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Walking Through Prague's Old Town

Having spent twelve days in Prague, Liz and her husband are keen to share their experience and help others planning a visit to the city.

Prague Old Town Square.

Prague Old Town Square.

Hitting the Tourist Trail

I have to admit that my knowledge of Prague and the Czech Republic was fairly limited prior to our visit in the Fall of 2017. It had been highly recommended as a very picturesque city. I had been told about the beautiful buildings and the Old Town Hall clock, so it made sense for us to head over to the Old Town and start exploring. As capital cities go, Prague is fairly compact. The Old Town, with its several pedestrianized areas, lends itself to walking more than any form of transport.

Places to See in Prague Old Town

  1. The Municipal House.
  2. The Powder Gate.
  3. Old Town Square.
  4. Kinsky Palace.
  5. Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.
  6. St. Nicholas Church in Old Town Prague.
  7. The Old Town Hall.
  8. The Astronomical Clock.
  9. Towards the river.

Continue scrolling for more information about these must-see sites. At the end of this article, you will also find information about other sites in the Old Town as well as a few of the city's traditional refreshments.

1. The Municipal House

As we headed towards the Powder Gate to get into the Old Town, we were struck by the stunning architecture of the nearby Municipal House, which is right on the edge of Prague Old Town and located on the site of the former Royal Court Palace. The present Art Nouveau building was built from 1905–1911. The Smetana Hall inside is Prague's main concert venue, with ticket prices which reflect this.

Tip: It is possible to book a guided tour of the ornate interior, but if time or finances are limited, you can try entering to look at the restaurants inside. You are unlikely to make it into the Smetana Hall, but you will get a sense of the opulent interior. Be warned, however, that food and drinks here are on the pricey side.

The Municipal House's stunning art nouveau exterior.

The Municipal House's stunning art nouveau exterior.

2. The Powder Gate

The Powder Gate is on the site of one of the 13 entrances to the Old Town dating from the 11th Century. In 1475, Vladislav II laid the foundation stone of what was to be called The New Tower as an addition to the next door palace of the Royal Court. In 1483, the king fled because of riots. When he returned two years later, he chose to live in Prague Castle on the other side of the Vltava river.

In the 17th Century, the gate was used to store gunpowder, which is how it was named The Powder Gate. It is now one of a number of viewpoints that visitors can access for an admission fee.

3. Old Town Square

Celetna Street links the Powder Gate with Starometske Namesti (Old Town Square, Prague). As you enter the square, pause to take a look at the Neo-Renaissance building, Storch House (Number 16), with its painting of St Wenceslas on horseback. Old Town Square is surrounded by eye-catching and interesting buildings from Prague's historic past.

Towards the north end of Old Town Square stands the statue of Jan Hus, which was unveiled in 1915, on the 500th anniversary of his death. Jan Hus was a reformist cleric and leader of the Hussites. He stood against the corruption of the Catholic Church, taking issue with its opulent style and wealth. He was put in prison, declared a heretic, and burned at the stake.

Tip: The Old Town Square is a magnet for tourists, so aim to get here early in the day for a less-crowded view.

4. Kinsky Palace

On the East side of Old Town Square stands the Rococo Kinsky Palace, with its pretty pink-and-white stucco facade. It was originally built between 1755–1765 for the Golz family. The palace was bought by Stepan Kinsky, an imperial diplomat, in 1768.

Over the years, Kinsky Palace has had several uses. Hermann Kafka, Franz Kafka's father, had a haberdasher's store on the ground floor, and Franz went to secondary school in the palace from 1893 until 1901. The Polish Public Embassy was located here between the Wars (1922–1934). It was from the balcony of Kinsky Palace that Klement Gottwald, the Communist leader, addressed a large crowd of party members, gathered in the square below, in 1948. This was a key event in the rise of the Communist government to power in post-war Czechoslovakia.

In 1949, the National Gallery took over Kinsky Palace, and it has been used for art exhibitions since then.

Kinsky Palace.

Kinsky Palace.

5. Church of Our Lady Before Tyn

The skyline of Prague is dominated by the domes and spires of many churches. Visitors to the Old Town Square can not help but notice the spires of the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. They tower over the buildings on the east side of the square and can be easily seen from various viewpoints around the city.

The construction of this church was started in 1365. It was the main Hussite church in Prague from the early 15th century until 1620. The Tyn Courtyard, behind the church, is well worth exploring, with its mix of architectural styles.

Tip: If you are looking to go to one of the many classical music concerts or any other performance that takes place around Prague, there's a very useful and helpful ticket office near the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn.

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Prague.

Church of Our Lady Before Tyn, Prague.

6. Church of St Nicholas, Old Town Prague

Not to be confused with the Church of St Nicholas across the river in Mala Strana (the Little Quarter), there has been a church on the site of the Church of St Nicholas on the north side of the Old Town Square since the 12th Century. It served as a parish church and meeting place for Prague Old town until the 14th century when Tyn Church was finished. In 1620, the Church of St Nicholas became part of a monastery for the Benedictines.

The building which now stands here was finished in 1735 with its white facade adorned with statues and its green-domed roof. It has had a checkered history. In 1781 Emperor Joseph II closed some monasteries and the Church of St Nicholas was emptied. It was used by troops in the First World War. I was surprised to find out that the redecoration of the interior is due mainly to the colonel in charge at this time. He used artists, who would have otherwise been sent to the front line, to restore the interior. After the war, the church was given to the Czechoslovak Hussite Church.

The nave is dominated by a large crown-shaped chandelier and the Church of St Nicholas is used as a concert venue. Tickets and details of concerts are available at the church.

7. The Old Town Hall

Reading up on Prague before we went, I put the Old Town Hall high on my list as a 'must-see'. I was especially keen to take in the spectacular view from the 69.5m tower. I was a little alarmed therefore to find the tower surrounded by scaffolding. Although it was possible to enter the tourist information office in the Old Town Hall, I was disappointed to find out that tower access was unavailable. The renovation was completed after our visit and the tower has been reopened.

Tip: Guidebooks have their uses, but for up-to-the-minute information, it is a good idea to check out websites online (assuming that they have been kept up to date.)

The picture below shows why Prague Old Town Hall deserves its place as one of the most striking buildings in the city. The Town Hall was established on the west side of Old Town Square in 1338 and the tower was added in 1364. As it expanded, a number of old houses were knocked together. In the 1945 Prague Uprising, the Nazis inflicted heavy damage on this building. The east wing towards the Church of St Nicholas was not restored, but the rest of the Old Town Hall was.

Crowds of tourists gather here on the hour to witness the striking of the astronomical clock, which is worthy of a mention in its own right.

Prague Old Town Hall.

Prague Old Town Hall.

8. The Astronomical Clock

The first astronomical clock was installed in Prague Old Town Hall at the beginning of the 15th century. Legend has it that, after rebuilding the clock, the master clockmaker, Jan Z Ruze, was blinded by the councilors to prevent any copies from being made elsewhere.

Crowds gather on the hour to watch the figure of Death, a skeleton on the right, pull a rope in his right hand and turn over an hourglass in his left hand. Two windows open and there follows a procession of 11 apostles and St Paul. A cock then crows and the hour chimes. Other moving figures are a Turk, Vanity, and Greed.

Astronomical clock, Prague Old Town.

Astronomical clock, Prague Old Town.

9. Towards the River

We left Starometske Namesti and followed Karlova (Charles Street), the route of the royal coronation processions, towards the River Vltava. There are many original Gothic and Renaissance houses along Charles Street mostly converted into shops for tourists. There are also many tourists taking this same route.

The Clementinum, a large building on the right, was a former Dominican monastery of St Clement. The Jesuits set up their headquarters here in 1556, at the invitation of Emperor Ferdinand I. In 1601, the Church of the Holy Saviour on this site was the first Jesuit church in Prague. A university was established in the Clementinum and the complex expanded between 1653-1723. In 1773, when the pope dissolved the order, the Jesuits left Prague. Education became secular. The Clementinum was the Prague University Library and is now the National Library.

Knights of the Cross Square is between the Clementinum and the Old Town Bridge Tower. Crowds pass under the 14th-century bridge tower to reach the iconic Charles Bridge, one of Prague's most photographed landmarks and monuments. Charles Bridge links the Old Town with The Little Quarter (Mala Strana) on the other side of the River Vltava. An admission fee is charged to enter the Old Town Bridge Tower.

A museum for the Czech composer Smetana is housed in a striking former Neo-Renaissance waterworks by the river.

Prague Old Town

Some Places We Missed in Old Town Prague

During any visit to a large city, it is impossible to see everything. Here are a few of the places in Prague Old Town that we missed, but which you might want to consider when you visit this delightful city.

  1. Basilica of St. James.
  2. Estates Theatre.
  3. Carolinum.
  4. House at the Two Golden Bears.
  5. Church of St Gall.
  6. Church of St Martin in the Wall.
  7. Naprstek Museum.
  8. Church of St Giles.
  9. Bethlehem Chapel.
  10. Clam-Gallas Palace.
  11. Marianske Square.
  12. Church of St Francis.

Tip: Check out the Prague underground tours, which came highly recommended by a group of Canadian tourists that we met whilst in Prague. In the 13th century, the streets of Prague were much lower than they are now. As the city was developed, levels were raised to avoid flooding from the Vltava river, wider then than it is now. The underground tours access remains of the city beneath Old Town Prague that predate the surface level streets of today.

Prague beer.

Prague beer.

Food and Drink in Old Town Prague

No walking tour would be complete without refreshment stops along the way. As with any capital city, Prague has a wide variety of options. If you don't mind paying a little more for the view and the atmosphere, there are cafes and restaurants in Old Town Square. But a look down the streets around the Tyn courtyard will turn up cheaper options and the advantage of a quieter setting, a little off the main tourist trail.

Czech beers are famous worldwide. Staropramen, Budweiser, and Pilsner Urquell being the ones we recognized. But we also came across many local brands in Prague.

If you are looking for a traditional Czech main meal, we noticed that dumplings feature strongly on menus. However, after a few meals containing them, the initial novelty soon wore off for us. Most menus cater for tourists and are available in translation.

The donut/chimney craze for ice cream cones was sweeping the city when we were there. They are not the cheapest way to eat your ice cream, but they certainly provide a very filling snack and one which you can justify after a walk around the sights of Prague.

In Summary

The distance from The Municipal House to the Old Town Bridge Tower is around 1.1km, so it is an easy walk with no hills to negotiate. It offers plenty to catch the eye from the outside for free and also multiple options of interesting buildings to go inside and explore. Prague Old Town was an area that we returned to several times, either walking through on our way to and from the river or dropping into the streets behind the Tyn Church for a drink or a meal.

However you visit, Prague Old Town is definitely a 'must-see' location. Don't forget to time your visit on the hour to see the astronomical clock in action.

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Prague Old Town Square

Prague Old Town Square

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2018 Liz Westwood


Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 13, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. When I was there I assumed that the dark colouring was due to age and grime with the Powder Tower. Whereas the nearby Municipal House looked to have been renovated on the outside.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on September 12, 2020:

I love the ornamentation on the facade of the Powder Gate. What do you think gives the brick and ornament that dark hue? It doesn't look like it's painted black but it is almost black. Is it lead? Just wondering.



Liz Westwood (author) from UK on July 02, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Denise. Prague is a very picturesque city. It emerged from World War 2 relatively unscathed. The Old Town Hall was being renovated when we were there, but the clock was still visible and working, so it drew quite a crowd on the hour.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 02, 2020:

I love the paintings on the outside of the buildings. They just don't do that kind of thing anymore. It's so old world and so charming. I also love the astronomical clock.



Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 29, 2020:

Thanks for your comment, Sp. I would recommend Prague as a great location for a short break. It seems that it has opened up to tourists again with procedures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. I hope you can visit Prague one day.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on June 26, 2020:

It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Your guide highlighting places of interest is good. Hopefully I get a chance to visit there someday.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 24, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Umesh. I think that walking through a new town gives us a chance to absorb more of the sights and feel of the place at our own speed. It sounds like you have many past memories. Maybe they could form the basis for an article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 22, 2020:

Walking through a town especially a new one is always a pleasant activity. I had this long back when I was young and was going places to search an adequate job. I still remember some of the conspicuous places which are intact in my memory.

You have presented it so nicely. Thanks.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on June 17, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, MG Singh. There was so much of interest to see in Prague that I ended up writing several articles, breaking it down into different areas.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on June 17, 2020:

You have given a wonderful description of Prague. I passed through the city about 10 years back, I love to visit again

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 19, 2020:

I am impressed at the pace with which you are moving articles.across. Comment replies can wait a while as you focus on meeting your deadline. They will be plenty of time to catch up with comments later.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 18, 2020:

I am not at all surprised that many or all of the tourist attractions are now closed. People will just have to enjoy your articles until they once again can plan trips to these places. Thanks again for commenting on so many of my posts. I am having a hard time keeping up with comments right now because of moving my posts to HP. I'll eventually catch up!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 13, 2020:

I was reviewing this article yesterday and went to check up on the Old Towh Hall refurbishments online. There was a note advising travellers that due to coronavirus many tourist attractions would be closed.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2020:

With the coronavirus pandemic, I can well imagine that tourism in Prague is greatly diminished if not altogether halted, just as in other parts of the world right now. Let's hope that a vaccine will be developed quickly. In the meantime, we can all become armchair travelers and continue reading about trips like yours to the Old Town of Prague.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 10, 2020:

Thank you very much for your comment, Peggy. Prague has become a popular destination for short breaks from the UK in recent years, because flights are relatively short and cheap. We were fortunate to have the opportunity of an extended break and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this scenic city.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 10, 2020:

Often the older parts of cities are the most historical in nature. It is always fun viewing your photos and learning more about places that we have not visited through your eyes. You do such a great job!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 20, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Sal. I look forward to reading about your trip to Prague. It's a great city to visit. The popular tourist spots in the Old Town and up by the castle can get very busy, but if you choose your times well, it should be fine. We found exploring some of the other quieter areas also paid off, as we came across some interesting sights.

Sal Santiago from Minnesota on February 19, 2020:

Enjoyed this article on the sites of Old Town, Prague. Great photos as well. Hoping to visit there this summer, and will keep these places in mind!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on February 13, 2020:

Thank you for revisiting, Peggy. Prague was a memorable trip for us.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2020:

You have taken me on a delightful journey to the Old Town area of Prague. I know that I visited this 18 months ago, but I just felt like seeing it again to refresh my memory. So glad that you wrote about it!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 23, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Victoria. Prague is well worth a visit. I hope you can visit the Czech Republic again soon.

Victoria Hannah on January 23, 2020:

Thank you for such an informative article Liz. I have visited friends in Annaberg-Bucholz in Germany and we went over the border into the Czech Republic but I dream of going to Prague one day in the near future.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 22, 2020:

Thank you for your comment, Raymond. Prague has so much to offer visitors that I got enough material to write several articles.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on January 21, 2020:

I certainly must visit Prague one day. Thanks for these tips.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 05, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, Dale. The clock attracts big crowds on the hour. I would have liked to climb the tower when we were there, but it was closed for refurbishment. Prague has much more to offer than I expected. I hope you get to visit there one day.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on December 05, 2019:

I learned about the Astronomical Clock some years ago and it has been itching at my mind ever since. I hope very much to see it with my own eyes one day.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 16, 2019:

I hear they are beautiful countries, but expensive. I have not been, but photos of the Northern Lights look good.

ChelletL on May 16, 2019:

Oh, I would love to visit Norway, Sweden and Iceland. =) Hoping for it to come true one day =)

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on May 15, 2019:

Thank you for your comment, ChelletL. Most visitors head to the Old Town first and then make their way, over Charles Bridge up the hill via the Little Quarter, to Prague Castle. I hope you can visit this scenic city. What are the other places on your bucket list?

ChelletL on May 15, 2019:

Prague is one of the destinations on my bucket list. I think going to the Old Town first is a must for first-time visitors like me - to see the iconic places and structures listed on this hub. I'm bookmarking this hub for reference. =)

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on April 21, 2019:

Prague is one of the best preserved and least spoilt European capital cities I have visited. I was pleasantly surprised by how much there was to do there.

CC Leau on April 21, 2019:

I've heard so much about Prague & it certainly lives up to its reputation - yr photos make me go "wow" !

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on March 27, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, Ronald. Prague was highly recommended to us by an experienced traveler, but it was some years before we made it there. I am glad we did, as it exceeded our expectations.

Ronald Piper on March 18, 2019:

Prague is definitely on my list of places to see. It has a lot of old architecture and a different culture that would be worthwhile experiencing.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on January 10, 2019:

Thanks for your comment, Linda. Living in Spain would be great. There is so much of interest to see there and the climate is good. Do you have a specific area in mind? It is so easy to move around mainland Europe. We have to fly, take a ferry or the channel tunnel before we can get started over there.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on January 10, 2019:

Great article! I would love to visit Prague sometime in the near future. We're considering moving to Spain within the next few years so I would enjoy traveling through the central and eastern countries. My grandparents were from eastern Europe so I'd like to check out my ancestral roots.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 31, 2018:

Thanks for the comment, goldenrulecomics. I hope you make it to Prague sometime. There are so many areas, as well as the Old Town to check out.

goldenrulecomics from New Jersey on December 31, 2018:

Nice photos. Would love to visit someday.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 26, 2018:

Tbanks for your comment, Mazlan. The Old Town is a tourist draw. There is a lot to see there and it has been well-preserved.

Mazlan from Malaysia on December 25, 2018:

We were in Prague early this year and spent most of the time in the Old Town area. We got carried away and forgot about the astronomical clock and rushed back to the place to witness its hourly chime!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 12, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Kenna. It is an unusually intact and unspoilt city. We did come across a film crew while we were in Prague. It must be challenging filming there due to the large number of visitors.

Kenna McHugh from Northern California on December 12, 2018:

So much to experience in this ancient city. The beauty and ancient architecture is what brings film crews from around the world. Thank you for an informative article.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 10, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Virginia. Prague was recommended to me, long before we went, by an experienced traveler, who rated it highly. Even so, Prague exceeded my expectations, with each area having so much to offer. I am currently putting together an article on Prague New Town.

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on December 10, 2018:

There's so much of Europe that we haven't seen yet. I must get my husband psyched up for a trip before too long. This looks like a fascinating city with so much history.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on December 07, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Robie. I have heard that it gets very cold in Prague in the winter. I was amazed how much there was to see there. I am still working on other articles about different areas of the city and hotels we stayed in.

Robie Benve on December 07, 2018:

I spent a very memorable new years eve in Prague, several years ago. It was soooo cold! But the city was absolutely faboulous. Your article brought back great images to my memory. I would like to go back in the summer some time. :)

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on November 12, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Mohan. Prague benefitted from avoiding significant damage in World War II.

Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on November 11, 2018:

Prague looks beautiful through your lens and portrayal. It certainly has retained its old-world charm.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 23, 2018:

Thank you, Ellen. Prague is one of the most scenic cities I have visited in Europe. There's a lot of interesting architecture there. I often think you can work out a city's 'scenic score' based on the number of photos you take. My camera was on the go all the time in Prague. Thank goodness for digital. Otherwise I would have got through a lot of film reels.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 23, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Annie. I look forward to reading about your time in Prague. I always find it interesting to read about the experiences of other travellers. Very likely you will have noticed sights that I missed.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on September 23, 2018:

I love this type of thoughtful and historic architecture. It does seem worth a visit.

Debra Roberts from Ohio on September 05, 2018:

We just returned from Prague a few weeks ago, being our second time since 2016. There are so many things to love about Old Town! You've inspired me to finish my blogging about my European adventures!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Joni. Prague is one of the rare European cities I have visited that did not sustain major damage in World War II. As a result its architecture has been well-preserved for tourists to appreciate.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2018:

Thanks, Janda. I have so much material on places we have visited, the greatest barrier is finding the time to write the articles. I also try to review the hotels we have used. In Prague we stayed in several different hotels so I have a lot to get through.

Joni Hooks from Fort Worth, Texas on September 04, 2018:

The architecture is gorgeous! I would love to travel there.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on September 04, 2018:

That's a good idea, Liz, to break the city into different articles. That way you can give more in-depth coverage. I look forward reading future articles!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Saim. I can highly recommend Prague. This article only covers one area of the city. I have more material and hope to write about the other areas we visited.

Saim Cheeda from Karachi on September 04, 2018:

Looks like such a lovely place. I hope I get to visit too

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on September 04, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Janda. I had heard good things about Prague before we went, but it exceeded my expectations. There was so much to see there that I have had to break it down into areas. Charles Bridge and the River Vltava will feature in my next article, when I get it finished. Prague is unusual as it did not sustain much damage in World War II.

Janda Raker from Amarillo, Texas on September 03, 2018:

Liz, I just read this article on Prague and thoroughly enjoyed it. We were there several years ago and found it a beautiful and intriguing city. You've portrayed it accurately! I loved being out on the Charles Bridge late at night, with a variety of people from musicians to tourists, from jugglers to peddlers of sweets. And I really enjoyed the area where Franz Kafka was born. Thanks for sharing your descriptions and your photos! What a trip!

Robert Sacchi on August 31, 2018:

Yes, I think I remember reading somewhere that Prague was the only capital city that fell to the Axis that didn't sustain major damage.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Robert. Prague was lucky to escape much damage in the Second World War. I think the underground tour also looks interesting. It sounds like a lot has been preserved from many years ago.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 30, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Eclectic. I hope to write more about other areas we visited in Prague.

Robert Sacchi on August 30, 2018:

This truly must be a wonderous city to visit. I'm always impressed at how ancient some of the structures are in Europe. The pictures give a good preview of what the city must be like. Thank you for posting.

ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on August 30, 2018:

The interior of the Church of St. Nicholas looks gorgeous ... your travelogue is very detailed and in-depth. Nice job Liz! Kudos

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 23, 2018:

Thanks for your encouraging comment, Krzysztof. I am pleased that you enjoyed reading about Prague. I hope you can visit there sometime.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on August 23, 2018:

Your article felt like a journey through Prague, the images you used were picturesque with really strong descriptions. I think the astronomical clock interested me the most, it seems so dark and mysterious to me which I love. I'm visiting family in Poland next year, perhaps I'll convince them to come with me to visit Prague too.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 22, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Gregory. There is so much to see in Prague that I have had to break it down into areas. My knowledge of the Czech capital was very limited until I read up on it and visited. Even after 12 days there I feel like I would find plenty to do on a return trip.

Gregory DeVictor from Pittsburgh, PA on August 21, 2018:

Liz, thank you for a very comprehensive article that is jam-packed with information. Your detail orientation is fantastic. For example, you explained very well how Old Town and The Little Quarter are connected.

Other aspects of your article that I especially noted:

It is quite interesting how the Powder Gate got its name.

I didn’t know that there was a St. Wenceslas or anything about the Hussites.

The figure of Death is quite interesting too.

I would like to see House at the Two Golden Bears.

The underground tours sound really interesting.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 21, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, FlourishAnyway. Prague is definitely worth a visit. I was kind of hoping that the story was folklore as it's so sad.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 21, 2018:

You’re convinced me that I need to all Prague to my list of places to visit! It’s sad that the maker of the clock was purposely blinded afterwards so he could make no copies. How mean!

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 20, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Ethel. I would highly recommend Prague. This is just one area of the city. There is so much to see there.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on August 20, 2018:

Prague is a popular destination yet we have never visited. Looks like it has some fabulous architecture and that astronomical clock looks amazing

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 19, 2018:

Thank you for your comment,Louise. I hope you get the chance to go one day. The flight from the UK was quite quick and there's a lot to see in Prague.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on August 19, 2018:

Prague looks a beautiful city. I'd love to visit here.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 19, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Peggy. I am pleased that you appreciated the photos and account of our visit to Prague Old Town. I share your interest in the little anecdotes from history.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 19, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Mary. Prague is a beautiful city. I have more notes and hope to write hubs about the other areas we visited. Like you, with Barcelona , I have found that Prague provided me with a lot of writing material.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 18, 2018:

It was years ago when we visited Prague. I was not writing articles yet at that time. We had a great time just sitting in some of the Churches and listen to some musicians practice. We attended a Requiem concert at the Opera House and enjoyed the party afterwards at the Papal Nuncio's house. You have refreshed my memory of the wonderful city.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 18, 2018:

You have provided a wonderful travelogue with stunning photos of Old Town Prague for those of us who have never had the chance to visit this charming city. It was interesting to learn that a colonel during WWI was responsible for having the interior of the Church of St Nicholas restored with beautiful paintings and such. I always like learning tidbits of history like that.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 17, 2018:

Thank you for your helpful comment, Prakash. There are other areas of Prague that I hope to cover in future hubs. Your trip sounds great. I look forward to hearing about it. We have friends who have really enjoyed cruising on the Danube. There is so much to see.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 17, 2018:

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Dora. I'm glad that Hub Pages gives me the chance to share the experience of visiting Prague Old Town.

Prakash Dighe from Dallas, Texas, USA on August 17, 2018:

Very informative, Liz and well-written. You have provided all the info that a first-time traveler needs. We hope to travel to Prague (and a cruise on the Danube) next summer and are looking forward to it after reading your description. Looks like there's a lot to see—you couldn't see all the places even after spending 12 days! We'll be spending a lot less time and would need to be selective!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 17, 2018:

"Prague Old Town is definitely a 'must see' location." The history, the landmarks and impressive architecture certainly convey that. Thanks for providing the opportunity for me to see it here.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 17, 2018:

Thank you for your comment, Eman. Prague is a great place to visit. I hope to write more about it.

Liz Westwood (author) from UK on August 17, 2018:

Thanks for your comment, Linda. I think the chimney cones are described in some places as donut cones because of the dough used to make them. Some had chocolate inside them. They were very good and very filling. I hope you enjoy them and also get the chance to visit Prague sometime. Enjoy your weekend.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on August 17, 2018:

A beautiful place to visit, I liked the astronomical clock, thank you, Liz.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 17, 2018:

This is another very enjoyable and informative travel article, Liz. I would love to visit Prague to see the astronomical clock and other sights. Reading about the chimney ice cream cones was interesting. In my area, a family originally from Prague has set up a business with food trucks selling the cones, which they call chimney cakes. One of the trucks is going to be at a local fair that starts tomorrow. I've already decided that I'm going to buy a cone during the fair. I want to see what it tastes like.

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