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This is the dorm/hotel where my daughter stayed while she went to school at nearby Czech Tech. When I joined her at the end of the semester, I stayed in the dorm with her, since her roommate had already left. 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 ...Read More

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Masarykova hotel
Thakurova 1
Prague, Czech Republic
+420224320202

Bohemia Bagel

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Restaurant | "Bohemian Bagel"

Bohemia Bagel Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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With a name like Bohemian Bagel, you might be surprised to hear it's a chain restaurant which specializes in inexpensive breakfasts and lunches. They have 10 types of soup and six types of desserts and great coffees, as well as a broad choice of bagel sandwiches. I did get a bagel sandwich---with egg and bacon--and it was excellent. 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 we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 27, 2003

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

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Prazsky Hrad ("

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague Castle sits on the ridge of Hradcany and dominates Prague's skyline. The castle complex consists of three courtyards, fortifications, and gardens. Katedrala sv. Vita (St. Vitus Cathedral) is the Czech Republic's largest church and takes up most of the third courtyard. The work on this Gothic Cathedral was started in 1344 but due to the changing economy, was not completed until 1929. The finest of the 22 side chapels was built to hold the relics of St. Wenceslas. The Baroque tomb of St. John of Nepomuk, is the Jesuits attempt on promoting him as the Czech patron saint intead of Wenceslas. The Coronation Chamber displays the Bohemian crown jewels. The Crypt is the resting place of most of the Ki...Read More

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

Charles Bridge

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Attraction | "Karluv Most -- Charles Bridge"

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Charles Bridge connects the Old Town with the Castle district. It was the first stone bridge over the Vltava, replacing a wood construction which collapsed. In 1357, Charles IV started the construction of a new bridge. Until 1683, there were no statues on the bridge. Now there are 30 magnificent statues along the sides of the bridge. On either end of the bridge are huge buildings with archways through them. One had been a gun powder storage place, the other was for collecting tolls. I understand you can go up in one or both of the towers in these archways for spectacular views. Unfortunately I didn't know that at the time. Expect this pedestian bridge to be packed full of tourists and stree...Read More

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Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Wallenstein Gardens

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Wallenstein gardens Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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If you walk down from the back of Prague Castle, turn right at the bottom of the steps and soon you'll be at Wallenstein Gardens. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but once you go in the gate, you'll find a large open garden. Geometrically designed, this garden was created in 1623-30 and features a small lake, a cave with artificial stalactites and stalagmites, and plenty of roses, rhododendrons, magnolias, and Japanese cherry trees. The statues are copies of originals by Adrian de Vries from 1626-27. There are even peacocks in the gardens. And, it's free!

Wenceslas Square

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Wenceslas Square Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The boulevard running through the middle of the square originates from the Charles IV period (over 600 years ago) when it was used as a horse market. 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 l...Read More