The oldest and most important square in historic Prague, dating from before the 12th century, it was originally a market ... More
Old Town Square
The oldest and most important square in historic Prague, dating from before the 12th century, it was originally a market place where merchants from all over Europe gathered. The square has witnessed many events of historical importance including the execution of 27 Bohemian squires in 1621 and the installation of the new city council in 1784 after the five districts of Prague were united. It was also the epicenter of the Prague Uprising in May 1945. The Hus Monument (1915) stands in the square's center. The monument is surrounded by a baroque mantle of some of the city's finest buildings (all of great historic and architectural interest) colored in pastel hues. Nowadays, the square is closed to traffic and serves as the setting for many outdoor restaurants, bars and cafes as well as for stalls selling traditional Czech arts and crafts.
I loved the Old Town Square, its was a awesome place to meet up with the rest of my group, and we met so many other people there. Great for catching a pub crawl, horse and buggy ride, photo opps, and outdoor dinner. This is one place I will have to go back to. Wonderful to look at at night time, when all the lights rae on at the church, and Clock Tower.
While the astronomical clock is a must-see on the hour for the apostles in motion, Old Town Square has more. The architecture itself is worth looking at. The Kinsky Palace has nightly puppet shows of Mozart's Don Giovanni...a real treat. You may also visit St. Nicholas Church, admire the Jan Hus statue, see Tyn Church (just behind the square; you see its twin spires as you enter the square). The Town Hall is the only building damaged here during World War II and they have left the damage to see.
There is also a restaurant facing the Hus statue called Starometska, where you can eat and or drink outside and just soak in the atmosphere. The prices are quite reasonable and I recommend goulash Czech style and wash it down with a Pilsner Urquell Czech beer. At some point people in period costumes will "parade" into the square advertising the various musical programs for that evening in venues near the square.
The old town square is one of the nicest areas in prague and well worth seeing. The resturants on the square tend to be a bit over priced but I would still recomend sitting down for a coffe and soaking up the atmosphere
Its simply the best and most iconic piece that tells of the granduer and lure of Prague.
The Square is situated with wall to wall shops, hotels, cafes, and historic monuments. The tourists and tight quarters around the square add to its splendor and charm, with a quiet excitement to see what's next around the next bend. With cobblestone streets, courts, and lanes, a labyrinth surrounds the old town square (no cars allowed), so that when you emerge from the close quartered Jewish area its an awe inspiring experience that makes you feel as if you were living 200 hundred years ago.
The Clock rings once every hour. While the 12 apostles dance around, the skeleton turns the sands timetable, reminding all to seize the day. At the end, the Gold Cockel will sing out a limpy cry and the event is over until an hour later. Crowds will gather to see this event, so you might want to get there early, grab a coffee or beer at a cafe 30 feet opposite of it, and enjoy the event. Just look around and you'll find local exotic stores mixed in the Cartier, Hermes, and Coach. The Statue in the middle is of the Saint who was killed for protesting against the government in one of Prague's troubled times. One very interesting point is to notice that all of the shops have huge underground casements or cellars. When Charles the 4th came to power, he raised the bank of the river around the Old Town and Jewish Quarter to prevent the seasonal flooding. As a result the actual mideval street is 40 feet below the current street level. The cellers and hallways seem to go on forever, and who knows what lies beneath your feet!
Stay at the U Prince Hotel and soak up everything you can. It will be a once in a lifetime vacation/holiday for you and your loved ones.
I love the charm here. It is manicured and in pristine condition. One can find affordable souvenirs here as well. The restaurants nearby are a bit pricy, but one would want to eat REAL Czech food anyways, so go find a local pub! The value will be far greater. My husband's parents got married here in the late 60's. The photos are the same today.
If you're visiting Prague, you have to go to the old town square. Forgetting to stop by and see this clock would be a terrible loss. The 12 apostles each make an appearance on the hour. Make sure you get there a little before, since there is always a big crowd. Bottom line, go, you won't be disappointed.
The Astronomical Clock is a good site to see. I went in the fall (Oct.) and you don't need to show up earlyto see it. Just come on th ehour, it's mounted high, and you get to see the 40 second show when the clock strikes on the hour. Otherwise, some little shops in thi sarea, little cafes and ice cream shops, NOT unlike th emillions of others all around Prague. BUT- the square that SURROUNDS THE CLOCKTOWER makes for some AWESOME PHOTO OPS in th elate afternoon when the sun shines on all the buildings to the East of the clocktower!! Enjoy!
Even at the young age of 5, Prague was the place of fun and adventure. Everything about Prague is amazing, from the Prague Castle to the changing colors of the trees on Vyshrehad. But of all the places I loved most in the 5 months I lived there, Old Town Sqaure was by far my favorite. Every day that I was present to watch, you could find me staring at the Astronomical Clock, waiting for the time to come when the statues would move and the apostles would make their circle. The shopping was amazing, although it's better to shop on one of the off-shoot streets which sell the same items for much cheaper then the shops in the center square. Many a day my mom and I would sit at the foot of the statue of Jan Hus and eat the best ice cream I have yet to have. During the Easter time, the square comes alive with vendors and traditional performers and erect a large Easter "tree". The true heart of Prague and its people can be seen in this wonderful part of the city.
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