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1. David Černý’s Upside-Down Horse Statue

prac_info Štěpánská 61 • 224 225440 • Open 9am–10pm daily • www.lucerna.cz

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Works by Czech installation artist David Černý can be seen around the city, but this hanging statue of St Wenceslas astride an upside-down horse in the central passage of the Palác Lucerna is worth a special look and a laugh. It is a gentle parody of the pompous horse statue at the top of Wenceslas Square.

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Upside-Down Horse Statue

2. Cubist Lamppost

prac_info Jungmannovo náměstí

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The city of Prague was a hotbed of architectural experimentation in the 20th century, enthusiastically embracing the application of Cubist design concepts to all manner of buildings and objects, including – apparently – lampposts. The only one of its kind in the world, this street light can be found on a quiet corner between Václavské náměstí and Jungmannovo náměstí.

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Cubist Lamppost

3. Fantova Kavárna

prac_info Wilsonova 80 • 778 749662 • www.cafecoffeeday.cz

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The old part of Prague’s main train station, Hlavní nádraží, is a beautiful building. Head upstairs from the grand concourse to admire the opulent 1909 Art Nouveau Fantova Kavárna, named after the station’s architect. The ambience and the beautiful interiors of the renovated station can be appreciated while sipping coffee at the café.

4. Karel Zeman Museum

prac_info Saský dvůr, Malá Strana • 724 341091 • Open 10am–7pm daily • www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz

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This hands-on, interactive museum focuses on the work of renowned Czech film-maker Karel Zeman, who directed several noteworthy Czech fantasy films, including The Fabulous World of Jules Verne and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen.

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Karel Zeman Museum

5. Krymská

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Prague’s nascent hipster scene is thriving along this pleasantly dilapidated street in the district of Vršovice. There are several good cafés and bars, where modern trends and old Prague clash to fascinating effect.

6. Divoká Šárka

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This expansive nature reserve offers a touch of wilderness within a short tram ride of the centre. There are rugged rock formations, deep forests and even a refreshing stream-fed swimming pool during the summer months.

7. Riegrovy Sady

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This sprawling park, partly designed in the style of an English garden, offers plenty of room to spread a blanket and admire views out over the Old Town with Prague Castle in the distance.

8. Grebovka

prac_info Havlíčkovy sady 2188 • Open 10am–10pm daily • www.pavilongrebovka.cz

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Vinohrady was once covered by vineyards (that’s what the name means). This pleasant gazebo in a park south of Náměstí Míru is all that’s left, but it is still a wonderful place to spend a sunny afternoon sipping wine in the open air.

9. Náplavka

prac_info New Town

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The Vltava’s eastern bank south of the National Theatre has come into its own as the go-to summer venue, with everything from music festivals to farmers’ markets (see Náplavka).

10. Hotel International

prac_info Koulova 15 • www.internationalprague.cz

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Despite spending 40 years under Communism, Prague has little architecture to show for it. This stunning Socialist-Realist palace – a 1950s gift from the Soviet Union – is an impressive reminder. Check out the period-piece lobby decor.

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Hotel International

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