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There's a cool store with only books by or related to Kafka, if you're interested in him at all. It's somewhere near the Old Town Square. Most people speak English as well as Czech in Prague. As long as you learn please and thank you, you'll be fine (thank you isn't pronounced as it's spelled, by the way, so ask someone how to say it before attempting it or you may be really off).
Can't say anything bad about Prague, except perhaps for the behaviour of certain segments of its tourist population. Make sure you experience Zizkov's nightlife, pay a visit to a bar called the Blind Eye.
Go to Prague before they go to the Euro (the Czech don't accept the euro yet) and prices sky rocket! It is a wonderful city with lots of old architecture, friendly locals, and great beer! Be warned though, Prague is super touristy (watch for all the old people in tour groups...grrrr). Go to the major sights (Prague Castle and Charles Bridge) in the morning to avoid crowds. Try eating at a place called U Provaznice (the Ropemaker's Wife) at 3 Provaznicka just outside the New town and try the goulash. Also try eating at a place called Klub Architektu at Betlemskenam 52, the food is AMAZING and a fancy dinner with drinks can cost you as little as 400 cK. Also have some drinks at Koznicka at 1 Kozi in the old town. Be warned though you can't use a Eurail pass in the Czech Republic.
Carefully chck where you should change your money, in Prague there are thousands of places where you can do so, but rates a lot. Compare a lot of them before doing it for a big amount. It's worth it. Each hour the astronomic tower rings with a muppet show, nice look.
Český Krumlov … Cesky Krumlov is an incredibly picturesque place where you simply must go. Great food and the prices are still fairly low. Definitely, definitely go to the restaurant in the Eggenberg brewery. Try the roast duck with dumplings, and the dark beer -- one of the best meals of my life! If you do go, go soon. This place was really turning a corner when I was there in May of 2006, and while it was still extremely charming, cheesy souvenir shops with signs in Japanese characters were starting to pop up on various streets. At times the tour bus crowds can be a bit thick, but they never stay overnight and are gone by late afternoon.
I had the most wonderful experience with Free Prague tour during my June visit. The tourist guide was one of the best tour guides I've ever had. The tour he led in three-and-a-half hours covered so much that I don't think a regular tourist guide can even match it. He is definitely a history buff. What I was most impressed was the stories he told and the enthusiasm he demonstrated doing his job. The public artwork he took us to see was great (I love the Venus and the shoe and the man who sat on the belly of an cow hanged upside down from the ceiling).


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