At the Eastern bank of the Vlata river in the city of Prague, you will find Prague centre, internationally known as Old Town, and as Stare Mesto for the locals. This beautiful medieval settlement hides one of the most interesting parts of European history, which lies in its dark streets full of gothic buildings. Also known as ‘the city of a hundred spires’, the beautiful Prague centre won’t let you put your camera aside. It is a hidden gem of central Europe that will surprise you. In terms of size and popularity, it may not be as up in the list as London or Paris – but it sure is in terms of beauty.
While you stay in the apartments in Prague centre, you will be surrounded by both locals and other visitors like yourself. The Old Town of Prague is the neuralgic centre of the city, and it is an incredibly lively place – especially at night! Students, young professionals and tourists populate the streets at all times of the day and night, and you will be able to meet lots of people if you want to feel the city as the locals. The Czech republic isn’t as cosmopolitan as other European countries, but Prague, its capital, concentrates the highest percentage of foreigners in the country: 14%.
The beautiful Old Town, also known as Prague centre, is an ancient medieval settlement. As you walk along its beautiful streets, you will be able to feel as if you were born in the Middle Ages!
Ready to do some shopping? In Prague centre, the main shopping area is located between Republic Square and Wenceslas Square, which are communicated by the street Na Prikope. This is the most tourist part of the centre and thus you will be able to go into all sorts of clothes shops, such as Zara or New Yorker, among others. If you’re travelling with children and are in need of an afternoon of shopping, the shopping centre Palladium Centre may be the best option. It is the biggest one in Prague centre, as you will find there more than 200 shops of all kinds, from clothing and accessories to books and beauty items.
If you’re staying in the apartments in Prague centre, the best possible means of transportation will be your own feet! Prague has an extensive public transportation system with mainly metro and tramway, but the city is much smaller than other European capitals such as London or Berlin. Prague centre is easily reachable by foot, and you will be able to admire the beauty of the city as you move from one tourist attraction to the other. However, don’t miss on the opportunity of enjoying it from one of its unique trams, a classic of the city. You will need to get one to arrive to the Prague Castle, for instance, which is a bit further away from the city centre.
Prague is a city full of culture and history – and you will see that there are lots to do! From visiting the Prague Castle to crossing Charles Bridge and, of course, the medieval astronomical clock located in the Old Town Square. And don’t forget about the incredible Clementinum or the modern Dancing building, located south of Prague centre, by the riverside.
The best option to enjoy all these attractions is to go on one of the free walking tours that are organised in the city. In these almost 3-hour-long tours, the guide will give you lots of information about the city’s interesting history and culture, and you will be able to value all the beautiful tourist attractions on another level. Remember that the tour is free, but that the tour guides make a living on the tips, so don’t forget to tip generously!
Once you’ve admired the beauty of Prague centre, what about visiting one of its museums? The most famous are the Jewish Museum or the Museum of the City of Prague, but the Museum of Communism well deserves a visit.
Don’t be misled by Prague not being as famous and visited as other European capitals such as Paris or Barcelona: it is still a very touristic city, and there will be many tourist traps to avoid – especially restaurants! This is why you need to be careful if you’re looking forward to try the delicious Czech cuisine in Prague centre: always check the menu beforehand, and it is always a good tip to check if there are locals in the restaurant you’ve been eying for tonight’s dinner. A restaurant full of locals is a safe option in any city!
That said, we have a few recommendations for you that are backed by the positive opinions of many visitors. For instance, you will be able to try traditional cuisine in V kolkovně and in the cheap and satisfying Lokal Dlouha, friendly to all kind of budgets. And if you want to try a Michelin-star dinner, try the wonderful La Degustation Bohême Bourgeoise.
If you’re in the mood for something you’re more used to, you can have delicious Italian food in the Ristorante Pagana, and you will find some fast-food options in the Palladium Centre.
You probably know that Prague centre is also known for its lively nightlife: once the sun goes down, the beautiful medieval and dark city turns into a party area! You will be able to choose from plenty of modern clubs, from the popular Roxy to the king of the underground scene, the Cross club – it’s not located in Prague centre, but if you’re a fan of the clubbing scene, it is definitely a must-visit. If you’re into the oldies, right next to Wenceslas Square you will find the Lucerna Music Bar, where you will dance to the rhythm of hits from the 80s and the 90s.
And if you’re not into clubbing, Prague centre is also a great place to enjoy the bar atmosphere: Did you know that you can also enrol on a beer tour? It will take you to some of the best bars in town and you will be able to choose from a wide selection of beers… in a 3-hour-long tasting!