Prague

Prague

The capital of Bohemia and home to many a stag do this city has ten major museums and a World Heritage City centre. It sits on the river Vitava and became a major European city in the 14th century under Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor.

Jan Hus, a famous theologian who inspired the protestant reformation, has his statue in Prague in the old town square and many other locations.

There is an excellent free downloadable guide from Prague InYourPocket

Transport

From the airport the public transport is  bus 119 which drops you off at Nadrazi Veleslavin metro station where you continue your journey into Prague. The ticket can be biought from a kiosk for CZK 32 (around £1) I found this strange that there was no direct airport link.

Short-term tourist tickets on the Metro, tram and buses costs for a 24 hours ticket is 110 CZK and for 3 days is  310 CZK, We found that we could walk everywhere so did nto take the tram.

Hire a bike at Praha Bike for €15 a day (€50 a week) and cycle to the famous Karlštejn  castle and take the train back. This company also do a Prague bike tour which I though was excellent as it takes you place the tour buses can not go to.

Accommodation

Lots of accommodation to choose from so use any of the popular sites to chose one. We stayed in the Hotel Grand Majestic just next to the big shopping centre. The price in February was very good. The artist David Černý has designed many controversial artistic monuments in Prague and the most famous is the crawling babies. Look out for them!

Bars

The Prague Beer Museum, Smetanovo nábř. 205/22, 110 00 Praha has 30 beers on tap.

Hlávkův dvůr, Vodičkova 17, 110 00 Nové Město,

Anonymous Michalská 432/12, 110 00 Staré Město is my favourite bar as there is no signage, no advertising and you have to find it. It is based on the film set from V for Vendetta. Service excellent. Not cheap but well worth every penny.

Unijazz Jindřišská 901/5, 110 00 Nové Město, Czechia is a student type bohemian bar that is on the top floor of a tenement house. Mostly Czech arty types it’s a great experience with live Jazz, poetry readings or whatever is on.

Vytopna Railway Restaurant Václavské nám. 802/56, 110 00 Nové Město serves up your beer on a railway track. You place your order and the beer comes to you on a train. After a beer I was ready to go but worth seeing.

Mlýnská kavárnaVšehrdova 449/14, 118 00 Malá Strana, Czechia is on Kampa Island near the Lennon Wall and Crawling Babies and is an old converted water mill. The bar inside was designed by David Černý

Restaurants

There are lots of restaurants to choose from but here are my favourites.

Lokál Dlouhááá is a traditional Czech restaurant with many tables. Probably best at lunchtime when quieter but you will struggle for a table. Menus in English. I really enjoyed this place although only Czech food.

Indian Jewel – Týn 642/6, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha. Great Indian just off the central square. Can be hard to find but service and food excellent.

OD Bílá Labuť Na Poříčí 1068/23, 110 00 Praha has a restaurant/cafeteria called Restaurace U Rozvařilů on the top floor of a department store. This is a communist era shop and restaurant and will let you understand how it used to be. It’s a cafeteria and many older people come here for the cheap food and probably the nostalgia, Friendly staff but no English spoken. Cheap alcohol at £1. Food equally cheap.

Vytopna Railway Restaurant Václavské nám. 802/56, 110 00 Nové Město serves up your beer on a railway track. You place your order and the beer comes to you on a train. After a beer I was ready to go but worth seeing. Menu limited.

Uflecku traditional Czech food and microbrewery

Things to Do

The usual tourist stuff is well advertised – the clock from 1402, the square and so on.

The artist David Černý has designed many controversial artistic monuments in Prague and the most famous is the crawling babies.

The Frank Kafta Museum has a David Černý sculpture outside and the museum itself is interesting

The Lennon Wall I though was the Lenin Wall. Go and see.

Basic Czech Phrases

English Czech Pronunciation
Hello Dobrý den. DOH bree dehn
Please Prosím Proseem
Thank you Děkuji Dyekooyih
Yes Ano AH-noh
No Ne Neh
Bye Nashie NAH-skhleh
How much? Kolik stojí KOH-lihk STOH-yee
Can I have the bill, please? Zaplatím, prosím ZAH-plah-teem, PROH-seem
Toilet Toalety toa-LEH-tih
1 jeden YEH-dehn
2 dva Dvah
3 tři Trzhee
4 čtyř CHTEE-rzhee
beer pivo PIH-voh

 

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