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Old Town Square

Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) has been Prague’s principal public centre since the 10th century, and was its main marketplace until the beginning of the 20th century. It is the centre of Czech national history and art, witnessing all political meetings, concert bands, celebrations of victories either in the political …

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Astronomical Clock

Prague’s Astronomical Clock is one of the oldest and most elaborate clocks ever built. It was first installed in 1410 and later the clock was rebuilt by the Master Hanus in 1490. The clock is composed of three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and …

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The Old Town

This is Prague’s most central area with the city’s most popular attractions. The busy restaurants, pubs, and shops are here. During the day, and even in the evenings, crowds of tourists fill its most-visited areas. Yet regardless of all the commercial activity, there are still plenty of small backstreets, giving …

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Church of Our Lady before Tyn

This Gothic church (Kostel Matky Boží před Týnem) boasts spectacular 80m high twin towers and can be seen from miles around, along with the tower of the Town Hall located opposite the building. The church was built in the 14th century and was the primary place of worship for foreign …

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Pařížská Street

Pařížská Street, the ultimate bourgeois avenue, thanks to its location, has always belonged to the streets with a high concentration of luxurious shops, swanky cafés, restaurants and bars. This street runs off the Old Town Square to the Vltava River, it bisects the Jewish quarter and is an easy walk …

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Celetná Street

This street is located in the Old Town and is one of the most important streets in the district. It is steeped with history dating back to the 14th century, during which time it was inducted into the “Royal Way”, which was a route through the city that Czech monarchs …

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Church of St. Nicholas (Old Town Square)

This Church of St. Nicholas (Chrám sv. Mikuláše) was a Gothic building and was the parish church of the Old Town before the Tyn Church was built. It was taken by Benedictine monks during the Counter-Reformation of Czech lands during the 1600s and was then rebuilt in a Baroque style …

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Ungelt

In the early 12th century this area of town was essentially the entry point for anyone coming into the city to trade, as the customs post was located here. In fact, all customs duty was paid here up until the 16th century, meaning that the area is replete with history. …

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Prague Christmas Markets

Major markets are located around Wenceslas Square and Old Town Square while smaller ones can be found around Havelské Tržiště, Náměstí Míru and Náměstí Republiky. Another one is located at the Prague Exhibition Grounds (Výstaviště). But probably the most beautiful is the Old Town Square market where a giant Christmas …

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House at the Stone Bell

The House at the Stone Bell (Dům U Kamenného zvonu) is considered by many to be the most beautiful building in the whole of the Old Town and is thought to have once belonged to Queen Eliska of the Premyslids, who was the wife of King John of Luxembourg. It is …

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