11000 Prague, Czech Republic
Prague 1 – Stare Mesto
tel: 420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
NileGuide Expert tip:
Near Christmas and Easter, market stalls take over the square. In the winter, cars sell hot wine, succulent sausages, and all types of Christmas gifts are available. In the spring, beautiful sweets are available, in addition to jewelry, bags, and souvenirs. If you have the option, try to plan your trip to coincide with one of these lovely market seasons.
Since the 10th century, Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) has been the central square in Prague. At its conception, it was the city's main market place. Then, in the 20th century, buildings began to rise around its rim, bringing with them stories of ghosts and intrigue. Now, the square stirs with cafes, souvenir shops, and art galleries. A mixture of Romanesque and Gothic buildings surround the Old Town Square, the most notable being the Old Town City Hall (on whose exterior the Astronomical Clock can be found), the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, and Kinsky Palace. Old Town Square's centerpiece is a monument to reformer, martyr, and Czech hero, Jan Hus.