Prague Journals

Stags, Spires and Good Spirit

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A September 2003 trip to Prague by fizzytom

Quote: We started and finished our rail trip around Europe in Prague. This journal should help visitors with limited time in the Czech capital. Accommodation, food, bars, sights, and sounds are all covered here.

Stags, Spires and Good Spirit

Overview

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If you're feeling energetic, climb the tower at Petrin, the biggest green space in Prague, to get magnificent views. Take in the Charles Bridge during the day to see the fantastic statues but also at night to enjoy the entertainment from the various musicians who line the bridge. Make the most of the food on offer -- Czechs like their game and this is the place to eat reasonably priced duck, rabbit, pate, venison, etc. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: Public transport is cheap and frequent. However, don't discount walking because it's not a huge city and many of its treasures are tucked away in streets you'd otherwise miss. If you take a rucksack or big item of ...Read More

Unitas Penzion

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Hotel

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There are two distinct parts to Pension Unitas. The site was once the site of a police prison and so downstairs, in the basement, you can stay in the former cells. The most famous inmate of the prison is Vaclav Havel, who stayed in the cell just a couple along from us. Each cell contains a set of bunks, a washbasin, a hanging rail for clothes/towels, a bookcase and a table and chairs. There is a small window which is useful because it can get quite warm in the basement. Each corridor has a couple of showers and washrooms and there are toilets every couple of cells along. As you would expect, these rooms are tiny, but in a city like Prague you're unlikely to spend much time in the host...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 9, 2004

Unitas Penzion
Bartolomesja 9
Prague, Czech Republic

Hostel Vesta

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Hotel

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This hostel is situated in part of the main train station in Prague, on the fifth floor of the tower at the Wenceslas Square at the end of the station (the Square is about a 5-minute walk). It is unappealing at first because the other floors are mainly unused, and since some of the windows are broken, it doesn't inspire confidence. Yet, reach the fifth floor and go into reception and things are different. The entrance is secure and staffed 24 hours a day. Check-in was tediously slow, but our double room was spotless and contained no more and no less than we needed for one night's stay. The private bathroom was also spotlessly clean, and the water always piping hot. Our room was near the reception, so ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2005

Hostel Vesta
Wilsonova Nadrazi
Prague, Czech Republic

O'Che's Cuban Irish Bar

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Restaurant

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It was the name that first made me notice this place. Since teenage years, Che Guevara has been a hero of mine and it was the well-known black-and-red silhouette portrait that I noticed first. O'Che's, as you can probably tell from the name, is an Irish pub themed around Che Guevara. There are loads of pictures of him on the walls and there is, loosely speaking, a kind of Cuban/South American/Mexican theme going on with items like cacti, etc, The place seems to be a meeting place for English speaking travellers (i.e, young backpackers) and the staff are predominantly non-Czechs. The place has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere but it's not really the type of place I would normally spend time wh...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2004

O'Che's Cuban Irish Bar
Liliova 14, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 222 221 178

Restaurace U Vladere

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Restaurant

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This restaurant serves traditional Czech fare -- that means an emphasis on meat and fish dishes with a good smattering of game dishes (rabbit, trout, venison, etc.). While Restaurace U Vladere is fairly expensive by Czech standards, they are cheap compared to prices for game dishes in the UK, for example. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor tables. We were there in mid-September and it was warm enough to eat outside. The tables are beautifully laid and the staff very smart. Having ordered, we were brought a large basket of various kinds of bread and a kind of wooden "tree" on which hung circular twists of bread covered in seeds. I started with the duck liver pate, which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Restaurace U Vladere
Malteszke Namesti 10
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 02 5753 4121

Torture Museum

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Attraction

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This small museum is situated in a small square, just behind McDonald's in the Mala Strana as you come across the Charles Bridge from the centre of town. It shares its box office with the Museum of Creepy Crawlies (honest), and you pay and go off in the direction of the one you're there to visit (you can buy joint tickets for both and save some money!) Despite the small size of the museum, they have managed to cram in quite a number of exhibits form old stocks, racks, and even an iron maiden -- victims would be enclosed in the wooden casing on this device and then screws would be tightened before driving spikes into the victim through the shell; very gruesome. Most of the exhibits are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2004

Torture Museum
Praha 1, Mostecká 21
Prague, Czech Republic