If you want to be close to the centre of Prague but enjoy the city from a resident’s perspective check out HomeAway’s choice of holiday homes in Prague 8 - Florenc. Despite being minutes from the Old Town and full of elegant architecture this part of the city remains largely free of the multitude of tourists you might encounter just a short hop away. Prague 8 – Florenc holiday apartments are laid out for self-catering visitors, with well-appointed kitchens and comfortably furnished living areas. Prague 8 – Florenc holiday homes are convenient for many of the city’s top sights, like Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle.
-Old Town. Prague’s Old Town is one of its medieval centres, and was developed around the 11th Century. The Old Town Square is one of the city’s main gathering places, and buzzes with activity all year-round. Here you’ll find some astounding architecture, like the Gothic Tyn church with its twin towers, and St. Nicholas Church an 18th Century baroque building with marvellous painted interiors.
-Castle District. You can get to Prague Castle from the Old Town by crossing the famous Charles Bridge. It’s a 14th Century pedestrian bridge more than 500 metres in length and defended by three gothic towers. Prague Castle is a wonderful jumble of defensive buildings, palaces, churches, halls and gardens. There’s a great deal to see, but it’s worth making a beeline for the spectacular Gothic St. Vitus cathedral.
-Parks. Prague is an exceptionally green city, and in Florenc you’ll have the advantage of being close to the main parks. Across the water, on the peninsula, is Stromovka, a former royal hunting ground converted in the 1500s to a large breathing space for the city. The old hunting lodge is now a branch of the National Museum. Even closer is Letna Park, on the left bank of the Vltava River and offering one of the best panoramas of the spires and domes of the Old Town.
-Jewish heritage. Prague is unique as a European city with a great deal of its Jewish history intact. There are three synagogues in Josefov – Pinkas, the Spanish Synagogue, and the Old New Synagogue, which is one of the oldest still in use in Europe today. The Old Jewish Cemetery is also here, and is the final resting place of more than 20,000 people, buried in 12 layers to make full use of the limited space.
-Museums. No matter what you’re interested in there’s sure to be an attraction in Prague that will capture your imagination. Art lovers can see the large collections at the national gallery’s various branches, covering everything from medieval art to cubism. There are also museums devoted to technology, military history, communism, author Franz Kafka, as well as the city itself, known for its highly detailed model of 19th Century Prague.
Holiday accommodation in Prague 8 – Florenc is set in a city with weather that changes a great deal throughout the year. Winters are cold, and snow can fall quite regularly. Between November and March temperatures struggle to get far above freezing during the day. Spring means more sunshine and rising temperatures, culminating in highs of 25 degrees or more in July and August. In this season rainfall is restricted to dramatic storms and sudden bursts. The city is very pretty in autumn, but it’s a good idea to wrap up because of the brisk winds at this time of year.
Most people holidaying at apartments in Prague 8 – Florenc will use Vaclav Havel International Airport to get here (PRG). It gets more traffic than any other airport in the region and is well served by airlines from airports across the UK. Florenc is about half an hour from the airport by car. You can also take public transport – catching the bus to Devicka and then transferring to the metro to reach Florenc station via Mustek. Florenc’s close proximity to Prague’s Main Station makes international train travel an option – you can catch a direct train here from cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt and Zürich.