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The West of Prague is to the west of the Castle district and is made up of three numbered districts: Praha 5, Praha 6 and Praha 13.

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Get in[edit]

Use Metro line A, station Dejvická, to get to Praha 6. Use Metro line B, station Anděl, to get to Praha 5, and station Zličín, to get to Praha 13. There is a direct bus line from both Dejvická and Zličín to Ruzyně International Airport.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Hvezda Summer Palace. Star-shaped and white, rising out of its meadow like a porcelain figurine, this small summer palace is located near one of the most infamous sites in Czech history. There is a small museum inside dedicated to the 18th century nationalist writer Alois Jirasek, best known for his collection of Czech fairy tales, available as Old Czech Legends in the U.S. Hvezda's shape is unusual, but this area is known for being near Bila Hora.
  • Villa Müller. A luxurious villa designed by Austrian and Czechoslovak architect Adolf Loos, the author of influential essay "Ornament and Crime" among others. The villa was built in the years 1928-1930, at the same time as the famous Mies Van der Rohe's Tugendhat Villa in Brno. Adolf Loos considered Müller Villa to be his most beautiful house and it is also the building where he most perfectly embodied the ideas of his Raumplan. The villa, including its interiors, has been renovated and restored to its original 1930 appearance in the late 1990s. Now Müller Villa is one of the most authentic and best preserved of Adolf Loos' works. It is possible to visit the Müller Villa by guided tour which has to be booked in advance by telephone (+420 224 312 012) or through the official website [1]. Basic admission fee is 300 CZK + 100 CZK for an English language guide. The Villa is located near the tram station Ořechovka (lines 1, 2, 18), street Nad Hradním vodojemem 14, čp. 642, Praha 6 - Střešovice. GPS coordinates: 50°5'33"N, 14°22'42"E
  • Bila Hora, or "White Mountain" is where the eponymous Battle of White Mountain took place between Habsburg forces and the Czech nobility on 8 November 1620, as part of the Thirty Years War. During the early fifteenth century's Hussite rebellions, most of the Czech people abandoned the Catholic church and followed the Protestant teachings of Jan Hus and similar preachers. Despite the Czech lands' annexation by the very Catholic Austrian Habsburg family, the Czech nobility remained Protestant. When Emperor Ferdinand II violated an agreement signed by his predecessor which codified the mainly-Protestant nobility's rights, they got angry. Two Protestant churches were forcibly closed/destroyed on orders of the Bishop of Prague (Ferdinand's right-hand man), the nobility decided they'd had quite enough, and gathered at the Castle en masse. Count Thurn, the ringleader, and his assistants entered the Castle, where they were harassed by two Catholic members of Ferdinand's advisory council. In the best Czech tradition (this has happened more than once. The words 'defenestration' and 'Prague' are inextricably linked in history), Count Thurn and his friends threw the council members out a window. In a remarkably ironic twist of fate, they landed in a pile of manure and survived. What next? From a smelly pair of court lackeys to war?
  • Anděl
  • Bertramka

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Walk in Prokopské and Dalejské údolí (Valley)
  • Kart Centrum (Karting Centre), Výpadová 1335, Praha 5 (Bus Stop: Vrážská (165, 204, 244)), +420 774 002 001, [2]. M-F 3PM-9PM Sa 11AM-Midnight Su 11AM-10PM. Race karts on the longest kart track in Europe. 10 minutes: 170 CZK M-F, 190 CZK weekends.  edit
  • Motokáry Jinonice (Jinonice Karts), Motokáry Jinonice - areál Walter, vjezd vrátnicí Peroutkova, Praha 5 (Bus Stop: U Waltrovky (137)), +420 608 828 235, [3]. W-F 3PM-11:30PM Sa 2PM-10:30PM Su 2PM-6PM Mo, Tu Closed. Race karts on an indoor track in Prague 5. Includes a bar/restaurant with table football. 10 minutes: 150 CZK.  edit
  • Zóna Gama, Metropole Zličín, Revnická 1, Praha 5 (Metro B: Zličín), +420 777 759 833, [4]. M-Th 11AM-11PM F 11AM-Midnight Sa 10AM-Midnight Su 10AM-11PM. Play laser games in the 500m2 arena. 20 minutes: 139 CZK.  edit
  • Staropramen Brewery Visitor Center, Nadrazni 84, Praha 5 (entrance from Pivovarska street) (Tram 7,12,14,20 Na Knížecí), :+420 257 191 402 (), [5]. Visit the home of Prague's most famous brewery which was founded in 1869. There are tours available in English and there is a restaurant at the same complex. 120Kč.  edit
  • Sport & Fun City, Nový Smíchov shopping centre, top floor (Tram/Metro: Anděl), +420 257 324 119, [6]. Play pool with a choice of 8 tables, whilst watching live sport on the tv screens. Also contains electronic gaming machines.  edit
  • Folklore garden, Na zlíchově 18 (Hlubočepy), +420 725079088, [7]. 20.00-22.30. Folklore Garden is a unique project offering a wonderful experience of the Czech folk music in a way of an interactive show, in the romantic atmosphere of a renovated estate located just few minutes by car from the very centre of Prague. 48,-EUR. (44.08758502824516,-56.953125) edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

A large shopping centre called "Nový Smíchov" is near the Anděl metro station exit (B-line). Inside you can find a large supermarket, bookshops, cafes, restaurants, fashion shops and even a cinema. Also there is a small grocery shop open 24/7 at the Anděl tram station.

  • Nový Smíchov, Ředitelství Plzeňská 8, 150 00 Praha 5, +420 251 101 061, (fax: +420 251 101 060), [8]. Prague's biggest shopping centre with plenty of choice among its wide array of shops. The Andél tram station is just outside the door.

Another shopping centre called "Galerie Butovice" is located near the Nove Butovice Metro Station (5 minutes Walk).

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Restaurace Na kopci, K Závěrce 2774/20 (Only transportation is a bit difficult, either you use own car, or taxi, or take bus No 231 from station Na knížecí to station Kesnerka), [9]. Restaurant's name translates as "Up on the hill" and the restaurant actually is up on the hill, above Smíchovské nádraží railway station. It's a hidden little gem, almost-like-family restaurant, with tasty food, good service and reasonable prices - one of the best "value for money" restaurants in Prague. Despite short menu, it offers diverse dishes inspired by both czech traditional and world cuisine. Main courses around 200 CZK, 3-course menu around 400 CZK. (Which is about 1/3 less than in downtown restaurants of comparable quality.).  edit
  • Austria, Štefánikova 18/25, [10]. An Italian (non-Austrian) restaurant serving delicious dishes between 120CZK and 320CZK with most being around 180CZK (Oct, 2010).  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Folklore garden, Na Zlíchově 18 (Hlubočepy), +420725079088, [11]. 20.00-22.30. Folklore Garden is a unique project offering a wonderful experience of the Czech folk music in a way of an interactive show, in the romantic atmosphere of a renovated estate located just few minutes by car from the very centre of Prague. Folklore show is include 3 courses MENU (Potatoes soup, pork steak, chicken leg and ham, apple strudel and coffee) unlimited drinks (beer, moravian vine and soft drinks) and transfer from hotel to Folklore garden and back .o) 48,-EUR. (47.279229002570815,-19.3359375) edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Arpacay Hostel, Radlicka 76, tel. +420 251 552 297, prague@arpacayhostel.com, [12]. Facilities include a kitchen, laundry and personal lockers. There's also a roof top terrace overlooking the city. Free breakfast, linens and internet access. There's no curfew. Dorms from 240Kč per person per night, singles/doubles/triples from 650Kč/430Kč/360Kč in low season. Add another 150Kč or so per night during peak season. They have last minute discounts in low season.
  • Aparthotel Na Belidle (***), Na Belidle 27, +420 222 522 508, [13]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. 100 m to tram and metro stop Anděl and shopping centre Nový Smíchov. Apartments equipment: bathroom, basic kitchen facilities TV+SAT, cable internet connection, higher room AC, some rooms has balconies. Parking available on previous booking, breakfast available for extra fee. From 14EUR/person.  edit
  • Botel Admirál, Hořejší nábřeží, tel. +420 257 321 302, info@admiral-botel.cz, [14]. Located on the Vltava river, this boat hotel has a nightclub, restaurant and terrace big enough for 85 guests to enjoy the view across the waters to the city. Admiral has singles, doubles and apartments that can sleep up to four people for 2030Kč/2160Kč/3770Kč during low season, rising to 3220Kč/3380Kč/5830Kč during holiday periods.
  • Hotel Fortuna West (***), Mrkvičkova 2 (Close to the airport, 20 minutes by tram from the city centre, easily accessible from the motorway.), [15]. 159 bright and modern single, double or triple bed rooms, breakfast buffet, Bohemian and international cuisine and inviting lobby bar. There are also several conference rooms available for up to 120 people. From 40 eur single.  edit
  • Riverside Prague, Janáčkovo nábřeží 15, tel. +420 234 705 155, info@riversideprague.com, []. A luxurious hotel with outstanding service right on the banks of the Vltava. Rates vary by season and room type and there are many package deals available but expect to pay from 5250Kč for a double room per night.

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