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What to Do in Prague

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    chronologically to take you to the 20th century area

    after crossing the street) What to Do in Prague? (http://archiv.radio.cz/hrbitov/index1.html)

    New Jewish cemetery (next to the Olšanské

    cemetery, hosts Franz Kafka grave etc.)

    Jiţní město (C line metro to Háje, the final stop): Compiled by Petr A. Bílek ugly outskirts of the city with Communist

    housing estates called „sídliště“: enjoy a touch of (PLACES TO SEE, EVENTS TO Communist still in the air there; beware, they are CHECK OUT, POSSIBILITIES TO

    rather xenophobic there. EXPLORE)

     This brochure can be accessed on the internet:

    http://cl.ff.cuni.cz Galleries, Painting Exhibitions:

    Note: Entrance fees are subject to change. The At the bottom of the left part of the menu, please, click

    fees mentioned should give you the orientation. the English flag icon and find What to Do in Prague.

    That will allow you to use all the internet addresses via I mention the regular fee; students discounts

    mere clicking. usually 50% - apply at most of the places.

    Updated information can be found at

    (http://www.citygalleryprague.cz) Places to See in Prague:

    National Gallery: Vyšehrad (metro C line to Vyšehrad, then 10

    minute walk): area where Czech legends about (http://www.ngprague.cz) the origins of the nation are situated into. Great a) Klášter svaté Aneţky; U Milosrdných 17, elitist cemetery for top cultural people, a Prague 1, Kč 100: Medieval Art in Bohemia Romanesque rotunda, remnants of 11th century and Central Europe: includes Master palace, and a suggestive pseudo-Gothic church Theodoricus (chief painter of Charles IV),

    with Art Deco paintings gothic desk painting, altars, rare medieval art.

    (http://www.praha-vysehrad.cz) b) Šternberský palác; Hradčanské náměstí 15,

    Prague 1, Kč 100: Old European Paintings: Prague Castle: a complex of buildings from 12th

    14-18th centuries, strong collection of French, to 20th century, St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal

    Dutch, and Italian paintings: El Greco, Goya, Palace, St. George?s Basilika etc.

    Rubens, Rembrant, Durer (http://www.hrad.cz)

    c) Klášter sv. Jiří; Prague Castle, Jiřské Obecní dům (The Municipal House, Na

    náměstí 33, Prague 1, Kč 100: The Czech Art příkopech, next to Wencelsas Square): one of the

    of Mannerism and Baroque: collection of best examples of Art Noveau Style

    Rudolfine art (Brandl, Škréta, Kupecký, Braun, (http://www.obecni-dum.cz)

    Brokof) in 10th century convent Petřín Hill with its little Eiffel Tower and a late

    d) Zámek Zbraslav, Zbraslav, Bartoňova 2, 19th century maze: take the little train from Újezd

    Prague 5,buses 129, 241, 243, 255 from B line (next to Bohemia Bagel) and go up (tram passes

    work for train) metro stop Smíchovské nádraţí, Kč 30: The

    (http://www.petrin.cz) Art of Asia and Orient: a strong collection of Žižka Equesterian Statue (take bus 133 or 207 Chinese, Indian, Tibetian etc. paintings and

    from Florenc and ride to the first stop, then walk other arts worth a one day trip in good down the street and on your right up to the hill to wheather a nice suburban area see the largest equesterian statue in the world and e) Veletrţní palác, Dukelských hrdinů 47,

    impressive but closed mausoleum of former Prague 7, trams 5, 12, 17, Kč 100-300: The ththCommunist leaders attached to it) Art of 19 and 20 Century: the most Site of the Former Stalin?s Statue (accross the representative collection of European and river from the bottom of Pařížská street): the tallest Czech modern art, including French painters of Stalin in the world used to be there between 1955-the 19th and 20th century (Gauguin, Monet, 1962. Now just the platform. Manet, Renoir, Rousseau, Picasso, Braque etc.) Olšanské cemetery (Metro A line to Flora, entrence after 500 feet out of the center): the biggest municipal cemetery in Prague, impressive oldest section at the entrence area, than grows

    Other Galleries: 95 meters) depecting a battle during the The Czech Museum of Fine Arts Hussite revolution; curiosity worth seeing; (http://www.cmvu.cz) next to that is

    (Celetná 34, Prague 1, the Cubist House U Lapidarium of The National Museum

    Černé Matky Boţí, Kč 35) (Výstaviště 42, on your right after the entrance Permanent Exhibition of Czech Cubism: gate, Kč 20): a storage place of sculptures ththstrdCubist exhibition: 4 and 5 floor, 1-3 floor: from 11th 19th centuries: it hosts originals of sttemporary exhibitions, mostly from the 1 half works that were replaced by copies in the thof 20 century original areas (Charles Bridge etc.)

    City Gallery Prague The Prague Municipal Museum (http://www.citygalleryprague.cz) (http://www.muzeumprahy.cz) (Galerie hl. m. Prahy, Dům u Zlatého prstenu, (Museum hlavního města Prahy; Na Poříčí 52, Týnská 6 - Ungelt, Prague 1, Kc 80) Prague 8 (next to Florenc metro stop; Kč 30): thCzech Art of the 20 century: modern Czech exposition documenting Prague settlement and thpainting of the best quality in a 13 century development from the beginnings till the house: Art Nouveau, Symbolism, Civilism, present + suggestive detailed model of Prague Surrealism, Expressionism, Cubism, Informal, of 1830s, including the ghetto, Old Town, and and Abstract Art at one place Lesser Town

    Alfons Mucha Museum The National Technical Museum

    (http://www.mucha.cz/) (http://www.ntm.cz) (Mucha Museum; Panská 7, Prague 1) (Kostelní 42, Prague 7, trams 1, 8, 25, 26, Kč legendary Art Noveau pantings, statues, 60): founded 1908, it hosts old cars, posters, and photos of the most famous Czech motorcycles, airplanes, filming tools and time artist of his time measuring devices. If you are into that…

    Kampa Museum The Museum of Decorative Arts (ulice 17.

    (http://www.museumkampa.cz/) listopadu, next to A line metro stop

    (Sovovy Mlýny, Prague 1, Kč 120) Staroměstská, Kč 80): glass, ceramics, graphic thMeda Mladek?s collection of Czech Art of 20art, photographs, furniture, textiles, fashion

    design, toys. century and temporary exhibitions in a threconstructed water-mill building from 19 The Mueller Villa

    (http://www.muzeumprahy.cz/www_mmp/txt/century

    B2.html)

    (Nad Hradním vodojemem 14, Prague 6, tram Museums:

    18 to Ořechovka and then walk up the hill; the The National Museum (http://www.nm.cz) visit must be arranged phone: 24312012, (Wenceslas Square 68, at the top, Kč 70): the 300): a fascinating work of Adolf Loos (1930) biggest museum, built in 1818, mostly natural constructed according to the functionalist history: anthropology, zoology, paleontology. principles; rooms of different height stressing Also some bones of dinos from the jurrasic era. the vertical axis of all the house. A perfect Lobkovický palác (Jiřská 3, Prague 1 – The attack on tradition, a must for architecture Castle, Kč 40): the largest museum exhibit of students. Czech history, over 2000 ducements, pictures, thThe Bílek’s Villa artefacts that date since 4 century B.C. till th(http://www.citygalleryprague.cz/english/en_st19 century ex/enstex.html) Castle Trója (U Trójského zámku 1, Prague 7, (Mickiewiczova 1, Prague 6, next to bus 112 from C line metro stop Nádraţí thHradčanská A line metro stop): a villa built by Holešovice, Kč 120): Czech art of 19 century František Bílek, a Czech sculptor of the 1st in a charming Baroque mannor: Classicism, half of 20th century, built as a Biedermaier, Romanticism, Realism; as a Gesamtkunstwerk (unified complex) whole, the tribute to Habsburg Monarchy; The Municipal House highly interesting garden with labyrinths; just (http://www.obecni-dum.cz/) next to Prague Zoo, which is worth seeing as (nám. Republiky 5, Prague 1, at the end of Na well příkopech, Kč 80): grandiose Art Nouveau Marold’s Panorama (Výstaviště Praha, building from 1912, decorated by A. Mucha, Prague 7, tram 17 from Staroměstská, Kč 20):

    Panoramatic painting (height 11 meters, lenght

M. Aleš, J. V. Myslbek etc. A retail gallery c) Pinkas Synagogue: a construction from

    specialized in Art Nouveau and Art Deco. 1535. Now a Memorial to the Jews who fell The House of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart victim to Nazi persecution: their names are (http://www.bertramka.cz) recorded on walls. Exhibit: Children’s (Vila Bertramka; Mozartova 169, Prague 5 drawings from the Terezín ghetto. (Kc 50): exibition illustrating Mozart’s stays in d) Klausen Synagogue: attached to the

    Prague cemetery, the largest synagogue in the ghetto. The Museum of Antonín Dvořák Exhibit: Jewish Traditions and Customs. (http://www.nm.cz/mad/) e) Old-New Synagogue: built in mid-13th

    (Museum Antonína Dvořáka; Ke Karlovu 20, century in the early Gothic style. One of the 3 Prague 2, Kc 30): displays and reconstructs Prague synagogues (also Vysoká and life of a famous Czech composer, renowned in Jeruzalémská) which holds services. the U. S. for his Symphony from the New The Old Jewish Cemetery (Široká ulice 3,

    World. Prague 1): the last authentic part of the former stth half of 15 The Museum of Bedřich Smetana Jewish ghetto. Founded in 1

    century, the oldest grave of the poet Avigdor (http://www.nm.cz/mbs/)

    Kar dates from 1439. Last burial 1787. More (Novotného lávka, Prague 1, next to the

    than 12 000 gravestones. Charles Bridge, Kč 40): the biggest Czech

    The Monastery of the Prague Christ Child composer of the national orientation:

    (The Church of Our Lady the Victorious, manuscripts, personal belongings, scores of his

    Karmelitská 9, next to Malostranské náměstí): works you can activate by a laser baton.

    45 centimeters tall wax statue of Prague Jesus The Museum of American, Asian, and

    Infant from 1628, famous world wide. The African Cultures

    Carmelite sisters dress the infant according to (http://www.aconet.cz/npm)

    the seasons. (Náprstkovo museum; Betlémské náměstí 1,

    The Loretto (Loretánské nám. 7, Prague 1, Prague 1 (Kc 35): founded 1862, it hosts

    above the Castle, Kč 80): “Santa Casa”, a copy collections of native and ancient art

    of the native house of Virgin Mary from 1626. of the above mentioned cultures

    Baroque era at the top: gold, diamond The National Literary Monument and

    monstrances, carillon which plays each hour. Czech Literature Archive (Strahovský klášter,

    The Tyrš Museum (Újezd 450, Prague 1, next Strahovské nádvoří 1, Prague 1 (above the

    to Lesser Town Area, K4 15): museum of Castle area): documentary exhibitions of

    physical education and sports, curious enough oldest Czech manuscripts, prints, and rare

    to be worth seeing books; together with the exhibition of Gothic

    The Pop Music Museum (Besední 3, Prague 1, and Baroque paintings and statues in a

    Lesser Town area, Kč 50): history of rock music monastery which is remarkable by itself

    since 1956, guitars, radio receivers and historic The Jewish Museum

    tape recorders. Funny enough. (http://www.jewishmuseum.cz)

    The Prague Planetarium (Jáchymova 3, Prague 1): founded 1906, the (http://www.planetarium.cz/) museum has one of the most extensive (Královská obora 233, next to the Výstaviště area): collection of Judaic artifacts in the world (40 multimedia center for astronomy, special laser 000 items, 100 000 volumes of books). shows The synagogues and cemetery belong to it: Štefánik’s Observatory a) Maisel Synagogue: Rennaisance (http://www.observatory.cz/) construction of a private synagogue of the (Petřín 205, Prague 1, at the top of the Petřín mayor of the Jewish Town in 1592, rebuilt in Hill): views of heavenly bodies on clear the Baroque style after the fire in 1689, then nights rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style in 1905. Exhibit: Středočeské muzeum Roztoky History of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia. (http://www.muzeum-roztoky.cz) b) Spanish Synagogue: building in the (train from Dejvice train stop, 15 minutes): the Moorish style from 1868 on the site of the

    19th century Biedermaier (new burgeois) oldest Jewish prayer hall, The Old School

    style, nice location, worth a Sunday trip Synagogue. Extensively reconstructed in 1998. nd Hosts the 2 part of the Exhibit from Maisel

    Synagogue.

    Rock Café (recorded or live music, parties,

    usually great though little yuppie atmosphere). Clubs and Bars with Live Music: In: Národní 20, Prague 1 http://www.rockcafe.cz/ Agharta Jazz Center (mostly contemporary Roxy (DJ parties one of the most popular jazz and blues, good quality). In: Krakovská 5, places for Czech teenagers). In: Dlouhá 23, Prague 1 (next to Wenceslaw Square) Prague 1 http://www.arta.cz/aghaclub.htm http://www.roxy.cz/ Balbínova poetická hospůdka (modern folk Unglet jazz?n?blues Club (contemporary blues). music a lot of Czech Bob Dylans). In: In: Týnská ulička, Prague 1 – Old Town Balbínova 6, Prague 2 http://www.jazzblues.cz Baráčnická rychta (swing, folk music, experiments). In: Trţiště 23, Prague 1- Malá

    Theaters with no or little need of Strana

    Blues sklep (blues, latin music, jazz). In: Czech language: Liliová 10, Prague 1 (Warning: due to the advantage of no need

    Jazz Club Ţelezná (jazz, experimental and of Czech, these programs are intended for

    world music, sometimes great, sometimes tourists and that may tell quite a lot about

    boring, less formal atmosphere). In: Ţelezná their quality!)

    16, Prague 1 (next to Old Town Square)

    http://www.jazzclub.cz/ Laterna Magica (visual art theater Jazz club U staré paní (modern jazz of the best performances that used to be legendary in

    Czech quality). In: Michalská 9, Prague 1 1960s; it is 2000s now...) In: Národní 4,

    Old Town) Prague 1

    http://www.ustarepani.cz/index_english.htm http://www.laterna.cz Lucerna Music Bar (jazz, blues, rock - Národní divadlo marionet (Mozart?s Don sometimes concerts, sometimes recorded Giovanni in a puppet theater version; curious...)

    music; from Elvis Presley to Led Zeppelin). In: In: Ţatecká 1, Prague 1 Vodičkova 36, Prague 1 http://www.nationalmarionettetheatre.com/

    http://www.musicbar.cz/ Yellow Submarine („synthesis“ of paintings, Malostranská beseda (live blues and rock puppets, and black theater based on The

    music, Czech bands, pleasant atmosphere, Beatles movie...) In: Divadlo v Celetné;

    more locals than tourists). In: Malostranské Celetná 13, Prague 1

    náměstí 21, Prague 1 Orfeo ed Euridice (the same type of performace http://www.mb.muzikus.cz/ in the same theater as the above one)

    Music Club U malého Glena (Little Glen?s) Black Theater (famous but too obvious to (mixed up stuff: mostly modern jazz): In: whom it is intended) In: Rytířská 31, Prague 1 Karmelitská 23, Prague 1 Malá Strana) Black Theater of Jiří Srnec (the same type as http://www.malyglen.cz/ the above one, this one owned by the inventor Palác Akropolis (rock, underground, and world of some black theater tricks). In: Lucerna Hall, music, depends on the program quite a lot). In: Štěpánská 61, Prague 1 Kubelíkova 27, Prague 3 http://www.blacktheatresrnec.cz http://www.palacakropolis.cz/ Ta Fantastika (experimental type of black Radost FX (dance parties, house, soul, rather theater with live music together; some people snobish but stylish) In: Bělehradská 120, love it but same hate it). In: Karlova 8, Prague

    Prague 2 1 http://www.radostfx.cz/ Reduta (traditional and modern jazz, good but Bookstores and Second Hand rather fancy and snobish). In: Národní 20, Bookstores with Books in English: Prague 1)

     Red Hot&Blues (contemporary jazz and blues,

    Anagram Bookstore (Týn 4, Ungelt also famous for great mexican food) In:

    Courtyard, next to the Old Town Square, just Jakubská 12, Prague 1

    past the Gothic Týn Church the tall one):

    probably the best offer, nice and pleasant shop

Chaos (Masarykovo nábřeží 26, Prague 1, 500 feet assistants, willing to order books they do not

    behind the National Theater when going as if out of Prague): have at the moment

    rather fancy but great style and excellent food, The Globe (Pštrossova st., Prague 1, around the Tesco

    empty for lunches, packed for dinners; definitly area): a wide rank of books, however not quite

    worth the trip willing to order those you want

    Country Life (Melantrichova 15, Prague 1, in between U knihomola (Mánesova ulice, Prague 2):

    Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square): a nice cozy, small, pleasant, with a little café

    vegetarian place with a self-serve systém Big Ben Bookshop (Malá Štupartská 5,

    Góvinda (Na Hrázi 5, Prague 8, Palmovka B Prague 1, next to St. Jacob?s church, close to

    line metro stop): a veggie, Hare Krsna Indian Old Town Square): (standard one)

    place with a style; limited choice of food each Fišer Bookstore at the Philosophical Faculty

    day (náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1, next to

    Hostinec U Sádlů (Klimentská 2, Prague 1, in Staroměstská metro station): standard

    the Kotva area): a good place with large equipment

    portions of local food; be aware that it might Knihkupectví Seidl (Štěpánská ulice 26,

    attack your diet systém Prague 1, next to Wenceslas Square,when

    Indická restaurace (Štěpánská 61, Prague 1, going up, in the middle of it turn right):

    next to Wenceslas Square): good though rather excellent bookstore but English section is

    expensive Indian food rather mediocre

    Jáma (V J8mě 7, Prague 1, parallel street to Knihkupectví Franze Kafky (Old Town

    Wenceslas Square): if you want to see a crowd Square 12, Prague 1): rather turisty, of course

    of yuppies… Palác Luxor (Wenceslas Square, upper part,

    Jelínkova plzeňská pivnice (Charvátova 1, on your left when going up): the biggest

    Prague 1, between Tesco and Jungmannova megastore in Central Europe with all the pros

    st.): excellent Pilsner beer, no food, always and contras these shops have

    crowded but worth tasting such a beer Knihkupectví Kanzelsberger (Wenceslas

    Klub architektů (Betlémské náměstí 169, Square 4, Prague 1, at the bottom of the

    Prague 1, in between Tesco and Old Town square, on your right when looking up to St.

    area): a good place for decent dinners Wenceslas statue): a typical megastore,

    Kojak’s restaurant (Anny Letenské 16, Praha English section is quite standard, but they have

    2, above Wenceslas Square): great Mexican lots of books on painting, on Prague, etc.

    and American food, very decent prices for Knihkupectví Krakatit (Jungmannova 14,

    lunch specials, standard prices for dinners; Prague 1): comics, sci-fi, horrors, military

    local favorite in that area, that is why crowded Knihkupectví Na Můstku (Na příkopě 3,

    at nights Prague 1, at the bottom of Wenceslas Square):

    Kozička (Kozí 1, Prague 1, behind the Old Tolkien, Harry Potter, tourist guides, Pragensia,

    Town Square when going to Náměstí simply books that sell

    Republiky): a big place that serves good food

    and beer also after midnight Restaurants, pubs etc.: Na Zvonařce (Šafaříkova 1, Prague 2, at the I. P. Pavlova C line metro stop): a nice local Al Capone?s (Bartolomějská 3, Prague 1): place recommended when you are about to have a Olympos (Kubelíkova 9, Prague 3, in the coctail Jiřího z Poděbrad A line metro stop): quite Ambiente Restaurant (Mánesova 59, Prague authentic Greek food and Retsina Greek local 2): rather fancy place with great food; good wine when your parents are in town to treat you with Peklo (Strahovské nádvoří 132, Prague 1, a dinner above the Castle): the other great and fancy Blatnička (Michalská 8, Prague 1): a famous place for the occasion of your parents stay in place of 1980s, nice underground area and town; beware, this one is truly expensive good local Moravian wine, usually still Pivnice U Pivrnce (Maislova 3, Prague 1, at crowded at night the former Jewish ghetto area): a local place Cantina (Újezd 38, Prague 1, under the Petřín with good but unhealthy food for a decent Hill): excellent Mexican food prepared by a price and nasty paintings all over the walls chef from Prague

Pizzeria Kmotra (V Jirchářích 12, Prague 1): price at all, only to witness how low you can

    a good place if you feel like having a pizza get

    Ponte (Anglická 15, Prague 2, at the I. P. U kapra (Ţatecká 7, Prague 1, next to Pavlova C line metro stop area): great food in Staroměstská A line metro stop): a decent place the French style, rather expensive but worth it at the center with an open garden; small

    Potrefená husa (Vinohradská 104, Prague 3, portions of an O. K. food

    next to Flora A line metro stop): an American U kata (U Radnice 6, Prague 1, next to the style place for those home sick; great food but Old Town Square): one of the last local places crowded at nights in the center, good beer for a good price at the

    Pravěk (Budečská 6, Prague 2, next to center)

    Náměstí Míru A line metro stop): a small place U malého Glena (At the Little Glen’s)

    stylized into the era of mamoths; big portions (Karmelitská 23, Prague 1, Lesser Town Area,

    of tasty though rather unhealthy food in the next to the U.S. embassy): if you want to see way the chef imagines the old days; eating it some local Americans… each day might cause you some troubles U Medvídků (Na Perštýně 7, Prague 1, just

    next to Tesco): if you are in the area and you První novoměstský restaurační pivovar

    (Vodičkova 20, Prague 1, 600 feet from do not want to travel anywhere; good beer but

    Wenceslas Square): they have their own yeast beware: it is the Czech Budweiser and having

    beer and perfect rooms 1-4 levels underground; 5 and more causes headache the next day; food

    groups of turists brought in each minute is just mediocre here

    Rudolfinum (Křiţovnická, next to the faculty U milosrdných (U milosrdných 12, Prague 1, building at the point of the tram isle of behind the Spanish synagogue): the other relict Staroměstská): great local pub, however: of the local pub at the center, good Gambrinus

    packed and full of smoke in evenings beer, standard local food

    Rudý baron (Korunní 23, Prague 2, parallel U Staropramene (Nádraţní 102, Prague 5 –

    street to Vinohradská): a great place for half Smíchov, metro stop B line Anděl): a large pound of beef place of the Staropramen brewery, good for

    Řecká taverna (Revoluční 16, Prague 1, in the both beer and food

    Kotva area): good Greek food (gyros etc.) in U vystřelenýho voka (U boţích bojovníků 3, the center of Prague Prague 3): a famous pub in one of the dark Tequila Sunrise (Štupartská 6, Prague 1, Ţiţkov?s corners, good beer, nice people behind the Týn Church at the Old Town U zlatého tygra (Husova 17, Prague 1, on Square): the name says it all your way from the Old Town area to the

    U Bubeníčků (Myslíkova 8, Prague 2, in the Tesco): the best beer in town, do not go as a Tesco area): a good local place for a beer or group, they are rather sceptical about the

    two turists, opens at 15.00, full everyday after

    U Fleků (Křemencova 9-11, Prague 1, in the 17.00):

    Tesco area): a pub that dates back to 1499, Vinárna U Jiříka (Vinohradská 62, Prague 2, with its own brewery and cabaret program; at the Jiřího z Poděbrad A line metro stop): a

    packed with turists coming with buses to have hidden place as if from 1980s, rather expensive

    one beer at the place; famous but only for but excellent food

    strong characters who want to see a place Vínečko 33 (Budečská 40, Prague 2, next to based on making money idea only Vinohradská st.): a small and crowded place U Houdků (Bořivojova 110, Prague 3, one with local Moravian wine that tastes great but

    tram stop next to Hlavní nádraţí and then causes headeaches the next day

    climb the hill): a typical local place with good Zahrada v opeře (at the top of the Wencleslas food and beer for a decent price; they have a Square, after crossing the highway)at the

    garden open spring to fall; because it is truly Radio Free Europe building) the best local, they speak Czech only protected pubs nowadays: you have to make

    U Kalicha U Švejka (Na Bojišti 12-14, your way through the soldiers; rather fancy but

    Prague 2, at the I. P. Pavlova C line metro perfect design and food

    stop): if you want to see turism at the nastiest

     level: waiters dressed in the style of Hapsburg

     empire, pictures of the Czech literary icon

     Švejk all around; expensive and not worth the

    Café Slavia (Smetanovo nábřeţí 2, Prague 1,

     across the National Theater building):

    probably the most famous one that survived; Cafés that have some style:

    enjoy the architecture based on elevating a café

    goer above the level of the street Café Archa (Na Poříčí 26, Prague 1): a big,

    Velryba (Opatovická 24, Prague 1, in the 1930s retro style café with great mosaics that

    Tesco area): a favorite place of Czech literati cover walls

    and newspaper people, great food but always Café Černá labuť (Na Poříčí 25, Prague 1):

     crowded and noisyjust opposite the Café Archa, a silent place th with gallery in the 8 floor of a bookstore

     building, wonderful view, but don?t expect any

    touristic panorama Useful websites: Café Imperial (Na Poříčí 15, Prague 1): an old-fashioned place, always well supplied with Cdrail websites of Czech railways, time-tables, fresh donuts, live jazz music almost every information about price reduction etc. night (http://www.cdrail.cz) Café Konvikt (Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1):

    rather ecclectic café with a nice room at the Czech Republic one of the many, this one is lowest level quite useful

    Café Louvre (Národní třída 20, Prague 1): (http://www.czechsite.com/) large stylish café founded in 1902, opens daily

    Express tips for travelling and activities at 8 AM to serve wonderful breakfasts

    (http://www.a-e-express.com) Café Montmartre (Řetězová 7, Prague 1): a

    small place with 1920s retro style, rather noisy

    Gurman - a gurmet guide to the best eateries in at night

    Prague Café No. 14 (Opatovická 14, Prague 1): very

    (http://www.gurman.cz) nice although rather smoky, silent enough to

    read or work Heart of Europe a cattalogue of galleries, Café Rybka (Opatovická 7, Prague 1): a museums, trade fairs etc., only basic information small corner café with bookstore (http://www.heartofeurope.com) Dobrá trafika (Korunní 42, Prague 2 and

    Újezd 37, Prague 1): beware, café is hidden Maps city plans and maps for you not to lose the behind a newspaper and cigar store, very silent way place during day, sometimes crowded at nights (http://www.mapy.cz) Ebel Coffee House (Tyn 2, Prague 1, near the

    Old Town Square): possibly the best coffee in National Library if you need any books you can Prague, fresh roasted arabicas in the silent order them on-line after registration court of Ungelt (http://www.nkp.cz) Kaaba Café (Mánesova st., Prague 2): a small

    but perfect 1970s Communist plastic style café Prague all you want to know about life in Prague, with stylish music funny pages for all Prague-lovers Kavárna V sedmém nebi (Zborovská 68, (http://prague.tv/) Prague 5- Malá Strana): a cosy place, good

    choice of wines Prague a detailed, useful guide to places with Malostranská kavárna (Malostranské nám comprehensive information 5/28, Prague 1): one of the places that have (http://www.pragueexperience.com/sightseeing/sibeen serving coffee for a century, decently ghtseeing.asp) reconstructed, but of course rather touristy these days Prague Tourist Information Service: official Marathon (Černá 9, Prague 1): a very cheap Prague townhall service organization: essencial but café in the building of Evangelic Faculty full complex information

    of theology students playing chess (http://www.prague-info.cz) Medůza (Belgická 17, Prague 2): a busy café

    in one of the silent streets of Vinohrady, nice Prague Post weekly newspaper published in people, great food Prague, nicely done, well informed and entertaining

don?t miss their selection of best pubs and should be mentioned: bones out of more then

    restaurants. You can find here all essential 40 000 people piled to make the decoration of

    information you need. a church. Morbit, touchy but worth

    (http://www.praguepost.com) experiencing.

    (http://www.kh.cz/listy/info.php?id=17&l=en) Public Transportation all information about public transport in Prague Karlštejn (Beroun district, by train, about 40 th(http://www.dp-praha.cz) minutes): The castle was founded in the 14 century by Charles IV as a stronghold intended

    to house the imperial coronation jewels. The Telecom oficcial phone list of Czech Republic walls of the Chapel of the Holy Rood are (http://www.telecom.cz) covered with panel paintings of male and

    female saints by one of the most famous Czech Ticketpro if you want to buy tickets on-line, click Gothic painters known as Master Theodoric. here to be provided by tickets to almost all theatre (However, if you want to see the chapel you performances, concerts and musicals youˇve chosen should make a reservation). (http://www.ticketpro.cz) (http://www.hradkarlstejn.cz/)

     Travel Timetables a search engine for major Konopiště (train or bus to Benešov u Prahy, destinations then a 20 minute walk): a Romanticized (http://www.jizdnirady.cz) chateau owned by the Habsburg throne successor František Ferdinand d?Este. Visit Czechia official website of the Czech Impressive collection of hunting trophies and Tourist Authority, very practical, well organized, other 19th century icons of the life of nobles. shouldn?t be missed (http://www.zamek-konopiste.cz) (http://www.visitczechia.cz)

    Český Šternberk (Benešov district, by bus or Trips outside of Prague: train, about 1 hour): A summer resort with a Some websites with substantial castle overlooking the river Sázava, founded in thinformation: 13 century. The castle contains in particular a th Czech Castles pictures and depictions of the collection of engravings of the 17century. major castles and chateaus (http://www.hradceskysternberk.cz) (http://www.czechcastles.com/index.html) Sightseeing in Prague and around some Sázava nad Sázavou - the remains of a essential sites described benedictine monastry from 1009 and the centre (http://www.sitesatlas.com/Europe/CzechRepuof the Slavonic culture - is not far from there. blic/Prague.htm#sights) However, you need either the car or lots of patience and planning to use local bus

    Central Bohemia: transportation. Kutná Hora (discrict town, 1 hour by bus)(http://uj.euweb.cz/index.php?page=/saklaster. Kutná Hora is an ancient mining town php) renowned for the white Prague groschen were minted here. If you want to get the feeling, in Nelahozeves (30 km from Prague, 20 minutes Hrádek area you?ll be given long coats and by train): a renaissance chateau owned by lanterns there and you can visit an original Lobkowitz noble family, built in the end of thmedieval mine. The landmark of the town is 16 century on the rock above the banks of the monumental Gothic Church of Saint Vltava river. Worth to see especially for Barbora with valuable paintings and decoration. valuable collection of old paintings including Compare this sample of late Gothic with an Rubens or Brueghel. You can also visit a earlier cathedral of St. James at the center of birthplace of famous Czech composer Antonín town. Dvořák and last but not least – you shoudn?t (http://www.kh.cz/seznam/seznam.php?l=en&forget to taste some of the excellent wines node=0) from Lobkowitz wine cellars. If you have Last but not least, an ossuary in Sedlec in some time left than try to take a walk to the about ten minutes ride from Kutna Hora nearby baroque castle Veltrusy that has

    of the area. Romantic, impressive, exhausting. beautiful wide gardens with peacocks walking

    Worth the trip. freely in it.

    (http://www.clnet.cz/region/historie/hrady-(http://www.bohemianet.com/stredni_cechy/ne

    zamky/bezdez/) lahozeves/nelahozeves_en.htm)

     (http://www.stezka.cz/lokality/melnik/veltrusy.

    Říp (1 hour bus ride to Roudnice nad Labem, htm)

    then the other bus to Krabčice, then walking up

    to the hill). Mystical breast like hill; according Křivoklát (Český kras area, 1,5 hour train ride

    to the legend, Father Czech took his tribe to via Beroun): a royal hunting castle hidden in a

    the hill and made the decision to live in the deep forest, impressive and less crowded that

    area for ever. Karštejn

    (http://www.hrady-zamky.cz/rotunda-rip/) (http://www.krivoklat.cz/webs/english/krivokl

     at/ea2.htm)

    Český ráj (1 hour bus ride to Turnov, then 1

    hour walking or using local buses): impressive Ţebrák, Točník, Krakovec (about an hour by

    rocky mountain area ready for climbing, bus from Prague): th century, nice trecking or sightseeing; picturesque, Three castles built in the 14

    examples of well preserved middle age impressive but requires a one day trip at least.

    architecture. They are not too far from each (http://www.ceskyraj.cz/priroda/) other, so you can visit them all in one day if If you have time, visit local castles romantic you go by car or by bike. Sychrov (http://www.zamek-sychrov.cz/) , (http://www.krivoklat.cz/webs/english/tocnik/egothic castle Kost

    h3.htm) (http://fmv.vse.cz/cz/castles/kost.htm),

    castle Hrubý Rohozec (http://www.hruby-

    rohozec.cz/rohozec/ramindex.htm) or Southern Bohemia:

    Český Krumlov (southern Bohemia, 3 hour Valdštejn castle

    ride by bus): a gorgeously well preserved (http://www.turnov.cz/en/valdstjn.htm). Renaissance town with a Baroque Castle.

    Picturesque, turist friendly. Worth a weekend Liberec (1 hour bus ride) quite an impresive trip. Suddeten town that had its peak before the

    (http://www.ckrumlov.cz) WWII but now grows again: zoo, galleries,

     cafes; slow pace of life as a contrast to Prague

    Holašovice: a village-preserve, 18th century (http://www.liberec.cz/) Baroque village with impressive gates and

    farmer houses, sweet on the edge of a kitsch Eastern Bohemia: (http://www.budnet.cz) Litomyšl (3 hour bus ride from Prague): a well

     preserved Renaissance town with a chateau

    Hluboká: a nightmare for a historian looking gardens, and amphitheater

    for authenticity, a feats for kids and fairy tale (http://www.litomysl.cz) lovers: a pseudo historic, 19th century

    Romanticized castle supposed to impress via Pardubice (2 hour bus or train ride): a living its nobility. So kitschy that it makes it worth town with beautiful renaissance castle and well

    seeing. preserved historical town centre

    (http://www.hluboka.info/en/index.xml) (http://www.mesto-pardubice.cz/)

     (http://www.vcm.cz/) Jindřichův Hradec: a town full of nice If you go by car visit nearby Zoo in Dvůr mixture of Renaissance and Baroque styles, Králové with the largest collection of African impressive castle and church. animals in Europe. If you go there in summer,

    (http://www.jh.cz/) take a Safari-bus ride among free living hoofed

     animals.

    (http://www.zoodk.cz) Nothern Bohemia:

    Bezděz (1 and ? hour bus ride to Doksy, then

    a bus to Bezděz, and ? climb to the top of the Western Bohemia: hill). Ruins of the medieval castle, great view Karlovy Vary - Karlsbad (2 hour bus ride

    from Prague): famous spa resort founded in

th century, visited by Casanova, Mozart or (http://fmv.vse.cz/cz/cz/lednice.htm) 14

    Freud. Very quiet place hidden in the green

    valley of Teplá river with beautiful colonades, Slavonice (3 hour bus ride from Prague):

    where you can have your own drinking cure forgotten Renaissance little town with

    tasting one of 12 healing springs or local probably best preserved complex of houses

    herbal liqueur called Becherovka. from the 16th and 17th century

    (http://www.karlovyvary.cz) (http://www.slavonice-mesto.cz/eng/) If you decide to spend there more than one day,

    visit nearby spas of Mariánské lázně Telč (3 hour bus ride from Prague): quite an (Marienbad) and Františkovy lázně impressive Reanaissance town, with a chateau

    (Franzensbad). and gorgeous main square

    (http://www.marianskelazne.cz/) (http://www.telc-etc.cz) (http://www.franzensbad.as/)

     Ţďár nad Sázavou: Pilgrimage Church of

    Plzeň – Pilsen (1 hour bus or train ride from Saint John: out of the town, on Zelená Hora, th Prague): city founded in 13century with there is quite an impressive 18th century

    beautiful city center is worth visiting Baroque church designed by Johann Blasius

    especially for its world-famous brewery. Try Santini, original and brilliant in terms of

    the Brewery Museum and than have a rest with technique and hidden symbolism

    a well chilled glass of Pilsen. (http://www.zdarns.cz/) (http://info.plzen-city.cz)

    (http://www.beerworld.cz/) Moravský Krumlov: the castle hosts the

    exhibition of Alfons Mucha?s patriotic large

    Southern Moravia (better to rent a car, scale paintings, quite impressive in its size as

    though some trains and buses can get you well as nationalistic mythologization

    there): (http://www.mkrumlov.cz)

    Brno (3 hour bus or train ride): a second Central Moravia: largest city in Czech Republic with friendly Olomouc (3 hour bus ride from Prague): the atmosphere, seems to be ideal basic camp for second largest urban monument reserve after

    exploring Southern Moravia you can spend Prague, great Baroque appeal of the city,

    several nights either in Brno or in nearby including the Holy Trinity Column that made it

    camps. into the UNESCO List of the World Cultural

    Brno is a must-see for lovers of modern Heritige

    architecture: visit at least a functionalist (http://www.olomoucko.cz) Tugendhat Villa built by Mies van der Rohe.

    (http://www.brno.cz/index.php?lan=en) Kroměříţ (4 hour bus ride from Prague): (http://www.tugendhat-villa.cz) definitely worth seeing. Beautiful town with

    baroque archiepiscopal chateau and splendid

    Mikulov (3 hour bus ride to Brno, than one renaisance and baroque gardens, inscripted

    hour bus ride to Mikulov): the town lies in a into UNESCO World Heritage List. Don?t

    wine-making region near the Czech-Austrian forget to visit archbishop?s wine cellars and

    borders, some 100 km from Vienna. Visit local buy a bottle of mass wine.

    baroque chateau and some of numberless (http://www.azz.cz/) wine-cellars or take one of the wine trails

    through small wine growing villages. Roţnov pod Radhoštěm: a (http://www.mikulov.cz) „skanzen“ museum in the open air, hosting

    (http://www.pragueviennagreenways.org/winetoriginal country houses and folk Moravian

    rails.html) architecture and arts, lots of „slivovice“ (a

    local liquer) around.

    Lednice and Valtice Complex: „a cultural

    complex“ of well preserved parks, biking

    routes and landscape designed to be a „Garden

    of Europe“, plus Romanticism style impresive

    chateau, next to it a minaret

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