-- A Journeywoman's Point of View
Journeywoman asked members of our JW Network for
tips about Prague we never expected the wonderful
response we got in return. We received so many
enthusiastic replies -- each offering the type
of female-friendly advice we absolutely love to
publish -- everything from safety tips to inexpensive
meal deals to where to meet English speaking expats.
We're certain that our readers will benefit from
all of these suggestions and we'll keep adding
more as we receive them. Please keep checking
back. Finally, what did we learn about everyone's
overall impression of Prague? You loved it and
would go back in a heartbeat.
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see an opera performance...
visited Prague a year ago and fell in love with
the city. The houses in the old section are painted
ice cream colors and the subway is functional
and kind of cute. It's really short -- only about
three cars but it runs well and is clean, as was
the entire city. The best recommendation I have
for other JourneyWomen is to see an opera at the
while in Prague. I usually go to the Metropolitan
Opera House in Lincoln Center in New York City.
In a much less showy setting without all the money
for costumes and scenery, I saw a fantastic performance
of Rusalka. In fact, my companion saw the opera
at the Metropolitan and thought what we saw in
Prague was better.
Sharon, New York City, USA
feel the same way about the opera...
you’re in Prague, make sure you see one
of Mozart’s operas. When I was there last
with my Sights and Soul Travel group, we got to
see the Magic Flute at the Estates
Theatre. We got front row, orchestra
seats for about $80 (American) and I tell you,
it was the best opera I've ever seen. The choreography
was stunning, the ballet part far exceeded our
expectations and there was chemistry so thick
between the audience and the performers that you
could almost feel it. I hope I am not being overly
dramatic but this is how both I and other women
who were with me on this tour perceived it. Make
sure you don’t miss it! Website: www.estatestheatre.cz/
eats, great artwork...
I was in Prague last May, my friend and I stumbled
onto a wonderful dining experience at a restaurant
called Ranier Maria
It is located very close to the plaza area and
we wandered in for lunch. It turned out to be
one of the best dining experiences we had. The
restaurant is in an old house (that Rilke once
lived in, I believe). It has wonderful artwork
and is so comfortable and pleasant. The host (owner,
I think) was very, very friendly and helpful.
The menu had a lot of dishes with vegetables which
we were craving. He suggested we share some dishes,
which we did, and still ended up with food left
over. And a pretty small bill at the end.
Ann, Oakland, USA
must visit Cresky Krumlov...
two hours south of Prague, near the Austrian border
lies the UNESCO HERITAGE town of Cesky
Krumlov. This is a charming small
town with a river running through it where you
can hire a wooden boat or rent a kyak for a very
pleasant couple of hours. It's also the hometown
of artist Egon Schiele and sports a museum with
contemporary exhibitions. The town itself is charming,
walkable and at the very end is a beautiful synagogue
now undergoing restoration. The views from the
top of the town are remarkable. Take a break from
shopping and don't miss it!
Sherry, Toronto, Canada
and foremost I'd like to tell other women that
Prague is a great city. It is safe except for
the pickpockets found on trams and crowded streets
and just about anywhere tourists collect. They
are skilled, so carry only what you can afford
to lose; for instance, a copy of your passport
will do - don't carry the original. Keep copies
of your credit cards at the hotel, so you can
quickly cancel them if your wallet is lifted.
thing to keep in mind are the taxis - have the
hotel or restaurant phone for a taxi, and avoid
hailing one on the street. If you pick up a cab
on the street it will probably be an independent,
and you'll pay up to four times the fare. Fortunately,
they've sorted this problem out at the airport,
so taking a cab from there is fine (and averages
about 20-30 USD depending on where your hotel
is). You can get into the city by public transport,
but you've got to catch a bus and transfer to
the metro or tram, plus get a ticket at the airport.
If you have the money, I'd take the taxi.
Karolyn, New York State, USA
warm for Christmas Markets...
visited the Christmas
Markets in Prague last December
and loved being in the Old World atmosphere at
Christmas time. But, be warned! It can be bitter
cold – the web said it would be 40 degrees
F, and since it was in the upper 40’s when
I left Baltimore, I thought I packed well. But
their 40 is not the same as our 40!!! It was damp,
with a chill that goes through you (but not damp
enough to thwart this Journeywoman's Christmas
shopping spree). Keep in mind you could be outdoors
for hours on end; make sure you have thermal or
silk undies, a heavy coat, and hat and gloves
to keep the light mist rain off and you’ll
be fine. I didn’t really need the raincoat
I took – rather it should have been a wool
coat. Have fun, everybody.
Penny, Baltimore, USA
7-day weather forecast...
to decide what to pack? You'll need a weather
forecast to see if sweaters, t-shirts or boots
go into your bag. No problem. Just make your way
Besides the weather tips there's all kinds of
other goodies to help you plan your stay.
before you go...
thought we were visiting Prague in the off season
(mid September) only to find it is high season
– places everywhere were packed, including
the narrow streets in Old Town. Prague is not
a wheel-friendly place for anyone with wheel-chair,
walker or cane. Cobble-stones are everywhere.
And stairs! So those who have such to consider,
you may wish to check out things ahead of time
in terms of elevator availability, ramps, etc.
you have to walk downstairs to the loo, take coins
with you. You might get all the way down and have
someone waiting there, with hand out for payment
to use the facilities.
the Charles bridge
earlier in the morning (10:00 is when the artists
seem to begin to set up their displays) rather
than later. Fun to meet the artists situated across
the bridge and see the fantastic statues. Later
on the tourists jammed it so you could hardly
of the best days my husband and I had was to take
the metro (Nadrazi Holesovice) out to the bus
(#112) that goes to the Prague
Zoo. Winding up the hill past
beautiful homes, then into the zoo at 9:30 a.m.
before the crowds get too big, seeing only part
of it (it’s huge), then lunch at the café
down at the foot of it (entry). In the early afternoon
visited the beautiful Hapsburg chateau (Troja
Chateau) across from the zoo. A gorgeous way to
see the art and furnishings of the period, and
the amazing ceiling murals everywhere telling
of the Hapsburg family. Dessert at the café’
afterwards. Both zoo and chateau very inexpensive
and most impressive. Gorgeous views, and a most
lovely and fulfilling day. Website: www.zoopraha.cz/english
Del, Tacoma, Washington, USA