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The Jan Palach Square street sign

Streets – Jan Palach Square

Jan Palach Square – Namesti Jana Palacha If ever there was a place in the city that highlights why names of locations change over the years it’s the current Jan Palach Square. The names used here include it’s location, its function, a prince, an empress, two composers, a communist name and a memorial. It’s a … Read More

prague street sign that says karlova, old town, prague 1

Prague Streets – Karlova

Karlova – Charles Street Anybody who visits central Prague at some point in their trip will walk along the road called Karlova. It’s the road that links Charles Bridge with the Old Town Square. To be accurate, Karlova links the square on the Old Town side of the Charles Bridge (Křižovnické náměstí – the square … Read More

Prague street sign called Dlouha (Long Street)

Prague Streets – Dlouha

Prague Streets – Dlouha Dlouha Street, or to give it the correct name, Dlouhá třída, is a street in Prague’s Old Town that connects Staroměstské náměstí (Old Town Square) and Revoluční Street (New Town). Literally it translates as the Long Street. To understand how Dlouha Street changes over time you have to understand where the … Read More

ovocny trh prague fruit market with one side in shade and cobbled road

Prague Streets – Ovocny Trh

Prague Streets – Ovocný Trh (the Fruit Market) Trh is an easy word to recognise in Czech as it means “market”. So the word in front of it should give the game away i.e. ovocný means “fruit”. So Ovocný Trh means Fruit Market but historically this area of the Old Town was much more than … Read More

red and white new town street sign in prague called narodni or national street

Prague Streets – Narodni

Prague Streets – Národní Národní or “National Street” was formed almost by accident. Back in the mid-13th Century a fortified wall surrounded the Old Town with a moat in front of the wall. Later the New Town would be defined as the area on the opposite side of that moat. The fortified wall stands there … Read More

prague street sign klarov

Prague Streets – Klarov

Prague Streets – Klárov Klárov is not just a street, it’s an area and today although it’s just a little park its importance to the history of Prague cannot go unrecognised. If you find the Malostranska Metro station on a map then the road directly in front of it is Klárov. It extends up the … Read More

street sign in prague saying jeruzalemska in white text on a red background

Prague Streets – Jeruzalemska

Prague Streets – Jeruzalemska Like many street names in Prague we have to go way back in time to make sense of them. In our case that means going back to the 14th Century to get a clue as to where Jeruzalemska got it’s name because it’s NOT directly named after the city. It was … Read More

platnerska red and white street sign in prague old town

Prague Streets – Platnerska

Prague Streets – Platnerska If you are heading from the Old Town Square to the riverside then one of the streets you could choose is Platnerska especially if you are staying at the Four Seasons Hotel. On a map, Platnerska is located to one side of the Klementinum. This area was best known for it’s … Read More

prague street sign that says 17 listopadu in the jewish quarter

Prague Streets – 17 Listopadu

Prague Streets – 17 Listopadu 17 Listopadu translates as 17th November. It’s an iconic date known by all Czechs so it’s hardly surprising that there will be a story behind it. 17 Listopadu is the road which links Paris Street with Jan Palach Square and runs alongside the Old Jewish Cemetery for almost half it’s … Read More

prague street sign saying na prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope

Prague Streets – Na Prikope As you can see in the picture below there are several special Czech characters so in it’s simple phonetic form it’s like saying “na pri-copy-yay”. Currently Na Příkopě is one of the most expensive streets for renting commercial property but historically there are a number of interesting points. I cover … Read More