Highlights: Prague National Gallery, Letna and Stromovka parks, Hanavsky Pavillion, Krizik Fountain.
Getting there: Metro line C to the centre. Holesovice train station with international trains to the north of Europe. Links to various tram lines. From the airport: Bus Airport Express with stops at Holesovice (daytime)/Bus 510 (night bus) to Divoka Sarka, links with tram 51 (night) to Dejvicka.
Why stay: a lot of green areas, peaceful area that is well-connected with the airport and centre.
The neighbourhood of Holesovice is located in the north of the old city of Prague and is sub-divided in two areas by the River Moldave. After a period of intense industrialization the cultural aspect of this district was reinforced by the Prague National Gallery, which periodically hosts temporary exhibitions in the Veletrzní Palac. One of the citys largest stations Nadrazi Holesovich is located in the area which facilitates connections around Prague with different forms of transport. This area was incorporated into the city at the end of the XIX century and includes many buildings with important architecture, art collections in the museums and a number of green areas to enjoy pleasant walks along the River Moldave. The area to the south, known as Letná by the Prague locals, is a hill between the two parks Letna and Stromovka. In this area it is possible to admire architectural works dating back to the end of the XIX and the beginning of the XX centuries from different artistic styles including neo-renaissance, modern, and art nouveau. Among the most remarkable buildings for their modern and functional architecture is the Exhibition Palace (1920), the twin buildings of the National Museum of Agriculture and the Exhibition Pavilion 58 in Létna park near the beautiful neo-baroque style Hanavasky Pavilion with its wrought iron decoration built for the International Exhibition in 1891 in Brussels. The pavilion was dismantled and transported to Prague after being donated by Prince Hanavsky. The lower part of Holesovice has a regular urban shape with wide streets and square blocks. It is the liveliest part of the neighbourhood and its constant evolution means there is a dynamic atmosphere typical of the contemporary metropolis with numerous bars and restaurants. It is also possible to visit the Stromovka Park and admire the English-style design as well as the castle and summer residence of the Governor (Mistodritelský letohradek), built between 1495 and 1502, and later restored in the XIX century in neo-gothic style. The Planetarium also located in the park is another worthwhile visit and is very near the Krizik fountain that was built for the National Exhibition in 1891 and includes 25-metre fountains that are used for special water shows that use colour and music and are held between the months of March and November. A number of boats leave from the banks of the River Moldave on tourist trips along the river. Crossing the River Moldave towards the north leads to another large green area the area of Troja, a particularly charming residential area. It is the location of three of the most important tourist attractions in the city the Troja castle, the Zoo and the Prague Botanical Garden.