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Are you planning to spend a couple of days in Prague and looking for little help with planning? Congratulations! You are in the right place. Here you will find answers to the most common questions: main attractions and useful tips, top things to do and places to visit in Prague, dishes to taste and beer to drink, information on how to use public transport and how to avoid scams.

Powder Gate

Powder Gate

Centuries ago, Mountain Gate from the 13th century stood on the site of Powder Gate. In 1348 the New Town was built around the Old Town. And there was no need to take good care of Old Town walls and gates as any conquering army would have to fight with the New Town first.

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Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock

King John of Bohemia allowed the Old Town to build a town hall in 1338. The house of Wolflin of Kamen from the end of the 13th century became a core of the new complex. It is the nearest house to the clock tower. Look at its beautifully decorated gothic portal! Soon the construction of the clock tower began. The city grew, and the councils needed more premises. They bought neighboring houses and built new ones.

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The History of Old Town

The History of Old Town

If we came to Prague a thousand years ago, we would find a vast market in places where today is the Old Town Square. It was located right on the way from Prague Castle to Vysehrad. People started to build the first houses on the roads connecting these two fortresses. By the 13th century, the settlement looked like a real city. The market expanded. The areas around it were built up more or less chaotically.

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Charles Square

Charles Square

When Charles IV founded the New City of Prague, he wanted the square, called the Cattle market at that time, to become the center of the new settlement.

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Hradcany

Hradcany

Hradcany is a unique Prague quarter. Just several streets, magnificent palaces near small fairy tale houses, sounds of Loreta carillon, monastery gardens

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Hradcany Square

Hradcany Square

A long time ago this square was surrounded by small houses of Hradcany residents. Perhaps it would have looked like this until now if a terrible fire had not happened in 1541.

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Loreta

Loreta

Loreta is one of the main pilgrimage sites in Prague. The name goes back to the Italian town Loretto. The legend says that after the Saracens' invasion to Palestine, angels took the Holy House (Santa Casa) first to Dalmatia and then to Loretto. It was the very same house where the Virgin Mary lived and where archangel Gabriel came to her and announced that she would be the mother of God.

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Novy Svet

Novy Svet

One of the most romantic Prague streets - Novy Svet - is located just a few steps from the crowded Loretanska Square. When you are here it is hard to believe that you are still in the capital city. A long time ago this place was a suburb of Hradcany town. After 1360 it was included in the town walls. Houses which we can see here today were built mostly in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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The History of New Town

The History of New Town

The New Town of Prague was founded in 1348 by King Charles IV. He bought plots of land in advance and resold them further on several conditions. Everyone who bought the land had to begin building a stone house within a month and had to finish the construction in no more than 18 months.

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Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square

Wenceslas Square is the heart of the city and a symbol of its recent history. The square is 750 meters long and 60 meters wide. It was initially called the Horse Market. The name Wenceslas began to be used only in 1848.

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