Take your lover to Cesky Granat Turnov and he will certainly buy you a garnet-set ring, necklace or bracelet. Garnets are allegedly said to replace sadness by joy. These semi precious ruby red gems come from mines near city of Turnov in the Czech Republic. When you buy from Cesky Granat Turnov, you are provided with a certificate of origin. If you buy from other shops, you may get garnets that are imported from India. Most shops in the historic center sells Bohemian crystal, another genuine Czech product. This together with garnets make excellent gifts to take home either for yourself or for friends and relations.
Not an opera lover? Never been to the opera? All the more reason why you should go to a performance in one of Prague's three opera houses. Visit the opera and you enter a different world. If you are not interested in the music, go anyway if only to see the opulent interior. Mozart's Don Giovanni is always on the repertoire of the Estates Theater, Stavovske Divadlo in Czech. This was the theater where in 1887 Mozart conducted the world premiere of this famous opera in which womanizer Don Giovanni does not take women's feelings seriously and ends up in hell.
Nebozizek Restaurant surrounded by woodland is half-way up Petrin Hill. Sit for the best panoramic views in the glass conservatory, heated in winter, or retreat to the main building where the pianist plays most nights. Some of the Czech specialties are worth the climb up. Start with Becherovka, a traditional herbal bitters made in Karlovy Vary. The venison goulash served with crusty homemade bread is feast for the eyes and palate. Duck breast with sage is an all-time favorite. Czech cuisine is heavy on meat but Nebozizek surprises vegetarians with a choice of three delightful dishes. The restaurant is popular with tourists and locals who come here for wedding receptions.
Restaurant Petrinske Terasy is located in one of the most beautiful and romantic spots of Prague; Petrin Hill with sweeping views of the Vltava River and the city beyond. Sit on the summer terrace on balmy days. Large windows allow you to enjoy the splendid view also when sitting inside on a cold winter day. The wooden interior is in the style of a hut. Open fires create a pleasant homely atmosphere. The menu features a selection of tasty dishes like smoked pork ribs, roasted goose or fried cheese with tartar sauce. Krusovice is the best beer to accompany your meal.
Nothing is more romantic than sitting in a gazebo on top of a hill covered in vineyards. If you think that this is only possible in a Mediterranean country, you are mistaken. Vinice Altan is a beautiful open-air wine garden and pavilion. Enjoy a glass or two of their own wine grown in the vineyard just below the pavilion. They also serve a wide selection of foreign wines; German, Austrian and French. If you are not a wine drinker, Staropramen Lezak on tap is one of the best Czech beers. Grilled sausages go well together with your beer and the tasty salads are a n excellent compliment to the wine.
Prague is one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Its cobbled streets, sparkling river and famous castle are known to almost everyone. Only few visitors know about May Day. Labour Day to many but Love Day to the Czech, this day is the most romantic day of the year. On this day young couples, elderly couples and anyone who is in love climb up Petrin Hill and lay flowers at the foot of the statue of Karel Hyneck Macha. He is the poet of 'Maj', the best loved epic poem written in the Czech language.
Letna is Prague's finest city-center park. It is a vast space between Milady Horakove, a buzzing shopping street, and the Vltava River. The parade ground on the north was the site of May Day parades during the Communist regime. Today, it is the gathering place of joggers and inline skaters. The Letna Gardens on the south offer dazzling views over the city and its bridges. A huge metronome stands on a concrete platform next to the steps leading up to Letna from the riverside. This metronome replaces the Stalin Monument, once the largest in the world. The statue was blown up in 1962 when Stalin fell from grace.
Mal� Strana or Little or Lesser Quarter is built on the slopes of Castle Hill with breathtaking views of the Vltava River and the Old Town. Its centre is Malostransk� n�mest� or Lesser Town Square. Trams and cars crisscross this busy square. Tourists wind their way uphill to the Prague Castle. Vaults and arcades hiding shops, cafes and restaurants ring the square. St Nicholas Church dominates the square. Take in all the details both outside and inside. Its dome and bell tower are the most characteristic landmarks of Mal� Strana. When your eyes have adjusted to the semi-darkness inside, look out for the oversized church fathers who gape at you from their high position in the copula.
Tour Prague in an unusual way; board a vintage car. Take a step back in time and see the Prague in a chauffeur driven open-top classic car. All cars are Czech made and manufactured between 1928 and 1935. Let your driver choose the itinerary or determine the route yourself. He will combine history with conversation and tips on good restaurants and interesting beer gardens. Be sure to include highlights such as Old Town Square and the Jewish quarter. Charles Bridge is pedestrian only. However, you can drive past the embankment for a splendid view of the most famous bridge in Prague.
The Vltava River bisects Prague and flows like a silver ribbon through the heart of the city. What better way to enjoy the sight at leisure than on a river cruise. You will sail under Charles Bridge, past Kampa island and the old mill that is now Kampa Museum and Narodni Divadlo, the national Theater, until you get to Vysehrad, Prague's second castle. Live piano music and refreshments make this trip unforgettable. The seasons are unimportant. In winter you sit inside in the heated area with panoramic windows, in summer you sit on the deck and see Prague's skyline float by.