Learn about Prague’s five main tourist areas

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These are the most visited tourist areas in Prague and what you can expect to find when going there.

Hradcany

Hradcany is the hill west of the Vltava River. The district is dominated totally by the majestic Prague Castle, with its palaces, churches and gardens.

Malá Strana (Lesser Town)

Mala Strana is also known as Lesser Town and consists of the old city centre extending from the river Vltava to the Prague Castle. Also in the area you find the tree-lined Petri Hill with its miniature Eiffel Tower on the top and the funicular. The Kampa island with several museums is also a part of the area.

Stare Mesto (Old Town)

Old Town or Stare Mesto as it is called in Czech is bounded to the west by the river, in the north-east by  the Josefov area  and to the south and southeast of New Town. This is the part where tourists crowd. There are lots of well preserved palaces, churches and ordinary houses, plenty of beer halls, restaurants and hotels.

Josefov

Josefov is the Jewish part of Prague. There are several synagogues and a cemetery that is a must see, several remarkable cubist houses and Prague’s most luxurious commercial street Pařížská bordering to the Stare Mesto(Old Town) area.

Nové Mesto

New Town, largely built during the early 20th century. Today, it ranges from beautiful Art Nouveau to unsightly Stalinist buildings and ultra-modern. Here are most of the shops that are not solely aimed at tourists. Most visited are probably the vast Wenceslas Square.