Blue Danube – 2017 – Prague Suggested schedule

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.

Dinner –

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
Cafe Louvre
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
Prague 7

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)

Craft Beer & Food Tasting Tour

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.

Prague bridges at night.

Sept 10 Sunday

Breakfast (opens 9AM) or lunch at Cafe Savoy – 5 Vítězná Prague

http://cafesavoy.ambi.cz/en/reservations

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

 

Sept 12

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

Restaurant
KRCMA – Kostechna 925/4 | Stare Mesto, Prague
http://www.krcma.cz

Or so many other good restaurants on Yelp/Trip Advisor

Blue Danube – 2017 – Prague sights

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.

Mala Strana –The “Little Quarter”and is touted as second only to the Old Town. The neighborhood is situated on the left bank of the River Vltava, and below Prague Castle, across Charles Bridge from the Old Town. Originally called “New Town beneath Prague Castle” in the 13th century, until it was renamed in the 17th century.

Josefov –Called the “Jewish Quarters” and it is the smallest area within Prague, completely surrounded by the Old Town. Known for the narrow streets, where you will find sights such as Kafka’s birthplace, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and several Synagogues you may visit.

 Nove Mesto –Literal meaning: “New Town” but still considered as part of the historic center of Prague. Founded by Charles IV as an extension from the Old Town. Here you’ll find Wenceslas Square and the New Town Hall.

 

Blue Danube – 2017 – Prague Info

The currency in Prague is the Czech Crown (czk). Czechbanknotes are issued in the following denominations: 100/200/500/1000/2000/5000. Some hotels, shops and restaurants accept Euros as well, but many only take Czech Crowns. Exchange rate 2/2017 – 1CZK=.0409 US$

Getting to Prague

From the airport – 20 min to Old Town by taxi or 45 min by public transportation

If coming by train – main station is Praha Hlavní Nádraží, there are two other stations too.

Taxis in Prague may overcharge or otherwise be a bad experience – use a “real” taxi, not one that solicited you on the street. One is http://www.aaataxi.cz/en/ – download their app to call a taxi.

 

AirBnB – Jan’s Duplex by the old Town Square – Sept 8 through 12 (maybe 13th)
About $100/night/couple for all 4 nights
1 Vejvodova
Prague, Prague 110 00
Czech Republic

Hilton Old Town Prague. – Sept 12
$240