Where to Stay in Prague – Neighborhoods & Area Guide

Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic as well as its largest city, and has often been regarded as one of the most stunning metropolises in the world. Among the largest cities in Europe, Prague has served as the Bohemian Capital for centuries. Blessed with unique medieval architecture, including striking church domes, magical bridges, and jaw-dropping cathedrals, the city stands tall along the banks of the glistening, swan-filled Vltava River.

Home to the world’s largest castle (according to the Guinness Book of World Records), Prague is known to be the first European city to have released a book about the legendary composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, commonly known as Mozart. Interestingly, Prague’s Jewish Quarter was spared during World War II as it is believed that Hitler wanted to retire here and transform the neighborhood into a museum dedicated to “the extinct race.”

While planning a visit to the city, it is useful to know that Prague is divided into 10 numbered districts: Prague 1, Prague 2 and so on, until Prague 10. Having said that, let us now explore some of the most popular neighborhoods in the city so you can decide where to stay in Prague during your visit to this marvelous location.

Old Town (Prague 1)

Prague Old Town

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Prague Old Town

The geographical center of Prague, and perhaps its most important neighborhood, the Old Town area welcomes the most visitors to the city. At its historical core is the Old Town Square, a former 10th century marketplace which now hosts the most important political, religious, and entertainment events of the city. If you take a look around when you are at the Square you will see some of the most important and beautifully-preserved architecture in all of Prague, including the Old Town City Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. However, the most significant landmark in this neighborhood and the entire city is the astronomical clock which was added to the Old Town City Hall in 1410 and has been the focal attraction for visitors in Prague ever since. While here, you must make the climb up the tower to enjoy a spell-binding view of the city – you will understand why Prague is nicknamed the ‘city of 1000 spires’ once you are at the top.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Kinsky Palace, The House at the Black Madonna, Karolinum, Estates Theatre, The Stone Bell House, Klementinum, and Rudolfinum Gallery

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Hotel Cerny Slon – Within a few minutes’ walking distance from the Orloj Astronomical Clock, Hotel Cerny Slon features wonderfully-designed guest rooms set in a 1359 historical building. At this hotel guests can choose from a range of Czech and international delicacies available at the on-site restaurant and relish a glass of wine at the bar. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • Hotel U Prince – Located in the heart of the Old Town, Hotel U Prince offers well-appointed guest rooms with modern facilities, a 24-hour reception, free Wi-Fi, and an on-site bar and restaurant. The pet-friendly property also features an exhibition of refurbished period-style decor and authentic Meissen porcelain. Prague Castle is within walking distance from the hotel. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Grand Hotel Praha – Within 10 minutes’ walk from the beach, this 12th-century renovated building welcomes its guests with a glass of wine. The luxurious rooms at the property are all fitted with antique furniture along with modern amenities such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. Guests can enjoy stunning views of the Golden City from the hotel’s roof terrace. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Lesser Town (Prague 1)

Prague Lesser Town

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Prague Lesser Town

Nicknamed ‘the Baroque Pearl of Prague,’ Lesser Town is perhaps the most romantic and captivating neighborhood in the city. Most of the buildings in the vicinity were reconstructed after a devastating 16th Century fire which burnt down the previous structures. Locally known as Mala Strana, the neighborhood is home to some of the most prominent landmarks of the city. The Charles Bridge, constructed in 1357, was commissioned to connect the two riverbanks of Vltava River. Rumor has it that King Charles IV was a numerology and astrology fanatic and he ordered the construction of the bridge to start exactly at 5:31 am on July 9th, 1357. A carving of 135797531 can be found on the Old Town Bridge Tower. Another notable attraction in the area is the John Lennon Wall: a small, graffiti-covered wall dedicated to John Lennon. Last but definitely not least, the Lesser Town Square, with its grand masterpiece, the St. Nicholas Church, boasting a 70-meter dome and a fresco painting of the Holy Trinity, this landmark has been the hub of all tourist activities for over 10 centuries and is where you can find the best architecture in the neighborhood, as well as other tourist attractions.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Waldstein Palace, Museum Kampa, Church of Our Lady Victorious and The Infant Jesus of Prague, and Hradčanské náměstí

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Three Storks – Boasting an elegant lobby bar and a pub that specializes in gourmet Czech specialties and fine wines, this luxurious designer property features ultra-modern guest rooms with stylish furniture, satellite TV with DVD players, and ensuite bathrooms with free toiletries. Though all guest rooms offer spectacular views of the city, selected rooms come with a fabulous view of the Prague Castle. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • Luxury Family Hotel Royal Palace – Set within a Neo-Renaissance building, this glamorous property features a spa with free sauna and fitness center, and a delightful restaurant and bar. All rooms at the property are fitted with historic-style furniture and the latest amenities, including satellite TV, complimentary tea and coffee, and ensuite bathrooms with free toiletries. Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and small families.
  • Hotel Hoffmeister & Spa – Located just below the Prague Castle, this lavish 5-star boutique hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, a rejuvenating spa with a stone bath, various massage and beauty treatment facilities, and an on-site restaurant and bar. Charles Bridge is only 10 minutes’ walking distance from the property. A hearty complimentary breakfast is served daily. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.

Vinohrady (Prague 2)

Vinohrady, Prague

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Vinohrady, Prague

Spread over Prague 2, 3, and 10, Vinohrady is essentially a residential district which received its name from the 14th-century vineyards that once covered the entire area. Formerly known as the Royal Vineyards, this area is home to a great number of expatriates and affluent residents. The magnificent Vinohrady Theatre, opened to the public in 1907, is a perfect example of the Art Nouveau style architecture and has hosted numerous epic historical and contemporary plays and performances. St. Ludmilla, another eye-catching structure in the neighborhood, is an enchanting Neo-Gothic Church constructed in the late 1800s, well known for its impressive exterior and even more bewitching interiors. If you are in the city in December, there is no better place to shop for souvenirs and enjoy the holiday than at the Namesti Miru Christmas Market. A haven for shoppers, the market features mostly handmade products: including wooden toys, handmade bath products and scarves.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Saloun’s Villa, Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord, Rieger’s Park, Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, and Havlíčkovy – Grébovka Park

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Alton – Within five minutes’ walking distance from Wenceslas Square, Alton offers spacious, well-appointed guest rooms with modern facilities such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Guests can start the day with a filling complimentary buffet breakfast before joining one of the many guided tours that the hotel offers. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Clarion Hotel Prague City – Set within a historic building in the heart of Prague’s city center, Clarion Hotel Prague City offers beautifully-designed guest rooms with state-of-the-art facilities within five minutes’ walking distance from Wenceslas Square. The pet-friendly hotel also offers in-room Thai massages upon request. Suitable for solo travelers, couples, and small families.
  • Deminka Palace – Located within a few hundred meters of I.P. Pavlova Metro Station, Deminka Palace features individually decorated rooms sporting Italian decor and modern facilities such as soundproofing, satellite TV, tea/coffee maker, and a kitchen area (in selected rooms). The terrace at the property offers amazing views of the city. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Vysehrad (Prague 2)

Vysehrad, Prague

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Vysehrad

You know you are in Vysehrad or approaching the neighborhood the moment you spot the iconic twin Gothic Spires of The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the alleged birthplace of Prague. The seat of the first bohemian king, Vysehrad held its place in the city’s royal circle after the Royals moved to the Prague Castle. In fact, King Charles IV declared it customary for every Bohemian King to visit Vysehrad the day before his coronation. Perched atop a cliff above the mystical Vltava River, the neighborhood is as serene as it is other-worldly. Vysehrad Fortress, founded in the latter half of the 10th century, is home to the Roman rotunda of St. Martin. Built in the 11th century, it is the oldest surviving structure in the city of Prague. With its ancient architecture and beautifully-manicured green spaces, the area is perfect for a relaxing Sunday picnic brunch.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Kovarovic Villa, Vyšehrad National Cultural Monument, and Cihelná brána

Hotel Recommendations:

  • U Semika – This charming family-run hotel is located right beneath Vyšehrad Castle and offers well-furnished guest rooms with facilities such as satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. Guests staying at the property enjoy a 20% discount on their food and beverage order at the on-site restaurant that specializes in Czech and international cuisine. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • King Charles Boutique Residence – Situated at the foot of Vysehrad Castle Hill, King Charles Boutique Residence offers well-decorated guest rooms with antique furniture and marble bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. A complimentary buffet breakfast is served daily. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Vyšehrad Castle Suite – Within 10 minutes’ walking distance from Prague Congress Center, Vysehrad Castle Suites offers spacious, luxurious guest rooms at a historic building located below the Vysehrad Castle. The studios and apartment units at the property come with a fully-equipped kitchenette, free Wi-Fi, and private bathroom. Great for all kinds of travelers, including big groups of up to six members.

Žižkov (Prague 3)

Žižkov, Prague

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Žižkov

A popular residential neighborhood, Žižkov sits in the heart of Prague and is extremely famous for its nightlife culture. Dotted with tourist sights, delightful restaurants and vibrant bars, the neighborhood was once a separate city and a historic working-class district often looked down upon by the rest of the community. Still nicknamed as the “free republic of Žižkov,” the area is now one of the trendiest up and coming neighborhoods in Prague. Constructed between 1985 and 1992, the Žižkov Television Tower, at 216 meters, is the tallest structure in the city. Once highly resented by the locals for destroying a section of the Old Jewish Cemetery, the structure rose to its current fame after Czech artist David Cerny installed a unique art piece featuring 10 bronze babies with air-conditioning vents for faces crawling up the tower in 2000.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
National Memorial on Vitkov Hill, Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, The Zizkov Television Tower, and Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Three Crowns Hotel – Set within an Art Nouveau style building, Three Crowns Hotel offers spacious, well-decorated guest rooms with the latest facilities such as flat-screen TV with satellite channels, telephone, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Guests traveling in their private vehicles can make use of the underground parking facility. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Congress & Wellness Hotel Olsanka – Featuring a massive sports center with a pool, badminton courts, tennis courts, a well-equipped fitness center, and a hair studio, Three Crowns Hotel offers modern guest rooms in the peaceful neighborhood of Žižkov. The pet-friendly hotel also offers aqua aerobics lessons and a spa and wellness center. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • Hotel Columbo – All rooms at Hotel Columbo sport classy wooden furniture, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a minibar, and private bathrooms with bathtub/shower. Selected rooms at the hotel offer special facilities for guests with disabilities. Guests can enjoy a game of chess or a card game at the property. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Smíchov (Prague 5)

Smíchov, Prague

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Smíchov

Known for its breweries, industrial architecture, and shopping and entertainment venues, Smíchov is nestled along the west bank of Vltava River. Among the many famous museums and exhibitions in Prague, the National Museum’s Musaion Ethnographic Exhibition located in the lush green surroundings of Kinsky Garden is dedicated to the old regional culture of the country; mainly village farming, housing, and folk crafts. A perfect place to learn about the colorful folk art culture of Czech Republic, the space also features a library and reading room with outdoor seating (in summer months). Another famous example of modern architecture in the area is the Angel building. A contemporary architectural jewel designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, the building features an etched angel inspired by Wings of Desire, a Wim Wender’s movie.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Musaion Ethnographic Exhibition, Kinský Gardens, Staropramen Brewery, and MeetFactory

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Hotel General – A couple of minutes walking distance from the beach, Hotel General is an exclusive 5-star holiday property set within an 1890 historic building. Set along the dazzling riverside, the hotel offers its guests a welcome drink on arrival, and boasts elegantly-designed, lavish guest rooms with state-of-the-art facilities. The on-site bar serves a fine selection of wines as well as authentic Czech beer. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Wellness & SPA boutique Hotel pod lipkami Prague – With a world-class spa and wellness center, a 24-hour front desk, a well-manicured garden, and free on-site parking, this magnificent hotel offers accommodation in a historical building that dates back to 1924. Guest rooms are equipped with up-to-date facilities such as satellite TV with pay-per-view channels, laptop safe, tea/coffee maker, and private bathroom. Perfect for all kinds of travelers.
  • Akcent hotel – Located within a 1930s office building, Akcent Hotel features functionally stylish accommodation right at the Anděl metro station and offers wonderful views of the city. Featuring an on-site restaurant, bar and 24-hour front desk, the property is very close to several shopping and entertainment venues in the neighborhood. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Holešovice & Letná (Prague 7)

Holešovice

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Holešovice

Located in the north of the city, this former industrial district is now considered to be the art gallery center of Prague. Set along the Vltava River, the neighborhood is home to many notable Prague attractions; cafes and restaurants; outdoor marketplaces; nightlife spots; and the largest green space in the city, Stromovka Park. Showcasing a totally different side of the alluring city of Prague, the neighborhood also comprises several designer stores and upscale boutiques. Nádraží Holešovice is the second largest train station in the city. Veletrzni Palace, a part of Prague’s National Gallery, was once used for trade fairs and was home to several international establishments until a devastating fire destroyed this massive structure in 1974. A restoration in 1995 gave the building its new identity and it has been the center for Modern and Contemporary art displays ever since. Remarkable displays at the museum include the works of Rodin, Van Gogh, Warhol, and Picasso.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
Industrial Palace, Lapidary of the National Museum, Dox Center for Contemporary Art

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Love to Live Apartments – A couple of kilometers’ distance from the Old Town and the iconic Charles Bridge, Love to Live Apartments provides well-furnished units with facilities such as soundproofing, flat-screen TV with pay-per-view channels, tea/coffee maker, and a fully-equipped kitchenette. Most rooms also come with a balcony that overlooks the city. Great for couples, families, and big groups of up to 14 people.
  • Luxury Apartment Letna – Offering free Wi-Fi throughout the property, an on-site bar and restaurant, and private parking, Luxury Apartments Letna provides wonderfully-designed apartments within a short distance of several important Prague attractions. This pet-friendly hotel also features a playground. Suitable for all kinds of travelers.
  • Residence Hermanova – All apartment units at Residence Hermanova come with a satellite TV, kitchen, washing machine, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms with free toiletries. Additionally, all units at the property feature a mesmerizing view of the magical city. Great for all kinds of travelers.

Karlín (Prague 8)

Karlín, Prague

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Karlín

An independent town until 1922, Karlín is where you can experience the truly local lifestyle of Prague. A great community atmosphere with many amazing places to eat and drink, this neighborhood has transformed itself dramatically in the past decade. The only Prague district with a grid-layout, Karlín sits between the Vltava River and the Vitkov Hill. If you are an art lover, Karlín Studios, set within a former factory hall, offers 17 individual studios showcasing collections and artworks from many local and international contemporary artists. Karlín Farmers’ Market, operating every Saturday morning throughout the year except during winter, is one of the earliest and most popular farmers’ markets in Prague.

Good for: All kinds of travelers.
Other Highlights:
National Monument on Vítkov, St Cyril and Methodius Church, The Army Museum Žižkov, Karlín Musical Theatre, Museum of Communism, and Jerusalem Synagogue

Hotel Recommendations:

  • Adeba Hotel – Boasting a rejuvenating spa and wellness center with a sauna and hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and on-site parking, Adeba Hotel is only five minutes’ walk from Florenc Metro Station. The property offers well-equipped guest rooms with several facilities such as satellite TV, refrigerator, and private bathroom. A complimentary breakfast is served daily. Great for all kinds of travelers, including big groups of up to six members.
  • Jurys Inn Prague – Situated across from the Florenc Metro Station, Jurys Inn Prague boasts a range of expansive and stylishly-designed guest rooms, a fully-equipped fitness center, free Wi-Fi, and bike rental services. Guests can enjoy their meals at the on-site restaurant and keep themselves energized at the all-day coffee bar. The helpful 24-hour front desk can assist in booking airport shuttles. Great for all kinds of travelers.
  • Hilton Prague Hotel – A stone’s throw away from some of the most famous attractions in the city, including the Palladium shopping mall, Hilton Prague Hotel features bright and spacious guest rooms with avant-garde facilities. Guests can enjoy a fine-dining experience at the on-site restaurant and a glass of wine at the award-winning Cloud 9 Sky Bar. There is also a cutting-edge fitness center and a spa and wellness center at the property. Perfect for all kinds of luxury travelers.
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Where to Stay in Prague – Neighborhoods & Area Guide:

Prague Old Town

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  • Prague Lesser Town: Josef Hanus / shutterstock
  • Vinohrady, Prague: Josef Hanus / shutterstock
  • Vysehrad: Vladimir Sazonov / shutterstock
  • Žižkov: alanisko / shutterstock
  • Smíchov: josefkubes / shutterstock
  • Holešovice: Papuchalka - kaelaimages / shutterstock
  • Karlín: Kristyna Henkeova / shutterstock