Old-Town Square, Prague
This large square was founded in the 10th century. It was a marketplace until the beginning of the 20th century. It is surrounded by lots of colourful buildings. The first houses here were built around it in the 12th and 13th century.
Tragic events such as executions, political events and demonstrations took place at this square. For instance 27 nobles were killed because of their rebellion against the Hapsburg empire.
The mains sights here are the Old Town Hall with the clock (see tip), the churches of the Lady Upon Tyn and Saint Nicholas.
The nearest subway station to this square is “Staromestska”.
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.
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: 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.
This is Neo-Baroque appartment house from 1895-97.
It was built in place of two demolished Baroque houses.
Fondest memory: Writer F. Kafka spend part of his youth there.
Favorite thing: The Powder Gate Tower links the entrance to the old town from the new town. It is one of the few remaining gothic towers from the city fortifications and was used as a gunpowder store.
Favorite thing: The medieval feel to the square here is evident. There are many winding streets and always large crowds. The picture is of me stood underneath the Astronomical clock.
Favorite thing: Visit Staromestske Namesti [Old Town Square] in the center of historic Prague. More history may have taken place elsewhere, but this is where all Tourists end up.
Favorite thing: If you have the chance, visit Staromestke namesti - the Tyn Church (built in 1365) and Old Town Hall are beautiful...
Check out the Christmas market with the huge Christmas Tree.
Have a hot wine and watch the worls go back. Make sure you sit near a heater :-)