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The New Town of Prague (Czech: Nové Město) is in the east bank area to the east and south of the Old Town. A large part of New Town that borders Old Town from east (Republic Square lies on the border) and south belongs to Praha 1 district. This area contains Wenceslas Square, the main boulevard in Prague, and the National Theatre.

Get in

The New Town is well served by all three Metro lines. The following stations are in New Town or on its border:

  • Line A (green): Můstek (lower and middle Wenceslas Square) and Muzeum (upper Wenceslas Square).
  • Line B (yellow): Florenc (Praha 8 area, Prague City Museum), Náměstí republiky (Republic Square), Můstek (lower Wenceslas Square), Národní třída (close to National Avenue, National Theater), and Karlovo náměstí (Charles Square, Palackého Square, close to the Dancing House and the university area).
  • Line C (red): Florenc (Praha 8 area, Prague City Museum), Hlavní nádraží (Main railway station, on border with Vinohrady), Muzeum (upper Wenceslas Square), and I. P. Pavlova (on border with Vinohrady).

The New Town is also accessible by many tram lines. The tram network is much denser than the metro network and can be useful to get around within New Town if you do not want to go on foot. A notable tram is line number 17, going along the river and connecting New Town (Palackého nám. near Charles Sq., National Theatre) with Old Town (Staroměstská, Právnická fakulta). Line 22 connects the New Town with Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and other tourist hotspots.

After midnight, when the metro is not operating, use night trams to get in or out of New Town. Lazarská street, just north of Charles Sq., functions as the central hub for all night trams in Prague. Many night tram lines cross Wenceslas Square in the middle (Vodičkova). There are also several night bus lines connecting I. P. Pavlova Sq. with other parts of the city. Another important station of night buses is Republic Sq. (Náměstí republiky).

See

The Dancing House
Statue of St.Wenceslas
  • Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí). Václavské náměstí is a wide boulevard running down from the National Museum and it's crammed with bars, restaurants and casinos. It's truly the heart of central Prague. All three metro lines cross there: line A and C cross at "Muzeum" station (upper part of boulevard next to National Museum), while lines A and B cross at "Můstek" station (middle to lower part of boulevard). Wenceslas Square and the surrounding area was an important place of demonstrations during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. There is a big statue of St. Wenceslas riding his horse in the upper part of the boulevard. St. Wenceslas is the patron of Czech lands, so this monument was the focal point of the anticommunist demonstrations. Just few dozen meters down from the monument, at the place where Jan Palach burned himself in 1969 in protest against Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, there is a marble plate in memory of the victims of communism. The St. Wenceslas statue is also a popular meeting point; if somebody in Prague wants to meet u koně (near the horse) or pod ocasem (under the horse tail), this place is meant. A notable building is the beautiful Hotel Evropa in Art Nouevau style (1906) in the middle of the boulevard.
  • National Museum (Národní muzeum) is a huge nature and history museum in the upper part of Wenceslas Square. The building was designed by prominent Czech neo-rennaisance architect Josef Schulz in the years 1885 - 1891. In the older museum, there is an excellent permanent exhibition of various minerals including gems, as well as other interesting exhibitions including insects, fossils, animal skeletons, and stuffed animals from around the world. However, some of the information may be outdated, and the diagrams are not well done. One of the best known pieces is a large whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, quite unusual in a landlocked country. The building itself is enormous and the architecture very grand, but the exhibitions in themselves need to be fixed up. The newer museum has exhibitions on Communism. Entry to the old museum is 150 Kč, new museum is 80 Kč.
  • The Dancing House (Tančící dům, officially the Rasin Building), Rasínovo nábr 80, Praha 1. The Rasin Building is the work of the twentieth century architect Frank Gehry, and is said to be shaped like a man and a woman dancing; hence its former name "Fred and Ginger".
  • Botanical Garden of the Charles University (Botanická zahrada), Na Slupi 16, 128 00 Praha 2 (tram 18, 24 Botanická zahrada), +420 22491 8970, [1]. 10-17. Botanical garden of the Charles University with valuable outdoor exhibition and a collection of tropical plants in greenhouses. 50 Kč.
  • Museum of Communism (Muzeum komunismu), Na Příkopě 10, Prague 1 (next to McDonalds), [2]. 9AM-9PM. An interesting museum focusing on the communist era in Czechoslovakia between 1948 and 1989. 180 Kč.

Do

  • Walk around the Wenceslas Square in the evening.
  • Sit and relax amongst the greenery in the Botanical garden of the Charles University.

Buy

Wenceslas Square is one of the best places in Prague to buy books. There are two big multilevel bookstores. One is Palác Luxor, Václavské náměstí 41, it has great selection of foreign language books, including English, on the first underground floor.

Eat

U Fleku
  • Cervena Tabulka (Red Tablet), Lodecka 4, Prague 1 New Town, Tel. +420 224 810 401. Quirky restaurant serving wide selection of Czech nouvelle cuisine along with decent service, great wine selection and an overall fun atmosphere.
  • Fresco Vento, Rašínovo nábřeží 62, Praha 2 (Metro: Karlovo náměstí), +420 224 922 887 (), [3]. 10AM-midnight Weekdays. 11AM-midnight Weekends. Italian
  • Jáma, V Jámě 7, Praha 1, +420 224 222 383, [4]. 11AM-1AM. Good place for burgers, close to Wenceslas Square. Free wi-fi.
  • Kolkovna, V Kolkovně 8, Prague 1, +420 224 819 701 (, fax: +420 224 819 700). Offers a combination of the tradition and uniqueness of the Pilsner Urquell brand and traditional Czech cuisine fused with modern gastronomy (French, German and International influences).
  • Restaurant Zvonice, Jindřišská věž, Jindřišská ulice, Praha 1, tel +420 224 220 009, fax. +420 224 220 028, zvonice@jindrisskavez.cz, [5]. This romantic restaurant is spread over three levels high up in a Gothic bell tower. If you're lucky, you will get to eat dinner immediately beneath a huge bell. Mains approximately 600Kč, bottles of wine 800Kč to 7000Kč.
  • U Fleků, Křemencova 11, +420.224 934 019 (, fax: +420 224 934 805), [6]. You will have an unbelievable traditional Czech experience at this restaurant. The price may be a bit high compared to other restaurants, but this includes a copious amount of alcohol. Local specialty drink is Flekovská třináctka - traditional house-brewed dark beer. Being brewed since 1499, it's actually older than many historical places in Prague. When compared to other Czech beers, it is rather costly, but it's a must for any serious beer fan. 560 CZK per person (roughly €20).
  • Uterus, Lípová 4 (at the corner of Katařinská), Praha 2, tel +420 224 914 685. M-F 9AM-11PM. Sa 11AM-10PM. Su 11AM-11PM. Don't be afraid of the gambling machine, the smoke, or the alcoholic in the corner - this pub serves up a wide selection of surprisingly good and very cheap food. And unlike most other restaurants in the city center, they don't try to rip you off. A favourite restaurant of students from the nearby Faculty of Science. Menus printed in Czech only. Meal approximately 80-100Kč, beer under 20Kč.

Drink

  • Beer Factory, Václavské námesti 58, Praha 1, +420 736 630 868. 9AM-4AM. Novelty pub where you can pour your own beer from the centre of the table. As well as live sport, the giant tv screens show graphics ranking the 15 tables by beer poured. When all of the tables are occupied, the barstaff can get you beers or cocktails from the bar. Food is also available. Pilsner 45Kč.
  • Duplex, Vaclavske Nam 21, Praha 1, +420 224 232 319 (), [7]. Situated in Wenceslas Square, this club pays $5000 rent per day, and consequently charges an outrageous cover fee to teenage tourists who still think that Prague is the "wild" place it once was in the early 1990's. This club does a good job of keeping the more pleasant clubs in Prague free from tourists who come for Prague's more disreputable aspects.
  • Lucerna Music Bar, Vodičkova 36, Praha 1. Nice, but a little touristy; they play mostly 80s music (with the accompanying music video on the big screen).
  • Nebe, Křemencova 10, Praha 1, +420 224 930 343, [8]. .Fun and popular club for expats in the heart of Prague. It is easiest to reach by taking trams 3, 9, 14, 24, or metro line B to the stop "Národní Třída." There is a dance floor, and on Thursdays, stop by for their popular "Indie Music Night." Beer costs approximately 60 Kč, and cocktails 125 Kč & up..
  • N11 Music Club and Lounge, Národní 11, Praha 1, +420 222 075 705 (), [9]. Tu-Th 8PM-4AM, Fr-Sa 7PM-5AM, Su 8PM-4AM. This club is named after the infamous "Nine Eleven". Run by natives of the USA, it is a well-run club whose rules are very strict. Cocktails 80Kč-150Kč, beer 35Kč-90Kč.
  • RedRoom, Myslíkova 28, Praha 2, +420 222 520 084 (), [10]. Small bar close to Lazarska, in which you can always find a mix of expats & locals. Live music venue for acoustic acts. Open late. Gambrinus 35Kč, Pilsner 45Kč.
  • Reduta Jazz Club, Národní 20, Praha 1, [11]. Reduta is a popular venue with a distinguished history - Bill Clinton visited here on his first trip to post-Communist Prague. Live Jazz every night from 9.30. Advance bookings from 3PM.
  • Sky Music Bar, Spálená 47, Praha 1 (opposite Národní třída tram stop), +420 774 982 445, [12]. Daily 5PM-5AM. Loud bar pumping dance music onto the street. Not much room for dancing. Popular with tourists. Staropramen 33Kč.
  • Sports Bar Golden Star (Sportbar Zlatá Hvězda), Ve Smečkách 12, Praha 1, +420 296 222 292 (), [14]. Watch a big variety of sports on big screens, very close to Wenceslas Square.
  • U Fleků, Křemencova 11, Praha 1, +420 602 660 290, [15]. Daily 9AM-11PM. A restaurant that brews their own fantastic dark, sweet beer. It is the color of Coca-Cola with an alcohol content of 5.5%ABV, but its flavor is not overly strong. The servers will suggest a shot of local herb liquer Becherovka, but it won't be free. The atmosphere of this pub gets very rowdy as it is loaded with tourists from all over and bands play regularly. It's a lot of fun with a group. U Fleků 13°lager 30Kč for 200ml and spirits around 79Kč..
  • Atlas Cabaret, Darling Cabaret, Hot Peppers, Club Empire etc. around Wenceslas Square. The area around Wenceslas Square is popular with British stag groups, and there are numerous strip clubs on offer. Groups of young foreign men will be approached in the street by touts offering cheap drinks and women, and they will even trail you from pub to pub if it's a slow night and you haven't take them up on their offers. The strippers are full contact with touching allowed, while the girls in Atlas, Darlings and Empire offer full sex.
  • Vinarna U Sudu, Vodičkova 677/10, [16]. An incredible wine bar that doesn't look like much from the front...but if you look inside and go in the way back you'll find a huge underground maze of different areas each with their own unique music and vibe. Also conveniently nearby is the crossing point for all night trams.


Sleep

  • Best Prague Hotel House, Wenceslav Square 48, Praha 1, tel. +420.777 664 663, office@bestprague.com [17]. Best Prague has an ideal location, looking over the square and only minutes on foot from most of Prague's main sights. They have apartments the can sleep up to four people with living room, bathroom and kitchen from 2450Kč per night. Higher rates apply during peak season and for more than 2 guests.
  • Hostel Advantage, Sokolska 11, 120 00 Prague 2, tel. ++420 224 914 062 , fax. +420 224 914 067 , advantage@jsc.cz [18]. Nice hostel with friendly staff. Free access to internet, sheets, towels and breakfast are all inclusive. Price for dormitory 300-450CZK per person, Single room 500-600CZK, Double rooms 400-675CZK.
  • Hotel Atlantic, Tel: +420 225 388 255 [19]. A 3 star hotel located in the City Center on walking distance from all major historical sites. It offers 62 spacious, comfortable rooms, of which 3 have access for disabled people. Rooms are fitted with shower, WC, satellite TV, direct-dial (IDD) telephone, wifi internet access free of charge and safety deposit box.
  • Hotel Best Western Meteor Plaza, Tel: +420 224 192 559 [20]. A 4 star hotel located in the City Center on walking distance from all major historical sites. It offers 73 air-conditioned rooms which are all furnished. Amenities include shower and/or bath, WC, hair dryer, satellite/pay TV, wireless high- speed internet access free of charge, IDD telephone, personal safe, coffee/tea maker and mini-bar.
  • Dahlia Inn (info@dahliainn.com), Lipova 20, Praha 2, +420 776 686 719, [21]. checkin: 1PM; checkout: 11AM. Family-run accommodation. From €39.
  • Jeruzalemska apartments, 10 Jeruzalémská street (office address: Africká 16/616, 160 00 Praha 6), tel. +420.602 210 716, fax. +420.602 673 858, dasha@accommodation-dasha.cz [22]. Prices for these apartments for two people range from €65 (Christmas, Easter and August), €55 (April - July, September - October), €45 (other) per night for a single room in a shared apartment to €150 (Christmas, Easter and August), €130 (April - July, September - October) and €110 (other) for a large apartment. Broadband internet is available in some of the private apartments for €4 per day.
  • Palace Hotel, Panská 12, +420 224 093 111 (), [23]. Luxury five-star hotel just off Wenceslas Square. expect to pay €370 per room.
  • Prague's Heart, (1 minute from Wenceslas Square), +420 775 113 450, [24]. Luxury Art Nouveau apartment, reasonable rate, wi-fi, car parking.
  • Sokolska Hostel, Sokolska 52 (Metro C, I.P. Pavlova), +420.296189610, [25]. Located in Nove Mesto, 10 minutes tram ride from the center, this homely hostel has 6, 8 and 12-bed dorms as well as private rooms. The atmosphere is cozy and friendly, the communal space is not huge but the advantage of this is that you meet lots of new people. Free tea, coffee and internet access, as well as clean linen is provided. Parking is available for a small extra fee.
  • 987 Prague Hotel [26]. Senovazne namesti, 15 Prague 1. Tel: +420 255 737 200, call free: skype: hotel987prague1. Just for €1 more get free phone calls to Europe. Free internet.




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