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The Four Quarters of Prague

Prague, until around 1800, just consisted of 4 separate towns that had 4 town squares, which were all divided by defended walls. Every town had distinctive qualities, that originated from the personalities of the individuals who settled in them initially. These days, most of the charm of Prague endures within …

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The Old Town

This is Prague’s most central area with the city’s most popular attractions. The busy restaurants, pubs, and shops are here. During the day, and even in the evenings, crowds of tourists fill its most-visited areas. Yet regardless of all the commercial activity, there are still plenty of small backstreets, giving …

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Hradčany and Castle

Prague’s skyline is dominated by the vast hilltop complex of Prague Castle in Hradčany (the district around Prague Castle). The castle looks out over the heart of the city from the west bank of the River Vltava. There’s been a royal seat here for over a millennium, and it continues …

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Lesser Town (Malá Strana)

This is Prague’s picturesque Little Quarter, situated below the castle, and in many ways the city’s most captivating area. Its many peaceful, often hilly, cobbled backstreets have changed very little since old times. They cover a whole host of quiet terraced gardens, as well as the wooded Petřín Hill and …

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Josefov

Josefov’s main attraction is the old Jewish ghetto, which remains one of the most remarkable sights in Prague. Although the warren-like street plan of the old ghetto was demolished in the 1890s to make way for streets of luxurious five-storey mansions, six synagogues, the Jewish town hall and the medieval …

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The New Town

This is the city’s commercial and business district, housing big shopping malls, hotels, cinemas, nightclubs and fast-food restaurants. The hub of the New Town is the long, sloping boulevard, Wenceslas Square. The New Town (Nové Město) was founded by the emperor Charles IV, in the year 1348. It was the most …

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Vyšehrad

The fortress of Vyšehrad makes for a perfect afternoon escape away from the human congestion of the city centre: its cemetery shelters the remains of Bohemia’s artistic elite; the ramparts afford superb views over the river; and below the fortress there are several interesting examples of Czech Cubist architecture.  Vyšehrad was …

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Vinohrady

Vinohrady is a late nineteenth-century residential suburb, dominated by long streets of grandiose apartment blocks, with few sights or attractions around, though the area is quite comfortable with easy access to the New Town and many good restaurants around. Vinohrady is situated in the administrative and municipal districts of Prague …

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Smíchov and Anděl

Smíchov is a residential and industrial area of Prague famous for its shopping mall, brewery, industrial architecture, cinemas, cozy restaurants, bars and nightlife. Smíchov is located on the west bank of the Vltava River. The Staropramen Brewery is located in Smíchov and is a popular place to visit if you are …

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Žižkov

Žižkov is a grittier working-class district with no tourist attractions, whose shabby, rundown streets contain some of the city’s well-known pubs and clubs. Today, many buildings have been renovated, and the shabby feeling about the area is slowly changing.  This district is named in honour of Jan Žižka, the leader …

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Karlín

This is surrounded by the Vltava river and Holešovice on the northern side, Žižkov and Vítkov hill on the southern side, New Town on the western side, and Libeň on the eastern side. The real estate in Karlín once ranked amongst the cheapest Prague properties. For this reason, the number of …

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Holešovice

Tucked into a U-bend in the River Vltava, this dense, built-up neighbourhood dates from the late nineteenth-century, but for centuries was an area of fields and meadows. Still today this suburb of Holešovice boasts two huge areas of green: Letná, overlooking the city centre, and, to the north, Stromovka, Prague’s …

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