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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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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-c 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.

Bila Hora

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?






  • Arpacay Hostel Prague, Radlicka 76, Praha 5, tel. +420 251 552 297, [email protected], [1]. Facilities include a kitchen, laundry and personal lockers. There's also a roof top terrace overlooking the city. Free breakfast, linens and internet access are included. There's no curfew. Dorms from 300Kč per person per night, singles/doubles/triples from 590Kč/430Kč/390Kč respectively. Add another 100Kč or so per night during peak season.
  • Riverside Prague, Janáčkovo nábřeží 15, Prague 5, tel. +420 234 705 155, [email protected], [2]. 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.
  • Botel Admirál, Hořejší nábřeží, Praha 5, tel. +420 257 321 302, [email protected], [3]. Located between Vysehrad and Palacky Bridge on the Vltava river, this boat hotel has a nightclub, restaurant and terrace big enough for 85 guests to enjoy the view accross 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.


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