Old-Town Square, Prague
When in Prague be prepared for delicious local food.It's delicius and cheap too.Don't forget to order 'dumblings' instead of bread and search for strange soups served inside a bread's crust!DON'T look for fastfoods cause there aren't so many.Hungy after 11p.m.?Could be a serious problem.
Fondest memory: Christmas Eve at the Old town square square with a cup of red hot wine and sausages sold on the street ,in front of the fabulous catholic church,while it was snowing and small bands were playing and people were singing.
Dedicated to the 14th century revolutionary is the JAN HUS MONUMENT , located in Old Town Square.
The Jan Hus Monument was unveiled in 1915 to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Jan Hus at the stake after being declared a heretic.
The sculpture of the fervent Czech nationalist is by Ladislav Saloun.
Christmas is a special time of year in Prague and the Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient in the Czech festive magic. The Prague Christmas markets are a great opportunity for visitors and locals to come together and share some holiday spirit in a true 'winter wonderland' setting. The markets run daily throughout the whole festive period, from 9am to 7pm. The main ones are at Wenceslas Square and the Old Town Square, with smaller ones taking place at Namesti Republiky and Havelske Trziste.
The Prague Christmas markets consist of rows of brightly decorated wooden huts, selling Czech handicrafts, hot food (corn on the cob, sausages and local specialties) and warm drinks. Outdoor christmas shopping is much easier with a cup of hot wine (svarene vino) in your hand!Great stocking stuffers can be found here, such as Czech glass, wooden toys, candles, Christmas tree ornaments and local hand-made jewellery. Finally, there are the wooden puppets, always puppets.....However, Christmas shopping isn't just about presents.
In Prague's Old Town Square there is a mini zoo. Youngsters and adults who have retained their childlike wonder can enjoy pony rides and stroke sheep, goats and even a lama. Next to the mini zoo, a Bethlehem manger scene is recreated in a wooden stable, complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, the three kings and a straw floor. Most impressive of all is the Christmas tree, shipped from the Sumava mountains & erected in the Old Town Square. Draped in a blaze of lights and set against a dark gothic skyline, this is a spectacular sight.
Fondest memory: YEEEEEEES! - you should meet Christmas and New Year in Prague!!!
You are walking through the cobbled streets of Prague, crossing the beautiful Old Town Square, bundled up warm against the cold winter's night. You've made a few pub stops on the way, and the hot wine from the outside stall is keeping you warm inside.It's New Year's Eve, you're checked into a nice hotel, you've got your party gear on & you are feeling good.Suddenly, all hell breaks loose!
Loud explosions fill the air from all sides, flashes of light illuminate the sky and champagne corks fly. The air is awash with different languages - Czech, Italian, German, French, English and so many more. It's not a matter of walking here, it becomes one of sliding bit by bit between so many jolly people until you've finally found an open pocket of space to breathe & congratulate yourself on not catching fire.Yep, this is the spot, New Year's Eve in Prague; watch out for the ricochets and keep your flammable clothing at home! Forget house parties ...
For reasons known only to themselves, Czechs LOVE setting off fireworks, the size of which may just blow your hearing for a good time to come. In the Old Town Square they might also possibly catch your clothes, hair, eyelashes, and much more aflame - inexplicably, most fireworks are aimed straight into the crowds!Wherever you are - the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, Petrin Hill, Prague Castle, on a dinner cruise, in a restaurant by the river or in a nightclub - Prague is a terrific city for New Year's Eve.
Fondest memory: Have you ever meet a New Year in prague?! - you should do that!!!
Favorite thing: From where I come from which is a modern city, all the building in down town Prague are interesting to me. There are a lot of nice looking buildings around, just keep your eyes open and if you like, take a photo to it. Here is one of the example. This building is just a normal building for people to live, but it just look very interest to me.
I was fortunate enough to spend a month in Prague attending a TEFL certification school located just off Old Town Square. Every day I would alight the Metro one stop early so I could walk through the square and enjoy it in all its morning solitude.
When I first entered the square on my walk, the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock were before me. I would look Death in the face, and if the timing was right, I could even observe him ring his bell on the hour. I would then turn the corner and look up Paris Avenue to the Metronome on Letensky Sady to observe time ticking by.
I still thrill in the memory of this morning walk through the Staromestske Namesti.
Fondest memory: My most favorite building in Prague is the double-spired Tyn Church towering over the Old Town Square. It is so dynamic and impressive to me, and I felt so blessed to have the opporunity to stand in its presence each day during my pedestian commute.
When the sun finally broke through the clouds after weeks of overcast skies, I was mesmerized by the bright, gold tips on the tops of the spires. For me, this is where my heart resides in Prague.
Favorite thing: In Old Town Square on the right hand side as you are looking at Tyn Church there is a plaque on the wall. It states that Albert Einstein played his violin here for Kafka when he was working as a professor at the university in Prague in 1911-12
Find a cafe or bar and watch the hordes of people pass by while you relax and have a Becherovka... or two!
Fondest memory: In Winter sit in the Hotel Europa with a hot wine and watch the masses trundle up and down Wenceslas Square.
Old Town Square is almost always crowded. Tourists flock to see the Astronomical clock chime on the hour. There are many restaurants and lots of activitiy. So it easily becomes over crowded and unpleasant during the peak hours of the day. But as you can tell from my photo here it is not always jammed with tourists. I took this picture around 9:30 in the morning from the Old Town Tower. So to avoid the crowds visit the square earlier in the day or later in the evening.
Fondest memory: One of my fondest memories is seeing this great church in the evening with all of the lights shining on it. It takes on an almost fairy tale like appearance in the evenings.
Favorite thing: Not seen this in many guide books but Prague is the centre of Europe. Look out for the line in the cobbles between the astronomical clock and Tyn Cathedral in the old town square - thats the mark denoting the middle of Europe! In actual tfact I think it must be to do with the time meridian line or something as the geographical centre of Europe is much further Eastwards, somewhere in Northeast Poland or that region (thanks to VT'er German_Eagle for that info :-) )
The Old Town Square consists of a wonderful array of buildings - hardly a door or window the same. The many differing styles are a real vision - one of the most memorable squares I have ever seen.
The most striking feature is the astromomical clock on the Old Town Hall - the procession of its figures on the hour draws the crowds into the square.
Much more on this beautiful square can be seen in the must see section.
Favorite thing: This church was one of the centers of the Hussite movement, but was taken over by the Jesuits in the 17th century. (The building in front of the Church is the Tyn School.) The royal astronomer Tycho Brahe is buried here - he who died of a burst bladder at the court of Rudolf II. Another interesting thing here: the way in which one of the church's towers is slightly, but noticeably larger and taller than the other. In medieval times, it was widely believed to be necessary to have a larger "male" tower protecting a smaller and less dominant "female" tower.
Favorite thing: The popular facade of the Storch House is one of many facades poring over the Old Town Square. The distinctive equestrian mural of St Wenceslas (the country's patron saint) is a few floors talls. The white lion (coat of arms of Bohemia) rests below the windows.
In this square, there are many buildings, cafe and shops. Most people will visit here to take some photos and do a big shopping.
Fondest memory: This is a good idea to have tea in the afternoon and have a beer at night.
Staromestské namestí.Old town square.
You will never forget the first time you see this beautiful square, specially if you come here by night, the illuminated towers of Tyn Cathedral and the city hall, the buildings,each one with its own story,and prague sky, turns you into a magical experience ,and you will start to believe that Prague is much more than a monumental city.