Prague 2009

Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most popular travel destinations, and I had wanted to see it for a long time. Finally in June of 2009 I had a chance. After a five hour train ride from Vienna, I arrived in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. After settling into my hotel, the historic Hotel Jalta on Wenseslas Square, I started exploring the city with my two expert guides, Jitka and Karel. Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge are simply breathtaking. Jitka even took us onto the rooftop of a local hotel from where we had a phenomenal view over Old Town Square and the rooftops of the old city. In the evening it was off to a typical Czech beer hall where I learned a lot about Czech cuisine and traditions (and enjoyed some Czech beer!). I also got a personal tour of the Art Deco-era Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel.

Another local expert, Petra, took me on a guided tour of Strahov Monastery and Prague Castle while Richard, another young guide, took me on a very informative tour of Prague’s Jewish Quarter. We even had lunch in the city’s only kosher restaurant! Then I explored fabulous Art Nouveau architecture at Prague’s Municipal House, followed by a river cruise that provided great riverside views of Prague. Last but not least I explored the medieval neighbourhood of Mala Strana and took the vintage funicular up the hill to Prague’s miniature version of the Eiffel Tower.

Prague is definitely one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, and I hope to have a chance to discover more of Prague and different towns in the Czech Republic in the near future.

After more than two weeks of European explorations in Austria and Mallorca, another highlight of my 2009 European odyssey was waiting for me: a three-day trip to Prague, one of the destinations I have been… Read more.

My local experts Jitka Simkova, owner of Prague, together with her colleague Karel had given me a great introduction to Old Town Prague. The day was getting late now and the air was definitely… Read more.

On a somewhat cool and breezy day, bright sunshine woke me up and I stepped out on to the balcony of my room at the Hotel Jalta. This four-star hotel is located on Wenceslas Square,… Read more.

Always on the lookout for historical structures, I had planned a visit to another renowned Prague establishment: the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, established in 1932 at the height of Art Deco as Prague’s premier hotel… Read more.

At the end of my delicious lunch at La Rotonde, the Art Deco restaurant at the Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, my personal tour guide for my walking tour of Prague came to pick me up…. Read more.

One of Prague’s key attractions is the Jewish Quarter, the former Jewish ghetto of the city. So on this bright, yet blustery day I strolled from my hotel on Wenceslas Square over to Old Town… Read more.

After our extensive tour through Prague’s Jewish Quarter it was only fitting to cap off this experience with a nice meal in a kosher restaurant. Owner Michal Günsberger welcomed us at the King Solomon Restaurant,… Read more.

After an introduction to kosher food and after sampling some Krupnik and Gefilte Fish, I thanked Michal Günsberger for his culinary education and for his hospitality at the King Solomon Restaurant. Richard, my tour guide,… Read more.

As the late afternoon sun had come out, I was continuing my action-packed day in Prague. After a guided tour through Prague’s Jewish Quarter, a savory and informative lunch in Prague’s oldest kosher restaurant, followed… Read more.