Prague

Karen Walker | December 16th, 2006

Story by Karen Walker
Photos by Mikhail Gherman

Three Prague Must Do’s

St Nicholas’ Church, Old Town
Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of Baroque architecture in the world yet you can almost walk past St Nicholas’s Church. It’s once you get in that the magic happens. There are frescoes, marble, gold and statues that take your breath away. Mozart played the organ here whenever he was in Prague and the best way to experience it is by attending a concert here. All the little churches around Prague have concerts throughout the day and especially on weekends. At St Nicholas’s an hour recital of Vivaldi and Bach is only 50c and it is absolute magic.

The Opera
First day in Prague check what’s on at the Opera Theatre. They have different performances every night and it’s the most beautiful theatre and really cheap.

Stavovske Divadlo
Alternatively the Stavovske Divadlo (Theatre of the Estates) is a small pretty theatre where Mozart conducted the premier of Don Giovanni. It’s a great spot to see a ballet or an opera.

Food

The food in Prague is, in general, pretty bad but the two good places I found are:

Ostroff
Located on the little island in the middle of the river opposite the Opera Theatre, Ostroff is modern (but in a good way) and has very good food. Sit by the windows on the river or in the cellar.

U Modre Kachnicky
Near St Nicholas’s and the Charles Bridge (Nebovidska 6) U Modre Kachnicky has very cool interior - lots of little rooms covered in tapestries and painting - its like being inside a Faberge egg. Try to get seated upstairs in the dining room with the piano on a little couch. The food’s terrible and the pianist’s choices are odd (no Chopin and lots of Lennon and McCartney) but the interior makes up for it all - a must.

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