Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic.
Into its present-day shape it has been developing for eleven centuries.
Almost three million turists come to visit Prague every year. The historical centre with a unique panorama of the Prague Castle is an urban conservation area of UNESCO. more info at. www.pis.cz
Prague is divided into ten main districts, each of which have within them a number of different municipalities. In an hour you can easily walk from one edge of Praha 1 to the other. The districts are numbered in an outward spiral from the centre, but they are not equal in size. For example parts of Praha 8 are only two minutes walk from the main train station.
Most visitors never venture further than Praha 1 which comprises of the following five famous areas. In Václavské nám. (Wenceslas Square), you are in Nové Město (New Town). If you head east towards the river you will move into Staré Město (Old Town). Directly north of this you are in Josefov (the Jewish quarter). Cross the river and you are on the west bank and Malá Strana (the lesser quarter). Continue uphill and in the north west you will be in Hradčany (the castle).
Vinohrady. An area with many shops, bars and restaurants among trendy residential areas. You will also find Prague's second castle, Vyšehrad, in this district.
Dominated by the TV Tower and (purportedly) the largest horse statue in the world, Žížkov is the old working class area of Prague, full of aging character and dingy yet fabulous pubs and clubs. Now undergoing gentrification which means rents are rising.
South down the river, this district has many paneláks, the 60's prefabricated tower blocks. It is though, a massive area and has many pleasant pockets.
Another district undergoing massive construction work, Praha 5 is being gentrified in a major way. It is also home to the Czech Hollywood, Barrandov Studios.
Behind the castle, an exclusive and expensive area home to many embassies and the private residence of the Czech president.
Another hip and swinging part of town thanks mainly to two of the city's biggest parks, Letná and Stromovka.
The northern suburbs around Karlín, hardest hit in the 2002 floods and now undergoing major, mostly commercial, reconstruction.
The north-eastern outskirts, with cheaper rents and massive shopping centres.
A very select residential area full of large villas.