Staromestske namesti
Staromestske namesti
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The most significant square of historical Prague, it was founded in the 12th century and has been witness to many historical events. In addition to the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the square is dominated by the Baroque Church of St Nicholas, the Rococo Kinský Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell and the monument to Jan Hus. In the pavement of the square are memorial stones marking the execution of 27 Czech lords in 1621, and the Prague meridian.
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Neighbourhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighbourhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 5 min walk
  • bridge • 6 min walk
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  • Mark H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prague is wonderful
    Me and my girlfriend have spent 4 nights in Prague and it is a truly beautiful, historical and interesting place and the architecture gives it a romantic feel. Good food and very friendly hospitable people. Definitely recommend for couples
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    It is, for sure, number one place to be visited in Prague. Guarded by other impressive buildings, monuments and having a lot of restaurants and terraces around, it is large enough to offer you a little bit of space in the crowd. It is a must in Prague.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 August 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California7,752 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing architecture
    We stayed at the Marriott hotel and this City Center Square is only two blocks away. The Tyn church, astronomical clock, Saint Nicholas church, the Powder Tower, and the theater building are all right here together. This area has amazing architecture and it’s fun to just wander around and take pictures especially later in the day and in the evening when the lights come on.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 stars
    4.5 stars. This is not the be-all end-all of Prague. However, it is a stunningly beautiful city centre. I will always remember reading my book ('The Unbearable Lightness of Being' by Milan Kundera; a great book to read in Prague) in the square, intermittently pausing and looking up to simply enjoy the spectacular buildings. I honestly prefer the square at night; the lights make the buildings breathtakingly beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Relax815947
    Chennai (Madras), India3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Beautiful place. We roam whole day. This is the old Prague. Since it was tourist season, crowd was there but we enjoyed a lot. Night we had dinner in a restaurant in front of the astronomical clock. Must visit this place at night. This place gives a Renaissance vibes. Don't miss the chimney cake with ice cream🍦
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Sean J
    Manchester, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Busy , but such a Beautiful Square
    We arrived for our 4 day stay on the Saturday afternoon , checked in and walked about 15 minutes into the Square from our Hotel. It is stunning to be fair , the architecture , statues , churches and endless array of lovely little restaurants dotted about the Square give it an undeniably touristy feel without losing its identity , and of course the 600 year old Astronomical Clock. As I said it was a Saturday afternoon when we first visited and it was really busy , we got into the Square just before the hourly show on the clock and it was almost impossible to get anywhere near the clock , but that's irrelevant , you still get to see it and it really is amazing to watch something so old still doing its thing....Over the course of our stay we walked through the Square numerous times , stopping for Dinner or just having a drink as we were passing through , sometimes not as busy and sometimes as busy. It's definitely worth a visit , there is a lovely feel to the Old Town Square ...Enjoy
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • AndrewsTheGreat
    West Bloomfield, Michigan5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful BUT ….
    Beautiful but overcrowded day and night. Impossible to find a reasonably priced restaurant with local food without prior reservations especially if you want to eat after 5 pm . Whatever is available is occupied by locals who are hugging tables for hours.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Anthony
    New York City, New York897 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy Square
    Any visit to Prague is not complete without visiting this square at the heart of the city. The main attraction is the astronomical clock. If you want to see the astronomical clock in action, make sure to claim a spot 10-15 minutes before the top of the hour as there were large crowds every hour even on a chilly November weekday. There were many restaurants in the square, though prices were predictably higher than other parts of Prague. The Charles Bridge is a short 10 minute walk from the square.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia50,617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent square
    We stayed nearby and loved the vibrancy of this square. Yes it can get very busy but there is so much to do in this square. You have the astronomical clock, bars and restaurants,horse stalls selling smoked meat and lots more. During our stay on the last few days we experienced some light snow which really enhanced the atmosphere.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
  • tcc334
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. X
    A beautiful square to visit with so much to see and take in. Loaded with history and a pleasure to walk around this square. Also, home to the astronomical clock, which is a must see. No visit to Prague would be complete without visiting this square and meandering through the surrounding streets.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 February 2024
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania13,026 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Last December - Dec 2023 - when we were visiting Prague we were lucky to find in the old town square also the Christmas market of 2023. Well I can't really say that I'm a huge fan of Christmas markets , but this was really interesting because beside the typical trinkets and souvenirs there was also all sort of snacks - from the "classic" Prague ham , moving on to pastry and also some more or less alcoholic beverages.
Sure , visiting this place is an experience any time of the year - it doesn't have to be a fair or market there - in the vicinity there are a lot of things that traveler can check out and in the square itself you shall find the several landmarks of Prague like : the Old Town Hall with the Astronomical clock - the oldest still working in the world - the Jan Huss monument - the reformer who died a martyrs death - the churches of St. Nicholas and the gothic marvel the church of our Lady before Tyn .... an this just to mention a few.
Beside these , pubs and bars are there by the dozens so for sure you can pick a spot that you like to grab some food and some Czech beer to go with it.
Definitely an excellent place and definitely you can't miss visiting it when you are in Prague.
Written 24 April 2024
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Brian Jude
United Kingdom160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Amazing square with a real buzz and ooozing history
Central cathedral is stunning and 60o year old clock
Grab a beer and some pork at The Old Prague Ham where you can stand outside and marvel at the view
Written 13 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI265 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
There's so much amazing history that transpired in this square and the buildings that surround it. Centuries ago, it was the market square. One might not think the square is impressive or important, but when one considers its historical significance, it puts everything into perspective. This square was where the original Protestant Reformation began in the 15th Century. The Marien Columb was erected to celebrate the end of the 30 Years' War. It was taken down to celebrate the end of the Hapsburg Dynasty and put up again because of its historical significance.
Written 2 April 2024
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Tereza B
Havant, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Been coming to Prague since I was a child from the UK as am half Czech. Came with my husband this time it's been great as it's Easter all the Easter stalls are here
Written 31 March 2024
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Pub Monster Neil
Liverpool, UK1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Staromestske Namesti ( Old Town Square ) is without a shadow of a doubt the most beautiful square in the Czech Republic, I've viewed it so many times over the many years I've been visiting this fascinating city, architecture on this square is amazing, Old Town Hall with Astronomical Clock, St Nicholas Church, Gothic Church Of Our Lady Before Tyn ,Jan Hus Monument to name but some of the amazing sites to view on this magnificent square ,every building on this square is awesome and historic, there's also lots of great pubs, bars, cafe's and restaurants and it's a major tourist destination, I love visiting here at night when the square and its wonderful buildings are illuminated, looks absolutely fantastic, if you're planning a holiday to Prague its a square to most definitely check out.
Written 28 March 2024
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annminky
United States1,602 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Be prepared when you visit Prague in January. It is snowing and oh! So cold, but worth every minute of it. I just love the architecture, the mystery it holds, the sacredness of this place. From my hotel balcony, the view is
so beautiful, early morning and at night time. Stroll through the interesting city as you enjoy Lots of vendors, restaurants, souvenir shops, cafes and amazing sculptures. Take time to witness the astronomical clock. Word of caution, keep your belongings close to you, as there are many people side by side, waiting for the clock to strike.
Written 17 March 2024
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evggal
Holon, Israel324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The square is a great place to go to for pictures of antique architecture. The famous clock is there, and you get a great view of the old Prague city gate. It's especially interesting during the holidays when decorations are set.
Written 12 March 2024
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tcc334
Aberdeen, UK183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A beautiful square to visit with so much to see and take in. Loaded with history and a pleasure to walk around this square. Also, home to the astronomical clock, which is a must see. No visit to Prague would be complete without visiting this square and meandering through the surrounding streets.
Written 16 February 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We stayed nearby and loved the vibrancy of this square.

Yes it can get very busy but there is so much to do in this square.

You have the astronomical clock, bars and restaurants,horse stalls selling smoked meat and lots more.

During our stay on the last few days we experienced some light snow which really enhanced the atmosphere.
Written 11 February 2024
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Anthony
New York City, NY897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Any visit to Prague is not complete without visiting this square at the heart of the city. The main attraction is the astronomical clock. If you want to see the astronomical clock in action, make sure to claim a spot 10-15 minutes before the top of the hour as there were large crowds every hour even on a chilly November weekday. There were many restaurants in the square, though prices were predictably higher than other parts of Prague. The Charles Bridge is a short 10 minute walk from the square.
Written 17 December 2023
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