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Old Town Square (Staromestske Namesti)

This public space is as important to the people of Prague today as it was a thousand years ago.

The Old Town Square (Staroměstské Náměstí) was once the thriving city center of Prague. Today it remains just as busy, and is the location of many must-see Prague attractions. The square is an excellent starting point for your Prague visit as it allows you to get a sense of the city’s rich history, purchase maps and information guides and grab a coffee at one of the square’s outdoor dining establishments.

Soak up the atmosphere of traditional Europe as you walk between the pastel-colored shops and restaurants that surround the square. The vibrant square is always filled with street performers, artists and tour guides.

Take in the 360-degree view of some of Prague’s most iconic architectural styles from the center of the square or the lookout towers. The Gothic Týn Church, the baroque St. Nicholas Church and the medieval Astronomical Clock are the big draws. Be sure to be in the square on the hour to see the spectacle of its famous clock on the Old Town Hall.

The polished cobbled surface of the square has seen centuries of foot traffic and a gripping history. Find the 27 white crosses marked in the stones, each a memorial to a martyr beheaded following the Battle of White Mountain.

Look up at the bronze statue of Jan Hus and learn about this local preacher who was excommunicated by the pope and burnt at the stake in 1415. He had a message that still resonates today:  “Love each other and wish the truth to everyone.” His death triggered an uprising, the Hussite Wars.

Pick up some gifts or local produce at the square’s seasonal markets. The most iconic of these are the Christmas and Easter markets, held for three weeks in the lead-up to both holidays.

Old Town Square is centrally located and easily reached by tram, metro or on foot from most other historic attractions in Prague. Because the area is very busy, guard your possessions as pickpockets are known to operate in the area.


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Grandior Hotel Prague $52
Grandior Hotel Prague

Grandior Hotel Prague

Na Porici 42, Prague
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bílá labuť Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Florenc Station is 5 minutes.

    Hotel Kings Court $89
    Hotel Kings Court

    Hotel Kings Court

    U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Royal Route, Municipal House Hall, and Palladium Shopping Centre. Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square are also within 10 minutes. Dlouhá třída Stop is only a 5-minute walk and Náměstí Republiky Stop is 6 minutes.

      Grand Majestic Hotel Prague $48
      Grand Majestic Hotel Prague

      Grand Majestic Hotel Prague

      Truhlarska 16, Prague
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Mucha Museum are also within 15 minutes. Dlouhá třída Stop and Náměstí Republiky Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

        Grandium Hotel Prague $52
        Grandium Hotel Prague

        Grandium Hotel Prague

        Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mucha Museum, Wenceslas Square, and Jindrisska Tower. Museum of Communism and Old Town Square are also within 15 minutes. Muzeum Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jindřišská Stop is 5 minutes.

          Iron Gate Hotel and Suites $49
          Iron Gate Hotel and Suites

          Iron Gate Hotel and Suites

          Michalska 19, Prague
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Royal Route and Prague Astronomical Clock. Old Town Square and Church of Our Lady before Týn are also within 5 minutes. Mustek Station is 5 minutes by foot and Staromestska Station is 6 minutes.

            Art Nouveau Palace Hotel $53
            Art Nouveau Palace Hotel

            Art Nouveau Palace Hotel

            Panska 12, Prague
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mucha Museum, Wenceslas Square, and Prague Astronomical Clock. Old Town Square and Charles Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km). Jindřišská Stop and Václavské náměstí Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

              Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague $43
              Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague

              Majestic Plaza Hotel Prague

              Stepanska 33, Prague
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of New Town Hall, Lucerna Palace, and Wenceslas Square. Mucha Museum and Museum of Communism are also within 15 minutes. Vodičkova Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Štěpánská Stop is 5 minutes.

                Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague $59
                Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

                Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

                Zlatnicka 3, Prague
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Route and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Palladium Shopping Centre are also within 10 minutes. Náměstí Republiky Stop and Masarykovo Nádraží Stop are within a 5-minute walk.