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Where to stay in Prague

Where to stay in Prague, the golden city of Europe

Prague is the gorgeous capital city of the Czech Republic. It has a long-lasting historical and cultural significance, as well as being a modern metropolis, making it a must-see destination and constantly topping the charts for the most visited city, especially in Europe.

This article will provide you with detailed information on where to stay in Prague, Czech Republic.

Our top 3 neighborhoods to stay in Prague

New Town (Nové Město) Best for first-timers in Prague
Old Town (Staré Město) Best nightlife in Prague
Lesser Town (Malá Strana) Best for bohemian/artistic souls

Transportation, getting around Prague

If you’re situated in one of our recommended neighborhoods, most of what you want to see will be within walking distance.

However, Prague has a well-developed public transportation system, with tickets being universally valid for the usage of trams, buses, and metro.

Ticket dispensers can be found all public stations and look like this:

Source: Flickr David McKelvey
  • Metro – fast way to get from and to outer parts of the city
  • Tram – ideal for getting fast around shorter distances and in between neighborhoods.
  • Bus – mostly run around the city and from/to the airport, not as frequent as trams in inner-city
  • Taxi – available throughout the city, both on-call and catching on the street – be careful of tourist ripoff though, the standard starting fee in the city is 40 CZK (around $1.50) and each kilometer 24 CZK (around $0.90)
  • Uber – Those who enjoy the safety and reliability of pickup services can rest easy, as Uber has multiple options within Prague, such as UberX, UberSelect, and UberBlack. Fees will depend on the type of service selected

Here’s a basic map of the tram and metro lines:

Source: Wikipedia

Where to stay for first-timers in Prague – New Town

The area of New Town (locally known as Nové Město) is one of the central neighborhoods of Prague.

Located on the eastern bank of the Vltava river, it completely surrounds Prague Old Town.

Although it got its name for being the youngest quarter build in the city, you might be surprised to hear the area was founded in 1348.

Even though it dates back to the 14th century, much of its landscape has changed throughout the years and, apart from the few historic buildings, it’s been completely rebuilt.

What to see and do in New Town, Prague

U Fleků Brewery

If you’re visiting Prague, you’re probably looking to spend some time at local breweries.

“U Fleků” is the oldest-standing brewery in Prague, having first opened its doors in 1499.

In 1762, it was bought by Jakub Flekovský, who gave it its current name (translated meaning “at the Fleks”). Along with its beer garden and 8 dining halls, it can house around 1200 people at a time. Customers are seated at typical long wooden tables and benches that are meant to be shared (non-exclusive seats or tables). It serves traditional Czech food and exclusively its own beer – which can’t be found anywhere else – known as The Flek Thirteen (Flekovská třináctka).

Source: Facebook @Pivovar U Fleku

Dancing House

No, you’re not looking at a photoshopped picture, this is exactly what it looks like.

The front of this iconic building consists of two towers leaning together, inspired by the legendary dance duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.

Although the majority of the building consists of office spaces, the 9th, and final floor houses a restaurant and bar named “Fred and Ginger”, with access to the rooftop from which you can see a panoramic view of the city.

National Museum (Národní Muzeum)

Although multiple buildings around the city fall under the banner of the National Museum, we’re talking about the Historic building and New National Museum, located across the street from each other in New Town. The museum was first established in 1818 and is said to contain around 14 million different pieces from culture, history, archeology, art, etc. – spanning from prehistoric times to recent history.

It underwent reconstruction and is gradually opening its exhibits since October 2019. Meanwhile, the most significant pieces were moved across the street to the “new” building, to remain available to the public.

Where to stay for the nightlife in Prague – Old Town

The epicenter of the city is home to many historic landmarks and locations, but also a booming nightlife and streets full of younger crowds.

Locally known as Staré Město, its streets are full of restaurants, bars, clubs, as well as galleries, shopping malls, and public squares.

What to see and do in Old Town, Prague

Go clubbing

We’re recommending this area for the nightlife for a reason.

There are plenty of nightclubs to choose from, with different price ranges, music choices and vibes/designs.

Here are just some of the notable ones:

  • DupleX rooftop venue – Combine a multi-cuisine restaurant with a large bar and dance floor and you get a place worth visiting more than once.
  • Karlovy Lazne – located in a historic 15th-century building and spreading over 5 floors and home to many music festivals throughout the year.
  • Ace Club – located inside the hotel Melantrich and relatively new, this club is quickly gaining the reputation of the best place in the area. Open every day of the week, the smaller venue makes it feel like a more exclusive place.
Source: Facebook @Ace Club

Prague Astronomical Clock Tower

Prague Oloj, as it is locally known, is an astronomical clock tower dating all the way to 1410, making it the oldest still-operating astronomic clock.

It has three main components:

  1. The astronomical dial – representing the position of the Sun and Moon and various other astronomical details
  2. Animated figures – representing the 12 Apostles and housing a few more moving sculptures – most notably a skeleton made to represent death
  3. A calendar – the outer ring is a church calendar with marked holidays and the names of 365 saints, the inner circle represents the 12 months and the smaller circles underneath are zodiac signs

Beer Museum

The Czech Republic is home to some world-famous breweries, and Prague is often considered the “beer capital” of the world.

The Beer Museum was opened with a mission to bring the very best of beers around the country into one place for you to enjoy, currently housing 30 different tap beers.

The museum also houses a pub – you can visit during the day for a tour of the history and craftsmanship behind beer making, then come back in the evening when they host live music events.

Source: Instagram @Prague Beer Museum

Where to stay for bohemian/artistic souls – Lesser Town

Surrounded by the forest on one side and the river on the other, the small area locally known as Malá Strana is known for its narrow streets, many parks, and churches.

It’s full of historic landmarks, museums, and art exhibits. On top of that, the neighborhood is within walking distance of the city center, just across the bridge.

What to see and do in Lesser Town, Prague

Museum of Music

In the museum, one can expect to not only see a large diversity of musical instruments, but also learn plenty about their history, usage and social influence.

The permanent display is separated into categories such as keyboard, string, wind, as well as electric, etc.

Among the many artistic and functional pieces, the museum prides itself on displaying the “Mozart Piano”.

Although it did not officially belong to him at the time, it was the piano Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played during his first visit to Prague, a city in which his work was already being celebrated.

Source: Wikipedia

Charles Bridge

Karlův most, also known as the stone bridge or Prague bridge, is a pedestrian bridge connecting Mala Strana (Prague Castle) with Staré Město. It started construction in 1357 under king Charles IV and finished somewhere in the 15th century. For the longest time, it was the only means to cross the river Vltava, up until 1841.

The bridge is decorated by lines of 30 statues depicting various saints and patron-saints. It went under reconstruction from 1965 to 1978, which stopped vehicle traffic completely. It’s been a pedestrian bridge since. Nowadays, apart from the scenic view, the bridge is a famous meeting spot for street artists and performers.

John Lennon Wall

Originally just an ordinary wall in the streets of Prague.

John Lennon was the founder of the world-famous band The Beatles.

He was also known for his political activism, particularly his anti-war stances, often found in his lyrics.

In 1980, after his assassination, an unknown artist painted Lennon on the now-famous wall.

Since then, it’s become a symbol of freedom, particularly for the Cezck youth, who drew and wrote pro-peace and anti-regime pieces on the wall.