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Castle District, Prague

Prague Castle may be famed as being one of the most visited places in Prague, but in the Castle District (Hradcany), surrounding the castle you are still able to find little, hidden pockets of peace and quiet. Walk through the luscious local parks, take a break and have a meal at one of the cafes serving local specialities, such as utopenec (pickled sausage), and the Czech national dish svickova (sirloin steak with cream sauce). Or, sip on an ice-cold, locally brewed beer at one of the bars nearby.

The castle is the former seat of the Czech rulers and current seat of the President of the Czech Republic, making this sight definitely worth a visit, alongside the Schwarzenberg and Sternberg palaces, the Strahov Monastery and its historical libraries, and Loreta Square, all within the Castle District.

This atmospheric district, with its galleries, museums, architecture and monuments is peaceful compared to Old Town and Mala Strana and is reminiscent of a bygone era.