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Aussielad
Hiya guys! i have just traveled Europe by my self for the first time ever. Prague was really awsome and theres some places i just wanted to tell u guys about if your thinking of going..

About 200m Down the main Road from Metro stop Muzium is a small but very popular czzech Resturant, I cant remeber the name but it has a challange for a 1kg steak... Eat it in 40 mins and get it free, lose and pay 70 euros. I never took the challange but the food there was Unreal the best food i have ever eaten.
1 meal might cost 500 Crown with a drink... Thats about £10 so its Worth the effort.

Another place was a MASSIVE night club I found in prague it has 5 floors and all different types of music and a Chill out room at the top. Cost 50 crown to get in before 10pm then its 120crown after. Open till 5am and the Drinks are really cheap, Beer is 30crown and Spirts 75 with mixer...

Anyways guys Hope this little bit of Info helps.

Oh and by the way! WATCH YA PASSPORT, i got mine stolen in Prague and it takes ages to find anyone who knows what to do. Police dont even care so best bet is go to Vienna or Berlin!

CHeers Aussielad
whereshegoes
Wow...I wish I had have not gotten evacuated from there. It sounds amazing and Canadians have to get a visa to go there so I haven't tried to go back since the floods of 2002. You sure make it tempting tho....
Jambo
The fact that it is still so inexpensive makes Prague a big drawcard - apart from everything else it has going for it. Like Aussielad said, you can go out for a night on the turps for next to nothing.

And Prague, particularly the touristy centre, is the most expensive part of the Czech Rep. If you get out of the city, prices drop. And if you get across to Slovakia, they are even cheaper. A huge hearty dinner for two with drinks can be had for well under US$10.

I was in Prague earlier this year and it didn't seem too badly affected by the floods, although I'm sure there was a lot of structural damage. The main sights, such as the castle, are on higher ground, and Charles Bridge looked fine.
Starcadius
I am glad to hear peoples opinions and experiences of Prague.
I have been a few times and it was worth it, I am going back in January and looking forward to winter there.
His Royal Monkeyness
imo, prague doesn't deserve the great reputation it has....well, at least not during summer. maybe 5 or 10 years ago, but it's become WAY too touristy. the old city and charles bridge are just swarming with tourists. i have heard that it's a great place to visit in the off-season though. i'll have to try to make it back then and check it out.
cesky krumlov to the south is a great place to chillout. backpacker/touristy but not overrun like prague.

budapest was more expensive than i was expecting. i thought it would be comparable to czech rep, but prices were more like what you'd find in spain or italy (the cheaper places in western europe).
ScottWoz
I'm not sure what the óff-season' is in Prague but I spent a good few days there in March 2003 and had an amazing time. I found the whole place enchanting and walked for miles. I found the outskirts of the city a little unsettling at times with the grafitti, rubbish and shady looking characters appearing from random doorways, but the city itself was superb.

In general I found things really cheap and ate in some excellent restaurants (there's a quaint little Italian restaurant just off one of the side streets of the square by the astronomical clock - an unforgettable place!)

I think Prague's got a hell of a lot to offer, I can't wait to go back there.
whereshegoes
QUOTE(my_lenaptalf @ Jun 13 2006, 03:38 PM) *

thanks for the info. I have only been to Prague once, but I am currently planning for go back next summer(along with Interlaken, Switzerland).


(FYI - graffiti writers are the last people to worry about in Europe.)


Interlaken ROCKS!!! I stayed at the Funny Farm hostel...Great Great Times afro.png
uncle_davros
And everyone goes to Prague. Personally, I prefer Krakow.

Also, the countryside of the Czech Republic is great, but most people only go to Prague, and if they are feeling daring, Cheski Krumlov
Tord
Prague is just so beautiful city.

The big nightclub with 5 floors is called Karlovy Lazne. Biggest nightclub in central europe

I bought a play pass which is a pass for nightlife and day activities and went in Free without queuing. You can buy one at Czech airline shop at the airport or website www.pragueplaypass.com . Has free entry and free drinks to 65 top places. only 19.99 euros

I also went to the sex museum 50% off. Not great but has gadgets smile.gif

I was cheated at the currency exchange.

Took AAA taxi for everything. Has set rates and english drivers. Best tip I can give to anyone visiting.

metro and tram are cheap as well
yenni
Ah, so weird hearing others talking about your city...

Just a note - paying 500 CZK for a meal is ridiculously expensive, on the other hand, sitting in a restaurant on the Old Town Square, having lunch, might have some charms that are worth the money.)

Oh and if some of you is coming to Prague/Czech rep. and need some help/advise or something, you can contact me, I ll try to help you out.
bj_oysterworld
Hiya all!

I have just come back from Prague - I agree that the centre is very crowded in the summer. Being an Italian-speaker, I found it a bit of a surprise exactly how many Italians had decided to risk colder, wetter weather up north! brr.gif But once off Charles Bridge or away from the castle, I really didn't see that many tourists: Vysehre was particularly quiet. Eerily so in fact given the fab views upriver.

That Lakse club is damn good hyper.gif - we just celebrated my friend's stag night there on the recent trip! - but does anyone know of anywhere else that is really good? Red Hot & Blues was OTT americana but the food and music was great in my humble opinion! Cleanhead Phil does amazing original stuff - go check him out!

Next time I do intend to escape the city though - but it will need a lot more time to do so I think. Any opinions on Brno as a city?

Jai
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uncle_davros
Never been to Brno, but I have been to Ceske Budejovice which was great. I also went to Ceske Krumlov, which was good, but I prefered Ceske Budejovice. Home of the original Budvar. Telc was nice so was Tabor. Also, a 45 minute trip on the train is Kutna Hora which has a great Ossary and there is also a tin mine to see

Enjoy
gresty
I live in Prague and the 5 floor club that has been mentioned is the worst club in the city! It has a reputation for just attracting tourists and although the prices arent bad...its terrible.

500kc for a meal would give me a heart attack but if your travelling and can afford it then its worth it. My advice would be get out of the city center and try the excellent restaurants in Zizkov (sklep), Andel and Namesti Miru. Same goes for clubs.

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whereshegoes
I really liked Ceske Krumlov for is charm and great people...

Just make sure you take a rainsuit wink.gif
uncle_davros
QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Sep 7 2006, 08:45 PM) *

I really liked Ceske Krumlov for is charm and great people...

Just make sure you take a rainsuit wink.gif


Why ??? I had lovely weather
will
Interesting thread! I'll be working in southern Poland for a few months, in a small city called Opole. Approx 3hrs from Krakow and 4hrs from Prague. I look forward to seeing both!

But for everything I hear about the Czech republic, no-one ever mentions Slovakia. What's it like there?
whereshegoes
The rainsuit comment refers to me getting evaculated back in Aug 2002...not the norm tho.

Oh and the food is amazing and CHEAP!
uncle_davros
We drove through Slovakia in 98 and the countryside is so beautiful. What is sad though is that generally, people only visit Prague. There are some lovely little towns to see. I found Prague, back in 98, that it was just like being in parts of Germany and was so disappointed with it after having been to Krakow
clintonb
Czech Republic would have to be one of my favourite countries in all of europe (ones i've experienced anyhow). Cheap and enchantingly beautiful! CK is a dream!!! Went river rafting there :-) Oh thats one place i promise to return to. Prague is definatly beautiful in its own way. I too found the character, feel and buildings drawing me in :-) i wanna go back for longer! However i met quite a few people who got pick pocketed there so watch your pockets :-) Also as Prague can be quite touristy at times, wonder off the beaten track, and you'll find more traditional czech restaurants, etc that cost alot less money.

whereshegoes - i too was experiencing flooding in eastern europe in late 2005, but by the look of things it was no where near as bad as what you experienced... The rivers were just chocka's... Interlaken was beautiful, unfortunatly just outside half a dozen towns were heavily damaged by the floods, and having to be rebuilt :-( Actually most of of swiss territory is perfect haha!
whereshegoes
Wow! They had to rebuild!!?!?! That must have been a big one!

They should build a dam or something...you would think they would do SOMETHING!

My friend is from Slovakia...Matt....where are you Matt? Someone wants to know about your countries!
yenni
QUOTE(whereshegoes @ Jan 29 2007, 09:03 PM) *

Wow! They had to rebuild!!?!?! That must have been a big one!

They should build a dam or something...you would think they would do SOMETHING!

My friend is from Slovakia...Matt....where are you Matt? Someone wants to know about your countries!


There are places by the rivers that are REGULARLY flooded every spring, they have always been and they will always be - that is the way nature works. So rather than building dims and destroying even more local ecosystems, I ask why someone does build his summer house on a flood land.

The 2005 floods in Czech Rep. were slightly bigger than the regular ones, but not extremely. And in Prague you couldnt notice them at all.

And the problem is not lack of dims, obviously, but idiotic management of existing ones.
clintonb
Yeah, i didn't really notice it much in Prague, but in Budapest and Switzerland i definitely. The river was running really fast, with lots of tree's and debris coming down the river... And it was only like 1ft from over flowing the river walls to the town - I was thinking this surely was not normal!

When i went canyoning outside of Interlaken, all the towns we went to, the roads were mostly ripped up, shops and residents houses had all construction stuff all throughout and debris once again everywhere. Was sad, but didn't take away from the beauty the country offered.
glendamcd
QUOTE(yenni @ Aug 23 2006, 03:47 PM) *

Ah, so weird hearing others talking about your city...

Just a note - paying 500 CZK for a meal is ridiculously expensive, on the other hand, sitting in a restaurant on the Old Town Square, having lunch, might have some charms that are worth the money.)

Oh and if some of you is coming to Prague/Czech rep. and need some help/advise or something, you can contact me, I ll try to help you out.


\Hi Venni

Thanks for offering to help a future visitor to your home town of Prague.
We are coming to Prague for 3 days Nov 1st 2007. What is the weather like that time of year? Are there any unique festivals during the beginning of November?

Love to hear from you
yenni
QUOTE(glendamcd @ Jan 31 2007, 11:39 PM) *

Hi Venni

Thanks for offering to help a future visitor to your home town of Prague.
We are coming to Prague for 3 days Nov 1st 2007. What is the weather like that time of year? Are there any unique festivals during the beginning of November?

Love to hear from you


I ve send you a private message here on TravelPod.
ippavlova
hi everyone,

Just popped in here and I found it too intriguing not to register and start posting.

Well, haha...I am going to czech soon and want to know if anyone has any experience in camping in the wild. I don't mean the campingsites now but literatelly IN the wild. Is it risky?

And jobs, is it easier now than it was a couple of years back to get a nice little job? (I'd do basically anything except selling my butt) dance3.gif

I am citizen of EU btw.

Cheers, ippavlova
tati
Hi Aussielad:

I am about to embark on a solo voyage through Europe. Prague is DEF on my list! Any recommendations/advice on traveling alone? Bargains? Words of wisdom?

Tati
cheaptraveller
QUOTE(Aussielad @ Sep 27 2005, 12:14 PM) *

Hiya guys! i have just traveled Europe by my self for the first time ever. Prague was really awsome and theres some places i just wanted to tell u guys about if your thinking of going..

About 200m Down the main Road from Metro stop Muzium is a small but very popular czzech Resturant, I cant remeber the name but it has a challange for a 1kg steak... Eat it in 40 mins and get it free, lose and pay 70 euros. I never took the challange but the food there was Unreal the best food i have ever eaten.
1 meal might cost 500 Crown with a drink... Thats about £10 so its Worth the effort.

Another place was a MASSIVE night club I found in prague it has 5 floors and all different types of music and a Chill out room at the top. Cost 50 crown to get in before 10pm then its 120crown after. Open till 5am and the Drinks are really cheap, Beer is 30crown and Spirts 75 with mixer...

Anyways guys Hope this little bit of Info helps.

Oh and by the way! WATCH YA PASSPORT, i got mine stolen in Prague and it takes ages to find anyone who knows what to do. Police dont even care so best bet is go to Vienna or Berlin!

CHeers Aussielad



Hey there, all this info is really cool. About Prague, I think I really need to get my butt going and finally do my bookings, flights and accommodation for this summer.. Anyways..

My good friend stayed in the Old Prague hostel, I hope Ill have a similar good hand as him.

bon voyage.
kitkatgo
I went to Prague and Cesky Krumlov just prior to this past Easter. Thought it was fantastic. I loved the Old Town Square. So much history, and the buildings are gorgeous.

It's true about the prices, the further off the beaten path and away from the touristy streets, the better the prices.

One of my favorite travelling experiences of all time was in Prague...we had met another couple on the train from Berlin to Prague and we went out with them. We went to several places that night, but my favorite was this little cafe called Pode Mostem (hope i got that right) under the Charles Bridge, where we shared a bottle of wine. Ah, the memories.

I would definitely go back to Prague!

~Kit
lar4290
After living in Praha 7 (Holesovice, just north of the bend in the Vltava) while studying abroad in Prague, I can honestly say that it is my favorite city in Europe (though I guess I'm a bit biased). While in East Central Europe, I also had a chance to visit Krakow, Bratislava, and Budapest, as well as other Czech cities and some cities in both NE and SE Germany.

Although Prague is terribly crowded in the summer, I'd still recommend stopping by. Just wandering aimlessly around the streets of Old Town is an amazing experience, especially if you're aware of your surroundings (i.e. for pickpockets) and don't let the crowds get to you. You can see Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and Old Town Square in about half a day. After that, you can escape the intense tourist crowds and see other parts of the city that are less well known, such as Troja Chateau (by the zoo, north of Stromovka Park and the 2nd Vltava bend), a beautiful summer home which now houses 19th century art, and Veletržní Palace, the section of the National Gallery which houses the modern art collection. Fittingly, it is in a communist-style building in a quiet neighborhood in Holesovice. I'd also highly recommend to art fans the riverfront St. Agnes' Convent, which has the Medieval collection of the National Gallery. Strahov Monastery with its incredible library the Loreto are well worth visits if you're looking to avoid the massive crowds of Old Town and Castle Hill (there still will be some tourists in those areas, however). If you enjoy nature, I'd recommend Letna Park, which has nice views, especially at night to Old Town across the river, as well as any of the Islands in the Vltava. For everyone, Petrin, a hill overlooking the city with a minature replica of the Eifel Tower, is a can't miss. Make sure to go on a clear day because the views are incredible.

If crowds aren't your thing, I'd encourage you to explore Moravia. Its capital, Brno, is quite a pleasant city and a good point from which you can go on many day trips. Brno actually reminds me a little of Bratislava, but without all the modern art and without the Communist bloc feel. The nearby Moravsky Kras region has tons of underground caves and rivers. It was honestly one of my favorite things I did in the entire region.

Even though Cesky Krumlov (in Bohemia about 3 hours south of Prague) is beautiful, it is also becoming quite crowded and touristy. If you venture further east, however, you'll discover many hidden treasures, where most of the tourists are Czech school groups rather than Americans and Aussies. I'd highly recommend Kroměříž, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was the seat of an Archbishop. Today you can visit the Archbishop's palace, gardens, and wine cellars (which for centuries made the Communion wine for most of Eastern Europe). Another UNESCO site in Southern Moravia is Lednice, where there is a castle from the House of Liechtenstein (that family used to rule most of the Czech Republic before the Habsburgs). A beautiful English-style garden with a Minaret surrounds the palace.

I've noticed that there have been a lot of comparisons to other East Central European cities as well, so I might as well throw in my two cents. Bratislava was alright. I just took the night bus down one evening, arriving at around 7am, and spent an entire day there, taking the night bus back at midnight. After about 6 hours hanging around old town, I was already bored and retracing my footsteps. I ended up sitting on one of the benches in the lovely tree-lined area by the national theatre and reading for three or four hours. I did enjoy looking at the random modern art statues around the city, though. I was highly looking forward to visiting Budapest because I'd heard wonderful things about the "Paris of the East". I found the city dull and gloomy. The Castle Hill wasn't nearly as pretty as that of Prague and the city was much more polluted, almost giving it a hazy appearance. The Turkish-style baths that we'd looked forward to visiting were disappointing. They were terribly overcrowded and reminded me more of an American amusement park than the other hot steam baths I've visited in Eucador and Japan. I would, however, highly recommend Krakow, easily one of my top five European cities (number two to Prague in this region). It had a young and exciting vibe with an upbeat shopping district and lively nightlife. Market Square had a great feel to it, though it was crowded and touristy. I'd highly recommend visiting Kazimierz, the Jewish district, which is about a 15 minute walk from the ring-street inner city. It is a sobering experience, but I feel like learning at least a little about the Jewish history of Poland is a must if you're there.

Hope this was at least somewhat helpful! Feel free to look at my travel blog or e-mail me if you have any questions or want Prague suggestions!
always113
Hey Will, Are you still in Opole, Poland?? I am an American here and I dont know anyone new : )



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