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Prague in your pocket guide WINTER 2014 (no.75)


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Prague in your pocket guide WINTER 2014 (no.75)

  1. 1. N°75 - 100 Kč Hotels Restaurants Cafés Nightlife Sightseeing Events Maps PRAGUE Winter 2014Winter 2014 Прага путеводитель на русском языке The Olympic Village Prague – Sotchi
  2. 2. 3CONTENTS Winter Arrival & Transport 5 Culture & Events 7 Expat life in Prague 10 Regions 11 Exploring the Czech Republic Hotels 18 Restaurants 23 Nightlife 34 Sightseeing Essential sights 38 Shopping 45 Lifestyle directory 48 Adult entertainment 51 Maps & Index Street register 54 City centre map 55 City map 56-57 Index 58 Contents Mahlerovy sady 1 130 00 Praha 3 +420 210 320 081 THE SECONDUGLIEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD. YOU WILL LOVE IT! NEW OBSERVATORY RESTAURANT BAR ONE ROOM HOTEL OPEN DAILY 8.00 – 24.00 400 M FROM METRO STATION JIŘÍHO Z PODĚBRAD WWW.TOWERPARK.CZ WWW.OBLACA.CZ
  3. 3. 5ARRIVAL & TRANSPORT Winter 4 Prague In Your Pocket FOREWORD Editorial Editor Jacy Meyer Contributors Jacy Meyer, Wendy Wrangham, Jeroen van Marle Layout & Design Tomáš Haman Photos Jeroen van Marle, Tomáš Haman, Wendy Wrangham, Robin Divila, Cover: © Robin Divila Sales & Circulation General & Sales Manager Michal Jareš - mob. 721 810 520 Publisher Craig Turp Welcome to Prague! We hope you enjoy your stay in the golden city. It might not seem all that golden now; February and March can be a bit dreary. The winter has been a strange one – no snow in Prague in December – maybe you’ll get hit with a big one while you are here! Won’t that be something? Luckily for winter sports enthusiasts, the mountains have snow. If you are looking for some of the white stuff – check our Regions section for tips on how to get to Liberec. Back in Prague, there are some great shows on these months (think indoors, warm) so be sure to visit our Culture section beginning on page 7. Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you back soon! Copyright notice Text and photos copyright PIYP s.r.o. 2000-2014. Maps copyright cartographer. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form, except brief extracts for the purpose of review, without written permission from the publisher and copyright owner. The brand name In Your Pocket is used under license from UAB In Your Pocket (Bernardinu g. 9-4, LT-01124, Vilnius, Lithuania, tel. (+370-5) 212 29 76). Editor’s note The editorial content of In Your Pocket guides is independent from paid-for advertising. Sponsored listings are clearly marked as such. We welcome all readers‘ comments and suggestions. We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of going to press and assume no responsibility for changes and errors. Prague In Your Pocket Nám. 14. října 1307/2 150 00 Praha 5 Czech Republic tel. +420 721 810 520 fax +420 224 94 86 51 ISSN 1213-2128 © PIYP s.r.o. Published four times per year The City of Prague will, in a word, enchant you. Nowhere else in the world can you find a place that weds a millennium of tradition with a modern, dynamic and highly cultural present. In walking around the streets of Prague you will have the opportunity to literally touch history, to follow its course and changes over time. I daresay nearly all architectural and artistic styles have left their mark on Prague, together forming a remarkable harmonic whole. At the same time however it is a modern city that is not a mere open-air museum for tourists, but also a home to more than a million of its own inhabitants, who call it the Mother of Cities with love and pride in their hearts. Anyone who sees the unforgettable panorama of Prague will keep that picture in their mind forever. Allow me, on behalf of myself and all Prague’s residents, to invite you to Prague, a city with inimitable charm. Be welcome and make yourself at home. Tomáš Hudeček Mayor of Prague A word from our Mayor It’s now nearly 22 years since we published the first In Your Pocket guide - to Vilnius in Lithuania - in which time we have grown to become the largest publisher of locally produced city guides in Europe. We now cover more than 75 cities across the continent, and we will be expanding even further in 2014 with the publication of a guide to Johannesburg in South Africa: our first guide outside Europe. What‘s more, early in 2014 our already terrific guides will be getting a fresh new look, designed to offer our readers a better experience. The roll-out of this new look begins in February. To keep up to date with all that’s new at In Your Pocket, like us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter ( Europe In Your Pocket Czech Republic Poland Romania SerbiaBosnia Albania Greece FYR Macedonia Bulgaria Montenegro Italy Croatia Slovenia Austria Switzerland Ukraine Belarus Lithuania Latvia Estonia Russia Germany Belgium Netherlands Northern Ireland Ireland Airport Václav Havel Airport Prague, tel. (+420) 220 11 33 14, fax (+420) 235 35 09 22, Prague’s airport is 20 km from the city centre. A taxi to the town centre now costs around 600 Kč even if you call a company to pick you up or talk to one of the representatives from reputable AAA Radiotaxi or 1.1.1. Radiocab taxi. Don’t pick one up from outside the terminal (click here for taxi firms). Alternatively, use the ČEDAZ minibus service (tel. 220 11 42 96, 05:30 - 21:30) that runs every half hour between the airport and Náměstí Republiky (F-2). Tickets cost 90Kč (including one piece of baggage, children under 10 free) and can be bought from the driver or from the booth in the arrival terminal. For an extra fee, ČEDAZ can also pick you up or drop you off at your hotel. The cheapest way to get into town is on by bus: N°119 (2-8 times per hour between 04:18 and 00:10 with at least one wheelchair-friendly bus per hour) runs between the airport and the Dejvická metro station (Line A, green) in about 20 minutes. From Dejvická it is just five stops to Muzeum in the centre of town. Bus N°100 whisks you to Zličín (metro Line B, yellow) from the airport in 13 minutes. There is a new Airport Express (AE) bus from Holešovice which runs every half an hour, whiz- zing you across the city in half an hour, whether you are arriving or departing. Special fares apply to this bus, tickets can only be bought from the driver and do not allow any transfers or other forms of transport. First & last buses from Holešovice 05:15 & 21:45, from the airport 04:40 & 21:10. A 32 Kč transport ticket (plus a 10 Kč one for big bags) will get you all the way into town or to the airport on all public transport except the Airport Express. Tickets can be bought at the friendly transport information desk in both arrival halls (open 07:00 - 22:00) or from the coin-operated machine at the airport bus stop, but not from the driver. You need to validate the ticket (once for the whole trip) in the machines on board the bus. Prague’s Terminal North 2 allows for at least 4 million more passengers a year to travel into Prague with the ability to continue expansion. New bars, restaurants, shops and services ply their trade in this terminal which accommodates flights to and from Schengen countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Greece, Spain & Sweden). There is a left luggage facilty at the airport which doesn’t close and costs 60 Kč per item per day. Prague’s public transport system (Dopravní podnik) is efficient, fast and reasonably clean. With three metro lines, 26 tram routes and 9 night trams you won’t need the bus routes that avoid the centre. Keep in mind that the centre of Prague is easily ac- cessible on foot. Tickets, valid for all means of transport, can be pur- chased from the numerous vending machines at all metro stations, major tram stops and news stands. You always need to validate your ticket yourself by stamping it in the machines at metro entrances and on trams. The most common ticket is the 32 Kč transfer ticket, which is valid for 90 minutes after validating. The 24 Kč non-transfer ticket is meant for tram rides under 30 minutes with no changes, or in the metro for up to 5 stations (changes allowed) from the departure station within 30 minutes. We suggest you save yourself time by buying a handful of these on arrival. If you’re planning to stay a bit and explore, get the one-day pass (110 Kč) or a three-day pass (310 Kč). Children under 6 travel free; and tickets are half price up to 15 years old. Large pieces of luggage (including rucksacks) cost an extra 13 Kč while dogs ride the rails for 26 Kč. Fines for no validated tickets are 800 Kč if paid on the spot or pay 1,000 Kč later. Trams trundle around town every few min- utes; useful lines are N°22 and 23 which run from the centre up to the rear entrance of the castle, saving you the uphill walk. The metro connects the two main train stations and Florenc bus station to the centre and runs up to just after midnight, after which the night trams (the warm mobile home to many a smelly tramp) take over, zipping in all directions from the Lazarská stop (H-5) every half hour. Tram information is on the red signs at each stop and is generally correct assuming of course that some worn out Škoda hasn’t died on the tram lines. Beware of Prague’s ultra-professional pickpockets, especially on trams N°22 and 23 and in busy metro cars; consider waiting for the next train if it looks squeezed. For more information visit Dopravní podnik’s excellent website with English and German information on routes and schedules, at, or call tel. 222 62 37 77. Travel Information Centre I-5, MMuzeum, tel. (+420) 296 19 18 17 (07:00 - 21:00), www.dpp. cz. All you ever wanted to know about routes, tariffs, tickets, timetables, re-routings and service disrup- tions, maps and general information about Prague’s bus, tram and metro system from friendly, multi-lingual folk. Apart from the airport offices, these are found at the metro stations. QOpen 07:00 - 21:00. Also at E-4, Můstek, Jungmannovo nám., open 07:00 - 18:00, closed Sat & Sun; Andĕl, open 07:00 - 18:00, closed Sat & Sun; Prague Airport terminals 1 & 2, open 07:00 - 22:00. Public Transport
  4. 4. 7CULTURE & EVENTS Winter 6 ARRIVAL & TRANSPORT Prague In Your Pocket There are two classes on international trains, and prices vary according to length of journey and class; expect to pay one third more for first class tickets. For multilingual, quick and friendly service, avoid the queues at the hlavní nádraží counters and buy your ticket at Wasteels or at the CR agency. Car rental Avis I-3, Praha 1, Klimentská 46, tel. (+420) 221 85 12 25, fax (+420) 221 85 12 29, QOpen 08:00 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Europcar E-2, Praha 1, Elišky Krásnohorské 134/9, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 224 81 05 15,, QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Airport office at Aviantická 1039/6 tel. 235 36 45 31, open 08:00 - 22:00. A Sixt J-3, Praha 8, Pobřežní 1 (Hilton Hotel), tel. (+420) 222 32 49 95, fax (+420) 224 84 23 13, Book online for some of good rental rates. And check out their even more budget version at QOpen 08:00 - 22:00. Airport office tel. 220 11 53 46, open 08:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 08:00 - 20:00. Taxis City Taxi Zelený Pruh 52, Praha 4, tel. (+420) 257 25 72 57,, Another of the most reputable firms. Ordering by SMS is possible at tel. 777 25 72 57 but without a Czech mobile number, they usually don’t send a cab. Now with a van for cargo transport. Travel agencies Čedok F-3, Praha 1, Na Příkopě 18, tel. (+420) 800 11 21 12, Bus and train tickets avail- able with only a scowl rather than the growl that is offered at the station. QOpen 09:00 - 19:00, Sat 09:30 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Fischer E-3, Praha 1, Provaznická 13, tel. (+420) 800 12 10 10, One of the largest operators in the Czech Republic. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 09:00 - 16:00, Sun 10:00 - 16:00. GTS International I-5, Praha 1, Ve Smečkách 33, tel. (+420) 222 11 97 00, Flight and bus tickets, with special deals for students and under-24s. QOpen 08:00 - 18:00, Sat 9:00 - -4:00. Closed Sun. Mary’s Travel & Tourist Services J-5, Praha 2, Italská 31, tel. (+420) 222 25 40 07, Mary’s staff can book accommodation and tours in seven languages. Specialised in the Czech republic and Hungary. QOpen 08:00 - 21:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. TBS I-6, Praha 2, Koubkova 13, tel. (+420) 222 51 23 05, Specialised in business and congress travel. QOpen 08:30 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. TC Travel Praha 7, U průhonu 5, tel. 266 70 46 07, fax 266 70 46 20,, Best place to get your Prague holiday arranged before you come. Hotels, airport transfers, tours and more can all be taken care of through TC Travel. Day trips to nearby sites can also be booked. Black Light Theatre All Colours Theatre E-4, Praha 1, Rytířská 31, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 221 61 01 73, www.blackthe- Tickets 450Kč. Q Performances start at 20:30. Černé divadlo Wow show I-4, Divadlo Broadway, Na Příkopě 31, Praha 1, MMůstek, tel. + 420 777 061 623/+ 420 225 113 194,, www. Performances start at 20:00. Image Black Theatre E-1, Praha 1, Pařížská 4, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 222 31 44 58, fax (+420) 224 811 167,, www.imageth- start at 20:00. Cinema Aero Praha 3, Biskupcova 31, tel. (+420) 271 77 13 49, A cool little arthouse cinema in Žižkov; tram N°9 to Biskupcova. Q Tickets 40 - 95Kč. Cinema City Flóra Praha 3, Vinohradská 149, MFlóra, tel. (+420) 255 74 20 21, www.cinemacity. cz. Includes an IMAX theatre. Q Tickets 159Kč, Tue 109Kč. Also at Galaxie, Arkalycká 1; Zličín, Řevnická 1. Lucerna I-4, Praha 1, Vodičkova 36, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 224 21 69 72, Apparently the longest-running cinema in Prague with Czech and English language films. A classic. Palace Cinemas Slovanský Dům F-3, Praha 1, Na Příkopě 22, tel. (+420) 257 18 12 12, www.palaceci- Popular city-centre multiplex, which is often the only cinema with English language versions of films other cinemas show dubbed. Q Tickets 159Kč, Wed 109Kč. Also at Letňany, Veselská 663; Nový Smíchov, Plzeňská 8; Park Hostivař, Švehlova 32. Světozor I-4, Praha 1, Vodičkova 41, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 224 94 75 66, An arthouse cinema showing classic, current and less main- stream movies, plus Czech movies with English subtitles. Q Tickets 100/50Kč. Village Cinemas Anděl Praha 5, Radlická 1E, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 251 11 51 11, www.villagecine- Another cinema complex, this one has an European art house cinema and Gold Class, where you sit in armchairs and can eat and drink to your heart’s content. Q Tickets 159Kč, Mon 109Kč. Also at Village Cinemas Černý most. Concerts & Opera State Opera I-4, Praha 1, Wilsonova 4, tel. (+420) 224 22 72 66, A fabulous neo-Rococo pile quite unfortunately wedged between the station, National Museum and two busy roads. Built in 1888 for Prague’s Ger- man Theatre Association, it is worth a visit for the glamorous gold-and-plush interior and the view of the sumptuous ceiling alone. Operas are usually performed in the original language, with Czech or English subtitles projected above the stage. For tours of the building, contact Prague’s tourist office. Q Booking office open 10:00 - 17:30; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 12:00, 13:00 - 17:30. Tickets 100 - 1,150Kč. Karlín Music Theatre Praha 8, Křižíkova 10, tel. (+420) 221 86 87 77,, www. The theatre has a long history in the city; its first performance was the circus back in 1881. Fast forward to the floods of 2002 which saw the historic building practically destroyed. The theatre reopened in 2006 and has been host- ing a string of popular musicals ever since. Q 230-700 Kč. Theatre Divadlo Archa J-3, Praha 1, Na Poříčí 26, tel. (+420) 221 71 61 11, fax (+420) 221 716 666, www.archa- Affectionately known as the “alternative National Theatre,” Archa has done wonders for Prague’s cultural scene. It’s not necessarily an “English” theatre, however their eclectic line-up often transcends language barriers. Check their website - you never know what additional items of interest, including concerts, they’ll have on tap. All shows at 20:00 unless otherwise listed Q Performances start at 20:00 unless stated otherwise. PTAEGKW Bohemia Ticket International F-3, Praha 1, Na Příkopě 16, tel. (+420) 224 21 50 31, www.tick- QOpen 10:00 - 19:00, Sat 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 10:00 - 15:00. Also at (E-3) Praha 1, Malé nám. A Ticket Art I-4, Praha 1, Politických vězňů 9, tel. (+420) 222 89 75 52, QOpen 09:00 - 17:00, Sat 10:00 - 14:00. Closed Sun. Ticketpro E-3, Praha 1, Rytířská 12, tel. (+420) 296 32 99 99, QOpen 09:00 - 20:00. A Ticketstream I-6, Praha 2, Koubkova 8, tel. (+420) 224 26 30 49, QOpen 09:00 - 18:00. Closed Sun. A Tickets 01.02 - 02.02 Ice Age Live! O2 arena, Praha. A Mammoth Adventure will transport audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with an all new story that includes fun filled, beloved moments from the first three Ice Age films. This unique Ice Age Live! Show brings your favorite characters to life as never before through innovative and unique ways! You’ll also meet new characters on this one of a kind Ice Age Live! Adventure! QTickets 500-950Kč. Box office at entrance No.10, open 13:00 - 18:00, day of event 10:00 - until the end of event. Ice Age LiveBuses Florenc Bus Station J-3, Praha 8, Křižíkova 4, tel. (+420) 900 14 44 44, Most international buses arrive at Prague’s central Florenc bus station (Auto- busové nádraží Praha Florenc, open 05:00 - 23:00), which is also the watering hole of several endemic species living solely on alcohol. For information on bus times inquire at window N°8 (open 06:00 - 21:00). Alternatively, use the handy computer in front of window N°8 to search for your specific bus from the timetables online at the excellent, which searches all forms of land transport. Window N°6 (open 05:30 - 20:00, Sat 07:00 - 19:00, Sun 09:00 - 19:30) sells tickets for the ever popular Czech National Express (Český Národní Expres) buses to Brno. The kiosk between window N°4 and 5 (open 07:00 - 18:00, Sat 07:00 - 15:00, Sun 08:30 - 15:30) is an exchange office and also sells public transport tickets, maps and guides. The nearest ATM is at Florenc metro station, which is next to the bus station. Hitching Hitching in the Czech Republic can be a frustrating ex- perience, with many men never managing to get a ride. Women or pairs with a woman involved, will find life a little easier. The police will move you on, so choose your spot carefully. Town to Town H-4, Praha 1, Národní třída 9, tel. (+420) 222 07 54 07, fax (+420) 224 21 63 74, The cheapest way to travel around. The Town to Town agency brings drivers and passengers together. Go to the website, add your ride request (or offer) or just call to check the available destinations, dates and fixed prices, and hit the road. They speak Czech, English and German. QOpen 09:00 - 18:00, Sat 10:00 - 16:00. Closed Sun. Trains Prague has two main rail- way stations. Praha Hlavní nádraží (‘main station’, tel. 224 61 52 49) is architectur- ally fabulous (in the Jugendstil tradition) although you won’t know it until you exit its under- ground nightmare. However massive reconstruction has been going on, and if you’ve been here before you’ll see the obvious improvements. Ticket windows move randomnly, as do other services, so watch the signs. The work is scheduled to be completed in 2010. There is a tourist office (open 09:00 - 19:00. Sat, Sun 09:00 - 16:00) in the centre of the lower hall of the two levels. For your best money exchange deal, use the ATM on the far left of the lower hall. Train information can currently be found in the lower left of the hall as well as to the left of the middle passageway to the platforms. Left luggage (úschova) lockers are available. Getting to town involves one stop on the metro to Muzeum or a dangerous walk up busy Wilsonova. The second station, Praha Holešovice (tel. 224 61 58 65), is used by trains on the main Berlin - Prague - Vienna/ Bratislava route. The small hall holds the ticket office (open 09:00 - 17:00, closed Sat, Sun), left luggage lockers, an internet café and several exchange and accommodation offices (open 06:00 - 23:00). It is three stops on the metro to Muzeum.
  5. 5. 8 CULTURE & EVENTS Prague In Your Pocket Concerts 24.01, 20:00 Michael Bublé O2 arena, Praha QTickets 1290-3990Kč. Box office at entrance No.10, open 13:00 - 18:00, day of event 10:00 - until the end of event. 10.02, 20:00 Depeche Mode O2 arena, Praha QTickets 1290-1790Kč. Box office at entrance No.10, open 13:00 - 18:00, day of event 10:00 - until the end of event. 01.03, 20:00 Lord of the Dance O2 arena, Praha QTickets 650-1950Kč. Box office at en- trance No.10, open 13:00 - 18:00, day of event 10:00 - until the end of event. 24. 1. 2014 – 6. 4. 2014 Only the Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic Revisited The exhibition explores the extensive influence of the snapshot on variety of practitioners working in photography throughout the 20th Century and be- yond, with particular focus on the last 25 years. The snapshot – a sponta- neous capturing of a banal moment, minimally direct- ed and with little regard for artistic or journalistic convention, full of red-eyes, severed heads, leaky shutters and drugstore hyper-saturation – forms a fundamental part of the photographic produc- tion throughout the 20th Century and today proliferates globally on social media. The exhibition tells the history of the snapshot aesthetic as a story of the provocative intimacy of a diary, the poetry of everyday life and the fast and catchy undercurrent of the street, periodically revitalizing rigid artistic and commercial practice with the primitive force of an unpremeditated gesture. Absurdity of the trivial, sex, parties, adolescent injuries, naivety, night swimming, intense feelings of now, houseplants, life in the media and through the media: the snapshot is the rock ‘n’ roll of photography. Galerie Rudolfinum 07.02 - 23.02 THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE PRAGUE – SOTCHI The project will introduce the 22nd Winter Olympic Games directly in Prague in Letná Park. The Olympic Village will be available for two weeks and will become an entertainment park for the public where Czech fans and sportsmen can meet. The organizers are also planning to open a sports area featuring an ice rink with an area of 5,000 square metres, cross country skiing track, laser biathlon shooting range, two ice hockey rinks, curling track, snow park, speed skating ring, snowboarding U-ramp, etc. It will be possible to lend the sports equipment on the spot. Large format projections of sports events and artist exhibitions are also planned. QOpen 10:00 - 22:00. Admission free. The Olympic Village Prague – Sotchi A NIGHT AT KARLŠTEJN OSKAR NEDBAL POLISH BLOOD © Disney VETSÍ NEZ MALÉ MNOZSTVÍ LÁSKY HUDBA/LIBRETO KOLLER KODYM DVORÁK P.B.CH. / BELKO NEW ORIGINAL CZECH MUSICAL WWW.HDK.CZENGLISH SUBTITLES Hlavní mediální partner Barbara Crane, Private Views, 1980-1984 Divadlo Hybernia F-3, Praha 1, nám. Republiky 4, tel. (+420) 221 41 94 12, www.divadlo-broadway. cz. Dating back to the reign of Charles IV, this building was recently refurbished and now provides a home to Golem, a musical of the Jewish legend, which plays daily with English subtitles. NB Rows 1-6 & 32-33 are not good for viewing the subtitles. Q Tickets 599 - 799Kč. Box office open 10:00 - 02:00. Performances at 19:00. 15:00 & 19:00 Sat & 15:00 Sun. PA Laterna Magika C-4, Praha 1, Národní 4, tel. (+420) 222 22 20 41, Laterna Magika developed a new way of combining theatre, dance, mu- sic and film for the 1958 Brussels Expo, and was doing multi-media performances before the word even existed. All productions are visually orientated with no spoken Czech - ideal for foreigners. Q Performances start at 20:00. Tickets 735Kč. National Theatre C-4, Praha 1, Národní třída 2, tel. (+420) 224 90 16 68, Prague’s most beautiful riverside building hosts a wealth of performances, mostly concerts and opera. Find the booking office in the modernist glass building next door. Q Booking office open 10:00 - 18:00; Sat, Sun 10:00 - 12:30, 15:00 - 18:30. Švandovo divadlo Praha 5, Štefánikova 57, tel. (+420) 234 65 11 11, Local and international plays, both classic and contemporary; always something interesting going on at Švandovo. They offer English subtitles on screens above the stage, so your best bet are seats in the balcony. Visit their website for other dramatic and occasionally musical interests.
  6. 6. 11 Winter 2014 10 Prague In Your Pocket EXPAT LIFE IN PRAGUE REGIONS Visit Plzeň - city of beer and culture A magnet for tourists in West Bohemia is the Royal City of Plzeň (Pilsen), founded in 1295. The large number of preserved old buildings have made the historic city centre a real compendium of architectural styles - you should certainly see the Gothic Church of St Bartholomew with the highest church tower in the Czech Republic (102.26 m), the Renaissance city hall and Baroque bishopric building and the Great Synagogue, the third largest in Europe. It was two businesses founded in the mid-19th century which assured Plzeň real fame – Škoda engineering works and Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell) brewery. Discover the secret of producing this world-renowned beer on a tour of the brewery, and find out about the history of brewing by visiting the Brewery museum which also offers tours of Plzeň’s historic underground. Plzeň is the ideal place for a trip with your family, as children can visit the attractive Plzeň Zoo and DinoPark. Check out the Puppet Museum on the main square to see world- famous puppets, Spejbl and Hurvínek. You’ll have great fun discovering the world of science and technology in the Techmania science centre, and see the whole of the night sky in the unique 3D planetarium. There are a host of cultural events and festivals throughout the year which enliven the city, so you’re assured that boredom won’t be an issue. Plzeň’s rich cultural traditions and new art projects have made it a European City of Culture for 2015. There will be at least 650 events involved in the programme for 2015. The city’s excellent position in the centre of West Bohemia makes Plzeň the ideal starting point for nearby trips. There are world-renowned spa towns nearby – Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) and Mariánské Lázně, or you can visit Prague or Šumava (the Bohemian Forest). So leave your luggage in one of the many excellent hotels and enjoy a relaxing stay in the capital of West Bohemia, Plzeň. Pilsen City Information Centre nám. Republiky 41, tel. +420 378 035 330, fax. +420 378 035 332,,, Tourist information By bus From Prague – Zličín (terminal station of underground B line)everyhourwithbuscompanyStudentAgency.Tickets on the spot. The transport takes 60 minutes. Direct trains from Prague centre (Praha hlavní nádraží) to Pilsen main train station (every hour). Transport takes 1 hour and 40 min. Timetable (buses or trains) By car Freeway D5 direction Plzeň (85 km). Easy cheap parking in the city centre (parking house Rychtářka; 49°44'59.32"N, 13°22'51.10"E) How to get there Many people say Prague is nothing but a big village. It‘s a city that draws people from all over the world - and many find it hard to leave. If you are looking to spend a little bit longer here in town, we‘ve brought together some experts and sug- gestions for making your stay here a bit more comfortable. Removing Allied Pickfords Praha 5, Na Radosti 413, tel. (+420) 233 09 05 01, fax (+420) 233 09 05 02, www. A twenty employee company doing everything from household to international company moves. QOpen 08:00 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. At Home Network Prague 2, Vinohradská 25, MMuzeum, tel. +420 222 23 32 33/+420 773 55 23 36,, www.athome-net- Looking to settle down in Prague? Luxury home sale and rental assistance can be found through At Home Network. Property consultations and accompanied home searches are just two of the services offered. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. Accomodation Hunger Wall Residence B-4, Praha 5, Plaská 615/8, MAnděl, tel. 257 40 40 40, fax 257 40 40 60, info@, If your journey to Prague is going to last a bit longer than just a weekend, consider checking in to the Hunger Wall Residence. Located in Malá Strana, you’ll be treated to a city centre location that’s surrounded by parks. Eighteen apartments comprise the fully renovated building, offering such amenities as a separate working corner and kitchenette. An LCD TV, washer and dryer plus a personal security and fire alarm guarantees your comfort and safety. Q18 rooms (8 Junior Suite €86 - 104, 8 Superior Suite €92 - 112, 2 Executive Suite €102 - 127). Health & Beauty American DentalI-3, Praha 1, V Celnici 4, MNáměstí Republiky, tel. (+420) 221 18 11 21, fax (+420) 221 18 11 20,, www.americandental. cz. Whether you have a pain in the mouth or looking to up- grade your smile, the professionals at American Dental can help. They have a full range of modern dentistry technology, plus offer a variety of teeth whitening systems. QOpen 08:00 - 20:00. Closed Sat, Sun. A Cybex Praha 8, Pobřežní 1 (Hotel Hilton), tel. (+420) 224 84 27 13, fax (+420) 224 84 23 72, info@cybex-, Delightful, top-quality surroundings and equipment for you to exert yourself in/on/ with. We suppose if you‘re going to suffer, you may as well do it in style. QOpen 06:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 07:00 - 22:00. Dental Office H33 Hvězdova 44, Praha 4 Pankrác, tel. 733737337,241410001,, www. Dental Office H33 is the centre for excellence indentalcare,implantologyandcosmeticdentistry.Theyprovide premiumdentalcaretointernationalstandards.Theteamofden- tists,dentalhygienistsandassistentsispreparedtoprovidethe levelandrangeoftreatmentdesiredbytheirdemandingpatients. Erpet Medical Centre H-5, Praha 1, Pštrossova 10, MKarlovo náměstí, tel. (+420) 221 595 000,, Emergency toothache or a new bright smile - the experts at Erpet can make it happen. Not only do they offer weekend emergency service (phone: +420 724 511 547) but also an array of reconstruction work like porcelain veneers and crowns and bridges. Their tagline is “We are here to make you smile” so get them to give your pearly whites a brush-up. QOpen 7:30 - 18:00. Closed Sat, Sun. JA Holmes Place Prague 5, Plzeňská 8, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 257 313 830,, www. Deluxe health club inside the Nový Smíchov mall. QOpen 07:00 - 22:00, Sat, Sun 09:00 - 22:00. Polyclinic at Narodni D-4, Praha 1, Národní 9, MNárodní třída, tel. (+420) 222 075 120, poliklinika@, 25 physicians, all fluent in English (also some German, Russian and French spoken). Preventative care and travel vaccinations, US visa medical, dental, physio, home visits and 24hr emergency coverage. QOpen 08:30 - 17:00. Closed Sat, Sun. 24hr emergency, tel. 777 94 22 70. Lab opens at 08:00. A Sportcentrum YMCA I-3, Praha 1, Na Poříčí 12, MNáměstíRepubliky,tel.(+420)224875811,fax(+420) 224 87 58 18,, Sweat away the kilos in the fitness centre or sauna then cool down by taking a dip in the swimming pool or by getting a massage. QOpen 06:30 - 22:00, Sat 08:00 - 20:00, Sun 09:00 - 21:00. Shopping Arkády Pankrác Praha 4, Na Pankráci 86, MPankrác, tel.(+420)225111100,,www.ádyPankrácisthenewestofPrague‘s bazillion malls. With a direct entrance from the Pankrác metro station and a lot of really good shops; this should be a popular hang out. Blažek for men, Pierre Cardin and Pietro Filipi are just a few of the good ones, along with consistent favs Next, Gant, H&M and Mango. And, they have nine separate shoe shops! Unfortunately, the food court (everyone‘s real reason for going tothemall)isabitdisappointing;howevertheydohaveabranch of the fab Lebanese restaurant, Safir. QOpen 9:00 - 21:00. Černá růže F-3, Praha 1, Na Příkopě 12, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 221 01 41 11, All the right shopsandsomefineextrasinthislarger-than-it-appearscentre. QOpen 09:00 - 20:00, Sat 09:00 - 19:00, Sun 11:00 - 19:00. Palladium nám. Republiky 1, Mnám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 225 770 250, Prague‘s newest and brightest mall. What used to be an army bar- racks is now home to a huge variety of shops. A gourmet floor and lots of restaurants means you could easily lose a day amidst the 5 floors of climate-controlled amusement. QOpen 7:00 - 22:00.
  7. 7. 12 13 Winter 2014prague.inyourpocket.comliberec.inyourpocket.comLiberec In Your Pocket REGIONS Southern Bohemia The region south of Prague is an outdoor lover’s paradise. Bikers and walkers flock to the area every weekend to experience the fresh air and beautiful countryside. Picturesque towns and historical castles are available to discover, whether you choose to explore the region by your own power or not. We introduce you to four towns well-worth your time. Český Krumlov This jewel of Southern Bohemia is almost too picture perfect. A grandiose castle on a hill; a winding river twisting and turning its way through the town; narrow streets huddled together – the adjectives could go on and on. Unfortunately, all this cuteness brings a lot of tourists. One of the most visited cities in the Czech Republic after Prague; you’ll be sharing the tiny streets with many a camera-touting traveller. That’s not to say you should give it a pass however. Spend a couple days there; you’ll discover early mornings and late afternoons and evenings are a bit more peaceful and allow you to truly absorb the splendor. Hotel: Bellevue, Latrán 77 Telephone: (+420) 380 720 177 Email: Tourist Information: Náměstí Svornosti 2 Telephone: (+420) 380 704 622 Email: Třeboň Peat moss and fish. Sounds like a smelly combination but throw in some bikes and you’ve got a perfect Třeboň trip. This spa city lies in the heart of the Třeboň Basin, a UNESCO biosphere reservation. The area is laced with fish ponds, full of the country’s favorite fish – carp. While visiting, be sure to try it. If you’ve eaten it before you’ll be surprised by its clean, fresh taste. These ponds are full of peat moss, and what better to do with the plethora than spread it on your body? The stuff is supposedly full of iron, so good for your joints. A relaxing way to spend an evening after biking through the area on well-marked trails. Hotel: Zlatá Hvězda, Masarykovo náměstí 107 Telephone: (+420) 384 757 111 Email: Tourist Information: Masarykovo náměstí 103 Telephone: (+420) 384 721 169 Email: Jindřichův Hradec Boasting the third largest castle in the Czech Republic, Jindřichův Hradec is a laidback, quiet place to experience. The main square of Náměstí Míru is a treasure trove of architectural styles while the nearby Vajgar Lake offers a cooling landscape. Climb the tower of the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside or stay low and experience the Gothic and Renaissance wonders of the castle. Hotel: Bílá Paní, Dobrovského 5 Telephone: (+420) 384 363 329 Email: Tourist Information: Panská 136 Telephone: (+420) 384 363 546 Email:, Tábor Religious wars and the Hussites played a big part in the country’s history back in the 1400s. No where is this more apparent or preserved than the town of Tábor. The second largest city in the region, its historical center is a beautiful maze. The streets were originally designed to thwart invading armies; but now they are an enjoyable way to find yourself getting lost. Visit the Hussite Museum and Underground Tunnels for a glimpse back; or wander around Lake Jordan for a breath of fresh air. Tábor’s easy style and close proximity to Prague make it a great place to spend the day. Hotel: Nautilus, Žižkovo náměstí 20 Telephone: (+420) 380 900 900 Email: Tourist Information: Žižkovo náměstí 2 Telephone: (+420) 381 486 230 Email: REGIONS Liberec Far to the north, along the Polish border, lays the intriguing region of Liberec. Here you’ll find mountains and cities; a curious mix of nature and culture. Discover the area via a canoe on the Smědá River; visit the wonderful Liberec Zoo or spend an afternoon at the Babylon water park. Liberec offers a wealth of fun for the entire family. A mountainous area; the region is defined by the Lužické and Jizerské mountains to the north and the Krkonoše to the northeast. In the midst, right outside the city of Liberec is the towering and rugged Ještěd Mountain. This symbol of the region offers magnificent views of the surrounding valley; and on a clear day you can see straight to Poland. The unique tower perched on top was designed in 1973 by architect Karel Hubáček. Besides containing a communications tower; there’s also a restaurant and hotel there. The city of Liberec is a distinctive and modern one. Architectural styles range from 18th century classic style brick in the centre to well- preserved 19th century industrial. The neoclassical town hall is quite interesting, as is the “villa quarter” with stately homes from the turn of the 20th century. One of the most interesting can be found on Jablonecká street; the Lieberg Manor-House. For a true flashback to the past stroll down Větrná street and admire the Waldstein houses. The oldest buildings in town, they are the only remaining examples of the classical merchant houses that used to make up the downtown area. The dominant tower of the Church of St. Antonin the Great on Sokolovské náměstí is another defining landmark of the city; its altar pictures the patron saints of the Czech lands. The original Liberec synagogue was a monumental homage to Neo-Renaissance architecture. It was burned down by the Nazis in 1938 and has since been built. This new incarnation is in the shape of half of the Star of David, and its façade is symbolically representative of the Wailing Wall. You can find this fascinating structure on Rumjancevova Street. Now that you’ve explored the city; it’s time to visit some of its sites. The Liberec Zoo is one of the best in the country, containing wooded areas and a stream running through. Here you can see eagles, rhinoceros, penguins, giraffes and many more. The Liberec Zoo is also the only zoo in central Europe that breeds white tigers. They are also known for their breeding of rare and endangered species like Somali donkeys and the macaque ibex. In the style of an ancient spa, Babylon entertains modern families of all ages. This aqua park not only offers water slides, swimming pools, steam baths and a wild river but also some drier activities such as bowling, laser shooting and a casino. There’s a hotel and restaurant onsite as well. For more cultural pursuits, check out the Museum of Northern Bohemia (its building is worth the entrance fee alone) or the Regional Gallery, filled with European and Czech art. But now let’s get out of the city and explore what other attractions the region has to offer. There are three protected landscape areas in the region; which means hikers and bikers will find plenty of nature to explore. The area is crisscrossed by well-marked trails, enabling you to plan and carry out an athletic excursion all on your own. Water lovers should head towards Mácha Lake or the region of Holanské for their network of artificial lakes. Hikers must visit Český raj or Bohemian Paradise. This geopark is home to a variety of interesting sites like the Bozkov Caves and their underwater lake; giant “potholes;” a petrified forest and lava streams. Towns in the area include Železný Brod, Jilemnice and Turnov. From ruined castles to elegant homes; from rock towns to world class zoos – everyone will find something to discover in and around Liberec.
  8. 8. 14 15 Winter 2014olomouc.inyourpocket.comPrague In Your Pocket REGIONSREGIONS Olomouc For those looking to escape the crowds of Prague, Olomouc, a roughly 3 hour train ride from the capital, should capture your heart. The pretty university town is small enough to be charming, yet interesting enough for at least a weekend. Located in Moravia, there’s a plethora of architecture and history. Olomouc is the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of about 100,000. It is home to the country’s second oldest university (after Charles University in Prague) which means its culture scene is alive and there’s a variety of dining and entertainment options available. To get a feel for the city, start you day on the main square, Horní náměstí. There you will find the UNESCO listed Holy Trinity Column. It is the largest collection of Baroque statues within the framework of one sculpture group in Central Europe. The lower part contains a chapel, which can be visited by appointment only. The column is made up of 18 statues, 12 torchbearers, 6 reliefs, a sculptural group of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and finally at the top, the Holy Trinity. Also on Horní náměstí is an Astronomical Clock – we told you a visit would be like Prague! This clock is quite different from the one that draws massive crowds to Old Town Square. The clock dates back to the end of the 15th century, however the form it takes here is much different than what the original planners had designed. During World War II, the clock was so damaged in the fighting that City Hall decided not to reconstruct it, but instead design something modern. What you’ll see now is a 1950s work depicting Communist era proletariat, like builders, agricultural workers and other laborers. The clock performs once a day, at noon, for about five minutes. There are a number of interesting museums in Olomouc – something for nearly everyone. The beautiful Archdiocesan Museum, located on Václavské náměstí, is home to a permanent exhibition of the Olomouc Archdiocese, a picture gallery featuring paintings dating back to the 16th century, and the Mozarteum, a great hall commemorating the famous composer’s stay in Olomouc. The inside of the Museum of Modern Art belies its Classist style exterior. The permanent exhibition is one on arts and crafts form the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and temporary displays cover a range of mediums. The Natural Science Museum is housed in a former convent. The permanent exhibition is one on endangered plant species while two exhibition halls host about 20 temporary displays each year. The Olomouc zoo is located about 10 kilometres outside the city, in a lovely forested and hilly area. Giraffes, gibbons, ibex, white storks and a Sumatran tiger are only a few of the more than 300 species you can find there. The aquarium, wolf pavilion and birds of prey aviary are especially recommended. The city is rich in religious history. Besides the Archdiocesan Museum and the Holy Trinity Column, visitors can also marvel at St. Maurice’s Church, the biggest Gothic church in the region, dating from the 15-16th centuries and the oldest Moravian monastery, the Archbishop’s Palace located in the Olomouc suburb of Hradisko. The most significant sacred building in Olomouc is the Bishop’s Cathedral of St. Wenceslas, built in 1109. If you have a couple extra days, explore the lovely Moravian countryside outside of Olomouc. The city is a great place to base yourself while discovering the beautiful towns and tasty Moravian wine in the eastern part of the county. Litomyšl and Kroměříž are two charming towns that will keep you busy for an entire day. OLOMOUC INFORMATION CENTRE | Upper Square – Town Hall arcade | tel.: +420 585 513 385 open daily 9:00–19:00 | | 2nd most important urban conservation area in the Czech Republic only 2 hours by train from Prague Holy Trinity Column – UNESCO sight since 2000 city of many monuments, parks and entertainment seat of the second oldest university in the Czech lands home of the genuine “tvarůžky” cheese Visit Olomouc, hidden gem of Europe and the most beautiful Czech town. Lonely Planet WIN A WEEKEND IN OLOMOUC! Answer the current competition question at and win a unique weekend for two in Olomouc and other great prizes. COMPETITION The four-star hotel ALLEY offers luxurious and peaceful accommodation in the heart of Olomouc. The ALLEY Hotel is located directly at the entrance to the vast urban park while a few meters from the historic city center. The hotel offers first class accommodation in thirty comfortably furnished rooms and suites. Business hotel ALLEY Michalské stromořadí 1061/5 772 00 Olomouc Legionářská 1311 / 21, Olomouc Tel: (+420) 585 575 111 Design hotel built in 2010 is located 10 mins walk from the historic center. Hotel, which was awarded the “Building of the Year Czech Republic 2010” and won the “Best conference hotel in Olomouc Region 2012”, stands out above all, a conference space. The entire convention floor with an area of ca 1,350 square meters and capacity of nearly 1,600 people are equipped with high-quality audio-visual technique. The halls are variously combined and suitable for all types of meetings and events from small groups to large conventions. The halls are air-conditioned, with daylight and a private outdoor terrace. The hotel comprises 137 rooms, including 10 superior rooms and 3 junior suites. All rooms offer wifi internet access, coffee and tea service and safe deposit box free of charge. Fitness in this center is also guaranteed by hotel guests free of charge.
  9. 9. 16 17 Prague In Your Pocket Winter REGIONSREGIONS Beautiful Kutná Hora - a must-see destination, just an hour away from Prague Kutná Hora is inseparably connected with silver mining and coin minting. In the past it was rightfully regarded as a heritage jewel of our nation, as its wealth once fuelled the Czech Kingdom´s expansion. Its cultural and historical importance was recognised in 1995, when the historic town centre was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the Cathedral of St Barbara and the Cathedral of Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist in Sedlec. The centre has preserved its historic spirit thanks to the sensitive reconstruction of the stone streets and pavements. Kutná Hora Town Information Centre Palackého náměstí 377 tel. +420 327 512 378, +420 731 801 004 e-mail: Tourist information In winter time many sights and towns switch into a sleepy mode. This is not the case of Kutná Hora. Both Cathedrals, as well as the Italian Court, the former royal mint, and the renowned Ossuary (decorated entirely with human bones) keep their gates open all year round. A cellar under the Sankturin House hides away a unique Alchemy Workshop Museum – ask the Information Centre staff for admission. To learn about the dark side of the town’s history, you can visit the Unveiling of the Mysterious Face of Kutná Hora Museum. The Czech Museum of Silver is located in the Gothic palace Hrádek and offers guided tours to the medieval silver mine from April to November. Last year the Museum won the Travellers’ Choice Attractions Award from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The award was based on candid feedback from travellers recognising travellers’ favourite things to do in destinations around the world. For more information, including a tourist town map and guided tour offers, please visit ©FrantišekRenza ©FrantišekRenza ©FrantišekRenza For an unforgettable experience come to Ostrava, a friendly and dynamic city in the heart of Europe! You can feel the spirit of Ostrava’s unique industrial heritage at every step – an unforgettably atmospheric backdrop to a vibrant modern city. Ostrava has become a popular destination for making films and music videos, so don’t be surprised if you meet a film crew or two while wandering around the city. But Ostrava is about much more than just its industrial past. It is the greenest city in the Czech Republic, a spacious metropolis packed full of beautiful architecture, with plenty to see and do all year round. Ostrava has a rich and vibrant cultural life, offering unforgettable experiences for all culture-lovers at the city’s many theatres, concert halls, music clubs, museums and galleries. To sample Ostrava’s unique energy and cosmopolitan spirit, visit the city during one of the big events held here - the Colours of Ostrava music festival, the Golden Spike athletics meeting (Usain Bolt’s favourite event!), or tennis’s Davis Cup. After discovering the city’s rich industrial heritage and enjoying its fascinating museums or galleries, why not relax at one of the many sports and wellness centres in the city, or treat yourself at the nearby Klimkovice spa resort. Ostrava truly has something for everybody. The Lower Vítkovice area, a revitalized former steelworks and coal mining complex in the heart of Ostrava city centre, offers a day of unforgettable experiences. After reliving Ostrava’s industrial past at the former blast furnace (now a national cultural monument), you can admire the historic gas holder now converted into a multifunctional auditorium known as the Gong – a popular venue for education, culture, events and conferences. Finish your day at the U6- Small World of Technology, a fascinating interactive exhibition themed around the works of Jules Verne. If you prefer going down the pit, discover the secrets of coal mining at Ostrava’s Mining Museum, part of the Landek Park, tracing the evolution of coal mining, mining technology, and mine rescue services. Michal Colliery historic coal mine is also open to visitors. Let´s come and follow the routes taken by miners when starting their shift – including the unique chain-system changing rooms, the engine hall, and much more. The Cathedral of St Barbara and the Jesuit College - GASK - nowadays the seat of the 2nd largest gallery in the Czech Rep. showcasing modern art. The Ossuary in Sedlec is the final resting place for around forty thousand people. The Cathedral of Assumption of Our Lady in Sedlec – the oldest Gothic cathedral in central Europe, constructed as part of the Sedlec monastery.
  10. 10. 19HOTELS Winter 18 HOTELS Prague In Your Pocket Cream of the crop Ambassador Zlatá husa F-4, Praha 1, Václavské nám. 5-7, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 224 19 31 11, fax (+420) 224 22 61 67,, www. At the bottom of Václavské nám. you can find this glitzy Art Nouveau tower with extensive conference facilities, a casino and Baroque-style rooms. Q162 rooms (4 singles €145 - 203, 115 doubles €155 - 217, 32 suites €180 - 252). PHARLGBK hhhhh Four Seasons D-2, Praha 1, Veleslavínova 2a, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 221 42 70 00, fax (+420) 221 42 60 00, reservations.prg@fourseasons. com, Just a step from Charles Bridge, the Four Seasons affords its guests with as much class and comfort as is humanly possible. Over a year was spent renovating the four buildings that provide a roof over your head, which range from 500-year-old elegance to contemporary design. Q161 rooms (singles €275 - 550, 141 doubles €295 - 570, 20 apartments €695 - 3900). PTHARUFLGBKD hhhhh Palace Praha F-4, Praha 1, Panská 12, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 224 09 31 11, fax (+420) 224 22 12 40,, A beautiful Viennese Art Nouveau building houses this hotel, which has been providing superior service to wealthier visitors to Prague since 1906. Its elegance may be a draw, but its real selling point should be the friendly staff. Q124 rooms (114 doubles €160 - 336, 3 apartments €770 - 1140, 7 junior suites €430). PHARULGKD hhhhh Paris I-3, Praha 1, U Obecního domu 1, MNám. Re- publiky, tel. (+420) 222 19 51 95, fax (+420) 224 22 54 75,, Everything is Art Nouveau in this building, from its intricate façade to the lamps and other furnishings in its café and restaurant. Even the brass door handles on the antique lifts are decorated in this beautiful style. Take the stairs and be rewarded with stained glass windows and red carpets rolled out for each guest in the hallways. Don’t forget to check out this hotel restaurant. A bit more ispired than most, there is also live music Thursdays & Fridays. Q86 rooms (70 doubles €160 - 360, 3 apartments €500 - 3700, 13 junior suites €280 - 520). PTHARLVEGBKD hhhhh Prague Marriott I-3, Praha 1, V Celnici 8, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 222 88 88 88, fax (+420) 222 88 88 89,, Bigger really is better; plus you’ve got an excellent location to boot. Every amenity imaginable and size, lots of it. Higher priced suites have two levels. The rooms have recently been renovated for an extra pop of luxury and comfort. If you are shelling out for a suite or better, then breakfast in the Executive Lounge is included. Q293 rooms (258 doubles €149 - 315, 33 suites €359 - 495). PTHARUFLGKDC hhhhh Sheraton Prague Charles Square Hotel H-5, Prague 2, Žitná 8, MKarlovo náměstí, tel. (+420) 225 99 99 99, fax (+420) 225 99 99 09, www.sheraton- The Sheraton near Karlovo náměstí offers comfy beds, a good in between Old and New Town location plus in room high speed internet connection and a variety of dining options. Modern and sleek, the first Sheraton in Prague has 160 rooms consisting of 122 deluxe rooms plus 38 suites. It’s a well-located smart choice. Q (Deluxe rooms €160, Premium rooms €225). PJHA6UFKW hhhhh Upmarket Absolutum Boutique Hotel Praha 7, Jablonského 4, MHolešovice, tel. (+420) 222 54 14 06, booking@, The abso- lute best place to stay in Praha 7. Design hotel Absolutum is an upscale, clean and shiny place with all the conveniences of home; including internet connection and parking. The restaurant is also getting rave reviews so if you are looking for chic accommodations in a cool ‘hood, absolutely check in.Q34 rooms (singles €69, doubles €79, 16 Standard, 16 Superior, 2 Junior Suites). PAUFK hhhh Angelo Hotel Praha 5, Radlická 1g/3216, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 234 80 11 11, fax (+420) 234 80 99 99,, Brightly coloured design and black and white photos abound in this buzzing hotel in the happening area around Anděl. Rooms and even suites are on the small side, but beds are King and all suites have a terrace. The hotel is designed for the businessman, but robes, TV & DVD afford pleasure-seekers some comfort too. The safe is notebook-sized and has an interior plug for safe recharging. The lower price for a double room is single occupancy. Q168 rooms (163 doubles €140 - 255, 2 suites €200 - 300, 3 junior suite €180 - 280). PHARUFLGBKD hhhh Apostolic Residence E-3, Praha 1, Staroměstské nám.22,MStaroměstská,tel.(+420)221632556,fax (+420) 221 63 25 58,, You can’t get any closer to the OldTownwiththeseroomsandapartments,rightoppositethe astronomical clock. Fabulous views beckon if you tire of your gorgeous, antique-filled room. Q14 rooms (13 doubles €153 - 320, 1 apartment €213 - 428). PA6GBK hhhh Belvedere I-1, Praha 7, Milady Horákové 19, MVl- tavská, tel. (+420) 220 10 61 11, fax (+420) 233 37 44 71,, www.hotelbelvedere- Four-star hotel located in Letna area Prague 7 nearby Gallery of Modern Art, National Technical Museum or Fair Ground Incheba Expo Prague. The hotel features 151 hotel rooms with Wi-Fi Internet connection, cosy lobby bar & Internet Café, restaurant, several conference rooms and underground parking. Distance to the city centre: 15 minutes by public transport - tram stop in the vicinity of the hotel. Q151 rooms (109 doubles €49 - 108, 26 triples €68 - 135, 16 Double Executives €59 - 118). HAULGK hhhh Casa Marcello F-1, Praha 1, Řásnovka 3, MNám. Re- publiky, tel. (+420) 222 31 02 60, fax (+420) 222 31 33 23,, cz. This beautiful hotel alongside St. Agnes convent is a bit hard to find but well worth it, if only to have stayed on ‘Eyelashes Street.’ A good option for those who don’t want to stay where any old riffraff can just saunter in as they’re passing. Q32 rooms (20 doubles €140 - 270, 6 apartments €250 - 390, 6 junior suites €190 - 330). PTHARF LGBKD hhhh Chateau St. Havel Praha 4, V podzámčí 1, tel. (+420) 241 44 57 17, fax (+420) 241 44 57 21, info@, The fabulous neo-Gothic Krč castle, south of Prague’s centre, houses this exclusive hotel. Originally a 13th century fortress, the building was remodelled into its current romantic form in the 1840s, and it still has an extensive English garden. From the elegant lobby with its cassette ceiling and the minimalist restaurant in the chapel to the regally-styled rooms, this place is certainly for for a king. Q34 rooms (34 doubles €79 - 149). PTHAR6LGK hhhh Corinthia Panorama Praha 4, Milevská 7, MPankrác, tel. (+420) 261 16 11 11/(+420) 261 16 60 61, fax (+420) 261 16 41 41, panorama@corinthia. cz, The second, albeit less exclusive Corinthia hotel in Prague still has excellent services and facilities in rooms and restaurants. The pool provides pan- oramic views of the city as one swims or lounges. Q450 rooms (118 singles €205 - 225, 321 doubles €205 - 225, triples €275 - 295, 1 presidential suite €1340, 10 junior suites €410). PTHARUFLVGBKDC hhhh Hotel Duo Praha 9, Teplická 492, MStřížkov, tel. (+420) 266 13 11 11, fax (+420) 283 88 01 42, info@, Hotel DUO Prague, offers exceptional comfort, convenience and a wide range of amenities and services. The hotel is located north east of the city centre - just 10 minutes by metro from the very centre of Prague. Indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, catering services, conference facilities, parking area and far more is provided.Q647 rooms (62 singles €40 - 125, 556 doubles €41 - 134, 29 suites €59 - 199). HAUFL GBKDC hhhh Hotel & Apartments Elysee F-4, Praha 1, Václavské nám. 43, MMuzeum , Můstek, tel. 221 45 51 11, fax 224 22 57 73,, www.hotelelysee- Located in the city centre of Prague, directly on famous Wenceslas Square, the best shopping area in Prague. All the City’s major attractions such as National Museum or Old Town Square are within a short walk of the hotel. 63 elegantly and stylishly furnished rooms and 15 luxurious apartments with parquet flooring. Regarding its convenient position (in the renowned archway Jalta) the hotel provides its guests with a range of supplementary services - fitness, P Air conditioning A Credit cards accepted O Casino H Conference facilities T Child friendly U Facilities for the disabled R Internet L Guarded parking F Fitness centre G Non-smoking rooms K Restaurant M Nearest metro station D Sauna C Swimming pool 6 Animal friendly W Wi-Fi Symbol key Absolutum Boutique Hotel Jablonského 639/4, Praha 7 tel: +420 222 541 406 e-mail: MOSAIC HOUSE H-5, Praha 2, Odborů 4, MKar- lovo náměstí, tel. +420 221 595 350, fax +420 267 267 601,, MOSAIC HOUSE Design & Music Hostel – the first green hostel in the Czech Republic - blends four hotel stars with modern, fresh, and fun. Slumber in the comfort and style of our private rooms and apartments and relish in the eco chic design. Mingle with a world of fellow travelers in our shared rooms and enjoy live music and cocktails at La Loca MUSIC BAR & LOUNGE. Explore the golden city from our doorstep and make yourself at home in our favorite city in the world.Q(Penthouse €120 - 212, Classic Double €40 - 58, 4 beds €9 - 14, 6 beds €7 - 11, 8 beds €6 - 10). PiLGW hhhh
  11. 11. 20 HOTELS 21HOTELS Prague In Your Pocket Winter working corner and kitchenette. An LCD TV, washer and dryer plus a personal security and fire alarm guarantees your comfort and safety. Q18 rooms (8 Junior Suite €86 - 104, 8 Superior Suite €92 - 112, 2 Executive Suite €102 - 127). Marriott Executive Apartments I-5, Praha 2, V Tůních 9, MMuzeum, tel. (+420) 221 02 21 02, fax (+420) 221 022 103, www.praguemarriottexecu- An excellent choice for the corporate or business traveller; the fully furnished studio or one- bedroom apartments provide a “home office” area with two lines, high speed (wired) internet access and fully equipped kitchen. Housekeeping is available, as is dinner delivery from a number of nearby restaurants. A fitness area, plunge pool, plus business and conceirge services round out the ameni- ties. Q53 rooms (53 apartments €80 - 250). JAFC Hostels CzechInnK-6,Praha10,Francouzská76,MNám.Míru, tel. (+420) 267 26 76 00, fax +420 283 87 06 36, info@, The pun is excused due to the sheer design beauty and comfort these people have afforded your average backpacker. From some of the makers of Sir Toby’s and Miss Sophie’s, Czech Inn is the future of back- packing, we hope… the custom iron bedsteads and furniture, stylishfixtures,famousshowerheads,caféandwow-split-level apartments have already made the international press, even the 10 bed dorm is spacious. Home to theBASEMENTbar with regular events, concerts and daily happy hours. Reservations necessary. Enter the promo code “PIYP” when making yourbookingonoursiteandreceivea10%discount.Q52 rooms (12 doubles €42 - 57, 2 triples €58 - 65, 8 apartments €68 - 157, dorms €7 - 15). AGBKW showers. Spacious dorms also available for the truly budget- conscious! Free internet, guest kitchen, lounge and delicious breakfast are just a few of the added benefits of this hotel/ hostel hybrid. Enter the promo code “PIYP” when making your booking on our site and receive a 10% discount. Q34 rooms (2 singles €30 - 42, 5 doubles €50 - 49, 4 triples €49 - 59, 3 apartments €60 - 73, 21 dorm beds €8 - 14). AGBW hhhh Neruda Praha 1, Nerudova 44, MMalostranská, tel. 257 53 55 57, fax 257 53 14 92,, One of Prague’s first design hotels. The 700 year old building nestled beneath the bulwarks of the castle hold clean design, fully equipped modern rooms with complimentary cake made in their divine café from a 100 year-old recipe. The oasis of a roof top terrace is open to non-guests too. Q42 rooms (singles €79, Superior Rooms €95). PARB hhhh NH Prague Praha 5, Mozartova 261/1, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 257 15 11 11, fax (+420) 257 15 31 31,, The NH Prague hotel offers you modern and tastefully-designed ac- commodations in the heart of Prague, with 439 comfortable andspaciousStandard,SuperiorandExecutiverooms,includ- ing28Suites.TheNHPrague’s136newlydecoratedExecutive Rooms and Suites are located in the hotel’s Executive Building at the top of Smichov Hill, connected to the hotel at the foot of the hill by cable car. Executive room and Suite rates include many extra benefits such as complimentary selected drinks daily in the Tower Lounge Bar, a Nespresso coffeemaker right in your room, complimentary Internet access and use of the hotel’s Business Center and fitness/wellness facilities. Q442 rooms (singles €125, doubles €125, suites €185, Executive room €140). PTHARUFLGBKD hhhh Mid-Range Adalbert Praha 6, Markétská 1, tel. (+420) 220 40 61 80, fax (+420) 220 40 61 90, office@hoteladal-, Serenely nestled in the calm buildings and gardens of the Břevnov monastery is a delightful hotel of understated elegance in the furnishings, chocolate coins on pillows and polite staff. Hear chanting in the church and sleep where under Communism the Secret Police lived to keep an eye on these ‘subversive’ monks. Q23 rooms (7 singles €75 - 105, 12 doubles €97 - 132, 2 triples €134 - 167, 1 suite €140 - 170, 1 apartment €169 - 202). HAR6ULGKW hhh Evropa F-4, Praha 1, Václavské nám. 25, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 224 22 81 17, fax (+420) 224 22 45 44,, Amazing... from the outside. The 1905 Art Nouveau façade is the most beautiful on Václavské náměstí, and the café is lovely. However, the rooms (including the faux Louis 16th suites) are distinctively scruffy-looking, some downright shabby furniture and creaky floors. The cheaper rooms share facilities in the corridor. Q85 rooms (13 singles €38, 41 doubles €58, 26 triples €78, 5 quads €123). ALK hh Olšanka Praha 3, Táboritská 23, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 267 09 22 02, fax (+420) 222 71 33 15,, This large hotel is not a beauty from the outside and inside, the rooms could do with a bit of renovation, but you can usually get space here even when other places are full. Just a 15 minute ride from the city centre. Q207 rooms (2 singles €43 - 70, 115 doubles €63 - 90, 43 triples €86 - 116, 26 quads €100 - 133, 6 suites €83 - 113). HAUFLGBKDC hhh Apartments Amour Hotel Residence B-2, Praha 1, Malostranské nám. 5, MMalostranská, tel. (+420) 257 53 55 78, fax (+420) 257 53 55 79,, www. Amour Hotel Residence offers accommodation in romantic premises placed on the highest floor of a rococo palace known also as the Grömling Palace. Located in Prague 1, on Lesser Town Square, in the immediate vicinity of the Saint Nicholas Cathedral and Charles Bridge. FREE Wi-Fi Internet connection in the entire hotel.. Q9 rooms (6 doubles €79 - 179, 2 suites €140 - 280, 1 apartment €162 - 306). PTARGW Appia Hotel Residences A-2, Praha 1, Šporkova 3, MMalostranská, tel. (+420) 257 21 58 19, fax (+420) 257 21 53 29,, www.appiaresidenc- The residence offers 21 stylish furnished and above-standardequippedroomsDeluxeandapartments.FREE Wi-FiInternetconnection.Theresidencefeatures24hrsrecep- tion, lobby, sauna, underground parking, breakfast restaurant in the historical hall and romantic garden. Located in Lesser Town, in the historical part of Prague, facing Prague Castle. Q21 rooms (10 doubles €79 - 172, 9 suites €140 - 280, 2 apartments€162-306). PHARLGBDW hhhh Hunger Wall Residence B-4, Praha 5, Plaská 615/8, MAnděl, tel. 257 40 40 40, fax 257 40 40 60, info@, If your journey to Prague is going to last a bit longer than just a weekend, consider checking in to the Hunger Wall Residence. Located in Malá Strana, you’ll be treated to a city centre location that’s surrounded by parks. Eighteen apartments comprise the fully renovated building, offering such amenities as a separate The Best value for your Money HOTEL DUO Teplická 492, Praha 9 Tel.: +420 266 131 111 Email: hairdresser’s, restaurants, cafés, theatre etc. Q78 rooms (51 doubles €62 - 142, 10 triples €86 - 178, 15 Luxury Apartments €130 - 288, 2 Double Rooms Deluxe €72 - 152). PAULG hhhh Hotel Ariston & Ariston Patio K-4, Praha 3, Seif- ertova 65, MHlavní nádraží, tel. (+420) 222 78 25 17/(+420) 222 78 11 87, fax (+420) 222 78 03 47,, Located in the district called Zizkov, only 1 km from the city centre, the Main Railway Station just 5 minutes away from the hotel. WIDE RANGE OF SPECIAL OFFERS. 116 rooms equipped with king size bed or two separated beds, satellite LCD flat screen TV, direct dial phone, Wi-Fi Internet connec- tion, safety deposit box, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, bathroom with shower or bathtub and toilet, heated towel rail and hairdryer. Q116 rooms (101 doubles €47 - 102, 15 triples €65 - 128). HAUGK hhhh Hotel Noir Legerova 35, Praha 2, MI.P.Pavlova, tel. +420 224 104 111,, www.hotelnoir. cz. Design hotel Noir is skillfully combining history and the present. This modern accommodation is situated in the very heart of Prague - the Wenceslas Square, the National Museum and the prestige residential district of Vinohrady are all within 5-minute walk. Q PiJAGKW Miss Sophie’s I-5/6, Praha 2, Melounová 3, MI. P. Pavlova, tel. (+420) 296 30 35 30, fax +420 283 87 06 36,, www.miss- A hotel for the discerning but cost-sensitive traveller, Miss Sophie’s showcases deluxe rooms with a modern, clean design: air conditioned private rooms and apartments are paired with stylish bathrooms and rain-head
  12. 12. 23RESTAURANTS Winter 22 HOTELS Prague In Your Pocket Courtyard Marriott Prague Airport Praha 6, Aviatická 1092/8, tel. (+420) 236 07 71 40, fax (+420) 236 07 70 78, Security dictates no open windows so it’s all sealed but it’s all glass walls with magnificent views and Zen garden by the fitness centre with jasmine, lemon, orange and olive trees. The comfy library, lobby and business area (with to pay Wi-Fi) and Italian restaurant with open kitchen and as-required bar are all open to the public and connected to the airport via a covered walkway. Rooms are of the high Marriott standard with plasma TVs with keyboard, to pay internet, an ice machine on each floor and a fridge for you to stock. A welcome change to the airport’s services. Q235 rooms (132 singles €85 - 125, 98doubles€85-125,5suites€175-195). PTHA RUFLGKXW hhhh Airport Hotel American Aloha Wave Lounge E-1, Praha 1, Dušní 11, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 602 25 13 92, www. Aloha Praha, aloha Honolulu. Plants, fran- gipani shirts and photos of tanned 1950s Hawaiians with longboards form the décor to this club and restaurant. Sit in the small upstairs area or descend to the large cellar to sample from the menu. The food, with Pacific overtones is quite unlike anything else in Prague. DJs keep the place buzz- ing long after the kitchen closes. QOpen 09:30 - 04:00, Mon, Tue, Sun 09:30 - 02:00. (115 - 270Kč). PAE Ambiente LivingK-5, Praha 2, Mánesova 59, MNám. Míru, tel. (+420) 222 72 78 51, One of the Ambiente chain, and as eternally popular as the others, this place serves up fresh salad, great stuffed peppers, ribs and of course chicken wings. This is billed as a ‘lifestyle’ restaurant and serves delicious dishes with their distinctive brand of style. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 24:00. (150 - 300Kč). A Angus Restaurant I-3, Praha 1, V Celnici 10, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 602 68 75 12, millennium@, With a name like that; you can bet on steak, burgers and other menu items that formally moo’ed. Choose from a New York strip or rumpsteak; an Angus burger or an American classic. Good beef in a city where it’s hard to find. QOpen 08:00 - 21:00. Closed Sat, Sun. 125kč-646kč. Cowboys Steaks & CocktailsA-1, Praha 1, Nerudova 40, MMalostranská, tel. (+420) 296 82 61 07, www. Bazaar has morphed into the Kampa Group’ssublimeversionofanAmericansteakhouse.Premium- tequila-laden cowgirls on the bar, quality and affordable cuts of steak, seafoodandeven lobster(1,250Kč), complementary wine list, myriad salad and side offerings, cool bar, tunes and atmosphere. A fabulous cellar space, classy design, exellent cuisine and staff round out another Kampa success. The primocafeservesIllycoffee,Cream&Dreamgelatoandmore. QOpen 12:00 - 01:00. (250 - 750Kč) PAIEBW T.G.I. Friday’s F-3, Praha 1, Na Příkopě 27, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 221 96 72 28, www.tgifridays. cz. The TGI brand offers the same huge-portioned menu to homesick travellers in Prague as they do around the world. For a slice of Americana with your apple pie, free refills and crazy outfits, this is the place to be. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 24:00. (250 - 350Kč). TAUGBS TGI Fridays Praha 5, Nádražní 110, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 257 28 62 61, Another loca- tion for the same as it ever was slice of Americana although this one has cheaper prices than its Old Town sibling and shares its bathrooms with Planet Sushi next door. The rejuvenation of this area is underlined by the location here of Prague’s second TGIF . QOpen 11:00 - 24:00, Fri, Sat 11:00 - 01:00. (120 - 400Kč). PTAGW U Malého Glena B-3, Praha 1, Karmelitská 23, MMalostranská, tel. (+420) 257 53 17 17, malyglen@, Renowned for the tiny though classy jazz joint downstairs, the street level bar has entertaining barmen, free-flowing beer and cocktails, and good food. Czech-Mex standards jostle for space with salads, sandwiches and hot pitas, although the menu has no breakfast dishes, except (Bohemia) bagels. Kitchen closes at 24:00. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00, Sat, Sun 10:00 - 02:30. (50 - 300Kc). PE Balkan Gitanes A-2, Praha 1, Tržiště 7, MMalostranská, tel. (+420)257530163,, A vast and fairly expensive selection of local and international wines precede a vastly unusual menu for a Prague restaurant. Octopus and mussels vie for space with veal and lamb, served in a marked Balkan slant, see sač, kajmak and sarma sauerkraut. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. (185 - 435Kč). AG Brewery restaurants U Fleků H-5, Praha 1, Křemencova 11, MNárodní třída, tel. (+420) 224 93 40 19,, A tourist trap since they started brewing their dark, rich aromatic beer on this spot in 1499. The brew is worth the trip in itself, and should be accompanied by hearty pub food. The loud and boisterous crowds of tourists and locals are a show worth watching as everyone and his tour guide treks through. QOpen 10:00 - 23:00. (85 - 320Kč). A U Kalicha I-6, Praha 2, Na Bojišti 12, MI.P. Pavlova, tel. (+420) 296 18 96 00/(+420) 224 91 25 57,, The pub that features at the beginning of the Czech literary classic ‘The Good Soldier Švejk’ as the planned location of the never-to-be meeting “ six in the evening after the war.” An oompah band keeps the atmosphere rolling. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (150 - 300Kč). PAEG U Pinkasů E-4, Praha 1, Jungmannovo nám. 16, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 221 11 11 50/(+420) 602 66 71 70,, The presence of locals is encouraging in this beer hall whose not unimpressive claim to fame is that of being the first pivnice in Prague to have Pilsner Urquell on draught. A commemorative plaque and a tap mark the spot where this country’s most renowned beer began to flow in 1843. In today’s establish- ment you’ll find a courtyard terrace and two floors of beer swilling and sausage eating. More elegant no-smoking rooms are available for dining; the menu, although traditional, is uninspired. QOpen 10:00 - 03:00. (150 - 200Kč). AB Czech Baráčnická rychtaA-2, Praha 1, Tržiště 23, MMalos- transká, tel. (+420) 257 53 24 61,, This dark and cosy pub, aglow from the large copper lighting fixtures, may be the perfect place to experience the beauty of Czech winters, although in the warmer months it may translate as a little stuffy. Either way the food is as earthy and homemade as it comes in Prague. A must for those wanting a downbeat, ‘real’ Czech eating experience. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sun 11:00 - 21:00. (50 - 150Kč). AE P Air conditioning A Credit cards accepted E Live music S Take away T Child friendly U Facilities for the disabled G Non-smoking areas L Guarded parking O Casino M Nearest metro station B Outside seating I Fireplace R Internet W Wi-Fi 6 Animal friendly Symbol key Melounová 3, Prague 2 tel. (+420) 296 30 35 30 Francouzská 76, Prague 10 tel. (+420) 267 26 76 00 Dělnická 24, Prague 7 tel. (+420) 283 87 06 35 Hostel Prague Tyn Týnská 19 - 21, tel. +420 224 829 058,, www.hostel- The Hostel Prague Tyn is a backpacker’s accomodation in the historical centre of Prague . They provide you a complete backpacker’s experience when staying in our hostel. Hostel Prague Tyn is suitable for couples or families since they offer private rooms too. Q iGW Little Town Hotel A-2, Praha 1, Malostranské náměstí 11,MMalostranska, tel.242 406964, info@littletown-, Opened in 2009, Little TownHotel’sbestfeatureisitslocation.Rightoutyourfrontdoor isSt.NicholasCathedralonMalostranskénáměstí.Therearea variety of rooms for every budget – from dorm style to private, ensuite.Thedécorisprettybarebones,butwhenyou’vegotthe magicofPraguetoexplore,whoneedsart?Staffisfriendlyand helpful. Q (singles €49, doubles €33). JAGW OldPragueHostelF-2,Praha1,Benediktská2,MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 224 82 90 58, info@oldpraguehos-, Award-winning hostel slap bang in the thick of Prague’s nightlife. All entrances are key- codedforsecurity,dorms(max.8beds)havelockersandarefairly cramped,buthey,allyou’regoingtodoissleepinthere.Plusfree internet, TV/DVD lounge, kitchen, breakfast and linen, a 24 hour receptionandveryfriendlystaff–theowner’sgrandmotherdidall the artwork. Q 20 rooms (prices from €21.30). G Prague Square Hostel E-3, Praha 1, Melantrichova 10, MMůstek,tel.(+420)224240859,info@praguesquare-, Full service - friendly atmosphere is their slogan; and boy do they live up to it. Includedinthe price isbreakfast, freelinens& towels, internet &Wi-Fi, lockers and a luggage room. Checking out? They’ll keep your bags for free. Newly reconstructed and in a great part of town; definitely check it out. Q Prices from 13.90 €. JGW Sir Toby’sPraha 7, Dělnická 24, MNádraží Holešovice, tel. (+420) 283 87 06 35, fax (+420) 283 87 06 36,, A friendly, excellently-run independent hostel. It’s out of the centre, but prices are good, transport connections abound, and within a few blocks of clubs Mecca, Sasazu and Cross. Whether you want a dorm or a room with private bathroom, they have it. Plus garden, bar, full kitchen, internet and informative, knowl- edgable staff. Enter the promo code “PIYP” when making your booking on our site and receive a 10% discount. Q27 rooms (1 single €35, 4 doubles €38 - 45, 4 triples €47 - 54, 6 quads €50 - 63, 12 dorms €6 - 12). AGBW
  13. 13. 24 RESTAURANTS 25RESTAURANTS Prague In Your Pocket Winter Washed down with lots of cold Pilsner beer, you’ll be feeling full and fine in no time. Gorgeous Art Nouveau interiors and a nice staff, reservations are recommended. QOpen 11:30 - 23:00. 210-425 CZK. RESTAURANT BUDWEISER BUDVAR Praha 6, Aviatická 1092/8, tel. (+420) 224 24 25 77, info@, Czech cuisine in the midst of international travel. Step out of the airport for what may be your last chance for Czech food and beer. Located in the shopping centre next to the Marriott, they offer traditional Czech cuisine and original special regional dishes. Their lunch specials are a good deal, and they offer free Wi-Fi. Restaurant is also a ‘Czech Specials’ certificate holder. No smoking area. QOpen 10:30 - 22:00. (120 - 440Kč). PTAGW French Francouzská restaurace Art Nouveau F-3, Praha 1, Náměstí Republiky 5, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 222 00 27 70,, www.fran- Superb French (and some Czech) gourmet dishes from this restaurant’s award winning chefs. Mussels, rabbit, foie gras and duck all make delightful appearances in one of the world’s masterpieces of art nou- veau architecture (the Municipal House building itself) and interior. Lunch specials and a concert package lower prices somewhat, and try the Jazz Brunch on the first Sunday of each month. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00. Open 12:00 - 23:00. (600 - 2,000Kč). PAUEB La Cave D’Adrien Americká 18, Prague 2, tel. 00420 246 030 284,, http://lacave- La Cave d’Adrien is a trendy boutique wine shop and delicatessen with a simple and efficient website and a sales force that is ready to listen to every customer’s requirements in order to bring France to your doorstep. Sarah Bernhardt I-3, Praha 1, U Obecního domu 1, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 222 19 59 00, fbof-, Hotel dining is reaching dizzy heights in Prague and the art nouveau design of this restaurant is divinely matched by Chef Karel Hynek’s inspired menues. Offering set meals for the undecided or choose from poached trout or slow roated lamb. Live music every Thursday & Friday evening. QOpen 6:30 - 23:00. Open 06:30 - 10:00 (10:30 Sat & Sun), 12:00 - 16:00 & 18:00 - 23:00. (550 - 1,200Kč). PAEG Greek Kri-Kri J-5, Praha 2, Korunní 48, MNáměstí Míru, tel. (+420) 222 540 400,, www.kri-kri. cz. It’s all Greek to them. From the food to the service, Kri- Kri is about as authentic as you can get off the island. Be prepared for a long evening and don’t go in starving as the service isn’t the best. However, once your food arrives you’ll be wallowing in happiness over their stifado, shrimp saganaki and tzatziki. Their Greek house wines are surprisingly cheap and good. QOpen 12:00 - 24:00. Closed Sun. 145-210 Kč. Olympos K-4, Praha 3, Kubelíkova 9, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 222 72 22 39, rezervace@taver-, Rightfully the most famous Greek restaurant in Prague. Excellent Grecian starters, a haul of fresh seafood, and friendly, hard working staff. Superb. And the garden here is one of the best kept secrets in Prague and has a great playground to keep the kids happy. QOpen 11:30 - 24:00. (200 - 500Kč). TAB International Bellevue C-3, Praha 1, Smetanovo nábřeží 18, MNárodní třída, tel. (+420) 222 22 04 53, bellevue@, A fantastic set- ting, looking out to Charles Bridge, the castle and the Vltava, and a classic atmosphere sets the scene for you to feel dead posh if you want and if you can afford it. Chef Petr Bures prepares dishes like fillet of fallow deer with rose hip sauce, caramelised pears, homemade spätzle and wild mushrooms. Try their jazz brunch on Sundays. QOpen 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 23:00. (1,000 - 2,000Kč). PTAUEGB Caffrey’s E-3, Praha 1, Staroměstské nám. 10, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 224 82 80 31, info@, Good service and a great location on Staromětské nám. make this a popular Irish pub for many, including large parties of stag nighters. Prices are more favourable here than other Old Town spots; plus they offer an excellent food menu (try the authentic Irish breakfast), first rate Guinness (99 Kč), Magners Irish cider (99 Kč), Walker’s crisps and more to make you feel right at home. A good venue to watch all the major (GAA too) sporting events. QOpen 09:00 - 01:00, Sat 09:00 - 02:00. PABK Chefparade Cooking School, tel. 734 814 743,, ists. Chefparade Cooking School in Prague is a place, where cooking and fun meet. Discover local culture and Czech cui- sine through special Cooking Courses for tourists. Hands-on class in English gives you the opportunity to cook side-by-side with the Chef and take home the feeling of local gastronomy. All adjusted to your preferences. QOpen 08:30 - 17:30. Dubliner Irish Pub F -2, Praha 1 , Tyn 1 , MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 224 89 54 04, info@, If you find yourself hankering for a bit o’ Irish cooking; head over to The Dubliner for a mighty fine meal. Indulge in their Irish specialties like cottage pie, Guinness Irish stew or fish and chips. Feeling exotic in an Irish sort of way? Try their chicken curry or chilli con carne. Of course they’ve got the big Irish breakfast plus snacks and sandwiches. Live sports are played on their many TV’s and the atmosphere is usually rollicking. QOpen Mon, Tue, Wed, Sun 10:00 - 01:00, Thu, Fri, Sat 10:00 - 03:00. 135-395 Kc. ABK La Degustation F-2, Praha 1, Haštalská 18, MNám. Republiky, tel. (+420) 222 31 12 34,, This self-styled Bohemian Bour- geoisie restaurant from the Ambiente Group is a luxurious corner restaurant with an open kitchen and a private dining room feel to it. Set menus intrigue the senses with a heady list of amuse-bouche, there is a pre- and post-theatre menu, and the sommelier has created a superb wine list. QOpen 18:00 - 24:00, Tue, Wed, Thu 12:00 - 14:30. Closed Sun. (945 - 2,450Kč). A Rocky O’Reilly’s Praha 1, Štěpánská 32, MMůstek, tel. (+420) 222 23 10 60,, www. Nothing rescues an all-nighter like a mas- sive Irish breakfast and Rocky O’Reilly’s is the place to get it. You can get stuffed other times of the day as well with their massive platters of food including ribs and chicken wings. In true international style, you can get a curry, fajitas or cottage pie. Friendly staff, plus lots of TV’s showing live sports and you may be here for a couple of meals. QOpen 10:00 - 02:00. 165-395 Kc. JAK The most beautiful Art Nouveau restaurant in the world • French and International cuisine prepared by Captain of Czech National Culinary Team Jan Horky • Daily live piano music • Extensive wine list NÁMĚSTÍ REPUBLIKY 5 – 110 00 PRAHA 1 T. 222 002 770 – F. 222 002 778 SALES@FRANCOUZSKARESTAURACE.CZ WWW.FRANCOUZSKARESTAURACE.CZ These restaurants are the ones to head for if you’re yearning for spectacular views over the city while you hold the hand of your lover. Or if you need something to look at if the conversation wanes... Il Giardino Praha 5, Mozartova 1 (Mövenpick Hotel), MAnděl, tel. (+420) 257 15 42 62, hotel., www.movenpick- Il Giardino is a hotel restaurant with a little flair, created mostly by the rooftop view over Prague, but also by their varied Mediterranean menu. QOpen 05:30 - 10:30, 12:00 - 23:00. (400 - 1,000Kč). PTAUG Petřínské Terasy A-4, Praha 1, Seminářská zah- rada 13, tel. (+420) 257 32 06 88, restaurant@, The restaurant with one of the best views of Prague sits halfway up Petřín Hill and is furnished in a Slovak country cottage kind of way. Cuisine is the somewhat traditional international and Czech variety, and live dulcimer music accompanies dinner. Take the funicular to the Nebozizek stop to get here. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 11:00 - 23:00. (160 - 280Kč). AIEB Tower Park PragueK-4, Praha 3, Mahlerovy sady, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 210 320 081, info@, Dominant and the highest building metropolis offers a unique 360° prospect with thematically capsules, restaurant, bistro, bar and six-suite. Neighbourhood Tower Park Prague surrounds a garden restaurant and a summer terrace. In the next year will find there a mini golf course, picnic lawn and playground. In the outdoor courtyard will be located mobile stage and the auditorium. QOpen 08:00 - 24:00. PTAL Food with a view Chudoba K-5, Praha 2, Vinohradská 67, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 222 25 06 24, info@res-, A restaurant with smooth vibes, good food and drinking. With various levels and alcoved tables in two separate rooms, there is a feeling of privacy and calmness, added to by the fish tanks and fireplace. The menu is large and is in English too, with great dishes available, such as pregnant marge, kiss me darling and sautéed stinker. The fondue is excellent. QOpen 11:00 - 01:00, Sun 11:00 - 24:00. (65 - 230Kč) IB Lví dvůr A-1, Praha 1, U Prašného mostu 6, MHradčanská, tel. (+420) 224 37 23 61/(+420) 257 53 02 26,, Loitering in a small house at the northern entrance to the castle, the Lion’s Court offers Czech cooking fit for royalty at princely prices. The European wine selection is excellent and their kitchen does amazing things to pork that we hadn’t dreamed possible. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. (150 - 400Kč). PAB Plzeňská Praha 1, Náměstí republiky 5, MNáměstí Republiky, tel. +420 222 00 27 70, info@plzenskares-, A cavernous room in the basement of the Municipal House is home to a great big Czech food experience. Huge plates of all the good stuff come streaming from the kitchen. Go for some roasted duck, pork tenderloin, beef goulash or chicken or pork schnitzel.
  14. 14. 26 RESTAURANTS 27RESTAURANTS Prague In Your Pocket Winter Osteria De Clara Praha 10, Mexická 7, tel. (+420) 271 72 65 48,, www.daclara. com. A not-so-good location on the Vinohrady/Vršovice border is an unfortunate fact of this nice Italian eatery. Small menu of basic hearty meals; stuffed zucchini, riga- toni ragu, pork fillet. All are well-prepared and a relaxed atmosphere makes this an excellent quiet spot. Let’s hope it doesn’t stay too quiet. QOpen 11:30 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00, Sat 12:00 - 15:30, 18:00-23:00. Closed Sun. 130-250Kč. Japanese & Korean Aureole Hvězdova 1716/2b, Praha 4, MPankrac, tel. + 420 222 755 380, High style in more ways than one in this designer fusion restaurant located on the 27th floor of the city’s tallest building. Besides the main dining area, there’s a bar, two lounges and a fabulous ter- race. Asian influences are scattered throughout the menu; enjoy duck breast, roasted chicken or sushi. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00, Sun 11:00 - 24:00. 350-450 CZK or degustation menu from 1250 CZK. Mamy Korean restaurant Benediktská 3, Praha 1, tel. 00420 224 815 009, Mamy is a restaurant that offers traditional korean food. They have 3 different kind of kitchens. Original Korean food, Sushi and Vegetarian menu. All of the vegetables, meats, fishes, etc, are imported every day from around the world.This is why the time you spend in Mamy will be specially memorable to you.QOpen 11:30 - 21:30. €€. PJAKSW The Sushi Bar G-5, Praha 5, Zborovská 49, MAnděl, tel. (+420) 603 24 48 82,, www. The freshest fish for the best sushi, this place does it - but for a price. Try the sushi menu for a selection sampler - the three piece Temaki Sushi set and nine piece Sashimi set was handsomely presented and deliciously refreshing. Superb service and intimate setting make this a continual favourite. QOpen 12:00 - 22:00. (250 - 500Kč). PA Latin American Ambiente Brasileiro E-3, Praha 1, U Radnice 8, MStaroměstská, tel. (+420) 224 23 44 74, brasileiro@, Don’t be alarmed when a man brandishing a large skewer of meat appears before you and starts slicing bloody chunks of beef onto your plate. In addition to the churrasco grill, delicious pastas and ap- petisers are also offered with Brazilian flair - and it’s eat all you possibly can, so take some time. If you pay up before 18:00, the price is 445Kč for the meat churrasco. QOpen 11:00 - 24:00. Also at F-3, Na Přikopě 22 - Slovanský Dům, tel. 221 45 12 00. (225 - 545Kč) PA Mexican & Tex-Mex Amores Perros K-4, Praha 2, Kubelíkova 33, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 222 73 39 80, amo-, www.amoresperros. cz. A mediocre addition to Prague’s Mexican choices, with uninspired décor and dishes that have resulted in its ambivalent ambience. This sounds a tad harsh, as Amores Perros is no worse than any other Czech-Mex zone and they do have a very cool contraption to keep your tacos upright. Many a family group have weekend brunch here. Not authentic, but good enough. QOpen 11:00 - 02:00. (100 - 300Kč). PAS Pizza Giallo Rosa F-3, Praha 1, Jakubská 2, MNám. Re- publiky, tel. (+420) 604 89 89 89,, This small take-away place decked out in football scarves serves the closest thing to a New York-style pizza that we’ve seen in Prague. What’s more amazing is that it also provides as much oregano and spicy oil as you need, gratis. QOpen , Mon, Tue, Sun 11:30 - 23:00, Wed, Thu, Sat 11:30 - 24:00, Fri 11:30 - 01:00. (From 25Kč/ slice) AGS Thai The Občanská Plovárna Thai Restaurant U Plo- várny 8, Praha 1 - Malá Strana, MMalostranská, tel. +420 257 531 451, fax +420 257 535 760, info@, The Občanská Plovárna Thai Restaurant can boast a fabled Thai chef, Paramese „Mesy“ Wongwan, who is regularly with imagination diversifying the complex menu, so it gives a true picture of the traditional orient recipes based on freshness and strength of the original foodstuffs. To one of indisputable benefits of Občanská plovárna belong large terraces located right on the river bank. Each terrace has got capacity of 50 seats; both terraces are roofed and as such protected from direct sun shine and rain. This Thai restaurant its an ideal place for your relax. For that matter, come and see. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. EBKW Yam Yam Thai Food & Cafe Praha 4, Metro station Vyšehrad 1670, MVyšehrad, tel. +420 774 84 44 43,, Never thought we’d recommend this place; but Thai lovers and others looking for a good inexpensive bit should pop off the metro at Vyšehrad for a tasty Thai meal. Both the menu and the eatery is small, but both offer a big bang. Good choices are their Nu Rad Prig, Kaeng Pet Kai and the spring rolls. Yam Yam = Yum Yum. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. 50-145 CZK. Vegetarian Clear Head (Lehká hlava) D-4, Praha 1, Boršov 2, MNárodní třída, tel. (+420) 222 22 06 65, info@leh-, Healthy and delicious, this veggie place doesn’t take itself too seriously and despite the name, does serve alcohol. The open kitchen produces ratatouille, pasta, salads, burritos and more, with tofu (try it smoked) and eggplant high on the menu. Fresh juices can be combined to detox while you sit and chill, eat and chat in the cool décor of their three distinct rooms. Tricky to find, down a small alley, but worth it. QOpen 11:30 - 23:30, Sat, Sun 12:00 - 23:30. (80 - 150Kč) NG Wine bars Bokovka H-5, Praha 1, Pštrossova 8, MKarlovo Náměstí, tel. (+420) 721 26 25 03, wineclubokovka@, Czech and international wines in the heart of Prague opened by film directors Jan Hřebejk (Pupendo, Horem pádem) & David Ondřiček (Samo- tári). Large wine list and there is no smoking to mess with the taste buds. QOpen 16.00 - 01.00. G In Your Pocket is now available on all smartphones via our new responsive mobile platform, found at Featuring more than 100 cities across Europe, In Your Pocket Mobile is an invaluable resource which puts our unrivalled content together with the technical capabilities of today’s smartphones. In Your Pocket Mobile allows you to view all venues in a city on a map, quickly showing which are the closest to your current location. Smart filters can be used to ensure that only those places which matter to you are displayed. You can also leave comments about venues, as well as rate them, right in the mobile platform. You can even share your comments with your friends via the most popular social networks. Point your phone’s web browser to now. In Your Pocket Mobile SALUT FRESH RESTAURANT Jablonského 4, Praha 7, MNádraží Holešovice,, The Prague restaurant “Salut” offers guests a pleasant and sensitively furnished environ- ment with a hearth, circular leather cubicles and aquarium. Friends and business partner can sample culinary speci- alities in the hotel restaurant, which offers both Czech and international cuisine. The hotel head chef will provide you with many and varied gastronomic experiences. The wine-list boasts top-class Moravian and foreign wine. QOpen , Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 07:00 - 23:00, Sat 7:30 - 10:30 ,18:00 - 22:00, Sun 7:30 - 10:30. PiKW Italian AromiK-5, Praha 2, Mánesova 78, MJiřího z Poděbrad, tel. (+420) 222 71 32 22,, www.aromi. cz. ‘Simplicity, tradition, passion’ is the Anatevka-like motto of this upmarket Vinohrady’s Italian, but there’s no fiddling on the roof here. At Aromi there’s a compact choice of excellent pasta, meat and fish dishes, complemented by an equally good wine list. As a result, the spacious L-shaped space holds happy locals and expats enjoying the moment. Reservations recommended. QOpen 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00. (95 - 395Kč). PAG Bilkova 13E-2, Praha 1, Bílkova 13, MStaroměstská, tel. +420 224 82 92 54,, A beautiful space with a gorgeous menu, Bilkova 13 is a relaxed, upscale dining experience. Chef Krejci worked many years in Italy and has brought the simple, homemade flavours to Prague. Classic pastas and creative beef dishes are great choices, and be sure to savour the wine list. QOpen 11:00 - 23:00. 140-440 Kč. For more restaurants go to