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Three Days in Prague

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A September 2000 trip to Prague by travel2000

Prague View Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: We arrived in Prague after dark and walked across Charles Bridge-Lights flickering from each building, the castle on the hill, the statues, the people, the sound of a dozen languages, each buzzing with excitement...that was only the first hour of our trip.

Three Days in Prague

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Overview

Gate Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague Castle-Both during the day and after hours at night. You are allowed to roam the castle grounds until midnight. You see marching guards, as well as enjoy each part of the castle in relative privacy. Gorgeous view from top of the hill, with lights, rooftops, and barge music at around 9am. Nerudova-walk the King's Procession and enjoy the characteristics for each building. Kampa island-you can view the river, the bridges, the trees (all in shades of golden autumn colors in September), Prague families strolling, the green grass, like a postcard. The Jewish quarter-Go see the cemetary-it's the only one to have survived WWII. Get lost in the neighbourhood-you will come across the ri...Read More
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Check out the accomodations available on www.tomstravel.cz Our apartment was a huge studio with separate eating area, full kitchen and shower and bathroom. It was well-furnished with comfortable double bed, and a futon/couch for more people if needed. The apartment was a first-floor walk-up on Nerudova, with a great pub/restaurant right underneath, as well as quaint stores in the area. It is within walking distance to the Castle, Lesser Town Square and Charles bridge. There are many other apartments as well as hotels offered by Tom's-they are helpful in locating where you want to be. I would also check out their website for information on Czech travel. They have an abundance...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2000

Tom's Apartments
34 Nerudova
Prague, Czech Republic

Velkoprevorsky Mlyn

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Restaurant

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As we finished our stroll through Kampa Island, we came upon the infamous Certovka mill, a small watermill on a picturesque stream. Though we weren't blown away by the scenery, we did decide to try out the outdoor cafe next to it (there is also inside seating). Turns out, the food was pretty good. We had the daily menu, which included potato soup, prague ham with mustard sauce, and apple strudel. The service was also very attentive and the food presented very nicely. The table next to us had beers and snacks. I think we were either having a very late lunch or just an early dinner! The atmosphere was very relaxing.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Velkoprevorsky Mlyn
Hroznova 3
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 530-300

Restaurant U Podhradi

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Restaurant

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This was our first meal in Prague. We arrived at 7pm, took a quick walk down through Charles Bridge and came back towards Lesser Town Square. Since our apartment was on Nerudova, we decided to explore that street for dining possibilities. There were several restaurants close to the square, but looked too packed with tourists. We walked further up Nerudova, but by 10pm, things were starting to close down. We came upon U Podhradi-it had a green neon sign outside and empty except for one table inside-not too enticing but we decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was so attentive and nice. Excellent manners and very considerate. I ordered a tomato salad and a typical czec...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2000

Restaurant U Podhradi
Nerudova 8
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 575 320 54

Nerudova Street

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Attraction | "Nerudova"

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This is part of the King's Procession, the street leading to the castle right beneath. When you exit the Castle, just follow the road winding down, and veer left to turn into Nerudova Street. This is such an enjoyable walk, with restaurants, cafes, quaint stores and beautiful houses. No. 47 is the house At the Two Suns-this is where Czech poet Jan Neruda lived. You will see these two connected houses in miniture ceramin replicas all over town. The house with the Three Fiddles is also on that street. The Italian Counsulate is there, with it's iron clad gates and baroque facade. Look out for the old house-signs. Even the red Nerudova street signs on the buildings compose a good photo. At the end ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2000

Nerudova Street
Nerudova StreetMala Strana, Prague 1
Prague, Czech Republic

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Staromestske Namesti"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Staromestske Namesti, otherwise known as Old Town Square, is a market square that has been turned into a tourist mecca. It is not quite so commercialized as Wenceslas Square, which is laden with Macdonald's and other corporate symbols of the free world. Old Town Square is a large square surrounded by beautiful old buildings, newly painted in the colorful range Prague has come to symbolize. There are many cafes, souvenir shops and street fairs during certain seasons. The crowds are there throughout the day and in addition, you have to keep a watch for the horse-drawn carriages that tour the city's center. The building styles include the Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau, among others. It is eclecti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2001

Old Town Historic Center of Prague
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Prague in Autumn

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I was weary to arrive in Prague on September 29, just one day after the IMF meeting with protests and chaos. Luckily, the meetings ended a day early and by the time I arrived, the city was cleaned up (except for smashed bank windows by Wenceles Square). Prague was absolutely beautiful. We had 2 gorgeous days with blue skies and warm weather. The trees were beautiful, all in their golden browns, reds, exact replica of the postcards. The castle was like a painting. In fact, everywhere you looked from the river and bridges was like a painting. The reflections in the water, the light falling on and giving texture to statues, spires...It was more beautiful than I had imagined. It did get cloudy on o...Read More

Money Matters

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Try to use your ATM card for cash. We tried to exchange some dollars at a NO COMMISSIONS place, and of course, were given a 9% service charge as well as being charged for a guidebook that the woman insisted was free. Granted it is a poor country and if you work out the fees paid, it's not that much money. However, if you are on a tight budget, I believe you get the best rates through the ATM machine. (check with your bank beforehand for fees etc. My bank did not charge any, so that was the best deal for me.)

Also, we were warned to write out the amount paid on the credit card slips you have to sign. I guess some people were unlucky enough to have extra zero's slapped on by the merchant.