Staré Mesto, the Old Town

The Old Town is the oldest part of Prague: a picturesque maze of narrow streets surrounding one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
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Together with the Lesser Quarter, the Old Town (Staré Mesto in Czech) is the historical heart of Prague, inhabited as early as the 9th century AD.

This picturesque labyrinth of medieval alleys and lanes is crowded day and night with tourists, Prague locals, musicians and street performers. Follow the crowds in the direction of the river and cross the famous Charles Bridge, preferably at night or at dusk to be enraptured by the magic of the illuminated city. Along the banks of the Vltava note an interesting building, the Clementinum, now home to the National Library.

Old Town Square

The centrepiece of Staré Mesto is the Old Town Square, undeniably one of the most beautiful and liveliest squares in all of Europe. A visit to Prague must begin at its beating heart. Staromestské Námestí (the Czech name for the square) encapsulates part of Prague’s picturesque past and is a nerve centre of the present.

The square, which has always been a busy city landmark, is overlooked by colourful buildings and important monuments including two beautiful churches, the Church of St Nicholas and the Church of St Mary of Tyn with its famous spires, and the memorial to Jan Hus, a symbol of national identity.

The main attraction is undoubtedly the marvellous astronomical clock on the tower of the Old Town Hall, outside of which crowds of tourists wait in excitement for the spectacle that takes place at the stroke of every hour, when the figures on the clock come to life and the procession of the 12 apostles begins.

In addition to these important monuments, you will find numerous cafés, shops, tourist information centres and galleries on the square, but you could spend a whole day just watching the busy passers-by walking across the square. Come back and admire it at night, when the lights that illuminate it make this place even more magical.

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Prague Astronomical Clock

Prague Astronomical Clock

On Prague's Old Town Square stands the Town Hall Tower with its magnificent Astronomical Clock: don't miss the show at the stroke of the hour!
Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

One of the most famous bridges in the world can be found in Prague; it is the striking Charles Bridge, which connects the Old Town to the Lesser Quarter. Don't miss the sunset.
Church of Our Lady before Týn

Church of Our Lady before Týn

The Church of St Mary of Tyn with its famous Gothic spires dominates the Old Town Square: admire it from afar before visiting the interior.
Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Colourful Gothic and Renaissance buildings form the Old Town Hall complex in Prague, one of the city's most striking monuments.
Municipal House

Municipal House

St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town

St. Nicholas Church in the Old Town

Clementinum

Clementinum

Illusion Art Museum

Illusion Art Museum

Prague Beer Museum

Prague Beer Museum

Powder Tower

Powder Tower

Celetná Street

Celetná Street

Karlova Street

Karlova Street

Madame Tussauds Prague

Madame Tussauds Prague

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