Prague/East bank of Vltava
The East of Prague is on the east side of the Vlatava River beside the Old Town and New Town districts. It consists of the numbered districts of Praha 3, Praha 10, Praha 11 and Praha 12. Most of the sites listed are in the Casadral district of Žižkov, which roughly corresponds to Praha 3.
Like many districts of the city, Prague 3 is socioeconomically diverse. The western part of Žižkov is known for its high concentration of brothels, strip clubs and cheap bars. Yet only a short distance away are nice apartments and a new shopping mall with expensive stores. Historically, Žižkov was a rough, working-class neighborhood, filled with factories, brothels and gambling bars. Often compared to the Paris neighborhood of Montmartre, Žižkov today is an economically diverse neighborhood filled with Czech families, expats teaching English and working artists. Žižkov is said to have more bars per capita than any other neighborhood in the world.
Praha 10 is an old district in Prague.
Praha 3 is mainly served by the green line, which stops at Jiřího z Poděbrad, Flora and Želivského.
Northern areas of Prague are accessible by Metro line B, station Palmovka (Praha 8, southern part of Libeň quarter), or by Metro line C, station Nádraží Holešovice (Praha 7, quarter Holešovice, transit to Pendolino trains), Kobylisy or Ládví (Praha 8, quarter Ďáblice - nearly northernmost part of Prague).
Praha 3 is on the number 1, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16, 19 & 26 tram routes. From midnight it can be reached by the No. 51, 55 and 58 night trams.
- Žižkov Television Tower, Mahlerovy sady 1, Praha 3, ☎ +42 267 005 778, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-11PM every day. Famously built by the communists in order to jam foreign radio signals the most hideous building in Prague offers spectacular views of the city. The cafe at the top is a great place to grab a coffee and enjoy the view. Lookout for the giant metallic alien babies that have been added to the tower. Admission is 150Kč for adults and 120Kč/60Kč for students/children under 14.
and Žižkov Monument, located at the top of Žižkov Hill (formerly Vitkov hill). This immense equestrian statue was erected in 1950 to commemorate Czech national hero Jan Žižkov, who fought his most famous battle on this site and later had the hill and the neighbouring city renamed after himself. The scale of the monument is impressive enough in itself, but the views of Žižkov from the top of the hill really make the climb worthwhile.
- Military Museum, U Památníku 2, Praha 3. Showcases the uniforms, artifacts and maps relating to the Czechoslovak armed forces during World Wars I and II.
- Aviation Museum Kbely (Letecké muzeum Kbely), Mladoboleslavská, Praha 9 – Kbely (10 minutes from Letňany underground station (stop Letecké museum)). from May till October, every day except Monday from 10.00 AM to 6 PM. Part of the Military Museum, opened in the 60s on the grounds of former military airfield. One of the largest museums of this type in Europe, has 275 aircraft, of which around 100 are displayed. Free.
- Kafka's Grave, Olsany Hrbitovy, Praha 3. Take the metro to Zelivskeho on the green line and follow the signs to the New Jewish Cemetery. Kafka's grave is signposted around 100m along the path to your right from the entrance. Men should cover their heads. The cemetery is closed on Saturdays.
- Olsany Cemetery, Vinohradska 153. The largest graveyard in Prague, remarkable for many art nouveau monuments.
Three of the main attractions of Prague - Troja (the zoo, the botanical garden, and the castle) are close to each other and make a great opportunity for a day trip. To save entrance costs, buy Trojská karta (Troy Card). It is valid from 2009/1/4 to 2009/30/9 and you can visit each attraction once during this period. The price is 250 Kč for adults, 130 Kč for children and 650 Kč for families (two adults and two children). It also offers free entry to some bonus actions by these attractions. You can buy the Troy Card at ticket offices of these attractions or in the ticket office of Pražská paroplavební (Prague steamship company). The fastest way to get to Troja is to take subway to station Nádraží Holešovice (line C, red, you can get there also by several tram or bus lines) and from there continue with bus 112 or the dedicated free ZOO bus (on weekends in the season) to the station Zoo Praha. This station is just between the zoo and castle, to get to the botanical garden, follow the marked way uphill (5-10 minutes). Alternatively, from May to October, you can take a steamboat from the city center (Rašínovo nábřeží). If you happen to be in the peninsula area of Praha 7, especially around the Royal Game Preserve or Výstaviště, it can be a nice walk or a bike ride.
- Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), U Trojského zámku 3/120. Founded in 1931, it is well known for its significant contribution to saving many species, most notably the Przewalski horse. In 2008 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO as the 7th best in the world. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses over 5000 animals that represent 674 species from all around the world (as of December 31, 2008). There is also a chairlift in the zoo.
- Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada Praha). Open air exhibitions including historical vineyard of St. Claire and Japanese garden. Tropical greenhouse Fata morgana. Each year in spring an exhibition of living butterflies.
- FK Viktoria Žižkov. At Husinecka tram stop (trams 5, 9, 26). Very old football team who have seen better days, including knocking Glasgow Rangers out of the UEFA cup in 2002. After a corruption scandal and a string of poor results they were relegated to the second division, but have recently been promoted back into the top flight.
- Most inteligence ("The Bridge of Intelligentsia", officially named Branický most) (If you want to visit the bridge, take a tram from "Karlovo náměstí" to station "Nádraží Braník"; the bridge has sidewalks for pedestrians, they are accessible through stair ramps at pillars.). majestic railway bridge built in 50s, longest ferroconcrete railway bridge in Europe. It was build by forced labour of members of intelligentsia, who were transferred to manual professions by rule of communist government. As a monument to the stupidity of the communist rulers, only a single rail was laid on the two-rail bridge, because the second rail didn't fit into the tunnel on one bank. The bridge remains in service to this day and is used mainly for cargo trains.
- Forum Karlín, Pernerova 53, Praha 8. Multifunctional auditorium for 3,000 people where different cultural events take place.
- Karlin Musical Theatre, Křižíkova 10, Praha 8.
- Masopust. Annual Mardi Gras parade around the streets of Žižkov, Check local media in the proceeding weeks for more information.
- Kino Aero, Biskupcova 31. Small art-house style cinema. Film festivals. Many English language films shown with Czech subtitles.
- Multikino Ládví, Burešova 4, Praha 8 (Metro Ládví), ☎ +420 286 587 027. Small cinema complex in Prague 8, possibly the cheapest in the city. They have 6 screens. Movies for 89Kč every Tuesday.
- Bohemian Retro, Chvalova 8. Tues-Fri 11am -7pm. Vintage clothing and accessories.
- Shalamar, Lipanská 3 (Tram Lipanska). 10.00 – 19.00. small Indian and Pakistani food store.
- Atrium Flora, Vinohradská 151, Praha 3. Modern shopping mall with IMAX cinema. At Flora station on the green metro line.
- Letňany Shopping Centre (OC Letňany), Veselská 663, Praha 9 (Metro C: Letňany then free bus). Huge shopping centre north of the city.
- U Houdku, Borivojova 110, Praha 3. Traditional (and inexpensive) Czech Restaurant with beer garden in summer. Lunchtime specials are particularly good value.
- Strudel, Jeseniova 29, Prague 3. Home baked Apple Strudel. Locally run, so there may be a language barrier.
- Kuře v hodinkách (Chicken in the Watch), Seifertova 26. Czech specialties as well as hamburgers and American style salads. Menu in Czech and English.
- Olse, Olšanské náměstí. Czech. Well known for its unpasteurized Pilsner beer. Menu in Czech and English.
- Koliba, Gregorova 8 (2 minutes uphill from Roztyly station), ☎ +420 222 564 335, fax: 272941344, e-mail: email@example.com. 11AM - 1AM. Amazing view over Prague. A bit touristy with live music. But good food cooked on an open barbecue.
- Fosil, Milicová 25. 12:00-24:00. Authentic Mexican.
- Spice India, Husitska 37 (bus stop U Pamatniku). 12:00-23:00. Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Take-away available. Lunch menu from 79 crowns.
- Café Pavlac, Víta Nejedlého 23.
- Taverna Olympos, Kubelíkova 9. 11.30–24.00. Greek cuisine
- Palác Akropolis, Kubelíkova 27, Praha 3, ☎ +42 296 330 911, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. An alternative club that often hosts international rock acts.
- Černá Vdova (Black Widow), Štítného 8. 17:00-3:00. Unusual bar specializing in cocktails. Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus and Guinness on tap. Summer beer garden, free grill available. Late-night pizza, possible take-away for 110Kc. Happy hours 5-8pm daily (Pint of Guinness for 60Kc!). Staff speaks Czech and English. Possible group reservations.
- Spirit Bar, Dalimilova 2. 11:00 - 02:00.
- U Sadu, Škroupovo náměstí 5 (Jiřího z Poděbrad Metro (323 m)), ☎ +420 222 727 072. Multiple draught beers including Gambrinus and Svijany, each served at 32czk per half liter. Open up until 4am, kitchen also open late, but dependent on customers as to how late.
- U Vystrelenyho oka (At the Shot-Out Eye), U Bozich Bojovniku 3. Famous Zizkov pub serving Pilsner and Gambrinus on tap. Unusual artwork depicting the Battle of Vitkov Hill. Serves bar food (fried cheese, goulash, sausage). Staff speaks mainly Czech but an English menu is available.
- Tiki Taky, Cimburkova 22. 18:00 - 05:00. Tiki bar. Specializes in cocktails. Staff speaks Czech and English.
- Sedm Vlků (Seven Wolves), Vlkova 7 (Tram: 05, 09, 26 (Stop: Husinecká)).
Many hotels and hostels in Prague 3 are located just 15 minutes walking distance from the center of Prague.
- Czech Inn, Francouzska 76, ☎ +420 267 267 600. With it's chic-modern design, Czech Inn offers a wide variety in accommodation from shared rooms, private double rooms, and apartments. Breakfast buffet served daily, with a trendy bar to try your favorite Czech beers and cocktails. Prices from 275Kč for a shared room and 1,250Kč for a private double room.
- Hostel Elf, ☎ +42 222 540 963, e-mail: email@example.com. Husitska 11, Žižkov. Smokey common area, free internet and wacky rooms. Breakfast and free tea and coffee all day are included. Dorms, doubles, triples, privates with bathroom or without. There are four (or more) different seasons with different prices. In low season fifth night free.
- Three Crowns Hotel, Cimburkova 28, ☎ +420 222 781 112, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clown and Bard Hostel, Borivojova 102, Žižkov, ☎ +42 222 716 453, e-mail: email@example.com. With a lively vibe and a bar in the basement there's always something going on at the hostel too, though it's not the cleanest or newest in town. Free breakfast and internet is available for all guests and rooms in the very large dorm start at 300Kč. For those who want a little privacy, five bed dorms, six bed privates and doubles are available for 380czk, 400Kč and 500Kč respectively.
- Guesthouse Chlumova, Chlumova 10. Mid-priced guesthouse located 1 block from the Lipanska (tram 9) tram stop. Private rooms, some with a private bathroom and kitchenette. Staff speaks Czech, English, Spanish and Russian.
- Hotel Amadeus, Dalimilova 10, ☎ +420 224 238 150, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. From 38 EUR per night..
- Hotel Vitkov, Koněvova 114, ☎ +420 242 453 000, e-mail: email@example.com. Opened after reconstruction at the beginning of January 2007. Spacious, comfortable and luxurious rooms.
- Hilton Prague, Pobrezni 1, Praha 8, ☎ +420 224 841 111, fax: +420 224 842 378. Large modern hotel right on the bank of the Vltava close to the Old Town. Double rooms range from €155 per night for a simple guest room to €215 for an executive suite.
- Hotel Florenc, Křižíkova 11 (opposite Karlinske Divadlo (Karlin Theatre)), ☎ +420 224 816 247, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Freyova str., Prague 9 (metro line B at the Vysocanska station, just 10 minutes by metro from the centre). 4-star hotel connected to the Fenix shopping gallery and close to O2 Arena. 559 modernly and appealingly furnished standard and executive rooms. Wireless internet in public areas and wired internet in the rooms. Spa and fitness facilities are available in the building at an additional cost. Rooms from 65 EUR/night.