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Charles Square

At the heart of Prague’s New Town is a pretty park with statues of famous Czech people and framed by historic buildings.

Collect your thoughts amid the peaceful confines of Charles Square (Karlovo náměstí). Stroll along tree-lined paths while spotting sculptures of recognized figures from Czech popular culture. Admire Baroque and Renaissance landmarks, which are typical of Prague’s architectural landscape.

King Charles IV established Charles Square in 1348 as the focal point of Prague’s New Town district. It served as a cattle market from the 15th century, before being converted into a park in the 1800s. Learn about its darker past. Legend says that it once operated as an execution ground. Rebellious aristocrats and clergymen are said to have met their fate here.

Throughout the year the park is a great place to spend a few relaxing hours. In spring and summer the flowerbeds bloom with vivid colors. The fall foliage presents an attractive foreground to the surrounding architecture. Visit in winter, when the snow-covered lawns induce a sense of romance. Sit on a bench and enjoy a moment of serenity away from Prague’s always busy Old Town.

Examine the square’s collection of statues portraying well-known national figures. These include the Czech poet Vítězslav Hálek and anatomist Jan Evangelista Purkyně. See statues of author Karolina Světlá and feminist writer Eliška Krásnohorská as well.

Walk to the northern edge of the square to see the Renaissance-style New Town Hall. Check out the temporary art exhibits and join a guided tour of the 230-foot-tall (70-meter) tower, reached by climbing a wooden staircase. At the opposite end is Faust House, a Baroque mansion associated with black magic and the devil. Don’t miss the Church of St. Ignatius, which is one of Prague’s earliest Baroque buildings.

Located in Prague’s New Town, Charles Square is easy to reach using the metro and trams. Karlovo náměstí metro station is just a 5-minute walk away. In addition to the historic buildings, explore the range of bars, cafés and restaurants located on the square’s surrounding streets. Be especially alert if you visit the square at night when pickpockets are known to operate.


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Grandium Prague $84
Reviewed on Jun 18, 2019
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Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
     
    4.4 of 5
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    Grandium Prague was in a great area, quiet but easily accessible and reasonably close to all the things one would want to see when visiting Prague. Walking through the main reception and towards the elevators was a little bit like walking through a mirror maze, however. It was a little disorienting. ...

    Grandior Hotel Prague $89
    Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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    Grandior Hotel Prague

    Grandior Hotel Prague

    Na Porici 42, Prague
       
      4.5 of 5
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      Modern hotel with clean rooms in a great location. Very helpful staff

      Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague $110
      Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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      Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague

      Michelangelo Grand Hotel Prague

      Vladislavova 1477/20, Praha 1 - Nove Mesto, Prague
         
        4.8 of 5
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        Loved that this hotel is in Prague 1, and even though it's sort of on the edge of the old town (10 min uber from the main train station), it's a really short walk to all the touristy stuff.

        MH Suites Palace $65
        Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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        MH Suites Palace

        MH Suites Palace

        Hálkova 7, Prague
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Really comfortable suite the bed was amazing. Only critic was that the number of times the suite was cleaned in the 2 weeks we were there, the floors got quite dirty but were only sept and washed twice.

          Hotel Majestic Plaza $71
          Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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          Hotel Majestic Plaza

          Hotel Majestic Plaza

          Stepanska 33, Prague
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Clean rooms, nice bar/reception area and great location. All very reasonably priced

            Corinthia Hotel Prague $102
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            Corinthia Hotel Prague

            Corinthia Hotel Prague

            Kongresova 1, Prague
               
              4.2 of 5
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              Great property ....5 min by car to old town..overall good

              Hotel Caesar Prague $81
              Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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              Hotel Caesar Prague

              Hotel Caesar Prague

              Myslikova 1959/15, Praha 1-Nove Mesto, Prague
                 
                4.2 of 5
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                Good location: walking distance to all the tourist sites and some nice bars but quiet which is good. Nice bar and breakfast, rooms cleaned well each day. Helpful staff.

                K+K Hotel Central Prague $88
                Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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                K+K Hotel Central Prague

                K+K Hotel Central Prague

                Hybernska 10, Prague
                   
                  4.5 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Lovely Art Nouveau building. Great location in old town 10 minute walk from the Square. Staff was lovely and responsive. Breakfast was great and restaurant service staff very attentive. Would definitely return to this hotel.