Small in size, but big on things to do. Prague (Praha) spans both sides of the Vltava river. On one side, Prague’s historic Old Town (Staré Město), New Town (Nové Město) and Jewish Quarter (Josefov). On the other, the city’s Little Town (Malá Strana) and Castle District (Hradčany). Still, you can walk through all five districts in less than 30 minutes.
Walk through Czech history
The Old Town Square has been a center of trade since the late 12th century. It’s an amazing display of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque architecture, and is rich in historical significance. From the Statue of Jan Hus to the breathtaking Astronomical Clock, the highlights of Prague – past and present – are on display here. At night, pay a visit to Karlovy Lázně, the largest nightclub in Central Europe.
Take an historical journey
In centuries past, Jewish citizens of the Czech Republic were confined to the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) between the Vltava and Old Town. Although symbolizing the repression and restriction of Jews of the past, the area is now an homage to the rich history and undying spirit of the people who lived there. Many of the sites and buildings are now part of the Prague Jewish Museum, and a single ticket gives you access to them all.
Storm the castle grounds
Cathedrals, courtyards, castle grounds and royal chambers abound in the Castle District (Hradčany), which is the Prague’s foremost tourist destination. There’s no shortage of things to see as you wander through the buildings and gardens, but be sure to catch the St. Vitus Cathedral, complete with choir lofts, towers and crypts. Golden Lane, the 16th century tradesmen’s quarters, offers the standard fare of souvenir shopping.
Stroll through past and present
New Town (Nové Město) is a rich blend of modern and historical. Wenceslas Square is a great place to shop and eat. But it’s the memorials to the victims of Communism that will capture your heart. Beneath the statue of Wenceslas is a shrine to the victims of Communism. The Museum of Communism brings the whole story to light. Take a metro to the southern edge of New Town to the Vyŝehrad Fortress for an unmatched view of the town.
Take a rest in Malá Strana
After a day of sightseeing, the ‘Little Town’ (Malá Strana) will offer a few opportunities to relax. This 17th century Catholic settlement, downhill from the castle district, is home to the spectacular St. Nicholas Church, absolutely worth a tour. But then, stroll along the Charles Bridge or picnic in the Kampa Park for a bit of well-earned rest and repose.