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Best of Smichov Nightlife, Prague

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Best of Smichov Nightlife, Prague

On the western banks of the river that dissects Prague, the Moldau, is where you’ll find one of the city’s most sought-after holiday accommodation choices in the whole city. Close to the city’s centre and most popular attractions, yet boasting a vibe and life all of its own, Smichov is synonymous with the rags-to-riches history this whole country has undergone in the last two decades. The once industrial hub, now home to big shopping malls, trendy cafes and an infinite array of great restaurants, is a brilliant choice for anyone who wants to see and experience more than just the touristy side of Prague. One of Smichov’s best assets would have to be its vibrant nightlife. This Prague neighbourhood is simply brimming with über-cool pubs, hip clubs, music bars and restaurants-bar-club hybrids; so finding exhilarating ways to spend your nights will be incredibly easy. Book your holiday rental accommodation in Smichov when next in Prague and no matter how much sightseeing you do during the day, make sure you’ve got some energy left to check out the following great joints. Dog’s Bollocks, Nadrazni 82...for a casual, no-fuss pub meal This would have to be one of the funniest pubs in Prague, not least for ...

Experience Pragues Christmas Market from Smichov

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Experience Pragues Christmas Market from Smichov

The Czech Republic has flourished in the past decades, and has emerged as one of Europe’s most sought-after holiday destination. Prague, the gorgeous capital city, has always been favoured among architectural buffs and it’s not hard to resolve why that would be. The sheer number of splendid buildings found in the centre and neighbouring areas are enough to induce a head-spinning euphoria in even the most seasoned of tourists; the maze of cobblestone alleyways, picturesque gardens and grand palaces going a long way to ensuring Prague still remains Central Europe’s most celebrated treasure. While Prague is an exciting and rewarding holiday destination any time of year, visiting in winter gifts a truly unforgettable experience. The city comes alive with a multitude of gorgeous outdoor Christmas markets, and Prague’s stunning streets are further enhanced by the multitude of colourful lights and festive decorations. The most celebrated market, the one held in the Old Town Square, is preceded by a stellar reputation as central Europe’s most authentic and enchanting of all, so book your holiday rental apartment in Smichov, the trendy quarter on the west bank of the Vltava river, and explore a Christmas market worthy of its legendary praise. When to go, what ...

Impossibly Trendy Bars in Stare Mesto, Prague

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Impossibly Trendy Bars in Stare Mesto, Prague

Prague is one exquisite holiday destination for lovers of art, culture and all things beautiful. Long regarded as one of Europe’s most distinguished addresses, Prague offers an almost infinite array of activities and attractions for lone travellers, families and even the more mature tourist. Not to be outdone, the city’s nightlife reflects the eclectic mix of this captivating capital beautifully. Whether it’s relaxing jazz tunes you wish to hear, or the resounding beat of modern Czech dance music, or simply a quiet bar to enjoy a cocktail or two, Prague’s got you covered. The most impressive bars, discos and jazz clubs are found in or near Stare Mesto, the city’s most revered Old Town Centre. Considering the Metro closes at 1am in Prague, you’ll have yet another reason to book your holiday rental apartment in Stare Mesto! Pack your dancing shoes along with your camera and take advantage of all the fun that’s to be had in Prague, long after the sun sets. Following are just a few of our favourite drinking holes we’d love for you to try... Čili Bar, Kožná 8 Praha 1 A stone throw away from the town square in stare Mesto is Čili Bar, an infinitely trendy choice, if ...

Specialty Shopping in Prague’s Stare Mesto

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Specialty Shopping in Prague’s Stare Mesto

Prague’s Old Town Centre, Staré Město is arguably the most outstanding historic city center in Europe. Declared a UNESCO site in 1992, the center used to be walled-in, separated from the outside by a moat and bridge, and dates back to the 9th century. The addition of Baroque and Renaissance architecture over the years has added to the historic importance, and booking Prague holiday apartments in Staré Město is by far your best bet if you wish for a truly authentic Czech experience. Staré Město also offers innumerable chances for specialty shopping. While many internationally renowned brands are found here, it’s the locally made gems which are the town’s most coveted items. Bring home some gorgeous wares from one (or two) of the following shops, and make your Czech vacation an unforgettable one. Dum Porcelanu Praha, Jugoslávská 16 Showcasing some of the Czech Republic’s best porcelain, china and crystal wares, this glorious shop is not for the clumsy-at-hand! Designer products are spread out over two enormous floors and include known brands such as Royal Dux Bohemia, Cesky Porcelan and Haas & Czjzek. Delmas, Lucerna Palace This leather-lover’s paradise comes courtesy of local craftsmen and women. Specializing in handmade-bags from designers of the Pavel Hajn ...

Child friendly attractions in Stare Mesto, Prague

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Child friendly attractions in Stare Mesto, Prague

Prague is not only an ideal location for couples or those in search of culture, there is also plenty for kids to enjoy in the city. Below are some of the child friendly activities in the Stare Mesto area of Prague. Lego Museum Lego has for decades been one of the favourite pastimes for kids, and today is no different. This Lego museum is a great way for children to discover Lego through the years by viewing fantastic Lego constructions, playing with Lego and also having the chance to purchase it. This is the largest Lego museum in the world and boasts a staggering 2,000 unique constructions, each of which will capture your child’s imagination in a different way. Hall of Mirrors If you have been to a hall of mirrors before you will know all about what to expect, but if you haven’t, the idea is that you have to find your way around a maze, with the twist being that all of the walls are made of either see through materials or mirrors. Hours of fun. Ultra Ant Climbing Wall Take your child to this attraction and let them indulge in the instinctive activity of climbing. There are different walls to climb to suit ...

Why I Would Return to Prague by Diane Halliwell

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Why I Would Return to Prague by Diane Halliwell

I went to Prague on a Christmas Market shopping trip, and stayed in a hotel on the outskirts, it’s easy to get around on the metro. The weather was cold and dry, no snow unfortunately as that would have added to the festive atmosphere.The cobbled streets of the old town were filled with wooden market stalls selling traditional Christmas gifts and decorations, hand-painted glass baubles and carved wooden toys. My favourites however were the stalls selling hot glühwein?, and freshly baked sugary dough spirals called Trdlo.I went into the fascinating library in the Klementinum and climbed the 172 steep steps in the Astronomical Tower, well worth the effort for stunning views over the city. From the gallery I took a photo of the Tyn Church, in my opinion the most beautiful building I have ever seen. It's many black spires have windows all the way up them which are illuminated at night, truly stunning.The Charles Bridge over the River Vltava is worth crossing to see the statues that are along both sides, and near one end of the bridge is a museum of torture instruments, although I can't comment if it is worth visiting as I drew the line at ...

The Perfect Prague Weekend for Couples by Kim Manners

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The Perfect Prague Weekend for Couples by Kim Manners

Czech This Beautiful City Out!We had booked a 4-day city break staying 3 nights at a 4 star Superior Hotel in Prague – and what a fabulous way for an introduction to this beautiful city. Ideally situated, our hotel was just a few steps away from the Municipal House and a short walk to Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and Charles Bridge.Prague offers something for everyone with its wide variety of entertainment, galleries, theatres, pubs and restaurants. It’s a city full of rich opulence with an epic history and the cityscape is simply quite stunning. It’s known as ‘the city of 100 spires’. Having over 4000 monuments and 150 places of interests, it was just so difficult to decide how best to spend our time here. The choice was endless so we picked out the most popular sights and decided to go with the flow. We figured the best place to start was Wenceslas Square, one of the two main squares in the city, and one, which offers easy access to all of Prague’s sights and attractions. The square is a vibrant 750 meter-long x 60 meter-wide boulevard that comfortably holds up to 400,000 people. Over the years, ...

Why I would return to Prague by Gillian Clow

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Why I would return to Prague by Gillian Clow

It is impossible to digest Prague’s multi-faceted uniqueness and charm in one quick trip. I visited the fairy tale-esque Czech city the week before Easter last year while I was traveling during my semester abroad, and already I seem to possess an insatiable itch to return. The city’s architecture is quirky and stunning at the same time – from Old Town Square’s astronomical clock tower and the magnificent cathedral overlooking the city, to Frank Gehry’s ultra-modern Dancing House and the faceless baby statues sprinkled throughout a park bordering the Charles River, the city’s countless oddities did nothing but delight me.It is more than just Prague’s diverse architectural gems that captivated me, however, it is everything about Prague culture. After a few days in Prague, I found myself with a continuous craving for a Pilsner (and to pay with their funky currency, the koruna) and an urge to check out the new additions of graffiti on the epic Lennon Wall. Memories of my nights in Prague also leave me feeling nostalgic – and considering I hit up the same club two nights in a row (Chapeau Rouge, Jakubská 2,), I feel a return trip only makes sense so I can see ...

Prague for Opera Buffs

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Prague for Opera Buffs

For lovers of classical music and opera, there is possibly no better destination in Europe than Prague. The capital of the Czech republic has a year-long calendar of concerts and recitals, performed in the gorgeous art nouveau and baroque churches and theatres the city is renowned for. The most famous of these is the Národní divadlo, or National Theatre. This giant early neo-Renaissance edifice embodies Czech identity and national pride. Built (and then re-built) with public donations during a time of cultural and political repression, the laying of its foundation stone was celebrated as the birth of a nation, and today the Národní divadlo is seen as the alma mater of the Czech Republic. The National Theatre’s Opera Ensemble repertoire ranges from classical such as ‘La Traviata’ and ‘Cosi fan tutte’ to ‘Tomorrow There Will Be’, an opera based on the life of Dr. Milada Horáková, a Czech politician executed by the communists. If scheduled, don’t miss a performance of ‘Libuše’. This opera by Bedřich Smetana christened the National Theatre and is seen as the ultimate musical expression of patriotic sentiment. But visiting opera buffs need not just limit themselves to one performance. In keeping with the National Theatre’s ...

Day trips from Prague

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Day trips from Prague

Prague is a wonderful city steeped in history and historical buildings but during your Prague holiday you may wish to go further afield and visit some of the nearby treasures Czechoslovakia has to offer. KARLSTEJN CASTLE & TOWN A trip to Karlstejn Castle is about 45 minutes by train from Prague. It is a majestic castle that was built in the 14th century and well-worth visiting for a day. When you arrive at the castle there is a choice of the 50-minute tour or a 70-minute tour, the latter requires booking in advance. Apart from the castle, Karlstejn town has a good choice of places in which to eat and drink and there is a fine selection of shops. There is also a golf course. KARLOVY VARY Karlovy Vary is a spa town that has been renowned for its curative hot springs since the 14th century. The simplest way to get to Karlovy Vary is the express coach which leaves from Florenc bus station and takes about 2.5 hours. When you reach Karlovy Vary there is much to see although most of it is focussed on the hot springs. Make sure to visit some of the wonderful churches and the local museum. KUTNA HORA Kutna Hora ...

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