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Prague – The Paris of the East?

A January 2006 trip to Prague by bledpub

Charles Bridge at sunrise Photo, Prague, Czech Republic More Photos
Quote: I have now been to Prague more than I have been to the state above me. (Ohio) Weird, that.

Prague - The Paris of the East?

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Overview

Charles Bridge at sunrise Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague is the third city I have heard referred to as the "Paris of the East." Is it really that desirable to be compared to Paris? Okay, maybe I'm biased. I don't care for Paris. Maybe one day Paris will be referred to as the "Budapest of the West." Errr...maybe not. I used to have a dual personality when it came to Prague. On one hand, I wanted to tell everyone how wonderful it was and I felt somehow personally responsible for the way that it is portrayed. On the other hand, I wanted to add to the fears about it being overcrowded, unsafe, and boring because I DIDN'T want other people visiting. I wanted to keep it to myself and the select others that were also as enchanted with it as I was....Read More

Old Prague Hostel

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Hotel

Old Prague Hostel Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I have stayed at the Old Prague Hostel several times. It has consistently pleased me thus far, and I am becoming increasingly difficult to please when it comes to hostel standards. The hostel is relatively new and looks it. It?s clean, compact, and seems to be well managed. The dorm rooms and private rooms are not ensuite, but the community showers are plentiful. Great water pressure and the hot doesn?t run out. That's always important in a shower. The hostel is spread out over two floors and both floors have their own common rooms. The one on the bottom floor has the television. Breakfast is provided and consists of sandwiches, cereal, and juice. There is a place to store your luggage, as check-in is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Old Prague Hostel
Benediktská 2
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
00420224829058

Guest House Golden Tree Prague

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Hotel | "Prague Holiday-Apartment Goldentree"

Guest House Golden Tree Prague   Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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We booked this apartment through Prague Holiday. We only had a lukewarm experience with the apartments. To begin with, it wasn't made clear that the reception was a good ways from the actual apartments. We took a taxi there from the train station with our luggage, but as it took us over an hour to check the taxi couldn't wait for us. When I asked the girl how we were supposed to get our luggage to the apartment she told us that it was only a 20 minute walk. However, it was dark, icy, snowing, and cold. And we had a lot of luggage. She eventually called another taxi for us. Good thing, too, because even with a taxi and very little traffic it took us nearly thirty minutes to get there....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Guest House Golden Tree Prague
Novy Svet 13/82
Prague

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I’m always a little leery of staying in new places in Prague because I have had both positive and negative experiences. I tend to stick with what I know and expect. However, I booked this hotel through Expedia and got an excellent rate. I was pleasantly surprised at what it had to offer.Unfortunately, the building does not have an elevator and it is a long hike up the stairs, as the hotel does not begin until the 2nd floor. The room was a good size, though, although small by American standards. The shower as great and we didn’t get any noise from the street like I was afraid we would. The location was excellent. We were located on a busy tourist street right in the middle of Wenceslas Square...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Hotel Melantrich
Melantrichova 5
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 271 090 832

Blatnice

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Restaurant

Blatnice Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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We were very happy to discover this gem of a restaurant by accident. The first time we went in we only had a bottle of wine and a plate of cheese (filling enough on their own), but it was so cozy and the staff were so nice that we went back the next night to have dinner. That night, the meal consisted of peach chicken (a specialty to Czech), boiled potatoes, and a fruity dessert. It cost about $10 per person. I have since been back many times and the food and service have been consistently good. It’s a small restaurant that fills up quickly around dinnertime, but there has never been a long wait for the food to arrive. My favorite thing to order is the honey chicken while my mom liked the ha...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Blatnice
Michalska 6-8/511
Prague, Czech Republic
+420 224 225 836

Bohemia Bagel

Restaurant

Bohemia Bagel Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I love this place. I have logged in many, many hours at it, and this is coming from someone who when, at home, doesn't even eat bagels or go to coffee shops.Bohemia Bagel is kind of like a homing center for Expats. It has it all-cheap phone calls to home, Internet access, bagels, soup, and coffee. It also has a message board for travelers and you can pick up the English version of the "All Around Town" paper. If you want to place an ad to teach English, teach music, or even teach the Czechs how to understand rap lyrics (I swear to God I saw this on the board an am not making it up) you can do so. They also don't mind if you sit there for hours talking to your friends or writing in your journ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Bohemia Bagel
Ujezd, 16
Prague, Czech Republic 11000
+420 2 53 10 02

Café Louvre

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Restaurant | "Louvre Cafe"

Café Louvre Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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We stumbled upon this restaurant very close to the TESCO. Although we had to go up many stairs to get there, we loved the art deco interior and the retro design of the tables and chairs. I really loved the hot chocolate menu. I mean, it's a menu devoted entirely to HOT CHOCOLATE. And this stuff isn't instant, either. They had dozens of kinds and although I only tried the white hot chocolate I was tempted to try other ones as well. I ordered a ciabatta sandwich and my traveling partner got a plate of pasta. Both of us were satisfied by the portion size and taste. I had also ordered chocolate fondue, but alas, it never made it to our table. That might have been my fault. After all, who orders ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Café Louvre
Národní 22
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 224 930 949

Klub Architektu

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Restaurant

Klub Architektu Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I have eaten at the Klub Architect on several occasions but the food has been hit and miss. On my first visit, I had a wonderful pasta served with boiled potatoes. I followed it with crepes that were absolutely amazing. They were filled with strawberries and bananas and topped with ice cream, real cream, and chocolate sauce. To this day the best crepes I have ever had. When I went back the second time I just had a bowl of soup and split some banana nut bread with the girl I was with. The soup was tomato basil and while not inspiring, it was still okay. The banana nut bread was supposed to be a banana with ice cream and whipped cream. Banana nut bread wasn't even on the menu. Lost in translat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Klub Architektu
Betlemske Namesti, 5a
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2440 1214

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle)

Attraction | "Prague Castle"

Prague Castle (Hradcany Castle) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world. Not just a castle, but a huge complex of buildings-twelve in all. It was constructed in the 9th century by Prince Boøivoj and over the years different rulers made their own additions so there is a mixture of styles. It has had four major reconstructions, but it keeps its classical facelift it took on in the 18 century during the reign of Maria Theresa. It has three courtyards and it has always been the seat of Czech rulers as well as the official residence. A massive structure that is best viewed from the Charles Bridge at night-it stays lit until midnight. You can wander around the grounds for free, but you have to pay to go inside t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

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

Church of Our Lady before Tyn Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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Honestly, I don?t know why this church is so popular with tourists, except maybe for the fact that it is a staple in the Old Town Square. Personally, I call it 'Twin Peaks' because of the large spires that poke up from it. It's a beautiful church and can be used as a landmark if you are lost. When I stayed at the Pension Tyn, every morning when I woke up and started down the alley that lead away from my hostel, the church always loomed in front of me as a welcome beacon.The church is of Gothic architecture and was built in 1365. Its multiple steeples are 80m high and you can see them from various parts of the city. An entrance portal decorated with scenes of Christ's passion and a huge Rococ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Church of Our Lady before Tyn
Staromestske namesti 604
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00
+420 2 2421 3475

Wenceslas Square

Attraction

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You are probably familiar with the song "Good King Wenceslas." Well, here you can even see a statue of him. For history buffs, this is where the Velvet Revolution took place. It’s basically a big boulevard (not really even a square) that feels disjointed from the Lesser and Old Town areas. It’s very modern and feels more like what you would expect from a big city. Originally a horse market, it got its present name in the mid-19th century. It is the main centre of modern Prague surrounded by shops, cinemas, office blocks, hotels, restaurants and cafés. The 750 m long and 60 m wide square has been the scene of a great deal of Czech history. In 1969 a university student Jan Palach burnt himself to death ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Wenceslas Square
Vaclavske namesti
Prague, Czech Republic 110 00

Stavovské divaldo (Estates Theatre)

Attraction | "Estates Theatre"

Stavovské divaldo (Estates Theatre) Photo, Prague, Czech Republic
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I went to this theatre to watch a visiting Italian opera while I was in Prague. I was most impressed with the fact that even though I was seated pretty close to the top row, the seats were situated so that nobody was sitting in front of me. It's a gorgeous (green) building from the outside, and very ostentatious on the inside.It usually presents Mozart operas but other composers' works can also be experienced there. Historically, its value lies in its historical signifiance, from the musical career of Mozart to modern times. For the filming of "Amadeus," director Milos Forman requested use of the theatre as a set. But since he was not in good standing with the government, having defected in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Stavovské divaldo (Estates Theatre)
11 Železná ulice, Staré Mesto
Prague, Czech Republic

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This is from an actual letter I sent on my first trip to Prague. The hostel in question is the Hotel Imperial.Dear Chris,It’s after two o’ clock in the morning, but I can’t sleep at all. I’m scared. I don’t mean spooked or on edge, I mean that I am honest to goodness frightened out of my mind.Remember how I said that my hostel was kind of scary looking? Well, after the finally let me check in, I came up to my room and things just started getting worse. The hallways were massive, but not in a good, airy way. Like in a dungeon way. They must have been fifteen feet tall, and I felt so small walking through them that I felt suffocated. When I entered my room, I saw that I was to b...Read More