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PostPrague Recommendations (Paul Pitlick, USA, 04/08/13 2:35 am)
To answer Charles Ridley's questions, we really liked Prague. Lots of stuff to see, much of which is in all the guidebooks, etc. We did a little of the common touristy stuff, but we mostly rode public transportation and/or walked around. The people are friendly, and many speak English well. A lot of them also speak Russian, and German is not uncommon (not that either helped us).
To stay, we would highly recommend Aparthotel City 5 (http://www.appartamento.cz/ ). Kristina was really, really helpful. The rooms are apartments, with kitchens, bedroom, living room, bathroom, etc. It wasn't obvious from the website that she prefers cash, but she'll take any kind of cash. The Czech Republic still has its own currency, and many places also accept euros. Kristina also took pounds and Swiss francs which we had left over from earlier in our trip.
An off-the-beaten-path restaurant we liked was Louku Lu (http://lukalu.cz/# ). Just a lot of eclectic stuff, with good food, reasonable prices. Near this was a funicular railroad (http://www.prague.net/funicular ), as well as the memorial to the victims of communism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_to_the_Victims_of_Communism ). They are on Petrin Hill, on the top of which is a large tower you can go up into (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petř%C3%ADn_Lookout_Tower ). Also, there's a church with a baby Jesus where someone changes his clothes every day (http://www.pragjesu.info/en/ ). The dancing house (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_House ) is on the other side of the river.
Some of these things we knew about, some we just stumbled upon. There's probably a lot of stuff all over Prague that we just missed. Again, the public transportation is great (http://czech-transport.com/images/prague-tram-map.png ). You are supposed to buy tickets from various places before you get on.
JE comments: I'm ready to pack my bags! Excellent suggestions--I was most intrigued by the Dancing House (Tancici Dum). I wasn't sure if it was a house for dancers or a building that actually dances. From the photos at the above link, it's the latter. The locals call the two structures "Fred and Ginger." One look will tell you why.
Istvan Simon has also sent his Prague recommendations. Istvan's post is next.