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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.

Popular Activities at Old Town Square

Make the most of your time spent at Old Town Square. Here's a list of the best activities:

When planning your visit, you may want to think about purchasing a Private Full Day Tour to Prague from Vienna and an Introduction to Prague Walking Tour with an Historian Guide.

If you're seeking more activities, examine our Prague things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Old Town Square


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Grandium Prague $85
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Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
     
    4.4 of 5
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    This hotel is located in a nice neighborhood and very quiet during night. The staff is very helpful and accommodating (such as changing room). The train station is nearby and all main tourist points are in walking distance. It offers nice breakfast.

    Grandior Hotel Prague $92
    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 $105
      Reviewed on Jun 15, 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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        The staff was really friendly and helpful. Cleaning staff did a good job in cleaning our room.

        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.

          Golden Prague Rooms $69
          Reviewed on May 30, 2019
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          Golden Prague Rooms

          Golden Prague Rooms

          Elisky Krasnohorske 4, Prague, Czech Republic
             
            4.4 of 5
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            Nice and clean. Close to most attractions and friendly staff.

            Hotel Kings Court $156
            Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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            Hotel Kings Court

            Hotel Kings Court

            U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
               
              4.7 of 5
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              The hotel was fantastic and the executive suite was worth the extra cost.

              Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague $118
              Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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              Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

              Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

              Zlatnicka 3, Prague
                 
                4.7 of 5
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                Friendly and helpful staff. Excellent breakfast. Good location.

                MH Suites Palace $69
                Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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                MH Suites Palace

                MH Suites Palace

                Hálkova 7, Prague
                   
                  4.4 of 5
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                  Close to the metro and a few minutes' walk from the museum and Wenceslas Square. Good value for money.