First Day: Old
Town, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge
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
heart of Prague's historical center is the Old
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
You 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).
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.
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
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
| Top Rated Hotels near Old Town Square:
||Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague
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
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.
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.
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.