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The best of the best that Prague has to offer.

Attractions Eating Out History Key Areas Nightlife City Map

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FEATURE

The All-New Misch Masch Club

Veletržní 61, Prague 7-Holešovice. Tel.: +420 603 272 227. www.mischmasch.cz hanks to a refreshing new management strategy, the all-new Misch Masch club can now be considered as one of the top clubs in The Czech Republic. The club is situated in a former cinema and gym in the Prague 7 District (very close to the city centre by taxi and public transport) and is divided into two parts – The dance Zone and a second zone which concentrates on RNB, Soul, Pop and The Oldies. State of the art lighting and sound systems combined with talented DJs and scintillating theme nights make it a paradise for party people.

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RUS. Благодаря свежей улучшенной стратегии управления, новый клуб Misch Masch теперь можнo назвать одним из лучших клубов в Чехии.

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Клуб расположен в здании бывшего кинотеатра и тренажерного зала в районе Прага 7 (очень близко к центру города на такси и общественном транспорте) и делится на две части: первая-танцпол, и вторая-зона, в которой играют RNB, Soul, Pop и Oldies. Световые эффекты и звуковая система в комбинации с талантливыми ди-джеями и частые тематические вечеринки превращают клуб в рай для тех, кто любит повеселиться. GER. Dank einer erfrischend neuen Management-Strategie, kann der neue Misch Masch Klub nun als einer der Top-Klubs in der Tschechischen Republik bezeichnet werden. Der Klub befindet sich in einem ehemaligen Kino und Fitnessstudio im Bezirk Prag 7 (sehr nahe an der Innenstadt mit dem Taxi und öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zu erreichen) und ist in zwei Teile geteilt - die Tanzzone und eine zweite Zone, die sich auf RNB, Soul, Pop und Oldies konzentriert. Die modernsten Licht- und Soundsysteme zusammen mit talentierten DJs und faszinierenden Themenabenden machen den Klub zu einem Paradies für Partygänger. In association with:


WELCOME

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Welcome to Prague

elcome to the sixth edition of 'Prague Night and Day', the newest and most essential guide for fashionable visitors to the Czech capital. The Heart Of Europe. The City Of 100 Spires. The Golden City - Just some of the nicknames Prague has acquired over the ages, but one thing remains constant - This truly is one of the world’s unique cities and very few other destinations provide such beauty and diversity. Whether you are 18 or 80, Prague has something for everyone. And our aim is to help them find it. The concept of our magazine is simple. We want you to get the most out of your trip to the Czech capital, and our hope is that this publication will help in some way to make your visit more memorable. We will try to inform you about everything you need to know and everywhere you need to go. If something inside our 4

magazine assists, surprises, raises an eyebrow, or creates a smile, then our job has been done. As many of you are probably aware, ‘Prague Night & Day’ is only one of many guides and maps you will find in the city, but unlike many others, we have only featured places that we have actually visited and we have tried to list all the venues which made a positive impact on our team. We don’t believe in ‘seedy’ and ‘sleazy’. We prefer to concentrate on ‘chic and sophisticated’. Our magazine is available in over 100 venues including hotels (3-star+), bars, clubs and information bureaus, so it shouldn't be hard to find us We sincerely hope that you enjoy your stay in Prague this summer and we also hope that you will in some way enjoy reading Prague Night & Day. Stay safe and play safe and never hesitate to contact us about any aspect of the magazine. Prague Night & Day staff In association with:


Contents

Prague Night & Day Facts & info

6 Essential Information What you need to know 34 Prague Airport The renaming of Ruzyne 36 Map A useful city map 72 Getting Around Public transport in the city

Places

11 Prague Castle The biggest castle in the world! 14 Buildings & Monuments Prague’s stunning architecture

CONTENTS

Summer 2012

Lifestyle

19 Fancy A Flutter Prague’s best casinos 20 Eating Out Restaurants we have visited 38 Health & Wellness Get pampered in Prague 42 Shopping Summer shopping in the city

Entertainment

10 Attractions What to see and do in the city 54 Cafes & Bars The venues we have visited 66 Naughty Prague Only for the adults!

About Us:

Prague Night & Day is published by DW Publishing s.r.o; Staroměstské náměstí 10, Prague 1. The magazine is produced four times per year.

Crew:

Directors: Carlo Divito & Neil Wilson. Company Manager: Jitka Wilson. Office Manager: Maria Gulitskaya

Contact details:

Tel.: +420 222 311 001 . Mobile: +420 732 268 881; Email: info@dwpublishing.eu.

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25.000 copies of the magazine are printed every three months, and when we say 25.000 – we mean 25.000. Our magazine can be found in the bedrooms and lobbies of more than 130 hotels in Prague’s City Centre. If your hotel wishes to distribute our magazine, please contact us. Prague Night & Day is a registered trade name and publication. Neither the trading name, nor the format or the content may be reproduced. All rights reserved.

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Essential Information

Currency The main currency in Czech Republic is Czech Crown (Ceska Koruna) which is represented by the Czech symbol ‘Kc’ and the international symbol ‘CZK’. The currency is made up of coins with values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK; and bank notes with values of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK. At the time of print, one Euro was worth just over 24 CZK. Foreign Currency In some of the bigger and more touristic bars, restaurants and shops, payment in Euro, British Pounds or Dollars is accepted. Language The official language is of course Czech, a very beautiful, yet quite difficult to learn Slavic language. Telephone Country code: +420. There is no area code, because it is already included in every local telephone number.

TourisT Traps

Like every other city in the world, there are certain things which visitors must look out for, and also certain things that prove to be very annoying. Check out the text below: Exchanging Money - Never exchange money from people on the streets. These people are constantly trying to con travellers with outrageous rates and counterfeit money. Also be careful when changing your money in exchange offices and find out exactly how much you are getting before you pass your money over. Some can be rip-offs. We thoroughly recommend that you use the Alfa Exchange Office and you can see more details about their service on the next page. Taxis – Some taxis have a terrible reputation for ripping people off. Don’t go 6

post The Main Post Office is located at Jindřišká 14, Prague 1 and is open every day from 02.00-24.00.Web: www.cpost.cz. Tipping The general consensus, and indeed it has also been our strategy since we have been here is to leave a 10% tip. Emergency free phone numbers 150 - Fire Department 155 - Medical Emergency 156 - City Police 158 - Police Operators speak mostly Czech, so better to ask someone to explain your problem instead of you talking to them directly. pharmacy A pharmacy, which is available around the clock, can be found by calling: +420 224 946 982. Address: Palackého 720/5, Praha 1. with private cabs. To be safe, go with the AAA cabs. (+420 222 333 222). They are a reputable company and have ranks in most of the main tourist areas. pickpocketing: This is one of Prague's most common crimes. Don't underestimate Prague pickpockets and don't think you can outsmart them. Many of them are highly skilled "professionals". Never leave your wallet lying free on a table or anywhere else. Best to keep it in a closed pocket. over-priced bills: Some places view foreign customers as easy prey for a rip-off. They may add a 20% commission on your bill for no reason at all, or can also add a service charge which they invent themselves and it can be as high as 40%. Always check your bill and ask if you have a question about it. In association with:


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Make Your Money Go Further

One of the biggest concerns for visitors to Prague is how and where to change their money and these concerns are justified, as there are many exchange offices which are nothing short of being rip-off merchants. Thankfully, there is also an exchange office which offers fairness, good value and reliability. Alfa Prague is without doubt the city’s best exchange office and we urge all readers of this magazine to change their money with Alfa. Their offices are located on Na Příkopě Street 23 (inside the Panska Passage between T-Mobile and Salamander) and they have a second office which can be found outside Palladium Shopping Center. Machen Sie etwas aus ihrem Geld Einer der größten Sorgen von PragBesuchern gehört der Frage, wie und wo Geld umgetauscht werden kann, und diese Sorge ist auch gerechtfertigt, da viele Betreiber von Wechselstuben Abzocker sind. Glücklicherweise gibt es auch faire, preiswerte und zuverlässige Wechselstuben. Alfa Prag ist ohne Zweifel die beste Wechselstube der Stadt. Daher

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Alfa Prague

empfehlen wir allen Lesern dieses Magazins ihr Geld mit Alfa zu wechseln. Die Filialen befinden sich in der Straße Na Příkopě 23 (innerhalb der Panska Passage zwischen T-Mobile und Salamander) sowie außerhalb des Palladium Shopping Centers.

Одной из самых больших проблем для туристов в Праге где и как менять деньги, и эти опасения оправданы, так как есть много обменных пунктов, которые являются не чем иным, как грабежом покупателя. К счастью, в городе есть пункт обмена валюты, который предлагает хорошее и справедливое соотношение цены и надежности. Альфа-Прага, без сомнения, лучший обменный пункт в городе, и мы настоятельно рекомендуем всем читателям этого журнала менять свои деньги с Alfa. Их офисы расположены на улице Na Příkopě 23 (внутри пассажа Panska между TMobile и Salamander), так же у них есть второй офис, который можно найти снаружи торгового центра Palladium.


Hertz Car Rental Hertz are famed all over the world for their quality, reliability and professionalism, and it’s no different in Prague, where Hertz have established themselves as the Nr.1 car rental company. They invite visitors to “enjoy their freedom”, by renting a car, so that you can explore by yourself and in your own time, without being limited by timetables. They also offer free delivery to hotels within 15km of a Hertz location. For reservations, you can call them at: +420 225 345 031, or ask your hotel concierge. Hertz steht weltweit für Qualität, Zuverlässigkeit und Professionalität, und in Prag, wo sich der Autovermieter als die Nr.1 etabliert hat, ist es nicht anders. Hertz lädt Besucher dazu ein mit einem Mietwagen die „Freiheit zu genießen” und die Stadt selber zu erkunden - wann immer sie wollen und ohne zeitliche Beschränkungen oder Zeitpläne.

INFO Zum Angebot gehört auch die freie Anlieferung zum Hotel innerhalb von 15 km zur nächsten Hertz Filiale. Reservierungen können unter +420 225 345 031 entgegengenommen werden, oder fragen sie Ihren Hotelportier.

Компания Hertz славится по всему миру своим качеством, надежностью и профессионализмом,и в Праге она не является исключением. Тут Hertz зарекомендовали себя как компания по прокату автомобилей № 1. Они предлагают своим клиентам "наслаждаться своей свободой" арендовав автомобиль, так что бы Вы в свое свободное время, не будучи ограниченным расписанием могли действовать самостоятельно. Они также предлагают бесплатную доставку в гостиницы в пределах 15 км от Hertz. Для бронирования, Вы можете связаться с ними по телефону: +420 225 345 031, или попросить на рецепции отеля.

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ne of the greatest attractions of this unique city is in fact the entire city. You are probably asking yourself, what do we

mean by that? Well, simply take a stroll around the Old and New Towns and Josefov, and you will see exactly what we mean, because attractions can be found around every corner of this visually stunning city, and one of the greatest pleasures a visitor can have is to walk aimlessly around and admire the continuous beauty. There are of course various individual and special attractions which are essential to see and experience and with spring in the air, they become even more memorable. Prague Castle and Charles Bridge are musts, as is the famous Astronomical Clock – Add in the famous monuments, churches, architectural wonders, gardens and parks and 10

Seeing & Doing

you have a sightseeing extravaganza. Trust us a camera is an essential tool, and an organised tour can also be an essential attraction, and we recommend the Prague All-Inclusive Tour and you can find more details on this tour on page 12. Prague is also a cultural paradise brimming with theatres offering drama, ballet opera, musicals, black light productions and much more. Add in the countless museums and exhibitions along with other attractions like Prague’s vastly improved zoo and some wonderful casinos, and there is absolutely no reason for boredom in this wonderful city. In this section of the magazine, we look at some of the city’s biggest and best attractions, as well as some of the hidden gems which can also increase knowledge and awareness. Enjoy the sights! In association with:


The Castle Of All Castles Prague castle

Hradčany, 119 08 Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 373 368 Prague Castle (Pražský hrad) is the most visited attraction in the city. The Castle was most likely founded around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty (Přemyslovci). According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m². A UNESCO World Heritage site, it consists of a large-scale composition of palaces and ecclesiastical buildings of various architectural styles, from Roman-style buildings from the 10th century through to Gothic modifications in the 14th century. The castle has three courtyards and really is huge, so allow yourself at least a few hours when visiting and if you want to explore it in depth, a couple of days may be needed. Since its creation, the castle transformed itself from a wooden fortress surrounded by earthen bulwarks to the imposing form it has today. It is the castle where the Kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman Emperors and presidents of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic have had their offices. The Bohemian Crown Jewels are kept there. Buildings and gardens inside the palace include: The Chapel of the Holy Cross (Kaple sv. Kříže); The Spanish Hall (Španělský sál); St Vitus Cathedral (Katedrála Sv. Víta); Old Royal Palace (Starý Královský Palác); Mihulka Powder Tower (Prašná věž); Convent of St George (Klášter Sv. Jiří); Basilika of St George (Bazilika Sv. Jiří); Lobkowicz Palace (Lobkovický palác); Schwarzenberg Palace (Švancenberský palác); Archbishp's Palace (Arcibiskupský palác); Dalibor Tower (Daliborka), Golden Lane (Zlatá ulička); Sternberg Palace (Šternberský palác); Černín Palace (Černínský palác); The Loreta (Loreta); The Royal Garden (Královská zahrada); Paradise Garden (Rajská zahrada).

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OPENING TIMES & PRICES: The Castle is open daily from 5.00 - 24.00 in the summer season (April 1 - October 31) and from 6.00 - 23.00 in the winter season (November 1 March 31). Historical monuments are open daily from 9.00 - 17.00 in the summer season and from 9.00 - 16.00 in the winter season. The Changing of the Guard ceremony by the Castle gates takes place every hour. At noon it also includes a fanfare and the flag ceremony in the First Courtyard. A long visit ticket is 350 CZK and 700 CZK for families. A short visit is 250 CZK and 500 CZK for families.

GETTING THERE: Option 1: Take tram No. 22 to stop Pražský hrad, turn left and in 5 minutes you reach the 2nd Courtyard of Prague Castle. Option 2: Take metro-line A(green) to station Malostranská, then follow the tram No. 22, after 100 metres turn left to the Old Castle Stairs and climb the steps up to the gate Na Opyši. In association with:

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Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Refreshments are served on board. In total, there are almost 40 sites which are visited during the tour and these sights are split into four geographical sections which are: The Prague Castle Complex, The Lesser Town Area, The Old Town Area and The Jewish Quarter. Included among the sights you will visit are: Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Lobkowitz Palace, Prague Castle Gardens, Nerudova Street, St. Nicholas Church, Infant Jesus Prague, Lennon's Wall, Kampa Island, Charles Bridge, Old Town Bridge Tower, The Astronomical Clock, The Powder Gate, Tyn Church,The Old Jewish Cemetery, Former Jewish Town Hall and the Spanish Synagogue The tour is conducted in three different languages DAiLY in EnGLisH AT 10:00, 11;00 & 13:00 HRS on a daily basis, English at DAiLY in sPAnisH AT 10:00 HRS 10.00 am, 11:00 am and 13:00 hrs, Spanish at 10:00 DAiLY in GErMAn AT 11:00 HRS am and German at 11:00 DAiLY in itALiAn AT 11:00 HRS am. You can order this tour by calling + 420 777 BOAT TRIP-36MAJOR SIGHTS-MEDIEVAL RESTAURANT 070 783 and they will pick HOTEL PICK-UP you up at your hotel or if you are staying close to Old ALL For JUst 1.200 cZK Town Square and you BOOKINGS & PICK UP SERVICE: + 420 777 070 783 would like to take a short walk, you can join the tour directly at the Meeting Point, which is at the The tour itself lasts six hours and includes Astronomical Clock on Old Town Square. The pick-up at your hotel; transfer to Prague Castle entire package including all the previously by an air-conditioned mini-bus; lunch at a mentioned perks costs only 1.200 CZK and medieval restaurant; a 40-minute boat trip with truly is great value for money. refreshments on board; a map of the city; a photo-CD; and 50% discount in Prague’s finest They also offer other tours on booking ghost tour, ‘Cloak and Dagger’. basis like the Prague Castle & Cathedral Tour; The Jewish Synagogues & Cemetery Tour; The The afore mentioned medieval restaurant Nazism & Holocaust In Prague Tour; The Old dates from the 15th century and is a one-off Town & Jewish Quarter Tour; The experience that you won’t forget. Vegetarians Communism In Prague Tour; Cloak and Dagger are also catered for. After lunch you are invited Ghost Tour; and the Prague Venice Boat Tour. to take a stroll through Lesser Town and then For more details on all of these tours, visit their enjoy a beautiful 40-minute boat trip which website at: www.prague-walkingtours.com offers different perspectives to attractions like 12 One of the biggest complaints we hear from visitors to Prague is that they didn’t have enough time to take in all the sights, and with so much to see, it’s understandable. For those of you who don’t want to fall into the same category as the afore mentioned visitors, the solution is simple – Take your place on the Prague All-Inclusive Tour and see it all! The city had long been crying out for a tour like this, provided it was organised in the right way, and we can safely say that the hard work, professionalism and enthusiasm of the organisers ensure that the Prague All-Inclusive Tours is ran exactly how it should be. All of their guides are licensed, ensuring that guests get precise and accurate information.

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Buildings, Monuments & structures The bridge is 516 meters long and nearly 10 meters wide, resting on 16 arches shielded by ice guards. It is protected by three bridge towers, two of them on the Lesser Quarter side and the third one on the Old Town side. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, originally erected around 1700 but now all replaced by replicas. They depict various saints and patron saints venerated at that time.

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Astronomical Clock Old Town Square The Prague Astronomical Clock (Prague Orloj) is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square and is a popular tourist attraction. The Clock is made up of of three main components: the astronomical dial; "The Walk of the Apostles"( a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures); and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. The oldest part of the Clock, dates back to 1410. The four figures flanking the clock are set in motion every hour and are usually greeted by hundreds of camera-armed tourists. The figures represent four things that were despised at the time of the clock's making – among them vanity, greed and death.

Charles Bridge The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a famous, historic and beautiful bridge that crosses the Vltava River. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. 14

Old Town Square - Malostranské náměstí 1/16, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 221 714 444 The Beautiful St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square is one of the most important High Baroque building in Prague. It was completed in 1735 and replaced a parish church, mentioned in records dating back as early as 1273. The bell Tower is around 65 metres high and is accessible to the public. This bell tower was also the last ‘warning tower’ in Prague and was used to warn people of fire. During Communist times, the tower was used as an observation point by the Secret Service. It is a stunning sight on a sunny day or when it is illuminted at night.

Vyšehrad Castle V Pevnosti 5b Vyšehrad, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 241 410 348 Vyšehrad Castle is Prague's second castle and sits perched high above the Vltava River and is the home of legend and myth. It was here that Princess Libuse, the wise daughter of a local ruler foresaw the future of Prague, as a great city. It is commonly known as the birthplace of Prague and was built in the 10th century. Situated within the castle is the Basilica of St Peter and St Paul, as well as the Vyšehrad Cemetery, containing the remains of many famous people from Czech history. Some of the original statues of Charles Bridge are also kept there. The easiest way to get here is to take the Prague metro (C line) to Vyšehrad station and follow the signs. In association with:


Inventive, Vibrant & Entertaining Life is Life Black Light Production By Carlo Divito You know the feeling you get after watching David Copperfield, David Blaine or Yuri Geller? That’s the feeling I experienced after watching the ultra-impressive Life is Life Black Light production which is hosted by Divaldo Metro at Národní třída 25 (Prague 1). It truly was one of those moments when you think to yourself “how can that be possible?”, but unlike the afore mentioned world famous illusionists, the cast of Life Is Life actually let you in on the secret. When the show concludes, they explain all the tricks of their trade during an impressive workshop. Indeed, they are the only Black Light Theatre group in Prague which reveals these secrets......and we are not telling! The entire evening of mystery and intrigue was excellently complimented by quality lighting, energetic dance routines and a great choice of music, while the audience participation added humour to a highly-entertaining creation. The performance connects several

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principles of black theatre into one non-verbal performance. It is a mixture of basic threedimensional black theatre, comedy and pantomime. Black Light Theatre, or simply Black Theatre, is a performance style characterised by the use of black box theatre augmented by black light illusion. It originated in Asia and can be found in many places around the world. It has become a speciality of Prague, where many theatres use it. However, quantity does not equal quality and many of the productions tend to be disappointing. That sentiment can not be shared when talking about Life Is Life, because this truly was the finest of all the Black Light productions we have witnessed in Prague. It is highly recommended for people of all ages. The show takes place almost every day. Check their website at www.divadlometro.cz for more details. Show duration is 80 minutes without interval. The theatre can be found on Národní třída in Prague City Centre. See our map for more details about location.

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Prague Ink Dlouha 18, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 721 991 565. www.pragueink.cz There’s just something about going on a trip abroad and returning home with a new tattoo. We hear the story so many times, and if extra body –art is something you want from your

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Miscellaneous Attractions holiday, then make your way to The Czech Republic’s best tattoo Studio – ‘Prague Ink’, which can be found just off Old Town Square on Dlouha Street. These guys don’t just have a reputation for being the best in their homeland, but they are also widely regarded as one of the best in Europe. The cool and friendly staff will put you at ease and make you feel comfortable and ensure it will be as painless as possible. In most cases they offer better value than you get in your own country and in almost all cases, better quality than you would find at home.

Petřín Hill Petřínské sady, Prague 1. www.petrinska-rozhledna.cz Tel.: +420 724 911 497 The Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna) on top of Petrin Hill is a 60 metre


AttrActions high steel framework tower which strongly resembles the Eiffel Tower. It was built in 1891. Today it is a major tourist attraction. If you go up the hard way, the hill is roughly a half-hour walk. However, the hill is served by a frequent funicular (cable car) and the tower has an elevator for disabled persons. On clear days, the tower offers a good view of the Prague skyline. It is open from 10am to 7-10pm every day from April to October.

Lennon Wall Velkopřevorské náměstí, Malá Strana. Once a normal wall, The Lennon Wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles songs since the 80s and is now a popular tourist attraction. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime. The wall continuously undergoes change and the original portrait of Lennon is long lost under layers of new paint.

National Museum Wenceslas Square 1700/68, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 497 111 The National museum (Czech: Národní muzeum) is an institution intended to systematically establish, prepare and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections. At present the National Museum houses almost 14 million items from the area of natural history, history, arts, music and librarianship, located in tens of buildings.

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More Attractions deals with the five main subjects during the turbulent 20th century history of Czechoslovakia. The National Museum of Prague has also added a new café with a viewing platform on the roof that provides gorgeous views of Prague.

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Prague Zoo U Trojského zámku 3/120, Prague 7. Tel.: +420 296 112 230 Web.: www.zoopraha.cz Prague Zoo was founded in 1931. The zoo occupies 45 hectares and houses about 4,600 animals that represent 630 species from all around the world. Prague Zoological Garden has contributed significantly to saving the Przewalski horse. For many years it was the biggest breeder of the species in the world. In 2008 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague Zoo among the world's best zoos. The zoo is open from 9am to 7pm during June, July and August and from 9am to 6pm in September. Admission for adults is 150 CZK; for children it’s 100 CZK and families get in for 450 CZK.

Located in the grounds of Prague Castle Saint Vitus' Cathedral (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Prague, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country. Perhaps the most outstanding place in the cathedral is the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, where the relics of the saint are kept. The room was built by Peter Parler between 1344 and 1364 and has a ribbed vault. The lower part of the walls are wonderfully decorated with over 1300 semi-precious stones and paintings about the Passion of Christ dating from the original decoration of the chapel in 1372-1373. The Bohemian Coronation Jewels are also kept here.

Vitkov Memorial U Památníku 1900, Prague 3. Tel.: +420 222 781 676 Perched atop the city of Prague and opened to the public in 2009 after an extensive renovation, is the Vitkov memorial and the massive equestrian statue with Jan Žižka, the one-eyed warrior proudly overlooking the city of Prague. A new permanent exhibit called Crossroads of Czech and Czechoslovak Statehood can be viewed there. The exhibit 18

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Fancy A Flutter ? Banco Casino

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Na Příkopě 27, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 967 371. www.banco-casino.cz Grandly situated in the heart of Prague, Banco Casino offers something for everyone whether you have travelled to the city for pleasure and are looking for a place to relax and enjoy some of the more traditional table games, or wish to impress your clients and business associates with a taste of extravagance and luxury. The Casino can be found at the heart of the famous Na Příkopě Street. The building that houses Banco Casino is located on the historically significant border between the Old and New Towns and is located on the 18th most expensive street in the world today.

Hotel Kings Court, U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 267 177. www.vegas-casino.cz One of the city´s newest casinos and its rapidly gaining a reputation for being one of the best, thanks to an excellent selection of traditional table games and some of the most high-tech slots which you will find anywhere. Another thing which separates Casino Vegas from the rest is the friendly and helpful service. Too many times, casino staff can make guests feel uncomfortable and wary, but this is not the case at Casino Vegas, as the handpicked employees know exactly how to cater for your needs.

Grossartig gelegen im Herzen von Prag bietet BANCO CASINO etwas fuer Jederman - ob Sie nur zum Vergnuegen in die Stadt gereist sind und einen Platz zum enspannen mit traditionellen Tischspielen suchen, oder aber Ihre Klienten und Geschaefftspartner mit dem Geschmack des extravaganten und luxurioesem beeindrucken wollen. Das Casino findet man im Herzen der beruehmten Na Prikope Strasse.

Eines der neuesten Casinos. Den schnell gewonnenen Ruf, eines der Besten zu sein, verdankt es der excellenten Auswahl an traditionellen Tischspielen und einigen der modernsten Slot-Maschinen die Sie nirgendwo sonst finden. Eine weitere Sache die VEGAS CASINO von anderen unterscheidet ist der freundliche und hilfsbereite Service.

Великолепно расположенное в сердце Праги, Казино «Банко» найдет что п��едложить каждому и тому, кто приехал ради удовольствия и ищет место, где можно отдохнуть и насладиться традиционными карточными играми, и тому, кто хочет произвести впечатление на клиентов или деловых партнеров со вкусом экстравагантности и роскоши. Казино находится на знаменитой улице На Пршикопе.

Одно из недавно открывшихся казино, но уже быстро завоевывающее себе репутацию лучшего, благодаря превосходному выбору традиционных настольных игр и новейших игровых автоматов, которые Вы не найдете больше нигде. Еще одна черта, которая отличает Казино «Вегас» от остальных – это дружелюбное и предупредительное обслуживание. In association with:

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raditional Czech food is not exactly what one would call healthy or dietary, however it goes perfectly with Czech beer and there some really delicious dishes. The cuisine has been influenced by the cuisines of surrounding countries, and is marked by a strong emphasis on meat dishes. Pork is probably the most popular meat, while beef and chicken are also common. Goose, duck, rabbit and wild game are also served in several restaurants. Fish isn’t so popular with the locals, with the exception of fresh trout and carp, which is traditionally served at Christmas. As a side-dish, boiled and sliced dumplings are one of the mainstays of Czech cuisine and are quite often served with meals. Among the most popular Czech dishes are: Roast pork with dumplings and Sauerkraut (pečené vepřové s knedlíky a se zelím); 20

Marinated beef sirloin (svíčková na smetaně) which comrpises of pickled roast beef, served with a cream topping and a teaspoon of cranberry compote; traditional beef goulash, even though it basically belongs to traditional Hungarian cuisine. There are countless traditional Czech restaurants in Prague and many of them are ran and sponsored by some of the large beer breweries. Some are excellent and some only average. Visitors should also keep an eye out for the lunch specials (normally served between 12 and 3pm) provided by such restaurants as they tend to be much cheaper. If the Czech dishes don’t tickle your fancy, there is no need to worry, because Prague boasts some top quality international restaurants, some of which have been featured in the pages which follow. Every restaurant featured has been visited by us at least twice to ensure you get reliable information. In association with:


Be Surprised ! China Fusion

Vodičkova 41, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 946 268. www.china-fusion.cz This place offers Prague’s best fusion of traditionally Chinese and modern European gastronomy. For us, it is quite simply the finest Chinese restaurant in the city, and is definitely worth a visit. All the dishes are prepared from traditional and original ingredients and only the freshest produce is used. They also offer a wide variety of Asian drinks, along with French, Chilean and Moravian wines. The restaurant’s interior is stunning and the service is excellent. It can be found in the Gallery of the Světozor Passage on Vodičkova Street. Dieses Restaurant bietet Prags beste Mischung aus traditioneller chinesischer und moderner europaeischer Gastronomie. Fuer uns ist es einfach das feinste

EATING OUT chinesische Restaurant der Stadt und definitiv einen Besuch wert. Alle Gerichte werden mit traditionellen Zutaten zubereitet und nur die frischesten Produkte werden dazu benutzt. Auch wird eine grosse Variante an asiatische Getraenke zusammen mit franzoesischen, chilenischen und moravischen Weinen angeboten. В этом заведении Вы найдете лучшее в Праге сочетание традиционной китайской и современной европейской гастрономий. Это лучший китайский ресторан в городе, и его определенно стоит посетить. Все блюда приготовлены из традиционных и оригинальных ингредиентов, при этом используются только самые свежие продукты. К вашему вниманию также будет предоставлен широкий ассортимент азиатских напитков, наряду с французскими, чилийскими и моравскими винами.

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Unique In Every Way! EATING OUT

Na Příkopě 22, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 451 771. www.millhouse-sushi.cz Unique to Prague, Millhouse Sushi is a modern Japanese Sushi bar, complete with conveyor belt. Be amazed, as mouth-watering varieties of Sushi, salads and drinks pass before your eyes allowing you to choose freely from whatever tempts you. The restaurant also offers a selection of hot dishes such as tempura, noodles and grill, all of which are delicious. Prices are extremely competitive considering the quality on offer, while the restaurant itself boasts a modern and chic interior. It can be found in the Slovanský dům Centre on the famous Na Příkopě Street.

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Sie moegen. Das Restaurant bietet ebenso eine grosse Auswahl an warmen Gerichten, wie Tempura, Nudeln und gegrilltes, welche alle koestlich sind. Единственное в своем роде заведение в Праге, «Миллхаус Суши» – современный японский суши-бар, оснащенный суши-конвейером. Вы придете в восторг, когда аппетитные, всевозможные суши, салаты и напитки будут представать перед вашими глазами, давая вам возможность свободно выбрать то, что вам понравилось. Ресторан также предлагает варианты из деликатесных горячих блюд, таких как темпура, лапша и гриль.

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TGI Friday’s Prague

And please keep an eye out for the previously mentiomned theme nights. In the past we have attended events such as Ladies Night and Mojito Madness, both of which were funfilled and exciting. The credo of T.G.I. Friday’s is to treat every customer as they would an honoured guest in their home, and it’s no different in the Czech capital as the hand-picked staff go out of their way to ensure your visit is a memorable one. They offer all the renowned favourites such as dishes from the Jack Daniels grill, legendary burgers and scrumptious appetizers. The cocktails in the Prague branches are also superb. Opening hours: Mon - Thurs:11:00 ammidnight; Fri - Sat:11:00 am-1:00 am; Sun:11:00 am-midnight.

Nádražní 110, Prague 5. Tel.: +420 257 286 261 Na Příkopě 27, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 967 228 Karlova 20, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 221 419 www.tgifridays.cz We all know the name, we all love what they offer. Thank God it’s available every day in Prague! Visits to foreign countries can always hold certain fears and anxieties and sometimes it’s just comforting to know exactly what you are getting. Sometimes a familiar sight can be a relief. Sometimes, its just good to know that there is a TGI Friday’s closeby. Having visited several TGI Friday’s throughout Europe, we can safely say that all have left a different impressions on us – and we can safely say that the impression made by the three Prague outlets was positive and memorable. In Prague they offer something different, whether it be through their wonderful theme nights and parties or through the quality of the food and service, or through the various special offers they present. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

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T.G.I. Friday´s Restaurantkette war eine der Ersten Amerikanischen Denierketten und bietet eine Essenserfahrung die seit 1965 Millionen begeistert. Das Erste Restaurant wurde in New York eroeffnet. Seitdem ist T.G.I. Friday's Weltbekannt, und die Prager Filiale ist auch sehr beliebt. Gelegen in der beruehmten Na Prikope Strasse werden alle Favorieten wie Gerichte vom Jack Daniels Grill, legendaere Burger und schmackhafte Appetizer angeboten. Die Cocktails sind in dieser Filialie auch superb und so ist der Service. Сеть ресторанов T.G.I. Friday’s – одна из первых американских casual dining сетей, услуги который стали популярным развлечением для миллионов людей с момента открытия сети в 1965 году. Первый ресторан был расположен в Нью-Йорке. С тех пор сеть ресторанов T.G.I. Friday’s приобрела известность по всему миру. Не стал исключением и филиал в Праге, пользующийся огромной популярностью. Расположенный на знаменитой улице На Пршикопе, он предлагает все излюбленные блюда, такие как меню Jack Daniels grill, легендарные бургеры и восхитительные закуски. Коктейли в Пражском филиале великолепны, также как и обслуживание. In association with:


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Old Town Square 20, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 421 160 www.bilykonicek.cz Jazz clubs and restaurants are numerous in Prague. Unfortunately, in both cases, quantity does not equal quality, but thankfully, we have found a place which offers both superb music and wonderful dining under one roof and the combination is an absolute joy to behold. The place in question is Jazz & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček which can be found in the heart of Old Town Square (almost opposite the Astronomical Clock). The restaurant and jazz/blues club are housed in the medieval cellars of one of Prague’s oldest buildings ‘U zlatého jednorožce’, which in the past has hosted names such as Frank Zappa and Barbra Streisand. The 12th century building

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is the perfect setting for this unique musical and gastronomical experience. Under the guidance of renowned head chef Martin Opršal, the restaurant serves mouthwatering Czech and international cuisine with a seasonal theme. All meals prepared from high quality ingredients. The wine list also boasts a local and international theme and is impressive to say the least. On the musical side of things, the Jazz & Blues Lounge is one of the main stages in Prague and attracts the best Czech and foreign artists, all of whom produce extraordinary performances. In short, this is a must-go venue. Highly recommended. In Prag gibt es unzählige Jazz Klubs und Restaurants. Leider ist Quantität nicht mit Qualität gleichzusetzen, aber zum Glück haben wir einen Ort gefunden, an dem man beides unter einem Dach bekommt hervorragende Musik und ausgezeichnetes Essen, In association with:


Bílý Koníček Under One Roof”

eine Kombination die das Herz erfreut. Der Ort über den wir reden nennt sich Jazz & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček. Er befindet sich im Herzen des Altstadtrings (fast gegenüber der Altstädter Astronomischen Uhr). Das Restaurant und der Jazz/Blues Klub befinden sich in den mittelalterlichen Kellern eines der ältesten Gebäude Prags „U zlatého jednorožce“, und hat in der Vergangenheit Größen wie Frank Zappa und Barbra Streisand bewirtet. Unter der Leitung des renommierten Küchenchefs Martin Opršal serviert das Restaurant köstliche tschechische und internationale Küche mit einem saisonalen Angebot. Alle Gerichte sind aus hochwertigen Zutaten zubereitet. Die beeindruckende Weinkarte bietet auch lokale und internationale Weine. На сегодняшний день в Праге существует огромное количество джаз клубов и ресторанов. К

EATING OUT сожалению, в обоих случаях, количество не всегда соответствует качеству, но, к счастью, мы нашли место, которое совмещает под одной крышей превосходную музыку и восхитительную кухню, и эта комбинация позволяет Вам насладиться вечером в полной мере. Находится Jazz & Blues Restaurant Bílý Koníček прямо в центре Староместской площади (почти напротив астрономических часов). Ресторане и джаз / блюз-клуб расположен в средневековых подвалах одного из старейших пражских зданий ‘U Zlatého jednorožce’, которое в прошлом принимало в своих стенах таких людей, как Фрэнк Заппа и Барбра Стрейзанд. Под руководством известного шеф-повара Мартина Опршала, в ресторане подают невероятно аппетитные блюда чешской и международной кухни. Все готовят из высококачественных ингредиентов. Винная карта предлагает Вам выбор местных и международных, которые, мягко говоря, впечатляют своим разнообразием.

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Restaurant Peklo Strahovské nádvoří 1, Prague 1 Hradčany Tel.: +420 220 516 652. www.peklo.com A unique restaurant in the remarkable setting of a 12th century grotto, Peklo (translated as Inferno) will win you over with delicious meals, fine service and an environment which is unique to the city. The

heart of Old Town and offers beautiful views onto the Spanish Synagogue. Their coffee and desserts are also mouth-watering, the service is excellent and a VIP room is available to rent.

Bakeshop

delicious cuisine and professional service are complimented at weekends with the performance of a live jazz band. The restaurant also offers an excellent collection of French, Italian, South American and Moravian wines. The restaurant is ideal for occasions such as: a romantic dinner for two, company parties, dinner parties, weddings and banquets.

Kozí 1, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 316 823 A unique bakery which was started in 1998, Bakeshop is hugely popular among locals and tourists. They are renowned for their delicious cheesecakes and trust us when we tell you that the carrot cake is also amazing. Various other pastries and cakes are also available and the coffee is first class. Bakeshop also offer various savoury dishes making it the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. Excellent management and friendly service further enhances this excellent venue. Open daily from 7am.

Nostress Dušní 10, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 317 007 As the name would suggest, you can leave your stress behind you by paying a visit to this excellent restaurant which excels in FrenchAsian cuisine. Nostress can be found in the 28

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The City’s Finest French Cuisine

Týnská  ulička 3. Tel.: +420 224 810 750; +420 775 572 570 ‘Le Saint Tropez’ may be one of the city’s newest restaurants, but it can already be described as one of the city’s best! At ‘Le Saint Tropez’, the difference is in the taste. Situated just off Old Town Square on Týnská ulička (a small road/alley which can be found behind Old Town Square and to the left of the famous Týn Church), the restaurant opened its doors last February and has been gaining rave reviews from a huge number of food aficienados. Unlike many other ‘so called’French restaurants, the management of Le Saint Tropez actually hail from France. The director owns multiple restaurants in the Saint Tropez region itself, while the award-winning head chef also hails from the south of France. Guests are invited to tantalise their taste-buds courtesy of a mouth-watering menu which includes a number of delicious seafood and meat dishes, not forgetting French favourites such as L’escargot. The dessert menu also inspires and as you would expect from a top French restaurant, the wine list is extensive and oozes quality. Combine all this with some of the finest service you can witness in Prague and a cosy and chic interior and you have the perfect recipe for an evening of unforgettable French delight. They are also open for lunch. Bon Apetit! „Le Saint Tropez“ mag zwar eines der neuesten Restaurants der Stadt sein, aber es kann schon jetzt als eines der Besten bezeichnet werden! Im „Le Saint Tropez“ liegt der Unterschied im Geschmack. Das Restaurant befindet sich in der Nähe des

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Altstädter Rings in Týnská ulička (eine kleine Straße / Gasse, die sich hinter dem Altstädter Ring und auf der linken Seite der berühmten Teynkirche befindet). Das Restaurant hat seine Türen im vergangenen Februar geöffnet und ausgesprochen positive Kritiken von einer großen Anzahl von Gourmets bekommen. Im Gegensatz zu vielen “sogenannten“ französischen Restaurants stammt das Management von „Le Saint Tropez“ tatsächlich aus Frankreich. Der Direktor besitzt selber mehrere Restaurants in der Region Saint Tropez, und der preisgekrönte Küchenchef stammt ebenfalls aus dem Süden Frankreichs. Die Gäste können ihren Gaumen mit köstlichen Menüs verwöhnen, die Ihnen das Wasser im Munde zusammenlaufen lassen, darunter Fischund Fleischgerichte inklusive Französischer Favoriten wie L'escargot. Die Dessertkarte inspiriert ebenso wie die umfangreiche Weinkarte von erlesener Qualität, ganz so wie man das von einem französischen Spitzen-Restaurant erwarten würde. Kombinieren Sie dies mit einer der besten Bedienungen, die Sie in Prag finden werden zusammen mit gemütlichen und eleganten Räumen und Sie haben das perfekte Rezept für einen unvergesslichen Abend voller Französischer Freuden. Das Restaurant hat auch mittags geöffnet. Bon Apetit!

"Le Saint Tropez" является, возможно, одним из новейших ресторанов города, но его уже сейчас можно назвать одним из лучших! Расположенный недалеко от Старомнестской площади на Týnská ulička, ресторан открыл свои двери в феврале этого года и уже успел получить огромное количество восторженных отзывов от поклонников вкусно приготовленной еды. Директор кроме всего прочего владеет несколькими ресторанами прямо в Сен-Тропе,а шеф-повар,обладатель множества высоких наград, сам родом с юга Франции. Гостям предлагается побаловать свои вкусовые рецепторы блюдами из шикарного меню, которое включает в себя ряд блюд из морепродуктов и мяса, не забывая о традиционных французских деликатесах, таких как улитки. Они также открыты для обедов. In association with:


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Dukelských hrdinů 696/43. Tel.: +420 233 931 003 http://www.potrefenahusa7.cz If sampling local Czech cuisine is high on your list of priorities, then look no further than the all-new Potrefená husa 7 Restaurant, which can be found at Dukelských hrdinů 696/43 in Prague 7 (close to Veletržní Palace and the National Gallery). We had been hearing positive reviews about Potrefená husa 7 in recent months, and after visiting the restaurant, it can safely be said that those positive comments were accurate. The restaurant is spread over two floors and has a seating capacity of around 200. The layout and interior are extremely pleasing to the eye and further enhance this trendy and unique dining experience. The food itself is top notch and the same can be said about the service. They also offer a wide range of draft beers, and can cater for special group occasions such as birthday parties, graduation parties and bachelor parties. Chances are that once you try this place, you will be going back again and again. Wenn ein kulinarischer Ausflug in die lokale tschechische Küche ganz oben auf Ihrer Prioritätenliste steht, dann suchen Sie nicht weiter als bis zum brandneuen Restaurant Potrefená Husa 7, welches Sie in der Straße Dukelských hrdinů 696/43 in Prag 7

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Czech Cuisine At Its Best! finden können, in der Nähe der National-Gallerie im Messepalast (Veletržní palác). In den letzten Monaten haben wir viele positive Beurteilungen über Potrefená Husa 7 gehört, und man kann mit Sicherheit sagen, dass diese Einschätzungen zutreffen. Das zweietagige Restaurant bietet Sitzplätze für 200 Gäste. Das Design und die Ausstattung sind ausgesprochen ansprechend und bereichern die moderne und einmalige Dinner-Erfahrung. Das Essen und der Service sind erstklassig. Zum Angebot gehören eine große Auswahl an Fassbieren sowie die Möglichkeit, das Restaurant für besondere Gruppenanlässe wie Geburtstagsfeiern, Abschlussfeiern und Junggesellenabschiede zu reservieren. Wenn Sie einmal dort gewesen sind, werden Sie höchstwahrscheinlich immer wieder dorthin zurückkehren wollen.

Если блюда местной чешской кухни занимают важное место в списке Ваших приоритетов, то дальше можете не искать-это есть в полностью новом ресторане Potrefená Husa 7, который можно найти на Dukelských hrdinů 696/43 на Праге 7 (рядом с Veletržní Palace и Национальнoй галереей) В последние месяцы мы слышали множество положительных отзывов о Potrefená Husa 7, и лично посетив ресторан, сами смогли убедиться, что все эти позитивные отзывыправда. Ресторан расположен на двух этажах и вмещает около 200 человек. Планировка и интерьер очень комфортныe для глаз и на протяжении всего вечера помогают Вам в полной мере насладиться ужином в этом уникальном и модном заведении. Одна только еда в ресторане находится на высшем уровне, не говоря уже о сервисе. Он также предлагают широкий ассортимент разливного пива. Ресторан идеально подходит для празднования дней рождений, выпускных вечеров, мальчишников. Вероятнее всего, что однажды посетив это место, Вы будете возвращаться сюда снова и снова. In association with:


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Prague Airport To Be Renamed In Honour Of Havel

rague/Ruzyne International Airport will be renamed ‘Vaclav Havel Airport’, with the formal name change scheduled for October 5th, the date of the former Czech President’s birthday. The airport is currently making preparations for the renaming, including modifying the airport logo and readying changes to the markings on buildings, press materials, reports etc. The Czech Republic was in mourning following Havel’s passing last December. He was a much loved global figure and within hours his death was met with numerous tributes, including from U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Polish President Lech Wałęsa. Havel was a Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician. He was the ninth and last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. He was voted 4th in Prospect magazine's 2005 global poll of the world's top 100 intellectuals. At the time of his death he was Chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation. He was the founder of the 34

VIZE 97 Foundation and the principal organizer of the Forum 2000 annual global conference. Havel was one of the signatories of the Charter 77 manifesto, a founding signatory of the Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism and a council member of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. Havel received many recognitions, including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Gandhi Peace Prize, the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, the Order of Canada, the freedom medal of the Four Freedoms Award, and the Ambassador of Conscience Award. It is fitting that Prague’s International Airport should be called after him.

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Health & Wellness

ith so much to see and do, and so many routes to walk, Prague is a city that can be draining both physically and mentally, so its fitting that the Czech capital has an excellent health and wellness scene. You will no doubt notice the huge number of Massage parlours in the city centre. Quantity does not always equal quality and we are happy to reccomend the Nam Jai Massage salon for those who are in need of losing their aches and pains or hold a need to feel relaxed. The city also offers various health spas where guests can comfort themselves with jacuzzi-whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and various other devices. The city and indeed the country is also famed for its professional but extremely cheap dental services, and countless English-speaking 38

dentists can be found online. The ladies may also be interested in manicures and pedicures and once again, the standard in Prague is at a high level, and the prices are most likely cheaper than what you would find at home. The same can be said for hair-dressers. If total relaxation is what you are after, then a trip outside Prague may be what you need, because the country is renowned for its natural spring wells and healing waters. The most famous of these places outside the capital is Karlova Vary which lies in West Bohemia at the confluence of the Teplå River and the Ohře River. It boasts centuries-proven thermal baths and drinking cures as well as modern methods of cryotherapy, floating, laser therapy, etc. In association with:


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itness and physical exercise have become a healthy addiction for so many people in recent years. They are things that something many individuals cannot do without and perhaps that’s why we are so often asked the question: Where can I find a good gym in Prague? The answer is very simple, because the best fitness centres in the Czech capital are those ran by ‘World Class Fitness’ and the good news is that they also cater for short-term visitors. Two of their centres can be found in the heart of the city centre at Wenceslas Square 22 and in the Millennium Plaza at V Celnici 10. The third gym is situated in Chodov, Prague 4. The people at World Class believe that exercise should result in more than just beautiful shapes. They believe that your body is your temple, and needs to be tended to in the best manner possible. World Class International is Europe's most comprehensive fitness network as it offers everything within the field of individual and corporate health and fitness. Members and guests are guaranteed the highest quality in service and instructions within a safe and friendly club environment. The company's international staff consists of some of the world's most skilled group training instructors and advisors in strength training. World Class International is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and has health and fitness clubs throughout Europe and the Middle East. Log onto their impressive website at www.worldclass.cz (also with English version) for more details about the services they offer. The contact details for Prague’s three World Class Fitness Centres are as follows: Health Academy V Celnici 10, č.p. 1028Millennium Plaza, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 319 570. www.worldclass.cz. Fitness Center Wenceslas Václavské náměstí 22, Prague 1.Tel.: +420 224 282 899. www.worldclass.cz.

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Fitness Center Chodov V Parku 2308/8, Prague 4. Tel.: +420 272 912 530. www.worldclass.cz.

Salon YES VISAGE Mánesova 217, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 776 707 707 www.yesvisage.cz

Salon Yes Visage was the first non-invasive esthetic clinic, laser treatments and body loosing centre in this country. Effectively and safely they promote character and beautify skin without using surgery. They offer comprehensive services such as liposuction, cavitation, facelifts and the removal of moles, scars, stretch marks, and cellulite. Luxury Lashes eyelash extensions, wrinkle removal and skin rejuvenation are also available.

Solárium Fitness BBC Vinohradská 190, Prague 3, Tel.: +420 255 710 277 http://www.fitnessbbc.cz Those of you wishing to top up your tan while in Prague should pay a visit to Solarium BBC which can be found just outside the city centre on Vinohradská Street. They offer the newest state of the art solariums and all the essential pre-sunbed and post-sunbed creams and lotions that you need. The studior itself is a modern and stylish venue which doubles up as a fitness centre offering facilities such as aerobics, yoga, zumba, ADK, cycling etc. In association with:

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Hot Crew

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Hairstyling Has Never Been So Hot! Prag ist das jedoch anders, da sich die Herren hier von sexy bekleideten Hairstylisten stylen und verwöhnen lassen können. Der Salon in der Nähe des Nationaltheaters ist ein modernes und elegantes Studio mit modernsten Produkten und super Ausstattung. Alle Stylisten sind vollständig zertifizierte Fachleute, die den neuesten weltweiten Trends der Haar-Styling-Geschäfte folgen. Hier bekommt man mehr als nur einen Haarschnitt. Das bezaubernde Hot Crew Personal bietet weiteren Luxus, so kann man sich neben Kopf- und Handmassagen, Rasuren und Augenbrauen-Gestaltungen u.A. mit einem Paraffin Hand-Wachs-Umschlag verwöhnen lassen.

V Jirchářích 12, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 725 972 484. www.hotcrew.cz For most men, a visit to the hairdresser is nothing to get very excited about. In fact many guys view it as a monotonous chore. That isn’t the case at the unique Hot Crew salon in Prague, where gentlemen can get styled and pampered by sexy lingerie-clad hair stylists. Situated close to the National Theatre at, the modern and chic studio boasts state of the art products and equipment. All the stylists are fully certified professionals who follow the latest world trends in the hair-styling business. Their objective is to give the modern man a professional performance which oozes intimacy and enchantment. It’s much more than just a hair-cut as the beautiful staff at Hot Crew also offer luxuries such as head and hand massages, shaving, eyebrow contour and a paraffin hand-waxing among other things. They also offer a high-speed WiFi connection to satisfy your e-needs and your palate is also catered for with a selction of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. In short, it’s an experience to remember, so go on, give your hair the heavenly touch. Für die meisten Männer ist ein Besuch beim Friseur nicht besonders aufregend. In der Tat sehen es viele Männer eher als eine lästige Pflicht an. Im Falle des wohl einzigartigen Hot Crew Salons in

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Для большинства мужчин, визит к парикмахеру не представляет из себя ничего особенного. Более того, большинство из них и вовсе считают это монотонной рутиной. Уникальный салон в Праге Hot Crew - не тот случай. Это место, где мужчины получат потрясающую стрижку и рекомендации стилистов, одетых в невероятно сексуальное женское нижнее белье. Расположен салон рядом с Национальным театром, а шикарная современная студия может похвастаться лучшим оборудованием и продуктами стайлинга. Все стилисты салона являются сертифицированными специалистами, которые постоянно следят за последними мировыми тенденциями в парикмахерском бизнесе. Их целью является дать современному человеку возможность насладиться работой профессионалов, полной завораживающей интимности и очарования. Это намного больше, чем просто стрижка, так как прекрасный персонал салона Hot Crew предлагаeт роскошные услуги, такие как массаж рук и головы, бритье, формирование контура бровей и депиляция рук парафином и многое другое. В Hot Crew имеется высокоскоростной WiFi, на случай если Вам понадобится интернет. В салоне Вам предоставят широкий выбор как безалкогольных, так и алкогольных напитков на любой вкус. Вкратце - это незабываемый опыт на всю жизнь, так что подарите себе и своим волосам прикосновение рая. In association with:


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Shop Until You Drop!

Palladium Shopping mall

nám. Republiky 1, Prague 1. www.palladiumpraha.cz PALLADIUM is the largest one-stop shopping destination in the centre of Prague with 180 shops, 20 restaurants, bars and cafés. It offers a wide selection of popular fashion brands (adidas, C&A, Calvin Klein, Esprit, Guess, H&M, Lacoste, Levi’s, Marks & Spencer, Tom Tailor, etc.), a supermarket and many specialty food shops, a bookstore, drugstores and various services including banks, ATM machines and a currency exchange. In PALLADIUM you can find a variety of cuisines from all over the world: over 10 themed restaurants (Asian, Czech, French, Indian or Italian), fast food restaurants (Burger King, KFC, McDonald´s, etc.) and cafés and bars to fulfil your culinary cravings. PALLADIUM is not only a shopping mall, but also a building with a unique architecture that combines the historical with the modern. Impressive architecture and a pleasurable ambiance make shopping here a real experience! 42

PALLADIUM is open 7 days a week from 9 am. PALLADIUM ist das groessteShopping Center - im Stadtztentrum Prags, mit 180 Geschaeften und mehr als 20 Restaurants, Bars und Cafes. PALLADIUM ist aussserdem ein Gebaeude mit einer einzigartigen Architektur, die erhaltene historische Elemente mit modernem Design und neuester Technik kombiniert. Sie finden das PALLADIUM direkt in der Innenstadt am beruehmten. Platz der Repulik. Die Geschaefte sind 7 Tage in der Woche ab 9:00 Uhr geoeffnet. «ПАЛЛАДИУМ» – пункт назначения для любителей шопинга и развлечений в одном месте и в центре города. К вашим услугам 180 магазинов, 20 ресторанов, баров и кафе. Само здание Торгового центра «ПАЛЛАДИУМ» уникально своей архитектурой, в которой сочетаются исторические и современные черты. Вы легко найдете его в деловой части города на знаменитой Площади Республики. Это пражский ответ московскому ГУМу. In association with:


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Halada Pařížská 7, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 311 868 Halada represents a sense of beauty, strength and passion to experience all that life brings. A family jewellery, whose success is built on traditional values, mutual understanding and an ability to inspire.

Space Lacoste Na Příkopě 16. Tel.: +420 224 232 536. www.lacoste.cz A lifestyle brand which allies elegance and comfort. The Prague store is regarded as one of Europe’s best in terms of style and service. Check out the new ´Unconventional Chic Men´ collection.

Bogner Outlet Michalská 19, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 731 620 713 www.bogner-fashion.cz

Vezenska 6,Prague 1 If designer-gear flicks your switch, then the Space retail outlet on Vezenska Street (200m from Old Town Square) is a must-go place. Everything about this intimate outlet is cool and happening, and you will be delighted when you see the prices they are charging for some of the world’s top fashion labels. Included among these labels are brands such as American Vintage,Golden Goose, HTC Hollywood Trading Company, Anniel,Humanoid, Alternative, MyT-Shirt, Ivana Mentlova and many more.

The balance of sports and luxury. A commitment to clear, timeless and international design. From sportswear to evening wear; handbags to fragrances. Quality service in a quality location. In association with:

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esidents of non-EU countries can save large amounts on their shopping purchases by claiming back a tax refund. This refund ensures that a bargain can be found in almost every shop in Prague. In order to be eligible for a VAT refund you must reside outside the country in which you are making your purchases. You are only eligible for a VAT refund if you spend a minimum amount in one store on the same day. Be sure to ask inside the store for details about how much the minimum amount is. The following steps must be followed: Step 1: Ask the shop assistant for a Tax Free refund voucher and complete this form in the store. Step 2: Upon leaving Czech Republic, present your purchased goods, passport, shopping receipt and the tax free form you filled out whilst purchasing your product. Make sure you have this form stamped by Customs. 44

Step 3: Claiming your refund. Ways of claiming your refund vary from company to company, but most tax free companies suggest that you post your stamped form to them and you should subsequently receive a refund direct to your credit card or bank account. There is also the possibility of presenting your stamped form to a tax free company’s cash refund location (normally anywhere in the world) for an instant cash refund. The questions is often asked: what goods are eligible for a tax refund scheme and the simplest way to answer this is by stating that the tax free schemes can be used for any taxable goods that are exported for personal use. Calculating your refund is quite simple. The VAT rate in Czech Republic is 20%, so if a dress is displayed at €100, including VAT, then the VAT amounts to €16.50. (Dress price: €83.5 + 20% VAT = €100.) The refund amount will thus be €16.50, minus a small handling fee.


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THE JOYS OF UNGELT

f there is another city in Europe with more passageways and alleys which lead to hidden treasures, then we have yet to find it. Time and again, Prague’s narrow cobbled walkways can lead to surprising areas of beauty. One such example is the area known as Ungelt (Týn Courtyard) which can be found directly behind the famous Týn Church, and is a district of the city which is definitely worth visiting, whether it be for a simple stroll, a relaxing afternoon beverage, a memorable dinner, or a night on the town. Archaeological discoveries suggest the area was founded in the 12th century and at that time, it was separated from the surrounding town by a trench. Back then, it was also a place where European and Asian merchants paid taxes on the goods they brought into Prague. They would meet at Ungelt, store their goods and relax. The goods brought by these merchants were declared as ‘Um Geld’ and this led to the 46

current name of Ungelt, which is also the German word for ‘customs’. There was also a time when it was known as ‘The Cheerful Courtyard’, a name adopted because of the cheerful and lively atmosphere which could be enjoyed in the area, as the merchants used to drink and be merry while telling stories of their current and past adventures. At that time, Ungelt hosted a large storehouse, horse stables, merchant houses, a hospital and The Church Of The Virgin Mary, the Church which stood where Týn Cathedral now stands. Ungelt flourished even more in the 14th century era of Charles IV and Wenceslas IV, but in the centuries which followed, Prague’s customs system lost its importance, Ungelt declined and became a complex of dilapidated buildings where poor citizens dwelled. Thankfully, it was later restored and reopened in 1996, and is now one of the most beautiful and entertaining districts in Prague. In the pages which follow, we look at some of our favourite places in the area. In association with:


FEATURE Hotel Metamorphis Malá Štupartská 5, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 771 011. www.metamorphis.cz A luxurious hotel with a historical background, Metamorphis offers quality accommodation in a fantastic location. The hotel is housed inside the building formerly known as “The Blue House” and it contains the original Eastern Gate of the Ungelt area which was used by international merchants from as early as the 12th century. The underground part of the hotel (which now houses Vabene Restaurant) is also steeped in history and the ceiling also includes the original parquet from 1689.

grown hugely in popularity. The fajáns technique was perfected by the masters of Moorish Spain in the 15th century and the pieces are renowned for their shine, colours and floral and lace patterns. Apart from decorated fajáns, Vanya also produces figural sculptures, mostly inspired by childlike fairytales.

Ungelt Jazz Club

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Týn-Týnská ulička. Tel.: +420 234 767 787. www.jazzungelt.cz There are numerous jazz clubs in Prague, but unfortunately quantity does not always equally quality. Thankfully, we have discovered

Fajáns - Majolica Týn 4. Tel.: +420 224 815 728 Pottery lovers will be in their element at the Fajáns Majolica shop which can be found in Ungelt and offers stunning pieces from artist Juraj Vanya. Fajáns - Majolica is a decorative pottery which is double baked and in recent times has In association with:

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FEATURE Jazz Club Ungelt, a historic venue which offers top quality entertainment in a truly friendly atmosphere. Ungelt is a family business which has been operating since 2000 and their goal is to offer a unique and memorable experience for all visitors. Top Czech and international performers take to the stage nightly with the emphasis on jazz, blues, rock, funk and fusion. Included among the acts are Blues band Luboše Andršta who twice played with the legendary BB King. Excellent local and international cuisine is also served. The venue also boasts an attractive summer garden which offers stunning views of the famous Týn Church. They cater for smokers and non-smokers.

The restaurant is divided into two parts, namely the ground floor (which also boasts a fantastic outdoor terrace) and the gothic cellar. The menu is composed of Italian specialities with an emphasis on salads, pastas, pizzas and steaks, and their home-made desserts are to die for. They also boast an excellent selection of wines and beers. Vabene is also open for a breakfast buffet from 7.30am and they also cater for wedding parties and formal lunches and offer excellent conference packages.

Indian Jewel Týn 6. Prague 1. Tel.: 222 310 156www.indianjewel.cz Ungelt also plays host to one of the city’s best Indian restaurants, ‘Indian Jewel’, so if you like things spicy, then this is the place for you. The menu is impressive with an array of lamb, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes, all of which are prepared by Indian chefs and served up by traditional Indian waiters. The restaurant also offers lunch and dinner specials at fantastic prices and they also provide a beautiful summer garden allowing you to enjoy your meal while watching the ‘World Of Ungelt’ pass by.

Restaurant Vabene Malá Štupartská 5, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 827 777. www.vabene.cz One of the finest and best-value Italian restaurants you will find in Prague, Vabene is situated inside a historical house which dates back to the 12th century when the Ungelt area was used by merchants from all over the world. 48

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The Dubliner Irish Pub Tyn 1 – Ungelt, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 895 404. www.aulddubliner.cz Question.: What is one of the most irritating aspects of Prague bars? Answer.: The service.....just ask any of the city’s expats! Too many times, the simple words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ are swapped for a rude grunt or a look of disapproval and after a while, it becomes extremely annoying. Thankfully, some bars understand the importance of customer service and The Dubliner Irish Pub puts it top of their list. Situated in Tyn Courtyard, just 100m from Old Town Square their welcoming approach combined with a non-stop search for perfection has ensured their status is secure among the elite of Prague’s cafes and bars. Once you sample their delights, you will almost certainly return for more. The homemade food is simply delicious and there is something to tickle everyone’s fancy on the extensive menu. Visitors can choose from international dishes like gourmet hamburgers, chicken wings and nachos or they can also go for traditional favourites such as fish & chips, bangers and mash or Irish stew. Full Irish breakfast is also served daily. The spacious venue also hosts live music from Thursday to Sunday, when a selection of excellent international artists and

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bands take to the stage. The Dubliner is also a landmark pub to watch the best live sporting action. There are two big screens, multiple plasma screens and they have all the necessary satellite equipment to ensure your game is screened. Other perks include a beautiful summer garden which offers stunning views of Týn Church, a pool table, Happy Hours, and live music which takes place nightly from Thursday to Sunday. All in all, The Dubliner is a superb place to go, day or night.

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Next Stop Karlovy Vary ?

he spa town of Karlovy Vary truly is one of the world’s unique places and very few other destinations provide such beauty and fascination. Whether you are 18 or 80, Karlovy Vary is always appealing. In August 1370, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor gave city privileges to Karlovy Vary, the place that subsequently was named after him. According to legend, Charles supposedly used water from one of the famed springs to successfully treat a leg injury and subsequently convinced himself about the curative power of the waters. Amazed by this, he demanded that a town be built around the miraculous spring. By the early 20th century Carlsbad (Karlovy Vary) was the most famous spa town in Europe and boasted a booming tourism and it remains extremely popular today. For most people, the biggest attractions of 50

Karlovy Vary are of course the spas and springs, but when you have had your fill of pampering and treatments, there are plenty of other ways to ensure that your trip to this unique town is fully enjoyed. The stunning architectural brilliance which has gone into the creation of the beautiful buildings and churches will delight your eyes while the many museums will enlighten your mind and ensure you leave with a much greater knowledge about this unique location. And make sure you are armed with a camera, because it really is an essential tool. Karlovy Vary is also a cultural paradise brimming with theatres offering the best in local, national and international music and drama. And there are of course the spas and springs, which have to be seen and experienced to be believed. A truly remarkable location. In association with:


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Pupp Casino Club Grand Hotel Pupp, Mirove nam. 2, Tel.: +420 353 224 157, http://www.czechcasinos.cz The Pupp Casino Club is located in the internationally renowned Grand Hotel Pupp. The casino offers games such as American Roulette, Blackjack and Russian Poker and also boasts a wide variety of Slots. It is open daily from 8pm to 4am and identification is required before entering. Major credit cards are accepted and the gaming currency is CZK.

Jan Becher Museum T.G.Masaryka 57. Tel.: +420 353 170 177. www.becherovka.cz See It, Smell It, Taste It! Becherovka is one of the best known products of Karlovy Vary. Learn basics on the history, manufacturing, and storage of the liqueur. See historical objects and a short instructional film. Tours are organized for individuals and groups in several different languages. Open daily from 9am until 5pm.

Salon Monet I.P. Pavlova 2001/11 (Inside Thermal Hotel) Tel.: +420 775 294 045 Salon "Monet" offers a sophisticated method of permanent makeup, which involves a unique and very sensitive technique of micropigmentation of the skin. Included among their other many services are: mesotherapy, pedicures and manicures and permanent make up. They also offer the sale of professional products for use at home. The Monet salon is located at the Hotel Thermal.

Billiard Club Kolmรก 13-19. Tel.: +420 353 305 111 Spa Hotel Schlosspark hosts an excellent Billiard Club which includes its own lounge and waiting staff. With a hand-cut, 12-inch redwood billiard table, fortepiano and summer terrace, the Billiard Club is the perfect place for private meetings and celebrations. Hours of fun can be experienced in this excellent location.

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The Opera Bar Nová louka 2053/11. Tel.: +420 353 102 111 The Opera Bar and cafe keeps the Viennese coffeehouse tradition alive by serving up specialty coffees and Austrian pastries and cakes in the old Viennese coffeehouse tradition. The venue boasts a beautiful warm interior which is highlighted by a library and a stunning white grand piano. Opera Bar is housed in the Dvorak Hotel.

Restaurant Pizzeria Capri Stará Louka 42. Tel.: +420 353 236 090 www.pizzeriacapri.cz Fish lovers will adore the treats on offer at Pizzeria Capri, a restaurant which has been serving Karlovy Vary visitors for 13 years. The grilled crawfish, lobster and brill have delighted our taste-buds in the past and will do so again in the near future. Live music can be heard every night and the venue also offers some of the finest coffee in the town.

Steak – Pizza - Grill "James" Vřídelní ulice 134/51, Tel.: +420 774 488 339 If modern international cuisine is what you are looking for, then a visit to Steakhouse – Grill – Pizzeria ‘James’ is highly recommended. One of Europe’s top modern-cuisine chefs serves up an array of grilled meat and fish delights with one of the highlights being the exclusive Crab dish which is served on a big plate and stuffed with pineapple and spaghetti frute de mare......absolutely delicious!

Restaurant Karel IV Zámecký vrch 431/2. Tel.: +420 775 757 068 Visitors to Restaurant Karel IV can enjoy delicious traditional Czech cuisine, as well as some mouth-watering international dishes in a setting of huge historical significance. The restaurant truly is the perfect place to dine during the summer season, as the outdoor terrace offers stunning views of the town.

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FEATURE The following is a list of the hotels which we recommend in Karlovy Vary.

Moskevský Dvůr, Sadová 24, Tel.: 353 239 611 Mozart, Stará Louka 18, Tel.: 353 436 111 Olympia, Divadelní nám. 5, Tel.: 353 599 111 Ontario, Zamecky Vrch 20, Tel.: 353 222 091

Ambiente, Moravská 1a, Tel.: 353 365 111

Palacký, Stará Louka 40, Tel.: 353 222 544

Aqua Marina, Vřídelní 3, Tel.: 353 303 300

Palatin, Lázeňská 10, Tel.: 353 304 111

Aura Palace, Moravská 2a, Tel.: 353 169 500

Petr, Vřídelní 15, Tel.: 353 540 716

Boston, Luční Vrch 9, Tel.: 353 362 711

Praga, Sadová 49, Tel.: 353 228 900

Chebský Dvůr, Tržiště 39, Tel.: 353 229 332

Prezident, Moravská 3, Tel.: 355 319 111

Chopin, Krále Jiřího 2, Tel.: 353 223 172

Promenada, Tržiště 31, Tel.: 353 225 648

Dvořák , Nová Louka 11, Tel.: 353 102 111

Purkyné, Tržiště 3, Tel.:353 222 672

Elefant, Stará Louka 30, Tel.: 353 235 053

Romania, Zahradní 49, Tel.: 353 222 822

Eliška, Krále Jiřího 2а, Tel.: 353 318 011

Royal Golf, Cihelny 5, Tel.: 353 972 411

Elwa, Zahradní 29, Tel.: 353 228 472

Royal Regent, Zahradní 7, Tel.: 353 363 111

Esplanade, Stará Louka 4, Tel.: 353 436 111

Růže, I.P. Pavlova 1, Tel.: 355 324 111

Embassy , Nová Louka 21, Tel.: 353 221 161

St. Petersburg, Mariánskolázeňská 13, Tel.: 353 223 933

Excelsior , Sadová 28, Tel.: 353 222 391 Festival, Kolmá 9, Tel.: 353 169 500

Salve, Mariánskolázeňská 9, Tel.: 353 360 010

Gejzír, Slovenská 5A, Tel.: 353 235 065

Savoy Westend, Petra Velikého 16, Tel.: 359 018 888

Heluan, Tržiště 41, Tel.: 355 321 111

Sirius, Zahradní 3, Tel.: 353 434 611

Humboldt, Zahradní 27, Tel.: 355 323 111 Jessenius, Stará Louka 36, Tel.: 353 436 111

Smetana – Vyšehrad, Krále Jiřího 5, Tel.: 355 310 222

Jiskra, Mariánskolázeňská 1, Tel.: 353 226 994

Schlosspark, Kolmá 19, Tel.: 353 305 101

Jean De Carro, Stezka Jeana De Carro 4, Tel.: 353 505 160

Thermal, I.P. Pavlova 11, Tel.: 359 001 111

Krásná Královna, Stará Louka 48, Tel.: 353 852 611

Ulrika, Sadová 16, Tel.: 353 243 111

Kučera, Stará Louka 2, Tel.: 353 235 053

Venus, Sadová 8, Tel.: 353 433 411

Lázně III ,Mlýnské Nábrezí 5, Tel.:732 324 051

Victoria Pension, Jugoslávská 10, Tel.: 353 585 536

Lauretta, Sadová 27, Tel.: 353 222 490

Ville Charlotte, Petra Velikého 4, Tel.: 353 585 401

Maltézský kříž, Stará Louka 50, Tel.: 353 169 011

Villa Ritter, Krále Jiřího 1, Tel.: 353 329 111

Trocnov, Krále Jiřího 3, Tel.: 353 232 254

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The City’s Best Cafes & Bars

s there another country in the world which is more fond of beer ? If there is, we have yet to visit it! Beer to the Czechs is like milk to a baby – They simply love it, and the country boasts the highest beer consumption per capita in the world This love affair has its advantages for tourists to Prague, because visitors can choose from a huge number of different beers, most of which are delicious, and most of which are extremely friendly on the wallet. Some of the most popular beers include: Pilsner Urquell, Krusovice, Bernard, Staropramen, Budweiser Budvar and Velvet. Beer in the Czech Republic (Czech: pivo) has a long and important history. The first brewery is known to have existed in 1118. The city of Brno had the right to brew beer from the 12th century, and the two cities most associated with Czech beer, Plzeň and České Budějovice had breweries in the 13th century. Much of the brewing history in Prague is connected to the various monasteries in the city, with brewing first recorded at the Benedictine Břevnov Monastery in 993AD. Today the Prague brewing scene is dominated

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by Staropramen, although there are several smaller breweries, the oldest being U Fleků, which was founded in 1499. Since the 1990s various brewpubs have been established in the city. However, beer is not the only drink which is renowned in The Czech Republic. Becherovka is their most popular liquor. It has been around since the 19th century and is made of forty types of herbs since 19th century. It can be drunk on its own, but is also often used for cocktails, Slivovice is a plum brandy (also comes in other flavours), and is quite strong, so be careful how much you drink. The country also produces some excellent wines from the south Moravia region. BEER FESTIVAL Those who happen to be in Prague between May 17th and June 2nd are in for a real treat as the annual Czech Beer Festival takes place at the Exhibition Centre at Holesovice. Visitors will have the chance to taste more than 70 brands of Czech beer, as well as many local food specialities. Other perks include daily live music, traditionally dressed servers and a beer tent which can accommodate 10.000 people. In association with:


Rocky O’Reilly’s Štěpánská 32, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 231 060. www.rockyoreillys.cz The management describe this place as ‘Prague’s Biggest & best Irish Pub and they are not far wrong. Situated just off the famous Wenceslas Square at Štěpánská 32, Rocky O’Reilly’s is a spacious venue, which prides itself on quality beverages, good food, an excellent atmosphere and most importantly, friendly service. The bar is actually ran by an Irish guy and the multinational staff all speak excellent English and are extremely friendly and hospitable. Now that we think about it, it is unfair to describe the food as ‘good’, because it is much better than that. Choose from set dishes such as spare ribs, traditional fish & chips, chilli con carne and sirloin steak and also keep an eye out for the numerous daily specials which are always excellent. Unusually for bars in Prague, Rocky O’Reilly’s has a completely separate bar for non-smokers, and this area is also

Cafes & Bars equipped with its own plasma screens etc. The drinks menu is extensive with favourites such as draft Guinness and draft Magners available. Visitors can also avail of daily Happy Hours. Satellite television can be viewed via an excellent big screen or the numerous plasma screens and their hi-tech satellite system ensures that they screen all the big games from around Europe and the world. The atmosphere during matches is always electric. The venue is also perfect for groups. Party menus and platters are available upon request.

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Miscellaneous Cafes & Bars Caffrey’s Irish Bar Old Town Square 10. Tel. +420 224 828 031. www.caffreys.cz The management of Caffrey's believe the first basic ingredient to a great Irish bar is great service from friendly, helpful staff and this venue definitely has that ingredient. The bar offers a great selection of drinks (local and imported), and their food menu has been reviewed as rivalling the best restaurants in the city, and their Irish breakfast is among the best you will find anywhere. As of NOW, every main course served inside the bar comes at a price LESS than 10 pounds. Caffrey’s is also a great spot to watch the live sporting action, and an extra perk is that they have a separate private room which is available to rent for mini-conferences or sales meetings etc. The bar can be found on the famous Old Town Square and also boasts an excellent outdoor terrace.

James Joyce Irish Pub U Obecniho dvora 4, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 818 851 www.jamesjoyceprague.cz The James Joyce is one of Prague's little gems, delicately tucked away in the Old Town area of the city. It’s Prague's oldest Irish pub and is the place where the city’s first pint of Guinness was poured. As such, it's no surprise this cosy pub is the favourite watering hole of many who have taken up residence in this golden city sipping alongside Czech "locals". Guinness aside, they pride themselves on excellent food and are proud to boast one of the best menus in Prague. The door is always open and there's a warm Dublin welcome awaiting. 56

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George and Dragon

Staroměstské Náměstí 11. Tel.: +420 222 326 137 www.georgeanddragonprague.com The George And Dragon was founded in September 2003 and since that time it has grown to be the no. 1 British Bar in Prague. The venue can be found on the famous Old Town Square. They pride themselves on delicious food, a great selection of drinks, superb sports coverage, friendly service and wonderful live music which can be heard seven nights per week. The bar boasts an excellent selection of international beers and spirits, as well as a large selection of cocktails. Some of the drinks on offer include Strongbow Cider, Draft Heineken, Fosters, Stella, Guinness, Grolsch, Magners and Corona. The food menu is also impressive and includes English, Czech and international recipes to suit everyone’s taste. Goodies such as Prague's Biggest Full English Breakfast, a world famous steak and mushroom pie, juicy tender steaks, home-made 100% Ground Beef Burgers and other renowned dishes can be enjoyed. Sports lovers will enjoy watching the big game on their two giant screens and six plasma screens. Other perks include, Live music 7 nights a week with acts from all over Europe ; and two Summer gardens for you to soak up the Prague sun. And trust us, you don’t have to be British to enjoy it. 58

Das GEORGE AND DRAGON wurde im September 2003 gegruendet und hat sich seitdem als Prags britische Bar Nr. Eins etabliert. Die Bar kann am beruehmten Altstaedter Ring - Altem Marktplatz gefunden werden. Dort ist man stolz auf das leckere Essen, der grossen Auswahl an Getraenken, der excellenten Sportuebertragungen, dem freundlichem Service und der wundervollen Live-Musik, die sieben Abende in der Woche gehoert werden kann. Es wird eine grosse Auswahl an internationalen Bieren und Spirituosen angeboten und die Speisekarte enthaelteine Reihe von lokalen wie internationalen Klassikern. Джордж энд Дрэгон» был основан в сентябре 2003 года и с тех пор завоевал звание Британского бара номер 1 в Праге. Бар находится на знаменитой Староместской площади. Заведение гордится очень вкусной едой, огромным разнообразием напитков, трансляциями большого количества спортивных мероприятий, всегда готовым помочь персоналом и прекрасной живой музыкой. Бар может похвастаться широчайшим выбором пив и спиртных напитков из самых разных стран, а меню включает в себя классические блюда местной и международной кухни In association with:


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Ice Pub Prague & The 5-Story Club Tel.: +420 739 054 641. www.karlovylazne.cz

ICEPUB PRAGUE Smetanovo nábřeží 198/1, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 739 054 641. www.icepubprague.com ICEPUB PRAGUE offers the ultimate ice experience as visitors are invited to sip some of the finest cocktails in a stunning visual setting. As the name already suggests, almost everything is made out of ice (even your glass) and to embrace the cold, every visitor receives special thermal clothing before entering the Ice Bar. The temperature is kept at -7 degrees all year round. ICEPUB PRAGUE is situated in the largest music club in central Europe – KARLOVY LÁZNĚ, so aftert a visit to the Ice bar, you can also enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of the most visited music club in Czech Republic! ICEPUB PRAGUE opens daily from midday until 5am. Be cool and don’t miss this unforgettable experience!

Karlovy Lazne is the largest facility of its kind in Central Europe, thanks to its five music clubs on five floors. It is also one of the best technically equipped clubs in the world. It is also unique in that the historical interiors of the 15th century building have been preserved. Different clubs housed inside Karlovy Lazne include: THE MUSIC CAFE which is dominated by the video floor, which serves as a dance floor. THE DISCOTHEQUE: This floor is dedicated to dance music and its light and sound effects have also been adapted to this style. KALEIDOSCOPE: This floor is devoted to the ageless oldies. PARADOGS: R’N’B and hip hop can be enjoyed on this floor. CHILL OUT: Dedicated to chill-out music and relaxation. ALL INCLUSIVE AREA: a separate area, where you can treat yourself to genuine high standards.

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Coyotes Prague

Party-Nacht am Coyotes. Sie werden von atemberaubenden Kellnerinnen stilvoll bedient und darüber hinaus mit einer Reihe von hervorragenden Tanzeinlagen verwöhnt. Die Bar bietet ein umfangreiches Getränkesortiment und ist für ihre Cocktailkarte mit mehr als 100 Kreationen aus der ganzen Welt berühmt. Die internationale Speisekarte sorgt dafür, dass Hunger garantiert nie zum Problem wird. Jede Nacht legen DJs auf - gewürzt mit Highlights wie einer atemberaubenden Lichtshow und einem professionellen Karaoke-System. Male Namesti 2. Tel. +420 224 216 000. www.coyotesprague.cz One of the most renowned hotspots of the city, Coyotes Prague never disappoints. Every night is a party night at Coyotes, as the stunning waitresses serve you with style and also join the party with a series of excellent dance routines. The venue recently celebrated its fifth birthday with a memorable party which attracted some of Czech Republic’s biggest names. The bar boasts an extensive drinks menu and is famed for a cocktail menu which includes more than 100 concoctions from around the world. The international food menu ensures that hunger is never an issue and includes selections of pizzas, pastas, meat dishes and fish dishes, as well as many treats for vegetarians. When night falls, Coyotes really comes to life with renowned DJs taking to the decks every night. Add in perks such as a stunning light show and a professional karaoke system and you have the recipe for an unforgettable night on the town. NOTE: Look out for their Christmas and Sylvester evenings with special entertainment and menus. For more info on these events or to make a reservation contact: +420 775 311 451 or Email : info@coyotesbar.cz.

Одна из «горячих» точек на карте города, «Койотиз Прага» еще никого не разочаровал. В «Койотиз» каждая ночь – это вечеринка до упаду, сногсшибательные официантки не только принесут Вам напитки, но и присоединятся к веселью несколькими танцевальными номерами. Бар может похвастаться громадным выбором напитков и особенно разнообразием коктейлей, всевозможные варианты которых готовятся из более чем 100 составляющих со всего мира. Да и голодным Вы никогда на останетесь, так как здесь подают блюда международной кухни. Каждый день проходят выступления диджеев, а дополнительной привилегией является ошеломляющее световое шоу и профессиональная караоке-система.

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Harley’s Cocktails & Music Bar “They Go The Extra Mile to make your time enjoyable” – Joseph, Dublin, Ireland.

Dlouhá 18, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 602 419 111 www.harleys.cz Want to live life in the fast lane? Bored visiting bars without atmosphere? Fancy partying from dusk till dawn? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then Harley’s is the place for you. Situated just off Old Town Square at Dlouhá 18, this is without doubt one of Prague’s most famous hotspots. The atmosphere is rocking every night, as guests are invited to party all night in a bar with an interior which celebrates the history of the famous Harley Davidson Motorcycle, as well as the past and future of the famous Jack Daniels Whisky. In-house DJs, excellent cocktails and memorable bar-shows all add to a nightlife experience you may not remember, but will never forget! If you don’t believe us, just look at what some people posted on the Trip Advisor website: “So Good We Did It Twice” – Avalonia, Sunderland, UK. “Best Rockin Fun Night In Prague” - Felliny, Brno, Czech Republic. “The place to rock in Prague” – Frederico, Porto, Portugal. “Absolutely Loved This Bar, Can’t wait to go back” – Lisa, Llanelli, Wales. “Rock ‘n’ roll meets the world” – Paufler, Bologna, Italy.

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Wollen Sie das Leben auf der Überholspur erleben? Langweilen Sie sich in Bars ohne Atmosphäre? Mögen Sie Partys von Sonnenuntergang- bis aufgang? Falls Sie diese Fragen mit „Ja“ beantworten ist Harley’s genau das Richtige für Sie. Die Bar in der Nähe des Altstädterrings in Dlouhá 18 ist ohne Zweifel einer der berühmtesten Prager Hotspots. Die nächtliche Atmosphäre ist „rockig“, die Gäste feiern jede Nacht in einer Bar, dessen Interieur die Geschichte der berühmten Harley Davidson Motorräder und die Vergangenheit und die Zukunft des berühmten Jack Daniels Whiskys glorifiziert. Einheimische DJs, ausgezeichnete Cocktails und unvergesslichen Bar-Shows, das alles gehört zu einer Nachtleben-Erfahrung, die Sie vielleicht noch nicht erlebt haben, aber sicher nie vergessen werden!

Хотите жить в ритме скоростной трассы? Надоело ходить по барам без атмосферы? Любите необычные вечеринки от заката до рассвета? Если вы ответили хотя бы на один из этих вопросов, то Harley's - это место для Вас. Расположенный возле Староместской площади по улице Dlouhá 18, это без сомнения одна из самых известных горячих точек Праги. Атмосфера зажигает каждую ночь, так как гостям предлагается веселиться до утра в баре с интерьером, отмечающим историю знаменитого мотоцикла Harley Davidson, а также прошлого и будущего всемирно известного виски Jack Daniels. Свои Ди-джеи, отличные коктейли и незабываемые шоу барменов-все это часть опыта пражской ночной жизни, который Вы, возможно, не будете помнить, зато никогда не забудете!

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Wenceslas Square 21,Prague 1 Tel.: +420 724 134 011 or +420 608 730 646, www.hotpeppers.cz Hot Peppers Club is an exclusive cabaret in the centre of Prague (heart of Wenceslas Square), which in its luxurious interior offers extraordinary entertainment and unforgettable experiences for men, women and couples. The club's reputation is based on combining a professional presentation of cabaret dancers and drinking the best champagne in the VIP Champagne Lounges. Brands such as Dom Pérignon, Cristal and Krug are served. The original pole-dance/striptease performances will definitely captivate you. The programme includes exotic dancers, a comedy performances and a lesbian shows, to name but a few. Two of the undisputable advantages for guests is that Hot Peppers do not have a fixed closing time, and can adapt to their guests´ wishes. The second advantage is that admission is absolutely free. Don’t be persuaded or drawn to other adult-themed clubs in Prague, because Hot Peppers is definitely Number One. 66

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Der HOT PEPPERS Klub ist ein exklusiver Nachtklub im Zentrum Prags, im Herzen vom Wenzelsplatz, welcher mit seinem luxurioesem Interior eine extraordinaere Unterhaltung und unvergessliche Erfahrung fuer Mann, Frau und Paare bietet. Der Ruf des Klubs beruht auf die Kombination von sich professionel presentierenden Cabaret Taenzern mit dem Trinken des besten Champagners in den VIP-Logen. Die originelle PoledanceStriptease Darbietung wird Sie definitiv fesseln. Der Eintritt ist frei. Хот Пеперс – эксклюзивный ночной клуб в самом центре Праги, на Вацлавской площади, который в своих роскошных интерьерах предлагает исключительные развлечения и незабываемые впечатления для мужчин, женщин и пар. Репутация клуба основана на сочетании профессиональных выступлений танцовщиц и лучшего шампанского, которое вы можете потягивать в специально предназначенных лаундж-зонах. Вас несомненно пленят оригинальный стриптиз и танец на шесте. Вход бесплатный. In association with:


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Nightclub Neon

in various private rooms or just have a drink in the attractive bar and watch the excellent pole dancing shows.

Balbínova 21. Tel.: +420 222 250 105 One of the city’s best nightclubs, Neon prides itself on the motto: Entrance fee is only required in places where they know you have reasons to run away. So, as you have probably guessed, entrance at Neon is free, and that’s quite remarkable when you consider the pleasure on offer inside. The prices are also exceptional, when you consider the quality of the ladies, and the quality of the club itself – In fact, your drinks will set you back almost the same as they would in a regular Czech bar. The atmosphere is extremely relaxing and guests will always feel safe and comfortable at Club Neon. You can have fun with the ladies

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Einer der besten Nachtclubs der Stadt rühmt sich Neon selbst nach dem Motto: “Eintritt wird nur verlangt, wenn man Grund hat wegzulaufen“. Die Preise in diesem Club sind außergewöhnlich, besonders wenn man die Qualität betrachtet. Die Atmosphäre ist sehr entspannend und die Gäste haben immer ein sicheres und komfortables Gefühl. Sie können Spaß mit den Damen in verschiedenen privaten Zimmern haben oder einfach nur einen Drink an der ansprechenden Bar nehmen während Sie die ausgezeichneten Pole Dance Shows genießen. Wie bereits erwähnt, ist der Eintritt frei, und die Preise für Getränke sind vergleichbar mit einer normalen tschechischen Bar. Один из лучших ночных клубов города успешно работает под лозунгом : плату за вход берут только те заведения, где знают, что у вас есть причины быстро уйти. Здесь же цены исключительные, если принять во внимание качество девушек и качество самого клуба. Царящая атмосфера очень расслабляет, и гости клуба «Неон» всегда чувствуют себя комфортно и безопасно. Вы можете повеселиться с девушками в разных приватных комнатах или просто выпить за красивым баром, наслаждаясь первоклассным шоу танца на шесте. Как уже было упомянуто выше, вход бесплатный, и цены на напитки абсолютно такие же, как и в обычном чешском пабе.

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Getting Around

Public Transport Public transport in the city is reliable, punctual and cheap. The same tickets are used for trams, busses and the subway. Tickets prices increase from July 1st when a ticket for 30 minutes will cost 26CZK and a 90-minute ticket will cost 32 CZK. However, these prices include changeovers, so you can travel as far as you want for that price which was not the case in the past. Children under-5 and over-65s travel for free. Tickets must be validated before travel and don’t forget to do it, because checks are carried out regularly. Ticket prices increased last year with the price of a 30-minute ticket going to 24 CZK, while a 90-minute ticket went to 32 CZK. Tickets can be purchased in tobacco shops and ticket vending machines. Trams, busses and subway operate daily from 4am to 12.15am. More info at: www.dpp.cz. Metro The Prague metro is based on 3 colour72

coded lines (Red, Green and Yellow). It provides an efficient, safe and reliable way to get around the city. Trams Prague trams are an entertaining way around the city and popular with visitors. The Prague tram system is extensive, efficient and very cheap. The 22 and 23 go to Prague Castle, the National Theatre and Strahov Monastery. The 17 runs along the river. Prague trams run to most parts of the city. The old-fashioned trams are still in operation but are gradually being replaced by more modern vehicles. Taxi For foreigners, a taxi journey in Prague often turns out to be an expensive shock. A pre-booked taxi from a company is cheaper. AAA Taxi is a reliable firm, and their phone number is +420 222 333 222.

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