Yeah, but really the whole of the central city is very much Old Town, which has got an incredible clock face. It's made up of astrological charts and things. Old Town Square is really just the very heart of the city, a wonderful labyrinth of old shops and architecture that dates back to the twelfth century. Everyone hangs out there and, of course, along the bridge as well. The very romantic and beautiful thing about the bridge is that you can look up at the castle. Also, a trip to the castle is great; you have a vantage point and you can see the city. By either day or night, it is stunning. The area is fairly touristy, and I would say it's good for a beer, but if you really want to discover the city, I would go out some more and just get lost in the labyrinth of smaller streets.
Prague Castle is actually a sprawling complex that includes other landmarks, like the St. Vitus, St. Wenceslas, and St. Adalbert Cathedral. You could spend several days there, it seems.
The Prague Castle is fantastic. There are lots of amazing art deco stained-glass works up there. There are some wonderful boutiquey hotels that are cheap and cheerful, and they look over the city. And the castle is spectacular at night. There are little restaurants and bars in that area, as well, but you have to have a strong pair of legs with good calf muscles. A lot of people congregate there. It's a very beautiful, several-minute stroll out of the city.
Where to next if you're strolling through the city?
There is the Mozart museum, in a villa where he stayed while visiting Prague. But obviously because I'm dedicated to theater, I'm a huge Franz Kafka fan. If you are in Prague, you have to take a bit of Kafka with you to read; I think his writing and work is synonymous with the city. You should not fail to view the New Jewish Cemetery, where Kafka is buried. It's a beautiful and very moving cemetery, a very potent spiritual landmark. Try and find his grave, which is not too easy, but I am sure there are guidebooks that tell you where it is. It was kind of curious to me, because, through drama school, I had read his work and a lot of his plays. So it was great to be in the streets where he walked, to visit the city where his brain was teeming and his pen was racing.
What should you read on the way there, to get into the proper frame of mind?
I would read The Metamorphosis.
Okay, now that we're well read, we'll need some coffee and highbrow conversation. Where would you send us?
I remember the beer. They have beer on tap pretty much everywhere you go. But, yeah, there are a lot of coffeehouses. The most famous one is Café Slavia, an art-deco landmark with a great view of the river. Then there's Dahab, a tearoom that was recently opened by a man known as "Prague's king of tea," who imported varieties of tea to the city after the 1989 revolution. Café Louvre is an inexpensive restaurant/café in a French style. Then, there's Municipal House Café, another great art-deco coffeehouse. In all of them, you get that sense that people are going out and catching up over a quick cup of coffee and then an evening of beer. It has a wonderful social vibe.