Old Town (Stare Mesto)
Old Town (Staré Město), the original heart of Prague, is located in the center of the modern city and is home to many of Prague’s most popular attractions. Walk the narrow, cobbled streets, browse the shops and markets, and admire quaint buildings and stunning architecture surrounding the Old Town Square.
The medieval-looking Old Town brings together classic European cityscapes, rich historical sites and a mix of traditional and contemporary Czech culture. Thanks to its listing as an internationally recognized World Heritage Site, this part of the city is almost untouched by the modern world.
Sit down for a coffee or beer, or pancake lunch, at one of Old Town’s many cafés and restaurants. The area offers many excellent dining opportunities, catering to all budgets and tastes. Dance the night away on Ungelt Street, a vibrant part of town after dark.
Climb the steps to the top of the Town Hall tower with its Astronomical Clock to get a bird’s-eye view of the area. From here you can see the major attractions such as Týn Church and the Jewish Quarter. Look out over the narrow lanes that connect both religious places.
Join a guided tour with one of the many companies in the area and hear all about the oldest part of Prague. There is a wealth of historical knowledge to pick up from the English-speaking guides.
Old Town is located on the east bank of the Vltava River, in the central Praha 1 district. The area is bordered by the Jewish Quarter to the north, the Vltava River and Lesser Town to the west and the New Town to the south. The historical area is easily explored on foot; driving isn’t recommended. Public transport also services the area.