What We Czech Out in Prague
Mandarin Oriental, expensive, 011-420-233-088-888. The acclaimed hotel chain's first foray into the Czech Republic opened just weeks ago and features all the luxuries you'd expect, including a world-class spa and enviable views of the Vltava River and historic Prague Castle. Think you can't afford the splurge? Get a little help through their introductory offer: Book online (www.mandarinoriental.com) and receive a free night for stays through March 31, 2007.
Miss Sophie's, inexpensive, 011-420-296-303-530. On the other end of the spectrum from the new Mandarin Oriental is little Miss Sophie's, a minimalist hotel/hostel in the lovely New Town district. It may not have all the creature comforts, but it's still got style, charm, and countless loyal fans. We also love that it's entirely smoke-free.
Radost FX Café, inexpensive to moderate, 011-420-224-254-776. Don't get us wrong, we love us some beef, but we don't mind going meatless when the options are as delicious as the ones at this popular vegetarian restaurant. Radost, which means "joy" in Czech, was opened by a couple of Americans, but the menu goes global with selections like the Greek salad, Thai noodle soup, Italian cheese pita, and Middle Eastern platter, complete with stuffed grape leaves and hummus.
U Medvídku°, inexpensive, 011-420-224-211-916. Craving an authentic Czech meal? You can't get much more legit than in this cavernous beer hall that dates back to the 1400s. From the goulash with bacon dumplings to the malt-house microbrews, it's the real deal.
Petřín Hill. Perhaps the best way to take in all Prague has to offer is from atop Petřín Hill, a beautifully manicured and gardened park 1,043 feet above the city. Climb even higher via the observation tower built back in 1891 to resemble a small Eiffel Tower. To get there, go to Újezd street and take the funicular; it's just been overhauled and is back in business.
Mozart Prague 2006, 011-420-261-215-298. Prague and Mozart will forever be connected (he once claimed, “My orchestra is in Prague”), so it’s no surprise that the entire city is celebrating the 250th anniversary of the famed composer’s birth with a year’s worth of concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and more. For a complete calendar of events, log on to www.mozartprague2006.com.
American Airlines offers codeshare service to Prague in conjunction with three of our partners: British Airways (via London), SN Brussels Airlines (via Brussels), and Swiss International Airlines (via Zurich). For more information, please visit www.aa.com.