Prague is a city with perennial appeal, the kind of place where every corner can easily make a pretty postcard picture. It is a magnet for tourists, regardless the season, a realm of palatial rises and cobblestone walkways. Rich in history and tradition, Prague is, nevertheless, open to the modern, and allows contemporary expectations to take over spaces enclosed by the walls of an old villa, or to surprise, in a dance of contrasts, like the Dancing House. This is the perfect setting for a hotel: Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague, a short walk from the fabulous Wenceslas Square. This is a hotel for longer stays, perfect for families travelling with children and pets, but also great for business people, who will enjoy the perks offered by the Executive apartments: views over the Prague Castle, free WiFi, flat-screen TV, DVD player, stereo system, desk, coffee and tea making facilities, safe, and kitchenette. Ask for the room with terrace when you book this type of apartment, and see the picture below to figure out why.
Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague has no less than 53 apartments, all air conditioned, and richly furnished, offering comfortable large beds and sofas, and a peaceful, tranquil environment, that feels like home.
The Deluxe Studio Apartments at Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague are comfortable and spacious.
Just like home: a fully equipped kitchen allows you to fix your own meals in your Deluxe Studio Apartment at Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague.
It is easy to feel at home at Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague: all apartments have their own kitchenettes. Grab some groceries and prepare a homemade meal in the comfort of your room – what a great opportunity for those visiting the city on a shoestring budget. Our hotel has a groceries delivery service if you are too busy to go shopping on your own, or, if you have special menus in mind, we will accommodate your wishes too. In the morning you can enjoy a Continental breakfast with us, or have a coffee and a croissant on your terrace.
The Deluxe Studio terrace offers amazing city views.
Even the breakfast room is cozy and homey.
Relax after a day of walking around Prague at the sauna. We have excellent fitness facilities if you are an active traveler who enjoys keeping in shape.
The sauna at Mamaison Residence Downtown Prague is an ideal retreat after a busy day. It has its own plunge pool.
As you see, the gym area is equipped to help you stay in shape.
Because Mamaison Residence Downtown lays at the heart of the city, you will find plenty to see and do nearby. The Vyšehrad fortress is only 15 minutes on foot; the Dancing House by Frank Gehry can be reached in 15 minutes too. Other points of interest in the neighborhood of the hotel include the Clementinum, the Municipal House, The Powder Tower city gate, Alfons Mucha Museum, Bedřich Smetana, and the list could go on.
Kafka at Wenceslas Square. This stunning kinetic sculpture by David Černý' measures 10 m in height, and is entirely made of steel. HepcoMotions Heavy Duty Rings technology enables 42 independently driven layers to move, creating stunning effects.
David Černý is a prominent figure in the Czech Republic. A son of Prague, the sculptor has already made a strong mark in the city, and his works represent true landmarks, famous tourist attractions. If you want an alternative to traditional Prague tours, follow the “Černý-path” – and start with his newest addition to the local art scene, the amazing mechanical sculpture known as Kafka at Wenceslas Square. This stunning kinetic sculpture measures 10 m in height, and is entirely made of steel. HepcoMotions Heavy Duty Rings technology enables 42 independently driven layers to move, creating stunning effects.
Just off Wenceslaw Square, at Lucerna Pasaz, you will find another work by Černý, this time an upside-down horse, and St Vitus riding it. It’s a puzzling creation, controversial and often photographed by tourists. Get your camera ready: the journey continues.
Cross the Charles Bridge, and visit the Franz Kafka museum – “Piss” by David Černý seems to be the main attraction here. The sculpture, which depicts two men peeing into a Czech Republic-shaped fountain, is interactive – you can use your mobile phone to send an SMS and control how the two figures pee.
Talking about bizarre creations, the Zizkov TV Tower is now known for its grotesque “tower babies,” which are also a vision by Černý. Initially, the babies were supposed to make the tower more attractive. It may not be attractive, but its certainly famous. Controversial art has its effects on people.
As you will walk the streets of the city, you will notice other works by Černý: Hanging Out on Husova street, the Brownnosers at the Futura Gallery, and a bizarre “In Utero” sculpture on Dlouhá Street where visitors can step inside to “experience” the womb.
You should not miss Černý’s own center for art, the Meet Factory, which has interesting culture and entertainment programs, art exhibitions, theater and summer cinema, and an artist-in-residence program for visual artists, curators, musicians, theatre directors or writers.
Imagine getting lost on the cobbled streets that once witnessed secrete romance stories between blue-blooded Czech royalty, and their Austro-Hungarian rulers. This is when you will understand why Prague is revisited like an urban art gallery, over and over again: its vast arteries are lined up with outstanding landmarks of diverse architectural styles. You could live in the City of a Hundred Spires for a lifetime and still not visit all the great sites that make Prague a true royal city.
And when it comes to art, as in art museums, galleries and artists’ studios open for public visits, Prague truly has more than enough to offer.
Nová galerie is for Czech fine arts. The gallery exhibits local talent, in thematic exhibitions that challenge your imagination, and inspire meaningful dialogues. These are works that exude creativity and adventure, works that inspire you to learn, observe, imitate, develop, and play. Nova also aims to present and support of top Czech artists both at home and abroad. The curators choose artists based on the quality, message and singularity of their works.
Výtvarný ateliér Malování kreslení is a fine art studio and workshop in the center of Prague. They offer classes for children, youth, adults and seniors. The classes and workshops are conducted by academic painters, sculptors, architects and designers.
Berlínskej model is a new, young gallery, also with focus on Czech talent, but they also feature visiting, international artists. The gallery was designed to resemble the art galleries typical to Berlin Mitte. Artists who exhibited here included, among many others, Milan Kohout, Michaela Kuříková, Jan Šerých, Vladimír Turner, Aleksandra Gronowska, and Ivars Gravlejs. You will always find something outstanding to admire.
The art gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Galerie AVU, fulfills more than the traditional functions of a gallery: besides its own academy programs, it features events organized by curators, artists and students of other Czech and foreign schools. They always have interesting exhibits, and a schedule of events with focus on diversity and dialog.
The DOX center of contemporary art is a multi-functional space focusing on the presentation of contemporary art, architecture, and design. However, what truly recommends this place is its predilection for controversial and edgy art. They feature both contemporary Czech and international art, with strong focus on social topics that are shaping and transforming today’s world.
August ends with an ice cream festival in Prague, but the fun is just about to become: come September, the city continues to celebrate all kinds of things that inspire travelers and locals alike. But, if you want to say “goodbye,Summer!” in style, the Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště Praha) are the place to be on Sunday, August 30, for Prague’s coolest festival. Get your family and friends, and go to enjoy a world of flavors, from local ice cream makers, and from international visiting exhibitors. You can partake in tasting sessions, and enjoy the day in a beautiful environment with an interesting program.
Then, in September, visit the Prague City Gallery at Troja Castle (Zámek Troja) for even more gourmet treats. Prague’s Foodparade is at its 5th edition. This is a family-friendly event, with an interesting children’s corner, beautifully decorated, with colorful balloons, where kids can join a cooking workshop, draw and play. Adults can enjoy gourmet cuisine prepared by famous local chefs and by luxury boutique restaurants. Of course, the festival couldn’t be complete without artisan wines, delicious coffee, good beer, exotic cocktails and delicacies from around the world. The festival lasts two days, from September 5 to 6.
KampART 2015 on September 5 is an open air event, with free entrance. It will feature urban music and art, at Kampa, a park on an island between the Vltava River and its side branch, Čertovka. This is also where you will find Kampa’s pottery market from September 5 to 6, which will also feature a cultural program for the whole family. Kampa is also home to Museum Kampa, another Prague must-see. Plus, this beautiful island is regarded as one of the most romantic spots in the city.
What would September be without the Dvořák Prague festival? This kicks off on September 6, and lasts till September 23. It takes place at different locations around the city, and will feature the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, led by Christoph von Dohnányi, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Soloists will include such brilliant artists as Piotr Anderszewski, David Garrett, Lisa Batiashvili, and Gautier Capuçon, among many others. Check out the listed website for information and full schedule.
If you want something different, the first American-style Low&Slow barbecue festival in the Czech Republic is scheduled for September 12 and 13, and it’s called Bohemian Bluegrass. 24 professional BBQ teams from around the world will gather at Smíchovská náplavka – Smíchov riverside to cook chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket in a competition for cash and prizes, and for a chance to compete in the Jack Daniels World Championship in Tennessee. Of course, you are invited to taste their creations. The family-friendly event is free for children. Some of the most talented musicians in the Czech Republic will play bluegrass music to entertain visitors during the festival.
To end the first half of the month, we’d like to recommend the Ladronkafest at Ladronka – Sports and Recreation Area on September 12, 2015. This is the largest leisure time festival in Central Europe, featuring concerts, extreme sports, creative workshops, and much more. Free admission.
Summers are the best time to explore this magnificent city, and nothing can be more fun than to visit it with little explorers, who will enjoy many of the beautiful things Prague has to offer. The parks are true oases of green, fresh and landscaped to resemble palatial gardens, with colorful flowers, and tall trees.. The streets are equally welcoming, with something fascinating at each turn: here a street artist blowing huge soap bubbles, there a cozy cafe that serves out of this world chocolates and desserts. And sure, there are always those attractions designed exclusively with children in mind.
Merlin’s KinderWelt is located more than 2 ½ hours drive from Prague, in Chvalovice, but it is well worth the trip, for a great family day out: visitors will enjoy bumper boats and bumper cars, Archimedean screws, Carnival carousel, butterfly-shaped cart for two persons, Children’s train, Ferris wheel, climbing frames, kiddy bob, nautic jets, mini golf, racing course and much more.
Mirakulum is about 50 minutes drive from Prague, in Milovice, and local children love it, especially for its mini zoo with donkeys, sheep and goats that kids are allowed to pet. But there’s much more to explore and play with at Mirakulum: a wooden castle with slides, suspension bridges, giant swings, mazes, climbing frames, and tunnels, and much, much more. You will see many people gathered around barbecues, playing, or just relaxing in the sun.
If you cannot leave Prague, but you are looking for a safe playground for children, try Hafikov: this is a great choice rain or shine, as it is an indoor area, at the Galerie Nove Butovice. There are toys, slides, and everything your child could need to have a blast. You can shop while children play safely, and, if you get hungry, enjoy a slice of pizza or another snack at Pizza metropol.
To escape the heat of the summer, and to splash around in a water park, head over to Hlavní Město Praha for Aquacentru Šutka. This offers many attractions, including Finnish sauna, steam bath and 50 m indoor pool, suitable for recreational swimming and competitions, as well as training pool, ideal for mothers and children.
The Funicular Railway is also a wonderful activity to do with children. The ride is fascinating, taking you from Lesser Town all the way up to Petrin Hill.
The National Marionette Theatre (Narodni divadlo marionet) is a must see: it still plays Mozart’s Don Giovanni using classic marionettes. But it also offers other puppet performances for both adults and children.
Finally, Sea World, at the city zoo is both fascinating and educational. At the Výstaviste fairgrounds you’ll also find a number of other popular attractions, such as the Krizík Fountain. The most fascinating exhibition of the Sea World is the GALERIE KROKODÝL which offers a view of the dangerous world of alligators, caimans and crocodiles, including their regular feeding.
Christmas is a spectacular sight in Prague. Magnificent architecture gets dressed in a lace of shining lights; hundreds of Christmas trees sprout from nowhere lining up the imperial arteries, and even pedestrian alleys and markets; department-store window displays remind of the land of fairies and elves; and many other holiday attractions pop up around the city, spreading contagious cheer among locals and visitors.
It’s a season of joy and excitement, a time when age barriers fall, and the city becomes a huge playground for all. Even onlookers who don’t believe in Santa Claus find themselves looking up at the skies gazing to see the magic sleight and its reindeers.
You are greeted by colorful Christmas decorations at every step: some avantgarde, and using the latest technologies to woo and enthrall you; some artsy and chic, designed exclusively to make you want for more Christmas art; and finally, some traditional, to remind you of the local values, and the cultural past that shaped this holiday.
From the lobbies of Mamaison Suite Hotel Pachtuv Palace, Mamaison Hotel Riverside, and Mamaison Residence Belgicka, all decorated in the spirit of the season, as you step out you can live your own Christmas story.
First time visitors to the city must never miss the jolly atmosphere of the main Christmas markets of Prague, where tourists and residents alike spend hours munching on gingerbread cookies and Trdelník, or destroy their healthy diets with a fatty piece of ham and one sip too many from the local svařák wine, which perfumes the air with aromas of cinnamon and star anise.
If you want to avoid the crowds gathered around at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, where Prague’s largest Christmas markets display all kinds of Christmas goods for sale, walk to Havelská Market, the city centre’s permanent market, where you can shop like the locals, without needing to pay a season premium on your purchase, and the local Trdelník is as tasty as anywhere else too.
Still, the true spirit of the Czech Christmas is better emphasized by the events organized at Toulcův Court in Prague – Hostivař. Here, the court and Baroque stables fill with almost a hundred craftsmen and retailers of traditional goods and old Czech snacks. Folklore and theater revive past traditions, Christmas nativity scenes, and local fairy tales. This is the place to learn how to make Christmas candles, greeting cards, decorations and even sweets. In other words, Toulcův Court is the ideal address to live an authentic Prague Christmas story, in an environment that educates and entertains.
Then, buzzing restaurants, boutiques and nightlife will draw you in with even more surprises: special dishes, Christmas cocktails, sales, and amazing offers you cannot refuse. For restaurants, make sure you make a reservation way ahead, because this is the season when the locals take to the city’s eateries by thousands, all so jolly and merry, celebrating every opportunity with passion and joie de vivre.
Finally, when your spirit needs music to “wash away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” as Berthold Auerbach once said, you’ll find the heart of Prague beating in tune with God. Her beautiful churches, and even the Municipal House, open large doors, inviting the public to attend classical advent concerts and traditional Christmas carols. You’ll rarely need a programme to know what’s on: there’s always something going on during this season.
With its heritage beauty, glorious parks, museums filled with countless treasures, jaw-dropping monuments, and some of the best stages in the world, Prague has always been a top choice for city breaks. When visitors come to town, they expect the same remarkable experiences from the places that will become, briefly, their home away from home.
Set cosily on the West bank of the Vltava River, on Janáčkovo nábřeží, the waterfront street at the heart of Prague, dotted with many architectural gems, Mamaison Riverside Prague has got it all: a stylish Art Nouveau façade, stunning Belle Époque interiors, and unadulterated river and city views that inspire romance.
In the true spirit of Mamaison Hotels and Residences, the Riverside exudes a feeling of timeless elegance, and a certain tranquillity that makes the visitor forget about the hustle and bustle outside its walls. Inside the airy and well-lit rooms, the roll-call of chic ticks all the boxes: a discrete and soothing colour scheme, king-size beds covered with fine fabrics, cosy armchairs to relax with a glass of champagne, and large windows that fill the rooms with light, and the heart of the visitor with dreams.
Mamaison Riverside is the kind of place to rekindle a romance, or just to spend a weekend admiring the fairy tale views of the city, knowing that the best is yet to come. By day, the river sparkles under the sun, reflecting the skies above, and the city’s towers and turrets. All the visitor needs to fill up with the spirit of the city, is a moment in front of the window, taking in the soothing effects of these magnificent views.
Then, on to enjoying the full benefits of a Mamaison stay, or just to relax after a day’s trip, a stop at the Lounge bar is just the perfect place to spend a few moments in good company, with a signature cocktail in hand, or a glass of wine. This is also the place for a delicious meal, especially if authentic local, yet contemporary cuisine is a priority.
Mamaison Riverside is just as fascinating by night, when the city sparkles under the stars, and the river glitters with a million lights, under the eyes of lovers whiling away the dark hours in perfect harmony. As time passes by, and Hypnos finally takes over weary eyes, the magic of the views lingers on, becoming a dream that soothes the soul.
The next morning, after a light breakfast, the views call the visitor outside, to explore the city, and to take in her true charm. Some of the most famous local landmarks are within very short walking distance: the National Theatre, the Dancing House, Charles Bridge, the architectural gems dotting Janáčkovo nábřeží…
Even those who want to explore the lesser advertised, more energetic side of Prague have plenty to do: kayaking, jogging, inline skating and other active pursuits are just a stone’s throw away. Back at Mamaison, the stress of the day can be relieved by skilful hands, providing one of the most popular hotel services: relaxing massages. And, as the sun sets, the visitor opens a window, to take in the twilight that brings out Prague’s royal beauty in such vivid colours.
Prague is a city of diversity, with rich history, a fascinating art scene, and, most importantly for tourists, a vibrant festival calendar, encompassing everything from gastronomy, to fashion, film, music, and religion. During the Spring and Summer of 2014, Prague will celebrate its multicultural diversity with passion and panache. This is the ultimate festival guide for 2014, to inspire you to celebrate with the city, and with Mamaison Hotels & Residencies.
The Holešovice Fashion Market announced its April event to last between Friday 25 and Sunday 27. This is a great occasion for travelers, as well as for local residents, to buy original fashion and accessories directly from local designers and manufacturers. There will be fashion shows, music, and dance, to enhance the atmosphere, and to make the experience complete for everyone.
If you happen in Prague on the last day of April you will witness a unique local festival, with pagan roots: Paleni Cardojenic, translated, the “night of the witches.” The festival marks the last night of Winter, and the beginning of the Spring. This is the night when the witches come out to bring misfortune into the world. According to the local tradition, burning witch effigies on a pyre would keep their malefic magic away. Several fires will be lit on Petrin Hill to mark the tradition on April 30. Many restaurants, cafes, and cultural institutions around the city will organize special events to mark the date too. One of the largest gatherings, with contests, food and live music, takes place in the Ladronka Park.
The 69th edition of the Prague Spring Music Festival kicks off May 12, to last till June 2, 2014. Several venues across the city will stage competitions, concerts and other events. A special festival concert by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra will be held Monday, March 24, in advance of the official opening date in May.
This is the most important cultural event of the Spring, and a must for music lovers. Among the highlights of the festival:
Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana will appear at Prague Spring on May 24 in a programme featuring the music of Mahler and Strauss. Venue: Municipal House – Smetana Hall.
The Hilliard Ensemble will be ending its professional career in 2014, and Prague Spring may be your last chance to see them together in concert: May 30, at Rudolfinum – Dvořák Hall.
The Konvergence chamber ensemble will be performing at St Agnes’ convent, on May 19. In the programme: five world premieres, including Quartet No. 3 by Pavel Zemek-Novák and Viola Walk by Peter Graham, among others.
Other stellar participants include the Vienna Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
The Czech Beer Festival is at its 7th edition in 2014. It will take place between May 14 and May 31, at the Areál Výstaviště exhibition grounds. The festival will bring together some of the best local breweries, showcasing over 70 brands of top quality Czech beer. But there’s more to the festival than good libations. Beers will be paired with equally rewarding cuisine, and the atmosphere will be enhanced by local bands, performing live, every day.
Dubbed “the most beautiful fringe festival in the world” by Tony Lankester, CEO of the National Arts Festival in South Africa, the Prague Fringe Festival offers a diverse programme, of theatre, comedy, music and entertainment. This is an international event, with plenty to see for English-speaking guests. Participating venues: Divadlo Kampa, Divadlo Inspirace, A Studio Rubín, Divadlo Na Prádle, and other small Prague theaters. The Fringe Festival takes place from May 23, to May 31, 2014.
The Prague International Music Festival United Islands celebrates its 11th edition in 2014, and it already ranks as the city’s largest open-air music festival. The festival opens with the traditional Club Night on June 11, and it will last till June 24, 2014. Participants include Nylon Jail, Vložte kočku, Voila!, Lanugo, Kieslowski, Palermo, Love Earth and many others. The complete programme is available online at http://unitedislands.cz/
Location: Kampa, Střelecký ostrov and Kinsky Garden.
Metallica By Request: Aerodrome Festival only lasts one day in July, but it is set to attract thousands of fans at the Incheba open air arena. Fans of heavy metal will see Alice In Chains, Children Of Bodom, Kvelertak in concert, before the stage will be taken by Metallica, whose performance will be the peak of the event on July 8, 2014.
Location : Incheba Open Air Areál Výstaviště 69, Praha 7
One of the top festivals in Prague, the Summer Festivities of Early Music are celebrating their 15th edition this year, between July 14 and August 6. The festival is focused on Medieval music, and takes place at several historic locations, including the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, the Troja Chateau, the Břevnov Monastery and the Prague Castle.
The International Festival of Contemporary Circus and Theatre Letní Letná gathers together new circus companies from around the world in a unique celebration, which embraces a wide variety of cultural and artistic manifestations, including street art, photography, concerts, open air shows, and much more. The festival has something in store for everyone: there will be at least five shows per day for children. If you are in Prague between August 17 and September 2, 2014, don’t miss it.
Prague is known for her royal beauty, reflected in stylish architecture, majestic boulevards and squares, romantic alleys, and charming promenades. Equally royal is our own Pachtuv Palace, which delivers on its promise from the first glance, but even more so once you enter its palatial suites.
The Pachtuv Palace is named so to honour its former residents, the Pachta family. The building was erected in the 1770s by architect Janem Josefem Wirchem, for Hubert Karel Pachta of Rájov, and his wife. Many travel reviews also note that the palace was once visited by Mozart, who, according to Georg Nikolaus von Nissen, composed here a set of contredanses on the spot, while he was visiting count Johann Pachta as a guest in 1787.
The history of Pachtuv Palace is very closely related to music and culture. This was once a meeting place for artists and musicians, and even home to the Žofín Academy for a while. After serving as a private residence for many years, the palace was restored, and converted into the outstanding hotel you see today, one of the finest you will find in Prague.
This is the perfect place to celebrate some of the most important events in your life: many couples choose it to tie the knot, others enjoy the sumptuous suites to have their special day immortalized in breathtaking pictures. Actresses and models are seen on lavish sofas, lovers enjoy the romantic luxury of the courtyard garden. There’s magic in the air at dusk, and you truly feel blue blood running through your veins, as you are surrounded by opulent interiors replete with frescoes and antique furniture, that truly make your stay at this hotel a “once upon a time” fairy-tale experience.
Stepping inside your room at Pachtuv Palace, you will notice the palatial furniture: king size beds, graced with luxe drapery and comfy cushions; gilt-framed paintings; vintage mirrors, chests and wardrobes; all reminding of the louche decadence of the past.
When the city’s towers and turrets are finally enveloped in crepuscular light, welcome the magic of the night with a glass of champagne, and prepare for another day of sheer luxury and indulgence in the magnificent Czech capital.
There’s no charge to enter the grounds of the Prague Castle, but a ticket grants you entrance to the St Vitus’s Cathedral, the Castle museum, the Basilica of St George, the Golden Lane and the Daliborka Tower.
Then don’t miss the Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) and its architectural gems: Church of Our Lady, the Old Town Hall Tower & Astronomical Clock, and the St. Nicholas Church.
Of course, Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) is a must. It is the oldest Prague bridge built in the place of a former Judith Bridge which had been badly damaged by a flood in 1342. The Stone Bridge or Prague Bridge (as it was originally called) was founded by Emperor Charles IV in 1357 and acquired the name Charles Bridge in 1870.
A must see, the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is surrounded by the Old Town. It is believed that the quarter has its origins in the 10th century, when the first Jews came here. Here you’ll find one of Prague’s best known landmarks, the Old Jewish Cemetery. The most notable personalities buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery are Yehuda ben Bezalel known as the Maharal Rabbi Löw (d. 1609), Mordechai Maisel (d. 1601), David Gans (d. 1613) and David Oppenheim(d. 1736).
The Strahov Monastery and Library (Strahovský kláster) is a temple for tradition and culture. Visitors are encouraged to visit the libraries, which boast over 125,000 volumes – one of the world’s most profound collections of theological texts – and stunning interiors.
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