The Prague Karlin District is in the Prague 8 area and if you’re prepared to use public transport or don’t mind a 30 minute walk then you will find the area has a lot going for it.
Geographically Karlin starts by the railway bridge on the east side of the highway which divides Prague 1 from Prague 8. At it’s closest point i.e. the railway bridge, the Hotel Mucha, Pension Alice or the Jurys Inn you could walk to the Old Town Square in 20 minutes. At it’s furthest i.e. Urxova it would be more like 35 minutes.
Karlin has the river on one side and the Vitkov hill on the other and the whole touristic area covers just three long roads: Sokolovska (tram), Krizikova (tram and metro access) and Pernerova.
Note that the Krizikova tram stop is actually in Sokolovska and Krizikova is one road further over. The whole area is only slightly larger than Prague Old Town.
Chill At Kasarna Karlin
Visit this sprawling former military barracks for a concert, a movie. beach volleyball, ice skating or break dancing lessons – or just to hang out. The main concert hall and events center occupies a former steam engine factory from 1908.
Giant sculptures in the courtyard from artists like František Skála and the on-site Karlin Studios Gallery make this an essential stop for art lovers.
Have an Ice-Cream at Parlor
When in Prague, skip the usual lunch sandwich in favour of an ice cream sandwich from the Parlor café. With twelve flavours of ice cream, eight types of cookies, and eight different toppings, the combinations are endless.
In addition, Parlor serves savoury sandwiches and bagels for breakfast and lunch, coffee, wine, craft beers, and an exceptionally good gin and tonic. This extension of the menu comes as no surprise, seeing as the café’s laid-back atmosphere invites guests to stay longer than it takes for their ice cream to melt.