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24 Hours in Prague - Which Neighborhood(s)?

I have 24 Hours in Prague and want to spend the little time I have in the best way. I will stop to see some sights but also want to leave time just to wander. Of the following neighborhoods, which two should I focus my wandering on? Or should I put all my energy into just one?
- Old Town
- the Jewish Quarter
- Mala Strana

I don’t even know what my priorities to see/experience are for a neighborhood. It’s not about shopping or food or anything like that, just seeing the best of the city everyone raves about. I really am just content wandering, looking at European architecture, and people watching.

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Check out the Living Prague Web site: Jason provides a wealth of knowledge regarding the city, and taking one of his walking tours would be a good use of your limited time. Prague is quite compact, so you can see quite a bit in 24 hours.

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The center of Prague’s Old Town is the “Stare Mesto,”
where the Astronomical Clock and the Tyn Church are located. Josefov, the Jewish Quarter, is just steps from it. That’s where I would start at and if after exploring you have time remaining you can cross the Charles River to the Mala Strana and make your way uphill to Prague castle.

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Same as all the advice you’ve gotten. Start with the Old Town and the Jewish Quarter - and I would suggest taking a tour of these with Jason to start with. It’s easy to walk across to Mala Sfrana if you decide you want to.

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Staré Město is the name of Prague’s old town, Josefov is the name of Prague’s Jewish Quarter and both are located on the eastern side of Charles Bridge. The Mala Strana is located on the western side and all are fantastic areas to stay in.
If you download Rick Steves app and click on Eastern Europe > Prague City Walk take this walking tour so don’t miss seeing anything; be your own guide.

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Thank you so much, you four! This helps a lot. I have the Eastern Europe book from a few years ago, but it doesn’t have any walks in it. I always forget about the app!