ABOUT PRAGUE

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GENERAL INFO

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, lies right in the heart of Europe. Prague has played an important role in the history of the Czech Republic and Europe. Since the Middle Ages, Prague has been recognized as one of the world's most beautiful cities. It has been called "golden," "the crown of the world" and "a stone dream." As a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic is part of the world's largest economy and Europe's gateway to the expanding economies to the east.

In 1992, the historical centre of Prague was listed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register. Prague was also one of nine cities awarded by the European Community the title of "European City of Culture" for the year 2000. For centuries, prominent personalities have paid homage to Prague. Mozart, Beethoven, Dostojevsky, Tchaikovsky and even the British Queen Elizabeth II and Pope John Paul II professed their appreciation of its beauty. The native town of Prague is reflected in the works of Jan Neruda, Jaroslav Hasek, Franz Kafka, Max Brod and Egon Erwin Kisch.

Prague represents a unique collection of historical monuments, museums and galleries dominated by the Prague Castle, which towers high above the city. It is a specimen of all artistic styles and movements. The historical core of the city is situated on both banks of the Vltava River, the longest Czech River. This area consists of six parts, all formerly independent urban units that were unified in the 18th century. Many picturesque areas are scattered along the Vltava River and its charming Certovka arm. The Charles Bridge and its beautiful panoramic view of the town are admired by hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

When choosing your new Prague apartment for rent or Prague apartment for sale, Prague commercial or retail space – learn more about Prague neighbourhoods.

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Prague is divided into 10 major parts

PRAGUE 1

Prague 1 consists mainly of 3 parts: Staré Město (Old Town), Malá Strana and Josefov. It´s truly an architectural treasure chest. If you are looking for something medieval, this is the place to be. You will be surrounded by history, museums, theaters, high-class restaurants and fashion boutiques. Everything is easily accesable by foot, though the center is very well connected by trams and 3 subway lines. Parking might be difficult to find and a permit is required.

Malá Strana located on the left river bank, with it´s unique architecture and antique cobblestone streets, unchanged for centuries, is home to lots of foreign embassies, gardens and best restaurants.

Old Town and Josefov located on the right river bank, still very much an international meeting and market place, are connected to Malá Strana by the famous Charles Bridge. You see, this is some of the most coveted real estate in town. In the old ghetto´s place arose fantastically-sculpted apartment buildings fronting bucolic tree lined streets. Pařížská ( street with the most elegent Prague apartments) , named for the city of Paris, is the quarter´s main thoroughfare and home to swanky shops This is the center of old style Prague apartments and great Prague commercial spaces.

Nové Město, in between Prague 1 and Prague 2, it´s mostly made up of offices and apartment buildings and home to some of the city´s best restaurants and shops. The famous shopping street Na Příkopě and Václavské náměstí is located in this area. Especially on Na Příkopě and Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) are very popular. Na Příkopě is one the most prestigious adresses for Prague commercial space and Prague retail space

PRAGUE 2

Vinohrady, conveniently connected with the city center by trams and subway system, not crowded by tourists, it is one of the most desirable residential neighborhoods. Vinohrady offers spacious apartments with high ceilings and thick walls. It is home to large parks, a number of good restaurants, cafes and pubs. Very popular residential area among expats, lovely renovated Prague apartments with high ceilings, great for your vacation too – lower prices for Prague short term apartments – only 10 minutes by tram to the Prague city center. Becoming very popular when choosing Prague commercial space – great transportation and lower prices than in the city center.

PRAGUE 3

Žižkov is the eastern neighbor of Vinohrady, popular for numerous parks, close proximity to the city center and lower rents, architecturaly similar to apartment buildings in Vinohrady. It´s home to number of typical czech pubs and restaurants and one of the most popular shopping mall – Flora shopping center and IMAX cinema. Lower rents for Prague apartments, pubs, restaurants, short proximity to the city center.

PRAGUE 4

It´s becoming a very popular office area with lots of newly built business centers. Many large international companies have chosen this area for their headquarters. This part is connected with the center by subway line C.

PRAGUE 5

Directly neighboring Malá Strana, located on the left river bank of the Vltava, it is becoming more and more popular in the past few years. It has been transformed into a desirable shopping and entertainment destination - two cinema multiplexes are located here. It is home to numerous restaurants and cafes as well as the very popular and very crowded shopping mall – Nový Smíchov. Great neighbourhood, consider when looking at Prague apartments for rent and Prague apartments for sale. Many Prague short term apartments are located here for Andel´s close proximity to the city center.

PRAGUE 6

Neighborhood situated behind Prague Castle is famous for international embassies, huge mansions, villas and lots of greenery. Well connected with the city center by subway line A and a number of trams. Popular for it´s easy connection to airport Ruzyně and international schools. Paradise for old style Prague houses, famous magnificant Prague villas, geenery, subway, quiet neighbourhood for your new Prague apartment for rent or Prague apartments for sale.

PRAGUE 7

Two largest Prague parks – Stromovka and Letná make this neighborhood very pleasant for families, sport maniacs and pet lovers. Holešovice is famous for it´s enormous market place (Holešovická tržnice). This part is only a few minutes by tram or subway line C from the city center. Troja is home to the ZOO and Botanical garden – popular weekend trips for families. Charming area to live – choose your Prague apartment close to Letna, only 10 minutes by tram to Prague city center.

PRAGUE 8

The most interesting part of Prague 8 is Karlín, located between Florenc and Křížikova subway stations (line B). Architecturaly similar to Vinohrady, this district is situated very close to the city centre, just minutes by subway or tram.

PRAGUE 9

The north-eastern outskirts, with cheaper rents and massive shopping centres.

PRAGUE 10

Very popular for it´s close proximity to the city center, fast tram connection, parks and lower rents – direct neighbor of Vinohrady – Vrsovice. The outskirts of Prague 10 ( Strašnice, Malešice etc.) consist mostly of family villas. Affordible Prague apartments with Vinohrady quality with lower rents.

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Transportation

The network of municipal buses, trams and subway (called METRO) has a wide and regular coverage. Prague integrated transport (PIT) consists of public transport services in Prague (Metro, trams, funicular to Petřín, city buses), suburban bus service (lines of series 300 and 400) and railway service (only 2nd class passenger and fast trains and selected express trains - specified in timetables of the Czech Railways) in Prague and suburban regions.

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