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A September 2003 trip to Prague by chloe_day

Hotel Kafka Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Prague has recently become one of the most popular destinations for European city breaks, and there are plenty of reasons why.

Buildings, Bridges, Beer and Beauty

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Overview

The City from Petrin Tower Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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There is so much to see in this city, despite its relatively small size, that a weekend there just doesn't do it justice. I stayed for a week and never ran out of things to do. Prague is not only beautiful but is also visually interesting due to its wide ranging architectural styles; there's always something completely different around the corner. Staromestske Namesti (The Old Town Square)is a great place to relax for a couple of hours, or to use as a starting point from which to explore the many streets and alleyways that branch off from it. The area along the River Vltava is nice, although Karluv Most (the famous Charles Bridge) is extremely busy during the day. It is beautiful in the eveni...Read More

Hotel Kafka

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Hotel

Hotel Kafka Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I was perfectly happy with our stay at the Hotel Kafka. We paid £16 per person per night for a triple room which was a decent size and very clean, especially the bathroom. The beds were a bit hard, and none of the furniture and curtains etc. matched, but that didn't really matter to us. The price included a self- service Central European style breakfast of bread rolls, cheese, sausages, yoghurt, fruit and tea or coffee. My friends and I booked our accommodation here on the Internet from home by using the site www.visitprague.cz. We were pleased to find upon our arrival, that despite our fears, it was not a dodgy Internet scam and we did have rooms! In general the hotel was very clean and well ke...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

Hotel Kafka
Cimburkova 24
Prague, Czech Republic
222 78 13 33

O'Che's Cuban Irish Bar

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Restaurant

O'Che's Cuban Irish Bar Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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OK, I'm not usually the sort of person that goes travelling and then spends all their time with other Brits in Irish bars, but this one's a bit special and so I'll make an exception and say you should give it a go if you get sick of goulash. As you may have guessed from the name, O'Che's is an Irish Bar with a twist. The twist is a rather odd collection of Che Guevara posters and general memorabilia that adorn the place. This is a really friendly bar which serves very good food. This tends to be like British/Irish pub food, so you have a mixture of British/American cuisine and then the odd Mexican and Italian dish thrown in. I can recommend the chicken fajitas. We had a couple of r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 23, 2003

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

Getting Around

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Story/Tip

The Metro Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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It’s possible to take the bus into the city centre from the airport. Buses leave from outside door F of the arrivals building, and they all terminate at a Metro station. No. 119 leaves every 10 minutes and no. 100 runs about every 30 minutes. There is just one taxi company licensed to take passengers from the airport. This is the originally named ‘Airport Cars’ and a journey into the centre will cost 650kc (£15/$22.50). This was the only taxi journey I made during my trip; we used public transport to get to the airport for our flight home and got there about 2 hours earlier than we needed to because it was so much quicker and easier than we’d expected. Prague is a small city, and walking is alw...Read More
St Nicholas Church Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Both Staromestske Namesti and Vaclavske Namesti (The Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square respectively) have been the sites of many historical events in the city. The former was Prague’s main market place between the 10th and 20th centuries, in which there have been numerous executions, and the latter has seen many protests and the proclamation of the end of communism in Czechoslovakia. Today, Wenceslas Square is also renowned for the shopping opportunities that it offers. I have to say that I didn't spend very much time here as I found it a little disappointing. It is not a traditional square so much as a very wide, long street and although there are some lovely shops here they tend to be rathe...Read More

Prazsky Hrad and Chram sv Vita

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Prague Castle and St Vitus Cathedral Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Visible from almost every part of the city, St. Vitus Cathedral sits within the walls of Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. As a Britton and with the styles of castle that I'm used to back home, Prazsky Hrad didn't really have the feel of a castle. In a way, it's more like a palace. There has been a fortified settlement on the site since the 9th century and it was traditionally the official residence of the country’s rulers. Each ruler added to the building, which has led to it comprising a rather odd mixture of styles, including Gothic, Baroque, and Renaissance. It is a magnificent and imposing structure, however you may look at it. On the hour, you can witness t...Read More