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Prague, Eastern Europes Jewel

Aug 17, 2007
Weather is still cold in Prague. It is good time for short, calm and romantic walks around this beautiful city. If you are cold, go inside some gallery or exhibition hall or just have a coffee in some cafe, tea room, bar or restaurant and watch the city behind the window.

At night you could visit an opera, listen some classical music concert or see some black light theatre performance.
Czech cuisine is typically central European, with German, Austrian, Polish and Hungarian influences.
The standard meal, offered in just about every restaurant is knedlo, vepro, zelo.
It is bread dumpling, sauerkraut and roast pork. You should taste it while you are there.

Pedestrianised Staru Measto is a safe bet, though. Feel free to crane your neck while walking around its blackened Gothic churches, pubs and townhouses.

The only thing likely to flatten you here is a pack of beautiful young things headed off for a night of clubbing. In few other places in the world, except possibly Russia, are the newly on the go so eager to snap up status items and then put them on public display.

Invariably good for a laugh, You may swear you have just stumbled into a fashion shoot for Cosmopolitan or GQ when you run into one of these impossibly good looking bon vivants.
Fortunately the city`s signature architecture is not yielding so quickly to the more livable and efficient glass and steel shopping malls and offices.

Theyre popping up, of course, but the old centre of town, with its timeless, even melancholy feel, will probably never surrender fully to the free market.

Or, as one hack recently put it , and it was one who actually produces books, rather than just tossing concepts about in pubs with the rest of us, the citys not really so tragic. There are many that have suffered far worse fates from centuries of occupation in this part of Europe.

Rather, Prague has a gravity. Readers of Kafka would certainly agree to that.

While attractions across much of the Czech Republic are closed or keep limited hours outside the summer season, Prague caters for visitors all year round.

Periods when the tourist crush is especially oppressive include the Easter and Christmas New Year holidays, as well as May and June.

Many Czechs go on holiday in July and August, during which time the supply of bottom end accommodation actually increases, as student hostels are opened to visitors.

If you can put up with the cold and the periodic smog alerts during weather inversions, hotel space is plentiful in winter outside Christmas & New Year and Prague is gorgeous under a mantle of snow.
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Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Prague Rental Site
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