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Travel- Franz Kafka’s Memorial and Zofin Palace – Prague

Franz Kafka Monument in Prague

• The Franz Kafka Monument is located where Dusni Street and the Vezenska Street connect.
• This involves the Spanish Synagogue along with the church of St. Spirit.
• It is a symbolic place.
• Kafka family lived at Dusni Street No. 27.
The statue was in the spiritual zone of three Churches:
– Jewish
– Catholic
– Protestant
• Franz Kafka lived his life in old Prague.
• The monument was inspired by the story that is written by Kafka.
• It is known as Popis Jednoho Zapasu.
• The “split” design in the statue refers to the spiritual split from the writer mentioned in the novel.
• The novel describes a situation when a character defeats his opponent who’s supposedly dominant.
• The statue is 375 centimeters tall.
• They weigh 800 kilograms.

Zofin Palace in Prague

• Zofin Palace is a neo-Renaissance building.
• It’s set on Slavonic Island located in the centre of Prague.
• It is an idyllic spot in the middle of nature.
• It has lovely views of the river and downstream to Prague Castle.
• Zofin Garden Restaurant is found inside Zofin Palace.
• The palace along with the restaurant is open all year long.
• The marquee is open from April-October and it includes New Year’s Eve.
• It is heated in the winter months and opened from sides during the summer time.
• Zofin offers good food as well as a unique dining environment.
• These are at inexpensive prices.
• The marquee has been designed in the form of an orangery with live citrus trees and palms.
• It has a ‘live kitchen’.
• Chefs prepare Czech and International specialties in front of you and it includes an open grill.
• The palace is naturally more elegant with rich ceilings, long draping curtains and finely dressed tables.
• The menu changes frequently at Zofin Garden Restaurant.
• You’ll find daily fresh fish and meat specials.
• In the wintertime, it comes with an emphasis on hearty fare like venison ragout, goose, steaks and Czech river fish.
• During summer, steak burgers and lamb skewers find its place on the grill for the customers.
• Often, there is a choice of good food to match all tastes.
• They choose seasonal and home-made ingredients including bio products.
• Under the list of drinks are the wines that come from Czech and International.
• There are also cold beers, range of spirits and cocktails that are freshly prepared.

Zofin is considered the sister of three of Prague’s finest restaurants:
– Bellevue
– Mlynec
– V Zatisi
• Zofin is a great choice for supper.
• It lies just a few hundred metres over the river through the theatre.
• You will find a kids play area inside the marquee as well as a large playground on the island.
• Even though you are well on Slavonic Island, take a stroll in the grounds; enjoy the woodland watching the birds inside the river.
• Also in warmer months, you possibly can rent out boats to paddle along the island.

Best time to visit/climate

• The town of Prague has borderline oceanic climate.
• The winters are relatively cold with almost no sunshine.
• Snow cover is common between mid-November to late March.
• Summers are high being around 25 degrees.
• Nights can be quite cool even in summer, though.
• Precipitation in Prague is very low.
• This is because of the shadow on the Ore Mountains along with the Czech Central Highlands.
• The driest season is usually winter.
• The summers may bring quite heavy rain in type of violent storms and showers.
• Temperature inversions are relatively common between mid-October and mid-March.

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How to get there?

Zofin Garden Restaurant
– Slovansky ostrov 226
– New Town, Prague 1
– Czech Republic
Metro: Narodni trida (line B)
Tram stop: Narodni divadlo (National Theatre)
Trams: 6, 9, 17, 18, 22, 53, 57, 58, 59

By Plane
• Vaclav Havel Airport
• +420 220 111 111, +420 296 661 111
• Located 20 km (12 mi) northwest on the central city
• It generally takes about 30 min to realize town centre by car.
• Edinburgh airport is served by way of a variety of airlines:
• Czech Airlines could be the national carrier operating too many European and international destinations.
• Wizz Air is an affordable airline.
• It has its base in Prague.
It operates to European destinations which include:
– London
– Barcelona
– Milan
– Others
• Easy Jet operates low cost services to European destinations.
• BMI baby low priced services in the UK only.
• low priced services from Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford & Edinburgh
• Smart Wings to Europe & Turkey.
• Swiss International flies to Zurich, Basel and Geneva.
• Aer Lingus through the Irish cities of Dublin & Cork.
• Norwegian from Scandinavia.
• Delta Air Lines from Nyc.
• Aegean Airlines from Greece
• KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has 5 direct flights on a daily basis from Amsterdam.
• British Airways has 4 direct flights from London Heathrow daily.
• Brussels Airlines offers 3 flights per day to Brussels.
• Lufthansa offers 6 flights per day from Frankfurt and 4 from Munich.
• TAP offers daily direct flights from Lisbon and Oporto.
• Iberia offers 3 flights daily from Madrid.
• German wings offer daily flights from Cologne/Bonn.
• Air One from Milan-Malpensa

By Bus
Airport Express (bus operated by Czech Railways):
• These buses leave Edinburgh airport every half an hour
• The first bus is at 05:46 while the last bus is at 21:16.
• The cost comes to about 60 CZK per person.
• Tickets can be obtained from the driver.
• They shall take the buyer to the railway and subway station.
• The final stop will be Prague’s main place.
Beyond this concept the bus operates time for the airport. Schedule
– Cedaz bus
– By shuttle

By Train
• Prague is well connected to European EC train network.
• Berlin: 4½hours and EC trains every two hours
• Munich: 6hours and four regional expresses daily.
• Vienna: 4¾hours and EC train roughly every two hours
• Linz: 5hours and two REX trains per day
• Bratislava: 4hours and EC train every a couple of hours and also one night train Metropol
• Budapest: 7hours and five EC trains a day with one night train Metropol
• Warsaw: 8hours and EC Praha with one night train Šírava
Direct night trains connect Prague also with
– Cologne
– Frankfurt
– Amsterdam
– Copenhagen
– Zurich
– Basel
– Krakow
– Moscow
– Kiev
– Saint Petersburg
– Odessa

Some Travel Books on Prague

Prague Travel Tips DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Prague Top 10 Prague

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