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Itinerary for a 5 day visit to Prague


March 13, 2012
 

Thinking of a 5 day trip in May to Prague. I need suggestions for what all I should see.
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March 13, 2012

Shishira's answer about things to do in Bellevue - restaurant Lipno, Melantrichova, Astronomical Clock - Clock Museum, Vinárna Na Nábřeží - U komárků, Petřín Hill Funicular/Lanová dráha na Petřín, Kolkovna, Prague Castle - castle grounds and Prague
Overview

Prague the capital city of Czech, is one of the most magnificent and charming cities in the World. It is well known for its Bohemian culture and is fast becoming the most popular travel destination of Europe with millions of tourists visiting it every year.

 

Prague (Source: Dario Garavini)

Day 1


Dont go by the name, a visit to the Prague Castle is not just about any castle but a visit to thousands of years of history embroiled in a series of buildings and many many churches. The area is one of the largest fortresses in the World and apart from being a popular tourist destination, also doubles up as the residence of the Czech President.

As you enter the castle, you will see a wonderful view of Prague. The Castle also houses various other key attraction, most famous among which is the St. Vitus Cathedral. Dont miss it at any cost.

Here's what Virtual Tourist has to say about the Castle:

Possibly the largest (570 by 100 metres) castle in the world. Founded in the second half of the 9th century and continuously built since then, it contains both St Vitus Cathedral (see below) and the palaces which are now the seat of Czech parliament. Also behind the cathedral is St George's Basilica which is well worth seeing. Inside the Royal palace is Vladislav Hall, used for formal occasions and the presidential elections, it has a fantastic vaulted roof. Also the room itself is about 50 metres long. There are many other richly decorated rooms here for one to see.

 (Source: Prague Castle, Prague - Things to Do - VirtualTourist)

 

Prague Castle

Prague - Castle (Source: roger4336)

Here is a tourist review:

 

A nice handy guidebook is all you need to tell you all the relevant things regarding the castle. It is perched on a hilltop in prague and gives you stunning views of the whole city. It is clean and very quiet especially during the winter periods. The cathedral is also spectacular and the inner grounds of the castle were great. One can easily spend half a day strolling around the castle ground. If you come early enough you are able to see the change of guard taking place everyday.

 (Source: Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic - Lonely Planet)

 

Address: Department of Tourism, Pražský hrad, 119 08 Praha 1

Ph. No.: +420 224 37 3368

Timing: 10am - 7pm

Ticket Price: Castle entry is free, but individual attractions charge entry fee.


Kolkovna is located near the Prague Castle and the view from the reataurant's terrace has often been regarded as the finest in Prague. They serve international cuisine and have a good selection of beverages as well.

 

Kolkovna

prague kolkovna (Source: grahamc99)

Here is a review you may like:

 

A beautiful art nouveau bar with traditional, hearty, Czech food. Try the moravsky hrabec, a dish of diced pork and onions, which comes with both bread and potato dumplings and red and white sauerkraut. Of course all this wonderful Bohemian fair needs washing down, this bar is owned by the Pilsner Urquell brewery and sells beer by the litre . It was busy on the Wednesday night we went, but we had no trouble finding a table in the cellar bar, which turns into a dance club later on. This bar attracts plenty of locals, which is always a good sign, the staff are also very friendly, not always a Prague strong point. Wonderful!

 (Source: Been There | Tips | Kolkovna)

 

Address: V kolkovnÄ› 910/8, 11000 Praha 1-Staré MÄ›sto

Ph: +420 224 819 701

Hours: Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. - midnight

Day 2


Walking distance away from the famous Prague Castle is the Petrin Hill. Set above the Vltava River, the hill is a a place so perfect, you will get lost in the wilderness. Many song and novel writers have spent hours on this hill and attributed their inspirational work to the hill's magic.

 

Petrin Hill

View from Petrin Park/Petrin Hill, Prague (Prag/Praha) (Source: Ulf Liljankoski)

The hill also brings to Prague a touch of Paris with its own Observational Tower. An exact replica of the Eiffel Tower, the Tower was built in honour of the Land Jubilee Exhibition and is 63 meters high. The view from the Tower is scintillating and much like the one of New York from the Empire State Building or the Observational Desk at the Madisson Square Garden Tower.

 

Petrin Hill - 1

Petrin Tower on Petrin Hill, Prague (Source: Bogdan Migulski)

Here is a review you may like

 

Milan Kundera describes Petrin Hill in a sequence dreamt by one of his characters. It's a particularly sad and soul-crushing dream, but the power and the beauty of Petrin hill is not to be discarded. Amazing views-- surreal even. The journey up on the funicular is a really fun ride. Before you reach the (admittedly) long line, though, be sure to check out the memorial on the walkway up. It's a tribute to those who lost their lives to 'Communism', during the period following WWII when Prague was exiled behind the iron curtain. A really beautiful lesson in history and a sombre reflection of beauty.

 (Source: Petrin Hill Observation Tower - Prague, Czech Republic Attraction Reviews)

 

Address: Petrin Hill & Observation Tower, Petrin Hill, Lesser Town, Prague 5, Czech Republic

Ph. No.: 00420 257 320 112

Timing: 10am to 7pm daily.

Price: USD 5.50 for adults.

2. Vinarna Nebozizek Restaurant

After enjoying the fresh air and view from the Tower, we suggest you head out to the Vinarna Nebozizek Restaurant, located halfway down the summit, and a place where you can get the finest food and a view of Prague which is only second to the one offered by the Petrin Tower.

Here is a review you may like:

Nebozizek offers a fine selection of Czech and International fare. Food is well prepared and presented, and will appeal to most palates; given the superb location of the restaurant, it is also very reasonably priced. There is a reasonable selection of wines to match, to suit all budgets, including a range of Czech wines. Live piano adds to the charm; the pianist plays most nights, depending on the amount of people in the restaurant. Nebozizek Restaurant makes for a fine excursion any time of the year. On fine weather days guests will enjoy the sun setting over the red rooftops of the city. In the winter, you may be lucky and see snow sprinkled over the city.

 

 (Source: Nebozizek Restaurant in Prague)

Here is a link to their menu.

Address: Nebozizek Restaurant, Petrinske Sady 411, Lesser Town

Day 3

1. Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square

The heart of Prague is where you start and you won't be disappointed as Old Town Square is studded with architectural masterpieces sure to take your breath away. The Square dates back to the 12th. century and has been witness to all the political turmoils that have plagued Prague. From a mere marketplace, the square has evolved into THE hub for shopping, eating and sightseeing.

An absolute must-see here is the Astronomical Clock on the premises of the war-torn Old Town Hall. This richly embellished clock installed in 1410 chimes each hour with adorable animated figurines of Jesus and his twelve apostles marching out to bless the city. Subsequent restorations to the clock have provided contemporary additions such as the twelve zodiac signs and solar and lunar readings.

Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square

Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj)/StaromÄ›stský orlojin (Pražský orloj), Prague (Prag/Praha) (Source: Ulf Liljankoski)

Here is a review you may like: 

While the astronomical clock is a must-see on the hour for the apostles in motion, Old Town Square has more. The architecture itself is worth looking at. The Kinsky Palace has nightly puppet shows of Mozart's Don Giovanni...a real treat. You may also visit St. Nicholas Church, admire the Jan Hus statue, see Tyn Church (just behind the square; you see its twin spires as you enter the square). The Town Hall is the only building damaged here during World War II and they have left the damage to see. There is also a restaurant facing the Hus statue called Starometska, where you can eat and or drink outside and just soak in the atmosphere. The prices are quite reasonable and I recommend goulash Czech style and wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell Czech beer. At some point people in period costumes will 'parade' into the square advertising the various musical programs for that evening in venues near the square.

 (Source: Old Town Square (StaromÄ›stske námÄ›stí) - Prague, Czech Republic - Yahoo! Travel)

 

Day 4

1. Museum of Sex Machines

If you believe that discussing sex is something meant only for the bedroom, then this is definitely a no-go. But if you consider yourself to be fairly liberal then you may enjoy a visit to this highly unusual and rather quirky museum showcasing the origins and history of the wonderful world of Marital aids. 

Here is a review:

We popped in to this museum on a recommendation from friends, and found it to be delightful. It's small (compared to an art museum). There are some interesting historical pieces, such as corsets through the years, machines from times gone by, etc. The museum also has a screening room that shows two pornos from 1920s Spain, which are interesting for their historical context if nothing else. If you take the time to read all of the displays, you may even learn some things about sexual practices in times gone by... for example, I had only ever been taught that historically, chastity belts were used for subjugation of women, but the display talked about women actually requesting them as protection from invading armies in areas where raping the villagers was common.

 (Source: Sex Machines Museum - Prague - Reviews of Sex Machines Museum - TripAdvisor)

 

Address: Melantrichova 18 - 11000

Ph:00420 227 186260

 

Hours: Open Daily 10 a.m. 11 p.m.

Admission: Czk 250 adults (18 and over)


While you're in Prague you really should try to have at least one really great meal in a fancy restaurant. Bellevue is oft regarded as the finest Fine Dining restaurant in Prague. Thankfully it is not quite as expensive as that would make it sound ($80 - $120 each will get you the royal treatment). It is perfect for a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. It is housed in chateau-like building quite close to the river. The view of Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are another highlight of the restaurant.

 

Here is a review:

Bellevue is considered by many critics to be the premier Prague restaurant. Set in a chateau-like building in the Old Town, and overlooking the river, Bellevue serves superb cuisine in elegant surroundings. Diners can also enjoy fine views over Charles Bridge, and of Prague Castle across the water. The interior of Bellevue Restaurant (beautiful sight) is a delightful mix of the modern and the traditional, offering a crisp, but warm setting with a sense of the formal - the contemporary beige and purple colours in the furnishings work well with the crystal chandeliers. The food is exquisite. The menu includes a selection of expertly prepared fresh fish, foie gras, a variety of meats including succulent lamb chops, tender steak and roasted duck leg, finishing with some sumptuous desserts.

 (Source: Bellevue Restaurant in Prague)

Address:Smetanovo nábÅ™eží 18

Ph:+420 222 221 443

Hours:12:00–3:00 pm 5:30–11:00 pm

Day 5

1. Jewish Museum and Jewish Cemetery

This is perhaps the only place in the world where you'll find the most exhaustive collection of Jewish artifacts and memorabilia. Rare heart-breaking pictures drawn by children who were tortured in the Nazi camp at Theresienstadt (Terezin) are an important highlight.

The area surrounding the Jewish museum is referred to as the Jewish Quarter. Do check out the  Old Jewish Cemetery nextdoors tightly packed with headstones spanning a period of approximately 400 years. Other areas to explore would be the five synagogues in the vicinity especially the Old-New Synagogue and the Pinkas Synagogue on whose walls are etched 80,000 names of Czech Jewish victims who perished in Nazi concentration camps.

 

 

Jewish Museum and Jewish Cemetery

Prague, March 2006 (Source: Julie Lyn)

Here is a review:

 

This small cemetary is home to over 12,000 souls. It brings to mind the prejudicenesses that just don't seem fair. So many people in such a small space. The pilings of tombstones is like something you'd see in a horror movie. The environment though is one of emmense respect. There are some interesting people buried here. After doing a little reading, some of the symbols on certain tombstones tell alot about the respect that individual had in society. I met a nice jewish couple while there and they educated me about aspects of those buried. The ticket is combined with the Jewish museum and you have to pay for a permit to take photos. If you don't want the permit, around the cemetary are a few 'doors with windows' where you can take photos from outside. I bought the permit, if you're wondering.

 (Source: Old Jewish Cemetery (Stary zidovsky hrbitov) - Prague - Reviews of Old Jewish Cemetery (Stary zidovsky hrbitov) - TripAdvisor)

 

Address: U Staré školy 1, 110 00 Prague 1, Old Town

Ph: +420 222 749 211

Timings: Sun- Fri from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.during the summers (Apr-Oct)

Fees: CZK-500 300 per adult (approx EUR 13-20); CZK150-350 for kids above 6 (EUR 7-15)

 

Hope I have provided with a few interesting places to see and things to do in Prague.

 

Prague - Pont Charles - 10-11-2006 - 7h07 (Source: Panoramas)

If you'd like any additional information about accommodation, flights, or any specific information for that matter, just  write back to us. We'd be happy to help you plan your trip further .

Until then,

Cheers!

Shishira



Answered by I am a IIIrd Year law student at the National University of Law in Kolkata. Shishira Amarnath

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