We love exploring the beguiling Prague districts that give the city its intriguing character. The city isn't overly large so it's easy to plan satisfying forays into unique neighbourhoods that are filled with hidden gems.
We adore the fact that the city's ten major areas are laid out in a rough spiral that starts with Prague 1 and meanders around the banks of the Vltava River to Prague 10. Prague districts tend to be fairly large and each is made up of a collection of neighbourhoods. Let us introduce you to some of our favourites.
Of all Prague's districts, this is the most famous and the most visited. Picturesque and historical, Prague 1 encompasses the Old Town and Malá Strana, sometimes known as the lesser town.
The charming Old Town is among the prettiest parts of the city and possibly the most important of Prague's districts. The architecture and atmosphere offer a unique backdrop to romantic strolls or afternoon walks. The Old Town radiates from the square which is home to the Old Town Hall and the Our Lady Before Týn church. Wander past the Astronomical Clock at the top of the hour; it's the world's oldest, still-working clock of its type and deserves a look as you head for the Charles Bridge or the old Jewish Quarter.
An essential stop on any Prague district itinerary, Malá Strana is situated around the castle and is home to many of the Czech Parliament's buildings. It's also a vibrant area where you can wander from café to museum with ease before climbing the hill to the castle for incredible city views. All that walking is thirsty work, though. Make sure you save an hour of your day's exploration for a nice cold one in Medieval Tavern - U krále Brabantského, one of the city's oldest and most unique watering holes, who counts Mozart as one of their historic patrons.
Another of those inimitable Prague districts, Prague 2 is both lively and appealing. Situated by the river, it includes the Nově Město (New Town) and the leafy riverside neighbourhood of Vinohrady.
New Town is something of a misnomer considering that this wonderful Prague district is around 800 years old. Highlights include Wenceslas Square. During the day you can enjoy excellent street food from the stalls on the south side of the square or linger for a few hours in the National Museum at the north of the square - it's easy to spot thanks to the statue of Wenceslas on horseback in front of the entrance. Speaking of statues, we urge you to keep an eye open for the famous David Czerny works; Kafka's Head can be seen at Národní 63/26 and Upside Down Dead Horse Being Ridden by St. Wenceslas at Lucerna Passage - těpánská 61.
As its name suggests, this bustling area was home to a vineyard back in the 14th century. Today Vinohrady is a stylish enclave with easy access to the Old Town. It is full of pretty cafes and neighbourhood restaurants as well as beautiful attractions. One of our favourites is Náměstí Miru (Peace Square). This beautifully kept square is watched over by the Cathedral of St. Ludmilla, an excellent example of 19th-century Neo Gothic architecture. Add this to your Prague districts list at Easter or Christmas to catch the delightful local market. And, if lunchtime approaches, make sure to try the traditional fare at U Bulínů on Budečská Street, one of the area's most popular Czech restaurants, with a cosy interior and a modern menu.
Although this district may not be the epicentre of tourist sights, there are still a few noteworthy places that deserve a spot on your Prague itinerary. At 216m high the Žižkov Tower is Prague's tallest structure and its most iconic visual factor is that it features climbing babies – which really is just as odd as it sounds. But this artistic statement is definitely worth observing in person, The National Monument on the top of Vítkov hill is another must-see, built to honour the Czechoslovak legionaries. And despite not being the most light-hearted of places to visit, the Olšany Cemetery is absolutely fascinating. There is a learning trail you can take through the graves to discover Prague’s turbulent history.
This is considered the city's most prestigious neighbourhood after the Old Town. As well as embassies and elegant villas, it is home to the glorious árecké údolí and Hvězda parks and a short drive from the airport.
Try to visit Prague 7 if you enjoy wide, open spaces. Nestled in a curve of the river, an excellent tram and metro network make it easy to reach the district's large Stromovka and Letná parks and Prague Zoo.
With so many vibrant Prague districts to choose from, we really are spoilt for choice.