Nerudova Street is one of the most famous streets in Prague. It leads from the northwest corner of the Lesser Town Square to Prague Castle, connecting the Lesser Town and Hradčany. It was the last section of the former Royal Route, once the passage which Czech rulers took on their way to be crowned. The street was founded by Přemysl Otakar II in 1267. Originally, it was called Ostruhová Street; by the end of the 19th century, it was renamed after its most famous resident – Czech writer Jan Neruda. Visitors can see the poet’s house, called “At the Two Suns”, with a plaque in memory of Jan Neruda. Nerudova Street is very attractive for tourists, especially the burgher houses with historical signs and also several historical palaces and sacral sights.
USEFUL INFORMAITON FOR VISITORS
Address: Nerudova ulice, Praha 1 – Malá Strana
GPS coordinates: 50.0885142N, 14.3993608E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near Nerudova Street:
- From the direction of the Lesser Town: Malostranské náměstí tram stop, Nerudova bus stop
- From the direction of the Strahov Monastery: Pohořelec tram stop
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
Nerudova Street is freely accessible. An admission fee is required to tour some of the buildings in the street.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NERUDOVA STREET
The steep street leads to Prague Castle and is full of ancient burgher houses. These are named after their house signs (statues, reliefs, paintings), such as The Red Lion, The Golden Goblet, The Rocking Donkey, At The Three Violins, etc. There are altogether about twenty such buildings, most of them dating back to the 18th century. There are also a number of historical palaces in Nerudova Street. The former two-storey residence of the Morzins (265/5), which is considered one of the most important high Baroque buildings in Prague, is currently the seat of the Romanian Embassy. The Baroque Thun Palace (214/20) is the seat of the Italian Embassy at present. The Baroque Bretfeld Palace (240/33), where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once performed during a ball. The Renaissance Kinský Palace (249/15). The Church of Our Lady of Unceasing Succour and of St Theatin is another historical building in Nerudova Street. The first public theatre performance took place in its adjacent monastery. Nerudova Street also offers excellent dining options – there are at least ten restaurants, most of them located in historical buildings. Among them, the following are worth mentioning: U Zlatého klíče Restaurant, U Mlynáře Restaurant, U tří housliček, U Tří Jelínků. Vegan’s Prague is a vegan restaurant with a nice view of Prague Castle and can be found on 36 Nerudova Street.
NERUDOVA STREET AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting Nerudova Street, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including Charles Bridge, the Lesser Town Square, Prague Castle, the Strahov Monastery, the Kaiserstein Palace, the Museum of Alchemists and Magicians of Old Prague, the Lesser Town Bridge Tower and many others.