26 Mar 2012

Prague districts – Prague 1

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I’ve started researching Prague a little bit for our trip and I thought I just share what I find with you in case you want to pay the city a visit at some stage. Prague is the capitol city of Czech Republic and just over 1.2 million people live there.

The city is divided into 10 districts; the historical centre is where most of the beautiful architecture, museums, restaurants are located. The outer districts are the new ones, where recent businesses, hotels and banks have been built.

Prague Map courtesy of www.praguenet.com

Prague 1 – Old Town (Stare Mesto)

The geographical centre of Prague and the home of its best known tourist attractions. Many buildings in Prague 1 date back to the 13th century. Charles Bridge (Karlov Most), Old Town Square (Stare Namesti), Wenceslas Square (Waclavske Namesti), the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) and many other popular tourist destinations can be found here. The area is also popular among locals for its wide variety of trendy boutiques, restaurants, trendy nightlife and modern shopping centres. Nonetheless, everything from accommodation to beer tends to cost quite a bit more in Prague 1 than it does elsewhere in the city.

The Vltlava River (the longest river in Czech Republic) divides Prague in half and because of this, the Old Town is split into two distinct neighbourhoods. The Mala Strana side (the Little Quarter) is located just across the Charles Bridge from Old Town, at the bottom of the hill that leads up to Prague Castle. It is known for the many embassies that are located here. Quiet and very upscale, it is the most exclusive neighborhood in Prague. Many of Prague’s finest restaurants can be found here, as well as elegant cafes and tourist shops. Situated alongside the river, Kampa Park is a nice place to enjoy the beautiful views of Prague.

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