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PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

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PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

I will be in Prague on business in February and will have just one day...possibly a few hours on a second day...to see "everything." I like spending a lot of time in one place and taking my time getting to know the place, but I won't be able to do so this trip...hitting 3 cities in several days.

So, what are the "must sees" and maybe "must try" (as in food) when I'm there?

Also, any suggestions on "souvenirs" to bring back for my kids, 9 and 12? Things that are really representative of the city/country would be great...not junky things that are just touristy with no substance or reason for them...books, music, things that are very Prague-like would be great.

THANKS!

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1. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

OK - this walk can be done in a few hours. You will certainly not see everything, but you will see quite a lot. You have got to be fit, though.

Start at Old Town Square and walk over to the astronomical clock. Try and time it for the hour so you can see what the fuss is all about (and then wonder what it was all about afterwards :) )

Then continue in the same direction and you will reach a little street called Karlova, which is full of tacky, overpriced souvenir shops, but zig-zags its way to Charles Bridge.

Go across Charles Bridge, admiring the view in both directions as you do so. When you get to the other side, keep going straight on until you get to a little square called Malostranske namesti - turn right down Zamecka street and you will hit the bottom of the stairway up to the castle.

Go up the stairway (there are lots of stairs so take it easy) and you will get to the castle. Depending on the time, go inside the castle compound and follow the signs to the Zlata ulicka (Little Golden Street) - apparently you have to pay to see it now, which is terrible, but is worth it - in February the crowds should have gone, anyway.

Come back out again to the large square in front of the castle and continue up the incline along Loretanska Street - you will see a large building to your right on Loretanske namesti, which is the Foreign Ministry.

Continue up the incline and there is a monastery on your left - Strahovske nadvori, which you might want to take a look inside. Otherwise, continue up the incline and take a left along Strahovska and keep going along the pathway through the park - excellent views to your left, and if you are wondering what that huge concrete monstrosity is up to your right, it is the largest stadium in the world.

Keep going, and eventually you will hit Petrin which you can identify easily as it is a scaled-down version of the Eiffel Tower. You can go up it if you have the time, and then you can get the funicular railway back down to Mala Strana, from where you can walk back.

This will only give you an overview of a small section of the city, but you will catch many of the main sights on the way. Of course, it all depends on the weather - February can be a bit chilly.

I'm sure others have got their favourite walks, but you really can't do it all in one day!

As for souvenirs for kids - puppets are the favourite. Many of them are tacky, but there are some very nice ones - you just have to use your judgement, as with all the stuff on offer. Don't wait until the airport as all souvenirs are horribly overpriced there. As your kids are 9 and 12, it is a difficult age - there are plenty of things to please little ones (especially wooden toys), but not much in between. Make sure that whatever you buy is actually made in the Czech Republic, though!

Enjoy your day!

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2. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

Thank you SO much for your wonderful, detailed response! It all sounds wonderful! I love to walk and to see places this way. Thanks again!

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3. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

Thanks also.

I'm in Prague for 2 days, and a few hours on days either side.

I shall also be looking at doing this walk in December,

All the best,

Jaycine

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4. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

My husband and I will be in Prague Nov 8-9 on a tour with " time on our own". I just printed your wonderful detailed walk and will be clutching it , taking wrong turns, and laughing as we try to do it. That;s the fun part. Thanks .

Christine and Joe

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5. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

GCEK- Thanks from me too. great walking tour. I also printed it out and will be following you directions. We are with a group and will be in Prague Nov. 9th through the 12th. Always get good info from you folks at Trip Advisor. Thanks

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6. Re: PRAGUE for one day!!! Maybe a few hours more! Help!

Glad to have been of help - as I say, this will only give you an overview - there is so much more to see in Prague, but I really like this walk.

The tricky bit is finding the pathway to Petrin from the Strahov monastery (well worth a visit in itself) - you may well get a little lost trying to find it, but just ask anyone who looks local and they will point you in the right direction.

To do this walk justice, you will need the whole day - it can be done in a few hours, but that leaves no time for stopping for refreshments, etc, and you really need to spend a bit of time looking around the castle.

Whilst you are on Loretanske namesti, don't forget to pop into the 'U černého vola' pub for excellent beer at excellent prices, but careful - once you get a seat (worth the wait) you might want to stay all day!

There are plenty of eating establishments along the way as well - there is a place called 'Nebozízek' near to the tower, which I have heard is quite good.

Hopefully other contributors will add their own favourites - other things, aside from the usual, that you must not miss include the 'Obecní dům' (check your guidebooks) - go on a tour if possible and definitely go downstairs to the beerhall. Although it is a little pricey, it is the most beautiful beerhall that I know of!

If anyone wants, I could probably think up a couple of 'specialist' tours that could be done in a day - functionalist architecture, communist architecture, for example. There is some great stuff to be seen under those two headings that are not on the main tourist routes!

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