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Things to See & Do in Prague


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Tourist Information

The main tourist office is located in the Old Town Hall at Staromestské námestí. Other branches are at Prahahlavní nádrazí train station, Rytirska 31, and in the tower on the Malá Strana side of the Charles Bridge.

Neighborhoods

Stare Mesto
This is the most historic part of the city where you can find the Old Town Hall, Old Town Square and many beautiful, narrow, winding medieval streets.

Hradcany
Also known as Castle Hill, this is where much of Czech history unfolded and today is one of the most splendid (and visited) neighborhoods. Two of the most beautiful and distinct streets are Novy Svet and Zlatá ulicka.

Malá Strana
Located across the Charles Bridge from Stare Mesto, it is here that the romantic and stunning beauty of Prague is most intensely felt. The intimate scale, combined with many trees and beautiful quaint buildings, creates an atmosphere that begs for people to fall in love with each other and the city itself. The most picturesque streets are: Na Kampe, Misenska, Velko-prevorské námestí, Nerudova and Thunovska. Beware, however, the restaurants here are pricey.

Nove Mesto
The neighborhood of Nove Mesto is far less touristed but much more vibrant. It is on these streets that contemporary Czech life can be discovered. Particularly good streets include V jirchárich and Kremencova.

Petrin Hill
One of the most beautiful things to do in Prague is to look out over all of the fantastic domes, spires, and bright red roofs. One of the best places, and the cheapest, is from the paths on Petrin Hill, where a mix of gardens and paths shoot up behind the Mala Strana neighborhood next to the castle. It is a very popular place among locals for strolls and a great place for visitors to relax and absorb the breathtaking view.

Vysehrad
One of the most historic areas in the city. Legend says that from these rocky crags above the Vlatva, Countess Libuse first envisioned the great city of Prague and set out to find a king for Bohemia. The area still retains some of this mythical character and is very dear to Czech hearts. At the graveyard here some of the most famous Czechs now rest, including Dvorak. Besides the graveyard, there is a fantastic park and a haunting, yet beautiful, black Romanesque church. Admission to the whole area is free. Vysehrad is also where some of the best examples of Czech cubist architecture can be found. Check out the buildings at Neklanova 30, Libusina 3, and a villa on Rasinovo nabrezi. To get to Vysehrad, take the Metro C line to the Vysehrad stop and then walk west towards the river.

Kampa
Kampa is one of the islands in the Vltava River, although it doesn’t feel much like an island — it is separated from Mala Strana by only the thin Certovka canal. On the island is a beautiful leafy park where people from all over the city and the world gather to relax. Drumming circles, Frisbee games and picnics are not uncommon. This is a great place to escape from the hordes of tourists on nearby Charles Bridge and soak up the laid-back youthful energy of Prague.

Food & Nightlife

Although Prague of yesteryear was host to old-style Eastern European dives, there are now tons of fun, youthful hangouts serving food and drink. The Zizkov district is lined with bars and pubs of all sorts.  In addition, check out Think, an English-language publication of the city’s hip happenings.