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Prague for Pennies

A May 2001 trip to Prague by Shetraveler

Apartment Hotel Ungelt Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: Prague has to be one of the most beautiful cities (and best deals) in Europe right now, but may not be able to remain so for very much longer, given its push towards capitalism. Although this "Baroque Disneyland" has been occupied countless times over the last 10 centuries (and they all fell hard for Prague), the Czechs now heartily welcome the newer and much friendlier "invaders", us travelers!

Prague for Pennies

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The Charles Bridge Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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1. Taking a boat down the Vltava River at night. 2. Do the King's Walk, starting from the castle, over the Charles Bridge, all the way to Old Town Square. Be aware that you'll be passing by hundreds of the requisite souvenir shops and concert hawkers, so if you can't stand the inevitable commercialism of Prague, you can always take the street car up to the castle and then, it's all downhill from there! 3. Visit the Jewish Ghetto and especially the Jewish Cemetery. You will be moved even if you are not of the faith. 4. Enjoy a night view of the "City of a Hundred Spires" from several vantage points, including Castle Square or Old Town Square Clock Tower. For a panoramic night view of...Read More

Apartment Hotel Ungelt

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Apartment Hotel Ungelt Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The back of this hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful and quiet squares in Old Town. The square itself has buildings dating back to the 10th century and has been recently renovated to include shops and cafes. In fact, building no. 639 has porticoes, scraffiti and frescoes dating from the Renaissance! The front entrance of the hotel is steps from historic Old Town Square, so actually you are near the action, but not right in it. The rooms are spacious, insulated and well lit, which is unusual in a town full of hotel rooms with heavy oak antiques. Breakfast is included and can be served in your room. The very professional staff speaks English and are eager to help with concert ticke...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2001

Apartment Hotel Ungelt
Mala Stupartska 1
Prague, Czech Republic
420-2-24-82-86-86

Hotel U Cervene Sklenice

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Hotel | "Hotel (and Restaurant) U Cervene Sklenice"

Hotel U Cervene Sklenice Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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If location is everything, then this little hotel ("At the Red Glass") is more than your average two star establishment. Situated on the tiny island below the Charles Bridge, the hotel gives you the exclusivity of those next to (and above) the bridge, but it is quieter, since it lacks the constant foot traffic of the main thoroughfare. Many of the Baroque homes that line the square originate to the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact, the hotel itself dates back to 1623. The history of the island is quite mysterious and colorful since many superstitious Bohemians repeat stories of Headless Laura or devils sitting by the local mill. No worries though. All 30 of those saints on the Charles Bridge...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2001

Hotel U Cervene Sklenice
Na Kampe 513/10
Prague, Czech Republic
420 2 57533158

Staromestska Restaurace

Restaurant | "Staromestska Restaurant"

Staromestska Restaurace Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This restaurant is not much different than many of the others in Old Town Square. We stopped here because the service seemed livelier and they served exclusively Budweiser (the real "budweiser", the one the American beer is named after). Like many of the cafes in the square, if you're outside, you have a great view of the action (including the clock tower). The food is unremarkable, other than it's a good deal for the decent meal you get. I ordered soup, 1/4 roast chicken with fries, and apple strudel and paid less than $10.00. Throw in a pint of beer for about a buck and you have a meal that will sustain you until late in the evening.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 17, 2001

Staromestska Restaurace
Staromestske Nam. 19
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 24 213 015

Kampa Park

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Restaurant

Kampa Park Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Upon first glance Kampa Park may seem like a transplanted California/Nouvelle Cuisine type establishment. You cannot miss the view of their Moet & Chandon umbrellas from the Charles Bridge. Situated in one of the best locations in Prague (on Kampa Island right on the banks of Charles River), this restaurant is trendy but offers much substance to go with its style. The style comes from the simple, yet sophisticated decor (without a bar scene, or even a bar!) and the patrons who look like models, rock stars and international businessfolk (check out the celebrity photos near the restroom). The substance comes from the attentive and knowledgable wait staff and finely prepare...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2001

Kampa Park
Na Kampe 8, Kampa Island
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 5731 3493

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

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Attraction | "Prazsky Hrad-Prague Castle Complex"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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The castle, its towers and St. Vitus Cathedral, looming majestically over the red roofs of Prague, may be the city's most recognizable landmark. It so mesmerized Kafka that one of his greatest works is devoted to its mystery. The entire complex, which could arguably be referred to as "the Castle" is ground zero for Prague's political, cultural and economic history. The grounds/gardens are free, but visiting the major sites and buildings will cost you. Start by taking Tram 22 up to Castle Hill (unless you want to walk the King's Walk) to the must see sites on the grounds. As you enter the area you'll see the palace guards (less severe than those of Buckingham, but equally as silent) at thei...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

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

Mucha Museum

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Alphons Mucha was unbelieveably prolific during his lifetime. His work visually defined the Art Nouveau movement in Europe. Mucha was also a saavy businessman who found no shame in taking commission for commercial use or mass production of his artwork (check out his advertising posters for Moet & Chandon, Job Rolling Papers and Nestle). This collection is lovingly displayed in airy white rooms with lots of room to maneuver and step back. There's also a continuous short film on Mucha's life at the back of the museum and a fine gift shop on the way out. If you are interested in the Art Nouveau movement, this is a must-see.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

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

Old Jewish Cemetery

Attraction

Old Jewish Cemetery Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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This shady spot yields a stunning and eerie sight. Clearly there wasn't enough room for the more than 100,000 bodies that have been buried here for the last 400 years. The cramming of the burial plots was more than symbolic of the pitiful amount of space alloted to the Jewish population of Prague for living and dying. When you see the results in the cemetery, the effect is astonishing and touching. Estimated to be 12 layers deep, the cemetery holds about 12,000 headstones, many of which are carved with reliefs (now decaying due to air pollution) indicating the profession of the deceased (look for scissors representing a tailor). In high season, you can't spend much time lingering as the flow of the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2001

Old Jewish Cemetery
U Stareho hrbitova 3
Prague, Czech Republic

Prague Walks

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Attraction | "Walks & Tours of Prague for Intelligent Travelers"

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Prague's history is full of drama and who better to bring it to you than Vladimir, who is a full time local actor (or his business partner, the director). Vladimir is actually a colorful actor that gets small parts in all international movie productions such as Mission Impossible, Dragon Heart, From Hell and A Knight's Tale (he's the one that bought Heath Ledger's very first trophy). Meet him at noon in front of the clock tower for the Prague Castle tour which includes a ride on the tram. Vladimir will take you into the castle complex where you'll see the changing of the guard, then to the Cathedral where he'll describe in detail the coronation of the king. You'll visit the various castle towers, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2001

Prague Walks
Citywide
Prague, Czech Republic
+42 603 271911

Old Town Historic Center of Prague

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Attraction | "Staromestske Namesti - The old Town Square"

Old Town Historic Center of Prague Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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As far as European "squares" go, Prague's rivals that of Venice and Siena. As you enter off of the Karlova, the scale of the space isn't immediately apparent. In fact, where the crowds are, for example, near the Astronomical Clock and Old Town Hall, isn't even officially the square, but, rather, the "Little Square". But do stop here in front of the clock at the top of the hour to get your "That's it?" moment over with as you see the little figurines parade once around in their quick morality play. Actually the facade of the clock is quite impressive as it not only still tells date and time, but month and astronomical sign. Farther into the square proper you'll be at ground zero for most of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 23, 2001

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