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Prague/West bank of Vltava

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The West of Prague is to the west of the Castle district.

Get in[edit]

Map of Prague/West bank of Vltava

Use Metro line A, station Dejvická, to get to Praha 6. Use Metro line B, station Anděl, to get to Praha 5, and station Zličín, to get to Praha 13. There is a direct bus line from both Dejvická and Zličín to Ruzyně International Airport.

See[edit]

  • 1 Strahov Monastery. A monastery on the mountain. Worth a visit for both its picture gallery and its notable Renaissance library.
  • 2 Bila Hora., or "White Mountain" is where the eponymous Battle of White Mountain took place between Habsburg forces and the Czech nobility on 8 November 1620, as part of the Thirty Years' War. During the early fifteenth century's Hussite rebellions, most of the Czech people abandoned the Catholic church and followed the Protestant teachings of Jan Hus and similar preachers. Despite the annexation of the Czech lands by the very Catholic Austrian Habsburg family, the Czech nobility remained Protestant. When Emperor Ferdinand II violated an agreement signed by his predecessor which codified the mainly-Protestant nobility's rights, they got angry. Two Protestant churches were forcibly closed or destroyed on orders of the Bishop of Prague (Ferdinand's right-hand man), the nobility decided they'd had quite enough, and gathered at the Castle en masse. Count Thurn, the ringleader, and his assistants entered the Castle, where they were harassed by two Catholic members of Ferdinand's advisory council. In the best Czech tradition (this has happened more than once. The words 'defenestration' and 'Prague' are inextricably linked in history), Count Thurn and his friends threw the council members out a window. In a remarkably ironic twist of fate, they landed in a pile of manure and survived. What next? From a smelly pair of court lackeys to war?
  • 3 Hvezda Summer Palace (Letohrádek Hvězda). Star-shaped and white, rising out of its meadow like a porcelain figurine, this small summer palace is located near one of the most infamous sites in Czech history. There is a small museum inside dedicated to the 18th century nationalist writer Alois Jirasek, best known for his collection of Czech fairy tales, available as Old Czech Legends in the U.S. Hvezda's shape is unusual, but this area is known for being near Bila Hora.
  • 4 [dead link]Villa Müller, Nad Hradním vodojemem 14, čp. 642, Praha 6 - Střešovice (The Villa is located near the tram station Ořechovka (lines 1, 2, 18)). A luxurious villa designed by Austrian and Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos, the author of influential essay "Ornament and Crime" among others. The villa was built in the years 1928-1930, at the same time as the famous Mies Van der Rohe's Tugendhat Villa in Brno. Adolf Loos considered Müller Villa to be his most beautiful house and it is also the building where he most perfectly embodied the ideas of his Raumplan. The villa, including its interiors, has been renovated and restored to its original 1930 appearance in the late 1990s. Now Müller Villa is one of the most authentic and best preserved of Adolf Loos' works. It is possible to visit the Müller Villa by guided tour which must be booked in advance by telephone (+420 224 312 012) or through the official website Basic admission fee is 300 Kč + 100 Kč for an English language guide..
  • 5 Prague Giant Metronome. A huge monument erected to replace the Stalinist monument that preceded it.
  • 6 National Technical Museum (Národní technické muzeum), Kostelní 42, Praha 7. Amazing collection of motorcycles, cars, aircraft and commercial vehicles, plus many examples of communist-era technological engineering. Reopened in February 2011 after extensive renovation works.
  • 7 DOX - Center of Contemporary Art, Poupětova 1. is an independent initiative whose mission is to present contemporary art in the context of issues that shape and are shaped by today‘s world.
Hall in Veletržní palác
  • 8 National Gallery in Prague (Veletržní palác), Dukelských hrdinů 47 (170 00 Prague 7 - Holešovice). Modern art exhibition.
  • 9 Výstaviště Praha. Exhibition ground used for exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.
  • 10 MeetFactory, Ke Sklárně 3213/15, +420 251 551 796. non-for-profit center for contemporary art

Do[edit]

  • 1 Bio Oko (Cinema Oko), +420 608 33 00 88. 10:00-1:00. One of Prague's best art cinemas.

Parks[edit]

  • 2 Stromovka. Stromovka (place of trees) Park is the largest of its kind in the city of Prague. The history of Stromovka dates back to 1268, when Premysl Otakar II used Stromovka as the royal hunting grounds. The park was open to the public in 1804, after Czech nobles saved the grounds from complete demolishment from the reign of Maria Theresa who ordered everything cut and burned. The park is no longer full of deer to hunt; the park now features paths for inline skating, romantic ponds, large meadows, a few cafes, and even horse stables. Stromovka is the perfect place to take a Sunday afternoon stroll with your family and friends.
  • 3 Letná Park (Letenské sady). The Letná Park is on a high plateau just north of and above the city center. Therefore, it was the place where the massive Stalin's Monument, overlooking the city, was unveiled in 1955. It was the world's largest representation of Stalin, featuring the Soviet leader in front of a line of workers - it was nicknamed "Fronta na maso" or "Meat Queue" by locals, as this was a time when such queues were a daily part of life in the city. In the 1962, the monument was demolished and the place were vacant till the end of the communist era. After the Velvet Revolution, a giant, functional Prague Metronome was built on the spot.

Tours[edit]

Sports[edit]

  • 5 Kart Centrum (Karting Centre), Výpadová 1335, Praha 5 (Bus Stop: Vrážská (165, 204, 244)), +420 774 002 001. M-F 3PM-9PM Sa 11AM-Midnight Su 11AM-10PM. Race karts on the longest kart track in Europe. 10 minutes: 170 Kč M-F, 190 Kč weekends.
  • 6 [dead link]Zóna Gama, Metropole Zličín, Revnická 1, Praha 5 (Metro B: Zličín), +420 777 759 833. M-Th 11AM-11PM F 11AM-Midnight Sa 10AM-Midnight Su 10AM-11PM. Play laser games in the 500m2 arena. Very far from the centre. 20 minutes: 139 Kč.

Buy[edit]

A large shopping centre called "Nový Smíchov" is near the Anděl metro station exit (B-line). Inside you can find a large supermarket, bookshops, cafes, restaurants, fashion shops and even a cinema. Also there is a small grocery shop open 24/7 at the Anděl tram station.

  • 1 Nový Smíchov, Plzeňská 8, +420 251 511 151. 9.00 am - 9.00 pm.. Prague's biggest shopping centre with plenty of choice among its wide array of shops. The Andél tram station is just outside the door.

Eat[edit]

  • 1 Restaurace Na kopci, K Závěrce 2774/20 (Only transportation is a bit difficult, either you use own car, or taxi, or take bus No 231 from station Na knížecí to station Kesnerka). Restaurant's name translates as "Up on the hill" and the restaurant actually is up on the hill, above Smíchovské nádraží railway station. It's a hidden little gem, almost-like-family restaurant, with tasty food, good service and reasonable prices - one of the best "value for money" restaurants in Prague. Despite short menu, it offers diverse dishes inspired by both Czech traditional and world cuisine. Main courses around 200 Kč, 3-course menu around 400 Kč (which is about 1/3 less than in downtown restaurants of comparable quality.).
  • 2 Curry Palace, Jirečkova 13, +420 775 146 252. 11:00–22:30. Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.
  • 3 Peperoncino, Letohradská 34, +420 233 312 438. 11:00–22:00. Family run restaurant with garden specializing on mediterranean cuisine.
  • 4 U Cedru, Národní obrany 27, +420 233 342 974, e-mail: . 11:00–23:00. Arabic and vegetarian dishes.
  • 5 Restaurace Bruska, Dekvická 20, +420 222 362 616. 11:00–23:30. Non-smoking beer-house with czech cuisine.

Drink[edit]

There are many pubs and bars in the area of the peninsula west of the "Bubenská" street, especially around "Dukelských Hrdinů" and "Milady Horákové" streets (and "Letenské náměstí" square). Or, to say in other words, between the Royal Game Preserve and the Letna park.

  • 1 Cross club (Klub Cross), Plynární 23, +420 736 535 053. Amazing industrial venue, beautifully decorated with sculptures and constructions made of scrap metal, engine parts, glass and electric gadgets. You can stop there just for a beer and to admire the industrial design, or attend some of the actions, which include concerts, theater, cinema, and travel talks.
  • 2 Mecca, U pruhonu, +420 83 87 05 22. When the dance floor beckons, head to Mecca, which is the coolest of the cool clubs in Prague. Check out the bar that contains portholes and an aquarium and move to the latest beats straight from London.
  • 3 Království piva ("beer kingdom"), Bubenečská 33, +420 727 981 556. 16:00–23:30. 150 kinds of czech and froeign beer.

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 [dead link]Aparthotel Na Belidle, Na Belidle 27, +420 222 522 508. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 11:00. 100 m to tram and metro stop Anděl and shopping centre Nový Smíchov. Apartments equipment: bathroom, basic kitchen facilities TV+SAT, cable internet connection, higher room AC, some rooms have balconies. Parking available on previous booking, breakfast available for extra fee. From 14EUR/person.
  • 2 Botel Admirál, Hořejší nábřeží, +420 257 321 302, e-mail: . Located on the Vltava river, this boat hotel has a nightclub, restaurant and terrace big enough for 85 guests to enjoy the view across the waters to the city. Admiral has singles, doubles and apartments that can sleep up to four people for 2030Kč/2160Kč/3770Kč during low season, rising to 3220Kč/3380Kč/5830Kč during holiday periods.
  • 3 Hotel Fortuna West, Mrkvičkova 2 (Close to the airport, 20 minutes by tram from the city centre, easily accessible from the motorway.). 159 bright and modern single, double or triple bed rooms, breakfast buffet, Bohemian and international cuisine and inviting lobby bar. There are also several conference rooms available for up to 120 people. From €40 single.
  • 4 Riverside Prague, Janáčkovo nábřeží 15, +420 234 705 155, e-mail: . A luxurious hotel on the banks of the Vltava. Rates vary by season and room type and there are many package deals available but expect to pay from 5250 Kč for a double room per night.

Praha 7[edit]

  • 6 Plus Prague, Přívozní 1 (Tram 5, 12, 15 Ortenovo Námestí), +420 246 052 409. Friendly hostel with regular events.
  • 7 Sir Toby's Hostel, Delnicka 24 (Metro C, Vltavska), +420 283 870 635. Bohemian style hostel experience filled with Czech antiques. Communal hostel where it's easy to meet other travelers. They show Czech films with English subtitles, have regular Czech beer tasting and sometimes local musicians come to play. Also very clean. Not right in the center but 10 minutes away or so by tram.

Connect[edit]

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