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Prague's most important historical sights are almost all in Prague 1, the historical center that includes Old Town (or Staré Město) and Malá Strana (sometimes referred to as the Lesser Quarter). The tourist trail runs from Prague Castle and St. Vitus's Cathedral, across the Charles Bridge to the Old Town Square, then on to Wenceslas Square and the old Jewish ghetto of Josefov. None of this should be missed—but try to come when the crowds are thinner, either in spring or fall, or at the early or late extremes of the day. A walk across Charles Bridge isn't much fun when it's packed with tourists, but the sight of it at sunrise might make you rip up your return ticket.

Aside from the greatest hits, Prague is a breathtakingly beautiful, labyrinthine city on a par with Venice for wandering around and getting lost. You might stumble upon a hidden courtyard where strains of Mozart drift from a high window. Then there's the new city, the ever-evolving modern metropolis distancing itself further each year from memories of revolution, Velvet or otherwise. Check out SoNa, the neighborhood south of Národní street, for hip youth culture; Smichov for ambitious urban developments; and the redeveloped port of Holešovice for former factories and warehouses sprouting art galleries.

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Vyšehrad, Prague

Somewhat overlooked, this ancient defensive fortress is a hot spot for romantic walks and impromptu picnics. It sits across the Vltava and a bit upstream from...more

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Strahov Hill and Petřín Hill, Prague

In the center of the city, just south of Prague Castle, this verdant area has been the favorite in-town getaway for centuries. Closest to the castle grounds is...more

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Prague Castle

One of the largest castle complexes in Europe, Prague Castle is the residence of the Czech president and home to many government offices. It's also one of the...more

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Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí), Prague

Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí) is the heart of historic Prague and has more gawk-worthy points per square foot than just about...more

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Museum of Decorative Art, Prague

Don't even try to pronounce the museum's official title: Uměleckoprůmyslové Museum V Praze. Locals simply call this place UMPRUM. The city's...more

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Museum of Czech Cubism, Prague

Though Cubism came to life in Paris at the hands of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, it was in Prague that the movement reached its zenith. The style touched...more

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Mucha Museum, Prague

The Czech artist Alfons Mucha almost single-handedly invented Art Nouveau graphic design while living in Paris in the late 1800s (in France it is even at times...more

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Jewish Prague

A surprising amount of Prague's Jewish history remains, despite the fact that the former ghetto of Josefov was almost completely razed and rebuilt at the end of...more

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Baroque Gardens, Prague

Generations of Florentines have settled in Prague, so it's no wonder that the Czech capital is home to some of the most acclaimed sculpted gardens northeast of...more

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