Prague Guide

Prague Guide

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Welcome to Prague the capital city of the Czech  Republic, the historical capital of Bohemia   and one of the great cultural centers of Central  Europe. The city developed as a crossing point   for the river Vltava which runs through the  heart of the city close to our new office -   and our offices will be here  in a dynamic redevelopment   of a former docks which branch off the  Vltava river in a district known as Libeň. The development is a great mixture of  facilities, retaining the character of   the traditional boat yards where a hundred  years ago river-going ships were being built   and repaired. Today the new office and apartment  buildings have been built around open spaces with  

shops cafes and sports facilities, there's  even a driving range for golf enthusiasts.   While it is possible to rent accommodation  here there are also excellent communications   which allow you to choose from several  popular neighborhoods a short journey away. As well as the tram and buses,  which leave from right outside,   the metro station at Palmovka  is a short walk away.

There are plenty of great neighborhoods  to live in close to the office   let's start by heading east to Vysočany. So in Vysočany you will find it is well  serviced by two large shopping malls. and parks, a cycling path is just nearby  here as well. It can have on in certain   parts a bit of an industrial feel but  it's just the nature of of the district. Vysočany is connected to the metro transport  system by the yellow line which is the B   line, together with number of trams and bus  connections it makes really for a convenient   and fast commuting within the city  and in addition to this nearby is the   Praha-Libeň train station which is served by  city trains to Austria Slovakia and Poland.   So let's take a look at some  of those popular neighborhoods   where the short walk or tram ride along  the river to the district of Karlín. 

So we're in Kaizlovy sady in Prague 8 in Karlín.  Nearby primary school and a kindergarten Lyčkovo   náměstí and uh there's a invalid building which  was built during the Austro-Hungarian empire.   It's a recovering uh as a place for  recovery for soldiers from uh from the war   which is now used as a cultural center with  uh open air cinema ice ring in the winter,   restaurants and all types of activities. Karlín is a well-established neighborhood  with traditional apartment blocks   and some well-known restaurants and bistros but there are newer developments and  some interesting renovation projects. Forum Karlín is a concert venue built  on the site of a steam boiler factory   which was first constructed in 1908   and this area used to be the site of the Karlín  film studios and is now apartments and offices.

By the riverbank in Karlín you can  get a good idea of how close you are   to the historic center of the city. S  o we are now at the Rohanský ostrov and   we can see in in the distance the center of  Prague and what we call the Petřín tower which   is the equivalent of Eiffel tower but miniature  which is in Prague 6, where the castle is also   and as we as we move along the river we  can see the spires of the cathedral in   prague seven holy shovitzer so we're  overlooking Holešovice area across the river. There's also a rather different form  of transport to the opposite bank.   This passenger ferry runs regularly to  Holešovice, which is another popular neighborhood.

So we are in the Holešovice market which is  made up of various buildings used in the past as   workshops.You can find a big market  with fresh fruits and vegetables   small, shops selling household goods. restaurants So on our right side in this Hala  25 is a famous restaurant, SaSaZu,   with asian fusion specialties  - great for parties as well. This area has good communications with our  office either by public transport or by car.

The properties for rent, as you will see a  bit later on, are mostly in these traditional   apartment blocks. There are plenty of local  services and small shops close at hand.   Holešovice is also home to one of the city's  most famous football teams Sparta Prague   and Stromovka park - an oasis of  peace in the center of the city.  So it's the largest park in Prague we are  on the side of the Výstaviště tram stop,   by the industrial palace here by  the planetarium which can be quite   fun to go to when the weather is not that  great and the park is huge it's offering   a lot of sporting facilities  outdoor sporting facilities. Plenty of playgrounds workout areas  people run, there's in line cycling,   there's even a path for horse riding this is the  equivalent of New York city's Central Park in Prague. This area was a royal game reserve  going back to the 13th century   but was converted into a park in the late 19th  century. There's an academy of fine arts and an  

extensive exhibition ground. It's a great place  for recreation amongst the trees and the lakes. A short distance further along the  river to the west from Holešovice   and we come to another attractive neighborhood  Letná, this time with the advantage of some   impressive views across the old town. We're in Letná Park which is one of the   biggest parks in Prague overlooking, this  one is overlooking the river as well and   uh as you can see with the nice weather  people are out enjoying the sunshine and   there is a big beer garden which is very  popular, especially in summer. In Letná you can  

cycle, you can roller blade, there are a number  of playgrounds and beautiful space just to relax. Letná is a small area dominated by the park   from here it's an easy walk or tram ride across  the river to Prague's world famous old town,   the city's medieval center that was once guarded  by a semi-circular moat and wall. This area is   known as Prague One and is, of course, the tourist  center of the city. It's been an important trading   center for about a thousand years and its  heyday was from the 14th century onwards.

This bridge the Charles Bridge,  named after the king that started it   in 1357, linked the old town to Prague castle   and also formed a vital link in an important  trade route between eastern and western europe. In the old town you'll find the cultural  centers that you normally associate with   the national capital - such as the  National Museum, Library and Theater.   There are numerous bars and restaurants  and some more modern architecture and art,   such as this building nicknamed the Dancing  House because it looks like two dancing figures. Given its importance for tourism it's  hardly surprising that this part of the city   isn't ideal for living. Prices are higher  and most city centre apartments are rented   out for short-term lets for tourists. The  old town may be impractical for anyone   living here, but it offers an historical  and cultural reminder of the city's past.

Having visited a few popular neighborhoods close  to the office let's take a closer look at some   of the practicalities of living in Prague  starting with the transport system. We are   going to buy a ticket at a ticket machine in one  of the metro stations in Prague 8. The ticket   machines offer a number of language options here  i am choosing Russian language and selecting an   option to buy a 30 minute ticket at 24 Czech  crowns, payment can be made with coins or by card. Ticket needs to be validated  at the start of the journey.  

We are starting our journey on metro so  i'm validating the ticket at the entrance. You can also buy ticket directly on  a tram by using contactless card. Paper tickets for the public transport can  be bought at the yellow ticket machines in   the metro stations or at major tram and bus stops.  Alternatively you can purchase them at news agents   or public transport information centers. Tickets  can also be bought by sending a text message  

and there are several good value longer  period and season tickets available.   Prague's mainline railway station was built just  over 100 years ago in the Art Nouveau style. From   here you can catch regional trains to Czech cities  and further afield across Europe and to Russia. The metro has three lines  which crisscross the city   running close to our office, with 61 stations.   The use of bicycles and electric scooters is  becoming increasingly popular as a means of   transport as designated cycleways are built making  this type of transport more safe and efficient.

In our look around the popular neighborhoods  we've seen the outside of some apartments,   but what do they look like on the inside. We've  got a selection of mid-range properties in some   of the neighborhoods we've already visited.  We're viewing a three bedroom apartment   in a development called Harfa Park which is just  a couple of minutes away from the cycling path by   River Rokytka. This development has an  Albert supermarket within the grounds,   which is very convenient and there is a restaurant  and a coffee place and couple of playgrounds and a   ball game beach for the children. This apartment  is unfurnished and is located on a fifth floor   accessible by a lift. From  the entrance to the apartment,   we immediately come to the hallway and we access  all the rooms separately from this hallway.  

Directly opposite the entrance you can see the  smallest of the bedrooms immediately to the right   is the second and slightly larger bedroom. The  largest bedroom, the third one, is intended as a   master bedroom and is located near the bathroom.  There is one bathroom in this apartment. The   washing machine is placed in a bathroom, in this  apartment which is quite standard in Czech homes.   On the left side of the entrance is the toilet  with a small sink - further down the hallway we   are entering the living room with open planned  kitchen. As you can see this modern kitchen is  

fully equipped with oven combined with microwave,  an induction hob, standard size dishwasher and a   free-standing fridge freezer. The big plus of this  apartment is its large 151 square meter terrace   which can be accessed from all the rooms  - making it a great extended living space   in a warmer season and compensating for the  smaller interior space. There is plenty of   space on the terrace for children's play area,  alfresco dining and barbecues as well as plants.   The sun comes to set on the side of the living  room and can be very pleasant in the evening.  We are viewing two bedroom apartment on a fifth  floor which can be accessed by staircase and there   is also a small lift. While this is a historic  building, the apartment itself has been added as   part of repurposing of a big loft area. Opposite  the entrance is smaller of the two bedrooms, it  

has sloped ceilings and a space for a single bed  and a wardrobe. It can be used either as a child's   bedroom or a study or a guest room. From this  bedroom we can see the Lyčkovo primary school. Around the corner from the entrance on the  right is the main bathroom with a bathtub   toilet and a large vanity unit this bathroom  also has a washing machine installed. Continuing from the hallway is  the main living room with a space   for dining area and open  plan kitchen on our right. The kitchen is equipped with ceramic hop it  has an oven fridge freezer and a dishwasher.

The second and larger bedroom is accessed from  the open plan living area and is intended as   a master bedroom with its own ensuite bathroom.  The ensuite has a shower unit sink and a toilet. We are going to be viewing a one bedroom apartment  in Holešovice, in this historical building located   on the main street leading from the river. This  unfurnished apartment is on the third floor and   accessed only by staircase, but first we need to  pass through this beautifully restored main common   area with its impressive ceiling. Once you're  through the main door and on the right hand side   is an entry to a modern bathroom with shower unit,  toilet and freestanding washing machine. This   bathroom is also benefiting from daylight through  a small internal window. From the hallway we enter  

into a spacious open living and dining area with  high ceilings three windows and plenty of light.   The kitchen corner is in an alcove on the left  and despite the compact size of the kitchen,   it offers reasonable storage space and worktop  area.The bedroom is accessed from the living   room and again it offers plenty of space and  already has one built in closet. This apartment   is suitable either for a single person or a  couple not necessarily for family with children. But if you do have children then you'll want  to know about the type of schools you can find   in Prague. At one end of the scale are private  schools like this one Meridian International  

which is in the Prague 8 district.  Schools like this offer international   qualifications such as the International  Baccalaureate. They can take students   from preschool right up to 18 years of age  and being private they can be expensive.   The Russian Embassy secondary school  is in Prague 6 close to Stramovka park   and is open to students from the Embassy  and the wider Russian speaking community.  

It offers a high standard of education with an  emphasis on the Russian language.Veder school,   which is in the centre of the city,  specializes in integrating non-Czech   students into the national system it  runs a Russian school on saturdays. Czech state schools are free, but preschool  and most years in kindergarten are fee paying. The choice of elementary school is entirely up  to parents although each school gives preference   to children living in its catchment area.  Generally the state schools are used to accepting  

non-Czech-speaking children and  education support is guaranteed by law. Another essential for living in Prague is to  understand the sort of shopping available. We've   already got some clues from our neighbourhood  tours. This farmers market, you may remember,   is in Holešovice. This type of traditional  market selling food directly from the farms   has had something of a revival in recent years  and they can be found in other parts of the city. but most people will do the  majority of their food shopping   in supermarkets. They vary in size from  convenience stores up to the large supermarkets  

in the four giant shopping  malls on the edges of Prague. As well as grocery shopping these malls have a  wide range of other goods on sale, from well-known   fashion brands to furniture. Online shopping  and grocery deliveries are increasingly popular,   especially since the covid pandemic. In the centre  of the city you can still find luxury boutiques   and shop selling traditional Czech crafts,  such as wooden toys and Bohemian crystal.

These shopping arcades date  back to the 19th century   and are made up of a maze of smaller shops. If you're looking for food  and specialities from home   there are several Russian shops  selling a wide range of familiar items. So Prague has plenty to offer new arrivals -  familiarity and the chance to explore a new   culture. A wide and eclectic variety of culinary  influences, history, the arts and entertainment.   Even within the city you can feel  as if you're in the countryside   with the rest of Central Europe on your doorstep.

2021-05-08 09:57

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