First Day: Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge


myCZ tip: Introductory Guided Tour
It may be helpful to take a guided tour of Prague before you set out on your own. Such tours allow you to see and learn a lot in a matter of a few hours. For suggested tours, please visit Prague Bus Tours or Prague Walking Tours.


Old Town Square with Tyn ChurchOld Town Square

The heart of Prague's historical center is the Old Town Square. It has been beautifully restored and it is a good place to start your Prague visit. You will find the Gothic spires of the Týn Church towering over the square and the statue of reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall on the opposite side of it. Personally, we don't think that the hourly display of the 12 apostles on the Astronomical Clock is worth a wait longer than five minutes, but some may disagree.

You will not regret a climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower. The view of the square and beyond is spectacular.

St. Nicholas ChurchYou can buy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage that starts and ends on Old Town Square. The carriages are lined up near the white St. Nicholas Church and a 20-minute ride costs around 800 - 1,000 CZK per carriage (seats four people).

Around Old Town Square

Wander the streets leading off the square - the grand Pařížská, the charming Týnská that leads to Ungelt, the ever-busy Melantrichova that will take you to Wenceslas Square... Walk down Celetná to the Powder Tower, one of the historical entrances to the Old Town. Connected to the tower is the exquisite Municipal House, Prague's Art Nouveau gem.

Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is not far from Old Town Square and it would make sense to visit it in connection with your tour of the Old Town. The Jewish Museum administers the following sites: the Maisel Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, the Old Jewish Cemetery, the Klaus Synagogue, and the Ceremonial Hall. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest working synagogue in Central Europe.

Charles Bridge in WinterCharles Bridge

Walk across the Charles Bridge on your first day because you may want to do it again. We recommend strolling across it at night to enjoy the magnificent view of the Prague Castle all lit up. Also, at night the crowds will be smaller. Keep in mind that during the day you can climb the towers on both sides of the bridge. We especially recommend the one on the Old Town side for wonderful views of the bridge and the spires of the Old Town. Read more on our Charles Bridge page.

 

 

 Top Rated Hotels near Old Town Square:
Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague 5 stars
Jakubská 8, Prague 1 - Old Town
The luxury Buddha-Bar Hotel is located in the heart of Prague, close to the Old Town Square, and features a luxurious contemporary Asian-Colonial interior design. Enjoy the ultimate in atmosphere, “eatertainment”, highly personalised service and wonderful rooms. The Buddha-Bar restaurant offers an exquisite culinary experience.
Ventana Hotel Prague Ventana Hotel Prague 5 stars
Celetná 7/600, Prague 1 - Old Town
The Ventana boutique hotel enjoys a superb location near Old Town Square. It is housed in a historic, Neo-Renaissance palace. The elegantly furnished rooms have high ceilings and marble bathrooms, and offer views of the Týn Cathedral, the Royal Route or Old Town Square.
Hotel Paris Hotel Paris 5 stars
U Obecního domu 1, Prague 1 - Old Town
The Hotel Paris is located by Prague's Municipal House and was built in 1904 in Neo-Gothic style with Art Nouveau elements. All elegant rooms are decorated with replicas of original Art Nouveau furniture. The Sarah Bernhardt restaurant offers French and international cuisine and the Café de Paris has a charming Parisian atmosphere of the 1920s.
Merchant's Yard Merchant's Yard 4 stars
Týn 10, Prague 1 – Old Town
The Merchant’s Yard is a wonderful value thanks to its excellent service, amenities and superb location. It is housed in a 15th-century building in a UNESCO protected site right off of Old Town Square. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms are quiet and offer views of the Týn Church and Old Town.