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Issue 02 Summer 2011 FREE

The best of the best that Prague has to offer.

Attractions Eating Out History Key Areas Nightlife City Map

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WELCOME

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Welcome to Prague

elcome to the second 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 this summer and we also hope that you will in some way enjoy reading Prague Night & Day. Stay safe and play safe and never hesitate to contact us about any aspect of the magazine. Prague Night & Day staff In association with:


CONTENTS

Contents

Prague Night & Day - Summer 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 34 Map A useful city map 68 Useful Numbers Numbers which may prove important

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

20 Shopping Summer shopping in the city 30 Health & Wellness Get pampered in Prague 36 Eating Out Restaurants we have visited

Entertainment

10 Attractions What to see and do in the city 19 Casinos Fancy a flutter ? 24 What’s On Summer events in the city 54 Cafes & Bars The venues we have visited

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.

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

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, Prague 1 and is open every day from 02.00-24.00.Web: www.cpost.cz. Tipping The general consensus, and indeed it has also been our strategy since we have been here is to leave a 10% tip. Emergency free phone numbers 150 - Fire Department 155 - Medical Emergency 156 - City Police 158 - Police Operators speak mostly Czech, so better to ask someone to explain your problem instead of you talking to them directly. pharmacy A pharmacy, which is available around the clock, can be found by calling: +420 224 946 982. Address: Palackého 720/5, Praha 1.

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.

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Getting Around

public Transport Public transport in the city is reliable, punctual and cheap. The same tickets are used for trams, busses and the subway. Tickets prices increase from July 1st when a ticket for 30 minutes will cost 26CZK and a 90-minute ticket will cost 32 CZK. However, these prices include changeovers, so you can travek as far as you want for that price which was not the case in the past. Children under-5 and over-65s travel for free. Tickets must be validated before travel and don’t forget to do it, because checks are carried out regularly. You can save time and money by purchasing 1-day, 3-day and 7-day tickets which cost 100 CZK, 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 colour-

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

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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. It comes alive during summertime when you can expect to see packed terraces during the fine weather.

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

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INFO Lesser Town (Malá strana) The Lesser Town is a district of the city 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. As you would imagine, it tends to get very busy during summer, but please be careful when walking on the Square late at night, as it attracts various undesirables.

a night-time view from the bottom of 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 Nazis and their tanks parade through Wenceslas square. of artists and scholars. The period when it flourished was brought to an abrupt end by the uprising of the History of The City 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 In association with:


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.

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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 The soviet occupation pf prague. 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 10

Seeing & Doing

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


The Castle Of All Castles Prague castle

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

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

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Cloak & Dagger

AttrActions Do you want to experience the Prague which was riddled in murder and crime and now shows traces of those who were left behind ? Then the Cloak & Dagger Ghost Tour is definitely for you. The tour was re-launched in April 2011 and has been gaining race reviews from customers and critics alike. Experienced English-speaking guides will inform you about a side of Prague unknown by day and revealed only by night. Travel back in time with them though the Old Town and experience the ghosts and secrets of Prague at night. Follow their footsteps as they lead you through the streets and tell you tales of evil deeds. In heat or cold, rain or shine, they stand in the Old Town Square; till death they do part.! The guides themselves are un-missable because they tower above the rest, hooded and

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Prague’s Finest Ghost tour

cloaked from head to foot. You will know when you see them. It’s much more than just a tour, it’s a performance. So, join them if you dare for an hour you will never forget!


Kartareal Černý Most Enjoy life at full throttle! Chlumecká 8, Prague 9 Entertainment Centre Černý Most Tel. +420 : 281 916 188. www.kartareal.cz An absolute must-go place for those who get their kicks from living life in the fast lane! The Kartareal indoor facility can be found just outside the city centre at Černý Most and is without doubt the finest karting track we have experienced in the Czech Republic or any other city for that matter. Set in an area of 4.000 square metres, they offer new Subaru karts with 7HP engines. The facility also boasts an excellent sports bar which offers great views onto the course. It’s a perfect attraction for individuals or groups, as the management can completely organise your event and arrange and prepare the race for you. The track is open Monday to Thursday from 14.00 to 22.00; Friday from 14.00 to 23.00; Saturday 12.00 to 23.00 and on Sundays from 12.00 to 22.00. Prices are extremely competitive compared to other European cities.

AttrActions Kartarael ist die beste Gokart Anlage in Prag und bietet endlosen Spass fuer alle Altersgruppen. Auf einem Gebiet von 4000 Quatdrattmetern wird in neuen 7PS Subaru Karts gefahren. Die Strecke ist hoechster Standart und bietet faire aber enge Herausvorderungen. Die Anlage bietet ebenfalls eine Sportbar von der man einen grossartigen Blick auf die Rennstrecke hat. Es ist eine gute Attraktion fuer Einzelne wie Gruppen, da man dort auf Sie eingeht und z.B. spezielle Events oder Rennen vorbereitet. «Карт Ареал» – это лучшее место для картинга в Праге, предлагающее бесконечное количество развлечений для посетителей всех возрастов. Картингцентр занимает площадь 4000 м2 , оснащен новыми картами марки «Субару» с моторами 7 л.с. Такие трассы Вы не найдете больше нигде жесткие, но справедливые соревнования! Заведение также может похвастаться превосходным спортбаром, где Вы можете следить за происходящим на треке. Это идеальное место как для нескольких человек, так и для групп. Возможна организация Вашего мероприятия, подготовка гонки именно для Вас. Открыто каждый день.

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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 16

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

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


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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.

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

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

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 from Hus's time there. In association with:

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

Saint Vitus' Cathedral Located in the grounds of Prague Castle Saint Vitus' Cathedral (Czech: Katedrála svatého Víta) is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Prague, and the seat of the Archbishop of Prague. Located within Prague Castle and containing the tombs of many Bohemian kings and Holy Roman Emperors, this cathedral is an excellent example of Gothic architecture and is the biggest and most important church in the country. Perhaps the most outstanding place in the cathedral is the Chapel of St. Wenceslas, where the relics of the saint are kept. The room was built by Peter Parler between 1344 and 1364 and has a ribbed vault. The lower part of the walls are wonderfully decorated with over 1300 semiprecious stones and paintings about the Passion of Christ dating from the original decoration of 18

Miscellaneous Attractions the chapel in 1372-1373. The Bohemian Coronation Jewels are also kept here.

National Museum Wenceslas Square 1700/68, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 497 111 The National museum (Czech: Národní muzeum) is an institution intended to systematically establish, prepare and publicly exhibit natural scientific and historical collections. It was founded 1818 in Prague by Kašpar Maria Šternberg. Historian František Palacký was also strongly involved. In May 1964, the Museum was turned into an organization of five professionally autonomous components: the Museum of Natural Science, the Historical Museum, the Naprstek Museum of Asia, African, and American Cultures, the National Museum Library, the Central Office of Museology. A sixth autonomous unit, the Museum of Czech Music, was established in 1976. At present the National Museum houses almost 14 million items from the area of natural history, history, arts, music and librarianship, located in tens of buildings.

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


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

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

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

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

Великолепно расположенное в сердце Праги, Казино «Банко» найдет что 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. In association with:

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SHOPPING

Shop Until You Drop!

PalladIum Shopping mall

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

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


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

City Shopping

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.

Carollinum

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.

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.

Lapis Diamond Jeremiášova 1110/21, Prague 5. Tel.: +420 235 002 711. www.lapisdiamond.cz The Lapis Diamond factory can be found 22

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

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

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

Karlova 19, Prague 1. 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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Summer Events In The City

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 summer in the Czech capital. For further information on an event, check out the event website or the website of the event location.

THE MAIN EVENT Prague City Festival June 23 Prague City Festival aims to turn Prague into an internationally acclaimed top-notch festival destination, drawing from the successful

a.m. the following day, with a series of small accompanying concerts.For further information about performers and the venue, look to the ad on the next page, or visit their website at: www.cityfestival.cz

FESTIVALS Shantyfest June 16-19 4th International Festival of Shanty Choirs. www.bohemiafestival.cz Summer Shakespeare Festival June 23 to September 9 The oldest and biggest open-air theatre festival of the most famous plays of William Shakespeare in Europe. www.shakespeare.cz Prague Baroque Festivities June 24 onwards New festival introducing Baroque operas in the beautiful Ledebur Garden under the Prague Castle. http://prazskebaroknislavnosti.cz

The Hives will perform at Prague City Festival

tours of Radiohead and Green Day. The festival envisions a single large open-air stage at Bruselska cesta with additional stages located at nearby facilities, e.g. the Industrial Palace, Incheba Arena or Tesla Arena. The Prague City Festival plans to promote the event abroad, offering tickets in neighbouring countries as well. The hope is that this unique event would become comparable to international festivals, while preserving certain specific features of the Czech music scene. The festival will be on par with other European venues, with regard to organization, service and security. The first year of the Prague City Festival, in 2011, will consist of a single-day event starting at 12:45 p.m., running until 5 24

Prague Proms June 21 to July 23 Acclaimed international music festival. www.pragueproms.cz Rock for People July 2 – 5 at Festivalpark Open air music festival for those who love their beats a bit harder. Dance2011Bohemia July 7-10 performances of dance ensembles from different countries of the world www.ifbbohemia.cz In association with:


what’s on Prague Folklore Days July 28-31 International meeting of folklore ensembles. www.praguefestival.cz Let´s Dance July 28-31 Prague international dance festival (samba, salsa, flamenco, bellydance, hip hop...) www.letsdance.cz Prague Pride 2011 August 10-14

More Events The Prague Fair August 25-30 International festival of folklore. www.folklornisdruzeni.cz or www.prazskyjarmark.cz

EXHIBITIONS

The Year of the Rose Throughout summer at Prague Castle The main part of this exhibit focuses on the history of the Rožmberk family, as illustrated by historic documentation, literary texts and large-format photographs depicting the main residencies of this dynasty. www.kulturanahrade.cz A Taste of Europe Until July 31 at National Museum of Agriculture An exhibition organized in conjunction with the joint project from eight EU countries, introducing the history and present-day state of national cuisines, food production and consumption. www.nzm.cz

An open event for all people both from the LGBT community as well as any of their friends to be. www.praguepride.cz

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Baroque Synagogues in the Czech Lands Until August 28 at The Robert Guttmann Gallery The exhibit organized by Arno Pařík aims to map out in detail for the first time, the oldest and most valuable historic and cultural synagogues from the 17th – 18th centuries in the Czech lands. www.jewishmuseum.cz

Trnkobraní 2011 August 19 – 21 44th year of famous czech festival where best czech singers take place. In area of Rudolf Jelinek destillery (czech Slivovitz)

The Rožmberks Until August 31 at Wallenstein Riding School The exhibition will, for the first time, offer important artefacts from the history of the Rožmberk dynasty. www.ngprague.cz

Summer at Letná Park August 28 – September 9 International festival of new circus and theatre. www.letniletna.cz

Porcelain at the Prague Castle Until September 11. 2011 at Queen Anne’s Summer Palace – Prague Castle The Prague Castle collections comprise a large number of ceramic artefacts including In association with:


what’s on typical pottery, faience, earthenware, porcelain and biscuit ware. This collection has been overlooked thus far, as it is housed in the depositories and many items are used as decorations in the Prague Castle presidential offices, as well as the Lany Chateau. www.kulturanahrade.cz The Prague Quadrennial 2011 Until June 30 at The Old Town Hall Miloslav Melena – Stage Designer and Architect Miloslav Melena is the leading stage designer and theatre architect in the Czech Republic.. Even though Melena was multifaceted, the exhibition will focus on two main areas – stage design and theatre architecture. www.prazskeveze.cz Rudolf Steiner and Contemporary Art June 16 – Sep 12 at DOX, Centre for Contemporary Art The exhibition, prepared by Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in cooperation with Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, aims to introduce Steiner‘s world of Universalist ideas through the works of fifteen contemporary artists. http://doxprague.org

MUSIC/DANCE

UNDERworld July 7 at Sasazu The exciting band take to the stage at Sasazu With special guests Cartonage and John Cutler Suzanne Vega July 13 at Areál U sýpky, Velké Pavlovice The unique sound of Suzanne Vega comes to Prague. Masters Of Rock July 14 – 17 at Areál likérky R. Jelínek, Vizovice A must-see for those who like their music loud and proud.

Macy Gray July 16 at Kulturní Centrum Vltavská, Praha 7 The controversial American singstress comes to the Kulturní Centrum in Prague 7. BB King July 12 at Kongresove Centrum The King Of Blues will perform in Prague in mid-July. George Michael August 22 at Státní Opera Prague The legendary British performer comes to Prague with Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour". Pleasure Island August 27 at Letiště, Roudnice nad Labem The hugely popular dance event will draw a huge crowd.

OPERA/MUSICALS

For information on what operas and musicals are taking place during your stay in prague, please check out the following website: www.praguewelcome.cz.

THEATRE

For information on what operas and musicals are taking place during your stay in prague, please check out the following website: www.praguewelcome.cz. In association with:

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AMSTERDAM

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s you will have noticed if you read page 3 of the magazine, we have been producing tourist/visitor magazines in Amsterdam for the past eight years. Some of our long-term associates in Amsterdam have also asked to promote themselves in our new Prague magazine, and being the friendly we decided to oblige. Amsterdam being Amsterdam, it just so happens that the two associates are promoting businesses in the adult entertainment industry. Nevertheless, they are two long standing and much admired companies which provide exemplary services. So, if you are planning to go to Amsterdam, or perhaps thinking about working there, these pages could prove useful. The Dutch capital truly is a diverse and

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Amsterdam

beautiful city, and for those who have not yet been there, a trip is strongly recommended. The canals, the canal-side houses, the museums, the parks, the nightlife and the restaurant scene, not to mention the infamous Red Light District all combine to make Amsterdam a unique and exhilarating city. The Dutch capital also plays host to various different festivals during summertime, including the Sensation, Dance Valley and Loveland dance festivals; Holland Festival which is the city’s biggest cultural festival of the year and the Gay Pride Festival which culminates in a spectacular canal parade. If any readers require more information on what to see and do, where to stay or what to expect in Amsterdam, please do not hesitate to drop us an email and we will be only too happy to respond to your queries.

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WELLNESS

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Health & Wellness

ith so much to see and do, and so many routes to walk, Prague is a city that can be draining both physically and mentally, so its fitting that the Czech capital has an excellent health and wellness scene. You will no doubt notice the huge number of Massage parlours in the city centre. Quantity does not always equal quality and we are happy to reccomend the Nam Jai Massage salon for those who are in need of losing their aches and pains or hold a need to feel relaxed. The city also offers various health spas where guests can comfort themselves with jacuzzi-whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas and various other devices. The city and indeed the country is also famed for its professional but extremely cheap dental services, and countless English-speaking 30

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


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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! In association with:


WELLNESS Those of you wishing to top up your tan while in Prague should pay a viusit to Solarium BBC which can be found just outside the city centre on Vinohradskรก Street. They offer the newest state of the art solariums and all the essential pre-sunbed and post-sunbed creams and lotions that you need. The studior itself is a modern and stylish venue which doubles up as a fitness centre offering facilities such as aerobics, yoga, zumba, ADK, cycling etc.

Salon YES VISAGE Mรกnesova 217, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 776 707 707 www.yesvisage.cz Salon Yes Visage was the first noninvasive esthetic clinic, laser treatments and body loosing centre in this country. Effectively and safely they promote character and beautify skin without using surgery. They offer comprehensive services such as liposuction, cavitation, facelifts and the removal of moles, scars, stretch marks, and cellulite. Luxury Lashes eyelash extensions, wrinkle removal and skin rejuvenation are also available.

World Class Fitness Center Wenceslas Square 22, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 224 282 899 www.worldclass.cz Located on the famous Wenceslas square, the World Class Fitness Centre also cater for

Solรกrium Fitness BBC Vinohradskรก 190, Prague 3. Tel.: +420 255 710 277 http://www.fitnessbbc.cz

short-term visitors and it truly is a state-of-theart gym. At World Class, they believe that exercise should result in more than just beautiful shapes, they believe in the strengthening of body and soul. The company's international staff consists of some of the world's most skilled group training instructors and advisors in strength training. Included among the services and facilities are: Group training, Strength training, Cardio training, Personal training, Schwinn cycling, Sauna, Massage, Solarium, Relax lounge. In association with:

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Map Key

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. Noodles Restaurant 8. Palladium 9. Kosta Boda 10. Caffrey’s Pub 11. Paddy’s Irish Pub 12. George & Dragon 13. Las AdelitasRestaurant 14. All Inclusive Tour 15. The PUB 16. Svatého Ignáce 17. Hot Peppers 18. Nam Jai Massage 19. TGI Friday Na Příkopě 20. TGI Friday Karlova 21. TGI Friday Andel 22. U Balbinu Restaurant 23. Demínka Restaurant A Prague Castle B Astronomical Clock C Powder Tower D National Museum

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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); 36

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


Be Surprised ! China Fusion

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

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

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

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

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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! In association with:


Oriental India In Prague Chanchala

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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. 42

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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The Authentic Taste Of Mexico Las Adelitas

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Dishes such as Tacos, Flautas, Tostadas, Burritos, Enchiladas and Quesadillas were all on offer and by the time our quartet had finished dining we had tried them all, and all were absolutely delicious. The restaurant also provides a fooddelivery service, and it is never a problem to have food delivered to your hotel. An absolute must for those who enjoy Mexican cuisine.

Americká 8, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 222 542 031. www.lasadelitas.cz A Mexican friend who has been living for some years in Prague told us that Las Adelitas was by far the best Mexican restaurant in the city. Trusting the words of a native Mexican, we took a chance and went there – His advice was 100% right, because this was the best Mexican food any of us had ever tasted. Situated in Prague 2, just a few minutes taxi trip from Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, Las Adelitas delivered a true taste of Mexico in a quaint and comfortable environment. Managed and owned by Mexicans, the restaurant is devoted to serving some of the most emblematic dishes of the Mexican cuisine, and they share this gastro-cultural experience in a friendly and familiar atmosphere, always trying to conserve the real Mexican flavour. 44

Wenn authentische mexikanische Kueche ist was Sie suchen, dann ist dieser Platz die Antwort. Las Adelitas Restaurant, Bar und Lieferservice, ist ein einzigartiges mexikanisches Restaurant in Prag. Von Mexikanern betrieben und gefuehrt bietet es die Aushaengeschilder exzellenter Gerichte mexikanischer Kueche mit dem Verlangen danach die Gastro/kulturelle Erfahrung in einer freundlichen und typischen Atmosphaere zu teilen, in der der mexikanische Geschmack noch erhalten bleibt. Das Restaurant bietet auch einen Lieferservice, und es ist nie ein Problem Essen auch in das Hotel zu liefern. Если вы ищете настоящую мексиканскую кухню, то это заведение именно то, что Вы ищете. Ресторан, Бар и Доставка «Лас Аделитас» -единственный в своем роде мексиканский ресторан в Праге. Владельцы и менеджеры ресторана - мексиканцы, которые посвятили это место приготовлению и подаче самых символичных блюд мексиканской кухни. Здесь охотно делятся гастрономическим и культурным опытом в дружелюбной семейной обстановке, сохраняя при этом мексиканскую «изюминку». Ресторан также предоставляет услуги по доставке, и Вы спокойно можете заказать еду в отель. In association with:


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Politických vězňů 12. Prague 1. Tel.: +420 234 100 879. www.noodles.cz In the heart of Prague, just a few steps away from the famous Wenceslas Square, you can find an oasis that will fully satisfy your gourmet demands. Restaurant Café Bar Noodles offers a wide variety of noodles from all around the world, and their top class chefs ensure they are cooked to perfection. You can choose from fantastic Italian, Chinese, Thai or Mongolian pastas, which are served with the freshest meats and vegetables. They also offer a superb local and international menu. Their summer garden, set in green surroundings and is quite simply one of the finest outdoor dining areas we have experienced in Prague. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or meal on a fine day or evening. Im Herzen Prags, nur einige Schritte vom Wenzelzplatz, finden Sie eine Oase, die Ihren Gourmeanspruechen vollstaendig befriedigt. Das Restaurant Cafe Bar Noodles, welches eine weite Variante von Nudeln

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aus der ganzen Welt anbietet. Sie koennen aus fabelhaften italienischen, chinesischen, thailaendischen oder mongolischen Nudeln, oder etwas aus schmackhaften heimischen Kueche waehlen. Die Sommerterrasse mit viel Gruen, ist perfect um einen warmen Sommerabend mit Cocktail zu verbringen. Waehrend des Essens werden Sie von modernem Design, freundicher Atmosphaere und exzellentem Servis verwoehnt. В сердце Праги, всего в нескольких шагах от знаменитой Вацлавской площади, находится оазис, который удовлетворит самый изысканный вкус. Ресторан Кафе Бар «Нудлс» готов предложить широкий ассортимент лапши из самых разных уголков мира. Вы можете выбрать что-то из фантастических видов итальянской, китайской, тайской или монгольской пасты или великолепные блюда из местного и международного меню. Летняя терраса, разбитая в зеленом окружении, идеальное место, где можно приятно провести вечер и выпить по коктейлю. Во время Вашего ужина Вас побалуют современный дизайн, дружелюбная атмосфера и прекрасное обслуживание.

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TGI Fridays Prague

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

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

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


Beautiful Architecture – Delicious Food ! Demínka Škrétova 1, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 224 224 915. www.deminka.com Restaurant Demínka is well known to most people living in Prague. It has been in operation since 1886 and it is one of the oldest running restaurants in the city. Today, it operates as one of the Pilsner Urquell Original Beer Restaurants offering traditional Czech cuisine complemented by the delicious taste of Pilsner beer. The restaurant can be found behind the National Museum and close to the top of Wenceslas Square. The prices are very reasonable, the service is friendly and the interior is stylish. Bei den meisten Menschen die in Prag leben ist das Restaurant Deminka sehr bekannt. Es besteht seit 1886 und ist eines der aeltesten noch bestehenden Restaurants der Stadt.

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Heutzutage wirkt es als originales Pilsener Urquell Bier Restaurant, welches traditionelle tschechische Kueche zum hervorragenem Pilsener Bier bietet. Das Restaurant finden Sie am oberem Ende des Wenzelsplatzes, hinterm National Museum. Die Preise sind angenehm, der Serice ist freundlich und die Ausstattung stilvoll. Ресторан «Дэминка» хорошо известен большинству пражан, ведь он открыт с 1886 года и является одним из самых старых ресторанов города. Сегодня он работает под маркой Пивных Ресторанов Пилзнер Урквел, предлагая традиционную чешскую кухню наряду с вкусным пивом Пилзнер. Ресторан расположен за Национальным музеем в верхней части Вацлавской площади. Вас порадуют приемлемые цены, приветливый персонал и стильный интерьер.

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A True Taste Of The Czech Republic U Balbinu

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Jungmannova 22, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 226 804 980. www.ubalbinu.cz. We had been hearing positive reviews about U Balbinu for a long time, and after visiting the restaurant a couple of months ago, it can safely be said that those positive comments were accurate. It is an original Czech beer house in the heart of Prague city centre which offers only original Czech dishes such as sirloin beef, potato pancakes, and roasted duck with red cabbage, bread and potato dumplings. Their delicious food is washed down with excellent tank Pilsner Urquell beer or their unique dark 14° Balbin, which definitely is worth trying if you want a true taste of the Czech Republic. The venue really is a beer-lovers paradise, because they also offer 75 other brands of beer from all around the world. Another perk is the stunning outdoor garden which is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your meal or drink when the weather is fine. Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am to midnight; Sat & Sun: 11am to midnight. Smoking and nonsmoking sections are available. Das Restaurant U Balbinu ist ein original tschechisches Bier Haus in Prag. Es bietet nur original tschechische

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Kueche wie z.B. Sirlion, Kartoffelpfannkuchen, und geroestete Ente mit Rotkohl, und Brot und Kartoffel Knoedel. Das alles laesst sich sehr gut mit dem excellentem Pilsener Urquell oder dem einzigartigen dunklem 14 Grad Balbin Bier herunter spuellen. Ausserdem wird ein Biergarten, ein getrennter Raucher- und Nichtraucherbereich und eine Late Bar, in der es mehr als 75 Biere von ueberall auf der Welt gibt, angeboten. Das alles zu sehr guten Preisen, mit freundlichem Service und in stilvoller Atmosphaere. Sie finden uns in der naehe des Wenzelsplatzes.

Ресторан «У Балбину» - это истинно чешский пивной дом в сердце Праги. Здесь Вы сможете попробовать настоящие чешские блюда, такие как стейк, картофельные драники, запеченная утка с краснокочанной капустой, традиционные или картофельные кнедлики, а запить все это отменным разливным пивом Пилзнер Урквел или уникальным темным пивом Балбин. Что касается внутреннего решения ресторана, здесь есть терраса, отделенные секции для курящих и некурящих и открытый допоздна бар с 75 видами пива со всего мира. Умеренные цены, приятное обслуживание, элегантный интерьер и прекрасное расположение: Вы найдете нас рядом с Вацлавской площадью! In association with:


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Restaurant Svatého Ignáce boasts a superb outdoor garden, which forms the perfect setting for summertime meal. The restaurant also caters for special occasions such as birthday parties, graduation parties and bachelor parties. The service is friendly, as the staff go out of their way to ensure that your visit is a memorable one. Chances are that once you try this place, you will be going back again and again.

Ječná 5, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 224 919 555. www.svatyignac.cz One of the newest Czech restaurants in Prague, Svatého Ignáce has been gaining rave reviews since it opened and when you combine the quality of their food and service together with the fresh look of their restaurant, the praise is justified. Situated on Ječná Street in Prague 2, just a few minutes from key areas such as Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square, the restaurant offers some of the finest local cuisine you can find in the city. The beef goulash and the Traditional Bohemian Feast have tantalised our taste buds in the past, and will do so again in the near future. The restaurant also serves some excellent international dishes and they have an excellent beer, wine and spirits menu. An additional bonus is that the venue 52

Das neu eroeffnete Restaurant Svatého Ignáce hat seit beginn sehr gute Kritiken erhalten, und diese mit Berechtigung, denn es wird nur die feinste lokale Kueche der Stadt angeboten. Neben allen traditionellen tschechischen Gerichten gibt es einige Spezialitaeten, die Sie wieder und wieder kommen lassen werden. Die Angestellten sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit, und die Raeumlichkeiten strotzen durch Modernitaet und Frische. Dazu kommt der Bonus, dass waerend der Sommer Saison in dem wunderschoenen Garten deniert werden kann. Недавно открывшийся чешский ресторан «Святой Игнац» получает только восторженные отзывы, и аплодисменты в его адрес оправданы, ибо блюда местной кухни, подаваемые здесь, одни из лучших в городе. Вашему вниманию предложат как традиционные чешские фирменные кушанья, так и некоторые уникальные, и Вы будете возвращаться сюда снова и снова. Персонал здесь доброжелательный и готовый придти на помощь, а интерьер – новый и современный. Дополнительным преимуществом заведения в летнем сезоне является то, что гости также могут отобедать на свежем воздухе, на красивой террасе. In association with:


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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 54

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. In association with:


That’s What Friends Are For! Caffrey’s Irish Bar

Old Town Square 10, Prague 1. 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 below 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, rugby, horse-racing and much more. Paddy’s is also one of the city’s best valuefor-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 owners Eva and 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 LiveSports 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. In association with:


Cafes & Bars

Miscellaneous Cafes & Bars describe the wonderful Silwer Cafe, which can be found just off the bottom of Wenceslas Square. In-house DJs spin house and dance music, while the diverse and glamorous clientele partakes of cocktails and the physical beauty of its guests. A food menu is also available. A Silwer night is one you won’t forget.

Tretters New York Bar

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

Silwer Cafe Jungmannovo náměstí 21, Prague 1.Tel: +420 222 212 702. www.silwercafebar.cz Ultra-extravagant, plush, glamorous, chic, trendy – All words which could be used to 58

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.

Bombay Bar Dlouhá 13, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 324 040 www.bombay-bar.cz Without doubt one of our favourite goingout spots, Bombay is a cool and cosy bar located in a historic courtyard just off the Old Town square. They offer an eclectic mix of dance music (courtesy of a live DJ) and cocktails. The things that separate Bombay from many of the others are quality service and quality products. When this is combined with an electric atmosphere seven nights per week, you have the recipe for a great night out. Highly recommended. In association with:


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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. 60

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


The PUB Veleslavínova 3, Prague 1. Tel.: +420 222 312 296 Hálkova 6, Prague 2. Tel.: +420 222 940 414 www.thepub.cz The PUB offers originality, entertainment and value for money in two locations in Prague’s Old Town. The first is located in Prague 1, the second can also be found in the city centre in Prague 2. The PUB-Pilsner Unique Bar and Restaurants offer you the chance to pour your own unpasteurized Pilsner Urquell beer courtesy of tables with selfservice 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 PUB Prague 1 boasts an excellent outdoor terrace. Other perks include jukeboxes at each table; daily Happy Hours until 18.00 when a pint of Pilsner Urquell can be purchased for just 28 CZK; and lunch specials starting at just 79 CZK. Definitely worth visiting!

Cafes & Bars The Pub Prag 1 ist eine einzigartige Bier Bar und Restaurant genau im Zentrum von Prag 1. Hier bietet man Bier zum selbst Zapfen, an einem der zehn Tische mit eigenen Zapfhaehnen. Jeder von diesen ist mit einem. Bildschirm ausgestattet auf dem man sieht wieviel man getrunken hat, mit dem man aber auch die Bedienung rufen oder sich Essen bestellen kann. The Pub ist auch fuer seine Cocktails und das beeindruckende Essen bruehmt. Die Bar bietet auch eine exzellente Terrasse auf welcher bis zu 20 Personen Platz finden. Preise sind angemessen. «ПАБ Прага 1» – это уникальный пивной бар и ресторан в центре города и района Прага 1. Здесь Вам будет предоставлена возможность самим наливать свое пиво благодаря наличию 10 столов со встроенными пивными кранами. Каждый кран оснащен наглядным тач-скрином, который позволит следить за количеством выпитого пива, позвать официанта, заказать еду и многое другое. «ПАБ» также известен своими коктейлями и впечатляющим меню. Бар может похвастаться отличной террасой на 20 мест. Цены приемлемы.

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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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Plzeňská 158, Prague 5. Tel.: +420 603 991 092 www.eroticmassage.cz Fancy some complete relaxation with a little extra spice added in for good measure – Then a visit to Erotic Massage could be the answer. The studio is located in Prague 5, just a short car or taxi trip from the city centre and is a stylish and comfortable venue which boasts all the latest mod-cons and equipment. The management have made discretion and confidentiality top priorities, so there is absolutely no need to feel uneasy about your visit. They offer unbeatable, subtly erotic massages in the company of a beautiful girl of your choice. The massage begins with an aromatic bath accompanied by relaxing music, all in the presence of the girl you have selected. After the bath, your topless masseuse will begin the erotic massage, and all that’s left for you to do, is lie back, relax and enjoy. Trust us when we tell you that the climax to this sensual experience can best be described as a Very Happy Ending! They take telephone orders at: +420 603 991 092, or you can simply come in person to the studio. They also offer gift vouchers which could be the perfect present for your friend. 64

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Besucher Prags sind eingeladen beim Team des Erotic Massage neue Gebiete des Vergnuegens zu entdecken. Sie bieten eine unschlagbare erotische Massage in der Begleitung eines wunderschoenem Maedchens Ihrer Wahl. Die Massagen werden in einem Erotikstudio in Prag 5 ausgefuehrt, vom Zentrum aus nur einige Minuten mit Taxi. Die erotische Massage beginnt mit einem aromatisiertem Bad von entspannter Musik begleitet, alles in Begleitung von dem Maedchen, das Sie ausgesucht haben. Nach dem Bad wird Ihre barbusige Masseuse Ihne eine unvergessliche Erfahrung bereiten. Diskretion ist garantiert. Команда специалистов по эротическому массажу приглашает гостей города для открытия новых горизонтов удовольствия. Здесь Вам предложат непревзойденный, искусный эротический массаж в компании красивой девушки по Вашему выбору. Массажи выполняются в приватной студии в Праге 5, в районе, который находится всего лишь в нескольких минутах от центра города на такси. Эротический массаж начинается с принятия ароматной ванны в сопровождении расслабляющей музыки, и, естественно, в присутствии девушки, которую Вы выбрали. После ванны топлесс-массажистка подарит Вам незабываемые ощущения. Конфиденциальность гарантирована. In association with:


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

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


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 – Na 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 (lékárna 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

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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 In association with:



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