Stare Mesto Orientation Walk, Prague

Stare Mesto Orientation Walk, 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 orientation walk to explore the Prague Old Town at its best.

Stare Mesto Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Stare Mesto Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague (See other walking tours in Prague)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 19
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: vickyc
Old Town Square

1) Old Town Square (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Town Hall Art Gallery

2) Old Town Hall Art Gallery (must see)

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...   view more
Prague Astronomical Clock

3) Prague Astronomical Clock (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

4) Church of Our Lady Before Tyn (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kinsky Palace

5) 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
Republic Square

6) 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
Municipal House

7) Municipal House (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Powder Gate

8) Powder Gate (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Na Příkopě

9) Na Příkopě

Na Příkopě (literally "on the moat"), also known as Na Příkopech or Příkopy, is a street in central Prague which connects Wenceslas Square to Square of the Republic and separates the Old Town from the New Town, founded in the 14th century. The street houses some of the most expensive residential property in Prague, office buildings (e.g. imposing headquarters of the Czech National Bank), historic palaces, cafés, and luxury shops (such as Černá Růže, Myslbek, and Slovanský...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Celetna Street

10) 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
Estates Theater

11) Estates Theater (must see)

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
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Jilji Church

12) 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
Clam Gallas Palace

13) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Karlova Street

14) 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
Clementinum

15) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Charles Bridge

16) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Old Town Bridge Tower

17) 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
Bethlehem Chapel

18) 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
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wenceslas Square

19) Wenceslas Square (must see)

Wenceslas Square is almost an avenue as it is a very long rectangle, running from the northwest boundary of New Town to the Neoclassical National Museum at the southeast end.

The square came into being in the 14th century when Charles IV founded New Town; at that time it was a horse market. During the national revival in the 19th century it received its current name and a very fine statue of St Wenceslas was erected there. The Good King is mounted on his horse and around the base are four...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

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