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10 Things You Need To Know About Prague

Find out what are Prague’s cheapest bars in Prague, less visited attractions and more with Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty.

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Fact Sheet

What's in our video about Pragueprint

1. Prague is divided into ten districts
Prague is made up of ten different districts (Praha !, Praha 2 etc) and within these districts are various neighbourhoods such as Stare Mesto (Old Town) and Mala Strana (Lesser Town). Transporting people around the city are three metro lines and an efficient tram network. The best view of the city is from the TV Tower on Peitrin Hill.
2. Here you can see all types of architecture
As you walk around the Prague look at the buildings as you can see all types of architecture, namely Romanesque, Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau:
  1. Romanesque:St George’s Basilica in Prague Castle
  2. Baroque: St. Nicholas’ Church in the Old Town Square is an example of Baroque architecture
  3. Gothic: Examples of Gothic architecture are the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn and the Old Town Hall, both in the Old Town Square
  4. Art Nouveau: Examples of Art Nouveau architecture can be seen everywhere in the city centre. It is distinctive by features such as faces flowers in buildings’ facades.
3. The city is overlooked by Prague Castle
Dating back to the 9th century and overlooking Prague is Prague Castle which is the city’s number one tourist attraction. Highlights here include St Vitus’ Cathedral, the Old Royal Palace and Golden Lane. And try not to miss the main changing of the guard which takes place daily at 12pm.
4. It is home to one of Europe’s best-preserved old towns
Known locally as ‘Stare Mesto’, Prague’s old town was untouched during both World Wars and is one of the most charming old towns in Europe. The heart of the old town is the Old Town Square which is always busy. Branching off the square are a series of quaint, narrow, cobbled streets. One thing people always do in the Old Town is watch the ‘Procession of the Twelve Apostles’ which takes place every hour on the hour at the Astronomical Clock at the Old Town Hall.
5. You should try to check out some of its lesser-known attractions
If you want to avoid the crowds you should check out some of Prague’s lesser known attractions. These include:
  1. The John Lennon Wall: Just five minutes from the west side of Charles Bridge in Mala Strana is the John Lennon Wall at Velkoprevorske namesti in Mala Strana
  2. Museum of Communism: This museum gives an insight into communism in the Czech Republic.
  3. Museum of Torture: This unique museum houses some horrific torturing instruments.
  4. Kampa Island: Just below the west side of Charles Bridge is Kampa Island which is a tranquil area, perfect for when you want to get away from the crowds.
6. It’s where you will find some of the Czech Republic’s most important museums
Prague is where you will find two of the Czech Republic’s most important museums:
  1. National Museum: This huge building at the top of Wenceslas Square is home to both permanent and temporary exhibitions.
  2. National Gallery: Located on the Old Town Square, it is home to lots of 19th century art. But it is one of many buildings around Prague that make up the National Gallery.
7. Its Jewish Quarter ‘Josefov’ is its most interesting
Just north of the Old Town Square and south of the Vltava River is the old Jewish neighbourhood of ‘Josefov’. Here you’ll find lots of bars and restaurants but the main attraction are the synagogues which, along with the old Jewish cemetery, make up the Jewish Museum.
8. When eating out, if you like meat you’re in the right place
All over Prague are restaurants saying they specialise in traditional Czech food. This usually comprises of things such as dumplings, goulash and lots of meat. A good place to try it is:
  1. U Sedmi Svabu on Jansky Vrsek in the Mala Strana.
9. Beer can either be very cheap or very expensive
If you socialise in one of the bars around the Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square beer will be a lot more expensive that in more local, Czech bars. Instead you should try to drink in these instead. Two featured in the video are:
  1. U Sudu: On Vodickova (#10) starts out as a small wine bar but turns into a huge bar.
  2. U Rudolfina: Found on Křížovnická just north of Charles Bridge, this is a far more traditional type of bar. It has a great beer hall downstairs.
10. If you’re looking to do something different at night, check out a ‘Black Light Theatre’
All over Prague you’ll see signs for Black Light Theatre. This is a unique type of theatre where actors perform in a pitch black theatre with florescent costumes and props. The theatre featured in the video is:
  1. Ta Fantastika: This theatre dates back to 1989 and is a great place to check out a black light theatre performance.
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