Prague: The Old Town Vs. The New

Prague: The Old Town Vs. The New

If you’re searching for a city break like no other this year, look no further than this historic capital of the Czech Republic – Prague!

Offering two amazing towns, each spectacular in their own right, there’s so much to see and do here it’s hard to know where to begin.

Not only does Prague offer sometime for the entire family, but it’s also a great place to dwell in the romance of the city with a loved one for a day or two.

Surrounded by European heavyweights, Prague’s cuisine has been influenced throughout the years, and there’s a great selection of dishes to try too.

Let’s take a look at the top attractions of the Old Town and the new, and see if you can be persuaded to book your ticket to Prague this year!

Old Town

Prague’s Old Town Square is one of the oldest places in Europe, and dates back over 700 years.

Not only are you taken on a journey of historical discovery just by walking through the square, but the view that surrounds you is something to be savoured and cherished.

The Old Town Square is around 5 minutes’ walk from its New Town counterpart – Wenceslas Square.

With its magnificent churches, stunning cathedrals and beautiful architecture all around, it’s hard not to feel humbled here.

The Old Town started out life as the city’s central marketplace back in the 12th century, and even since it has been the focal point of tradition in Prague.

Get onto Cheapflights, book tickets to Prague and join the thousands of tourists every day that visit the Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque buildings that house cafés and restaurants and the perfect places to sit and watch the world go by.

New Town

Founded by Charles IV in 1348, the New Town isn’t really new at all – it’s just newer than the Old Town!

This part of Prague also offers an array of historical monuments that seamlessly combine with the luxury shops and restaurants for the ultimate city-break experience.

New Town has taken shape over the years with waves of modern development, however the traditional essence of the area remains whole intact.

New Town is a lot bigger than the Old Town, in fact it wraps around it in some places, like the banks of the River Vltava.

Combined with the Castle District and the Lesser Town, these four areas make up the whole of the city.

If it is your first time in Prague, then the New Town is the best place to stay.

The Old Town is only a few minutes’ walk away, so you’ll be able to get your fill of Prague’s history, and all the modern elements of the city are right on your doorstep too!

Be sure to take the tram to the Castle District, as the views from the top of the hill are spectacular.

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8 Responses to Prague: The Old Town Vs. The New

  1. Seattle Dredge September 16, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I definitely prefer old town, but agree that it’s good to stay in new town and make the journey over to explore. Love Prague!

  2. Rebecca September 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    great insight to such an amazing up and coming city

  3. Arianwen September 17, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    All this ‘old town/new town’ talk reminds me of Edinburgh! I really want to visit Prague. Seems like all my friends have been heading there lately and I’m the unfashionable one!

  4. emi September 17, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    oh i adore prague. my brother lived there and this post just made me want to go back!!

    looks like we’re kindred travel lovers! can’t wait to follow your blog! XO
    welltraveledwife.com

  5. John September 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    It’s har d t choose between Old Town and New Town as both seem very interesting.
    After reading your post, I look forward to meet Prague

  6. OCDemon September 18, 2013 at 1:46 am #

    I keep thinking the hot air balloon is going to pop on one of the spiky towers.

  7. Heather September 22, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    I love that the “new town” is still several hundred years older than America!

  8. micheal September 25, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    I really loved prague when i visited it 2 years back. It is beautiful and calm. I must say that you have a mind-blowing blog here and some great pictures and videos too!