Prague Journals

A city that never ceases to amaze

A May 2005 trip to Prague by Webgoddess

St. Vitus Cathedral Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Every minute of every hour of every day, a city to explore. Medieval palaces, a bustling commercial area, or a quiet pub. You won’t find as many architectural monuments, galleries, concerts, nature preserves, or as much entertainment and relaxation in one small space anywhere else on earth.

A city that never ceases to amaze

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Old Town Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague is all I expected and more. I think I fell in love with this city during the very first day. Medieval architecture, opera, history, red rooftops, narrow cobblestone streets and passageways, castles, fountains, statues, quaint shops, great restaurants, lively pubs, and possibly the friendliest people on the planet. What's not to love? Don't miss the many sights in and around Old Town Square: the churches, shops, astronmical clock, and medieval architecture are awe-inspiring. Saint Nicholas Church hosts classical music concerts most evenings. The square is a great place to mingle with other tourists as well as locals... they're very friendly. There are more winding paths than you'll ever ha...Read More

U Tri Bubnu (The Three Drums)

Hotel | "U Tri Bubnu"

U Tri Bubnu (The Three Drums) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This is a beautifully restored 15th-century residence right on Old Town Square, a perfect location in the middle of all the action. The hotel is directly across the street from the house where the famous Czech Franz Kafka once lived. The name translates to "The Three Drums." Upon check-in, the staff was courteous, although there is NO valet service, and we reserved a suite on the top floor to take advantage of the views. If you do the same, I'd advise you to pack lightly. Our attic suite (#14) was spacious, and the views were so incredible that we didn't mind the trek up 128 windy stairs with our luggage. Beware: if you are tall, you may want a room on a lower floor. The beautiful, origi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2005

U Tri Bubnu (The Three Drums)
U Radnice No.10, Old Town (Stare Mesto)
Prague, Czech Republic 1
+420-606821628

King Solomon

Restaurant | "King Solomon Restaurant"

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While I must admire its existence, I do not recommend this restaurant for people of limited budgets. Lunch can easily exceed $60 per person, and the food is ordinary and the portions small.

It is a tourist restaurant and caters to those with huge budgets who happen to stumble upon the place on their way between synogogues in Josefov. Jewish expats with tight budgets can order kosher meals from the Jewish Community Center located on Maislova Street.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

King Solomon
Siroka, 8
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2481 8752

Le Saint-Jacques

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Restaurant

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Le Saint-Jacques is an elegant and intimate, family-run French restaurant with candlelit tables and pleasant service. The owner himself waited on us throughout the evening. They offer excellent French cuisine prepared using the flavours and scents of the french farm house kitchen, fresh seafood, and excellent wine. Menu items include Coquilles Saint-Jacques à la Provençale, Escargot, various pates, fresh sole meunière, filet Mignon, Châteaubriand, and fresh oysters. There is a single vegetarian entrée on the menu, although there are plenty of salads and side dishes available. Desserts include a wonderful variation on American apple pie, Tartin tatin, as well as crème brulee and chocola...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2005

Le Saint-Jacques
Praha 1, Jakubská 4
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 2 2322685

St. Vitus Cathedral

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Attraction

St. Vitus Cathedral Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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St. Vitus's Cathedral is the largest and the most important church in Prague. The remains of provincial patron saints, sovereigns, noblemen, and archbishops are interred here. Visitors enter the cathedral through the portal in the western facade, opposite the passageway between the Second and Third Courtyards of Prague Castle. Its bronze door is decorated with reliefs with scenes from the history of the cathedral and from the legends about St. Wenceslas and St. Adalbert. The neo-Gothic part of the cathedral consists of the main nave and the narrow side aisles, lined with chapels, and the northern wing of the transverse nave. The cathedral is probably on the must-see list of every ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

St. Vitus Cathedral
Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic 11908
+420 2 2437 3368

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Prague Castle"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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On the basis of archeological research and the oldest written sources, it is thought that Prague Castle was founded around the year 880 by Prince Borivoj of the house of Premyslides. The early medieval castle site was fortified with a moat and a rampart of clay and stones. The first walled building was the church of Our Lady. Other churches dedicated to St. George and St. Vitus were founded in the first half of the 10th century. From the 10th century, Prague Castle was not only the seat of the head of state, princes, and later, kings, but also of the highest representative of church, the Prague bishop. The first convent in Bohemia was also founded in the grounds of Prague Castle, a conve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)
Castle District, Hradcany
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
420 2 2437 3368

Charles Bridge

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Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Charles Bridge is a stone Gothic bridge that connects the Old Town and Mala Strana. It was originally called the Stone Bridge and was created in the 1300s. There are towers standing on each end of the bridge. Both the Staromstská vž on the Old Town end and the Malostranská vž on the Malá Strana end can be climbed for a view of Prague and the bridge from above. The views are spectacular! There are statues lining both sides of the bridge. The most popular statue is probably the one of St. John of Nepomuk, a Czech martyr saint who was executed during the reign of Wenceslas IV by being thrown into the Vltava River from the bridge. The plaque on the statue has been polished to a shine by c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Marquis de Sade

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Attraction

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Don't be afraid of the name--the kinkiest thing here are the red velvet sofas and the ceiling. The Marquis de Sade stands apart from other Czech watering holes because of its huge room with high ornate ceilings that belie the casual wooden furniture and kitschy wall hangings. Beer is cheap, the volume is loud, and it's so well located that you can easily stumble home. The Marquis De Sade is a good place to order a shot of absinthe or Prague-brewed Staropramen. Absinthe, or the green fairy is one of the allures of this place. Illegal in the US and most other European countries, it can be found here and in many other bars throughout Prague. Some of its more infamous drinkers such as Van Gogh and Hemi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

Marquis de Sade
Templova, 8
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2481 7505

St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town

Attraction | "Church of St. Nicholas (Chrám sv. Mikuláse)"

St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Situated in Lesser Town is St. Nicholas Church, whose robust dome and thin bell-tower are an inseparable part of the Prague Castle skyline; it is one of the most sought after Prague churches. This church is one of the best examples of high baroque north of the Alps. However, K. I. Dienzenhofer's 1711 design didn't have the massive dome that now dominates the Lesser Town skyline below Prague Castle. Dienzenhofer's son, Krystof, added the 78m (260-ft.) high dome during additional work completed in 1752. The interior of the Church is dramatic. The primary nave with its side chapels connects onto the presbytery with its giant dome carried by two robust arches. A platform is placed ab...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2005

St. Nicholas Church Lesser Town
Malostranske Namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Stare Mesto Market (Old Town Market)"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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In Prague’s Old Town is one of Europe’s most beautiful town squares. It is a pedestrian area, which makes it very pleasant to stroll through or enjoy a coffee from one of the popular cafés surrounding the square. It is also the site for the city’s main market place, which definitely adds to the atmosphere of Prague. Enjoy browsing among the wooden stalls searching for that bargain or memento to bring home with you. Essentially a touristy market, it has more than its fair share of idiosyncratic souvenirs, more so on weekends. Some hark back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire - it's not every day that you can buy a suit of armour from the days of old. As well as the bags, hats, and general paraph...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 14, 2005

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

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana)

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Attraction | "Lesser Town"

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This part of town is known as Lesser Town not because it is any less beautiful or significant than the other areas of the city. In fact, it is one of the most picturesque. The name comes from the fact that this was the smaller section of Prague than the Old Town across the river. Lesser Town is where the royalty and nobles lived. The many sights here will take your breath away. Imagine a medieval village almost 1,000 years old that looks as if Disney built it yesterday. There are baroque buildings bearing various family crests, red roofs abound, and the surroundings are quaint and bustling with activity. You can imagine the day-to-day activities that were part of living here for hundreds of years....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 1, 2005

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana)

Prague, Czech Republic

Staromestske Namesti

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Attraction

Staromestske Namesti Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Walking through the Old Town Square in Prague is like taking a journey back in time 600 or 700 years. Step into the square, and a feeling of the dramatic history of Prague permeates the atmosphere. Staromestske Namesti (the Czech name for The Old Town Square) is the heart of Prague's famous Old Town and, to me, is one of the most beautiful historical sights in Europe. Dating back to the late 12th century, the Old Town Square started its life as the main marketplace for Prague. Over the next few centuries, many buildings of varying styles, including Romanesque, baroque, and Gothic, were erected around the market. Nowhere else can you see such diverse architecture spanning centuries all ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2005

Staromestske Namesti
Old Town Square
Prague, Czech Republic

St. George's Basilica

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Attraction | "St. George’s Basilica"

St. George's Basilica Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Saint George`s Basilica is part of the huge Prague castle complex, and admission is included in the price of the castle tour. More than 1,000 years old, it was founded in about 920 AD by Prince Vratislav I and was enlarged in 973 AD, when the adjoining St. Georges Convent was established. The basilica displays a unique mix of architectural styles. The present Romanesque appearance is from 1142 AD, when the basilica was rebuilt following a fire that almost completely destroyed the original structure. The Romanesque interior of the basilica is extremely austere and monumental. The baroque exterior (now painted red) is in stark contrast and was done at a much later time in its history. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

St. George's Basilica
Jirske namesti, 33
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08

Golden Lane

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Golden Lane Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The Golden Lane, which was also known as Goldsmith's Lane, is a great curiosity at the Prague Castle. The dwelling’s miniature size is in sharp contrast to the grandeur of the other castle buildings. The attached dwellings are narrow, shallow, and much smaller than the bathrooms most of us enjoy in our present homes. It is a reminder of the time when the castle was a closed city. The narrow street is lined with colorful miniature houses that were originally occupied by the castle servants. The name suggests that many of these may have been goldsmiths. Some were also castle guards. By the 1800s, the lane had become home to various artists and craftsmen, who worked in the tiny shops d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2005

Golden Lane
Prague Castle
Prague, Czech Republic 119 08
+420 2 2430 3368