Attractions and Sights in the Old Town

Staré Mesto, the Old Town, is a labyrinth of cobbled lanes, arcaded courtyards, gabled houses, cheerfully painted shop fronts, churches, restaurants, beer gardens and cafes. Most streets and alleyways lead to Old Town Square which buzzes day and night. This part of Prague is brimming with Baroque mansions, Rococo palaces and Gothic churches. Shoppers, tourists and the occasional Czech wind their way through twisting streets on their way to the Astronomical clock and Charles Bridge.

Attractions and Sights in the Old Town

Old Town Square is the heart of Prague’s historic city. Umbrella-shaded terraces spill out onto the pavement and in winter the Christmas market draws a crowd. Wander through the maze of narrow alleys and shopping streets. Look up and feast your eyes on the ornate architecture. Look down at the mosaic inlaid pavements. The two towers of Tyn Church are your beacon and will guide you back to Old Town Square. The Astronomical Clock, The Old Town Hall and Charles Bridge are the best attractions in this neighbourhood.

Shopping in the Old Town

Shop after shop line the streets that lead from Wenceslas Square via Old Town Square to Charles Bridge. They all sell Bohemian crystal, Prague T-shirts and caps, puppets and marionettes, wooden toys and a thousand other souvenirs. Be sure to check out Becherovka, a strong herbal bitter made of thirty different herbs. A speciality of the city of Karovy Vary, this strong drink is available in many shops in the Stare Mesto.

Eating in the Old Town

Every second building in Stare Mesto is a pub, café or restaurant. It will take ages to find out which serves the best food. Ask any Czech and he or she will tell you that the best restaurants are in the Gothic cellars complete with vaulted ceilings. Look out for steps leading down or simply follow the office and sales personnel to their favourite spot for lunch. Ask for the lunch menu which has fixed prices which is served from midday until two o’clock.

Nightlife in the Old Town

When the sun goes down, Prague changes character. Stare Mesto fills with revelers who make a beeline for Karlovy Lazne, a club spread over five floors and said to be the largest dance club in Europe. Locals head for their favourite beer pubs where large mugs of Pilsner Urquel plonk on the wooden tables. Prague nightlife is a happy mixture of old and young, locals and tourists.

Pedestrian Only

Most parts of the Old Town are pedestrian only. Metro stations and tram stops can be found at the edge of this district. Staromestská and Republiky (technically speaking in the Nove Mesto district) are the two metro stations in this area. Trams do not traverse the Old City but run along the Vltava River. Trams 2, 14, 17 and 18 stop near Charles Bridge.

Stare Mesto

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