tickets and backpacks...
using public transportation make sure to buy a
ticket and run it through the 'validation' machine
at the station or else it is not validated which
means although you have a ticket you can still
get a fine. Public transport in Prague is really
easy to use and extremely cheap. If you are staying
for more than a couple of days get a weekly ticket;
it is worth it.
take a backpack. At a busy market, my friend had
the unfortunate incident of someone putting his
hands into her bag. Luckily she had put her purse
into a zippered part in the backpack so she did
not lose anything. After this episode she proceeded
to carry the backpack on her front even though
she got a few laughs!!
Christine, Sydney, Australia
and restaurant recommendation...
husband and I just came back from Prague where
we were there for the first time. I love this
opportunity to share our favourite finds and tips
there. We'd go back in a heartbeat! I'd like to
tell other women about Crowne
Plaza Prague. This beautful hotel
was located 20 minutes by foot from Prague Castle
and a five minute ride by tram. The #8 tram is
located right outside the hotel and tickets can
be purchased at the newspaper stand on the left
side of the tracks. I would recommend this hotel
for anyone who would like a 'quieter' place outside
the downtown core. We had a Junior Suite which
was a nice size room. Address: Koulova 15, 160
45 Prague 6. Tel: +420 296 537 111
Grosseto was a 10 minutes walk
from the Crowne Plaza Hotel where we stayed. They
have a wide selections of made to order pizzas,
homemade pastas etc. We loved it so much we went
there twice! Address: Praha 6 - Dejvice. Tel:
+420 233 342 694. Website: www.grosseto.cz.
Like many restaurants in Prague this was cash
only. Be prepared.
Stephanie, Guelph, Canada
Pitt and Angelia Jolie dined here...
too, recommend the Crowne
Plaza Prague. It's located right
next door to a lovely monastery. It opened in
April '07 so it is very modern and comfortable,
but is in a very old building, so it also has
character. And it's quiet as a tomb - I sleep
so well there. The staff is very helpful and nice.
Now for the juicy part...
a good restaurant just a short walk downhill from
the hotel: Restaurant
Usevce Matouse located at Praha
1 - Hradcany, Loretanske Nam 4. I love their salmon
and eat there every time I'm in town. Good prices
for the quality. Brad and Angelina have dined
Sharon, Atlanta, USA
Sharon is a great supporter of
women travellers and a special friend of Journeywoman.
tiny hotel and lovely shop...
Dientzenhofer is a little gem
of a hotel in a historic building, in the most
perfect location location. It's within easy walking
distance to everything, and yet in an incredibly
quiet and charming neighborhood, right next to
a beautiful park. It's tiny, so book well ahead.
They can arrange airport pickups for you.
is a great place to shop for souvenirs. They carry
foods and skin care made from Czech-grown botanical
ingredients. There is an outlet in the airport,
but it is very small and did not seem to have
the full selection of goods found in the main
store. Website: http://www.botanicus.cz/
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Christy, Boston, USA
was posted in Prague...
name is Yvonne and I'm a member of the US Foreign
Service. I was posted at the US embassy in Prague
for two years and frequently go back to visit.
Here are my personal must-sees and restaurants
when you visit this city. St. Vitus Cathedral,
St. Nicholas Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Clock
Tower, Old Town Square, Prague Castle, Lobkowitz
Exhibition at Prague Castle, Rudolfinium (concert
hall), Obeci Dum (Municipal house), Estates Theatre,
Wenseslav Square (large Christmas market), Pariska
street (Paris street--great highend shopping),
Narudova Street for shopping
I recommend are Blue
Duck (Czech food), Kampa
Park on the Vltava River (International
food), Slavia Cafe
for best apple strudel in town and view of castle
and river, any street vendor for grilled sausages
and hot wine, Pivovarsky
at Stupanska metro stop (a brewery/restaurant
for Czech food and beer), Olympia
at Ujezd metro stop.
Yvonne, Paris, France
rentals and walking tours...
years ago I was fortunate to stay in an apartment
in a delightful area three tram stops from the
famous Historical Centre. Staying here we felt
that we had an insight into the real Prague where
the prices in restaurants and shops were suited
to the locals and not just 'monied tourists'.
The best tour we went on was run by Katelina
who leads small groups on 'alternative walks'
to the Old Jewish Town and around authentic markets
and residential areas ($US12 in 2005). She spent
over three hours with us, answering all our questions
and giving us a huge amount of good information
in a very light-hearted way. Katelina starts daily
from the steps of the Rudolfinum at 1.30 or 3.30.
Her contact number is +420 608 748569 if you need
it. I hope she still does it. In a city which
gets over 6 million visitors a year it's a real
treat to be able to get under the veneer and in
touch with the heart of Prague. Apartment rental
Cristina, London, England
suggests this veggie stop...
will like Country
Life, Melantrichova 15, Praha
1, a health-food store run by the Seventh Day
Adventists: it offers a strictly meatless menu
to go. You'll find tofu, tomato, cucumber, and
shredded cabbage salads; zesty wheat-bread pizzas
tipped with red pepper, garlic. and onions; and
vegetable burgers on multigrain buns with garlic-yoghurt
dressings. Inexpensive meals on the run! Mon-Thurs.
9am-8:30pm, Fri. 9am-6pm, Sun. 11am-8:30pm. No
credit cards accepted.
Prague Guide & the Best of the Czech Republic
wonderful female guide in Prague...
May I went to Prague. I contacted Dana
Chaloupka, one of Journeywomen's
recommended guides. Not only was she an excellent
guide, we have since become friends. She knows
both the city, surrounding areas, and the entire
country. She would be more than happy to give
out advice and tips of where to go and what to
do. Her life history is quite fascinating having
lived under Communism and now freedom. She is
quick to respond to emails. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peggy, Atlanta, USA