After visiting Prague Castle, I recommend a stroll downhill along Nerudova Street. It's quite steep so make sure you wear decent footwear. On the way down, you will pass the brave souls who decide to walk up to the castle via the same route. Nerudova is home to quite a few good places to stop for a beer, especially the excellent U Mlynare (see separate restaurant tip). There are also some tourist shops where you can pick up souvenirs of your trip.
There are some impressive buildings on Nerudova, many of which are former burgher houses. The Romanian and Italian embassies can both be found here. Also notable is the former home of the Czech poet, novelist, playwright and journalist, Jan Neruda after whom the street is named.
These were not only in Washingtonova street but in surrounding areas. This is the historal centre of Prague, so I guess the doors were quite old. No plain entrance door's like we have today, only beautifully designed doors, many with wrought iron designs, and quite a few had Cherub's or perhaps a Lion or other Art Noveau artwork surrounding the door. It looked like no expense was spared in making the entrance way to the building look very impressive and inviting!
Very often, the older Prague houses will have no numbers, but an ornamental painted door sign, like violins, faces, sun and moon etc., that was used to identify a house. You will find many of those old door signs in the Nerudova, but also elsewhere in the city.
Even if our first thought would be the writer Pablo Neruda, the street is named by the writer of the 19th century Jan Neruda and it was Pablo Neruda who took his name from him (and Pablo from Pablo Picaso)
In the old baroque buildings of this street now we will find lots of restaurants and souvenirs shops.
But the most typical sign will be the house of the violin makers with the sing of the three little fiddles.
Lets go down till the church of St Nicholas
The Nerudova street is leading up from the Little Quarter Square to the Prague Castle, it used to be a part of the Royal Way. It is architectural very interesting street with Renaissance and Baroque facades and famous "house signs" - emblems used for distinguish houses before the introduction of numbers.-
This street takes its name from Jan Neruda, a novelist who lived on this street and wrote novels and stories placed in this district. The great chilean writer, Pablo Neruda, after reading these novels, took the name to use it as his pseudonym.-
Today the street is full of restaurants, cafes and little souvenir shops.-
La calle Nerudova se extiende desde la plaza Little Quarter hasta el Castillo de Praga. Solía ser parte del Camino Real. Tiene un estilo arquitectónico muy interesante, con fachadas renacentistas y barrocas y muchas casas con los famosos signos (emblemas que se usaban para distinguir las casas cuando no existia la numeración).
Esta calle toma su nombre de Jan Neruda, el novelista que vivió en esta calle y quién escribió novelas e historias relacionadas con este distrito. El genial poeta chileno, Pablo Neruda, luego de leer algunas obras del novelista, tomó su nombre para usarlo como seudónimo.-
En la actualidad, la calle está llena de restaurantes, cafeterías y negocios con venta de souvenirs