Clarion Hotel Prague City
Tylovo Namesti 15
Prague, 120 00
Phone: (420) 221 995900
Fax: (420) 277 001233
The Historic Centre of Prague justifies this Central European city's status as one of the most beautiful in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it sprawls over 866 hectares (2140 acres) comprising of Old Town, Lesser Town and New Town. The city is an architectural melting pot with Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Renaissance landmarks dominating the scene. The magnificent 9th-century Prague Castle is one of the largest in the world, located a short distance from the Vyšehrad fortress that contains several local attractions. Explore the Josefov Jewish Quarter, the stunning Cathedral of St Vitus and take the Gothic Old Town Bridge Tower entrance to the historic Charles Bridge.
Prague's main thoroughfare is more of a sloping boulevard than a square, with a central concourse flanked by two roadways. The hub of cultural, social and business activity with its many shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, it is busy both day and night. The square has long been the center of protest from a large outdoor mass demonstration in 1848 to the declaration of the first Republic in 1918, not forgetting the anti-communist protests of 1968 and the Velvet Revolution gatherings of 1989. It came into being in 1348 as part of the New Town and was originally used (and known) as the Horse Market until 1848 when it was finally given its present name. The square is dominated by the National Museum at the top end, just below which is the Wenceslas Monument. In December the square is abuzz with the spirit of the city's Christmas Market.
Just past the Wenceslas Monument on the city's longest square stands the memorial to Jan Palach, a young Czech student who set himself alight on January 16 1969 as a protest against the Soviet occupation. The shrine to Palach and another student who followed his example, Jan Zajic, is now garlanded with flowers and photographs, and is regarded as a memorial to those who fell at the hands of Communism. Groups gather annually on this day to commemorate his martyrdom, placing wreaths and candles on the spot.
The Theater ABC is 70 years old and contains a cloak room and a cafe. Names such as J Werich , M Hornicek and J Jahn are assosciated with the theater and have brought must sought after plays.Check the website for what is playing.
Riegrovy Sady Park is a quick 10 minute walk (or 2 tram stops on the number 11) up the hill (toward the television tower) from Vaclavske Namesti, the National Museum and the main train station. It is the perfect place to watch the sun set behind Prague Castle with a bottle of wine and good company. The park is big enough that you won't hear the sounds of the city once you make your way into its depths. Aside from the spectacular view of the center, this dog-friendly park sports a café, restaurant and a beer garden for all your refreshment needs. - Christophor Rick
Following the assassination of the Bohemian puppet state's Nazi overseer, Reinhard Heydrich, in May, 1942, the two Czechoslovak paratroopers who carried out the deed and several other partisans fled to the crypt of this Orthodox church. Another partisan betrayed them to the Germans, who tried first to shoot their way into the crypt, then to flush the men out with water. Finally, the resistance fighters committed suicide when they realized there was no escaping the Nazi trap. This dramatic story is told by photo displays in the crypt itself. The Czechs carried out relatively few acts of resistance against the Nazis, yet hundreds of innocent people (including almost the entire village of Lidice) paid with their lives for the Heydrich assassination.
This cathedral was originally dedicated by St. Methodius according to local legend, and was later used as part of a home for retired Roman Catholic priests. After being used as a center for technology in 1869, the cathedral was consecrated on September 28, 1935. During World War II it closed along with all Czech Orthodox Churches and was then reopened in 1945. The cathedral has continued to be restored ever since, with a growing collection of paintings and iconography. Events are currently held here as well.
Rooted deep in history, the Emauzský Kláter was originally built during the reign of Emperor Charles IV. Having been destroyed during the the 1940s, this monastery was completely rebuilt keeping the original Gothic structure. The monastery was open to visitors in 2003. A towering structure, this place has been one of the most visited historical sites in Prague. Over the years, the monastery has gone on to become an integral part of Prague's rich history. Call the tourist information centre to know more.
Jungmannovo náměstí or the Jungmann Square is located between Old Town and New Town, in Prague. Named for the Bohemian poet Josef Jungmann, the public square is marked by a statue of the same iconic poet and linguist, who is believed to have created the Czech language. One of the most busy intersections of the city, Jungmannovo náměstí is hard to miss when in Prague.
Services are held here on Fridays and Saturdays at sundown, and also on Saturdays at 8.45a. The synagogue is located just off Wenceslas Square, down Jindrisska Street (where the main Post Office is located).
Jindřiská Věž is a tall tower in Prague that has been an tourist attraction for very long. What makes this tower different is that within the old tower a new tower has been built, thereby the outer shell of the the older one remains. Once you step inside you get to see the new construction. You can either explore the tower through the staircase or take the elevator. The bell chimes within the tower play beautiful melodies every hour. Jindřiská Věž can also be rented out for various events and private programs. Head to the tower to explore more.
The Church of St. Václav is an example of classic Czech architecture. Time-worn bricks, impressive steeples, and red roof lends a fairy-tale quality to the sacred building.