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Off-season in Prague

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A March 2000 trip to Prague by viajera67

A view of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Although the weather was somewhat wet and cold, I think March is a great time to visit this beautiful city. Seeing the number of tourists at this time of year I can't even imagine what it would be like in the summertime!

Off-season in Prague

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Overview

A view of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Though I had five days in Prague, I could have spent a couple of weeks there! There's plenty to do, including touring the castle, walking the streets, visiting museums. You probably shouldn't miss the only examples of cubist architecture in the world (though I found it disappointing) or the interesting "Fred and Ginger" building, so named because it looks like the two of them dancing. You can "live it up" on the top floor of Fred and Ginger, or settle for a quiet drink on the ground floor.Quick Tips: Perhaps my favorite activity was stopping in almost every pub we passed on the way back to the hotel at night. It's a good thing all the meals were heavy or I wouldn't have been able to find ...Read More

Residence Select

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Hotel

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We got a great deal with off-season rates for a large, clean, modern double room with bathroom. The room also had a small stove, sink, refrigerator, and plates were an added convenience for making tea or coffee, or storing snacks in the room. Breakfast was served in the pleasant dining room below the lobby.

The Residence Select is located in the new town, near Vinohrady and Radost (see dining entry), just two blocks from the I.P. Pavlova Metro station. It takes about 10 minutes to walk from the hotel to Wenseslas Square, and 5 minutes from there to the square.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Residence Select
SOKOLSKA 34
Prague, Czech Republic
42-02-96-30-0211

Radost FX

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Restaurant | "Radost"

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When you get tired of heavy meat and dumpling dishes, head to Radost for some vegetarian food. Reminiscent of a NYC/Greenwich Village hang out, Radost serves good veggie food (both healthy and greasy). We went there twice, since our hotel (Residence Select - see accommodation entry) was right around the corner. First, after our short nap on our first day, we stopped there for a bite before seeing the sights of the old town. Since it was my first meal in Prague, I didn't question the waitress when the veggie burger I ordered appeared in the form of a pizza. I thought - hey, maybe this is what a Czech burger looks like. Imagine my embarrassment when the waitress came back and said she gave us food...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Radost FX
Belehradska, 120
Prague 2, Czech Republic 120 00
+420 603 181 500; +4

Pivovarsky Dum

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Restaurant

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This great restaurant and brewery has delicious Czech fare at low prices. It must have been recommended in some travel book, because I do remember seeking it out. It's in the New Town, not far from the river or the National Theatre. Definitely worth a few steps out of your way for a great meal! The place was crowded when we arrived, although we were seemingly the only tourists there (a great sign for me!) We had to wait a few minutes before we were seated at a long table with some men who were just finishing up. After another few minutes, a table for two opened up, and my antisocial friend asked if we could be seated there - the staff were happy to oblige. We immediately ordered ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 1, 2001

Pivovarsky Dum
Lipova, 15
Prague 2, Czech Republic 120 00
+420 296 216 666

Terezin Ghetto Museum and Memorial

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Attraction | "Terezin"

Terezin Ghetto Museum and Memorial Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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About an hour north of Prague lies Terezin, two 18th century fortresses used by the Nazis as concentration camps during their occupation of Czechoslovakia. Buses run frequently from the bus terminal in Prague, and leave you at the entrance to the museum - part of the larger fortress - where you can see photos, documents and videos that provide a look at life in the camp. From there, you can walk around to different exhibits in various buildings, and on to the memorial cemetery. While Terezin wasn't a death camp, it was used as sort of a weigh station for Jews before they were sent to Auschwitz, Treblinka, and other death camps. In fact, the Nazis showed off Terezin to the American Red Cross an...Read More

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Terezin Ghetto Museum and Memorial
Principova alej 304
Terezin, Czech Republic 411 55
+420 416 782 225

Radost F/X

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Attraction

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By all means, check out all the great pubs and bars in Prague for some of the best beer around. But, on those nights where you want to stay out a little later (many of the pubs and bars close at 11PM-Midnight), head to Radost F/X. Behind the veggie restaurant/café, there's a lounge with comfy seats and couches where you can sit and chat as you drink the night away. If you're looking for more action, head downstairs to the dance club (approx. $5 cover). Though this was the only club I visited, I heard from others that it is the best around. Plenty of tourists, as well as locals, play here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Radost F/X
Belehradska, 120
Prague 2, Czech Republic 12000
+420 6 0318 1500; +4

Charles Bridge

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Attraction

Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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A visit to Prague would certainly not be complete without a walk (or two) across the Charles Bridge! The pedestrian bridge connects Stare Mesto (the old town) with Mala Strana (the lesser quarter), where you can walk the narrow streets, visit cathedrals, and hike on up to the castle. On the Stare Mesto side, be sure to climb the Charles Bridge tower for great views of the river and the old town! Walking across the bridge, you'll find all sorts of vendors hawking their wares.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

Charles Bridge
Karluv Most
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Josefov

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Attraction | "Josefov - Jewish Quarter"

Josefov Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Josefov - or the Jewish Quarter of Prague - is a must see! Unlike Jewish quarters and ghettos in other towns (depicting Jewish poverty and hardship), Josefov is a vibrant community with many lovely temples, and is right near a classy shopping district. The cemetery was amazing with ancient tombstones wedged in just next to each other. According to the guidebooks, because the Jews were not allowed to extend the cemetery, bodies were buried on top of each other - up to eight people deep! The buzzards that circled around certainly gave the cemetery an eerie feel! The synagogues were interesting as well. The Klausen Synagogue has a beautiful ark (pictured below) along with artifacts from Jewish l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2001

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