PRAHA / Prague Czech Rep.

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The beautiful, fairy tale streets of Praha are its major attraction. Wandering around, getting lost is the best way of exploring them.

The tourist office publishes an excellent free guide to Praha's sights - 'Monuments Museums Galleries' but to really enjoy the city it's worth investing in a good guide to Praha.

The Cadogan guide is very thorough and entertaining.
Eyewitness guide is also thorough and has lots of glossy photos.

There are several walking tours of Praha, each with a different focus - architecture, Jewish monuments, art, literature, history, pubs etc. Contact the Tourist Office for info.

Many museums and galleries are closed on Monday, the Jewish Museum is closed on Saturday.

E side of the river: Old Town / Jewish Area
S Staromestske nam.: Old Town Square, Formerly a market place ,- Dates from the 12th C.Site of many historic events and historical buildings. There are many examples of Gothic, Renaissance, baroque, rococo architecture.
The most famous sight is the
Old Town Hall and the Astronomical Clock. It is one of the most visited areas in Prague and a favorite place for sitting out in the many open air cafes.
S Old Town Hall & Horologe (Astrological Clock): Building dates from 1338, the Clock-15th C.On the hour between 8:00-20:00, crowds gather to watch the appearance of the 12 apostles and a skeleton. The lower half of the clock is a calendrium with illustrations of the signs of the zodiac. There are 3 museums inside of the building. M-F9-17, SaSu11-17:00. Historical hall-95/student 50kc, Gothic Chapel & the hall of Mayer-30/20kc.
  Narodni (National) Gallery: Staromestske nam 12, P1 Tu,We,Fr-Su10:00-18:00, Th10:00-21:00, Entry 100kc St. 50kc PalacGolz-Kinskychhousing expositions of Czech & European Modern & Contemporary Art.
Karluv Bridge & Powder Tower: Na prikope(NE end) Mar10-18:00, Building started in late 14th C, Gothic style. One of Praha's most famous tourist sights. There is a series of Baroque sculptures along the whole length of the bridge. Always crowded with street sellers, artists, musicians & tourists. Great views of the castle and the river from the bridge and even better views of Praha from the tower.
Transport: Metro A/B: Mustek
  Powder Tower: Na prikope(NE end) P1 Apr,May, Oct10-19:00, Jun-Sep10-22:00, Nov-Feb10-17:00, Entry fee:30kc St.20kc Built 1495, Gothic style. Formerly used to store gunpowder Transport: From Staromestske nam., 10 min on foot.
S Josefov - The Jewish town, Was largely demolished in the late 19th early 20th century and replaced by Parisian style avenues and art nouveau buildings. The few Jewish sites that remain include the Jewish cemetery - site of 12,000 tombstones, the distinctive, rococo style, pink Jewish Town Hall, the 13th C Staranova (Old/New) Synagogue - the oldest remaining synagogue in Eastern Europe, the Vysoka (High) Synagogue, the Pinkasova Synagogue & the Maiselova Synagogue. Apart from the Old/New Synagogue all the sights are part of the Jewish Museum.
Jewish Museum: Su-F 9-18:30 280/200kc include all other sites except Old New Synagogue.
Old New Synagogue: Su-F 9-18:30 200/140kc include Jubilejni Synagoga, Jerusalemska #5, near main train statio
S Jubilejni Synagoga: Jerusalemska #5, near main train station. Su-F13-17:00, 30kc/st10kc(free with Old New Synagogue ticket.)
S Vaclavske nam. (Wenceslas Sq.) The square is the center of the new town and the main shopping area. At the N end is the Statue of St Wenceslas. Around the square are many Art Nouveau buildings - the most famous being the Hotel Europa built in 1903. At the S end of the square is the National Museum.
Metro-C Museum or A/B Mustek
S Narodni (National) Museum: Valclavske nam. 68 May-Sep 10:00-18:00, Oct-Apr.10:00-18:00 Closed 1st Mon in month. Entry fee: 40kc, St. 15kc.
A neo Renaissance building at the S end of Vaclavske nam. (St. Wenceslas sq.), housing the largest museum in the Czech Republic. Exhibitions of Zoology, Athropology, etc.
Metro A/C: Museum
S Narodni Divadlo (National Theater): Narodni 2, Built 1868-1881. Neo-renaissance style. Main venue for Theater, Opera & Ballet.
S Vysehrad: Sobeslavova 1, P2, Fort located on a rocky hill overlooking the Vltava river. Dating from mid 10th C. A historical area and the subject of many legends. Site of the National cemetery and the Churches of St. Peter & Paul. It offers one of the best viewing points of Prague.
Transport: Metro C:Vysehrad

W side of the river
Transport: Metro A: Malostranske then take a tram #22/23 to the Malostranske nam., or cross Charles bridge.
S Kostel sv Mikulase (St Nicholas) Church Malostranske nam. Built 1704-1755, Baroque style. Open 9:00-17:00, Entry fee:40kc St15kc.
Daily concert 18:00 390kc/st290kc
S Kostel Panny Marie Vitezna (Church of our Lady of Victory)Karmelitska 9, 7:00-21:00 Baroque style built in 1611. Houses a famous wax figure of the baby Jesus
Mass: M-F17:30, Sa13:00, Su11:30, 21:00
S Mala Strana: (Lesser town) Equally as impressive as the old town area with its Baroque architecture, beautiful relaxing parks and gardens and far less tourists. You can go up the hill by funicular. the city transport tickets are valid.
Transport: Tram 22, 23 to Ujezd from Narodni tr.
The Castle Area
One of the most photographed sights in Prague, was built in the late 9th C., it has been added to and renovated many times over the years and has examples of many different architectural styles. 'The Changing of the Guards' at the Castle gates takes place every hour. The 12:00 ceremony is the most impressive.
Transport: There are a few way to get here. walk up the hill from Metro A-Malostranska or from Metro A Hradcanska, walk through the beautiful garden, listed below.
S Royal Summer Palace(Belveder) Built 1535-37, Renaissance style. In the gardens is the chiming 'Singing Fountain'
S Kralovska zahrada (Wallenstien Palace Gardens) Letenska, Located just N from the castle. Apr-Oct 10:00-18:00 The Palace is now the Ministry of Culture but the impressive baroque style gardens are open to the public. Free
Castle grounds: Hradcany, Castle grounds are open Apr-Oct 5:00-24:00, Nov-Mar 6:00-23:00. Entry to grounds is free.
Castle Sights:
Old Royal Palace, E Gothic part of St. Vitus Cathedral, St George's Basilica, Mihulka Powder Tower
Apr-Oct 9-17:00, Nov-Mar 9-16,
Entry fee (covers all sights):100kc, St.50kc.
S Old Royal Palace: Gothic, Renaissance style. Formerly the Royal residence, now Presidential elections and festivals are held here. The huge, Gothic style Vladislav Hall was once used for indoor jousting.
S St Vitus Cathedral: - The largest Church in the Czech Republic. Gothic design. Building started in 14th C. and was finally completed in 1929. The crypt is the burial site of Bohemian kings.
S St George's Basilica: The oldest church in the Czech Republic, dates from 920, rebuilt in 12th & 17th C. Romanesque architecture with a baroque facade.
S Mihulka Powder Tower: 20m high tower dating from the 13th C. Originally used to store gunpowder. Houses exhibitions on astrology & alchemy.
Zlata ul. (Golden Lane): E end of the castle. A row of houses built in 16th C. Frank Kafka worked at No 22, 1916-17 Metro A:Malostranska, tram # 22, Prazsky hrad
Sternberg Palace: Hradcanske nam. 15 Tu-Su10:00-18:00
Entry fee: 100kc/St50kc
Collection of Early European Art. From Oct 10-Jan 11 1998 there will be an exhibition of Japanese Porcelain.
Lobkovicky Palace: Jirska 3,Tu-Su9:00-17:00 Entry 30kc/St.15kc, Exhibition on Czech history, contains a replica of the crown jewels.

S Statni (State) Opera: Wilsonova 4
Main venue for Opera. A beautiful, intimate theater. Can sometimes get tickets at the box office 1 hour before the start of the performance. Transport: Muzeum, Metro A,C.
S Stavoske divadlo(Estates Theater): Ovocny trh. 1
Built between 1781-83, Classical style. The world premiere of Mozart's Don Giovanni was held here on 29 Oct. 1787. Opera & Ballet are still performed here.
S Dum Umelcu(Rudolfinum): Nam Jana Palacha 1 P1
Neo Renaissance building housing an
Art Gallery and concert hall. Changing exhibitions of contemporary and Classical Modern Art.
S Betramka - Mozart Museum: Mozartova 169, P5 Apr-Oct. 9:30-18:00 Entry Fee: 70kc/St50kc
17th C Villa where Mozart composed Don Giovanni. Concerts are held here - book at tourist office or ticket agency
Transport: Metro B:Andel, Tram 4,6,7,9,12,14
S Obecni Dum (Municipal House): nam. Republiky 5, P1, Gallery with changing expositions. It houses the Spring Praha International Music Festival. Attractive, newly renovated Art Nouveau cafe & Restaurant.Entry Fee: 150kc, Oct2 8 free
Transport: Metro B: nam. Repbliky
S Municipal Museum: Na Porici 52 P1, Tu-Su9-18:00 Entry: 30kc/St15kc.Exhibition on the history of Praha . Impressive model of Praha dating from 1837
Transport: Metro B/C: Florenc,

S Terezin concentration camp: 60km N from Praha, 1 hr by bus. May-Sep9:00-18:00, Oct-Apr 9:00-17:30
Entry Fee to Ghetto Museum and Camp
Originally built as a fortress in the 18th C. The town was converted into a concentration camp by the Nazis in 1942. It was used as a showcase camp - Red Cross representatives were allowed to visit to monitor the conditions. Although most of the 140,000 Jews imprisoned here were later transported to Auschwitz in Poland, over 30,000 Jews died here.
Transport: Bus from Florenc St. 68kc. 45min. Can buy tickets on the bus.
Praha-Terezin: 7:00, S9:00, XN10:00, X12:00
Terezin-Praha: 14:30, X15:05, XN15:55, X18:10, XN21:50
S Karlstejn Castle: Bohemian Gothic Castle, 30km SW from Prague. 45min by train. May/Jun/Sep Tu-Su9-17:00, Jul/Aug Tu-Su9-18:00. Guided tour only in English or German 200kc/St100kc
Train from Prague to Karlsteja,
30kc 8:11(8;45), 10:11(10:54), 12:41(13:24)
Return, 15:44(16:29), 16:44(17:29), 19:44(20:29)
S Kutna Hora: Famous church made with human bones- See Kutna Hora Pages. If you want to see only the Bone Church, train is more convenient, but if you want to see the town, bus may be the better.
You can visit by either bus or train
S Karlovy Vary: Hot Spring Town- See Karlovy Vary Pages. Train is very inconvenient. You have to change train a few times. Bus is strongly recommenced to use from Prague, Florenc bus station:

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