Staré Město Walk, Part 1, Prague

Staré Město Walk, Part 1, 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 National Museum, National Theatre, Wenceslas Square and many others. Take this tour to explore the Prague Old Town at its best.

Staré Město Walk, Part 1 - Route Map

Guide Name: Staré Město Walk, Part 1
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 15
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: vickyc
Church of Our Lady of the Snow

1) Church of Our Lady of the Snow

At the northern end of Wenceslas Square you will find the Franciscan Gardens and the Church of Our Lady of the Snows, which is an oddly proportioned Gothic building, higher than it is long.

The lovely name comes from the Santa Maria Maggoire Church in Rome, where legend has it St Mary caused snow to fall in August to indicate the site where the church should be built. In Our Lady of the Snows there is a painting executed in 1625 by an unknown Italian painter depicting the legend. Under the...   view more
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St. Martin in the Wall Church

2) St. Martin in the Wall Church

In Prague’s Old Town you will find the St Martin-in-the-Wall Church, located between the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. This Romanesque church has an interesting history.

Saint Martin Church was built in 1187 in the Ujezd settlement which then became known as Ujezd St Martin. When town walls were built in the 13th century, the church became part of the Old Town and because its southern wall backed onto the Old Town wall, the building was called by the name it has today.

The...   view more
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National Theatre

3) National Theatre (must see)

The National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague is known as the Alma Mater of Czech opera, and as the national monument of Czech history and art. The National Theatre belongs to the most important Czech cultural institutions, with a rich artistic tradition which was created and maintained by the most distinguished personalities in Czech society. This tradition helped to preserve and develop the most important features of the nation–the Czech language and a sense for a Czech...   view more
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Bellevue Restaurant

4) Bellevue Restaurant

Bellevue Restaurant, as the name suggests opens a magnificent view of Prague from its windows. It is listed among top restaurants with luxurious and elegant interior. It offers superb dishes: expertly prepared fresh fish, foie gras, big choice of meats and delicious mouth watering desserts, plus French wines and champagnes and also Czech...   view more
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Bedřich Smetana Museum

5) Bedřich Smetana Museum

Housed in a Neo-Renaissance building that once was the Old Town waterworks near the Charles Bridge, the Bedrich Smetana Museum was opened in 1936 and is dedicated to Bedrich Smetana, the 19th century compositor and patriot.

Bedrich Smetana lived from 1824 to 1884 and was considered as the father of Czech music. He wrote a lot of patriotic music and his 1st Nationalist music was composed of marches used during the 1848 Prague Uprising. His best known opera “The Bartered Bride” was...   view more
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Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

6) Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

If you enjoy the macabre, don’t miss visiting the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments next to the Charles Bridge. Don’t get the idea that the Czechs spent their time torturing state enemies, witches or heretics – this rather gruesome collection comes from all over Europe.

The museum is set on three floors and holds 60 different instruments of torture dating back to the Inquisition. There are many you will recognise from films, such as the rack, the Iron Maiden and stocks, and a lot...   view more
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Charles Bridge

7) Charles Bridge (must see)

The Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is a famous historical bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841. This "solid-land" connection made Prague important as a trade route between...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
The Old Town Bridge Tower

8) The Old Town Bridge Tower (must see)

The beauty of Prague’s architecture is amply represented by the Old Town Tower Bridge which stands at one end of the Charles Bridge. Erected in the 14th century it was part of the old fortifications, built to protect the city from invaders coming from the North.

Above the arch you will see the coat of arms of the Bohemian Kingdom and the symbol of Wenceslas IV, a kingfisher. Above this are three statues, Charles IV on the right, Wenceslas IV on the left and St Vitus in the middle. Statues...   view more
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Charles Bridge Market

9) Charles Bridge Market

Charles Bridge attracts thousands of tourists with the fascinating views, statues and monuments that it offers. There is a market near the bridge where you can buy world known Bohemian crystal souvenirs, handcrafts, paintings, jewels and many other...   view more
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Clementinum

10) Clementinum

The Clementinum (Klementinum) is a historic complex of buildings in Prague. It is currently in use as the National Library of the Czech Republic. The history of the Klementinum dates from the existence of a chapel dedicated to Saint Clement in the 11th century. The National Library was founded in 1781 and from 1782 the Klementinum was a legal deposit library. In 1918 the newly-established Czecho-Slovak state took over the library. Since 1990, it has been the National Library....   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Karlova Street

11) Karlova Street

When you follow the Royal Route from the Old Town to Prague Castle, a part of it will take you through Karlova Street and you are certain to spend a little time exploring this quaint road.

Karlova Street begins at the Square of the Knights of the Cross and ends near the Charles Bridge. Most of the buildings have Baroque façades but have kept their Gothic or Romanesque cellars and vaults.

If you take photos of house-signs you can add several to your collection: “At the Blue Pike” was...   view more
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Art Master Gallery

12) Art Master Gallery

The Art Master Gallery gives its visitors the opportunity to sense and experience the East European art and more concrete – the one of Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine. Here no display are works of Kavshbaya, Mikora and Gepp. Watercolor, oil, encaustic and etching works are influencing the visitors with all the feelings known to mankind. The Art Master Gallery is also known for being able to present the trends in the East European art.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun:...   view more
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V Zatisi Wine Restaurant

13) V Zatisi Wine Restaurant

V Zátiší Restaurant is one of the most prestigious restaurants in Central & Eastern Europe. It has many awards. You will enjoy elegant and intimate ambiance of the restaurant. The waitress will advice you which wine to choose to accompany the meal because the restaurant is famous for matching wine to...   view more
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Naprstek's Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

14) Naprstek's Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures

While in Prague do take time to visit Naprstek’s Museum of Asian, African and American Culture which is located in Bethlehem Square.

While these exhibits in the museum aren’t anything to do with Czech culture, they are nonetheless fascinating and also a part of Czech history. Vojta Naprstek was a 19th century industrialist who had a passion for anthropology. After spending ten years in the United States seeking political asylum, he returned to Prague where he opened a museum at first...   view more
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Bethlehem Chapel

15) Bethlehem Chapel

Bethlehem Chapel is one of the most famous of Prague’s many chapels and you shouldn’t miss visiting it. It stands in Bethlehem Square in the Old Town.

The Catholic Church approved the building of a small chapel in 1391, but the chapel was a lot bigger than they had agreed to and housed up to 3000 churchgoers. Sermons were given in the Czech language instead of in German which had domination over the medieval Bohemian Church at that time.

Between 1402 and 1412 the religious reformer Jan...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia

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