Staré Město Walk, Part 2, Prague

Staré Město Walk, Part 2, Prague
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Old Town (Czech: Staré Město) is a medieval settlement of Prague, once separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava at both of its ends. The moat is now covered up by the streets, which remain the official boundary of the cadastral district of Old Town. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace and many others. Take this tour to explore the Prague Old Town at its best.

Staré Město Walk, Part 2 - Route Map

Guide Name: Staré Město Walk, Part 2
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 km
Author: vickyc
St. Jilji Church

1) St. Jilji Church

If you want to visit a really breath-taking church, don’t be fooled by the rather plain Gothic exterior of St Jilji Church in the Old Town.

The church was founded in the 13th century by the Bishop Jan IV on the site of another, older church. Remodelling was carried out in the 14th century by Dominican monks. In the 18th century a monastery was built beside the church.

The Baroque interior dates from this time and is quite simply beautiful, with its elaborate stuccoes by Bernard Spinetti...   view more
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Clam Gallas Palace

2) Clam Gallas Palace

The Clam-Gallas Palace is a baroque palace in Prague. This palace is on Husova Street, in Prague Old Town. The Palace was first designed by the imperial court architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, from Vienna. It was built in 1714-18 by the Italian architect Domenico Canevale. During the rest of the 18th century, lavish balls and concerts were held in the Palace, and were attended by noteworthy artists including Mozart and Beethoven.

The Clam–Gallas Palace was built for the Viceroy...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Klementinum Antique Market

3) Klementinum Antique Market

Located in the backyard of the Klementinum historic building in Prague's Staré Město district, Klementinum Antique Market caters to bargain hunters seeking nearly anything, including rare collectibles. Held every Sunday, the flea market gathers different local vendors to offer the widest array of antiques and collectibles, including jewelry, ceramic bowls and vases, glassware, Soviet memorabilia, old books, fine art and many more.

Operation Hours Sunday: 9 am - 3...   view more
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Prague City Gallery at the Municipal Library

4) Prague City Gallery at the Municipal Library

Not all the buildings in Prague are ancient and among the more modern ones that are worth visiting is the Municipal Library on Marianské Square which houses a part of the Prague City Gallery.

Built between 1925 and 1928 by the architect Frantisek Roith the building isn’t only a library, but also a place for adult education, concerts and exhibitions. Here Prague citizens and visitors alike have access to books, DVD’s CD’s and the Internet, either on the library’s computers or by WIFI....   view more
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National Marionette Theatre

5) National Marionette Theatre

If you like puppets, you’ll love the National Marionette Theatre which is to be found a minute away from the Old Town Square. The performances are mainly based on Mozart’s works and the most popular is Don Giovanni.

The theatre is small, about 100 places with wooden seats that can be raised by a crank for children. The puppets are life-sized and the “stage” is richly decorated. The stories unfolded during the two hour performance are mostly visual, so that they are easy to understand....   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Prague Astronomical Clock

6) Prague Astronomical Clock

The Prague Astronomical Clock was built in around 1410 and is one of the oldest clocks of this type in Europe and the only one still working.

It is set in the Old Town Hall and is certainly worth seeing as it shows the large degree of scientific knowledge of the era. The clock face represents the Earth and the sky, a part for the day another for the night. The clock’s outer ring shows old Czech time. The astronomical dial shows the movements of the sun and the moon, and a third dial is for...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Town Hall Art Gallery

7) Old Town Hall Art Gallery

Old Town Hall is one of the major Prague attractions. It displays paintings, sculptures, graphics of the 19th and 20th centuries. The collections form part of City Gallery.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm April to September, to 5:00 pm October to...   view more
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Old Town Square

8) Old Town Square

While staying in Prague, you will, of course visit the Old Town Square which is the heart of the city. Once a thriving market, the square is now a pedestrian area where tourists gather to relax over a drink in one of the many outdoor cafés and restaurants.

Here you will find some of the most impressive medieval buildings in Prague, beginning with the Old Town City Hall, built in 1364 and famous for its Astronomical Clock. At the northern end of the square stands the 18th century St Nicholas...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

9) Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

The Church of Our Lady before Týn (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem, also Týnský chrám or just Týn) is a dominant feature of the Old Town of Prague, and has been the main church of this part of the city since the 14th century. The church's towers are 80 m high and topped by four small spires. The northern portal is a wonderful example of Gothic sculpture from the Parler workshop, with a relief depicting the Crucifixion. The main entrance is located on the church's western...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Kinsky Palace

10) Kinsky Palace

Prague is renowned for its beautiful buildings and perhaps the best of them is the Kinsky Palace in the Old Town Square.

The palace was built in the 18th century on the grounds of three 13th century buildings and you can see the vestiges of them in the cellars. Although the architecture is essentially Baroque, the façade is finest Rococo; the front of the palace is decorated with symbolic sculptures of the four Elements and antique gods. It was from the balcony of this palace that Klement...   view more
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House of the Golden Ring

11) House of the Golden Ring

Situated in the Old Town, the House of the Golden Ring is well worth a visit. This lovely Renaissance building was put up on the site of two medieval houses and has kept a Gothic portal. The cellars and ground floor of this building have original vestiges and barrel vaulting. The corridor on the ground floor still has fragments of 15th century paintings.

Today it is a part of the Prague City Gallery and houses a permanent exhibition of 20th century Czech art, both paintings and sculptures...   view more
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Celetna Street

12) Celetna Street

No visit to Prague would be complete without a walk along Celetna Street, part of the ancient Royal Road that was the coronation route from the Old Town to Prague Castle.

Celetna Street was named after the plaited rolls that used to be sold to the public while they waited to watch nobles pass by on their way to the castle. Nowadays the street is lined with souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants. In Prague it’s difficult not to start starting a photo collection of house signs and if you have...   view more
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Estates Theater

13) Estates Theater

The Estates Theatre was commissioned in 1780 by a German born Czech aristocrat named Frantisek Antonin Count Nostitz Rieneck, who wanted to have a theatre in Prague that rivaled the theatres in Vienna. The inscription over the entrance reads “Patriae et Musis” (To the Homeland and the Muses). It is one of the only theatres in Europe that is preserved in its original state.

It only took two years to build and was opened in 1783. Mozart loved this theatre and conducted the première of Don...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Prague Wax Museum

14) Prague Wax Museum

The Prague Wax Museum is separated into two separate buildings and has over 50 figures of Czech and international personalities of the 19th to the 21st century on show.

The first museum, situated in Mostecka Street is dedicated to historical characters of the Czech Republic such as Rudolf II and his court alchemist, the Englishman Kelley, in the alchemist’s workroom, Kafka next to a shop and inn; there are also interiors of the Old Town and rooms from the Karlstejn Castle. It is a great way...   view more
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The Museum of Communism

15) The Museum of Communism

If you are interested in Czech political history, then you shouldn’t miss a visit to the Museum of Communism. The museum opened in 2001 and gives visitors an excellent view of life under the communist regime from 1948 to 1989.

In this well appointed museum, you will find posters and artefacts, including busts and statues of Lenin and Stalin, propaganda and objects from political and daily life of the period. There is a projection room that shows short films about the communist way of life...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Powder Gate

16) Powder Gate

Powder Gate (Prašná brána) is a gothic gate in Prague, Czech Republic. It is one of the symbols of Prague, leading into the Old Town. Dating from 1475, the Powder Gate was built as one of 13 gates to the city of Prague. At the time construction began, it was connected to the royal palace. Before construction was completed, however, King Vladislav Jagellonský moved his residence to Prague Castle in 1485. However, the Powder Gate remained important to the Bohemian kings - from that time...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Francouzska Restaurant

17) Francouzska Restaurant

Francouzska Restaurant is really a special place where you can have a diner and entertainment listening to live pianist. It serves the best international cuisine in Prague. The chef cook cooks also for the president of Czech. The interior is luxurious. It is situated in Municipal House designed in Art Nouveau style. It is one of the finest buildings in...   view more
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Municipal House

18) Municipal House

The Municipal House (Obecní dům) is a major civic landmark and concert hall in Prague, and an important building in architectural and political history in the Czech Republic. It stands on the Náměstí Republiky. The Art Nouveau structure is an artifact of the Czech nationalism of the time and carries a wealth of ornament by some of the leading Czech artists of its day. The main facade features a large ceramic half-dome mosaic above the entry, Homage to Prague, by Karel Špillar. On...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Republic Square

19) Republic Square

Prague is renowned for its wonderful palaces, towers and castles. If you are a history lover, it’s probably the best city in Europe to visit, but after immersing yourself for several days in historical buildings, art galleries and concert halls, you might have a hankering to see something modern. If this is the case, take a trek to the Republic Square.

This square lies at the boundary of Old Town and New Town and is the intersection of eight roads. Here you will find the Municipal House,...   view more
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Jubilee Synagogue

20) Jubilee Synagogue

Jubilee Synagogue is also known as the Jerusalem Synagogue because of its location on Jerusalem Street. It was built in 1906, designed by Wilhelm Stiassny and named in honor of the silver Jubilee of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. The synagogue is designed in Moorish Revival form with Art Nouveau decoration, especially in the interior. The Mudéjar red-and-white coursing of the stone facade is particularly striking. It was lately renovated and still serves religious purposes. After the Czech...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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