~ Biking Around Prague ~
Biking is the best and most effective way to see this fantastic city of Prague. You can ride through the streets in the town centre, along the Charles Bridge and Vltava River.
You can either go on a guided tour or rent the bikes yourself at only 55 Czech Korunas per hour and go off and do your own thing around the city.
INDIVIDUAL BIKE RENTAL PRICES
includes Bike Lock, Helmet
10 Hours - 550 Kc
8 Hours - 500 Kc
6 Hours - 460 Kc
4 Hours - 360 Kc
2 Days - 1000 Kc
3 Days - 1350 Kc
4 Days - 1680 Kc
6 Days - 2280 Kc
8 Days - 2720 Kc
Tandem Bike ( 2 person bike )
1 Hour - 100 Kc
10 Hours - 600 Kc
Equipment: Free helmet and also bike locks are given to everyone so you can lock up your bikes when you want to go shopping in the shops or go to a bar for a drink. They also include insurance in the price.
Football in Prague
Prague currently has 3 clubs playing in the Czech top league (Gambrinus League). Sparta Prague (www.sparta.cz) who are frequently the Czech qualifiers for the Champions League; Slavia Prague (www.slavia.cz) as the local rival for Sparta and Viktoria Zizkov (www.fkviktoriazizkov.cz) a famous working class club.
Matches of the Czech national team are often played in the Sparta Stadium (Toyota Arena) which is a compact 20,000 all-seater stadium.
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In line skating in Prague
If you like in-line skating you should try Letna park or Stromovka park. Letna is my favourite.
Equipment: You can take your own roller skates or you can borrow them in a "Skate hire".
Miami sport - Letenske sady
Kostelni 44 (next to the Technical museum)
Open: Mon-Fri 12:00 - 21:00, Sat - Sun 11:00 - 24:00
Inline saktes - 70 CZK/1 hour
Scooter - 50 CZK/ 1 hour
Pads - 20 CZK/1 hour
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Watching The Football
The weekend whilst I was in Prague was when the World Cup qualifiers were being held. Scotland were playing Belarus on the Saturday afternoon, and so decided to watch it on TV in a bar - not that I had any real expectations of us getting a result, but you never know.
Having already come across Rocky O'Reilly's a couple of days previously it seemed a natural venue to indulge in what is just about the only sporting activity I get these days.
So Rocky O's it was (see also separate tip in "nightlife").
Even though we lost our game, and are now knocked out of the competition, I had a really cracking day! I arrived fairly early and found myself a stool at the bar with a decent view of the TV that the Scotland match was being shown - also playing that day were England and then later on Holland v Czech Republic.
As the Guinness went down, the bar filled up, with predominantly English supporters plus a good sized contingent of Dutchmen - the atmosphere was really convivial, partisan yes, but really friendly. The English (and it pains me to say this) were perfectly behaved, actually singing proper songs rather than the usual "football chants" that they have a reputation for.
Equipment: TV Screens, Beer Pumps, Bar Stools and etc.!
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Then next to me a couple of women sat down and ordered some lunch, recognising their accent we got chatting and it turned out that they were from Aberdeen (The Scotland One!). So here we were - a little trio of Scots amidst a sea of English and Dutch - the conversation flowed, the beer flowed and the camera clicked away.
It really was an enjoyable day, thanks ladies, thanks you Engish guys (hmmmmmmm) and thanks to the handsome Dutchman who looked after my bar stool whenever I went to the loo!!
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Bobsleigh Track in Prague!
It is a summer bobsleigh track. Great fun for everybody (not dangerous).
Suitable for children above 8 years.
Price: 40 CZK adults, 30 CZK children
Running time: daily 10 am to 10 pm.
The website is in Czech, but comprehensible (more photos).
Equipment: No special equipment.
Ice Hockey tickets in Prague
Tickets for home games of HC SLAVIA PRAHA ice hockey team in SAZKA ARENA can be ordered via internet but must be paid for the next day at a Sazka POS in CZ - these are everywhere in Prague, look for a SAZKA sign at tabaks, newsagents, corner stores.
Equipment: Fast food is available inside Sazka..and beer of course.
HC Sparta Ice hockey home games at T Mobile
HC Sparta home games at T Mobile Arena book in advance through Ticketpro (email option for abroad bookings)
On the days before a game is to be played the booking office is opened between 10:00 and 19:30. If a match is played on Sunday, the booking office is open on Sunday between 10:00 and 16:00.
The tickets can be also bought in offices of betting agency Tipsport.
Geriatric football in an odd atmosphere...
Prague is home to three main football clubs: Sparta Prague, Viktoria Zizkov and my team, Slavia Prague. The standards aren't great. An average league game looks like a replay of a Second Division relegation dogfight, played in slow motion.
Currently playing second fiddle to the fascists of Sparta, Slavia draw in piffling crowds of about three thousand for an league game. The atmosphere is pretty sedate, apart from derbies and European matches, when drums, airraid sirens and trumpets intimidate the opposition.
Other highlights include fights breaking out among their own supporters, fireworks raining down on the running track, and more riot police than fans. Unreconstructed football!
Equipment: Bring an umbrella if you sit on the lower tier, because the hardcore on the upper level sometimes celebrate a goal by chucking their beer around.
Also, bring some lubrication if you're travelling by bus to a big match - you'll need it to squeeze into one on the journey back into town!
Ice hockey Extraligy game, Slavia Praha v Ceske Budejovice (aka HC Mountfield, as the sponsors prefer...).
At Sazka Arena, Prague, 24 Oct 06.
Kr 250 each for good seats.
Great game - 2-0 for Slavia at end 1st period; visitors pulled it back to 3-3 at end of 2nd; Slavia got 1st goal in 3rd period, and then pulled away to win 7-3.
Budejovice were top of league at the time, and Slavia 3rd from bottom, so it was a big win for them.
Equipment: Take metro to arena (Ceskomoravska station is right opposite).
Tickets available at arena on the night. Programmes included - look for them lying on tables at food outlets. In Czech, of course.
Lots to eat and drink inside (of the hot dog, burger, pizza variety); hot dogs excellent; you can get beer brought to your seat.
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Summer Ice Hockey
Together with soccer, Czech people loves ice hockey, and Czech players are some of the best players in the world. Hasek, Jagr, Elias, Nedved are only a few names of NHL Czech champions.
While in Prague I had the opportunity to watch a friendly game between HC Sparta Praha and HC Ceskè Budejovice at the T-Mobile arena.
40Ck for 2 tickets (!!!!!!!!!!) and 80 minutes (4 periods instead of 3) of pure fun in a less crowded than usual arena.
For who cares, there's also a nice little hockey shop just in front of the arena, where it's possible to buy local team jerseys, included the HC Sparta's one, of course
I good new and fresh gym is the one at Hilton hotel although it costs 450 Czech crowns (about 15 US$) to exercise there.
It has alot of aerobic machines, a pool, sauna, free weights, technogym machines, and a squash court. Also they have some aerobic classes and spinning. There is a spa there as well.
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Srbsko - rock climbing near prague
Equipment: Well protected (rings) limestone climbing. Grades from beginner to advanced. Some climbs need 60m rope. Double rings on top of some climbs, single on others. Also popular route for cycling. Bikes can be hired from the railways in advance.
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Sparta Praha football
I took opportunity to see some football as I often try to do when travelling! I was glad to be amongst the 6000 souls on a hot monday afternoon league matc, which meant little as both Sparta and Zlin are mid table.
The tickets at the Letna stadium (AKA Toyota Stadium) cost about 2 euros! So cheap and the football was good. High tempo.
As always, have snow will sled. We had the chance to do some sledding when we were walking through Petrin park. Some kids were nice enough to leave their sled sitting out where "kids at heart" could take a whirl. I opted not to partake but Chuck did a great job navigating the course. Hey, it had to be documented somehow!
Go Karting at Hotel Diplomat
If you're travelling to Prague in a group, travel to Hotel Diplomat (nearest stop Dejvica on the green line) for some go-karting. It's reasonably priced and it's large enough to show off your Schumacher skills.
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