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This post provides details about visiting the Old Town Square in Prague, including a short, guided video tour.

The Old Town Square is one of the most historic sites in Prague, and it’s surrounded by several notable buildings and landmarks.

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Old Town Square is a major stop on our free walking tours of Prague.


WHAT TO SEE IN OLD TOWN SQUARE

There are a lot of interesting things to see in and around the Old Town Square, and you might want to stop and visit some of these locations while you’re in the neighborhood.

Old Town Hall

Located just Southwest of the square, this is one of the oldest buildings in the city and there are plenty of things to see here.

Prague old town square

Although admission is ticketed, it includes a free tour and access to all the rooms, the tower (viewing deck), and the underground area beneath the building.

This is also the site of the Astronomical Clock, which you can see from the outside for free, so even if you’re not interested in entering the building, you should still visit this attraction.


Astronomical Clock

This historic clock still functions to this very day, and it’s on the ground level of the Old Town Hall, so all you have to do is walk by the building to see this landmark.

Astronomical clock

If you want an even closer look, you can also pay for tickets to enter the Old Town Hall and see some of the inner machinations of the clock.

For more information, make sure to read our post covering the Astronomical Clock.


National Gallery of Prague / Kinský Palace

This is the site of the National Gallery of Prague, and it’s located in the former Kinský Palace directly East from the Old Town Square. 

National Gallery of Prague / Kinský Palace

The gallery includes a variety of interesting and historic artwork from throughout the history of the Czech Republic and Europe in general.

For more details about this attraction, please consider taking our GPS enabled audio tour.


Central Gallery

Next to the National Gallery of Prague, you’ll also find yet another art gallery to the Southeast of the Old Town Square.

While the National Gallery focuses more on works from artists who lived hundreds of years ago, the Central Gallery has artwork from more recent famed creators such as Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol.


Church of Our Lady Before Týn

This historic church is on the opposite site of the Central Gallery, and it’s one of the most beautiful examples of 14th-century architecture in the area.

You are free to enter and take a look around if you wish on most days.

Church of Our Lady before Týn

If you’re looking for more information about this location, consider taking our GPS-enabled audio tour which covers the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.


St. Nicholas’ Church

You’ll find this historic church to the Northwest of the Old Town Square.

Built in the 12th century, this location has since become more of a concert venue than a place of worship.

St Nicholas Church, Prague
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In addition to a vaulted dome ceiling, there are also beautiful chandeliers and incredible interior decorations.

For additional details, please think about taking our GPS enabled audio tour.


Jan Hus Memorial

Located at the center of the Old Town Square, this giant monument portrays Hussite warriors standing victorious after the Battle of the White Mountain.

Jan Hus Memorial

This statue was designed in 1915 to commemorate the martyrdom of Jan Hus 500 years earlier.

The sculptor was Ladislav Šaloun, an artist and architect who also worked on such buildings as the New Town Hall, Municipal House, and the City of Prague Museum.

About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo, Washington.org, and more.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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