Enjoy Prague Like a Local

The Czech capital is famous for its beautiful bridges, the oldest castle in the world, Kafka and great beer, but there is more than just pivo and outstanding architecture to this romantic destination.

The ‘Golden City’
A beautiful capital packed with historical monuments, museums and old town allure; Prague lies on the Vltava River and has well preserved districts that make it a photographer’s dream. The stunning architecture and cobbled streets with horse drawn carriages make it a charming tourist attraction, with the main sites busy all year round. Take a break from the tourist trail and try something a little different; enjoy Prague like a local.

Yarga River

Yarga River with the famous Charles Bridge

Prague’s Medieval Old Town – Staré Mêsto

No visit to Prague would be complete without seeing the top sites, so don’t miss out on the hill-top Castle complex, the famous Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum, Charles Bridge, the Powder Gate and Wenceslas Square. Once you’ve explored the main tourist attractions you can begin to enjoy Prague like a local and see what else this cosmopolitan city has to offer.

Kampa Island

From the Lesser Town (Malá Strana) end of Charles Bridge, you can find Kampa Island; a tranquil spot with charming waterside houses and local cafes. Known as the “the Venice of Prague” you can even rent rowboats or just admire the view of the Old Town across the river. There is also the modern European art museum – Kampa Museum and the Velkoprevorské námestí (Grand Priory Square), with the Beatles lyrics-covered ‘Lennon Wall’.

View from Prague Castle

View from Prague Castle

Great Views of Prague

Climb the hill to the Castle for a great sunset view, or for something different visit Vítkov Hill, next to the Žižkov district. If the weather is good then the locals love a picnic or a beer garden. Stroll across the Most Legií bridge to the island and visit Letná Park. There is open air cinema all Summer on weekdays (9pm, 100 CZK) and a small floating bar on the waterfront!

Enjoy a Czech Beer!

If you’re a fan of Czech beer (pivo) then don’t miss the Staropramen brewery in the Smíchov district, and the most famous ‘pubs’ in Prague – the 500 year old U Fleku and Pivovarský dum on the site of the former ‘Research Institute of Brewing and Malting’. There’s also a newcomer; the microbrewery Novomestský where you can order a 10 litre barrel (best shared with friends!) If you’re in town May 7th-23rd then catch the Czech Beer Festival - with 17 days of festivities and over 150 Czech beers!

Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

Czech Cafe Culture

Prague is full of lovely cafes with cosy terraces and blankets in winter and sunshine spots in summer – and locals love to hang out and have a coffee or beer. Here are some of the less touristy places to try.

Le Court Galerie Café is a cute favourite, along with Lokál Dlouhá for lunch, or the delicious Restaurant Mincovna or recommended Bistro Maso a Kobliha. For traditional meatloaf or great burgers try quality butcher/bistro Naše maso. For a bit of style and great coffee try the Café Lounge in the Lesser Quarter or Muj Salek Kavy. If you have a sweet tooth try traditional confectionery shop Myšák. Bistro 8 on trendy Veverkova Street does some tasty dishes (a popular and cool spot for art students from the Academy of Fine Arts nearby.)

More touristy are the original Café B Braun on Sokolovská Street or more international Slavia café or grab something at Jan Paukert Deli if you’re on the move.

Karluv Most - Charles Bridge at sunset

Karluv Most – Charles Bridge at sunset

The Best Food Market
Naplavka Farmers Market With views of Prague Castle and on the Vlatva River, this Saturday local produce market is the best place to sample smoked meats, cheeses, pickled local specialties, baked treats and cakes – everything you could want to eat! With great events all summer, local beer tasting, and best of all ‘Wurst-kunst’ (sausage campfire cooking) what’s not to love about wandering around with the locals and buying some authentic Czech fair? Saturdays 8am-2pm

Explore Alternative Neighborhoods

Away from the romance of the old town and the well preserved architecture of the narrow streets and Renaissance bridges the city is a little different. Further from the city center there are more ‘authentic’ neighborhoods where you can see the affects of the Velvet Revolution culturally and politically. Check out the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice; a new gallery exhibiting thought provoking art, and the more underground scenes of street art and graffiti and contemporary art scene in Karlín. Unfortunately the alternative art commune at Trafacka has now closed for development.

Equity Point Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Equity Point Hostel Prague

Our hostel is located in a new building in the heart of the old town, just moments from Charles Bridge and a short walk from the main square. Our cosy yet spacious hostel has 26 light rooms and plenty of communal space to chill out. Book your bed in our Prague hostel here.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Kofola”

Kofola room201

At Equity Point Prague we’ve got a room dedicated to Kofola and not to Coca cola. So, what’s the connection?

Originated in the Czechoslovak pharmaceutical company Galena, (located in Opava) in 1959 during research targeted at finding a possible use for surplus caffeine produced in the process of coffee roasting. The resulting dark-coloured, sweet-and-sour syrup Kofo became the main ingredient of a new soft drink named Kofola introduced in 1960.

During the 1960s and 1970s Kofola became exceedingly popular in Czechoslovakia because it substituted for Western cola-based drinks like Coca-Cola or Pepsi, which were not generally available. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Kladrubský”

Kladruber printing room 306

The Kladruber (Czech Kladrubský kun) is the oldest Czech horse breed and one of the world’s oldest and it’s considered very rare. We have a room at Equity Point Prague to commemorate it.

The main breeding center is in National stud farm Kladruby nad Labem in the Czech Republic where Kladrubers have been bred for more than 400 years. Kladrubers have always been bred to be a galakarosier – a heavy type of carriage horse for the court of the House of Habsburg.

Bred in Kladruby nad Labem national stud, the Kladruber breed is almost 400 years old, yet is remarkably rare (492 mares as of January, 2011). Kladruby stud was founded in 1579 by Rudolf II as an Imperial stud, at the Perlstein stables.

The breed was based on imported Spanish (such as the Andalusian) and Italian horses, crossed with Neapolitan, Danish, Holstein, Irish, and Oldenburg blood, in addition to the heavy Czech breeds. The animal was first developed to be a galakarosier; a heavy type of carriage horse used to pull the imperial coach, usually in a four- or six-in-hand, at ceremonies and funerals.

It originally came in a variety of colors, including palomino and appaloosa, although today the breed is strictly gray or black, due to a breeding program requiring 18 “white” (i.e. fully mature grays) and 18 black stallions for various ceremonies of the court.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Barrandov Studios”

Barrandov Studios

Hollywood and Czech Republic: What’s the connection?

Barrandov Studios is a famous set of film studios in Prague, Czech Republic. It is the largest film studio in the country and one of the largest in Europe. Several of the movies filmed there won Oscars.

Czech film history is closely connected with that of Prague’s entrepreneurial Havel family, and especially with the activities of the brothers Miloš Havel (1899–1968) and Václav Havel (1897–1979) (Václav was the father of the Czech President of the same name).

In 1921 Miloš Havel created the A-B Joint Stock Company by merging his American Film distribution company with the Biografia film distributors.

At present the studios are often called the “European Hollywood” or “Hollywood of the East” and many films have been filmed there, such as Mission Impossible, The Bourne Identity, Casino Royale, Prince Caspian, and many others.

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Lodní Šroub’s propellers”

Ship's propellers Room 203

Do you like sailing? If so, you may know that Josef Ludvík František Ressel (29 June 1793 – 9 October 1857) was an Austrian-Czech forester and inventor who designed one of the first working ship’s propellers, and at Equity Point Prague we have a room designed to commemorate it.

He worked in Landstrass (Kostanjevica on the Krka river in Carniola in Slovenia), where he tested his ship propellers for the first time.

In 1821 he was transferred to Trieste (Italy), the biggest port of the Austrian Empire, where his tests were successful. He was awarded a propeller patent in 1827. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Carps”

Fried carp room 307

It is too early to think about our Christmas’s menu but this tradition but we’ve got a room at Equity Point Prague devoted to the Christmas menu. A traditional Christmas meal in the Czech Republic is fried carp and potato salad. It’ a sort of ”Carp tradition”.

Several days before the 24th Carp sellers pop up around the country. The Carp sellers or stalls consist of several large vats filled with live Carp and water. There is a large table where the carp is killed and prepared if you want to.

But the tradition is that families buy their Carp fresh a day, or so, before and cook it fresh on the 24th. Those who buy the Carp alive will fill the bathtub up with water and have a family pet for a couple of days.

Won’t you try the traditional Christmas Czech Carp?

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Klementinum”

Klementinum printing

Klementinum is about a “must see” in Prague: one of its most spectacular places to visit. You will be fascinated by the majestic and the historical atmosphere of the Klementinum.

The Klementinum is a historic complex of buildings in Prague. It is currently in use as the National Library of the Czech Republic. In 2005, the Czech National Library received the UNESCO Jikji prize (Memory of the World). Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Pilsner Urquell”

PILSNER URQUELL

In this long itinerary through the history of the decorations of Equity Point Prague’s Hostel, we are going to present you the most refreshing subject: BEER!

Plze?ský Prazdroj, known better by its German name Pilsner Urquell, is a bottom-fermented beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, part of today’s Czech Republic. Pilsner Urquell was the first Pilsner beer in the world. Continue reading

Hostel decorations: Equity Point Prague’s “Good soldier Švejk”

ŠVEJK ROOM 402

The Good Soldier Švejk, also spelled Schweik or Schwejk, is the abbreviated title of an unfinished satirical/dark comedy novel by Jaroslav Hašek. And it has inspired the painting at Equity Point Prague’s room 402.

It was originally illustrated by Josef Lada. The original Czech title of the work is Osudy dobrého vojáka Švejka za sv?tové války, literally The Fateful Adventures of the Good Soldier Švejk During the World War. He has become the Czech national personification.

A number of literary critics consider The Good Soldier Švejk to be one of the first anti-war novels, preceding Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. Even Joseph Heller said that if he had not read The Good Soldier Švejk, he would never have written his novel Catch-22. Continue reading

Hostel decorations : Equity Point Prague’s “Franz Kafka”

FRANZ KAFKA ROOM 403

FRANZ KAFKA ROOM 403

Franz Kafka is best known and world-renowned representative of Prague German literature, one of the most significant fiction writers in 20th-century world literature.

After graduating in law from Prague’s German University, he worked from 1907 to 1922 as an official in two insurance associations. He regarded writing as his main purpose in life and found it hard to reconcile in with his work at the office which he performed conscientiously. Continue reading