Old Town Square

In the heart of the Old Town is the Old Town Square where centuries of notable entertainment have taken place and where a feeling of the dramatic history permeates the atmosphere. The Jan Hus statue is the centrepiece among a variety of surrounding historical buildings. The statue was erected on July 6th 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformer’s death. The groundswell of supporters for his beliefs during the 14th & 15th centuries eventually led to the Hussite wars. Despite the initial outcry at the modern style of the sculpture the statue stands as a symbol of Czech identity.

More recently, on the 8th of May 1945, a large part of what is now the town hall, was destroyed by German tanks as they departed in defeat and lies preserved as reminder of this atrocity. One day before the end of the War 5000 Czechs were killed, as they fought against the Nazis shortly before they final liberation came and the soviet troops heralded over 40 years of communist rule.

Fortunately today the square is much more peaceful although it is still a popular space for political speeches, Christmas festivities and large public gatherings. The most notable sights here, easily viewed from the comfort of one of the out door cafes, are the Church of our Lady at Tyn, the astronomical clock tower (a part of the town hall) and many buildings of the Romanesque, baroque and gothic styles. A minutes walk down the famous and most expensive street Pariska will lead you to the Jewish Quarter.

Old Town Bridge Tower

The Old Town Bridge Tower was designed by Peter Parler, the architect of the Charles Bridge, as a part of the fortification system around the Old Town. The Late Gothic Tower, known as the most beautiful bridge tower in Europe, was built between 1370 and 1391 at the Old Town side of the Charles Bridge and served as a gateway to Prague's city center.

The 64m tall tower was richly decorated on both the east and west facade, but the sculptures on the west facade (towards the Charles Bridge) were severely damaged during a siege by Swedish troops in 1648 and removed afterwards. Fortunately, the decorations on the east facade were preserved.

Above the arch are the coat of arms of all the lands that were part of the Bohemian Kingdom as well as the kingfisher, the symbol of King Wenceslas IV. The three statues above the coat of arms depict the patron saint of Bohemia, Saint Vitus in the center with King Charles IV to his left and King Wenceslas IV to his right. Near the top of the tower are two statues of Saint Sigismund and Saint Vojtech (Adalbert).

A long stairway leads to an observation room from where you have great views of Old Town and the Charles Bridge.



Accommodation of Old Town Square area


1.jpg Pension Corto Old Town Prague ***
Pension Corto Old Town (Havelska 15, Prague 1) In the very heart of the Old Town of Prague and just a few steps away from Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, one finds the 14th century gothic house “The Golden Rose”. Situated within is the Pension “Corto” which offers affordable, newly constru...
Special Offer: 44 EUR Double Room in first floor / night

1.jpg Hotel Savic Prague ****
The Savic hotel is situated in the heart of the city centre at Old Town Square, just a few steps away, on the cobbled streets of the famous "Astronomical Clock". It is surrounded by the most significant historical landmarks of Prague, like the Charles Bridge, the National Theatre and the Wenceslas Square etc.
High-Season: 166 EUR Double room / night

1a.jpg Hotel U Prince Prague *****
Situated in the centre of Prague direct on the Old Town Square opposite the Astronomical Clock, hotel “U PRINCE” opened on the first of january 2001 after complete reconstruction of this twelfth century building. The hotel offers 15 two-bed rooms, 7 junior suites and 2 luxurious apartments all are w...
High-Season 08: 266 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Apostolic Residence Prague ****
The Apostolic Residence is a part of the historic part of Prague. Residence offers accommodation in the apartments with a unique view of the Old Town Astronomical Clock directly from the windows. Astronomical Clock (so called Orloj) is the most popular part of the Old Town Hall tower. The residence...
Low-Season: 145 EUR Double room Superior / night

Special Offer: 124 EUR Double room Superior / night

main.jpg Grandhotel Praha Prague ****
The Grand hotel Praha enjoys a superb location directly in the heart of the Old Town a short ride from many theatres, exhibition centres and shopping area .
Special Offer: 181 EUR Double room Superior / night

1.jpg Hotel At The Three Drums ***
Excelent located 3 stars hotel right in the Old Town just fewsteps to the Old Town Square. The house At The Three Drums (U Tri Bubnu) was built in 15th century. The complete renovation to a small comfortable hotel was finished in May 2002. The house is located in the historical centre of Prague in t...
Special Offer: 58 EUR Double room / night

79-antik-zahradka.jpg Hotel Antik Prague ***
Cosy, recently reconstructed hotel in the very centre of the historical part of Prague. You find the hotel in the quiet side-street „Dlouhá“ just two minutes away from „Staromestske namesti“ (Old Town Square). It offers the visitors 12 stylishly equipped rooms, full-equipped with private bathroom, t...
on request
rott_01.jpg Hotel Rott Prague ****
FIRST class hotel Located exactly in the heart of old Prague, on the King's Way, "Small Square" together with the bigger Old Town Square forms one historic, aesthetic entity, where the V.J. Rott family opened their ironmonger's shop in the first half of the 13th century. All of 84 spacious rooms and...
Special Offer: 130 EUR Double room / night

1.jpg Hotel U Stare Pani Prague ***
Comfort *** hotel with 16-room capacity in the pedestrian zone of the Prague centre. All attractive tourist sights are reachable in walking distance. Location, quality services and prices for accommodation make our hotel affordable for bussiness clients. The rooms are equipped with TV-satelite set, ...
High-Season: 158 EUR Double room / night


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