A historical atmosphere, all major attractions right at your doorstep, and a vibrant nightlife — living in Prague’s center indisputably has its advantages. It mainly attracts younger expats, but it is not come as recommended for families.
Rent in the center is higher than elsewhere in Prague. If you own a car, prepare yourself for tedious searches for a parking spot not too far from your home. And, especially on weekends, your well-deserved sleep may at times be interrupted by rowdy tourists who have enjoyed a bit too much of the excellent Czech beer.
The historical center — Prague 1 — is made up of five different quarters. Hradčany and Malá Strana are located around Prague Castle. Staré Město (Old Town), Nové Město (New Town), and the old Jewish quarter Josefov are located on the opposite bank of the Vltava River.
One of the most popular districts with expats, apart from the city center, is Prague 2, especially the Vinohrady quarter. It is directly adjacent to the center, yet greener and a lot quieter. There are a lot of spacious apartments in old-fashioned buildings with high, vaulted ceilings. The area also has a huge selection of shops, restaurants, and entertainment opportunities. Sound perfect, right?
Prague 5 has also become increasingly popular among expats. It is huddled around the metro station Anděl, south of Petřín Hill. Many expats choose to live here because it is both very close to the center and a green and relatively quiet neighborhood. Prague 5 is also home to some international schools, including the German and French schools.
Prague 3 includes some trendy areas popular with students and younger expats.
Prague 4, 5, and 6 are the most popular districts among expats with families. All of them are quiet, residential areas with ample green spaces, and a good selection of family housing and international schools in the vicinity.
Prague 4 is located south of the city center on the left bank of the Vltava River, just below Vyšehrad castle. It has plenty of modern apartment buildings and single-family homes. The Prague British School is located in southern part of the district. Conversely, Prague 4 also has some not so nice areas where you can find lots of large, Soviet-style residential blocks.
Prague 6, just northwest of Prague Castle, is popular for the large number of parks and nature reserves surrounding it. Expats also value it for its large selection of high-standard single-family homes. A number of international schools, such as the International School of Prague and Park Lane International School, are located here as well. Many foreign embassies are located in Prague 6, and it is also the district closest to Prague Airport.
Unlike most capital cities, Prague’s countryside starts only ten kilometers from the center. This opens up another attractive opportunity for expatriates in Prague, namely living in one of the small towns and villages surrounding the city. Families with younger children often prefer this option.
This way you can enjoy the beautiful countryside and a wide range of outdoor activities close to home. At the same time, Prague remains easily accessible by public transportation. Many expats who have moved to the countryside also love the sense of community and neighborliness in the small towns and villages.
One of the most popular locations is the little town of Roztoky u Prahy and the surrounding areas. Roztoky has around 6,000 inhabitants and is located merely ten kilometers north of Prague. Others move to towns and villages in the Berounka valley, just southwest of the capital.
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