The capital city of the Czech Republic is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, and attracts a growing number of visitors every year. In a city of two million, with 10 districts, each containing several neighborhoods, it can be difficult to decide where to stay. Prague has a reliable public transportation network comprised of subway trains, trams and buses, so you can still explore other areas regardless of where you stay. There are 8 main Prague neighborhoods to choose from when deciding where to stay in Prague, which offer the best hotels in Prague.
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Old Town – Where to stay in Prague for nightlife
The Old Town, or Stare Mesto, has the most attractions, some of the best nightlife in Prague and is the best area to stay in Prague for nightlife, however it is also the most crowded and the most expensive, as is usually the case with tourist centers in major cities. The cobblestone streets leading out from Old Town square are full of discoveries for visitors to Prague. There are historical churches and sites such as the Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock, plus the Estates Theater for ballet and dance, the Rudolfinium concert hall for classical music and a student nightlife scene.
Within Old Town, you’ll also find Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto that holds reminders of the history, such as the Old Jewish cemetery and a Holocaust Museum. As the center of Prague for residents and tourists alike, there are many hotels to choose from in Old Town, I think it’s the best area of Prague to stay in.
Where to stay in Prague old town
Mala Strana – Best places to stay in Prague for couples
Nestled between Old Town and the Castle District is Mala Strana, also known as Lesser Town or Little Quarter. Mala Strana is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Prague, and is filled with small shops, restaurants and narrow streets connected by stairs. Although very near the center of Prague, it is much less crowded, and therefore more charming than, Old Town. Mala Strana is where you’ll find the Lennon Wall, a graffiti covered wall inspired by the lyrics of John Lennon, as well as the John Lennon pub, where you can enjoy a pint, in a city never visited by John Lennon himself! Mala Strana is a great spot to enjoy a riverside dinner in Prague, with a view of the Vltava river.
Where to Stay in Mala Strana Prague
Hradcany – Where to stay in Prague first time
Hradcany, also known as the Castle District, is the area surrounding Prague Castle, reportedly the largest castle in the world. There are several noble historical palaces within Hradcany, as well as peaceful nooks, quiet streets and breathtaking views. Hradcany Square, at the center of the district and is considered the best area to stay in Prague for sightseeing and still maintains the medieval appearance of its origins, despite a great fire in 1541 and subsequent rebuild. Luxury travelers will find a lot of options in Hradcany, including many restored medieval buildings.
Where to Stay in Hradcany Prague
Nove Mesto – Where to stay in Prague for Luxury Travellers
Nove Mesto, or New Town, is a busy commercial hub centered around Wenceslas square. Don’t be fooled by the name, as Nove Mesto dates back to the 1300’s, but is still the “newest” of Prague’s 5 towns. Nove Mesto, being a commercial district, is where you will find upscale accommodations suited for business travelers. You’ll also find plenty of restaurants, shops and clubs in Nove Mesto.
Where to Stay in Nove Mesto
Vinohrady – Best neighborhood to stay in Prague
Vinohrady, which means vineyard, is a neighborhood filled with green spaces, coffee shops and international cuisine. Along with many expats, Vinohrady is also where you will find Prague’s gay quarter. Accommodations in Vinohrady are often found in older, restored mansions, although there are a few hostels in the area, too. There are even a few vineyards remaining in Vonohrady that you can visit.
Where to Stay in Vinohrady
Luxury Hotels in Vinohrady Prague:
Rezidence Muzeum Prague
Karlin – Where to stay in Prague on a Budget
Karlin is one of the newer districts in Prague, and houses many commuters to the city due to it’s close proximity to the city center. There are parks, such as Vilkov Hill, where you can see great views of Prague. This is not a touristy neighborhood, so you won’t find historical attractions, or big-name hotels, but self-catering apartments and hostels are easily available.
Where to Stay in Karlin
Smichov – Where to stay in Prague for Business
Smichov is a former industrial area that still has a lot of traffic and commercial businesses. Located just south of the Mala Strana, Smichov’s accessibility makes up for the lack of historical interest. Within Smichov, Andel is a busy commercial center and hub for public transportation, and also has a mega-shopping mall, movie theater and several fast food restaurants.
Where to Stay in Smichov
Zizkov – Where to stay in Prague nightlife
Next to the Vinohrady district is Zizkov, a no-frills neighborhood that houses Prague’s largest cemetery. You can find several beer halls, as well as dining and shopping. Some of the attractions in Zizkov include Art Nouveau monuments, the New Jewish Cemetery where Kafka is buried and the Zizkov Television Tower, with observation decks and a restaurant, with views across the city.
Where to Stay in Zizkov
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