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Haštalská 1, 110 00 Staré Mesto

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Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Prague, the Speculum Alchemiae Museum transports its visitors back to a time when alchemy seemed significantly more plausible. Tours (the only way to view the museum) lead visitors underground to the building’s secret labs, where alchemists once tried to concoct elixirs for love, memory and eternal youth. Emperor Rudolf II allegedly built the labs during the 16th century and recent construction work of the building led to their rediscovery in 2002.

Previous visitors were impressed with the museum’s tours, which last around 30 minutes, and they said that the guides spoke excellent English and answered all of their questions. The building’s Hogwarts-esque design particularly enchanted fans of the “Harry Potter” series. Be sure to bring a camera and to take as many photos as possible during your 30 minutes in the museum.

The museum sits in Prague’s Jewish Quarter, making it an easily accessible stop on most travelers’ itineraries. The entrance fee for the Speculum Alchemiae Museum is 200 koruna (about $9) for adults, 150 koruna (about $6.50) for students and seniors, 70 koruna (about $3) for children and 500 koruna (about $22) for families (two adults and two children).  The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tours leave in 30-minute intervals. For more information, check out the Speculum Alchemiae Museum’s website.

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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.

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