Old Town (Stare Mesto), Prague

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The oldest section of a very old city, Old Town (Stare Mesto) sits on the right bank of the Vltava River and contains most of Prague's major architectural landmarks. The central square of this atmospheric old quarter has served as the city's main marketplace since 1100 CE, though excavations of ancient underground cellars have revealed that permanent habitation probably existed here long before that time. Crisscrossed by a network of cobblestone streets, this historical neighborhood offers you a chance to discover a cityscape seemingly frozen in the 14th century. The easiest way to explore this labyrinthine quarter is to follow the signposted tourist trail, following a route once used by kings and queens on their way to coronation. See Old Town (Stare Mesto) and all Prague has to offer by arranging your trip with our Prague travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    It is the place par excellence of Prague, a beauty, with the astronomical clock hourly concentrated to heaps of people to see the twelve apostles. There is a lovely atmosphere and always some group playing jazz. Wait for it nightfall to see the light and it was a show, I did a beautiful photo that I share with you. Do not miss visiting is a wonderful city.
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  • August 17, 2017
    We wandered around the old town on a sunny day. It was very crowded but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the wonderful buildings and squares.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The old town in Prague you can stroll endlessly. And whenever you can see here something interesting and amazing. Even the chimes-nothing special is not in view. But still they gather a crowd and want to stop and look again.
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