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Jul 17, 2012

In the very heart of Europe, Prague is one of the continent’s loveliest capitals thanks to its architecture, which ranges from a medieval cathedral and castle district to outstanding 20th-century Modernism. To help plan your next trip, we asked Petr Zezula, Concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Prague, to share tips for experiencing the best of this enchanting city.

Historic cafés

Czech coffee culture dates back to its days as a Habsburg capital, so perhaps it’s not surprising that one of its finest coffee houses is Café Imperial, which has been restored to its 19th-century splendour. Older still is Café & Restaurant Slavia, on the embankment of the Moldau River. The Czech painter Jan Zrzavy and writer Jaroslav Seifert used to frequent it, and writer and former president Vaclav Havel could occasionally be spotted there. The café maintains its original, shabby-chic look.

Museums and galleries

The Veletrzní Palác, the city’s fabulous functionalist modern art gallery, once was considered the best gallery in Prague. But it now has a rival in the Lobkowicz Palace, just below Prague Castle, which houses one of the world’s most extraordinary private art collections: works by Brueghel, Canaletto, Cranach and Velázquez. In addition to its collection of paintings, the museum has decorative arts, books, musical instruments and autographed manuscripts by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven.

Artful shopping in Prague

If a visit to the House of Black Madonna and the Czech Cubist paintings, furniture and ceramics it contains have inspired in you a love of such design, then make for Modernista, a remarkable furniture and homewares store that deals in first-rate reproductions of pieces by the likes of Adolf Loos, Ladislav Sutnar and Jindřich Halabala. Inspired by the design of the same era, Kubista – on the ground floor of the House of the Black Madonna – is another good place for local gifts. For contemporary Czech design, try Designshop at DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague 7.

Bohemian crystal

Bohemian crystal is rightly celebrated, and the two best places to buy it are Material, located next to the Charles Bridge in Mala Strana, and Artel, which has exquisite vases and tableware. Just be warned that it is very fragile, so be sure to tell them you’ll be travelling with it and have them wrap it carefully. Better yet, have it shipped.

Command performances

To see Mozart’s Don Giovanni in the exquisitely compact, 18th-century Estates Theatre – the opera house where it premiered – gives it another dimension. The theatre itself is a riot of Rococo gilt against a powder-blue ground; the acoustics are warm; and the standard of performance exemplary. Only the sight lines in the narrow horseshoe auditorium are a problem, so insist on centre stalls. If jazz is more your bag, then check out JazzDock in Prague 5 right on the river.

Pubs and breweries

Klásterní Pivovar, in the Strahov Monastery at Prague Castle, dates back to the 13th century. For something new, check out Novomestsky Pivovar – 400 metres (1,300 feet) from Wenceslas Square – the first brewery to open in the New Town, where it was founded in 1993.

Italian dining

We’re not bragging when we say that CottoCrudo is the best Italian restaurant in town. Indeed it was the first in Central/Eastern Europe to win a Michelin star. It has marvellous river views, a great wine list and, yes, there are some Bohemian influences on the menu. Gnocchi are only a variation on dumplings, after all.

Aromi is an inexpensive alternative, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant well off the tourist track in Prague, that’s well regarded for its great home cooking.

A perfect day in Prague

Prague Castle may be on most tourist itineraries, but for a different spin on it, walk through the old area of Novy Svet, just beyond it. You’ll find very few people in the narrow cobblestone streets, and the gas street lamps give you a feel of how Prague was 200 years ago.

Weather permitting, have lunch on the terrace of the Lvi Dvur restaurant, which faces the castle and cathedral. Then walk through Upper Deer Moat, a natural ravine below the castle with beautiful views.

The Prague Castle Southern Gardens are always worth a look, as are the 17th-century Wallenstein Gardens – another essay in Baroque splendour, with dancing fountains, a loggia, an ornamental carp pond, box parterres, peacocks and an astonishing curved grotto wall made of artificial dripstone, carved with stalactites, petrified (and petrifying) snakes, frogs and monsters. Round off the day with a night at the opera or a recital at the Rudolfinum Concert Hall.



15 Comments about Prague

  1. Connie Lawrence says:

    We had a fabulous visit in Prague a few years ago and had the good fortune to have a lovely tour guide named Martel. I don’t remember her last name, how we found her or which agency she was with. Do you by chance know her or her agency. Would love to see her again on our next visit. Thank you in advance!

    • Kelly Neubeiser says:

      Hi Connie,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I’ve forwarded your request onto the Hotel so that someone can be in contact with you directly.

      Best wishes,

    • Petr Zezula says:

      Dear Ms. Lawrence, thank you for your note. We have a few guides named Marketa, I guess, this is the correct name. Can you get in touch with me directly at the concierge desk on


      Petr Zezua
      Chef Concierge

  2. Dennis Dunn says:

    I am curious about airport transfer for our upcoming stay. And we would like to visit Terezin, and wondered about your recommendation on how best to do that.

  3. Martin Smith says:

    Havel is dead so if he is showing up somewhere it would be real news. I agree with the article otherwise.

    • Caroline McCoy says:

      Hi Martin,
      Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The article should have stated that Harvel could occasionally be spotted at Café Slavia. We regret the error and have corrected it.

  4. Randi Pellmar says:

    Staying at the Four Seasons Prague April 15-20,2013
    Monte and Randi Pellmar
    Could you forward information on tours to:
    Chateau Konopiste

    Private tours vs Group can this be combined in one day???
    Thank you,
    Randi Pellmar

  5. Petr Zezula says:

    Good afternoon from snowy Prague,

    The official city fireworks will take place on January 1, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. and the best place to watch them will be from the embankments of the Vltava river.

    There are going to be some small fireworks on NYE at midnight, not official, only as a part of the evening restaurant celebrations.

    Should you wish to dine with us in the hotel,please contact the hotel on +420 221 427 000 to reserve your table.


    Petr Zezula
    Chef Concierge

  6. Paula Radin says:

    This is not a tip but a question. We are going to be in Prague for New Year’s Eve, staying at the Four Seasons. Where do you recommend being to see the fireworks? Does the hotel have a special dinner that evening and can you see the fireworks from the hotel? thanks.

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  8. M.King says:

    I was just a guest at the Four Season Prague. It was fabulous. For a true Czech fine dinner, we took their suggestion and ate at the Little Blue Duck, in Czech: U Modré Kachničky.
    It was out of this world. Go in and relax, the entire staff will take care of you while they educate you on the real way to enjoy a meal. Keep quiet and listen to them. They’re the real deal with service, utmost respect, and gourmet knowledge. A Pulitzer Prize author sat at the table next to us.

  9. Chris says:

    Thought you would like this…

  10. rick toren says:

    The Old Synagogues and cemetery are worth a stop as well as a day trip to the Nazi-run ghetto in the town of Terezin.

  11. Cheryl Rybka says:

    I only know one place in the world that you can rent and drive Russian tanks through the countryside. It is to add to your once in a lifetime experiences…just outside of Prague.

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