Old Town Square, Prague

Old Town Square, Prague

While in Prague, you are bound to visit the Old Town Square which sits right in the heart of the city. Once a thriving market, this square is now a pedestrian area abuzz with shops, hotels, restaurants, and bars; a place to meet fellow travelers, take in some of the city's most jaw-dropping sights, and enjoy nightlife.

Here you will find some of the most impressive medieval buildings in the city too, starting with the Old Town City Hall, built in 1364 and famous for its Astronomical Clock. In the northern part of the square stands the 18th-century St. Nicholas Church (a classical music venue as of lately), with its white façade that seems to gleam in the sunlight.

Overlooking the square, the 14th-century Týn Church is probably the most photographed religious site in the city, laded with Gothic spires (access inside is through the Týn School, another impressive Gothic building with many arcades). Nearby, you can visit the Stone Bell House where a prominent art gallery showcases contemporary & modern works; while next to the Stone Bell is the lovely Kinsky Palace (now part of the National Gallery Art Museum) with its Rococo façade.

On the south side you will find some wonderful Baroque and Renaissance buildings are named after their house signs: At the Golden Unicorn; At the Blue Star; At the Stone Ram; and At the Red Fox. What does the fox say? The fox says that in the past, buildings in Prague weren't numbered, but instead had to be identified by their names.

In the center of the square is the huge Jan Hus Memorial, placed here to mark the 500th anniversary of the religious reformer's death. The revered martyr of the Czechs was labeled a heretic and burned at the stake on July 6, 1415.

Tip:
Climb or take an elevator to the top of the clock tower for a 360° bird's eye view of the city.

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Old Town Square on Map

Sight Name: Old Town Square
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic (See walking tours in Prague)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Prague, Czech Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

Create Your Own Walk in Prague

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Prague Introduction Walking Tour

Prague Introduction Walking Tour

Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” Prague is home to a wealth of attractions, including more than ten major museums, numerous theatres, galleries, and plethora of historic sights.

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Old Town Walking Tour

Old Town Walking Tour

The Old Town (Czech: Staré Město) is a medieval settlement of Prague, once separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, hugged by the Vltava river. The moat is now covered up by streets, which remain the official boundary of the cadastral district of Old Town. Notable places within the Old Town include Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, Kinsky Palace and more. Take this...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles
New Town Walking Tour

New Town Walking Tour

The youngest (established 1348) and the largest (three times the size of the Old Town), the New Town (Nove Mesto) of Prague is one of the five originally independent townships that today form the historic center of the Czech capital. Steeped in history, the district is traditionally dense with tourists.

Among the attractions found here there are Dancing House (named so for resembling a pair of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Lesser Town Walking Tour

Lesser Town Walking Tour

Malá Strana ("Lesser Town") is a district of Prague, one of the most historically significant in the Czech capital. Back in the Middle Ages, it was predominantly populated by ethnic Germans and, in later years, largely retained its Germanic vibe despite prevalence of the Baroque style in architecture.

The most prominent landmark of Malá Strana is the Wallenstein Palace. There are...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of Prague, is part of the city's Old Town (Staré Město). Steeped in history, it breathes Jewish culture. Some of the beautiful and historically important synagogues here are still acting, whereas others have been converted to art galleries and museums. This self-guided tour will help you find your way around and explore the most interesting sites of...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Hradcany (Castle District) Walking Tour

Hradcany (Castle District) Walking Tour

Hradcany, or the Castle District, is the area surrounding Prague Castle, said to be the biggest castle complex in the world. Going back in history as far as the 9th century, the castle has been the seat of power for Bohemian kings, Holy Roman emperors, leaders of Czechoslovakia and is currently the President's official residence. Located nearby is St. Vitus' Cathedral, a symbol of Czech...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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