Sept 8 Friday
Arrive around 2-3PM, Cab to AirBnb – get one at airport if controlled or
http://www.aaataxi.cz/en/ – I have app
Check into Airbnb, shopping in the market for food?, go for a walk to stay awake.
or go for “tea” – (4 minute walk from our apartment)
Henry James once said:
„There are only a few hours in life that are more pleasant than those devoted to the period of “Tea at Five” ritual.“
Enjoy the best quality of mixed black teas, sandwiches, classic pastry and desserts, always from 16 to 18:00 at
Národni 22, Prague
http://www.cafelouvre.cz/en/Many famous people ate here frequently – Kafka, Einstein, well known writers use it as office and meeting place.
Early to bed? Or visit a pub?
Sept 9 (Saturday)
Breakfast at apartment?
say eat about 7:00 (we will wake up early) and most restaurants open later
Or Cafe Louvre if we didn’t do it last night – or go again 🙂
Stare Mesto –The Old Town, this is the medieval settlement of Prague, settled in the early 9th century and expanded in the 14th century. Home to many famous sites like the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, and Synagogue.
Astronomical Clock – try for 8:00 or 9:00, if too late, skip until later.
Old Town Walk – Rick Steves
Town Hall and tour of tower
and behind, Kostel Panny Marie Pred Tynem – Tyn Cathedral
Brews and Views at 12:30 for 3.5 hours (to 4 PM) 65 Euro, prepaid
Prague Beer Tour Meeting Point
Letenské sady 341
one mile – 20 minute walk OR take tram
(Letna Park is a large area on the opposite side of the river, easily accessible by public transport (or by foot). Take tram 8 from Florenc to Sparta (opposite the football stadiom). Once in the park keep an eye open for signs towards the large metronome (Stroj času na Letné) – and don’t forget to have a refreshment in the Beer Garden with cheap drinks and snacks and wonderful views over Prague)
Our guide will be awaiting you by the kiosk in Letna Beer garden, in front of Letna Chateau, park. The meeting point is a five minute walk from tram stop Letenske Namesti (lines 1, 8, 12, 25, 26)
Probably just walk back and relax for the evening – maybe go out later for a late, light meal/dessert and take night pictures along the river – or bed and leave pictures for tomorrow.
Sept 10 Sunday
Breakfast (opens 9AM) or lunch at Cafe Savoy – 5 Vítězná Prague
Mala Strana – Little Quarter, and any of the old town we missed on the 9th
Visit Popelka Hotel
Na Popelce 215/12, Prague 150 00, Czech Republic
The “U Zvonu” tram stop is 200 m from the hotel (about 5 minutes).
The Anděl metro station is only 10 minutes away.
Possibly tour of Czech Beer Museum (near our Apartment)
Sept 11 Monday – up early and get to Cathedral when it opens at 9
3 hours at least for this
Hradcany – Prague Castle and cathedral – other side of river up to Castle district
Josefov – synagogues
The Jewish Quarter in Prague, known as Josefov, is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Its torrid history dates from the 13th century, when Jewish people were ordered to vacate their disparate homes and settle in one area.
Over the centuries, with Jews banned from living anywhere else in Prague, and with new arrivals expelled from Moravia, Germany, Austria and Spain joining them, more and more people were crowded in.
To add to this, inhabitants of the Jewish Quarter, or the Prague Jewish Ghetto as it also became known, were forced to endure structural changes. The latest occurred between 1893-1913, when a number of buildings were flattened, and the layout of many streets remodelled.
Fortunately, most of the significant historical buildings were saved from destruction, and today they remain a testimony to the history of the Jews in Prague. They form the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe.
The Jewish Quarter has six synagogues, including the Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue, the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the most remarkable of its kind in Europe.
The monuments even survived the Nazi occupation in the 20th century. Adolf Hitler himself decided to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.
Indeed the Nazis gathered Jewish artefacts from other occupied countries, transporting them to Prague to form part of the museum.
Today, these historical monuments, all except the Old-New Synagogue, form what is called the Jewish Museum in Prague.
Visitors can gain entry to the museum monuments by purchasing a ticket or by taking a Jewish Quarter Walking Tour (a guided tour with the entry ticket included).
The Old-New Synagogue requires a separate ticket. Built in the 13th century in early Gothic style, it is the oldest preserved synagogue in Central Europe, and is the main house of prayer for the Jewish community in the present day (if you take the walking tour and wish to visit this synagogue too, your guide will arrange the ticket for you. Just ask them on the day).
Interestingly, the Jewish Quarter is also the birthplace of the celebrated writer Franz Kafka, who is commemorated with a statue on Dusni Street.
Anything we missed earlier.
Move to Hilton – see area around Hilton
KRCMA – Kostechna 925/4 | Stare Mesto, Prague
Or so many other good restaurants on Yelp/Trip Advisor