A clattering old tram running through the little quarter, down to and across the river is a cheap and efficient way of seeing the city. Also, take a boat trip down the river from the quaysides by the national theatre or Charles University.
Tram no.22 for the city from the Castle, tram no.91 for the historic tram from the Vystaviste in Prague & through Mala Strana, to the National Theatre, through Wenceslas Square, Namesti Republiky and back through Prague 7; Open: Historic Tram Sat and Sun and holidays from Easter to mid Nov, leaves Vystaviste every hour from 2pm-7pm, 40min ride; Tickets: 20kc for adults, 10kc for children.
Even when crowded with visitors, notably around Karlova street and the Charles Bridge connecting the old town to the little quarter, it is surprising how little detours from the main drag take you into relatively quiet and delightful squares and alleys.
On the river to the north in Prague 7, the city zoo offers a decent day-out. The charming palace of Troja is next door also on the river and worth a peek.
Zoologicka zahrada v Praze U Trojskeho zamku 3, Troja, Prague 7; Tel: 296 112 230; Nearest metro: Nadrazi; Open: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec 9am-4pm daily. Mar 9am-5pm daily. Apr-May & Sept-Oct 9am-6pm daily. June-Aug 9am-7pm daily; Admission: 80kc, 50kc children and students, 230kc family, under-3s free (no credit cards); www.zoopraha.cz/
Very good flea markets, but hard to find, unreliable in their timings, and rarely in the centre. Ask around, depending on the time of year. The Globe English language bookstore, coffee house and internet cafe, just outside the city centre, is the ideal place to ask about what���s on.
Pstrossova 6; Tel: +420224 934 203; www.globebookstore.cz/
In a city where irony and theatre appear hardwired into its genetic makeup, the theatre where Vaclav Havel plotted the 1989 revolution ineffably captures the spirit of Prague through ingenuous performances combining mime, film, theatre, dance, and light.
Nova Scena, Narodni triad 4, Nove Mesto, Prague 1; Tel: 224 931 482; Open: Box Office 10am-8pm Mon-Sat; Tickets: 300-600kc (no credit cards); www.laterna.cz/
In a thriving night scene, beware ��� according to taste ��� the ubiquitous sex, stag, and hen clubs. For a more sedate, but atmospheric taste of bohemian Prague nightlife, try the AghaRTA jazz club in the city centre where local musicians hang out most nights of the week.
Agharta jazz club, Krakovska 5, Nove Mesto, Prague 1; Tel: 222 211 275; Open: Club 7pm-midnight daily Concerts 9pm Jazz Shop 5pm-midnight Mon-Fri, 7pm-midnight Sat, Sun; Admission: 100kc (no credit cards); www.agharta.cz/
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