3 Days in Prague for Thanksgiving!!

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Oct 11th, 2018, 01:09 PM
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3 Days in Prague for Thanksgiving!!

Hi all!

I have never been to Prague before and will be spending 3 days in the city while I am there for American Thanksgiving!

I am looking for any types of recommendations to be honest. What were your favorite experiences...whether they be bars, nightlife, sightseeing, Christmas Markets (will they be set up already?) activities, food, accommodations...etc...etc!!

Oh, also stopping for a day trip to Cesky Krumlov before we hit up Prague....what should we do there?

Thanks!!
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Oct 11th, 2018, 03:29 PM
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Usual tourist spots - Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Jewish quarter, including the Old Jewish Cemetery with graves dating back to the 1400s (I think), castle area (inside of castle is not as interesting as outside, so i'd skip that tour), St. Vitus Cathedral (worth it to go inside this one), Golden Lane. The castle area at night is gorgeous - you can see the whole city lit up. Wallenstein Palace and Gardens if you have time. Christmas markets don't usually start until December, if I remember correctly.

What other types of things are you interested in? Prague's a great city for just wandering and getting lost, enjoying the medieval architecture, winding streets, etc.

But some other options:
Vysehrad - very peaceful park with old church and lovely views of the city
Na Prikope - street near Old Town where you can go shopping (clothing, mostly). Parizka street for more upscale/designer shopping.
Veverkova street - artsy little area
Communism museum near (or on?) Na Prikope
If weather is still nice, Letna Park and Beer Garden (near castle) and Riegerovy Sady beer garden (in Vinohrady neighborhood) - both have stunning views
Mala strana area
Kafka museum in Mala Strana
Paddle-boating on the Vltava is really fun (although might be too chilly/boats may no longer be out in November)
Zizkov area for slightly more authentic Prague
Petrin hill/tower
Stromovka Park

Can send over some bar/club/restaurant recommendations too, if that sort of thing interests you...

Have an amazing trip!
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Oct 12th, 2018, 12:03 AM
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You'll likely miss the Christmas markets; the schedule seems to be a 1 December opening.

The above list covers more than enough to enjoy during your time; on your day outing to CK you will be fine following the usual tourist itinerary.

We have enjoyed stays at Iron Gates Suites; Old Town Square Hotel; and Černư Slon (The Black Elephant). Casserol (reservations probably essential) and Deer Restaurant (reservations here, too) always come through with exceptional contemporary Czech cuisine; and El Emir in the Palladium shopping mall is pretty decent for a shared Mezza plate, we think.
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Oct 12th, 2018, 12:39 AM
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This is a great start for me

I would love to hear your bar/club/restuarant ideas if you still have the time!


Thank you so much!!
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Oct 12th, 2018, 02:33 PM
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Bars/clubs (caveat - it's been quite a few years since I was last in Prague, so some of these recommendations might be a little outdated. I know people still living there, so I've starred new places that I've heard are good, but which I've never experienced firsthand.)

Radost - club, dancing, cocktails. Also has surprisingly good vegetarian food!
Roxy - big music venue, lots of dancing, can get very crowded
Lucerna - Czech music club, huge venue, played a lot of 80s music when I was there and was also less touristy than some of the other bars
* Hemingway's - fancy cocktail bar
* Cash Only - less fancy version of Hemingway's, same cocktails
Chapeau Rouge - fun dance club, does get crowded
Akropolis - music venue where locals go (not in city center)
U Medviku - microbrewery
Vinarna U Sudu - really cool underground bar with lots of cavernous rooms, twisting halls, etc.
* Gastropub 20 PIP - craft beers
U Zeleneho Stromu - somewhat touristy, but cute "typical Czech" pub
U Vejvodu - same as above
* Bukowski's - cocktail bar in less-touristy area, more local
* Vinograf - wine bar
*T-Anker - rooftop restaurant and bar with great views. Need reservations.

What kind of food/restaurants do you like?
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Oct 12th, 2018, 02:58 PM
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In C. Krumlov, buy advanced tickets for the English language tour of the baroque theater at the castle. One of the few remaining in the world. English tours are only run a couple of times a day and have very few people allowed on each tour.
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Oct 13th, 2018, 12:17 PM
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Why did you want to go to Cesky Krumlov in the first place? It's very small, so there aren't tons of options as to what to do. Most people go for the castle, of course. There are some nice gardens next to it and a few small museums (eg, puppet, regional). A church, also. And tons of tourists and souvenir/jewelry shops, of course.
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