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Hotel Seifert is located near the historical center of Prague, just a short walk from the Wenceslas Square, the Main railway station and the international bus station Florenc.
It is a modern hotel with thirty modern rooms and underground parking. Visitors will especially appreciate its location, right next to the hotel there is a public bus stop offering a direct connection to the river banks near the Manes Bridge.
Prague 3, 130 00
GPS: 50°5'13.67N; 14°27'14.95E
Phone: +420-222 780 650
Mobil: +420-724 720 742
Fax: +420-222 780 656
Bus: stop Tachovske namesti,
link no. 133, 207, 175, 504
Tram: stop Lipanská,
link no. 5, 9, 26, 55, 58
Right next to the hotel there is a public bus stop offering a direct connection to the river banks near the Manes Bridge. From here you can explore the historic center of the Old Town including the Old Town Square with the Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. You can also cross the river and explore the Lesser Side or continue walking to the Prague Castle. The bus ride from the hotel takes less than fifteen minutes and buses runs until late evening.
You can find many interesting sites in the close vicinity of the hotel. Right behind Koněvova street where the hotel is located, the hill of Vítkov starts. It is a famous place where many famous battles in Czech history took place. One of the most famous ones was the one called Hussite battle and it took place at this hill in 1420. Today, there is a monument reminding the key moments of Czech history including the period of Nazi and Communist rule. In the National Monument, visitors can look at Milada Horáková’s and General Heliodor Píka’s last letters. They were the victims falsely accused and sentenced to death in Communist processes in the 1950s. One can also find here items related to Jan Palach who committed suicide by self-immolation as a political protest against the end of the Prague Spring resulting from the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact.
A bronze equestrian statue of Jan Žižka from Trocnov dominates the monument. It is one of the ten biggest equestrian statues in the world now. If you are not interested in military history or if it makes you tired, you can use the Vítkov hill for a nice refreshing walk. A small gazebo will offer a beautiful and unusual view of Prague “from the other side”.
You do not have to go far to enjoy another unique view of Prague. Less than thirty minutes of walking from the hotel, you can find the Mahler gardens with the Žižkov Tower. It is 216 meters high, and in one of its highest floors, one can get a 360° view of the city. You will see the whole city as Žižkov is in the heart of Prague. The tower itself is interesting from the architectural point of view. It is still widely discussed and it often scores in various competitions selecting the best or worst building in Prague. When you go there and see it, you will be able to decide for yourself and count how many giant babies sculptor David Černý placed directly on the tower.
One can find the Old Jewish cemetery in Olšany in the close vicinity of the Žižkov Tower. Visitors of Prague are usually eager to see the Jewish cemetery in Josefov and they do not know that right under the Žižkov Tower, there is another one. The cemetery was founded by the Prague Jewish community in 1680 and it was originally used as a plague cemetery. There were more than 3,000 people buried here in the ten months after its foundation. The cemetery was used for similar reasons several times in the following centuries. In 1787, burying was stopped in the Old Jewish cemetery in Josefov and the cemetery in Olšany started to be used for burying. Burying has been finished at this cemetery, too and it is a cultural monument now.
Hotel Seifert is named after Nobel Prize-winner, Czech writer, poet and journalist Jaroslav Seifert (1901-1986). Jaroslav Seifert was born in Žižkov and he was proud to say that he was from this originally poor working district.
In the 1920s Seifert was considered to be one of the leaders of the Czechoslovak avant-garde, co-founder of poetism, and one of the founders of the magazine Devětsil. Originally a supporter of Communism, he was expelled from the Communist party in 1929 together with six other writers. It was because he signed a manifesto protesting against Bolshevick tendencies in the leadership of the Communist party of Czechoslovakia. He then worked as a journalist and only in 1949 dedicated his life solely to literature. His poetry gained several significant state awards in 1936, 1955 and 1968 and it was translated to many languages. In 1997 he signed Charter 77 in opposition of the repressive Communist regime and he was forced by the regime to withdraw from the public life. His works were then published in samizdat.
In 1984, Seifert was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature – “as his poetry, full of freshness, sensuality, and rich imagination, offers a liberating image of the indomitable spirit and versatility of man”.