If art, architecture and 1000 years of history are drawing you to Prague
, you’ll love our Old Town hotels. A settlement from medieval days, once surrounded by a moat, it’s one of the quaintest and most impressive-looking areas of Prague. Wander the narrow cobblestone lanes around the Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock and the Old New Synagogue. Book one of our hotels in Old Town Prague and get a real feel for this ancient city’s oldest region.
The Old Town Square has been around since the 12th century, where it was Prague’s central marketplace. Originally it was surrounded by a moat connected to the Vltava River, but that moat was covered up by streets in the 14th century when Charles IV founded The New Town
. The architecture in the Old Town is a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Romanesque.
Things to see and do
You think your watch is old? Wait until you see the Astronomical Clock! Built in 1410, it has an astronomical dial charting the position of the sun and the moon in the sky, a skeleton who rings a bell and the 12 Apostles peering out through high windows.
Also, be sure to see the Old New Synagogue, the oldest operating synagogue in Europe! Built in 1210, it’s a place where Prague’s Jewish community still goes to worship, and the architecture is old-worldly Gothic-style.
If you’re a book fan, cross a bridge over the Vltava to visit the Franz Kafka Museum, dedicated to Prague’s most famous author. Out the front, you’ll find ‘Proudy’ by David Cerny. Simply put, it’s a sculpture of two guys peeing into a puddle. Not your average public sculpture! Inside the museum you’ll find manuscripts, photos as well as diaries from Kafka’s life. You’ll find plenty more of Cerny’s art in the old town too, like a sculpture of Sigmund Freud hanging by one hand from a pole suspended over the ground.
While you’re in Prague, we suggest you don’t miss Prague Castle – the world’s biggest ancient castle, it’s the size of seven football fields. You could also visit the mind-bending Dancing House, which actually looks like two dancers.
Dining and shopping
Admire the Old Town Square by sitting back at one of its outdoor cafes. In the Old Town’s restaurants there are Michelin stars and respected chefs galore. You can tuck into some fine cuisine and sip superb wine as you admire views of Prague Castle. When it’s shopping time, swing by one of the many nearby book shops or antique stores.
Book one our flights to Prague
and check out our Prague historic city centre accommodation. You’ll ‘Czech out’ a part of town that will take you right back to ancient history.