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Issue 01 Spring 2011 FREE

The best of the best that Prague has to offer.

Attractions Eating Out History Key Areas Nightlife City Map


WELCOME

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Welcome to Prague

elcome to this pilot 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 2

inside our 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 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


Contents

CONTENTS

Prague Night & Day - Spring 2011 Facts & info

4 Essential Information What you need to know 5 Getting Around Public transport in the city 8 History Prague in times gone by 32 Map A useful city map 64 Useful Numbers Handy telephone numbers

Places

6 Key Areas A look at some of the most popular districts 11 Prague Castle The biggest castle in the world! 12 Buildings & Monuments Prague’s stunning architecture

Lifestyle

16 Eating Out Restaurants we have visited 28 Shopping Spring shopping in the city

Entertainment

15 Casinos Fancy a flutter ? 34 What’s On Spring-time events in the city 42 Cafes & Bars The venues we have visited 56 Nightlife Clubbing and adult entertainment scene

About Us:

Prague Night & Day is published four times per year and caters for leisure and business visitors to the city. Our company published three similar magazines in Amsterdam with great success.

Contact details:

Tel.: +420 224 290 798. Mobile 1: +420 732 268 881; Mobile 2: +420 736 164 434. Email: prague.magazines@gmail.com.

Crew:

Directors: Petra Vondrakova & Carlo Divito Contributors: Anna Monastyreva, Fergal Lynch, Milan Vrzalik.

Distribution:

25.000 copies if 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 100 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 50, 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. Taxis – Some taxis have a terrible reputation for ripping people off. Don’t go with private cabs. To be safe, go with the 4

post The Main Post Office is located at Jindřišká 14, Praha 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

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.


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. There is one ticket for short trips (18CZK) and another for longer journeys with changeovers (26 CZK). Tickets must be validated before travel and don’t forget to do it, because checks are carried out regularly. You can save time and money by purchasing 1-day, 3-day and 7-day tickets which cost 100CZK, 330 CZK and 500 CZK respectively. 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 colourcoded lines (Red, Green and Yellow). It

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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. 5


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Key Areas Of The City

prague’s old Town square resembles something you would see in a fairytale picture-book.

old Town square (Staroměstské Náměstí) Prague’s Old Town Square is a historic square in the Old Town quarter of the city, which can be found between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge. The Square boasts various architectural styles including the gothic Týn Cathedral and baroque St. Nicholas Church. Tourists will also find the famous Astronomical Clock on this square, while the tower at the Old Town Hall offers a panoramic view of the area. The centre of the square is highlighted by the statue of religious reformer Jan Hus, who for his beliefs was burned at the stake. Old Town Square is hugely popular for ceremonies and celebrations and large screens are often erected there to show top sporting events.

Jewish Quarter (Josefov) The Jewish Quarter is a town quarter 6

which was formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town. The quarter is often represented by the flag of Prague's Jewish community, a yellow Star of David on a red field. Jews are believed to have settled in Prague as early as the 10th century. Most of the quarter was demolished between 1893 and 1913 as part of an initiative to model the city on Paris. What was left were only six synagogues, the old cemetery, and the Old Jewish Town Hall. The Nazi occupation was expected to complete the demolition of the old ghetto. However the area was preserved in order to provide a site for a planned “exotic museum of an extinct race”. Currently Josefov is overbuilt with buildings from the beginning of the 20th century, so it is difficult to appreciate exactly what the old quarter was like when it was reputed to have over 18,000 inhabitants.

Lesser Town (Mala strana) The Lesser Town is a district of the city


INFO and one of its most historic regions. The name translated into English literally means "Little Side", though it is frequently referred to as "Lesser Town”. This name derives from its position on the west bank of the river Vltava. In the Middle Ages, it was a dominant centre for the ethnic German citizens of Prague. It also housed a large number of noble palaces. The traces of Charles IV’s developments are seen in Mala Strana, one example is the Hunger Wall. Baroque architecture predominates, but the history of the district dates to far before the Baroque era. The most extensive and unforgettable building of the Baroque Era is the Wallenstein Palace. Albrecht von Wallenstein was a military general-in-chief of Emperor Ferdinand II. Under his order 26 new houses and old gates were built.

Wenceslas square (Václavské Náměstí) Wenceslas Square is one of the main city squares and is a traditional setting for demonstrations, celebrations, and public gatherings. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, patron saint of Bohemia. At the south-east side, it is dominated by the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum. The northwest end runs up against the border between the New and Old Towns. The Nazis used the street for mass demonstrations during the Prague Uprising in 1945. On January 16, 1969, student Jan Palach set himself on fire to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. Today, Wenceslas Square is lined by hotels, restaurants, bars, discos, retail stores, currency exchange booths and fast-food joints.

a night view from the top end of the famous Wenceslas square.

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HISTORY

Prague Through of his son, King Wenceslas IV (1378–1419), a period of intense turmoil ensued, as a result of economic depression and religious conflicts between the Catholics and the Reformists.

During the years 1583 1612, the great art enthusiast Emperor Rudolph II of Habsburg selected Prague Castle as his permanent residence and thereby Prague became renowned as a centre Hitler enters prague Castle in 1939. of artists and scholars. The period when it flourished was brought to an abrupt end by the uprising of the prague Through The ages estates during the years 1618 - 1620 which Prague has been in existence for around signalled the start of the Thirty Years War, 11 centuries. The first inhabitants of what is which relegated to a provincial city, forcefully today known as Prague were the Celts, who brought back to the Catholic religion and the settled in the Vltava valley in 500 BC. Later population decimated. they were driven out or assimilated by a In 1784 the Emperor Joseph II merged the Germanic tribe called the Marcomanni. Prague towns, which until then were In the 6th century AD, Marcomanni independent (Old Town, New Town, Lesser migrated westwards or were assimilated by the Town and Hradčany) into a single Capital City invading West Slavic people. According to of Prague. During the course of the 19th legends, Prague was founded by Libuše and her husband, Přemysl, founder of the dynasty of the century it became the centre of the Czech same name. The Přemyslids built two fortresses: national revival and on October 28th, 1918 it became the capital of the independent Vyšehrad and the Prague Castle. Czechoslovak Republic. By 1930, the population had risen to 850,000.

The Era of Charles iV

The city flourished during the 14th century reign (1346–1378) of Charles IV. The so-called "Father of the Country" transformed Prague into an imperial capital. He ordered the building of the New Town and also The Charles Bridge. In 1347 he founded Charles University which is the oldest university in Central Europe. Prague was then the thirdlargest city in Europe. Charles IV died in 1378. During the reign 8

second World War Hitler ordered the German Army to enter Prague on 15 March 1939. In 1942, Prague was witness to the assassination of one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany - Reinhard Heydrich. Hitler ordered bloody reprisals. At the end of the war, Prague suffered several bombing raids by the USAAF. Over 1,000 people were killed and hundreds of buildings and historical landmarks were destroyed. Once


The Ages it was known that Germany would surrender, the Prague uprising against the Nazi occupants occurred on 5 May 1945. After six years of occupation Prague gained liberty only to be promptly swept beneath the Iron Curtain. By 1968 the city once again began to blossom in what would become known as 'The Prague Spring'. Soviet style socialism gave way to liberal reform and democracy began to flower. However, Mother Russia wasn't happy and decided that a display of military might was needed. Everything went according to the Soviet plan until the toppling of the Berlin Wall signalled that their days were numbered. In 1989, after the riot police beat back a peaceful student demonstration, the Velvet Revolution crowded the streets of Prague to bring an end to communist rule. In 1993, after the split of Czechoslovakia, Prague became the capital city of the new Czech Republic.

important Dates

HISTORY 1348: foundation of the New Town and Charles University - the first university in Central Europe. 1526: Habsburg dynasty ascends the Bohemian throne 1583-1611: Rudolf II becomes the king of Bohemia. 1784: Hradcany, Lesser Town, Old Town and New Town -are combined. 1918: Prague becomes the new state capital of Czechoslovakia 1939-1945: occupation by the Nazi Germany 1945: the Prague uprising, liberation of Prague by Soviet army 1968: Prague Spring - an attempt to reform socialism. 1989: so-called velvet revolution, leads to the formation of the government of national tolerance, Vaclav Havel elected the president. 1990: first free elections 1993: The independent Czech Republic is formed, and Vaclav Havel is elected President. 2004: May 1, Czech Republic joined EU

870+: Prague Castle is founded 1085: Prague becomes the residence of the first Bohemian king Vratislav I Czechs revolt against the soviets on Wenceslas square in 1968. 1172: Construction of Judita's Bridge, the second stone bridge in Central Europe was finished. 1230+: establishment of the Old Town 1257: foundation of the Lesser Town 1310-1346: John of Luxembourg rules as the king of Bohemia 1346-1378: the epoch of Charles IV - Prague becomes capital of Bohemia and the Roman Empire

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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. 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 you have a sightseeing extravaganza. Trust us 10

Seeing & Doing

a camera is an essential tool. Prague is also a cultural paradise brimming with theatres offering drama, ballet opera, musicals, black light productions and much more. Various companies offer walking tours around the city which can be fun, while other invite you to take to the water and cruise down the Vltava River, sometimes with dinner on board. 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!


The Castle Of All Castles Prague castle

Hradcany, 119 08 Praha 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);

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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). 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.

The entrance to the stunning Prague Castle.

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Buildings, Monuments & structures 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.

St. Nicholas Church

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. 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.

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 12

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 Vysehrad, 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 Vysehrad station and follow the signs.


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The Municipal House Náměstí Republiky 1090/5, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 002 763 The Municipal House (Obecní dům) is a major civic landmark and concert hall in Prague, and an important building in architectural and political history in the Czech Republic. It stands on the Náměstí Republiky. The Art Nouveau structure is an artifact of the Czech nationalism of the time and carries a wealth of ornament by some of the leading Czech artists of its day. On October 28, 1918, Smetana Hall was the scene of the proclamation of the independent state of Czechoslovakia.

from Hus's time there.

The Church of Our Lady Victorious Karmelitská 382/14, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 257 537 345 The Church of Our Lady Victorious and Saint Anthony of Padua, also known as the Church of the Infant Jesus of Prague is a Baroque church located on Karmelitská street in the Lesser Town, at the foot of Petřín hill. It is of quite exceptional significance, not only because of its architecture and artistic decoration, but in particular because in it is preserved and venerated the famous statue of

National Theatre Národní 2, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 901 668. The National Theatre in Prague is a stunning neo-renaissance building, which opened in 1881 and offers the three artistic ensembles of opera, ballet and drama. It sits proudly alongside the banks of the Vltava River and is un-missable due to its stunning golden roof. It opened for the first time on June 11, 1881 to honour the visit of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. Soon after, it was destroyed by fire and reopened in 1883. See our What’s On section for current productions.

The Bethlehem Chapel Betlémské náměstí 269/1, Prague 1 The Bethlehem Chapel (Betlémská kaple) is a medieval religious building notable for its connection with the Czech reformer Jan Hus. It was founded in 1391. The building was never officially called as a church, only a chapel, though it could contain 3,000 people. In the 17th century, the building was acquired by the Jesuits. Most of the chapel's exterior walls and a small portion of the pulpit date back to the medieval chapel. The wall paintings are largely

the Infant Jesus of Prague. It is a 45cm tall wax figure of Spanish origin.

Vitkov Memorial U Pamatniku 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 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. 13


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Petřín Hill Tel.: +420 724 911 497 The Petřín Lookout Tower (Petřínská rozhledna) on top of Petrin Hill is a 60 metre 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.

Miscellaneous Attractions human sexuality. Open daily from 10am to 11pm. Admission: 250 CZK.

The Dancing House Rašínovo nábřeží 1981/80, Praha 2. Tel.: +420 221 714 444 The Dancing House (Tančící dům) is the nickname given to the building in downtown Prague. Originally named Fred and Ginger, the house resembles a pair of dancers. The house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous.

Museum Of Communism Na Příkopě 10, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 212 966 The museum focuses on the totalitarian regime from the February coup in 1948 to its rapid collapse in November 1989. The theme of the Museum is "Communism- the Dream, the Reality, and the Nightmare" and visitors will be treated to a fully immersive experience.

Sex Machines Museum Melantrichova 18, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 227 186 260 The Sex Machines Museum is an exposition of mechanical erotic appliances, the purpose of which is to bring pleasure and allow extraordinary and unusual positions during intercourse. On an area of three floors there are more than 200 objects and mechanical appliances on view, a gallery of art with erotic themes, a cinema with old erotic films, erotic clothing and many other things pertaining to 14

Others have nicknamed it "Drunk House". On the roof is a French restaurant with views of the city.

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 5pm during March, and from 9am until 6pm in April and May. Admission for adults is 150 CZK; for children it’s 100 CZK and families get in for 450 CZK.


Fancy A Flutter ? Banco Casino

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Na Prikope 27 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 Prikope 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 предложить 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. 15


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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); 16

Marinated beef sirloin (svíčková na smetaně) which comrpises of pickled roast beef, served with a cream topping and a teaspoon of cranberry compote; and traditionall 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.


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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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 Prikope Street. Einzigartig in Prag ist MILLHOUSE SUSHI, eine moderne japanische Sushi Bar mit Fliesband. Seien Sie erstaunt, wenn koestliche Varianten von Sushi, Salaten und getraenken vor Ihren Augen passieren, und Sie die freie Wahl haben, auszusuchen, was immer 18

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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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Václavské náměstí 45, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 222 247 240. www.Comorestaurant.cz Situated in the heart of the famous Wenceslas Square, COMO Restaurant is unique not only for its great position, but also for its Mediterranean and Czech cuisine, which is prepared by one of the country’s top chefs and is as good as you will find anywhere. The steaks are expertly prepared and among the best in Prague and other meat dishes such as their slow-baked lamb are also to die for. There is also a wonderful selection of pastas and seafood dishes and an excellent range of starters. The wine cellar stocks some excellent local and international wines and the restaurant is also famed for fresh and tasty cocktails. COMO is ideal for both business and leisure, whether it be for lunch, dinner or snacks.

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The restaurant also boasts a beautifully modern and trendy interior and the service is top notch. Summing up, COMO is the perfect choice for all occasions. Im Herzen des Wenzelsplatz ist COMO nicht nur einzigartig wegen seiner Lage, sondern auch wegen seier¨. Mischung aus mediterranen und tschechischen Gerichten, die von einem top Koch des Landes zubereitet werden und Sie nirgendwo anders finden. Das Restaurant bietet auch ein schoenes, modernes und trendiges Interior sowie einen super Service. Alles in allem aine wunderschoene Dinner-Erfahrung. Расположенный в центре многолюдной Вацлавской площади, ресторан «Комо» уникален не только своим местоположением, но и прежде всего средиземноморской и чешской кухнями, блюда которых здесь готовят одни из лучших шеф-поваров. Ресторан может похвастаться как красивым, современным и стильным интерьером, так и обслуживанием высшего класса. Как результат, возможность прекрасно пообедать и поужинать!


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Palladium - Náměstí Republiky 1 Tel.: +420 225 771 150. www.chanchala.cz Guests at the stylish Chanchala Indian Restaurant will be enchanted by a genuine atmosphere of oriental India. Restaurant director, Klara Peštová invites diners into a fairy-tale environment resembling something from Arabian Nights. The food menu is delicious and spiced to the taste of your pallet. All the chef’s are native-born and use exactly the right ingredients to produce a breath-taking menu. The restaurant also boasts a coffee/cocktail bar, a chocolate fountain, waterpipes, healing teas from India and a wonderful display of Indian ceramics which are on sale. They also organise cooking classes and provide a take-away service. Private parties are also catered for. Chanchala can be found on the top floor of the famous Palladium Shopping Center. 22

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Gaeste des stilvollen indischen Restaurants werden verfuehrt von der echten orientalischen Atmosphaere Indiens.Restaurantleiter Klara Peštova laedt die Gaeste ein in eine Maerchenwelt von 1001 Nacht. Die Speisen sind koestlich und ganz nach Ihrem Geschmack gewuerzt. Sie finden CHANCHALA in der obersten Etage des beruehmten Palladium Einkaufszentrum. Гости стильного индийского ресторана «Чанчала» приходят в восторг от атмосферы подлинной восточной Индии. Директор ресторана, Клара Пештова, приглашает посетителей в волшебный мир сказки «Тысяча и одна ночь». Подаваемая еда – восхитительна и приправлена по вашему вкусу. Ресторан «Чанчала» можно найти на последнем этаже известного Торгового центра «Палладиум».


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More Restaurants Les Moules Restaurant

T.G.I. Friday’s Na Příkopě 27. Prague 1 Tel.: +420 221 967 228 T.G.I. Friday’s restaurant chain was one of the first American casual dining chains and provides a dining experience that has become a pastime of millions since 1965. The first restaurant was located in New York City. Since then T.G.I Fridays has become known worldwide and the Prague outlet is also extremely popular. Located on the famous Na Příkopě Street, they offer all the favourites such as dishes from the Jack Daniels grill, legendary burgers and scrumptious appetizers. The cocktails in the Prague branch are also superb, as is the service.

Ristorante Italiano Buschetto Vaclavske namesti 39, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 602 133 682. www.buschetto.cz Ristorante Italiano Buschetto can be found in the middle of the famous Wenceslas Square and is a great venue for lovers of Italian food. Visitors will be greeted by the musketeerlike host and after entering, they can relax and enjoy quality food at great prices, served with a friendly smile. Even if Italian is not your cup of tea, there is a wide variety of excellent Argentinean steaks and other glorious dishes. The wine list is also impressive. Your meal is washed down with a complimentary traditional Czech liquor. 24

Pařížská 19/203, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 222 315 022. www.lesmoules.cz Situated in Parizska near the Jewish Quarter in the city, Les Moules has gained a reputation for being one of the finest restaurants in the city, and if you happen to like mussels, then its a must-go venue. The mussels are prepared in different styles, many of which will intrigue your eyes and your tastebuds. However, mussels are not the only speciality as you will no doubt find out. The staff are knowledgeable and helpful, while the decor lends to a calm and relaxed ambience.

Staroměstská Restaurant Staroměstské náměstí 19, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 213 015. www.staromestskarestaurace.cz Situated on the famous Old Town Square, Restaurant Staroměstská has been visited for many years and is steeped in the history of the area and the city. The venue is renowned for its excellent Czech cuisine and world renowned Pilsner beer. All their dishes are created with the freshest ingredients, and their steaks are also worth trying. During spring, the wonderful outdoor terrace will return and it offers glorious views onto the vibrant Old Town Square. An excellent place to relax and enjoy your meal.


Modern & Creative Cuisine Kinsky Palace Restaurant Týnská ulička 3 (Old Town Square). Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 810 750. www.palac-kinskych.cz Modern and creative French and Czech cuisine is the order of the day at the wonderful Restaurant Palác Kinských (Kinsky Palace), which can be found in the building of the National Gallery, behind the Tyn Churhc on Old Town Square (entrance on Týnská ulička Street). Head chef Jan Kracik cordially invites guests to experience French and Czech cuisine at its finest. The unique and intriguing dishes are made using only the freshest of ingredients from Czech and European Bio-organic farms. An added perk is that one of the restaurant directors is a wine connoisseur, so expect to see some of the rarest and finest national and international wines you can find

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anywhere in The Czech Republic. Indeed, every month they prepare an interesting tasting menu with wines from different areas in France Excellent service and a beautiful interior add to what truly is a memorable dining experience. The restaurant also offers daily lunch specials and is also the perfect place to go after a concert or theatre performance. The restaurant is open from 11.0 to 23.0 from Monday to Friday and also on Saturday evenings.

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Shop Until You Drop!

nám. Republiky 1, Prague 1. www.palladiumpraha.cz PALLADIUM is the largest one-stop shopping and entertainment 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! Opening from 9am to 9pm (Sunday to 26

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Wednesday) and from 9am to 10pm (Thursday to Saturday). PALLADIUM ist das groesste 'one-stop' Shopping und Unterhaltungsziel im Zentrum Prags, mit 180 Geschaefften und mehr als 20 Restaurants, Bars und Cafes. PALLADIUM ist aussserdem ein Gebaeude mit einzigartiger Architektur, wo historisches mit der Modernen kombiniert wurde. Sie koennen es direkt im der Innenstadt am beruehmten Platz der Repulik finden. Prags Antwort auf Harrods. 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 лондонскому Хэрродс.


SHOPPING Prague’s shopping scene is growing from strength to strength and if you take your time and peruse carefully, you can pick up some truly beautiful products at excellent prices. However, really do be careful, because many stores in the city centre (especially some souvenir-style stores) are selling fake goods at inflated prices. The most popular shopping areas tend to be on the famous Na Příkopě Street or the beautiful Pařížská Street. The latter is aligned with designer outlets and truly is a paradise on earth for the ladies. The following are some of our favourites:

Moser Glass Na Příkopě 12, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 211 293. pha-prikopy@moser-glass.com

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just outside the city centre in the Prague 5 District and for fans of diamonds and jewellery, its definitely worth a visit. Their mission is to turn every customer's visit into an exciting trip within the "magic world of gold, diamond, silver and crystal". They can custom order your own design within 10 days and will also provide a free cleaning service if required. There is also an excellent porcelain selection on display. The company provide a free shuttle service to their factory.

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Famed throughout the Czech Republic and all over the world, Luxury Bohemian crystal glass from the Moser glassworks includes a wide range of hand-made crystal products which have been produced for more than 150 years. The assortment of Moser art glass is hand-blown, hand cut, hand engraved and hand painted with gold or platinum. Their largest and most luxurious shop in the Czech Republic is at the Black Rose Palace (Černá růže), an iconic building which can be found on the famous Na Příkopě Street.

Lapis Diamond Jeremiášova 1110/21, Prague 5. Tel.: +420 235 002 711. www.lapisdiamond.cz The Lapis Diamond factory can be found 28

Pařížská 11, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 810 890. prodejna@carollinum.cz This stunning watchmaker’s shop and jewellery is designed according to modern architecture and offers a wide range of diamond jewellery made with 18-carat gold in addition to watches. They design and produce jewels according to the customer’s wish. A watchmaker’s service centre is also available and customers can view the master watchmaker at work. The company’s portfolio includes brands such as Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Gucci, IWC, Omega, Rolex, & Arpels. A beautiful place for beautiful people.


SHOPPING La Boutique Suisse Pařížská 17, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 222 319 030. www.lbsprague.cz Located on the prestigious Pařížská

shopping street and situated in a gorgeous Art Nouveau house is La Boutique Suisse, a grand boutique specializing in luxurious Swiss timepieces and fine jewellery. Top brands such as Jaeger-LeCoultre, Franck Muller, Carl F

Bucherer, Chaumet, Ebel, Longines, Tag Heuer, Tissot and Raymond Weil can be found. The store also offers a wonderful selection of luxury accessories which include beautiful jewel boxes and music boxes.

Kosta Boda Karlova 19. Tel.: +420 224 213 228 Quite simply stunning works of art! Some of the Scandinavian-made pieces on sale at Kosta Boda could easily could fit on a museum shelf for their beauty alone. This has to be one of the most inspiring shops we have ever visited – The products truly do leave you breathless. The shelves are filled with crystal-wrapped art, from female figures and from animals to abstract shapes to Picasso in crystal. Take our advice - go there and enjoy a feast for the eyes. The store can be found in the heart of Prague’s Old Town at Karlova Street.

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minutes from the city centre are available for short& long term rental from as little as 25 Euro per person per night. The apartments are bright and modern and include furnishings such as double beds, satellite TV, refrigerator, microwave oven and washing machine. The apartments also boast their own outdoor balcony. Within close walking distance, guests can find excellent public transport services (tram, subway, bus) and the apartments are located beside a huge shopping centre and the NovĂ˝ SmĂ­chov Cinema. The apartments can accommodate up to four people. For further information, or to request more photos, call: +420 736 164 434.


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Some of our recommendations. Look to the corresponding number on the map. 1. Banco Casino 2. Vegas Casino 3. China Fusion 4. Millhouse Sushi 5. Como Restaurant 6. Chanchala 7. Restaurant Kinsky 8. Palladium 9. Kosta Boda 10. Caffrey’s Pub 11. Paddy’s Irish Pub 12. George & Dragon 13. Silwer Cafe 14. Buddha Bar 15. Jewel Cafe 16. Aloha Bar 17. Hot Peppers 18. Nam Jai Massage A Prague Castle B Astronomical Clock C Powder Tower D National Museum


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Spring Events

No matter what your taste, you are certain to find an event, exhibition, production or spectacle to tickle your fancy in Prague. The following pages offer a summary of some of the big events which will take place this spring in the Czech capital. For further information on an event, check out the event website or the website of the event location.

CONCERTS Chick Corea & Gary Burton March 26 at Kongresové centrum Jazzy and mellow will be the order of the day as this duet take to the stage. Slayer & Megadeth April 10 at O2 Arena

from the city of Teplice. Demis Roussos May 4 at Lucerna It will be calm and tranquil at Lucerna when the Greek legend takes to the stage. Sade May 14 at O2 Arena The seductive songstress will no doubt draw thousands at the O2 Arena in May.

The heavy metals legends take to the stage at the O2 Arena with The European Carnage Tour Roger Waters April 15-16 at O2 Arena One of the founding members of Pink Floyd performs at the O2 Arena. Kabát - Banditi di Praga Tour April 21 at O2 Arena Legendary Czech hard rock band hailing 34

Suzi Quatro May 27 at Průmyslový palác The legendary English rock girl takes to the stage. Jethro Tull June 3 at Kongresové centrum British Rock group formed in 1967 pay a visit to Prague. Roxette June 5 at O2 Arena The Swedish pop duo will be getting dressed for success at the O2 Arena.


In The City DANCE Sensation - Celebrate Life May 28 at O2 Arena Probably the biggest dance event in the world. More and more countries are getting involved in the Sensation White phenomenon and Prague is once again one of them. Make sure you wear only white if you want to go.

what’s on THE PRAGUE STATE OPERA (STÁTNÍ OPERA PRAHA)

OPERA, BALLET The National Theatre (NÁRODNÍ DIVADLO) The home of opera and ballet in Czech Republic. For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Národní 2, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 901 448 (repertoire information), 224 901 438 (ticket reservations), Web: www.narodni–divadlo.cz THE THEATRE OF THE ESTATES (STAVOVSKE DIVADLO) For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Staré Město, Ovocný trh 1, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 901 448 (repertoire information), 224 901 438 (ticket reservations), Web: www.narodni–divadlo.cz KOLOWRAT THEATRE For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Staré Město, Ovocný trh 6, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 901 448 (repertoire information), 224 901 438 (ticket reservations), Web: www.narodni–divadlo.cz

For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Wilsonova 4, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 227 266 Web: www.opera.cz PERFORMANCES WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

ŠVANDA’S SMÍCHOV THEATRE (ŠVANDOVO DIVADLO NA SMÍCHOVĚ) For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Štefánikova 57, Prague 5 Tel.: +420 234 651 111 (switchboard), 257 318 666 (box office) Web: www.svandovodivadlo.cz

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FIM Czech Republic Speedway Grand

28 May 2011 Speedway motorcycle race. www.speedway-prague.cz

EXHIBITIONS Czech Republic v Canada April 27 at O2 Arena Ice-hockey match between two of the game’s world greats. Volkswagen Prague Marathon May 8 at various locations Professional and fun runners take to the city’s streets for the annual Prague Marathon. Prague Open - the FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour 17 - 22 May 2011 at various locations Men´s international beach volleyball tournament. Andre Agassi v Steffi Graf – June 7 at O2 Arena An exhibition tennis match between the husband and wife who dominated the sport for so many years.

Beatlemania! Until April 6 at Museum Of Music This extraordinary exhibition in the Czech Museum of Music has two parallel storylines. The first one reflects the very impressive story of the most famous rock band of all time, from the very beginning in Liverpool to the complete craziness that surrounded the Beatles and continuing until the disintegration of the band. The Second storyline follows the lifestyle of young people in the former Czechoslovakia at the time of The Beatles.www.beatlemanie.cz Prague Restaurants on Days Out Until May 25 at City Of Prague Museum The exhibition showcases Prague restaurants and their transformation – from 19th century places within the castle grounds, through the green sanctuaries on the outskirts of the city, to the 20th century tramp and tourist pubs. www.muzeumprahy.cz Geisha and Samurai Until April 3 at Náprstek Museum Both geisha and samurai phenomena are introduced in more than 780 items displayed in the two ground halls of the Náprstek Museum. www.nm.cz

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what’s on Address: Rytířská 31, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 212 810 Web: www.blacktheatre.cz

The first spring fair in Europe. It dates back to 1595 and is visited by hundreds of thousands visitors every year. Saint Matthew is the patron of builders, butchers, confectioners, blacksmiths and tailors. In all, there are more than 120 attractions including roller coasters, Ferris wheesls, cyclones, haunted castles, boosters, spinners and bungee jumps – all the fun of the fair is on display. Tuesday – Friday from 14.00 to 21.00. Weekends from 10.00 to 22.00. www.matejskapout.cz Czech Beer Festival Prague May 12 to 28 at PVA Letňany Exhibition Centre The largest gastronomic event in the Czech Republic. Expansive offerings of the best products from Czech breweries, Czech pork and beef butchers, delicatessens and confectioners. www.ceskypivnifestival.cz

BLACK LIGHT THEATRES ALL COLOURS THEATRE (BLACK LIGHT THEATRE) For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows:

THE METRO BLACK LIGHT THEATRE (ČERNÉ DIVADLO METRO) For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Národní 25, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 221 085 276, Web: www.divadlometro.cz

IMAGE THEATRE BLACK LIGHT THEATRE AND PANTOMIME For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Pařížská 4, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 329 191, Web: www.imagetheatre.cz

MUSICALS BROADWAY THEATRE – EXECUTIONER MYDLÁŘ For details about upcoming productions, you can contact them or visit their website. Contact details are as follows: Address: Na Příkopě 31, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 225 113 311 Web: www.muzikal–katmydlar.cz KALICH THEATRE – THE WHITE DALMATIAN, JOAN OF ARC, ROBIN HOOD Address: Jungmannova 9, Prague 1 Tel.:+420 296 245 311 Web: www.divadlokalich.cz 37


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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.


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Nam Jai Massage Studio Kaprova 11, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 328 747. www.namjai.cz Visitors are invited to gather new energy at the Nam Jai Massage Studio in the heart of Prague. They offer an extremely wide selection of oriental massages and treatments, with their experienced staff hailing from countries where massages first began. They use only perfectly pure and natural oils. Essential oils are made with four ingredients (sunflower, sesame, grape seed and apricot kernel) and they are combined with 8 different aromatic oils to ensure your massage is pleasant and has a positive effect on the body and soul. Each customer can create an individual combination to matches his or her own preferences and personality.

WELLNESS Массажная студия «Нам Джай» в сердце Праги приглашает посетителей набраться энергии. Вам предложат невероятно широкий выбор восточных массажей и лечений, исполненных опытным персоналом, происходящим из стран-родоначальниц массажа. Здесь используют только идеально чистые и натуральные масла. Основные масла составлены из 4 ингредиентов (подсолнух, кунжут, виноградные и абрикосовые косточки), а далее они сочетаются с 8 разными ароматическими маслами, чтобы гарантировать Вам приятный и позитивно влияющий на тело и душу массаж. Каждый клиент может создать свою индивидуальную комбинацию, которая наилучшим образом будет соответствовать ее или его предпочтениям и личности.

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Twins - Hair Studio Panská 5 & Nekázanka 6, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 267 049 & +420 222 247 512. www.vlasovestudiotwins.cz Two quality hair salons, both of them located in the city’s New Town. Both offer extremely professional services and will have you looking divine before your big night out or that special social event. All the staff at Twins are professionally trained to the highest degree. All the modern technologies are used in their salons and as you would expect, they use only the latest and best hair products. They also offer a manicure and pedicure service, as well as image-change consultations. The afore mentioned professional staff are also extremely friendly and will ensure that your visit is a pleasant one.

Pampering Places oasis of refreshment and relaxation which is Tantra Spa. The spa was created on the basis of a longing to provide people – men, women, couples and friends – with an opportunity to be caressed by touch in a refreshing and safe atmosphere, which combines the skill of classic massage with the tenderness of human love. The experience of the massage can become a gateway into a world full of pleasure from life and love. Their masseurs will gladly guide you on this path.

Aquapalace Pražská 138. Tel.: +420 271 104 111 www.aquapalace.cz Aquapalace Prague is a unique sports and wellness complex offering a wide range of

Tantra Spa Vrsovice, Prague 10 – Tel.: +420 777 858 864 Situated in Prague 10, about 10 minutes drive from the city centre, you can find the

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services for the entire family. It’s the largest water park in Central Europe and can make the perfect fun day out. The relaxation areas are situated in the large Sauna World with the widest range of Finnish saunas and Roman spas in the Czech Republic. They take care of your health and vitality in a modern Fitness Centre. Wellness services caring for your beauty are offered in the pleasant ambience of our Spa Centre. Fun, relaxation, beauty, vitality – all under one roof of Aquapalace Praha!


Fresh & Go

Toothbrush with Built-in Toothpaste Fresh&Go (Fresh and Go) is the newest innovation in portable dental care and it has just come to Prague. The handle of the toothbrush holds about 30 applications of fluoride toothpaste, meaning that no matter what time of day it is, and no matter where you are, you can feel fresh and lively. The device works by twisting the wheel on the side of the toothbrush to dispense the toothpaste onto the brush head. A special snap-on cap keeps the bristles clean and also prevents toothpaste from clogging the outlet. When the toothpaste is used up, just bin or recycle it. It has been a popular concept in the USA and is widely used after the gym, after lunch, at work, during evenings out and also on long trips.

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The toothpaste comes in mint flavour and is available in green, blue, red and pink colours. For further information, check out their website at www. Freshandgo.cz, or you can send them an email to: info@freshandgo.cz.

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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 42

Benedictine Břevnov Monastery in 993AD. Today the Prague brewing scene is dominated 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. Since the tourism boom in Prague, there is no shortage of places to try out these beverages, and in the pages which follow, we look at some of our favourite cafes and bars. Trust us, there is something for everyone.


That’s What Friends Are For! 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 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. Cut out the advertisement above and you can buy one drink and get the second one free! Das Management von CAFFREY'S glaubt, dass die Grundzutat fuer eine grossartige irische Bar, grossartiger Service von

Cafes & Bars freundlichen und hilfsbereiten Mitarbeitern ist, und diese Bar hat definitiv diese Zutat. Die Bar bietet eine grosse Auswahl an Getraenken, lokal und importiert, und die Speisekarte wird mit denen der besten Restaurants der Stadt verglichen. Das irische Fruestueck ist zwischen den besten die Sie irgendwo finden koennen. Und JETZT kostet kein Hauptgericht mehr als 12 Euro. CAFFREY'S ist auch ein grossartiger Treffpunkt um Live Sports zu schauen.Ein weiteres Extra ist der kleine, seperate Privatraum, der fuer Konferenzen, Verkaufsveranstaltungen etc. gemietet werden kann.

Руководство «Кэффрис» не без основания полагает, что главным составляющим правильного ирландского бара является приветливый, любезный персонал. В этом баре этот составляющий определенно есть. Здесь Вам предложат широкий выбор напитков (местных и импортных), а выбор блюд соперничает с меню лучших ресторанов города. Традиционный ирландский завтрак – один из лучших, что вы сможете отыскать. Это заведение подойдет.

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Your Home Away From Home! Cafes & Bars

Paddy’s Irish Bar

English and European football matches, as well as GAA games, horse-racing and much more. The bar also hosts live Irish music one night per week. Paddy’s is also one of the city’s best value-for-money pubs as they offer excellent prices for local beers as well as imported drinks like Guinness and Magners. The service is excellent, and guests are guaranteed a friendly welcome from the Irish owner Ollie. Once you sample the delights of this place, you will almost certainly return for more.

Ve Smečkách 21, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 210 251 Located in the heart of the city just off Wenceslas Square (50 metres up from the famous Darling Cabaret), Paddy’s is one of the newest pubs in the city, having opened its doors at the end of last year. In that short space of time it has earned an excellent reputation and things look set to get bigger and better in the future.

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Plaziert im Herzen der Stadt, abgehend vom Wenzelsplatz, 50 m hinter dem beruehmten Darling Cabaret. PADDY'S ist einer der neuesten Pubs in der Stadt und verdient sich schon jetzt einen excellenten Ruf. Es ist ein ausnahme Pub um die besten Live-Sports zu, mit vier grossen Bildschirmen auf denen neben allen wichtigen englischen und europaeischen Fussballspielen auch G.A.A, Pferderennen und vieles mehr uebertragen werden. PADDY'S einer der besten 'WERT FUER IHR GELD' Pubs in der Stadt mit guten Preisen fuer lokale undinternationale Getraenke, ein grosses Bier zum Beispiel kostet 26 Kronen. Бар «Пэддис» открылся совсем недавно, но уже успел завоевать превосходную репутацию! Он расположен в самом сердце города, рядом с Вацлавской площадью (50 метров от прославленного кабаре «Дарлинг»). Это примечательный паб для любителей спорта, так как здесь в прямом эфире, на 4 больших экранах, транслируются лучшие спортивные мероприятия: все крупные английские и европейский футбольные матчи, ирландские виды спорта, скачки и многое-многое другое. Именно здесь вы найдете лучшее в городе сочетание цены и качества, и будете приятно удивлены ценами на местные и привозные напитки. Так, например, большое светлое пиво (лагер) стоит всего 26 чешских крон.


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Miscellaneous Cafes & Bars

The PUB Veleslavínova 3, Tel.: +420 222 312 296. www.thepub.cz The PUB is a unique beer bar and restaurant in the very centre of Prague 1. They offer you the chance to pour your own beer courtesy of 10 tables with self-service beer taps. Each tap is equipped with a graphic touch screen which allows you to monitor the beer volume, call the staff, order food and much more. The PUB is also famed for its cocktails and an impressive food menu. The bar also boasts an excellent outdoor terrace which can seat up to 20 people. Prices are competitive.

Hard Rock Cafe Malé náměstí, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 229 529. www.hardrock.com

Tretters New York Bar V kolkovně 3, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 811 165. www.tretters.cz

If you are a lover of cocktails, then Tretters is a place for you. Tretter´s Bar is a continuance of a family´s bartender and gastronomic tradition, which has been inherited from fathers to sons in their family for more than 90 years. The interior gives off a feeling similar to what you would imagine in a Paris or New York bar in the thirties or the previous century. Many guests from the world of politics, commerce, modelling and artists come here to extend their day. As you would expect, the service is professional and impressive.

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Hard Rock Cafe Prague, considered Europe's largest Hard Rock Cafe, is situated in the four-story, V.J.Rott building with a beautifully decorated neo-Renaissance façade and frescos. The cafe is located in the heart of old Prague less than 50 meters from the famous Old Town Square. The three-level, 1900square-meter cafe includes two vibrant bars and features a unique compilation of memorabilia from Hard Rock’s world-famous collection completed by a 5-meter custommade chandelier in the shape of a guitar. 46

Malé náměstí 2, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 216 000. www.coyotesprague.cz The concept is taken from the hit-movie Coyote Ugly and its one of the city’s real fun pubs. Coyotes always entertains and one of the big reasons for that fact is the staff, as the beautiful bar-tenders are always friendly and helpful and perform their own bar-dancing shows. The bar boasts an impressive cocktails menu with more than 100 varieties and they also serve some excellent food. DJs perform daily and go through a repertoire of hits from the 70s to today. The venue also has a dance floor and an excellent lighting system.


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Miscellaneous Cafes & Bars Bar And Books

Bugsy’s Pařížská 10, Prague 1. Tel.: +420) 840 284 797. www.bugsysbar.cz One of the finest cocktail bars you will find in this city or any other. Bugsy’s can be found on the exclusive shopping street Parizska and over the years, the venue has earned a reputation for being one of Prague’s top goingout places. The secret of their success lies with their expert bar-tenders who are absolute geniuses in the art of cocktail-making and have won countless awards. The bar boasts more than 100 single malt whiskys and a similar number of rums from all over the world. An excellent way to unwind!

Jama – The Hollow V Jámě 7, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 224 222 383. www.jamapub.cz Situated just off the famous Wenceslas Square, Jama has become known as a central meeting point for expats, locals and tourists. A hearty international food menu combined with a selection of excellent local beers (12 Czech beers on tap) make it an ideal location for a night out on the town and the fun and celebratory atmosphere also enhance the venue. Jama is also a great place to watch the best American and European sporting action. An added bonus is that the service is friendly. 48

Týnská 19, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 815 122. www.barandbooks.cz Established in 2004 Tynska Bar and Books was the first overseas Bar and Books enterprise. It can be found in the heart of Prague, just steps away from the Old Town Square, with a spectacular view of the Tyn Church. The bar has a capacity of up to 75 guests. Like its sister operations in New York the bar boasts one of the most extensive whiskey lists in central Europe as well as a wonderful cigar menu. Silent James Bond movies on the screen and a custom soundtrack add to the sophisticated, yet casual and relaxed atmosphere.

Cafe De Paris Maltézské náměstí 4, Prague 1. Tel.: + 420 603 160 718. www.cafedeparis.cz Prague bars are not all about beer and if you're looking for a bit of elegance then Cafe De Paris could be the answer. Its a family-run brasserie located on one of the most beautiful and inviting areas of Prague’s Lesser Quarter. Both, the soothing environment and pleasant atmosphere of the brasserie will accentuate your enjoyment. The interior is art nouveau heaven and a little bit ritzy at the same time. During spring, guests can also enjoy their meal or drinks in either of the two gardens that offer views of ancient palaces of the Lesser Quarter.


Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy ! 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.

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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 49


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A Stylish Place For Stylish People

Jungmannovo náměstí 21 Tel. +420 222 212 702. www.silwercafebar.cz Modern, chic, trendy, and a place to see and be seen. That best sums up the wonderful Silwer Cafe/Bar which can be found at Jungmannovo náměstí, close to the bottom of Wenceslas Square. It’s professionalism and style which separates Silwer from most others and when this is combined with a diverse and glamorous clientele, you have the recipe for a trendsetting success story. In-house DJs spin house and dance music while the bar-tenders create some of the most exotic and delightful mixed-drinks and cocktails you could ever imagine. A Silwer evening is one you will always remember. A quality food menu is also available and Silwer is also an ideal location for afternoon coffee or a business meeting. An absolute must for those who believe that quality matters. The cafes opens from 11am until 2am from Sunday to Thursday and from 11am until 3am at weekends. 52

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Modern, chic, trendy und ein Ort um zu sehen und gesehen zu werden. Das beschreibt am besten die wundervolle SILWER CAFEBAR. Es ist professionalitaet und Stil, welches SILWER von anderen unterscheidet, und wenn dies kombiniert wird mit dem unterschiedlichsten, glamouroesem Klientel, haben Sie das Rezept fuer eine trend setzende Erfolgsstory. Angesagte DJ's spielen House und Dance Musik, waerend die Bartender koestliche, exotische Cocktails mixen. Современное, элегантное, модное место, куда стоит придти других посмотреть и себя показать – вот самая точная характеристика для кафe-бара «Сильвер». Профессионализм и стиль – отличительные черты этого места. Добавьте сюда разнообразную гламурную клиентуру и вот готов рецепт успеха передового заведения города. Собственные ди-джеи ставят танцевальную и хаус музыку, в то время как бармены создают восхитительные экзотические коктейли.


The Legend That Is Buddha Bar! Cafes & Bars

Jakubská 8, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 221 776 400. www.buddha-bar.cz Buddha Bar, the world-famous restaurantbar-lounge has greatly enhanced Prague’s going-out scene. The venue boasts two massive floors (approx. 500 sqm), but despite it’s vast size, there are still plenty of intimate places to lounge, dine and be seen. The luxurious mezzanine bar is situated upstairs and can accommodate more than 100 guests who are invited to sip on mesmerizing cocktails while nightly the best DJs distil their musical selections to infuse each night with energy and sensuality. The afore mentioned cocktails are among the best you will find in the city and are created using only the freshest ingredients. Dinner is served downstairs in the 150seat dining room under the gigantic Buddha statue and beautifully decorated chandeliers, where guests can sample excellent examples of the now legendary Buddha-Bar Paris signature dishes. The lounge is open daily from 6pm till late and the restaurant opens from 6.30pm till late. 54

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Die BUDDHA BAR PRAG hat zwei riesige Etagen mit vielen intimen Ecken um zu entspannen, zu denieren, oder gesehen zu werden. Essen wird im unteren, 150 Plaetze grossem Speisesaal direkt unter einer gigantischen Buddha Statueserviert, waerend oben in der luxurioesen Bar und Lounge mehr als einhundert Gaeste geradezu hypnotisierende Cocktails geniessen und die besten DJ's ihre Musik benutzen um den Abend mit Gefuehl und Energie zu bereichern. Пражский «Будда Бар» состоит из двух огромных этажей с множеством укромных уголков для отдыха, ужина и для того, чтобы быть замеченным. Ужин подается на нижнем этаже в зале на 150 мест около гигантской статуи Будды, в то время как на верхнем этаже Вас ждут бар и лаундж. Более чем 100 гостей могут потягивать завораживающие коктейли под музыку лучших ди-джеев, которые тщательно подбирают свои плей-листы, чтобы придать каждой ночи энергию и чувственность.


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Touch Your Senses ! Jewel Cafe Bar

and taste will be satisfied with their fine modern cuisine. World famous cocktails and special collections of Martini will fulfil your passion for taste. The sense of hearing will be taken care of by selected lounge DJs.

Rytířská 3, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 725 365 302. www.jewel.cz Jewel is not just simply Sapphire, Emerald, Diamond - it is the Jewel of all your senses. It is a place that will absorb you with its uniqueness and ambient atmosphere. More than 10,000 crystals will attract your eyes. Sense of smell

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Драгоценный камень это не просто сапфир, изумруд или бриллиант – это драгоценность ваших ощущений. Кафе Бар «Джуэл» увлечет Вас своей уникальностью и обстановкой. Ваши глаза поразят более чем 10 000 кристаллов. Обоняние и вкус будут удовлетворены изысканной современной кухней. Вашу страсть к чему-нибудь вкусному утолят известные по всему миру коктейли и специальная коллекция Мартини. Об услаждении ваших слуховых ощущений постараются лучшие лаундж ди-джеи.


Pacific Dreams ! aloha Wave Lounge

Dušní 11, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 602 251 392. www.alohapraha.cz Aloha Wave Lounge is a stylish café, restaurant and cocktail lounge with an element of Hawaiian Tiki style ranging from thirties to the sixties. Wooden interior and dimmed lights give the place a relaxed ambience. They offer a great range of exotic cocktails and Pacific cuisine. Relaxed spirit is reinforced by a selection of live DJ`s and bands. The venue can be found at Dusni Street 11. ALOHA WAVE LOUNGE ist ein stylisches Cafe - Restaurant und Cocktail Lounge mit Elementen des hawaiianischem Tiki - Stil von der 30er bis 60er Jahren. Die hoelzerne Einrichtung und das gedimmte Licht

Cafes & Bars geben ein entspanntes Ambiente. es gibt eine grosse Auswahl an exotischen Cocktails und pazifischer Kueche. Der entspannte Geist wird zusaetzlich von einer Auswahl an Live - DJ's und Bands verstaerkt. Sie koennen die Bar in der Dusni Strasse Nr.11 finden. Алоха Уэйв Лаундж модное кафе, ресторан и коктейллаундж с элементами гавайского стиля Тики. Выполненный из дерева интерьер и приглушенный свет создают свободную, расслабляющую атмосферу. Здесь Вам предложат огромное количество экзотических коктейлей и блюд тихоокеанской кухни. Дух общего релакса усиливается выступлениями великолепно подобранных ди-джеев и групп. Заведение находится на улице Душни, 11.

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Clubbing In Prague

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espite the huge influx of tourists in recent years, Prague has never really been famed for its clubbing scene, but that situation is changing rapidly and the city boasts a number of top-class clubs which would gain plaudits in any European city. Many of the clubs use all the latest technologies to make your clubbing experience all the more memorable, and they also employ some excellent DJs (local and international) to provide the tunes. The following is a look at some of the city’s most popular clubbing venues.

Duplex Club Václavské náměstí 21. Prague 1 Tel.: +420 732 221 111. www. duplex.cz One of the city’s most exclusive clubs – 58

everything about this place oozes class. Duplex can be found on the upper floors of one of the city’s tallest buildings in the heart of Wenceslas Square. It’s a must-go venue for those who prefer their clubbing a little bit more chic and sophisticated. The club always attracts top DJs and boasts excellent audio and lighting systems. The interior is modern and trendy and the staff are professional and friendly. Various stars also visit Duplex and Mick Jagger once held his birthday there.


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Club Roxy Dlouha 33, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 826 296. www.roxy.cz Roxy is a popular dance club on Dlouha street, close to the Old Town Square and is known by some as the elephant, due to it’s vast size. It’s one of Prague’s oldest and best-known clubs and has been operating for around 20 years. The venue attracts various big-name DJs, with the music spanning all genres of dance. The dance floor is vast and the lighting is also impressive. There is also an excellent cafe-bar on the second floor. Very popular with tourists and locals alike. The venue also hosts various concerts.

Mecca Dlouhá 3, Prague 7. Tel.: +420 602 711 225. www.mecca.cz One of the biggest and most influential dance clubs in the city, Club Mecca is for those people who take their dance and music seriously. The club was formed about 10 years ago and is located in an abandoned fabric hall in Prague 7. It has two levels, with the upper level hosting an excellent restaurant and cafebar. Downstairs is the clubbing area and Mecca is renowned for attracting top class House DJs from all over the world. It’s also a popular place for the rich and famous – Wesley Snipes among others was a visitor to Mecca.

Smetanovo nabrezi 198, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 220 502. www.karlovylazne.cz With its five music clubs on five floors is the largest establishment of its type in Central Europe. It can be found right beside Charles Bridge and is also unique due to the original character created through the preserved historic interior of the building. Each floor is a separate club devoted to a specific style of music. Everything from disco to house and hiphop to trance is covered. They using cutting edge technology to stay ahead of the times and the venue was recently voted as one of the best technically equipped clubs in Europe.

Lávka Club Novotného lávka 1, Prague 1 Tel.: +420 221 082 299. www.lavka.cz Lávka club is situated right on the banks of the River Vltava, next to Charles Bridge and very near the Karlovy Lazne club and it offers incredible views up to Prague Castle. Party music is normally the order of the day at Lávka and you can expect to hear tunes from the 60s until today and no doubt the guys will also admire the beautiful podium dancers. The venue also boasts an excellent riverside terrace which is a treat during fine weather. It attracts both locals and tourists.

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ne of the most famous X-rated cities on the planet. If you didn’t know that, it won’t take long before you will, because during a night-time stroll in the city centre, you will see countless neon signs promoting strip clubs and countless street-touts attempting to lure you to these clubs. In Prague, they are known as Cabaret clubs (quite why they are called ‘Cabaret’, we don’t know), and as you would expect there are some good ones and some very bad ones. The touts themselves can be very annoying as they try to persuade you to come in and some just don’t take no for an answer, but in the main, they are harmless and are simply trying to make a living from the commission they receive for escorting guests to the clubs. Sometimes, one club can feature more than 100 girls who will be either performing as 60

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dancers or will be there for animation, in the hope that their seductive charms can wow you into buying a drink for them. It is very normal for these same girls to allow you the opportunity to escort them back to your hotel room for some even more intimate moments. This is not strictly legal, but its not illegal either as the Government’s laws are very tolerant on this subject. Being as efficient as we are, we have checked out almost all the cabaret clubs in the city centre, and while most have had quite a positive effect, there was one which stood out among all others for its standards of class, sophistication, service and professionalism – That was the Hot Peppers Club on Wenceslas Square. If you do happen to partake in Prague’s adult-entertainment scene, make sure you stay safe and play safe!


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Unforgettable Experiences ! Naughty

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. 62

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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.


GUIDE The following are some useful numbers and contact details which could come in handy during your stay in Prague:

EMERGENCY 112 – General Emergency Number 112 is the general emergency line throughout the European Union. This number is for largescale emergencies, especially for those who don’t speak Czech. It can be dialed from any phone for free, The number can be used for urgent help from services such as Police, Fire Brigade, or Medical Assistance. These numbers can also be called directly with the following digits: 150 – Fire 155 – Ambulance 156 – Prague City Police 158 – Police

HOSPITALS/FIRST AID Hospitals: +420 257 271 111 – Na Holmolce (Prague 5) +420 222 801 111 – Františku (Prague 1) Doctors: +420 224 947 717 – Prague 1 & 2 – 24 hrs +420 224 949 181 – Prague 1 & 2 – 24 hrs

24-HOUR PHARMACY For 24 hours pharmacies (lekama in Czech) call the following numbers: +420 224 946 982 - Palackého 5, Prague 1 +420 222 519 731 –, Belgická 3, Prague 2

AUTO-RELATED 154 – Towing Service 1230 – Emergency Road Service

DENTIST Service from 7am until 7pm on weekdays and 64

Useful Numbers 24-hour service on weekends: +420 224 986 981

LOST CREDIT CARDS Lets hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, these numbers could be useful: +420 224 125 353 – Visa +420 222 800 111 – American Express +420 261 354 650 – MasterCard/Eurocard +420 267 314 285 – Diners Club

TAXI SERVICES Numbers for some of the reputable companies: +420 222 333 222 – AAA +420 257 257 257 – City Taxi +420 257 216 479 – Taxi Praha

EMBASSIES Contact details for some of the bigger embassies are as follows: France Velkopřevorské nám. 2, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 251 171 711 Germany Vlašská 19, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 257 113 111 Great Britain and Northern Ireland Thunovská 14, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 257 402 111 Ireland Tržiště 13, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 257 530 061-4 Italy Nerudova 20, Prague 1, Tel.: +420 233 080 111 The Netherlands Gotthardská 6/27, Prague 6, Tel.: +420 224 312 190 Spain Badeniho 4, Prague 7, Tel.: +420 224 311 441 United States of America Tržiště 15, Prague1, Tel.: +420 257 530 663 Russia Nám. Pod Kaštany 1, Prague 6, Tel.: +420 233 374 100


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