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A hectic 5 days in Prague

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A March 2001 trip to Prague by MichaelJM

Hotel Sax Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
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A hectic 5 days in Prague

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Overview

Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague is a fascinating city, and we divided our trip into five "mini excursions:" the Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Little Quarter, Castle District and New Town. There’s a great deal to see, so plan well! The castle district is perhaps the most strenuous (because it’s uphill!), but the views from the top are superb. Enter, past the palace guards, who seem more than happy to pose for photographs, and you’ll have two courtyards to cross before being confronted by the awe-inspiring St Vitus Cathedral, with its hideous gargoyles and well-crafted flying buttresses. It’s hard to get a decent photograph of this magnificent cathedral, but just wait until you get inside; it is wonderfully decorated, with i...Read More

Hotel Sax

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Hotel

Hotel Sax Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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A friend who had regularly stayed in Prague on business trips recommended the small 22-bed Hotel Sax to us. It’s extremely well situated, halfway between Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, in a quiet cul-de-sac in the centre of Prague’s "Lesser District," just up from the American and German embassies. We’d made our booking through a Prague Travel company and were collected from the airport and driven to the hotel door (booking through the Internet had been much cheaper than a direct arrangement with the hotel). The hotel has obviously been created out of more than one building and what would have been an open courtyard has been created into a magnificent atrium. It is now an extremely light, bri...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2004

Hotel Sax
Jansky vrsek 3 323
Prague, Czech Republic
420 2 575 30173

Charles Bridge

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Attraction | "Charles Bridge (Karluv Most)"

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Charles Bridge is probably one of the most famous structures in Prague, and on the first day, it was absolutely heaving with tourists. All the entertainers were out in force: the puppeteer, the blind female singer giving an almost perfect rendition of Ave Marie, a string quartet, and a small jazz band. Between them, at strategic intervals, were intermingled local traders selling cheap and tacky souvenirs, original paintings of Prague, quality engravings, puppets, and musical instruments. I bought a small porcelain wind instrument being taken in by the ease with which the trader played it. It came complete with instructions, but unfortunately, the talent is lacking and I can just about get a rendition ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock

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Attraction | "Astronomical Clock & the Old Town Square"

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This pedestrian precinct is full of interesting historical buildings, many of which have an absolutely unique appearance. It’s a great place to wander around, and we had "added atmosphere," as they were filming a costume drama on the day of our visit. To begin with, it just felt restrictive, but it was fascinating to watch and really did not affect our mobility round the square. I’d like to know what the drama was called, but we haven’t been able to find out. Never mind! The Town Hall Clock is the focal point of the Old Town, and large crowds congregate hourly to see the clock "perform." This amazing mechanical artistry was built in 1490, and it is rumoured that the political masters blinded the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 17, 2004

Old Town Hall/Astronomical Clock
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic

Josefov

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Attraction | "The Jewish Quarter"

Josefov Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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No one else wanted to view the Jewish Quarter, but I was determined to visit this remarkable sector, so I set off on my own. I bought a multi-admission ticket from the Old Jewish Cemetery, and this was my starting position. This was the original medieval burial site for Prague’s Jewish ghetto, and although it’s been slightly enlarged over the years, it is effectively the only place that Jews could be buried until the 1780s (the last burial was in 1787). It is hard to believe, but in this small site there are believed to be over 100,000 people with at least 12,000 gravestones. Bodies are said to be at least 12 feet deep, and the gravestones are propped up against each other. It’s a fairly awesome...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Josefov
Josefov
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 231 0302, +42