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Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)

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Old Town Square picture in Prague
Old Town Square  picture in Prague
Christmas in the Old Town Square picture in Prague
Old Town Square picture in Prague

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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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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestske namesti) 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 ... Read more » Nico De Pasquale Photography / Getty Images

#2 Charles Bridge (Karluv most) The Charles Bridge connects Old Town (Staré Mesto) and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). Visitors come here to soak up the atmosphere, buy souvenirs and to take in the 30 saint ... Read more » Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

#3 Prague Castle Holding the record for the largest coherent castle complex in the world, Prague Castle serves double duty as the office of the Czech president and a popular tourist destination. The ... Read more » Andrey Danilovich / Getty Images

#4 Petrin Hill For a breath of fresh air and a chance to exercise your legs, head to Petrín Hill, one of the largest green spaces in the city. Attractions here include the ... Read more » Courtesy Prague City Tourism

#5 St. Vitus Cathedral (Chram svateho Vita) While the site of St. Vitus Cathedral dates back to about A.D. 925, the church that stands today is actually the third in honor of Saint Vitus (the patron ... Read more » Andrea Pucci / Getty Images

#6 National Theatre (Narodni divadlo) The National Theatre is the place to come if you want to see opera, theater or ballet in Prague. Read more » Jon's pics / Flickr

Andrea Pucci / Getty Images

#8 Jewish Quarter (Josefov) 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 ... Read more » mskorpion / Getty Images

#9 Prague Astronomical Clock Located in the Old Town Square, the Prague Astronomical Clock has been around since the 15th century, though it has required repairs many times over its history. Read more » FUTURE LIGHT / Getty Images

#11 Prague Zoo A popular attraction for families, the Prague Zoo offers more than 6 miles of walking trails and exhibits like the Africa House, the Indonesian Jungle and the Valley of the ... Read more » Daniel Ritz / EyeEm / Getty Images

#12 Lobkowicz Palace Owned by the Lobkowicz noble family, this is the only privately-owned part of Prague Castle. The 16th-century palace holds treasures, such as works by masters like Canaletto, Pieter Bruegel the ... Read more » Benoit Bacou / Getty Images

# Letna Park Read more » roman_slavik / Getty Images

# National Technical Museum Read more » Turbulentium / Flickr

Old Town Square  picture in Prague
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National Theatre picture in Prague
Church of St. Nicholas picture in Prague
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Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square picture in Prague
Prague Zoo picture in Prague
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Letna Park  picture in Prague
National Technical Museum picture in Prague
Old Town Square  picture in Prague
Charles Bridge picture in Prague
Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge picture in Prague
Petrin Hill picture in Prague
St. Vitus Cathedral picture in Prague
National Theatre picture in Prague
Church of St. Nicholas picture in Prague
Josefov picture in Prague
Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square picture in Prague
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The Old Town Square has been the hub of activity in Prague since the 12th century.  Nico De Pasquale Photography / Getty Images

The Charles Bridge connects Old Town (Staré Mesto) and Lesser Town (Malá Strana). It's a marvel to behold, but beware of the oppressive afternoon crowds. Alexander Spatari / Getty Images

Prague Castle serves as both the official residence of the Czech president and as a popular tourist attraction. Andrey Danilovich / Getty Images

Past visitors raved about the views from the top of Petrin Hill. Courtesy Prague City Tourism

St. Vitus is one of the highlights of the Prague Castle complex. Andrea Pucci / Getty Images

Fans of opera, theater and ballet will be able to get their fix at a great price at Prague's National Theatre. Jon's pics / Flickr

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The Josefov neighborhood is home to six synagoges and numerous historical Jewish sites.  mskorpion / Getty Images

The Astronomical Clock doesn't display the time of day, but rather phases of the moon. Worth a visit if only just because it makes for a nice photo. FUTURE LIGHT / Getty Images

The Prague Zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals. Daniel Ritz / EyeEm / Getty Images

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Snap spectacular views of the city from Letna Park. roman_slavik / Getty Images

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