Life on Karlova Prague Old Town

Life Karlova Prague Old Town Bohemia Boho

One of the most known things in Prague is definitely Charles Bridge. A bridge build in 14th century, which connects the two sides of the city, divided by the river Vltava. On the east side is the Old Town of Prague. This part offers some of the main tourist attractions, and is quite busy all the time. The main street leading from Charles bridge towards the center of the Old Town, is Karlova Street.  I have the pleasure to be living on Karlova Prague Old Town for a while, and enjoy all the pros and cons that it brings.

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The view from the window. The street leading towards Charles Bridge.

Life on Karlova Prague Old Town

It couldn’t be more central, and everything couldn’t be closer. Down the street there are many restaurants and different kinds of shops. Your look will definitely go from side to side, and you will be willing to enter every single shop.

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Karlova leading towards the Old Town. On the left is the Cathedral of St Clementin
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St Clementin Cathedral

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Russian dolls Matryoshka

I must admit that Karlova is very loud. Starting from early in the morning, ending up late in the night, there are crowds of tourists on the street heading to the most popular attractions.  All the time you can hear hundreds of voices coming from the crowd. Our windows are looking to the Cathedral od St Clementin. Over here there are some events almost every night, and sometimes I enjoy the melody coming from there. The interesting thing is that we frequently have flash lights coming to our bedroom. The reason is because, just below our window there is the wooden design you can see on the picture. 😀

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Marrionette Theatre Wooden Carving under our window.

We often have serenades under our windows. Walking on the street you can notice a lot of street artists, but also beggars.

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I am aware that the building we currently live in is very old, and around there are many interesting places which may attract you. You will get an unforgettable experience just by walking through the streets presenting Baroque, Rococo and Art Nouveau style.

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The pass way to our apartment.
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Godot Art gallery
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Christmas Tree in the neighborhood
Disco Duck Shop
The backyard

Very close you can find stops for the metro, the train or the buses.

Nearby attractions

On 500 m from Karlova there is the Old Town Square surrounded by many bars and restaurants, stalls, the Astronomical clock, dating from 1338, the house of Kafka and St Nicolas Church, which is considered as one Prague’s most appreciated and visited places, the Gothic church and many other buildings and shops, which will definitely keep your look.


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A lady selling Trdelnik, a sweet bohemian pastry.
Franz Kafka the writer lived in this building, from 1889 to 1896. It is called the House at the Minute, near Old Town Square.

Beside this square, in the Old Town, there are some more. The other popular one is Wenceslas Square. A very long and wide boulevard, which is a ground of every kind of person. It is also surrounded by many shops and brands.

Wenceslas Square

Nearby is TESCO, kind of a mall. Being that it is Christmas time, the prices are going crazy. In here the prices are not so high, and I will recommend it for a grocery shopping. On the street you can find a lots of stalls selling a variety of street food, and other crafts.

On the other side, after you pass Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle is just 20 minute by foot. This part is considered as Mala Strana, and it also offers many things to admire to.

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In my opinion this is one of the best places for tourists to stay, but not for a long let. It is too crowded and noisy, and everything is much more expensive. But it is the best place to enjoy the best of Prague.

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