Attractions and Sights in Nove Mesto
Nové Mesto, New Town, east of the Vltava River, is the commercial, shopping and party district of Prague. Nove Mesto brims with international hotels, theaters, chain stores, night clubs, cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets. The main shopping streets are Na Prikope and Wenceslas Square full of shops specializing in fashion and Bohemian crystal.
New Town: Not So New
New Town is a misnomer because this district is not new at all. Nove Mesto originated in the fourteenth century and was originally the district where craftsmen and labourers lived and worked. Over the centuries living conditions deteriorated. By late nineteenth century the slums were replaced by Baroque and Art Nouveau style buildings which still line the avenues these days. Nove Mesto is quite a large neighbourhood with good public transport connections. The main metro stations in this area are: Mustek, Muzeum, Karlovo namesti and I.P. Pavlova. There are numerous trams and many tram stops.
Highlights in Nove Mesto
1. Wenceslas Square, Václavské námestí, a wide avenue full of tourists, clubs, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. The Easter and Christmas markets draw large crowds. Famous are the sausage stands where you can savour Czech sausages washed down with refreshing beer. The majestic National Museum and the equestrian statue of Saint Wenceslas dominate this avenue.
2. Charles Square, Karlovo Námestí, rather a park than a square with numerous tree-shaded benches to rest for a while and in the Middle Ages the largest town square in Europe.
3. Dancing House, Tancici Dum, Rasinovo nábrezí Nabrezi 80, a ‘dancing’ office building designed by Frank Gehry.
4. Mucha Museum, Panska 7, museum dedicted to the Czech artist Alfons Mucha famous for his Art Nouveau style posters, postage stamps and banknotes.
5. Kavarna Slavia, Národní straat 1 and Café Louvre, Narodni 22, two old-style, nostalgic coffee houses to drink coffee and read the newspaper.
6. Department store My, Národní 26, four floors shopping pleasure, from knitting needles to evening dresses. Next door Quadrio Shopping Centre with 66 shops spread over four floors.
7. Bata, Wenceslasplein 6, the shoe palace of Prague and one of the most successful enterprises in the Czech Republic. Six floors brimming with shoes and bags in all shapes and colours.
These are only some of the sights in the New Town. Walk around Nove Mesto and discover lots of other things to do and see!