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5 days in Prague Marathon weekend

The Prague Marathon is May 3 this year, with shorter runs on May 2. While I am sure it will have a lot of fun activities associated with it, including, I understand, much music, I want to be certain that I have an itinerary that doesn't fight against the people and transportation logistics.

Following is my general itinerary - if anyone has been in Prague over marathon weekend and has any recommendations re better logistics, I would appreciate it. I am staying in Mala Strana. I love to walk and will be out and about at least 8 hours a day and hopefully, have given myself enough time to get lost, wander and explore. I also will check out evening musical performances.

  1. Wed April 29 arrival mid-afternoon tram 22 ride (reverse Rick's itinerary)
  2. Thurs April 30 OLD TOWN/JEWISH QUARTER: Charles Bridge (by 8:30am) Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Church of St. Nicholas, Tyn Chruch, Ungelt, House of Black Madonna, Municipal House, Estates Theatre Evening - Kampa Island for Witches Festival
  3. Fri May 1 NEW TOWN: Wenceslas Square, Museum of Communism, Mucha Museum, Municipal House
  4. Sat May 2 CASTLE QUARTER: Primarily following Rick's itinerary, Slav Epoch
  5. Sun May 3 MALA STRANA, Strahov Monastery, Petrin Hill
  6. Mon May 4 Vysehrad Walk, Charles Square, Dancing House, National Theatre, Bethlehem Chapel
  7. Tues May 5 mid-day leave for overnight in Chesky Krumlov on my way to Vienna

Thanks in advance

Sharon

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Marathon in Prague is not such a big deal. Much bigger event is World Championship in Ice Hockey. Starts May 1st. You will certainly notice that. Soccer and ice hockey are the most popular sports in C.R.

Posted by
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Good grief!!! I did not research "events" well. With that said, is the above itinerary doable with now the potential influx of 30,000 people for the marathon and hockey?

I am assuming that the earlier I get out and about, the better. Any other suggestions?

Thanks,

Sharon

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If you cannot beat them, join them. Atmosphere will be celebratory. Big TV screens in Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square and who knows where else. You should not have problem to do your planned sightseeing. My only concern is that hotels will be more expensive. I will be there, too.

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Thank you llja. You are absolutely right. I just want to make certain, that while I will embrace the events, that I also travel "smart" and visit areas at the best time.

I have already changed Thursday and Friday's itineraries as Chanti? advised someone not to go to the Jewish Quarter on Friday afternoon as many sites close at 1:00pm.

I am staying at a small B & B and have had reservations for a couple of months and am happy with choice and rate.

Sharon