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What is Hradčany
district surrounding the Prague Castle. The castle is said to be the biggest castle in the world at about 570 meters length and an average of about 130 meters wide. Its history stretches back to the 8th century. The St Vitus Cathedral is located in the castle area. Hradčany was an independent borough until 1784, when the four independent boroughs that had formerly constituted Prague were (...)
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"Construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th century at a ford in the Vltava River, which was important in trade routes in Bohemia."
"Prague sits amid the gentle landscapes of the Bohemian plateau, straddling the Vltava River, the Czech Republic's longest river."
"I see a place in the middle of a forest where a steep cliff rises above the Vltava River."
"More fighting commenced as Hussite fighters captured the bridge to New Town on the Vltava River."
"Situated on the Vltava river in central Bohemia ,it is home to approximately 1.2 million people not counting an additional estimate of 300,000 commuters."
"In August 1420, Hetman Jan Žižka left Prague with relief forces and headed to Písek, which was in danger from crusaders under the command of Oldřich from Rožmberk. 15 September 1420 saw the beginning of a second siege of Vysehrad."
"Ethnic restaurants are burgeoning in Prague, so your diet can stretch beyond standard meaty Czech fare."
"With a stunning baroque interior, this is one of Prague?s most... read more »."
"Franz Kafka Museum This much-hyped exhibition on the life and work of Prague's most famous literary son opened here in 2005 after three years in Barcelona and three years ... more >."
"The complete Prague gig guide plus our pick of the latest albums & singles."
"Central Prague consists of five historical towns: Hradčany, the castle district, on a hill above the west bank; Malá Strana, the 13th-century 'Little Quarter', between the river and castle; Staré Mêsto, the gothic 'Old Town' on the Vltava's east bank; adjacent Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto; and Nové Mêsto or 'New Town,' (new in the 14th century), to the south and east of Staré Mêsto."
"Whether this legend is true or not, Prague's first nucleus was founded in the latter part of the 9th century as a castle on a hill commanding the right bank of the Vltava : this is known as Vyšehrad ("high castle") to differentiate from another castle which was later erected on the opposite bank, the future Prague Castle."
"Although it was begun in 1344 and appears Gothic to the very tips of its pointy spires, much of St Vitus Cathedral was only completed in time for its belated consecration in 1929."
"The St Vitus Cathedral is located in the castle area."
"Hradčany is the Castle district, which also includes St Vitus Cathedral and St George's Convent."
"Hrad (with lowercase h )means " the castle " in Czech and Slovak languages and is commonly used as a part of castle name, e.g. Pražský hrad ( Prague Castle )or Spišský hrad."
"; German: Hradschin ), the Castle District ,is the Prague district surrounding the Prague Castle."
"Whether this legend is true or not, Prague's first nucleus was founded in the latter part of the 9th century as a castle on a hill commanding the right bank of the Vltava : this is known as Vy?ehrad ("high castle") to differentiate from another castle which was later erected on the opposite bank, the future Prague Castle."
"Prague Castle -Pra?sky hrad, or just hrad to Czechs, and almost a small town in itself -is Prague's most popular attraction."
"With the Prague Card you can visit Prague Castle, Old Town, Malá Strana and Charles Bridge historical towers and other attractions, Observatory, small copy of Eiffel Tour and Mirror Maze at Petrin Hill, Vysehrad all castle including his casemates and gallery, many New Town Museums and Galleries and several castles outside centre of Prague."
The best feature in the Prague Castle is its location: on a high hill overlooking the city centre and the Vltava river. The castle and St. Vitus Cathedral and the royal palace are still beautiful sights themselves but even better was to climb the stairs up to the spire and see the view over the old town.
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Very nice and friendly bar with nice prices. Traditional straightforward rock bar action for people who like to have fun. Dr. Pepper of the Czech bars - 50% of our team turned away from the door and the rest stayed there until morning.
Goodbye sober day!
This could be also under "sight" category...
juha from Finland wrote about Old Town Square 5 years, 9 months ago
A very nice town square but tons of tourists and everything is "tourist priced" i.e. very expensive compared to some less tourist invaded places in Prague.
juha from Finland wrote about Charles bridge 5 years, 9 months ago
A very nice looking bridge but zillions of tourists. This is the one place that everyone in Prague goes out to see and you can definitely tell that from the amount of tourists...
juha from Finland wrote about Prague astronomical clock 5 years, 9 months ago
This clock something that most guidebooks tell you to go and see. Boy are you disappointed when you see it. Tons of tourists wait for the clock to work and when about 10 seconds later it's done your only feeling is "was that it!?!?". I guess you need to see this while in Prague but don't expect too much.
lejlakube wrote about 0ld Prague Hostel 4 years, 6 months ago
This hostel had to be the best hostel that we stayed in! It was soo clean and the staff were very friendly and helpful. All the rooms were really clean as well as the bathrooms. And the most important thing to me is the shower and they were very nice as well!! Everytime we went into the hostel we saw someone cleaning. ALWAYS! In the morning you get free breakfast which to tell the truth isn't that great..it's just cornflakes but you also get one free sandwhich a day which is actually really good!!This hostel is very close to the Old town square and not too far of a walk from restaurants, grocery stores, and nightlife. The hostel also provides free interent with 2 computers and maps of the city as well as brochures for other fun stuff to do! It's not that far of a walk from the train station but it's not the main train station so if you are leaving from the main station you have to take the underground but it's only a couple of stops. If you are going to Prague I definatley recommend this hostel. One of the best!
In Prague we were welcomed by ticket inspectors (fake or real, I don't know) in the subway. We had read about these guys in a guide that warned us that they screw tourists. So did these guys try to do as well, claiming that our newly bought tickets were not valid. Or that's what we thought they were saying as you couldn't really make much sense out of their English. As we didn't pay one of them made a call supposedly to police (for about 15 seconds) but I'm betting that he called home to tell his wife to buy some meat as now they can rip off some stupid tourists. Well, we just walked away and disregarded the guys as they ran after us shouting something we didn't understand. Welcome to Prague... Otherwise an ok city, but having heard so much good about it was actually a small disappointment. Nothing too special about it. Except the torture museum close to the castle. That was cool in its own scary way.
juha from Finland wrote about Torture museum 5 years, 9 months ago
This was by far the best place to go in Prague. Dreadful as it may be it was still very interesting. It was "nice" to see how cruel people can be to each other and how much effort and research has been poured into developing excruciating but not lethal (at least not instantly lethal) methods of torture. You should definitely go here if you're in Prague!
jussi from Finland wrote about Old Town Square 4 years, 9 months ago
The "heart of Prague" says the guidebook. I'd say the heart of Prague is found in one the beer halls or pubs. Nowadays the Old Town Square is full of cafés and tourists. There's also the astronomical clock, which was quite a show, considering its age of 600 years..
lejlakube wrote about Prague Square Hostel 4 years, 6 months ago
Prague Square Hostel is the best located hostel Ive stayed around the world. Its just at the famous Astronomical Clock, between two main Prague squares, Old Town Sqaure and Wenceslaw Square. You just walk everywhere!!!
The hostel is very clean, beds confortable. Theres common kitchen which is useful when you are on low budget. Plus we met a lot of nice people there.
jussi replied 3 years, 2 months ago:
Hi Michelle! The underground in Prague is fast and easy way to get around. At least for us it was very nice to stay a bit outside the centre and take the tram or underground to the city.
It was a few years ago, but at that time the neighborhood and the hotel were great. The name of the hotel was Belvedere, see http://www.tripsay.com/destination/belvedere
danielle replied 3 years, 2 months ago:
The Novotel is less than $100 per night including hot buffet breakfast for 2 adults and an under-18 child in the room It's central (Wenceslas Square and quiet) Give me your email address and I'll forward the info from Travel Bound -- a consolidator who works only with travel agencies (I am a TA myself): the big advantage is that you pay in US dollars before you leave and taxes and service are included and you don't have to pay horrendous exchange charges It's central (Wenceslas Square and quiet) Give me your email address and I'll forward the info from Travel Bound -- a consolidator who works only with travel agencies (I am a TA myself): the big advantage is that you pay in US dollars before you leave and taxes and service are included and you don't have to pay horrendous exchange charges I will be in Prague myself in a couple of weeks I will be in Prague myself in a couple of weeks! What a beautiful and friendly city, generally quite affordable. My email: firstname.lastname@example.org. My website: http://www.go-journeys.com/5122796_39609.htm
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