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Prague - Truly the Jewel of Europe

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A May 1999 trip to Prague by mfs

Cerna Liska Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Prague is magnificent - I believe it to be the most beautiful city in Europe. We visit about every other year for a week or two - it keeps drawing us back and we never tire of it. The architecture, art, culture, even the twists and turns of the narrow streets are intriguing and fascinating. Be sure to also see Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, and Karlovy Vary as well - all wonderful towns with their own distinct character. Check back with us in late January '02 - we'll have info on new hotels, restaurants, etc from a recent trip!

Prague - Truly the Jewel of Europe

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Views from Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The first time I viewed Charles Bridge from the tram on the Most Legii, I was awestruck. And, basically, my jaw remained on the ground for the next two weeks. The city is incredible. The view of Hradcany from Charles Bridge is breathtaking. We went to the bridge at all hours of the day and night, and each time was a new experience. At night the bridge comes alive with street performers, vendors and tourists. Early in the morning, it is eerily still and beautiful. I found the entire city to be this way. I have been to many European cities, but Prague is the most consistent in its beauty and feel. The architecture looks like something out of a children's storybook, and everything was impeccably...Read More

Cerna Liska

Hotel

Cerna Liska Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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**Cerna Liska is currently undergoing renovation work to its facade (November 2001) Contact the hotel before making a reservation - the scaffolding is unsightly and the construction is loud and begins early in the morning!** In our travels, we seek out places to stay that represent the local flavor. This small (12 rooms), charming hotel is located right across the street from the Church of St. Nicholas on Old Town Square. There is no hint of sterile American-hotel-style anonymity at the Cerna Liska. It is distinctly Czech - and we loved it. You can't beat the location - everything is within walking distance and the views of the square are amazing. We had a large, nicely furnished room w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2000

Cerna Liska
Staromestske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic

Pension Valton

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Hotel

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Pension Valton is located in the Smichov district of Prague (Prague 5), which is a 10 minute tram ride to the Narodni Divadlo station or about 15 minutes to Nove Mesto. Smichov is a working class neighborhood, with a significant Romany population. The rooms are sparse and somewhat dark, and the staff speaks little English, however, the accommodations are fine for travelers on a strict budget. We had a small bathroom in our room, and there was a small convenience store on the block that we visited regularly for snacks (with prices half of that for the same products in the center of town). breakfast and other meals are available, however we did not partake. A note - we booked this hotel through Tom'...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Pension Valton
Holeckova 99
Prague, Czech Republic
00420 2 54 95 61

Restaurace U Certa

Restaurant

Restaurace U Certa Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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U Certa is a cozy little restaurant located on Nerudova that serves up large portions of traditional Czech fare. You'll know it by the life-size, three-dimensional devil caricature that stands by the doorway (cert means devil in Czech). U Certa provided the first meal I had upon arriving in the Czech Republic, and the hearty chicken saute I had really hit the spot. My two friends also had good meals. Definitely worth a visit, and the prices were excellent as well.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2000

Restaurace U Certa
Nerudova 4/206
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 02 530 975 538

Pizza Coloseum

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Restaurant

Pizza Coloseum Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Pizza Colosseum has possibly the best pizza I have ever had (and I have lived in Italy)! The restaurant is located just off Vaclavske Namesti, and the dining area is a subterranean affair with large brick ovens and cozy tables. We loved it so much that we went twice during our two week stay. In addition to the phenomenal pizza, they also serve salads, inexpensive wine and other traditional Italian dishes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Pizza Coloseum
Václavské Nám. 1/846
Prague, Czech Republic
222 242 286

Bazaar Mediterranee

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Restaurant

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Bazaar Mediterranee is an excellent example of how Prague is becoming a part of the European community. It would fit in as easily in New York or Paris as it does in Mala Strana. The Moroccan-themed restaurant is eclectically decorated and serves an interesting mix of Mediterranean and Czech cuisine that we found delicious. They also have a patio on the roof that is a real hot spot, and affords views up to Prague Castle. They also feature live "world" music.

It is one of the more expensive restaurants we visited in Prague, but it about $10-15 per person, it was still affordable by our New York standards. It's definitely worth a visit - and stay for the music.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Bazaar Mediterranee
Nerudova 40
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 2 900 540 511

Statni Opera Praha

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Attraction | "Statni Opera"

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Prague's State Opera Theater is a beautiful neoclassical building just off Vaclavske Namesti in Nove Mesto. The opera season in Prague lasts from September 1 through June 30 - so there are plenty of opportunities to catch a performance. I saw excellent performances of Carmen and La Traviata in late May, 1999. Both operas were sung in their original languages and were performed my mainly Czech singers. I was able to order tickets for both performances through BTI - Bohemia Ticket International prior to leaving for the Czech Republic, and I picked up the tickets in Prague a few days before the shows (http://www.ticketsbti.cz E-mail: btiinter@login.cz). Tickets are unbelievably cheap...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Statni Opera Praha
Wilsonova, 4
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 9611 7111

Paddle Boat Rental on the Vlatava

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Attraction

Paddle Boat Rental on the Vlatava Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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We rented paddle boats near Narodni Divadlo on the Vlatava - it sounds corny but it was so much fun! The best way to describe the location of the Boat Rental is between Narodni Divadlo and Strelecky Ostrov. You can paddle around for a half hour or an hour, get reasonably close to Charles Bridge, and have wonderful views of Prague Castle and all the sights that line the river. And you can't beat the price!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Paddle Boat Rental on the Vlatava
N. Hubena, Vlatava River
Prague, Czech Republic

Galerie -Cafe Chimera

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Attraction | "Galerie - Cafe Chimera"

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Located near the Knights of Malta Church, this cozy little pub/art gallery/coffee house is a great place to spend a quiet night talking/reading with a friend over drinks. Patrons sit at small bistro tables in comfy armchairs, and the place is lit by reading lamps. In addition to great beer and excellent hot chocolate, they serve desserts which are pretty good. They have magazines and books in both Czech, English and German. Chimera also plays some of the best music we heard while in Prague. According to my husband, the men's restroom at Chimera has some of the best polyglot graffiti he has seen anywhere in the world. I can't say that the ladies room provides any such entertainment. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Galerie -Cafe Chimera
Mala Strana
Prague, Czech Republic

Mucha Museum

Attraction

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This small museum features only the work of the great Czech Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha. Mucha was famous for the posters he designed for the theater productions of the great fin-de-siecle actress, Sarah Bernhardt, and his work optimizes the Art Nouveau movement. The collection includes phenomenal paintings, posters, sketches, statues and photographs by the artist, and also features Mucha's lesser known works celebrating pan-Slavism. Visitors may also view a film on Mucha's life and work in several languages. Also, the museum has an excellent gift shop - it's a great place to buy gifts for the folks at home. Admission was fairly expensive by Czech standards - about $6 - however, we fel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 11, 2000

Mucha Museum
Kaunicky palac
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 224 216 415

Ghost Tour

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Attraction

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Prague Tours offers a "ghost walk" through Prague's Old Town which departs around 9:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour as a guide takes you on a meandering tour of allegedly haunted sights. We had a terrific guide - a gentleman in his late 60s who was saving money to study English in England. He was very knowledgeable and told some creepy stories about ghosts purported to live in various buildings in and around Old Town. He also incorporated historical information about the city into his spiel and was extremely forthcoming when asked questions about just about anything relating to Prague and the Czech Republic. It was a lot of fun and was a great way to learn about the bizarre rumors that have ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 12, 2000

Ghost Tour
Old Town Sq. - meet under the Astronomical Clock
Prague, Czech Republic

Zizkov Pub Crawl

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The best bargain in Prague, the Zizkov pub crawl gives you an opportunity to explore a part of the city relatively unknown to tourists while learning a lot about the history of this fascinating city. It starts at the top of the escalator of the Jiriho z Podebrad (Line A) metro station at 7:00 PM every night except Sunday. From there you head to a truly local watering hole where middle-aged blue collar workers take their evening ration of beer and conversation. The walls are covered with portraits of long-dead communist party functionaries in a mock tribute to a now defunct regime. Your guide takes you downstairs in a cellar drinking area (which would have been illegal under the socialist gove...Read More

Classical Music In Prague **New!**

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St. Nicolas (Staromestske Namesti) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague is a haven for classical music lovers. The city abounds with opportunities to easily attend performances by skilled musicians every day throughout the year. One of my very favorite aspects of this wonderful city is that no matter when you visit, you can hear beautiful music virtually any time you want. On my last weeklong visit to Prague, I attended a concert and/or an opera every day. Sometimes I even attend multiple performances in one day – this is an easy thing to do since most concerts are inexpensive by US standards and last for about an hour (and logistically, Prague is a small city and it’s easy to get from venue to venue). I paid between 150-300kc per concert (about 4.25-9.00 USD ...Read More