Well, as I’m a great fan of English Bookstores in Not-English cities, I’d say Big Ben Bookshop and Anagram Bookshop :) The last one I found last time I was in Prague, and it’s great. It’s, when you’re at the old town square, at the square behind the Church opposite of town hall.
Then, the German Embassy. Not so much the front, but the backyard – because in 1989 there the German foreign secretary Genscher told East-German refugees who were camping in the backyard of the Embassy that they could go to West-Germany. Also, their is a great sculpture of a trabant with feet.
Also worth going to, especially by foot, is the Strahov monastery with the famous library.
Don’t go to the Golden Lane, or go only in the evening, when the entrance is free. The houses are quite cute, but it’s really really touristic, which ruins the atmosphere, and it’s quite short. So much money for nothing.
And if you’re still looking for a hostel, go to the Old Prague Hostel. It’s very close to the Old Town Square and has a great atmosphere, a friendly staff, and clean showers :)
Have fun! Prague is great! :)
O, about the Charles Bridge, walk across it once, just to get it over with, but take the bridge next to it from then on – great view on the charles bridge and a lot quieter and thus quicker, less chance of pickpockets, and when you come from the old town and take the bridge right of charles bridge, you enter mala strana in a very nice way – go left after the bridge and you’ll have a really nice walk :)
Also in that neighborhood, the Franz Kafka Museum. It’s relatively new, and even interesting for people who don’t like Kafka (or literature in general) – it’s a great museum, that uses video and music in a great way and tells much about the history of Prague. Really worth paying a visit!
I agree with this. You also won’t have to deal with quite so many tourists. I’d take Most Legii (the one at the National Theatre/Ujezd) rather than Manesuv Most (the one at the Rudolphinum/Malostranska) because you get a view of the city, the castle and Letna behind the bridge.
Thanks for all these great ideas!
Valdstenjeska Sahrada (castle), the Karlov Most (bridge), Sraronestske Nam (plaza), there are old churches and castles spread throughout, the old town square is great. The metro is easy to use, and the food is great and much cheaper the farther you get from the tourist centers.
old town for sure, the Prague castle, Vaclavske Namesti, Petrin (I call it the czech Eiffel tower)… Just taking a walk through old town you’ll get to most places within 1 day. Nightlife is pretty fun too
Just be careful in Narodni Trida at night. It’s a well known area for hookers, gypsies and theives who damn well know what they’re doing (as a Scottish friend of mine who has lived here for years found out recently.)
Definitely check out the old town square at night. Karluv Most/Charles Bridge – you gotta see it once, but it’s really not so much of a big deal, as utopya said the view is much better and more pleasant from the bridges adjacent to it. Hotel Metamorphis is a great place to stay.
Do not miss this bar behind the Tin Castle in Old Town Square!
Go on a walk in this great park!
Drink some Absinthe outside of a bar! The stuff in the bar has no “thujone” or wormwood. Find something with strong thujone and have a great time!
Also, four story club!
All of these things are within 1/2 mile of each other!
-The vinery ner the zoo :) also there’s a great restaurant outside the zoo, it’s cheap & the food is AMAZING!! :)
-A REAL must is the replica of the Eifel tower :) also there’s near it a beautiful garden of roses :)
Opposite of the zoo there is also a summer palace which is really nice. I was there in 2002 so don’t know how it is now, but then there was an exposition of Czech Art inside, and you could walk the gardens etc.
The zoo I thought (back then, they were improving, so maybe it’s better now) not to be so great – many animals had tiny caves, I felt sorry for them.
Drink some good Czech beer and wander around old town.
Go up to Letna at night and sit on the base of the old Stalin statue. You’ll be looking out over the bridges and old town all lit up. It’s my favourite thing about the city.
Also, check out Namesti Miru and DEFINITELY go to Vysehrad. It’s a great park. It’s right on the metro line (the red towards Haje, stop Vysehrad — it’s two stops after Muzeum, which is the central red line stop) it’s out of the way of the tourists.
Oh, and skip going inside the national museum (though it’s STUPIDLY easy to sneak in), but check out the facade. You can clearly see where it was patched after the Russians had their way with it in their opposition to the Prague Spring (1968)
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