Josefov contains the remains of the once thriving Jewish ghetto – half a dozen synagogues, the town hall, a ceremonial hall and the cluttered Jewish cemetery. But Josefov is also a trendy neighborhood. Parizska Avenue, Prague's answer to the Champs-Élysées, is bordered by eye-catching buildings festooned with flamboyant Art Nouveau details. Cocktail bars brush shoulders with designer brand stores. Side streets brim with voguish boutiques of Czech fashion designers.
See & Do
Six synagogues, the Jewish Town hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery are the star sights in Josefov. Together they are known as The Jewish Museum. These historic buildings survived the Holocaust because Hitler wanted these monuments to be the core collection of his brainchild 'The Exotic Museum of an Instinct Race'. Spend an afternoon in the Museum of Decorative Arts. The impressive collection ranges from Art Nouveau to Avant Garde. Even if you are not a museum fan, go in for a peek of the Jewish Cemetery which is almost in the museum's backyard.
Dine in style al fresco in one of the restaurants in leafy Pariszka Street. Savor Old Czech Goulash in Restaurant Barock or mussels at Les Moules. Their beer sommelier will advise you what beer goes with your meal. Be sure to taste kosher chicken broth with matzoth dumplings and almonds in King Solomon Restaurant. Ask the charming bar tender in Bugsy Bar to mix you Fizzy Cloud or Japan Passion cocktail. End your evening over a glass of Ballantine, Chablis or sake. A Davidoff will crown it all.
The chic restaurants and trendy cocktail bars along Pariszka Street are perfect spots to spend the evening over a glass of Moravian wine. End your evening with an enchanting walk along the banks of the Vltava River. A soft moon rising above Prague Castle makes the scene magical and romantic. Music lovers should spend at least one evening at the Rudolfinum Concert hall and listen to Bedrich Smetana's symphonic poem including Ma Vlast which translates as my country.
Designed by Czech architect Eva Jirincna, Hotel Josef and Hotel Maximillian offer luxury and chic without being overwhelming. Light streams in through big windows and the guestrooms are so comfortable that it is almost a sin to leave on a sightseeing tour. A large bathroom with fragrant soap and shampoo are just the thing you need after your city tour. The bed is piled high with comfy cushions. Lean back and watch satellite television or watch that favorite DVD. Discover hidden pubs, fine dining and haut couture boutiques in the alleyways and courtyards next to your hotel. The buffet breakfast is the best start for another day exploring Prague.
Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein and Versace are located in sumptuous houses along Pariszka Street where shopping never ends. But true fashionistas check out the side streets that brim with boutiques of local fashion designers. Antique and souvenir shops are scattered in between selling only the best Bohemian glass, hand-painted eggs and wooden marionettes