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Prague Deserves at Least a Week

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A June 2005 trip to Prague by Wasatch

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Prague Deserves at Least a Week

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We are usually put off by hoards of tourists, but they don’t bother us in Prague. So the place is jammed. Who cares? It’s Prague. Our first visit, three days in Prague at the end of cruise on the Elbe, was not near long enough, so we went back for three more days the next year. The total, six days, is a good minimum visit to Prague.The old city– the tourist’s city– is divided into six parts, Castle Hill and Mala Strana are on one side of the Vlatava(Moldau) River. Josefov, Stare Mesto ("old town"), Nove Mesto ("new town"), and Vysehrad are on the other bank.Near the end of WWII, the Czech Resistance had Prague surrounded, and the Russians were advancing from the east. The R...Read More

Atrium Hilton

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Hotel | "Prague (Atrium) Hilton"

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The Prague Hilton is a very comfortable, but expensive, hotel. No problem with our email request for a non-smoking room, confirmed by email by the hotel and provided. The room was large, with a table, two comfortable chairs, plasma TV, a fascinating array of lights and switches, and, except for a somewhat noisy mini-bar, quiet. There was no on-off switch on the mini-bar, but a call to the front desk and some baffling conversations in three languages got it promptly disconnected by the maintenance staff. Staff was pleasant and efficient. Good room darkening curtains. On our first stay, our room, on the 8th floor, overlooked an expressway, the Vlatava, and the green hills across the river. Nice ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 11, 2007

Atrium Hilton
Wilsonova
Prague, Czech Republic

Restaurace Koliba Praha

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Restaurant | "Restaurace Koliba"

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This is a huge Czech BBQ/smokehouse restaurant featuring beef, pork, and chicken. We tried the mixed grill sampler for two, a pork kabob, a chicken kabob, and two slabs of pork tenderloin. Each was differently flavored, one kabob was peppery, and all were good (my view) or at least interesting (her view). I would have returned for a second night, but she didn’t like it that much.The building is modern, a large Quonset hut type structure with a wood ceiling and a big grill pit in the middle of the single large dining room. There are also some outside tables, directly in the evening sun. The restaurant is on a hill overlooking the city. The tables along the widows directly opposite the e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 22, 2007

Restaurace Koliba Praha
Gregorova 8, Praha 11 - Horní Roztyly
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 272 941 340

U Bile Kravy

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Restaurant | "U Bile Kravy "

U Bile Kravy Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Although stuffy on a hot summer evening, U Bile Kravy is a good French bistro, with an English menu, featuring beef. The food merited returning for our last evening in Prague. I tried steak on our first visit which was typical European beef– more strongly favored than US beef and noticeably tougher. That’s the way beef is in Europe, no fault of the restaurant. This is a good place to try European beef since prices are low. A side of green beans were grilled and nicely flavored.Her chicken rolls stuffed with broccoli, ham, and cheese accompanied by crayfish cake and cream sauce was sogood I ordered it the second night. Her chicken breast with cream sauce was also fine. Por...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 22, 2007

U Bile Kravy
Rubesova, 10
Prague, Czech Republic 120 00
+420 2 2423 9570

Unknown restaurant

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Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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On our first night in Prague, we didn’t feel like either paying the high prices at the Hilton or going too far for diner, so we set out to find some place to eat in the neighborhood. I don’t know the name of the place we ate. I don’t even know if it had a name besides the grubby sign that said “Restaurant” over a door. I say “a door” rather than ‘the door’ because when we went through the door, no restaurant. Nothing, except a long dark hall with closed doors on both sides.We walked to the end of the hall, turned the corner and there, at the top of flight of stairs disappearing into the gloom below, was another sign, “Restaurant”, so we descended, and found ourselves in small, one could ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2007

chlebicky

Restaurant | "chlebicky"

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Chlebicky, more or less pronounced chleb–ee–check–ee, are a special Czech snack food, frequently found in cafes, snack bars, ice cream parlors, and pastry shops. Although it hardly does them justice, a cold cut sandwich is the closest America has to Chlebicky, except for the one-time Chlebicky stand in Silver Spring, MD, where we learned to love them. Chlebicky are opened faced cold cut sandwiches. A loaf of French bread is sliced diagonally and topped with a selection of artistically arranged ham, chicken, roast beef, or salami, hard-boiled egg, lettuce, capers, cheese, tomato, mayo, mustard, pickle and who-knows-what-else.Don’t overlook the presentation. These things are bea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 28, 2007

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Stare Mesto "

Old Town Square Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Take the metro to Namesti Republiky and leave by the exit marked “Obechi Dum”. This is important: use ONLY this exit, and look up as you climb the stairs to the street. The street scene that comes into sight is mind blowing - The Municipal House on the left, the Pariz Hotel to the right. Go to your left, to the front door of the Municipal House and enter, go up and down the main stairs, look into the café and the restaurant for some fine Art Nouveau interiors. Exit Municipal house, turn right to the medieval Powder Gate, turn right, and down Celetna - one of the main shopping streets for tourists - to justly famed Old Town Square Walk around the square. I skipped the performanc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

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 | "Mala Strana"

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Mala Strana, the most picturesque part of the city, was founded as a separate town, across the river from Prague, in 1257. You must enter Mala Strana by walking across Charles Bridge, and continuing along Mostecka to St Nicholas Church (note– this is not the St Nicholas church on Old Town Square), with Prague’s most spectacular Baroque interior. On the left, near the alter is a staircase marked "Museum". Go up, for access to the view from the high balconies along one side of the naive. There is also a modestly interesting museum of religious trinkets.Across the street from McDonald’s on Mostecka is a little record shop with some outstanding prices on Supraphon and Hungaroton CDs, especial...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2007

Lesser Town Historic Center of Prague (Mala Strana)

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Prague Castle"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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With its mile-long facade overlooking the city, Prague Castle, the largest in Europe, dominates Castle Hill. However, there are three more top sights on top of Castle Hill—The Loreto, Strahov Monastery, and everything else.Metro does not go up Castle Hill. Malostraneske Metro station is the closest stop. Take the uphill bound #22 or #23 tram. To get to the castle, get off at the second stop after the Malostraneske Metro station. There are two important reasons to remember this tram stop—first, it is the closest access point to the castle. Second, just after you pass through the castle walls, the cleanest, most modern public restroom in the city is on your right. And it's free. After...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

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

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "The Rest of Castle Hill"

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It will minimize, but not eliminate, uphill walking to proceed as follows: Metro does not go up Castle Hill. Malostraneske Metro station is the closest stop. Take the uphill bound #22 or #23 tram to the fourth stop from the Malostraneske Metro station.Strahov Monastery has Prague’s finest Baroque interiors: the Library (Philosophical Hall), the Theological Hall, the Church of Our Lady. Originally built in 1140, the building was destroyed by fire in 1258, reconstructed in gothic style, and later redecorated in Baroque.The house where the angels told the Virgin Mary that she would be the Mother of the Savior was whisked to Loreto, Italy, when its sanctity in Nazareth was thr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

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

Golden Lane

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Attraction | "The Golden Lane"

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Prague Castle was defended by at least two fortified walls. One, set a ways out from the castle itself, can be seen along Novy Svet Street (see Journal “The Rest of Castle Hill”). The castle itself was also protected by an outer wall where it was most easily accessible, including the space between the White and Dalibor towers. One side of the Golden Lane is the back of some palace or another, the other side of the street is lined with 24 tiny cottages built in the late 16th century as homes for the palace guards. The street got its current name from the many goldsmiths who lived here in the 17th century.Kafka lived on Golden Lane for awhile with his sister at #22. A Czech poet ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 14, 2007

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

Josefov

Attraction | "Josefov (Jewish Quarter)"

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The old Jewish ghetto occupies the banks of the great curve of the Vltava, just north of Stare Mesto. Several ancient synagogues, going back to the mid-15th century, still stand. Along with the old cemetery, they are about all that is left of the old ghetto as the city tore down most of buildings, which had no sanitary facilities, in the 1890s. The cemetery is remarkable. Due to the lack of space in the ghetto, bodies were buried on top of earlier burials, as much as 12 deep, creating a curious landscape of earthen mounds toped with gravestones between the paths. The oldest tomb marker visible on the surface dates from 1439.The Old New Synagogue, built in the 1270s, is Europe’s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

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

New Town Historic Center of Prague (Nove Mesto)

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Attraction | "On the edge of Nove Mesto"

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Founded in 1348, the New Town is new only by Prague’s standards. With only 6 days in Prague, we barley got started seeing Nove Mesto. More or less by accident, we stumbled into one of the most interesting walks we had in Nove Mesto—well, to be technical about it, at least partly in Nove Mesto– by going to U Bile Kravey for dinner. U Bile Kravey is about halfway between the Muzeum and Namesti Miru metro stations (green line) on the side of the hill. Since Nam. Miru was uphill from the restaurant and Muzeum, we arrived there. Crossing Namesti Miru ("namesti" means "square") in front of St. Ludmilla Church, we noticed the door was open, so we went in, and came in on the middle of a c...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 15, 2007

New Town Historic Center of Prague (Nove Mesto)

Prague, Czech Republic 120 00
+420 2 2491 2810

New Town Historic Center of Prague (Nove Mesto)

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Attraction | "Nove Mesto—The New Town"

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Twice as large as Old Town, New Town, founded in 1348, is only new by Prague’s standards.  With only 6 days in Prague, we barley got started seeing Nove Mesto. First, we took Metro to Muzeum to walk up Wenceslas Square (Vaslavske Namesti), a long strip of grass with a wide boulevard on each side. An unusual series of sculptures made from wrecked cars decorate the square, whose most famous structure is the Art Nouveau gem the Hotel Europa (1906). The trees in front make it hard to get a good view of the classic facade. The interior is even better. We explored all the public spaces, including the impressive stairway to the restrooms, which are, according to the guide books, a super...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2007

New Town Historic Center of Prague (Nove Mesto)

Prague, Czech Republic 120 00
+420 2 2491 2810