- Sightseeing, Neighborhood/Area Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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.
Recent travelers said this is the ideal place to start your journey in Prague, plus it's a great place to sit back and people-watch. It can get quite crowded, but most people say it is still a must-see spot. The Old Town Square area is accessible from the Staromestská metro stop. If you'd like to enjoy the view from the top of the town hall, you'll have to pay for the guided tour, which costs 250 korun (or about $11).
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