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Stare MestoPrague

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The geographical and historical heart of Prague, this UNESCO-listed district features a tangle of cobblestone streets lined by Baroque churches, palaces and houses. 

Stare Mesto, Prague’s UNESCO-listed Old Town, is a storybook hub packed to the brim with historic churches, monuments and sights that cause snap-happy tourists to stop and take photographs. Dine while seated outdoors in colorful squares, wander the atmospheric lanes and see some of the city’s most iconic sights including the famous Astronomical Clock.

The history of Stare Mesto can be traced back to the 9th century, when traders traveling along the Vltava River would meet at this strategic location. Gradually, some traders began to settle here and a settlement sprung up around the banks of the river. The center of the early settlement was the Old Town Square, which still retains an old-world atmosphere. Come here to see Prague’s fascinating Old Town Hall, where every hour, crowds gather to see the medieval Astronomical Clock’s mechanical statues perform a 45-second procession.

Also bordering the Old Town Hall is the Church of Our Lady Before Týn, whose eye-catching pair of Gothic spires are a defining feature of Prague’s skyline. During the build-up to the festive period, the square plays host to a charming Christmas market. If you have time, pause to soak up the enchanting atmosphere of the square. Sip a beer in one of the surrounding bars or restaurants, and watch as street entertainers put on a show for sightseers.

Explore the winding lanes that radiate out from the central square to encounter even more fascinating historic landmarks. Take a tour around the magnificent art nouveau-style Municipal House and survey the National Gallery’s impressive collection of art spanning the 13th to 16th centuries in the Gothic-style Convent of St. Agnes.

Don’t leave without visiting the Prague Jewish Museum. Set across six separate sites, including several synagogues, a ceremonial hall and the Jewish Cemetery, this enlightening museum chronicles the systematic oppression of Prague’s Jewish community over the centuries.

Stare Mesto sits along the east bank of the Vltava River. Access the area on foot via Charles Bridge or ride the metro to Staroměstská station.


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Aurus
Aurus
4 out of 5
Karlova 3, Prague
The price is €74 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr

Located in Prague 1, this romantic bed & breakfast is steps away from Royal Route and Old Town Bridge Tower. Prague Astronomical Clock and Charles Bridge are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (231 reviews)

"The hotel is in the heart of Prague; very clean and beautiful. The staff was most helpful. First thing I noticed was the aroma of the bakeries and chocolate shops around the hotel. The breakfast was outstanding. When I return to Prague I will definitely stay in this hotel again!"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

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Hotel U Prince
Hotel U Prince
5 out of 5
Staromestske namesti 460/29, Prague
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €63 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Royal Route, Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Church of Our Lady before Týn and Estates ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (295 reviews)

"I can’t fault this hotel at all, the staff are amazing, the suite was just everything! Their rooftop Restuarant is well worth checking out, the attention to detail in the rooms is amazing and very Instagram friendly!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

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Hotel U Zlateho Stromu
Hotel U Zlateho Stromu
4 out of 5
Karlova 6, Prague
The price is €38 per night from 15 Apr to 16 Apr

Located in Prague 1, this hotel is steps away from Royal Route and Old Town Bridge Tower. Charles Bridge and Prague Astronomical Clock are also within 10 minutes. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (492 reviews)

"Location. Really nice staff,. Upgraded us to top floor . INCREDIBLE room for free. Couldn't have been better. Stay here"…"

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2020

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Ventana Hotel Prague
Ventana Hotel Prague
5 out of 5
Celetna 7 (entrance Stupartska 2), Prague
The price is €120 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Wenceslas Square and Charles Bridge are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (973 reviews)

"They didn't provide like I asked and which I feel I was entitled to."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2020

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Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
Iron Gate Hotel and Suites
5 out of 5
Michalska 19, Prague
The price is €65 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr

Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps away from Royal Route and Prague Astronomical Clock. Old Town Square and Church of Our Lady before Týn are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (981 reviews)
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"lovely hotel, great room and spacious as i worked from it most of the day.....great location and i prefer it to the U Prince its sister property"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2020

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U Medvidku-Brewery Hotel
U Medvidku-Brewery Hotel
3 out of 5
Na Perstyne 345/7, Prague, Czech Republic
The price is €54 per night from 4 May to 5 May

Located in Prague 1, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Prague Astronomical Clock and Old Town Square. Charles Bridge and Wenceslas Square are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (139 reviews)

"Run down. Uncomfortable beds, and loud people roaming the hallways at all hours."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

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