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near the Old Town

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Free

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Free, Cafes, Neighborhood/Area, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Josefov, Prague's historic Jewish Quarter, is home to several significant sites, including a number of important synagogues like the Spanish Synagogue and the Old New Synagogue, Europe's oldest active synagogue. The Old Jewish Cemetery is a sight to behold. The oldest surviving cemetery of its kind, there are 12,000 visible graves and countless more underneath. With space at a premium, it became necessary for graves to be placed on top of each other, as many as 12 layers deep.

Recent travelers said the neighborhood offers a hands-on history of Jewish life in the Czech Republic, although some complained about admission fees to individual synagogues or museums. Some spring for a spot on an organized tour group or an audio guide (which can be purchased online), but you can save some money and just explore on your own (ideally equipped with a detailed guidebook).

Josefov sits to the north and northwest of the Old Town (Staré Mesto). Many of the sites here require entrance fees and have their own opening hours, which you can find here.

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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)

Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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