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The Iron Gate

Prague, Czech Republic

Activities

  • The narrow cobbled lanes of Prague's Stare Mesto (Old Town), which surround the Iron Gate Hotel, are perfectly orientated for exploration on foot. Just metres away is the Old Town Square, with its Astronomical Clock and an impressive ensemble of medieval buildings

  • Just to the north of the Old Town Square is Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter, today home to a clutch of restaurants and one of the world's finest Jewish Museums

  • Five minutes walk to the west of the hotel is the elegant Charles Bridge, with its line of beautiful carved statues and trinket stalls. Rowing boats and pedalos can be hired from Zofin, one of 3 small islands which sit downstream of Charles Bridge

  • A few blocks south of the Iron Gate are the markets and shopping precincts of the Nové Mesto ('New Town', though it's hardly new). Here you'll find plenty of bars, traditional beer halls and restaurants. Plus there's the riverside National Theatre (which stages opera, mainly) and the National Museum

  • Looming down from the other side of the Vltava River is Prague Castle, the city's number one tourist attraction and the largest castle complex in the world

  • Prague is a city of music, with people handing out flyers for classical concerts on every street corner. The jazz scene isn't bad either

  • Forested Petrin Hill, to the west of the town centre (though still within walking distance), provides the best escape from the crowds. If you haven't the energy to climb the hill yourself, there's a funicular railway to take you to the summit. There are wonderful views across the whole of Prague from various lookout points. And don't miss the Strahov Monastery, which turns out some potent ales for general consumption

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums/galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping/markets
Save to favouritesPrintMailThe Iron GateAfter a day pounding Prague's medieval cobbles, it seems fitting to wind up at the Iron Gate for the night. Local artists were leaving their marks upon these very walls back in the days when not-so-good King Wenceslas was earning Bohemia a reputation for debauchery. Today the building is divided into 48 very individual and luxurious suites, which surround a tranquil courtyard just strides from the Old Town Square. [r:PR006:Rooms] are softly lit and earthy, though there are concessions to modernity in the form of spacious Jacuzzi tubs (in larger suites). Original murals, painted beams and later Baroque additions have been integrated into the design. Each suite has its surprise: a pair of plump cherubs daubed playfully across the ceiling, perhaps, or a depiction of Joseph's seduction by the wife of Potiphar. The perfect place to indulge.

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