IoD 99 member Yasemen Kaner-White explains why Prague is perfect for a business trip setting.
Sometimes solo business trips can feel a little lonely, but recently staying in the superbly situated and recently renovated Radisson Blu Hotel, walking distance to both Prague’s Old Town and New Town, the lively capital and historic sights kept me more than busy in between meetings.
After a very traditional and tasty lunch at the hotel; thick vegetable soup flavoured with fresh dill, followed by roast pork, potato dumplings and cabbage spiked with salty bacon, I headed to the New Town, then on to the Old Town. Everywhere you look in the easily navigated streets is attractive, with building facades so beautiful they stop you in your tracks. Look out for the novel shaped ‘dancing house’ building inspired by two dancers – the duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The New Town isn’t so new, created in the 14th Century, it was built by Charles IV, whose mark on the country is ever present, many places bear his name; the Charles Bridge, the Charles Square and more. If you have a penchant for art then a trip to the National Museum with regularly changing exhibitions as well as the National Gallery which has a sculpture garden and sweet café should not be missed. Perhaps the best known Czech artist; Alphonse Mucha, the Art Nouveau pioneering illustrator and graphic artist, renowned for his decorative theatrical posters also has a museum.
For cultural context, you can visit Lonkowiczke Palace, the former palace of a local noble family and of course stroll along the 16th Century Golden Lane to see the quaint houses, named thus after the goldsmiths that lived there, if you go after 5pm you won’t need to buy a ticket. A walk across Charles Bridge home to intricate sculptures, cartoonists drawing tourists and souvenir stalls is memorable. Prague is home to the oldest (13th century) active synagogue called the Alteneu Shul, found in the Jewish quarter. Naturally one shouldn’t go to Prague without seeing the Astronomical clock, the medieval clock was installed in 1410 making it the world’s third-oldest astronomical clock and the oldest clock still operating. On the hour, find a place among the huge crowd, look up and you’ll see little carved statues of the apostles appear above the clock face.
Book yourself a table at Kuchyn for a meal to remember, there’s no menu, instead you’ll be shown a vast array of local dishes to choose from such as beef hanger & red wine jus with mushrooms, beef in garlic sauce with fresh spinach and garlic purée, boiled pork tongue in anchovy sauce, belly pork & Sauerkraut and schnitzel with apricot jam, or course veggie options are available. The Czech cheesecake with poppy seeds and plum sauce is highly recommended.
For your last few hours before you head home make sure to fit in a boat ride along the river and swing by The Savoy for their Café au lait Savoy. If you have time, get a cable car to the Petrín look-out tower for a birds eye view.
Related reads: Yasemen's previous IoD 99 blog on self-publishing your passion
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