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Prague Historical Quarters

‘The magic city’, ‘the city with 100 bell towers’, ‘the golden city’, the Old Town, the New Town, the Jewish Quarter … all city quarters are amazing places waiting to be explored. Prague used to be known as the ‘Five Towns‘, and although it has now been divided into 10 separate districts, most visitors concentrate on the five historic towns: Hradcany, Stare Mesto (Old Town), Mala Strana (Lesser Quarter), Nove Mesto (New Town) and the the Jewish Quarter.

In earlier times, the inhabitants of the congested Old Town and Josefov, the old Jewish Quarter, must have felt envious when they looked across to the New Town, where the far-sighted designs of Charles IV and his architects had created broad, open spaces and avenues such as the Charles and Wenceslas squares. Today, however, the Old Town has been beautifully restored, and Josefov’s Pařížská is a chic avenue lined with expensive shops.

The Royal Way: Intersecting the 4 towns—from the Cathedral of St Vitus to Charles Bridge, and subsequently onto the Powder Tower—is the Královská Cesta (Royal Way), the historical route of coronation marches. These days, this spine of Prague is blighted by cheap trinket stores and overcrowded by tourist groups. Only utilize it for orientation—try to circumvent it if you wish to experience the genuine Prague.

Prague Historical Quarters

Hradcany, Mala Strana, Stare Mesto, Josefov and Nove Mesto are all parts of historic districts.   Hradcany & Prague Castle Prague Castle is the most popular sight visited in Prague. It is the largest ancient castle in the world (570 m long, on average 128 m wide, area 7.28 hectares). …

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Lesser Town Square

This square lies at the heart of Lesser Town. Most buildings around the square have a medieval core, but all were redesigned in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and are a bit overshadowed by the busy tram intersection here. At the centre of the square is the magnificent Baroque St …

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Hradcanske Square

Prague Castle’s ‘front yard’ is an attraction in its own right. In the Hradcany Square district there are many architecturally interesting buildings to see, including: Salmov Palace, Schwarzenberg Palace, Carmelite Monastery, Hradcany Town Hall, Tuscany Palace, Martinic Palace, Sternberg Palace and Archbishop’s Palace. The square’s small park is punctured by …

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Vysehrad

National Cultural Monument Vyšehrad is an alluring and pleasant walk lasting about 2 hours. Even though it is situated close to the city centre you will be in quiet surroundings out of traffic. Due to its position on a higher rock just above the Vltava river it offers nice panoramic …

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