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Lonely Planet Pocket Prague

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292 pages
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Nov 1, 2017
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9781787012264
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet's Pocket Prague is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Spend time at the historic buildings, museums and galleries at Prague Castle, take time out in peaceful Petrin Hill, or stroll the picturesque Old Town Square -all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of the best of Prague and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Pocket Prague:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Free, convenient pull-out Prague map (included in print version), plus over 19 colour neighbourhood maps
  • User-friendly layout with helpful icons, and organised by neighbourhood to help you pick the best spots to spend your time
  • Covers Hradcany, Mala Strana, Stare Mesto, Nove Mesto, Petrin Hill, Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Vinohrady, Zizkov and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's Pocket Prague, a colorful, easy-to-use, and handy guide that literally fits in your pocket, provides on-the-go assistance for those seeking only the can't-miss experiences to maximize a quick trip experience.

Looking for a comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all of Prague's neighbourhoods? Check out Lonely Planet's Prague & the Czech Republic guide.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

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eBook Features: (Best viewed on tablet devices and smartphones)

  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
  • Effortlessly navigate and jump between maps and reviews
  • Add notes to personalise your guidebook experience
  • Seamlessly flip between pages
  • Bookmarks and speedy search capabilities get you to key pages in a flash
  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
  • Zoom-in maps and images
  • Inbuilt dictionary for quick referencing

Important Notice: The digital edition of this book may not contain all of the images found in the physical edition.

Publisher:
Released:
Nov 1, 2017
ISBN:
9781787012264
Format:
Book

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Contents

QuickStart Guide

Welcome to Prague

Top Sights

Local Life

Day Planner

Need to Know

Prague Neighbourhoods

Explore

Prague Castle & Hradcany

Mala Strana & Petrin Hill

Beer & Culture in Smichov

Jewish Museum & Josefov

Old Town Square & Stare Mesto

Wenceslas Square & Around

Nove Mesto

Vysehrad, Pragues Other Castle

Vinohrady & Zizkov

Holesovice

Best

The Best of Prague

Kafkas Prague

Velvet Revolution

Bars & Pubs

Food

Art

Museums

History

For Kids

For Free

Architecture

Shopping

Survival Guide

Survival Guide

Before You Go

Arriving in Prague

Getting Around

Essential Information

Language

Behind the Scenes

Our Writers

Welcome to Prague

More than 25 years after the Velvet Revolution drew back the curtain on this intoxicating maze of winding cobblestone alleyways, the ‘city of a hundred spires’ thrills visitors with dramatic Gothic architecture, down-to-earth pubs, fin de siècle cafes, cutting-edge art and the majestic Prague Castle, the world's largest, looming high over the Czech capital.

Astronomical Clock and Church of Our Lady Before Týn, Prague’s Old Town Square | Luciano Mortula - LGM/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

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Prague

Top Sights

Prague Castle

The Czech capital's top sight. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

St Vitus Cathedral

Prague Castle's sky-piercing Gothic centrepiece. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Old Town Square & Astronomical Clock

Historical square with its Astronomical Clock. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Charles Bridge

Stunning stone bridge spanning the Vltava. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Jewish Museum

Occupies six former Jewish sites. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Old Jewish Cemetery

Tiny cemetery with 12,000 gravestones. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Petřín Hill

A 318m-high grassy city-centre knoll. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Loreta

A baroque place of pilgrimage. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Wenceslas Square

Large, commercial and epicentral square. Click here

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Prague Top Sights

Veletržní Palác

Impressive collection of avant-garde art. Click here

Image courtesy of the National Gallery in Prague ©

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Prague

Local Life

Insider tips to help you find the real Prague

Czechs are a cool, laid-back bunch fond of walking their dogs down to the beer garden. After you’ve seen the castle and walked across Charles Bridge, join the locals in their favourite parks, residential neighbourhoods and watering holes.

Gardens of Malá Strana

y Inviting urban oases

y Picnic time

PHB.cz (Richard Semik)/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Drinking in Vinohrady & Žižkov

y Funky nightlife

y Fashionable bars

Shanti Hesse/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Vyšehrad, Prague’s Other Castle

y Ancient fortress and cemetery

y River and castle views

Andrew Koturanov/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

Other places to experience the city like a local:

Kavárna Velryba

Kampa Island

Riegrovy sady

DOX Centre for Contemporary Art

Stromovka Park

Náplavka Farmers Market

Lehká Hlava

Nový Svět Quarter

Beer & Art in Smíchov

y Edgy, alternative art

y Down-to-earth bars

Kaprik/SHUTTERSTOCK ©

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Prague

Day Planner

Short on time?

We’ve arranged Prague’s must-sees into these day-by-day itineraries to make sure you see the best of the city in the time you have available.

Day One

MJust one day in Prague? Focus on major sights. Start early, joining the crowd below the Astronomical Clock for the hourly chiming, then wander through the Old Town Square, taking in the spectacular array of architectural styles and the spires of the Church of Our Lady Before Týn. Stop for coffee and a bite at charming Bakeshop Praha before a short stroll through Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto. You won't have time to see the Prague Jewish Museum, but a walk will give you a feel for the place.

RAmble through the winding alleys of the Old Town on your way to one of Prague’s most famous landmarks, Charles Bridge. While crossing the statue-bedecked bridge, stop to take photos of the Vltava River, with magnificent Prague Castle rising high over the historical cityscape. Hike up to the castle along Nerudova through Malá Strana and spend the afternoon visiting St Vitus Cathedral and the castle’s gardens.

NFor dinner, treat yourself to a meal with a view at Villa Richter, just near the castle, or walk back down to Malá Strana for upscale Czech food at Augustine.

Day Two

MSpend the morning exploring the quaint backstreets and Kampa gardens of Malá Strana, one of the city’s oldest districts. Catch the Petřín Funicular to enjoy sweeping views from the Lookout Tower at the top of Petřín. From here, find the serene path that crosses over to the Strahov Monastery, and then head downhill along Nerudova, stopping into elegant Wallenstein Garden at the bottom. Laugh at the Proudy sculpture before treating yourself to a late lunch at the lovely riverside restaurant Hergetova Cihelná.

RCross the river via Mánes Bridge. In the afternoon, check out the famous synagogues of the Jewish Museum, and then take a break with coffee and cake on the balcony of the striking, cubist Grand Cafe Orient.

NStop by the box office of the National Theatre to see if any last-minute tickets are available to the opera or ballet. Before the show, have a light meal at Cafe Louvre. Afterwards, go for a classy nightcap at Hemingway Bar or Tretter's New York Bar.

Day Three

MStart with coffee at the famous Kavárna Slavia, choosing a table at the front looking across the river to Prague Castle. Amble over to Slav Island and rent a paddleboat to splash about in the river before heading south to see the Dancing House. From here, walk back up Národní třída to Wenceslas Square, taking time to see the nearby sights, including the National Museum, the Jan Palach Memorial and St Wenceslas Statue. Plan lunch at Room, for tapas, or Jáma, for beer and burgers.

RFrom here it's an easy metro jaunt to Vyšehrad and the Vyšehrad Citadel, where you can wander around the ruins and visit the graves of Dvořak and Mucha in the cemetery, as well as admiring the views of the Vltava and Prague Castle.

NHead back toward town and spend the evening in Vinohrady and Žižkov, choosing one of the area's excellent restaurants, like Aromi or Kofein – or simply go for a beer at the Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden.

Day Four

MIt's time to see a different part of Prague. Start on Old Town Sq and walk down elegant Pařížská, before crossing Čech Bridge (Čechův most) and making the climb to Letná Gardens. Admire the views from the top, and then make your way east to the Letná Beer Garden – if it's too early for beer, make a note to come back.

RIt's a short walk to the National Technical Museum – perfect if you've got kids. Have lunch at Kumbal, then visit Prague's best (and most underrated) art museum, Veletržní Palác. If you've still got some energy (and daylight), stroll through Stromovka Park and enjoy Prague's prettiest piece of green.

NHead back towards the Letná beer garden to relax with a half-litre or two, then make your way back down towards town. Enjoy a meal at high-end Kalina, then go for jazz at a nearby club like Reduta or the AghaRTA Jazz Centrum. For a quieter option, head for the rooftop terrace U Prince to lift a glass to this lovely city on your last night in the Czech capital.

Need to Know

Currency

Czech crown (Koruna česká; Kč)

Language

Czech

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to three months.

Money

ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted at many restaurants and hotels across the city.

Mobile Phones

The Czech Republic uses GSM 900, compatible with mobile phones from the rest of Europe, Australia and New Zealand (but not with most North American phones).

Time

Central European Time (GMT plus one hour)

Tipping

It’s standard practice in pubs, cafes, restaurants and taxis to round up the bill to the nearest 50 or 100Kč if service has been good.

1Before You Go

Your Daily Budget

Budget less than €80

A Dorm beds €10‒€20

A Excellent supermarkets for self-catering

A Admission to major tourist attractions €10

Midrange €80‒€150

A Double room €120–160

A Three-course dinner in casual restaurant €30

Top end more than €150

A Double room or suite at luxury hotel €200‒€260

A Seven-course tasting menu in top restaurant: €90

Useful Websites

A Lonely Planet ( www.lonelyplanet.com/czech-republic/prague ) Destination info, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

A Prague City Tourism ( www.prague.eu ) Prague’s official tourism portal.

A Prague.com ( www.prague.com ) A city guide plus hotel bookings.

A Prague Public Transit ( www.dpp.cz ) Handy journey planner for all public transport.

Advance Planning

Three months before Book accommodation if visiting in high season.

One month before Reserve tables at top-end restaurants, and buy tickets online for weekend visits to Karlštejn Castle.

One week before Make Friday- or Saturday-night reservations for any restaurants you don't want to miss. Check website programs for art galleries, jazz clubs and music venues.

2Arriving in Prague

Public transport and private taxis are easily available from both main arrival hubs.

From Václav Havel Airport Prague

From Praha Hlavní Nádraží Train Station

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