Three days in Prague during September

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Three days in Prague during September

Post by whodidntante » Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:17 pm

I will spend three days in Prague in September. I would appreciate suggestions for what to see and what to do from those who have been there.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by TropikThunder » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:36 am

whodidntante wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:17 pm
I will spend three days in Prague in September. I would appreciate suggestions for what to see and what to do from those who have been there.
Quickie from TripAdvisor: 3 Days in Prague
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g2747 ... hemia.html

Highlights: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square (w/Astronomical Clock), Mala Strana (old section, cool atmosphere).

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by langleybc » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:12 am

There is also an iron tower you can climb up to the top.
Many places accept euros if you don't have local currency.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by NoGambleNoFuture » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:26 am

Spent a few days there about 3 months ago and it was too short of a trip - absolutely loved Prague. I stayed at the Marriott in the city center (great hotel if you haven't booked yet) and from there I was able to walk through the windy roads of shops past the astronomical clock (that performs - didn't know this at the time) and Charles Bridge. Great walk. Would have liked to see the Prague Castle up close and personal as well as the John Lennon wall -- next time.

Also played some poker in Hilton there. Nice little casino -- and fun to be betting hundreds of thousands of currency :P

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by curmudgeon » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:34 am

Try an opera or concert at the Estates Theater or Municipal House (or Rudolfinum). Hit some of the farmers markets; try the trdlnuck (sweetbread baked on rollers over a charcoal fire). Just wander on foot through the old town area. Visit the park along the river, maybe do one of the boat cruises.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by nedsaid » Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:51 am

I was there in 2013, spent two full days there. I did a Berlin, Prague, Vienna, and Budapest train trip.

The Gray Line tour was really good. They take you up to Prague Castle. See stuff like St. Vitus Cathedral, the Presidential Home, the old castles up there, the changing of the guard, etc. You get a nice lunch, walk over the Charles Bridge, walk through the Jewish Quarter, and wind up at Old Town Square where the highlight is the Astronomical Clock. The tour ends there about 3 p.m. I walked to Wenceslas Square.

The next day, I took in the Communist museum and then walked over the Charles Bridge back up to Prague Castle. I took in the Lobkowicz Palace which is part of the Prague Castle complex. I bought tickets for the concert and the tour of the palace. The Lobkowicz family were advisors to the Habsburgs. Interesting story, the family reclaimed their wealth twice, once from the Nazis and once from the Communists. Took some time and went back through St. Vitus Cathedral, there is a famous mosaic there.

I wish I had spent more time in Old Town Square, it looks like something out of a storybook.

Prague is mostly a beautiful city, there are parts of it that look ragged and I was surprised. The tourist areas are truly beautiful, they don't call it the Paris of the East for nothing. Well worth a few days to visit. By the way, the area is known for its fine crystal and cheap but excellent beer.
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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by Jazztonight » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:02 pm

When I was in Prague a number of years ago (a couple of weeks before the Czech Republic split from Slovakia), I discovered (totally by accident) what appeared to be the only non-smoking restaurant in the city! I'm sure things have changed, or at least I hope they have.

The restaurant was located in the most wonderful Museum of Natural History, which was of modern design and concept. You started a long spiral walk with displays of single cell organisms. The exhibit then walked you, step by step, to larger living entities until you wound up in the large dinosaur hall, with wonderful displays all along the way.

I hope you love Prague as much as I did. At the time, the city was undergoing major re-construction. I know that it's a lot different now--upscale and modern, with wonderful old architecture. Enjoy!

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by horste » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:30 pm

TropikThunder wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:36 am
whodidntante wrote:
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:17 pm
I will spend three days in Prague in September. I would appreciate suggestions for what to see and what to do from those who have been there.
Quickie from TripAdvisor: 3 Days in Prague
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Guide-g2747 ... hemia.html

Highlights: Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square (w/Astronomical Clock), Mala Strana (old section, cool atmosphere).
I had three days in Prague back in 2014. I did the main tourist attraction above and loved it. I strongly recommend climbing the Astronomical Clock Tower and doing the tour underneath and throughout (can do the castle and this in the same day). And making your way to the Jewish Quarter is worth the time and effort.

I missed the Lennon wall and regret it; did the Kafka museum instead.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by JupiterJones » Tue Aug 22, 2017 12:33 pm

This episode of "Travel With Rick Steves" should give you plenty of ideas:

https://www.ricksteves.com/watch-read-l ... n-8/prague
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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by fasteddie911 » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:20 am

We did one day in Prague which we felt was enough for us, doing many of the things already mentioned. For 3 days I'd consider doing daytrips outside of Prague, exploring other towns in that region and such.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by CppCoder » Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:54 am

We were in Prague for several days in 2009. We also took in the sites mentioned above (Prague Castle - I got to shoot a crossbow, Charles Bridge, Clock, Wenceslas Square, Jewish quarter) and enjoyed them. As a rule of thumb, I always like to see a city's castle :). Here are a few that have not been mentioned (or that I missed if they were mentioned):

1) Paddle boat ride in the river - good way to get some exercise and get some great views of the city from a different perspective.
2) The Palladium - if you want to see a modern Prague shopping mall. At the end of the day, yes, it's just a mall, but for some reason, I always like to go see something in the city that gives you an idea of their modern life, not just the historic/tourist sites. This will sound odd, but one of my favorite things to do in foreign countries is shop in their grocery stores.
3) Vysehrad Castle - This is the much older castle at the southern end of the city. It's less palatial and more fort like. I think it was originally built for fortification. It's less touristy than Prague castle, and, if I recall correctly, has a nice basilica and an interesting cemetery with famous Czechs (e.g., Dvorak).
4) Prague Opera House - We walked by but didn't go in. It's quite interesting looking from the outside, and I imagine it would be impressive on the inside if that's your thing.

One thing I didn't like about Prague is that I felt the tourist areas were way overdone as super tourist areas. I think it has probably lost some authenticity versus what it might have been like a few decades earlier. We visited Budapest on the same trip, and Budapest felt much less touristy to me. A few tips: First, if you want to save some money on hotels, stay on the west side of the river. You can either take a bus or a short walk to the city. Second, be prepared for a large part of the restaurant food to consist of pork. This may or may not be problematic for you depending on your diet.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by Naismith » Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:36 pm

I am also going to be in Prague for three days next month!

One of the challenges we hit was that the Dvorak festival is going on for most of September.

We were surprised that hotel rates go up after September 1, but that was why. Our first choices were also booked.

A top priority for us is doing some cycling, and have booked this daytrip to a nearby castle.

https://www.prahabike.cz/one-day-bike-t ... ejn-castle.

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Post by TravelGeek » Sun Aug 27, 2017 12:09 am

Was there in the Spring, for the second time (first visit was many years ago, before the iron curtain came down).

Some highlights:

- Jewish quarter
- castle
- old town
- Charles bridge
- chamber music concert (there are lots of concerts offered every night for relatively little money)

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by Naismith » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:25 am

CppCoder wrote:
Sat Aug 26, 2017 9:54 am
One thing I didn't like about Prague is that I felt the tourist areas were way overdone as super tourist areas. I think it has probably lost some authenticity versus what it might have been like a few decades earlier.
Part of that is the geography, that most of the Prague tourist sites are close together, rather than being spread out more as they are in Budapest.

But I am not looking forward to the hordes during the upcoming Dvorak festival in Prague. We were in Rome last October toward the end of the Jubilee year, and we cuuldn't get within 10 feet of the Trevi Fountain (so we may not be back there, without putting a coin in the fountain!).

Unfortunately, that week in September is the only time we can make the trip, or we would have changed it. Maybe I am over-reacting but I lived in Austin TX and experience SXSW, and also college towns that are totally overcome by football weekends.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by arcticpineapplecorp. » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:52 am

langleybc wrote:
Tue Aug 22, 2017 11:12 am
There is also an iron tower you can climb up to the top.
Many places accept euros if you don't have local currency.
agree. It's called Petrin Hill. You can either walk up the hill or pay for a funicular to take you to the top (same price as taking a bus in Prague). We took the funicular up, but then walked down the hill (didn't take as long as I expected, there are shortcuts to take). If nice weather you can spend half a day there. There's a park at the top. Very nice and scenic. The tower is a sort of replica of Eiffel Tower. Nice lookout over Prague. Good views. You can walk up and down or pay a little more and take an elevator to the top of the tower. You can also get a meal/snack/drink at a restaurant in the park.

Was there in the Spring and we walked throughout all the areas (Jewish Quarter, Monastiraki, downtown, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, etc.). Very walkable city. We also walked to St. Wenceslas Square (trendy/upscale area) and enjoyed a nearby outdoor market.

https://www.google.com/search?q=st.+wen ... 8&oe=utf-8

Also take a boat ride up the Vltava River. There are different lengths (1 hour, 2 hour, dinner cruise, etc). We did a 1 hour and it was a nice length. Went under a few bridges. Very relaxing. Some history offered about different buildings along the river.

Make sure to visit the islands (you can access the main one off the charles bridge). There's a wall called the Lennon Wall (nice):

https://www.google.com/search?q=peace+w ... 8&oe=utf-8

Every place we went they spoke English but if you go really far out, it could be a problem.

We were there for 5 days and only took out 2400 czk crowns from the ATM at the train station where we landed (coming from Vienna). I think it was around $120 at that time for $2400 czk crowns. That was all we needed. The rest was credit cards. Most accepted credit cards.

Definitely try the slow roasted pork and dumplings. Delicious.

oh and look at honest guide travel in Prague. He shows you where the best and worst and free bathrooms are (otherwise you will pay if not in a restaurant):
https://www.google.com/search?q=you+tub ... 8&oe=utf-8

He also shows you where you can get a cheap meal of pork and dumplings. It's at his old elementary school! Open to the public!

Enjoy.
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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by whodidntante » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:29 am

These were some good recommendations and I appreciate your responses. We are having our final lunch in Prague and I may recap my trip for the benefit of future travelers, once I don't need to type it with my thumbs.

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Re: Three days in Prague during September

Post by bertilak » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:46 am

Three Days in Prague

Wasn't that an Alfred Hitchcock movie based on a LeCarre book?
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Post by ladders11 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:14 pm

bertilak wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:46 am
Three Days in Prague

Wasn't that an Alfred Hitchcock movie based on a LeCarre book?
I wish this existed! However Hitchcock, 1899-1980, mostly predated Le Carre, whose novel Spy Who Came in From the Cold was published in 1965.

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Post by alter » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:41 pm

My phone was stolen in Prague last year and it was a huge pain trying to buy a replacement phone without knowing the language, so careful for pickpockets.

Also, the taxi drivers run a scam where they overcharge tourists, google that for info.

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Post by bertilak » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:36 pm

ladders11 wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:14 pm
bertilak wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:46 am
Three Days in Prague

Wasn't that an Alfred Hitchcock movie based on a LeCarre book?
I wish this existed! However Hitchcock, 1899-1980, mostly predated Le Carre, whose novel Spy Who Came in From the Cold was published in 1965.
Maybe it was a Le Carre book based on a Hitchcock movie!
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