What are some hidden gems in Prague

Prague Old Town and New Town including the Jewish Town (right bank of the Vltava)

Prague old town

Founded in 1232, it was the first of Prague's 4 cities. Its ancient streets, which mainly weave around the Old Town Square, are full of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical houses, churches and theaters that give an impression of the huge outdoor architecture museum. At every full hour the apostles come to view in the astronomical clock, who have adorned the 600 hundred year old clock for 300 hundred years. The old town also houses the building of the oldest Central European university, the Karolinum, which today mainly serves as the seat of the board of directors of the Charles University.

It all takes a few steps around the Old Town Square and Central European history will be painted right before your eyes!

Jewish Quarter (Josefstadt)

The Jewish settlement in Prague had a very long tradition. The place in the old town was the third where the Jews lived in Prague and has developed since the middle of the 12th century. In the Middle Ages the Jewish town had a certain independence, which was a unique phenomenon!

In the 19th century, the overpopulation of Josefstadt, as the Jewish city was named in honor of the emperor, increased more and more. Bad hygienic conditions and hardship caused a forty percent mortality rate to prevail here. The rich Jews left and the poor Christians took their place. The former ghetto became a quarter of the poor and criminals. That is why the Assanation Act was issued in 1893. The entire Jewish city and part of the old town were demolished. In the place of the former 31 alleys and 2 squares, there are now 10 streets in the same room and instead of 288 houses only 83. Today these new houses and streets are among the most splendid in Prague.

Not everything from the former Jewish town was torn down. Luckily! And so you can still admire the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe (the Old-New Synagogue), the Old Jewish Cemetery, which shows a very unusual accumulation of tombstones and thus becomes a "stone garden", further the Pinkas Synagogue, the Maisel Synagogue, Klausen Synagogue and other buildings that are now the Jewish Museum in Prague. If you are interested in Jewish history, we offer you a special guided tour only through the former Jewish town with a visit to the objects of the Jewish Museum in Prague. - The Jewish Quarter - Josefstadt F├╝hrug.

Prague New Town

Founded in 1348 by Charles IV as a splendid building activity, for Charles IV the new town was "the new Jerusalem" and he financed most of the church buildings himself. Wenceslas Square, a well-known term in Prague, was the main axis of the New Town.

At the end of the 19th century, some quarters of the new town were demolished. On the banks of the Vltava, new communications arose in line with the spirit of a modern city. The importance of the New Town for the Czech national and economic life, which was symbolized by the construction of the National Museum, the National Theater, the stock exchange and department stores, grew more and more. Little by little, a modern commercial district emerged, in which memories of old times are also hidden.

The Neustadt can really surprise you. You will feel like you are in a city no older than 120 years. Around the corner you will find a hidden Gothic church, for example, which is from the time of Charles IV and clearly shows that the traces of history in the new town are almost 700 years old!

Prague walks - special offer

Book not only this walk (the full length, i.e. 4 hours), but also the one on the left bank of the Vltava (Prague Castle and Lesser Town) and you will get a 45-minute romantic boat trip under Charles Bridge and through Prague's Venice refreshments free! (This offer cannot be combined with other discounts and is only valid if your group consists of 1 or 2 people).

 

Tip to save money!

We recommend that you book our tailor-made walks in Prague rather than a guided tour in a vehicle, because most of the sights cannot be reached by car - they are often in pedestrian zones. It is always useful to use convenient and reliable public transport in Prague, or to take a taxi. That will always be cheaper than renting a whole car.

But if you do z. If, for example, you need a car tour for health reasons, ask us for an offer from Prague on four wheels!