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Places To Eat:
shalanu pizza and grill - Chabad
Dinitz (and small kosher store near it)
King Solomon

Places to Stay:
King David
Intercontinental
President hotel
Hotel Maximilian
Salvator superior apartments
Boscolo prague autograph collection

Sheraton
Hilton old town
Marriott
Hilton Prague

Places to see:
Jewish quarter- cemetery (maharal and kli yakar), 6 shuls, museum, (can daven micha/maariv at oldnew shul and get free entry),
old town square - municipal house, powder tower, astronomical clock (hourly show), wenclesas square,
Charles bridge (by boat?- Prague Venice boat),
Palace,
metronome- nice view point,
petrin tower viewpoint,
victov hill, free army museum,

Noda beyebuda kever (at zizkov TV tower in prague 3, its an easy 4 stops on the metro from old town, open sun, tues, and thurs till 4),
Museum, markets (havelska street market, parizska window shopping (right off the ghetto), lesser town (mala strana), dancing house,
water night show at Prague 7,
cable car??, 
45 min night boat tour on river,

Terezin concentration camp -  Drive or hr bus from train station

Holesav- Kevarim of shach , kolin, nikolsberg,

Tips:
can use Triposo app to tour

Tour guide Michael Dushinski, midushy@gmail.com, +420606498214
$80 per hour, minimum 4 hours.

King David hotel has a tour everyday to the major places.

Shacharis
6:30 King David
7:30 King David
7:45 Chabad
8 kehila building (near altneu)

Kosher list

1) always keep a few krona change in your pockets for bathroom breaks. It costs about $0.15-$0.25 USD (in Krona) per visit no one will let you in for free. (besided the chabad restaurants).

2) You can rent boats to go on the Vlatlava river, not sure the cost. You can also rent "City Bikes" in the old town square for 300 Czech krona. (About $12) for 2 hours & every additional hour its 50 krona which is about $2 USD.

3) All Jewish attractions close at 6pm (or 4 in winter).


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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #90 on: April 24, 2014, 04:15:54 PM »
And oh btw sorry or the lengthy comment just figured I'd get it all down while I'm at it.
Thanks. Inserting paragraphs would make it infinitely more readable
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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #91 on: April 24, 2014, 05:18:39 PM »
I downloaded the triposo app from the App Store and found that to be very helpful. On this topic: I spent about 2 and a half days in Prague from mon night till thurs morn. It was more than enough time. We had a tour guide for the jewish ghetto(the Shuls and the cemetery) and then took us across town to the kever of the Noda Beyehuda and his family which is located under (almost literally-the rest of the cemetery is literally under) the Zizkov Television tower(the cemetery is only open a few days a week during afternoon so check beire you go for hours. From there we went to Charles bridge  by cab walked across and walked up to the castle(about 20 min) which has a gorgeous view of the entire city we didn't actually go into the castle as it closes at 4 during the winter and we got there at 4. We went back to our apartment for the night from there. The next day we were planning on going to terezin to see the concentration camp but due to a miscommunication with the driver by the time he showed up it was not worth traveling there anymore. Instead we just walked around the city went to some cable car type of thing up a mountain on the other side if the river    It looked interesting but was closed. We went to the astronomical click and saw the towers etc. old town square had loads of street performers of which some were interesting. Then we walked to wenclesas square which is not too far from the Jerusalem synagogue which was closed(didn't know wen it is open) but still worth it as the facade is of the nicest I've ever seen. All in all prague is just a beautiful city to just stroll around and get lost. As per the restaurants we only ate at the chabad restaurants which were very decent. This was based in recommendation (kashrus wise) from a few people who I believe are reliable and travel there often. As per the kashrus on beer (which is almost running from the faucets in this city and tastes really good) crc Chicago has on their website some helpful info. Any more questions I'd more than happy to answer if I can.

Hi,
Can you give us the contact info the paces you ate in? we will be going in May.
thanks

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #92 on: April 24, 2014, 05:52:38 PM »
As a side note the Kosher store mentioned earlier has closed down. I was in Prague in March and it was already gone.


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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #93 on: April 24, 2014, 07:34:30 PM »
Hi,
Can you give us the contact info the paces you ate in? we will be going in May.
thanks
Don't have it but Chabad's website is www.chabadprague.cz should be available there.

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #94 on: April 24, 2014, 11:02:39 PM »
I downloaded the triposo app from the App Store and found that to be very helpful. On this topic: I spent about 2 and a half days in Prague from mon night till thurs morn. It was more than enough time. We had a tour guide for the jewish ghetto(the Shuls and the cemetery) and then took us across town to the kever of the Noda Beyehuda and his family which is located under (almost literally-the rest of the cemetery is literally under) the Zizkov Television tower(the cemetery is only open a few days a week during afternoon so check beire you go for hours. From there we went to Charles bridge  by cab walked across and walked up to the castle(about 20 min) which has a gorgeous view of the entire city we didn't actually go into the castle as it closes at 4 during the winter and we got there at 4. We went back to our apartment for the night from there. The next day we were planning on going to terezin to see the concentration camp but due to a miscommunication with the driver by the time he showed up it was not worth traveling there anymore. Instead we just walked around the city went to some cable car type of thing up a mountain on the other side if the river    It looked interesting but was closed. We went to the astronomical click and saw the towers etc. old town square had loads of street performers of which some were interesting. Then we walked to wenclesas square which is not too far from the Jerusalem synagogue which was closed(didn't know wen it is open) but still worth it as the facade is of the nicest I've ever seen. All in all prague is just a beautiful city to just stroll around and get lost. As per the restaurants we only ate at the chabad restaurants which were very decent. This was based in recommendation (kashrus wise) from a few people who I believe are reliable and travel there often. As per the kashrus on beer (which is almost running from the faucets in this city and tastes really good) crc Chicago has on their website some helpful info. Any more questions I'd more than happy to answer if I can.

where did you stay

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #95 on: April 24, 2014, 11:05:04 PM »
was the triposo app helpful for the Jewish attractions in Prague or just Prague in general?

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #96 on: April 25, 2014, 02:35:09 AM »
I stayed in Salvator Superior apartments which we found on booking.com for about $60 a night. It was a gorgeous apartment and was about a 7-8 minute walk to chabad. Definitely recommended.
The triposo app was pretty helpful for the jewish sites although all it is is a short description in each site. If you are planning in going without a tour guide you might be better off getting something much more detailed that explains the history etc.
And btw I forgot to mention that a friend of mine told me that a boat tour on the river at night was very nice. I was there in the winter so I skipped it. But from the reviews online if you do it.do a 45 minute tour not any longer as it may get boring.

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #97 on: April 25, 2014, 04:04:48 AM »
As a side note the Kosher store mentioned earlier has closed down. I was in Prague in March and it was already gone.

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #98 on: April 25, 2014, 08:55:43 AM »
I stayed in Salvator Superior apartments which we found on booking.com for about $60 a night. It was a gorgeous apartment and was about a 7-8 minute walk to chabad. Definitely recommended.
The triposo app was pretty helpful for the jewish sites although all it is is a short description in each site. If you are planning in going without a tour guide you might be better off getting something much more detailed that explains the history etc.
And btw I forgot to mention that a friend of mine told me that a boat tour on the river at night was very nice. I was there in the winter so I skipped it. But from the reviews online if you do it.do a 45 minute tour not any longer as it may get boring.

Do you know the name of the company that does the boat tour?
Is the apartments located in a good location for shabbos?

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #99 on: April 25, 2014, 01:36:30 PM »

Do you know the name of the company that does the boat tour?
Is the apartments located in a good location for shabbos?
To q #1 no a don't know much about it in general but from what he said sounds like you just walk along the river and there are these boats all over
To q #2 was about 8-10 minute walk to chabad and the rest if the jewish sites however to get into the building we had a chip in the key ring which opened the door electronically it could be there is a possibility of getting a hard key to the front door you would have to ask them. The actual room/apartment was a regular key.

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #100 on: April 25, 2014, 05:59:50 PM »
Is there a eruv in Prague?

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #101 on: April 26, 2014, 05:52:38 PM »
no

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #102 on: May 11, 2014, 03:43:44 PM »
8 day Europe trip
(I am new to posting tr and am not sure how to post this by the appropriate places. If anyone wants to fix this that would be great.)

We booked our tickets using Amex points with Flying Blue. Business class was 62500 per pp per way. It can be a bit difficult to find availability for 62500 points as the regular price is 150000 but the closer you get to the date you want to leave the easier it gets. you should also keep on checking as availability can change per day.
We left Wednesday evening with KLM from JFK. (Delta services this flight and be aware they close the baggage counters a full hour before the flight. If you com even 2 minutes late you will be bumped fro the flight)
Business class was very nice and quiet. The seats do not lie flat all the way but is was a very comfortable flight. We took along our own pre-wrapped meals from Pomegranate so I cannot say how the meals were on that flight.

Amsterdam
We arrived in Amsterdam where we had a 8 hour layover. As in most of Europe they only accept credit cards with the chip or Euro.
We bought a round trip train ticket which leaves on a speed train directly from the airport to the grand central station. From there we decided to walk instead of taking the trams since it was a nice weather and it is the best way to see the city. The streets and canals are beautiful and the architecture is very old and it is interesting just too look and walk around.
We walked to Dam Square where they have the castle and a Ferris Wheel and other rides. Then we went to look at the flower market which was very beautiful. This is about a half hour walk from the train station.
The Portuguese Synagogue is a 10 minute walk from the flower market and is a must see. They have a treasure chamber in the basement with old silver and Torah Scrolls that are hundreds of years old.
From there we took a tram to Sal Meijer to get some sandwiches. The Rhye train station is right there and we took a speed train directly to the airport. The way took about 15 minutes.


Venice
We arrives in Venice at around 11:00. We took a public water taxi which is only 12 Euro but the way ended up taking about an hour and 40 minutes. We used our SPG points to book the Westin Europa Regina which was very beautiful. The service was great and the concierge was extremely helpful.
We arrived at the stop in San Marco square which is very close to our hotel but we had a very difficult time finding it. the address numbers are random and do not follow a particular order. We called the hotel a few times and still couldn't find it until someone from the front desk came to meet us. (you need to walk through 2 alleys to find the hotel) If we had taken the more expensive private water taxi which is about 100 euro it would have taken us directly to the hotel dock and it only takes about 30 minutes.
Friday was raining pretty heavily but we didnt let is stop us.
We bought a full day pass for the vaporetto (water taxi) to Gam Gam treats for pizza. The ride took about 40 minutes but it was actually very nice since we got to see the sights from the water. The pizza and sandwiches are amazing and the Pizza rivaled the pizza we get in Brooklyn.
We took a vaporetto to Muran where you can see the glass creations made by the factories. We were not able to see and factories doing the actual work, it was only available for tour groups.
From there we took the vaporetto to Burano which is a very pretty island with very colorful houses. The vaporetto then took us back to San Marco square.
San Marco square is a huge square with a famous church and clock tower. It is full of tourists feeding birds and street people trying to sell you things. There are bands that play from the restaurants sometimes and many people come to enjoy the free show.
The Rialto bridge is one of the most famous attractions in Venice and little shops line the bridge.
We booked the Shabbos meals in Gam Gam in the Gallery. the price is 72 euro pp for 3 meals and you have a reserved table where you get served by waiters. The food and wine was delicious and it was very interesting meeting people from all over the world. There is a minyan in Chabad and there is another in the Spanish Shul although you need to register in advance and bring photo ID to be admitted.
We took a gondola ride on Motze Shabbos and it was beautiful and worth it. We paid 80 euro for about 40 minutes.
On Sunday we went back to Gam Gam for brunch and then we toured the old jewish ghetto. You pay admission and there is a tour guide that takes you around to 3 old shuls that were built in the 1500s. It was really interesting and well worth the hour it takes.
We then took a private water taxi to the airport and flew to Prague on Air One.


Prague

We arrived in Prague at about 8 and took a taxi to the Sheraton. We are gold members and found our room to be very nice and quite larger than the one in Venice.
Chabad has 2 restaurants, Shelanu pizza and Shelanu grill. the Grill is very nicely decorated and the food is delicious. There i a bit of a wait until the food arrives but otherwise the service was great and the food was delicious and comparable to many other restaurants in NY.
Since Prague does not have the Euro most things are significantly cheaper than the rest of Europe.
Monday morning we went to see the Municipal house and then walked to the Astronomical Clock. We went to the observatory and then watched the clock show. It takes about 2 minutes and is nothing special.
We then went to get breakfast at the pizza shop. It is located right near the entrance to the Old Ghetto. We bought 1 ticket and toured the cemetery and about 6 old shuls and the museum.
We finished at around 6 and we then took a boat ride at Charles Bridge. We used the Prague Venice Boat and it was an old fashioned wooden boat. you get a free drink and the ride is narrated. It took about 45 minutes and was a nice way to see the different sights.
Tuesday we arrived at Prague castle at noon for the changing of the guards. We couldnt see the whole thing since people arrive very early to save a place. We bought a ticket for the palace and golden lane. The grounds are huge and it takes a few hours to walk around and see everything. the gardens are beautiful and it takes quite a while to walk through them.
We took a taxi to Petrin tower and went to the top to enjoy the view.
On Wednesday we went to Terezin concentration camp. There is a bus that takes about an hour that leaves from the train station. We had a bit of a hard time finding it but it is located inside the train station.
Terezin is huge and has a small fortress, crematoriums, old shul and museums. It takes about 5 hours to go through everything. We then took the bus back to Prague.


Paris

Thursday morning we booked our return flight on Air France. We had a 7 hour stopover in Paris. We took a train directly from the airport to Notre dame which is about a 15 minute walk to La Marais which is the Jewish quarter. It was raining slightly but we still saw huge lines by the falafel store and people were standing under their umbrellas eating falafel on the street. We walked around and then ate lunch at Pizman.  The food was really great. We saw the shul which is next door to the pizza shop which is about 100 years old.
We then walked back to Notre Dame and took an hour boat ride around Paris. It was narrated and we got very close to the Eiffel Towers and we saw other famous sights from the water.
We took the train back to the airport. The ride takes about 30-45 minutes.
We flew home Air France business. the plane was very big and their were about 49 seats in business so it was not that quiet. The seats do lay flat and were pretty comfortable although they were a bit narrower than the ones on KLM.
The food was horrible and luckily we had taken along some food for the way.

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #103 on: May 19, 2014, 05:49:47 AM »
I'm thinking about doing a few days in Prague in June or September w/ a few small kids.
W/ the current Wizz promo, it's around $140 p/p from TLV.

Is it worth staying over the weekend? Will shabbos there be nice?

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Re: Prague Master Thread
« Reply #104 on: May 19, 2014, 06:44:13 AM »
I'm thinking about doing a few days in Prague in June or September w/ a few small kids.
W/ the current Wizz promo, it's around $140 p/p from TLV.

Is it worth staying over the weekend? Will shabbos there be nice?

Did Prague with small kids during the week it was great, the kids loved it. Most of the attractions are within walking distance.
Shabbos would a problem if with a baby because there's no eruv.

In regards to Wizzair you'll be paying extra for everything inc. hand luggage, maybe look into Up.