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Prague in Four Days

Hello fellow travelers. My siblings, mother and I will be in Prague in July - we are wishing to know what falls into the must see category during our 4 day stay. Of interest are museums/architecture and food. Any and all information welcome.

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http://www.prague.net/
this website will give you loads of info on what to see and do,even has suggested intneries.
http://livingprague.com/
this is also a very good website with loads of info and often has links to special offers and discounts.I know Jason that runs it pretty well and his info is excellent.
Loads of good museums but the main museum at the top of Wenseslas Square is undergoing major refurbishment at the moment but last week there was a major fire there,no idea as to the damamge but it certainly won't open again till sometime in 2017.
My two favourite musuems are on Vitkov hill and it is a bit of a climb to get to them.The National Monument and museum That's the one with the big horse statue is a fascinating place,can't remember the cost but I think it was 80kc last time I was in ,but well worth the money.At the bottom of the Hill is the army museum,it is free and is really good,last time I was in (October last year) there were two special exhibits ,one about the 1st world war and one about the resistance movement in Czechoslovakia during the second World war, both were brilliant.Staff in both these museums are really nice,bring them a bag of candies from your country they seem to like that sort of thing.
Architecture wise you are spoilt for choice ,everywhere you go you see fascinating buildings just too many to mention.
Lots of good food and the markets on a Saturday at Dejvicka and Naplavka are a great way to see and try some interesting foods as well as local beer ,wines ,ciders and fruit juices.when I am in the city I usually head to Naplavka for my Saturday lunch enjoying the offerings from the market.
many of the newer pubs are doing a more refined version of Czech food and my favourite places for that are Vinohradsky Pivovar and Pivivar Narodni. One of my favourite place is U Medvidku and their kitchen is undergoing a major refurbishment and they will have a new menu very soon, hopefully they will be refining it and I will be in there in early April to check it out.Lots of higher end restaurants around but personally I prefer the pubs and Hospodas for my meals.

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My favorite museum in Prague was Lobkowicz Palace. It was owned by a noble Czech family for centuries, but lost to the Nazis and then Communists. In the late 80s/early 90s, the Czech government passed a series of laws allowing those who left the country to return and claim their family property. An American and his family returned and claimed their family's possessions. The guy narrates the entire museum, they have many awesome artifacts - it was just great. Can't recommend that enough.

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The Mucha Slav Epic -- a series of 20 giant paintings on the history of the Slavs -- was our highlight in a recent Prague visit. We would never have found it if a friend had not recommended it. We traveled by streetcar to the Veletržní Palace site of the National Gallery to see this; terrific.

Prague is of course beautiful and getting some self guided walking tour maps is a great way to plan. We also enjoyed the Strahov Monastery library and then wandered downhill through the palace area and down to the Charles Bridge from there. I bought some cool toys for my grandchild at a toy shop near the palace. (it is a little stage with magnetic figures that can be manipulated from below the stage with magnetic wands)

We had an apartment attached to the Intercontinental Hotel and asked one of the drivers for recommendations for dinner and ended up at a little out of the way non-touristy place with wonderful inexpensive food our first night. We consistently had good luck with food in both Prague and Petersburg -- didn't do as well with our choices in Vienna.

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Hello and thank you to you all. I'm so very pleased with what you've all shared and so look forward to our upcoming trip. I suspect it will be a very memorable adventure indeed. Best Regards.

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Hi Sylvia.

My wife and I were in Prague for 10 days in late December/early January this year. With Prague as our base, about half our time was spent in the City with the other half spent on day trips to other towns in CR.

We aren't normally drawn to classical music but one thing we really found appealing were the Chamber Concerts held most days at multiple venues across the city. They are only about an hour long, and usually start around 5pm. We ended up doing 3 of them at 3 different venues and were surprised at the quality of the music and by how much we enjoyed the experience. We chose the venue primarily based on the architecture and venue history, and the ensemble secondary. We used these 2 websites to find the venues we were interested in:

https://www.pragueexperience.com

https://www.ticketsonline.cz

We lined up a walking tour of Prague Castle through this site: http://www.praguewalker.com, but they have quite a few other walking tours available to suit your interests.

And we tried to line up a walking food and beer tour but they had nothing available during our dates: http://www.tasteofprague.com

Have fun,

Peter

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My favorites of Rick's:

In the Old Town
▲▲▲ Old Town Square Magical main square of Old World Prague, with dozens of colorful facades, the dramatic Jan Hus Memorial, looming Týn Church, and fanciful Astronomical Clock.
▲▲▲ Charles Bridge An atmospheric, statue-lined bridge that connects the Old Town to the Little Quarter and Prague Castle.
▲▲▲ Jewish Quarter The finest collection of Jewish sights in Europe, featuring various synagogues and an evocative cemetery.

In the Castle Quarter
▲▲▲ St. Vitus Cathedral The Czech Republic’s most important church, featuring a climbable tower and a striking stained-glass window by Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha.
▲▲ Prague Castle Traditional seat of Czech rulers, with St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, Basilica of St. George, shop-lined Golden Lane, and lots of crowds.

In the New Town
▲▲ Wenceslas Square Lively boulevard at the heart of modern Prague.
▲▲ Mucha Museum Easy-to-appreciate collection of Art Nouveau works by Czech artist Alfons Mucha.

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If you are considering the Jewish Quarter, most (all?) of the sights close early Friday afternoon and only reopen on Sunday, which means that Sundays it is usually very crowded.

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I strongly recommend you get Rick Steves Prague And The Czech Republic - he has LOTS of information about museums and food, and some about architecture too.

If you like Art Nouveau, be sure to take a tour of the Municipal House.

Even more than the sights in the Jewish Quarter, I loved the Jubilejní Synagogue. It's near the train station, and in 2007 was included with your ticket to the Old-New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter (no idea if this is still true). Its combination of Moorish and Art Nouveau styles is very striking.

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Ditto Harold's suggestion of the Municipal House tour. One of the highlights of my trip there, especially seeing the intricate details of art deco fixtures (doorknobs, fish tanks, etc.) and the room decorated by Mucha that you can't get to as a concert visitor. Info about guided tours is here, you can also purchase tickets at the gift shop a day ahead). If you like Mucha, his little museum is wonderful, as are his stained glass windows at St. Vitus (the church itself a must see). I spent a lovely morning at Vyšehrad area - great views, neat cemetery. I took the metro out and walked back to town along the river, just lovely. Strahov Monastery and Library is worth a visit - you can also walk through the park to Petřín hill and take the funicular back down.

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I'm adding one more vote for the Municipal House. Both the interior and exterior are very architecturally interesting. Downstairs you will find the Plzenska Restaurant, serving traditional classic Czech food and - of course - Urquell. Friday and Saturday evenings there are a couple musicians playing the accordion and bass. It's a great atmosphere. If you are there while they are playing, say hi to Josef and Alice from Peter in Canada!!

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I will also say a tour of the Municipal house and if you get the chance maybe a concert in there too.all the restaurants and bars in there are stunning and I do like the intimacy of the small American bar downstairs.

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I agree with Harold's suggestion about obtaining the RS guide book. It's a small price in comparison to the total trip cost and a good planning guide for pre-planning your time. And if you don't plan and schedule, carry it around for touring on the fly.

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My goodness, I'm overwhelmed by the wealth of information you've all provided. Thank you!