Visiting Prague’s Old Town Square
The Old Town Square is one of the main two squares in Prague. Check out Wenceslas Square for the other, just a five minutes walk away. Full of ancient buildings and magnificent churches, the Old Town Square is one of the best historical sights in Europe for architecture. Dating back to the 12th century, this was originally a marketplace for Prague for over 1000 years. The market stalls still survive today, although considerably smaller to what it would have once been. Take a browse and haggle yourself a bargain.
The most notable sights on the square include the Old Town Hall tower, the Astronomical Clock and St. Nicholas Church. At the centre of the square you’ll also find the Jan Hus statue, which marks the anniversary of his death. Grab a coffee and soak up the atmosphere watching the people go by. Hang out at one of the bohemian chic café’s lining the pavements in the square. Alternatively, climb the Old Town Hall Tower for an amazing view over the whole square.
We decided to take a little stroll across Charles Bridge, which is what connects the Old town of Prague, to the New Town. And although it was heaving with a million other tourists like ourselves, you got some lovely views of the city and the various other connecting bridges.
Top Sights to Visit in the Square
The layout of the square doesn’t follow any straight lines, but instead lose yourself, in the best sense, down their winding paths. Lose yourself amid the 14th century townscape and you never know what gems you might find.
Another notable sight worth visiting is the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. The distinctive twin Gothic spires make it almost impossible to miss during your visit to Prague. Feeling a little like something out of a dark fairy tale, the spires loom over the square and are decorated with a golden image of the Virgin Mary. Inside you’ll find baroque architecture, as a stark contrast to the Gothic outside. The entrance to the church is along a passage from the square, through the third left arch of the church.
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