Vytopna Restaurant at Wenceslas Square
offers good food and drinks at good prices. But its unique attraction is a 400m miniature railway, which runs around the entire restaurant, even onto the tables you sit at.
This is no gimmick, the technology employed is complex. The restaurant's owners are passionate about traditional railways and have developed miniature train networks for years.
The railway tracks pass through tunnels, over drawbridges, through sculptured rock formations and woods, alongside ponds, and the trains pull into stations. The trains reach speeds of 20km per hour. Oh, and they deliver your drinks to your table, sitting in their wagons!
Vytopna is set on the first floor of a building, and has huge windows looking out over Wenceslas Square.
The cuisine is mostly pizza and pasta, with a few hearty Czech dishes and fresh salads to choose from too. The pizzas are large (35cm) and well made.
If you wish to try Czech food, the Wallachian cabbage and sausage soup is a treat to start with, followed by a schnitzel with mashed potatoes or a roast trout.
Desserts include the Italian favourites of Panna Cotta and Tiramisu.
Vytopna also has a children's menu.
The drinks list includes Czech wines from Moravia, draught beers (filtered and non-filtered), spirits and cocktails, Bohemia Sekt 'Czech Champagne', and soft drinks, all at very reasonable prices.
While the local wine served by the glass is pleasant enough, for many visitors a train delivering ice-cold beer cannot be beaten! Plus Vytopna is one of a select number of restaurants in Prague to sell "tankové pivo" or tank beer. The beer is delivered from the brewery unpasteurised in huge temperature controlled airtight tanks, to ensure the freshest beer around.
All-adult parties and couples should not be put off eating at Vytopna. The railway will fascinate most people, train enthusiasts and non-enthusiasts alike, and of both sexes.
Vytopna is not for a romantic meal, and it is certainly not for elegant dining in fine attire. It is simply a fun, unique restaurant for families, couples, groups, indeed for big kids of all ages!
It is a popular restaurant with locals too, because it is known throughout the Czech Republic. Therefore, you need to book ahead to make sure of a table, otherwise you may face a long wait or be turned away.