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Expert recommendations and insider tips for first-time visitors and locals alike from ARTĚL’s founder, Karen Feldman, who has lived in Prague since 1994. Click on the links below for detailed reviews – from Feldman’s own unique perspective – of all the best that Prague has to offer...

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I Only Have One Day In Prague, So What Should I Do?!

Published on March 27th, 2014 in Basics

Postcard of Charles Bridge, c.1912

 

• Start early!

 

• Have breakfast at Café Savoy.

 

• Take tram #22 to the Prague Castle area; sit on the right side to get a great view of the city when the tram goes up the hill to the castle. Get off at Pohořelec.

 

   

Left: Pohořelec Square, vintage photo  |  Right: Strahov Monastery Library, vintage photo

 

• Go see the ceiling fresco at Strahov Monastery Library – this is simply amazing.

 

• Stroll around Prague Castle. Definitely pop into St. Vitus Cathedral.

 

• Have lunch at the Lobkowicz Palace Café and take in the view.

 

• Check out the collection at Lobkowicz Palace.

 

 

Left: Assorted hunting rifles from Silesia and Bohemia, 17–18th century (photo by Edward Owen, courtesy of the Lobkowicz collection, Lobkowicz Palace)

Right: Prague Castle stairs, c.1920

 

• Follow the steep Prague Castle Stairs down toward the metro, but stop along the way at Villa Richter – Terra for a glass of wine and yet another view.

 

• Take the metro from Malostranská to Staroměstská—you can certainly walk, but the metro is very cool…

 

• Head to the Jewish Quarter and check out the Spanish Synagogue.

 

• Take a break – a gelato at Angelato is certain to hit the spot.

 

 

Left: Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square, c.1953  |  Right: Watercolor of Old Town Square by Jaroslav Šetelík

 

• Check the time at the Clock Tower in Old Town Square. For a fantastic view of Old Town, take the glass elevator to the lookout on top of the tower.

 

• Walk down Celetná to Obecní dům (the Municipal House). Once inside, be certain to look at all the public spaces, including the pub and bar in the basement.

 

• Drop by the flagship ARTĚL Design Shop, located just around the corner, to check out our collection of handmade Bohemian crystal and vintage Czech items.

 

 

Left: ARTĚL's Flagship Store on Celetná Street  |  Right:  ARTĚL's Banana Leaves Barware Decanter and Double Old Fashioned in Brown

 

• Have a drink at the Grand Café Orient and be amazed by the highly stylized Czech Cubist décor.

 

• Head to the Aria Hotel for dinner on the rooftop terrace at Coda, which offers a sublime view.

 

• Alternatively, dine at Bellevue, which has an exquisite riverside location and a view of  Prague Castle.

 

• After dinner, stroll over the Charles Bridge; no visit to Prague is complete without it. My favourite time is at night when the city is lit up and the bridge is less crowded.

 

 

Left: Lesser Town Bridge Tower, vintage photo  |  Right: Charles Bridge, vintage photo 

 

• Go home; you must be exhausted!

 

 

 

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