STARE MESTO (OLD TOWN)
The Old Town, the historical centre of Prague, is on the east bank of the Vltava River. Protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, it’s full of beautiful architecture, charming streets, lovely courtyards and of course, tourists. So it can get crowded and noisy but it’s where the action is: galleries, souvenir stores, cafes, lively bars and packed pubs. But if you prefer a quiet drink, head to the serene Tyn Courtyard and for breathtaking views of the city make your way up the Clock Tower. The Charles Bridge and the massive Palladium shopping center are a short walk away.
NOVE MESTO (NEW TOWN)
New Town, the biggest quarter of Prague, is the city’s business and commercial district. Its main attraction is the historical Wenceslas Square, the main venue for demonstrations and celebrations. The nightlife around the square is impressive, and so are the numerous international stores. The other attractions in the district are the National Museum, Frank Gehry’s Dancing House and Charles Square. New Town’s local flavor, affordable eateries and its close proximity to Old Town make it a good district to stay in.
Named after the vineyards which once covered the area, Vinohrady is an elegant residential district popular with young professionals and expats. Located to the east of Wenceslas Square, it has a laid back vibe and a hip nightlife. It’s packed with inexpensive restaurants, charming cafes, lively clubs, bars and also some magnificent Neo-Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture. Vinohrady is also home to several parks and green squares which are ideal for strolls and picnics. The city centre is a short metro ride away.
Mala Strana is located on the west bank of the Vltava river just below Hradcany. Romantic and picturesque, with steep cobble stone streets, it’s home to artists, musicians and writers. You’ll also find lovely baroque churches and palaces here. Mala Strana is not exactly known for its nightlife but it does have its share of restaurants, bars and jazz clubs. The Old Town is easily accessible by tram or by simply walking across the Charles Bridge. Mala Strana is ideal for people who want to stay close to the Old Town minus the hustle and bustle.
Hradcany district, across the Vltava river, is home to the Prague Castle which is perched on a hilltop. The castle is considered to be the biggest in the world and is the most visited sight in Prague. So expect crowds and fabulous views over the city. Hradcany is a quaint part of town and is perfect if you’re looking for a peaceful stay. The eating options here are limited though.