Sprawling across the heart of the Czech Republic capital, Prague 1 encompasses its Old Town, Jewish Quarter and New Town. It’s home to many of the city’s most iconic sites, including the Old Town Square, Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, and has been largely designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Prague 1
In the centre of Prague 1 is the Old Town Square, a lively meeting place home to some of the city’s most prominent landmarks. Gaze up at the 80-metre-high towers of the Church of Our Lady before Tyn and admire the Kinsky Palace, which is now home to the Czech National Gallery. Not to miss is the astronomical clock of Prague Orloj, which has been keeping time since 1410.
Spanning the Vltava River nearby is the Charles Bridge, a photogenic stone arched bridge that dates back to 1357. It connects the Old Town with Prague Castle across its 516-metre-long stretch and is fringed by Baroque statues depicting various saints. Strolling along the bridge offers magnificent views across Prague 1.
In the west of Prague 1 is the KGB Museum, which houses a fascinating collection of artefacts related to the Soviet Union’s secret police. It was established by a Russian enthusiast who offers guided tours of the museum and insights about the spy cameras, interrogation equipment and concealed weapons on display. A highlight of the museum is its eerie photographs of 1960s Prague that were taken by a KGB officer.
Getting around Prague 1
Prague 1 is 20 minutes’ drive from Václav Havel Airport Prague and is home to the Praha Masarykovo railway station, which receives trains from destinations across Europe. An efficient subway system, trams and buses travel throughout the district, although many of Prague 1’s attractions are accessible on foot.