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“trip to praque”
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13 reviews
29 helpful votes
“trip to praque”
Reviewed June 22, 2010

we have just returned from visting praque staying at the hotel k&k fenix for five days the hotel was very nice the staff pleasent breafast is very good hot/cold buffet hotel is right in the heart of the shopping area take good walking shoes as most of the streets are cobbles a very enjoyable stay d barber cheshire 21/06/10

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United Kingdom
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10 reviews
12 helpful votes
“A few days in Prague”
Reviewed June 21, 2010

Arriving at Prague airport with the sun shining a baking 30 degrees celcius was not quite what we expected, having read the misleading online weather report of rain and heavy cloud! Only our hotel was prebooked so we had no expectation of how or where to find transport to the city upon our arrival. At Prague airport we found the public transport desk and took bus 100 to Zlicin (approx 15 minutes drive) and then metro line B to our stop (another 15 minutes to central Prague) which cost us a mere 26kc (£1!).
Our hotel was Hotel Manes which is situated around 10 minytes walk from the main Wenceslas Square and 30 seconds walk from the river. The hotel itself was fine, the bedroom was roomy with huge comfy mattresses and a good powerful shower in the gleaming bathroom. Our room overlooked the main street outside which was a tramline running through it, although this was under some sort of repair works while we were there so there was no rumble of a passing tram in the early hours. Breakfast was included and was a good selection of hot and cold delights, as well as an interesting mix of euro-pop hits and irish country jigs coming from the sound system...
My only real hearing about Prague previously was about stag parties and raucous drinking, so I didn't really know what would become of our few days there. Our first day was spent exploring Prague and visiting the main sights. We first walked along the river from the hotel and across Charles Bridge, a looming gothic structure upon which many street seller and performer comes to try their luck with the tourist audience.
Once across the river, it is a steep cobbled walk through the orange-red brick buildings up to the castle. An amazing view greets you once you reach the top and for all that hard walking, you feel somewhat rewarded. We were just in time to see the change of the guards (on the hour, every hour) which actually wasn't quite as impressive as the number of people watching would suggest.
You can't miss the huge spectacle of St. Vitus Cathedral, right in the centre of the castle complex. This is free to enter and is well worth a look. A rainbow of stained glass windows lines each wall, and you can almost hear the huge pipe organ on the left as it towers above you. Much of the castle grounds is paid entry apart from the cathedral and one or two smaller buildings; we didn't venture in however you can read a fair amount from what is outside and also inside the cathedral.
Taking the downward descent away from the castle, we came across a tiny doorway marked 'Toy Museum', and succumbing to curiosity we went inside. After what seemed like a stairway to the clouds, we paid a small entry fee and got to view traditional Czech and European children's toys from hundreds of years ago until the present day. Although I have to say the highlight was the '50 Years of Barbie' exhibition which was literally floor to ceiling of Barbie dolls and paraphernalia!
We spent the afternoon walking back south towards to the funicular railway at the bottom of a huge park in Mala Strana, which leads up to Petrin Hill, the site of an odd looking tower, giving the best views of the whole city. The railway costs 18kc (approx 70p) and takes around 5 minutes to reach the top. The tower is a narrow spiral staircase leading up to a viewing cabin at the top, but there is an elevator for an added surcharge to the usual price. For anyone afraid of heights I would certainly advise taking the elevator! On a clear day however you can see for miles into the distance and have fun trying to pick out your hotel amongst the thousands of red roofs below you.
After a short rest at the hotel we fuelled our famished selves with a hearty meal of beef goulash with potato cakes and dumplings, from a traditional Czech restaurant just off the Old Town Square, washed down with chilled Pilsner beer.
Our second day was spent on a trip out of the city. We took a morning train from Prague's main train station (approx 25 minutes walk from the main hub) and took an hours ride to Kutna Hora, just east of Prague. Once arriving in Kutna Hora and again not having much clue about how to get around, we followed our noses for about 1km, along the main road until we found signposts for Sedlec Ossuary. The Ossuary is a 19th century church which looks all very lovely and church-like until you get inside and see that it is decorated with the skeletons from around 40,000 humans! After getting over the weirdness and eerie atmosphere that beholds you, it really makes for a fascincating sight. Chandeliers made from ribs and tarsals, and piles and piles of bones and skulls is just something you won't forget, and certainly makes for interesting photos! A brief walk around the village and we take the late afternoon train back to Prague (trains every 2 hours there and back).
The evening unfortunately was subject to huge thunderstorms and incessant downpour, so we made the decision to see a classical concert. The interior of the Municipal House near the Old Town is fabulous, with Art Nouveau design, gold ornate finishing and intricate sculpture. We sat in the Smetana Hall and watched a small chamber orchestra of eight musicians as they played over an hours worth of various classical composers' work. Unfortunately the weather seemed to have hindered the size of the audience and this did affect the atmosphere somewhat, but you can imagine the place being packed full of people; with the beautiful acoustic sounds the ambience would be electric.
As for our dinner, we wanted to again find a traditional Czech eaterie, so we wandered back along to the Old Town where we almost stumbled upon an amazing find. A small micro-brewery along Na Perstyne nestles among the other buildings and inside is a huge canteen-like room filled with Czechs and tourists alike, and waiters bustle from table to table taking orders and delivering huge plates of delicious Bohemian grub. We decided to go for the roasted boar with creamed spinach and potato dumplings and we weren't disappointed. Several glasses of Budvar later and we were well and truly soaking up the Czech culture! As the waiters take your order they leave a small piece of paper on your table and write down any further things that you order. So it's only when you take time to look at your paper that you realise just how long you've been sitting in there for!
Our stroll back to the hotel took us past the Absintherie, a museum and cafe bar for absinth enthusiasts. And as they say, "When in Rome...". Recommended to us by the red-eyed guy behind the bar (too many free samples?) was the absinth Mojito, an eye-popping mixture of one shot of absinth, absinth flavoured Slush Puppie, sugar, mint leaves, topped with a drizzle of red absinth Let me just say that you'll only need one!
Our next day was our flight home, so we took a quick metro ride up to the City of Prague Museum and had a look in there. I think if we had more time we would have rather have visited the National Museum as we didn't really get a great insight into Prague culture from the City of Prague Museum.
And so our trip was over. It was as easy to get to the airport as it was to get into the city and so much cheaper than taking a taxi or airport transfer. I would absolutely recommend Prague, we had a busy yet relaxing time, the scenery and buildings are so interesting to see and of course the food and drink is spectacular. Winter time next, I think.

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South Florida, Florida
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26 reviews
26 helpful votes
“Prague visit”
Reviewed June 19, 2010

Just to help possible visitors to Prague;
I work in the travel industry first of all and I have to say Prague was worth the time. The people of this area are one of the politest and genuine I've dealt with. Clean city and very safe to walk even late at night. Great place to spend three full days and no car needed if you stay in the heart of the city (Stare Mestro) . Simple airport to get in and out of. The only two negative things I can say is the Communist Museum is not worth a single dollar ($1) entrance fee, and the only other item is the restaurants are expensive around the main tourist areas.

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1 review
“prague adventure”
Reviewed June 16, 2010

we were in prague for our first visit in may 2010, the weather was unusually cold around 50 degrees to 55. the people were very friendly and nice, the hotel we stayed in the leonardo was in a great location. the service and breakfast were very good. this is a good place to stay because of it's proximity to most everything in prague except the castle area which was easily accessible by trolley or tram. there are many good affordable restaurants in prague. our favorite was the slavia within walking distance of the hotel and medidku also gives you a feel of what prague is all about. the architecture is great, everywhere you look there are wonderful buildings filled with much history.

Thank naed22
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
36 helpful votes
“Summer or Winter it is a great place to visit.”
Reviewed June 16, 2010

I have visited Prague twice, once in May and once in January.I could list the places worth seeing but a good guide book will do that.
My May visit coincided with the Czech Republic joining the EU so there were great celebrations. We did some guided tours which were excellent and also explored with the guide book. It is easy to get around using the metro and by walking as many of the things worth seeing are within easy walking distance of one another.Sensible shoes are needed for the cobblestones. The place is alive with music and it is easy to take in a concert at a moderate price.
People are friendly and helpful and are justifiably proud of their country. There are many reasonably priced restaurants and Czech food is "hearty".
I visited again in January this year to experience the Winter Festival. We travel a lot and I can honestly say this was one of the most enjoyable things we have done. From Mozart opera to Baroque jazz, from ballet to children's choir we had it all and it was all superb.
Go prepared for the cold although the weather was worse in the UK at the time. Czech airlines were used to snow and none of their flights was cancelled.

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