City of Prague
The Mother of Towns, The Golden City, and The City of a Hundred Spires are just a few of the many auspicious names that the Czech metropolis known as Prague nestling above the river Vltava has earned. Prague has more than 1.2 million inhabitants and stretches over approximately 500 square kilometres. It is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its appeal is embedded in architectural monuments of all styles; the generous and unique hospitality of its people; and the excellent beer served in Czech pubs, as well as the remarkable mix of Czech, German and Jewish cultures.
In 1993, Prague was designated a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage area which encompasses more than 8 sq km with over 100 theatres, concert halls and galleries. For lovers of historical monuments, Prague is, literally, a paradise. The grand Baroque palaces of the Hradčany quarter join forces to form a monumental gateway to Prague Castle, with its magnificent Gothic cathedral consecrated to St Vitus. The castle had been the seat of Czech kings since 1087, until 1918 when it became the seat of presidents of the Czechoslovak Republic. Since 1993 it has been the seat of the President of the Czech Republic.
The Lesser Quarter boasts a profusion of intimate corners and pleasant restaurants; fine burghers houses blend with splendid aristocratic palaces and charming gardens.
The Old Town of Prague offers its visitors a network of twisting medieval lanes and the Old Town Square. When exploring the remains of the former Jewish town, its synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery or the extensive collections of the Jewish Museum (one of the most valuable to be found in Europe), you are certain to experience a mysterious spiritual atmosphere. The Charles Bridge, the most beautiful promenade site in Prague, is alive with street artists and musicians.
With its buzzing market economy, stable democratic government, steady currency and highly skilled workforce, this country provides a great opportunity to host a conference for scientists and business people from all over the world.
Allow yourself to be charmed with the beauty of Czech Republic, its history, and culture, and make your stay even more enjoyable by shopping for worldwide brands. The possibilities are practically limitless. The traditional commodities that are much sought-after include Czech Glass, Porcelain, and Garnets. They are complemented by luxury fashion products, jewelry and other attractive goods.
Stores are open weekdays 9-6. Some grocery stores open at 6 AM. Western-operated supermarkets are open much longer hours and on weekends; some larger supermarkets never close. Department stores often stay open until 9 PM. Outside Prague, most stores close for the weekend at noon on Saturday, although you can usually find a grocery open nights and weekends.
Myslbek Shopping Gallery
The Myslbek Shopping Gallery opened in 1996 as one of Prague's first shopping malls. It connects Prague's New Town and Old Town, stretching between the busy Na Příkopě Street and the historic Ovocný trh (Fruit Market) behind the Estates Theatre. The site is named after the sculptor who created the St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square. Myslbek Shopping Gallery houses about 30 shops and boutiques, and a few restaurants. Examples of shops are GANT, Next, Korres, Mothercare, Intersport.
Address: Na příkopě 19/21, Prague 1
PALLADIUM is a large shopping gallery located in the center of Prague, across the way from the Obecní dům (Municipal House). The five story building holds 170 shops and 30 restaurants and cafes. It is an easy location to get to using public transportation, but in case you are driving, there are 900 underground parking spaces. Some stores and restaurants you'll find there are au Gourmand, Benetton, C&A, dm drogerie markt, ECCO, H&M, L'Occitane, Marks & Spencer, Mothercare, Sparkys, Starbucks, and Villeroy & Boch.
Address: náměstí Republiky 1, Prague 1
Palác Flóra is one of the larger malls. It opened in 2003. Its four floors are filled with 120 shops, a food court, a Cinema City multiplex theatre and Oskar IMAX. The environment is bright and airy with an open central lobby. You can walk into the mall right from inside the Flóra metro station (line A).
Address: Vinohradská 144, Prague 3
Getting there: Metro A or tram 5, 10, 11 or 16 to Flóra
Hours: Mon-Sat 9.00 - 21.00, Sun 10.00 - 21.00
Nový Smíchov is a stylish, modern shopping mall and entertainment center that spreads across three floors. It is located near the Anděl metro station (line B). There's a large Tesco supermarket and Datart electronics store on the ground floor, 150 different shops, as well as a food court and Palace Cinema multiplex on the third floor.
Address: Plzeňská 8, Prague 5
A modern mall opened in 2008 with a wide selection of clothing stores, a number of shoe shops and sport clothing shops. A large Interspar supermarket, drugstore, bookstore and a food court make the mall a good stop for all your shopping needs.
Address: Na Pankráci 86, Prague 4
Metropole Zličín is a large fashion and entertainment complex on the outskirts of Prague. It includes a Cinema City multiplex theatre and a large electronics store Electro World. Although not in the city center, the mall is conveniently located right at the Zličín metro station, about a 20-minute ride from the center. It is also conveniently accessible by car. A 24-hour Tesco supermarket is located near the shopping center (take the bus or drive, walking is not recommended).
Address: Řevnická 1, Prague 5
Prague Museums & Galleries
We are pleased to recommend you some interesting museums and galleries in Prague.
We believe that everybody can choose the museum or gallery according to his taste in Prague. There are many interesting museums and galleries in Prague which are worth a visit. We do not dare to choose the best one, however we would like to draw your attention to the following selection:
Prague Castle www.hrad.cz
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague www.upm.cz
Black Madonna House - Museum of Czech Cubisme www.ngprague.cz
National Museum www.nm.cz
National Technical Museum in Prague www.ntm.cz
Jewish Museum www.jewishmuseum.cz
Municipal House www.obecni-dum.cz
Prague Castle Gardens www.palacovezahrady.cz
Summerhouse Hvezda www.pamatniknarodnihopisemnictvi.cz
Memorial to W.A. Mozart www.bertramka.com
Imperial Stables - Prague Castle www.hrad.cz
Czech Music Museum www.nm.cz
Antonin Dvorak Museum www.nm.cz
Bedrich Smetana Museum www.nm.cz
Prague Metropolitan Museum www.muzeumprahy.cz
Old Sewage House www.ekotechnickemuseum.cz
Charles Bridge Museum www.muzeumkarlovamostu.cz
Interesting Art Galleries
National Gallery www.ngprague.cz
Jaroslav Fragner gallery www.gjf.cz
Rudolfinum Gallery www.rudolfinumgallery.cz
Karlin Studios www.karlinstudios.cz
Strahov Monastery www.strahovskyklaster.cz
Rudolf Svestka gallery www.jirisvestka.cz
Manes Gallery www.galeriemanes.cz
Museum Kampa www.museumkampa.cz
Sternberg Palace www.ngprague.cz
Trade Fair Palace - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art www.ngprague.cz
Ball Games House www.hrad.cz
Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia www.ngprague.cz
Prague Castle Riding Hall www.hrad.cz
Stone Bell House www.ghmp.cz
Kinsky Palace www.ngprague.cz
Langhans Gallery www.langhansgalerie.cz