The New Town, and our homespun Pub Crawl.
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August 27th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Our second mission for the day: drink Czech beer.
(Guess which was more fun!?)
In the morning we took the subway to Vysehrad, just south of New Town. This area used to be site to a palace, churches, and other medieval structures, but today itâ€™s just a grassy knoll with a park, a large Gothic church, and some fortifications. There was not much to see here so after wandering around a bit, we moved right along.
Next on our walking tour were two Cubist Buildings, built between 1914 and 1916. Cubism in architecture was short-lived, and thatâ€™s probably a good thing. With all of Pragueâ€™s fantastic architecture, these dingy concrete buildings seemed plain and out of place.
Continuing north, we passed by Emmaus Monastery (1347) on our way to Charles Square (established as a cattle market in 1348), which is now a long green park with a walking path, and is in need of a little maintenance. At the end of the park was New Town Hall (not very new at all!), massive and it appeared to be in use, so maybe itâ€™s still the town hallâ€¦? We then walked by the river to see the National Theater. It was kind of too hard to see this huge structure close up, standing right next to it. This oneâ€™s better from afar. And this concluded our tour of New Town.
On the walk back to our apartment, we ran across an International Folklore Festival.
In the evening, we planned to sample some Czech beersâ€¦ they do a pretty good job with the beer here, and we really wouldnâ€™t be very good travelers if we didnâ€™t try am extensive sampling :^). We had a brochure from Red Umbrella Tours describing a Pub Tour of Old Town, and although I donâ€™t usually like tour groups, this sounded more like a party than a tour.
First on our pub list was U Medvidku, a brewery dating back to the 15th century. We had some Budvar (the original Budweiser), which tasted nothing like the Budweiser at homeâ€¦ it was good! They had a very cool bar there constructed of copper brewery pieces, but the atmosphere was nothing special, so after our beers we moved on to U Zlateho Tygra. We had delicious beers at this place a couple days ago, but found it to be very unwelcoming upon entry.
When leaving U Fleku, we diverted from plan to visit a place called Absinthe Time on the same street. Hereâ€™s a tip for you: absinthe SUCKS. Do not waste your money! Althoughâ€¦ the process of preparing the drink is pretty interesting.
We lucked out and got seats at busy U Vejvodu, a huge pub serving Pilsner Urquell and local food specialties. The Pilsner Urquell is my favorite â€¦so tasty. Steve ordered goulash and I put in a bizarre order of cheese and sauerkraut, choosing from the limited vegetarian options that were available.
After eating, we were too full for more beer, which was fine because we had had plenty already. Mission accomplished and Czech beers thoroughly sampled, we went back to our apartment for sleep. A job well done.
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