The North of Prague consists of the numbered districts Praha 7, Praha 8 and Praha 9.
From all the parts of Prague outside of the historic center, Prague 7 (Praha 7) is probably the most interesting for a traveler. It played an important role in the history of the city (for example, it was the location of the world's largest statue of Stalin), it boasts several attractions (including a world-class zoo and several galleries and museums), it has nice parks and last but not least, you can find there many good pubs and bars (targeted at locals, not tourists). The area described in this article is the old "large" Prague 7 district (these old districts are still marked on the street signs) which can be divided to two main parts (or new, "small" districts):
- Praha 7 (proper) - the large river peninsula just north of the city center (Old and New Town) including some nearby river islands. The western part of the peninsula adjoins with Prague 6 (Dejvice). The eastern part is a former industrial area with many worker's apartment houses, damaged in great flood of 2002 and with some new construction recently.
- Praha Troja - the area across the river, north of the Praha 7 peninsula. It is the place of the Prague zoological and botanical gardens, Troja Castle, vineyards and residental houses.
Praha 8 is an old district in Prague.
Praha 9 is an old district in Prague.
There are two metro stations in the former industrial eastern part of the Praha 7 peninsula - Nádraží Holešovice and Vltavská (both line C, red). The station Hradčanská (line A, green) is outside Praha 7, but is just west of the western part of the Praha 7 peninsula. There are tram stations just next to all the subway stations.
Northern areas of Prague are accessible by Metro line B, station Palmovka (Praha 8, southern part of Libeň quarter), or by Metro line C, station Nádraží Holešovice (Praha 7, quarter Holešovice, transit to Pendolino trains), Kobylisy or Ládví (Praha 8, quarter Ďáblice - nearly northernmost part of Prague).
There are many tram lines connecting all parts of Praha 7 with other part of the city. However until late 2009 there are many disruptions due to construction - for example no trams go west of Sparta. Check stations for information.
If you want to take a tram, your best bet is line 24, which goes from the city center all the way to the north, stopping both at Palmovka and at Ládví, or lines 5, 12 and 15, which stop at Nádraží Holešovice.
- Zoo Praha, U Trojského zámku 3/120 (Metro C to Nádraží Holešovice and then bus 112 to station Zoologická zahrada), . . One of most famous zoos in Europe. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses about 4,600 animals that represent 630 species from around the world. edit
Praha 7 proper (the peninsula)
- Veletržní palác. Modern art exhibition of Prague Gallery. edit
- Výstavište. edit
- Stromovka. Stromovka (place of trees) Park is the largest of its kind in the city of Prague. The history of Stromovka dates back to 1268, when Premysl Otakar II used Stromovka as the royal hunting grounds. The park was open to the public in 1804, after Czech nobles saved the grounds from complete demolishment from the reign of Maria Theresa who ordered everything cut and burned. The park is no longer full of deer to hunt; the park now features paths for inline skating, romantic ponds, large meadows, a few cafes, and even horse stables. Stromovka is the perfect place to take a Sunday afternoon stroll with your family and friends. edit
- Letná Park (Letenské sady). The Letná Park is on a high plateau just north of and above the city center. Therefore, it was the place where the massive Stalin's Monument, overlooking the city, was unveiled in 1955. It was the world's largest representation of Stalin, featuring the Soviet leader in front of a line of workers - it was nicknamed "Fronta na maso" or "Meat Queue" by locals, as this was a time when such queues were a daily part of life in the city. In the 1962, the monument was demolished and the place were vacant till the end of the communist era. After the Velvet Revolution, a giant, functional Prague Metronome was built on the spot. edit
Praha - Troja
Three of the main attractions of Prague - Troja (the zoo, the botanical garden, and the castle) are close to each other and make a great opportunity for a day trip. To save entrance costs, buy Trojská karta (Troy Card). It is valid from 2009/1/4 to 2009/30/9 and you can visit each attraction once during this period. The price is 250 Kč for adults, 130 Kč for children and 650 Kč for families (two adults and two children). It also offers free entry to some bonus actions by these attractions. You can buy the Troy Card at ticket offices of these attractions or in the ticket office of Pražská paroplavební (Prague steamship company). The fastest way to get to Troja is to take subway to station Nádraží Holešovice (line C, red, you can get there also by several tram or bus lines) and from there continue with bus 112 or the dedicated free ZOO bus (on weekends in the season) to the station Zoo Praha. This station is just between the zoo and castle, to get to the botanical garden, follow the marked way uphill (5-10 minutes). Alternatively, from May to October, you can take a steamboat from the city center (Rašínovo nábřeží). If you happen to be in the peninsula area of Praha 7, especially around the Royal Game Preserve or Výstaviště, it can be a nice walk or a bike ride.
- Prague Zoo (Zoo Praha), U Trojského zámku 3/120, . Founded in 1931, it is well known for its significant contribution to saving many species, most notably the Przewalski horse. In 2008 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO as the 7th best in the world. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses over 5000 animals that represent 674 species from all around the world (as of December 31, 2008). There is also a chairlift in the zoo. edit
- Prague Botanical Garden (Botanická zahrada Praha), . Open air exhibitions including historical vineyard of St. Claire and Japanese garden. Tropical greenhouse Fata morgana. Each year in spring an exhibition of living butterflies. edit
- Troya Castle (Trojský zámeček). Baroque chateau with garden and art exhibitions. edit
- DOX - Center of Contemporary Art, Poupětova 1, . is an independent initiative whose mission is to present contemporary art in the context of issues that shape and are shaped by today‘s world. edit
- Multikino Ládví, Burešova 4, Praha 8 (Metro Ládví), ☎ +420 286 587 027, . Small cinema complex in Prague 8, possibly the cheapest in the city. They have 6 screens. Movies for 89Kč every Tuesday. edit
- Holešovice Market (Holešovická tržnice). Large area market area with many shops and kiosks with goods of varying quality. It may be useful to haggle with the Vietnamese venders. edit
- Letňany Shopping Centre (OC Letňany), Veselská 663, Praha 9 (Metro C: Letňany then free bus), . Huge shopping centre north of the city. edit
There are many pubs and bars in the area of the peninsula west of the "Bubenská" street, especially around "Dukelských Hrdinů" and "Milady Horákové" streets (and "Letenské náměstí" square). Or, to say in other words, between the Royal Game Preserve and the Letna park.
- Cross club (Klub Cross), Plynární 23, ☎ (+420) 736 535 053, . Amazing industrial venue, beautifully decorated with sculptures and constructions made of scrap metal, engine parts, glass and electric gadgets. You can stop there just for a beer and to admire the industrial design, or attend some of the actions, which include concerts, theater, cinema, travel talks, and more. edit
- Misch Masch, Veletržní 61, Praha 7 (Tram stop Letenské náměstí (trams 1,8,15,25,26)), ☎ +420 603 272 227, . W-Sa 8PM-6AM. All the posers flock to this 'black music lounge' in the Holešovice district. There are three rooms, the main one featuring house music and a good-sized dancefloor for late-night parties. edit
- Kamikaze, Ostrov Štvanice 1125, Praha 7 (walk from tram stop Těšnov (3, 5) or Florenc (8, 24, Metro B, C)), ☎ +420 242 498 353, . F, Sat 9PM-5AM. W 9PM-4AM. All-inclusive club where entry is the only cost. Men 350; Women 250. edit
- Pivovarský Klub, Křižíkova 272/17, Karlín, Prague 8 (Metro B or C to Florenc), ☎ 222 315 777, . Inviting pub with 6 beers on tap and over 240 bottles available. Traditional Czech food will not leave you wanting. edit
- Hotel Belvedere, Milady Horákové 19, Praha 7, ☎ +420 220 106 111, . Near the Svatý Antonin church and the Vltava river. edit
- Plus Prague, Přívozní 1, Praha 7 (Tram 5, 12, 15 Ortenovo Námestí), ☎ +420 246 052 409, . Friendly hostel with regular events. edit
- Sir Toby's Hostel, Delnicka 24, Praha 7 (Metro C, Vltavska), ☎ +420 283 870 635, . Bohemian style hostel experience filled with Czech antiques. Communal hostel where it's easy to meet other travelers. They show Czech films with English subtitles, have regular Czech beer tasting and sometimes local musicians come to play. Also very clean. Not right in the center but 10 minutes away or so by tram. edit
- Hilton Prague, Pobrezni 1, Praha 8, tel. +420.224 841 111, fax. +420.224 842 378, . Large modern hotel right on the bank of the Vltava close to the Old Town. Double rooms range from €155 per night for a simple guest room to €215 for an executive suite.
- Hotel Fortuna Luna**, Praha 8 (From the new nearby Střížkov metro station you reach the city centre in 10 minutes.), . Some of the nicely-appointed rooms offer scenic views over Prague. CTrade fair palace (Veletržní palác) and the Prague exhibition grounds (Výstaviště) in Holešovice and Letňany, are about 15 minutes away from the hotel. Room rates from 15 EUR/night with breakfast.. edit
- Clarion Congress Hotel Prague****, Freyova str., Prague 9 (metro line B at the Vysocanska station, just 10 minutes by metro from the centre), . Brand-new 4-star hotel connected to the Fenix shopping gallery and close to O2 Arena. 559 modernly and appealingly furnished standard and executive rooms. Wireless internet in public areas and wired internet in the rooms. Spa and fitness facilities are available in the building at an additional cost. Rooms from 65 EUR/night. edit