Prague New Town, founded in 1348 by Charles IV, was carefully planed an laid out around three large market-places: the Hay Market (Senovážné Square), the Cattle Market (Charles Square), and the Horse Market (Wenceslas Square). Twice as large as the Old Town, the area was mainly inhabited by tradesmen and craftsmen.
During the late 19th century, much of the New Town was demolished and completely redeveloped, giving it the appearance it has today.
Wenceslas Square Prague New Town
Wenceslas Square has seen many key events in recent Czech history. It was here that the student Jan Palach burnt himself to death in 1969, and in November 1989 a protest rally in the square against police brutality led to the Velvet Revolution and the overthrow of Communism. Wenceslas Square in Prague is a vibrant area of hotels, apartments, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
There are also banks and local and international shops. It is the entertainment and nightlife center of Prague, and the main shopping and commercial district begins here.
Wenceslas Square is one of the two main squares in Prague, so it's a popular place for visitors to stay (the Old Town Square is the other square). The square lies at the heart of the New Town. While there is plenty of history in this part of town for the visitor to immerse themselves in, it's also very easy to walk from here to any part of the city center.
Church of Our Lady of the Snows Prague
Kostel Panny Marie Snezne
The Church of Our Lady of the Snows was founded by Charles IV to mark his coronation in 1347. The name refers to a 4th-century miracle in Rome, when the Virgin Mary appeared to the pope in a dream telling him to build a church to her on the spot where snow fell in August.
Charles's church was to have been over 100 meters (330 feet) long, but was never completed.
|Address||Jungmannovo namesti 18, Prague|
|Telephone||+420 222 246 243|
The Dancing House
As you walk along the Rašínovo nábřeží quay, you won't necessarily be surprised by an unusual building: The Dancing House, conceived by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry in 1996.
This ultramodern building was designed to be static and dynamic, masculine and feminine alike. The architects were inspired by famous Hollywood musical comedy dancers Fred Astaire, for the stone tower (on the right), and his partner Ginger Rogers, for the glass tower (on the left).
While it doesn't really “move”, the house reproduces the shapes of a dancing couple, Fred holding Ginger by the waist, while she softly and gracefully curls up against him. The office building is also home to a restaurant, Ginger & Fred, as well as a contemporary art gallery aimed at promoting young artists.
On the top floor, the panoramic terrace offers a 360° view of the entire city, where you can admire its other architectural wonders: Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and the Petřín Hill.
|Address||Jiráskovo náměstí 6, Prague|
|Telephone||+420 732 675 202|
Mucha Museum Prague New Town
The 18th century Kaunicky Palace is home to the first museum dedicated to this Czech master of Art Nouveau. A selection of more than 100 exhibits include paintings and drawings, sculptures, photographs and personal memorabilia.
The central courtyard becomes a terrace for the cafe in the summer, and there's a museum shop offering gifts with Mucha motifs.
|Address||Panská 7, Prague|
|Telephone||+420 224 216 415|
|Metro stop||Můstek, Náměstí Republiky|
State Opera New Town Prague
The first theater built here, the New Town Theater, was pulled down in 1885 to make way for the present building. This was originally known as the New German Theater, built to rival the Czech's National Theater.
Hotel Europa Prague New Town
Though a trifle shabby in places, The Hotel Europa is a wonderfully preserved reminder of the golden age of hotels. It's style is highly decorated Art Nouveau. The building is from 1903-1906. Not only has its splendid facade crowned with gilded nymphs survived, but many of the interiors on the ground floor are virtually intact.
This includes all the original bars, large mirrors, paneling and light fittings.
Learn About Movies At NaFilM
Known for its rich cinematic traditions, visit Prague's must see NaFilM. Located in the historic Mozarteum building in the city center, the national film museum claims to be one of the first in the country to offer both an educational and interactive experience.
The family- and especially kid-friendly venue invites visitors to delve into the world of movie-making and learn all about the history of the ‘seventh art’. Museum visitors can build their own projection machine and screen a movie as it was done decades ago. They can also experience virtual reality effects and try out animation skills, editing, and designing sound and special effects. A two-hour programme about Czech and world cinema classics accompanies the exhibition.