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PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC


We spent 3 nights in Prague in September 2004 and found it to be a beautiful city and an ideal place for a weekend city break.

To get from the airport to the city centre take a minibus operated by Cedaz, a private van service, with a counter at the airport. Drivers are usually waiting outside the main terminal, Exit E. They run between the airport and Namesti Republiky at regular intervals (7 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and cost 90 Kc per person or take the option of being dropped right at your hotel for 480 Kc for 1-4 people. Click here for more details.

 

Travel passes for 24 hours give you unlimited use of the metro, trams and buses, however single journeys are very cheap and Prague is a very walkable city and so compact that you may find you don't need a travel pass. Make sure you validate your pass or ticket by punching the time and date using the machines on the way to the platform or you risk having to pay a fine.

 

Anna Hotel, Prague


We stayed in the annexe of the Anna Hotel, which was just round the corner from the main hotel. We went to the main hotel for breakfast (which was nice) and had to check in and out there. The rooms at the annexe were clean but basic and it was a bit weird at night when entered through a dark courtyard, although automatic lights came on in the corridors when you went along them. There was no reception at the annexe. I have now found that the annexe no longer exists, but the building has been renovated and Anna Hotel's sister hotel The Claris Hotel is now there. The location was good - in the residential district of Vinohrady 10-15 minutes walk to the old town, and close to a Metro station. Visit Anna Hotel's website and Hotel Claris's website. If you book a room after reading this review, we'd appreciate if you'd let them know that you found them on TravelJimmy.com - thanks!

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Charles Bridge, Prague

Room at Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya
Room at Gran Hotel Torre Catalunya
Crossing Charles Bridge
Charles Bridge, Prague
Room at Anna Hotel annexe
Crossing
Charles Bridge
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague cycle tour
Sagrada Familia
Astronomical Clock
Prague cycle tour
View from castle
La Pedrera (Mila House)
Golden Lane
St Vitus's Cathedral
View from castle
Golden Lane
St Vitus's Cathedral
Stained glass window at St Vitus's Cathedral
Cafe in Old Town Square
Prague centre
Stained glass window at St Vitus's Cathedral
Cafe in Old Town Square
Prague centre

Things to see and do in Prague

 

One of the best things we did in Prague was the City Bike Cycling Tour of the city. The tour takes place 3 times a day, at 10am, 2pm or at sunset and lasts about 2 hours. It's a nice way to see the city and you don't have to worry if you're not an expert cyclist, as it's an easy ride with regular stops for the guide to tell you things about the city. We found it a lot more fun than doing the usual bus tour. Visit City Bike's website for more information.

 

Charles Bridge is probably Prague's most famous attraction - you see it on all the postcards etc. The impressive stone Gothic bridge which crosses the Vitava River connects Prague Old Town and Mala Strana. The gothic statues along the edge of the bridge make it even more unique. There are souvenir stands and street musicians along the bridge, along with crowds of people unless you go very early in the morning.

 

The Old Town Square with street performers, outdoor cafes and restaurants and beautiful buildings is a great place to visit day or night. On the square is the Astronomical Clock Tower from which small mechanical characters appear on the hour to the waiting crowd. Although it can be a bit of an "is that it?" moment, you have to see this medieval clock!

 

Visit Prague Castle which is very impressive and open from 9am - 4pm daily. You get great views of the city from the castle. The impressive St Vitus's Cathedral is in the castle grounds and is also worth a visit, if just to see the beautiful stained glass windows. Be prepared to have to queue to get into the Cathedral. Another part of Prague Castle worth a visit, although it can get very crowded, is the little colourful street Golden Lane, which consists of 16th century houses, including Kafka's house at No 22.


 

Bars and Restaurants in Prague

 

Prague has a reputation for being a place full of guys on stag nights but we didn't experience that at all. However, if you were there at a particularly busy time and wanted to avoid stag parties, there is enough of a selection of bars and restaurants in the city that avoiding them should not be a problem. You can encounter stag parties anywhere, but it certainly wouldn't put us off going back to Prague.

 

We weren't too impressed with the Czech traditional fare of pork and dumplings - just not our thing, but you should try it. A nice place for traditional Czech food is the pub and beer garden attached to the Archibald U Karlova Mostu Hotel, just under the Charles Bridge and very popular. The pub is like an underground cave and had a nice atmosphere. Click here to visit their website.

 

We had a delicious meal at Pizzeria Sherry (Havelska 2, Praha 1). Yummy bruschetta and the Penne della Casa was excellent. Friendly staff, good service and very reasonable prices too.

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Some useful sites about Prague:

Prague.cz - Useful site with lots of information about Prague including accommodation, tours and special offers
Prague Experience
More useful information about Prague

Time Out Prague - Lots of stuff about Prague, including shopping, restaurants and bars and tourist information
Discover Czech - Useful information including tours, accommodation, car rental, etc.
The Guardian - Prague - Some useful articles from The Guardian about Prague
Trip Advisor - Reviews from other travellers and a useful forum

Hotels in Prague - Book hotels in Prague, read travellers reviews of those hotels and view lots of photos