Staromestske namesti
Staromestske namesti
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The most significant square of historical Prague, it was founded in the 12th century and has been witness to many historical events. In addition to the Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, the square is dominated by the Baroque Church of St Nicholas, the Rococo Kinský Palace, the Gothic House at the Stone Bell and the monument to Jan Hus. In the pavement of the square are memorial stones marking the execution of 27 Czech lords in 1621, and the Prague meridian.
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Neighborhood: Stare Mesto (Old Town)
One of the oldest neighborhoods in town represents the medieval heart of Prague. It’s no surprise it is bustling with tourists every time of day. Križovnický square, overlooking Charles Bridge with Prague Castle in the background, is probably the most beautiful square in the city. Its unique historical atmosphere of gothic houses and churches, cobblestone streets and squares, and stone towers blend together with the modern era. A vast array of bars, restaurants, dance clubs, international brand shops, galleries and hotels bring life to the old city. With its charming and picturesque cobblestone streets, the nightlife and parties will surely be unforgettable.
How to get there
  • Old Town • 5 min walk
  • bridge • 6 min walk
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia4,732 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great old town square that exudes agelessness and history and amazing buildings.
    The old town square or Staromestske Namesti is an amazing busy place at most times of the day. It gradually builds in people density from the morning up until late into the evening. There is always a crowd around the astronomical clock which builds up to when it goes off at the hour mark. It can be hard to get through sometimes. The crowds will get bigger in peak times as we were there in the shoulder season. There is a lot of restaurants around the edges of the square which are touristy and expensive. If you do some research, there are some great restaurants just off the square that offer better food at more reasonable prices. Its a nice place with cobblestones and some nice monuments. This place has been a center for commerce and visitors for centuries. Some history that we don't have in Australia. Its worth going there to see it and feel the atmosphere of history that abounds in a beautiful old square.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Michaela S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    loved it! Prague is absolutely unique! Very historical and mindblowing history! We have enjoyed every second here and I am very impressed by the oldest functional astronomical clock on the Old Town square! Very friendly atmosphere and we will definitely be back!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 6, 2023
  • ericmCali
    California7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-Inspiring Beauty and History
    I was absolutely blown away by the beauty and history of Staromestské námestí in Prague. The square is surrounded by incredible architecture that dates back centuries, and it truly feels like stepping back in time. The iconic astronomical clock is a must-see, and the square itself is bustling with activity from street performers to market vendors. I highly recommend taking a guided tour to learn even more about the history and significance of this stunning place. It's a perfect spot to relax and people-watch with a cup of coffee or a Czech beer. I can't wait to come back and spend more time exploring this incredible place.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Jay B
    Fairhope, Alabama1,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Very Heart of Prague
    This "old town" square is indeed the very heart of this beautiful city. The square is surrounded by gorgeous churches, fabulous restaurants and bars, museums, and shops. Crowds are always a factor here unless you visit very early or later in the day. Note that the crowds get heavier near the top of each hour as people gather to witness the "show" from the old clock. If you can deal with the crowds, you will find this area to be full of ways to enjoy old Prague.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • Mark H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prague is wonderful
    Me and my girlfriend have spent 4 nights in Prague and it is a truly beautiful, historical and interesting place and the architecture gives it a romantic feel. Good food and very friendly hospitable people. Definitely recommend for couples
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Cristinel
    Romania196 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful area
    It is, for sure, number one place to be visited in Prague. Guarded by other impressive buildings, monuments and having a lot of restaurants and terraces around, it is large enough to offer you a little bit of space in the crowd. It is a must in Prague.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • ItchyFeet
    Camarillo, California7,749 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing architecture
    We stayed at the Marriott hotel and this City Center Square is only two blocks away. The Tyn church, astronomical clock, Saint Nicholas church, the Powder Tower, and the theater building are all right here together. This area has amazing architecture and it’s fun to just wander around and take pictures especially later in the day and in the evening when the lights come on.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom132 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 stars
    4.5 stars. This is not the be-all end-all of Prague. However, it is a stunningly beautiful city centre. I will always remember reading my book ('The Unbearable Lightness of Being' by Milan Kundera; a great book to read in Prague) in the square, intermittently pausing and looking up to simply enjoy the spectacular buildings. I honestly prefer the square at night; the lights make the buildings breathtakingly beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Relax815947
    Chennai (Madras), India3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place
    Beautiful place. We roam whole day. This is the old Prague. Since it was tourist season, crowd was there but we enjoyed a lot. Night we had dinner in a restaurant in front of the astronomical clock. Must visit this place at night. This place gives a Renaissance vibes. Don't miss the chimney cake with ice cream🍦
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Sean J
    Manchester, United Kingdom116 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Busy , but such a Beautiful Square
    We arrived for our 4 day stay on the Saturday afternoon , checked in and walked about 15 minutes into the Square from our Hotel. It is stunning to be fair , the architecture , statues , churches and endless array of lovely little restaurants dotted about the Square give it an undeniably touristy feel without losing its identity , and of course the 600 year old Astronomical Clock. As I said it was a Saturday afternoon when we first visited and it was really busy , we got into the Square just before the hourly show on the clock and it was almost impossible to get anywhere near the clock , but that's irrelevant , you still get to see it and it really is amazing to watch something so old still doing its thing....Over the course of our stay we walked through the Square numerous times , stopping for Dinner or just having a drink as we were passing through , sometimes not as busy and sometimes as busy. It's definitely worth a visit , there is a lovely feel to the Old Town Square ...Enjoy
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
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Evgen Y
Berlin, Germany34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
U Pravdū- “You are right!”
This is the name of this restaurant (gashtet). And in fact, you're right here! Here you will always be greeted by a fresh passage of Policče beer and a half-dark Ferdinand, and Becherovki will be happy to be poured on the bar after your hearty lunch or a full dinner! Food to cook, everything is always fresh. We visited several times, because in the Czech Republic the first impression is sometimes deceptive. But not here! I recommend it to one traveler and company!
Written January 5, 2020
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The Swiss Nomad
Lugano, Switzerland3,144 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Old Town Square is a junction in Prague where one way or the other you end up at, inasmuch most roads lead to this square.
I have visited several cities where there is no real city center, but this is not the case for Prague, where old Town Square gathers a melting pot of people, both locals and foreigners. Whenever we are in town there is always something going on here, either a Christmas market with its nice Christmas tree in December, or wannabe musicians and tourists during the summer.
There are several attractions both on the square and in its proximity, hence if you visit Prague you must visit this square and the other city's iconic landmarks.
Written January 22, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Square was beautifully lit at night , when we walked out of a dinner in a restaurant U Modre Kachnicky nearby. It has been a long time that we were passing through at night.

Still crowded , but less so then during the day, it was more enjoyable to walk around.

There was an Ice cream vendor, prominently displaying his merchandise. I only wanted one scoop of ice cream on the cone.
Even though I speak Czech, the man was pretending not to understand. He insisted that I have to buy ice cream by weight, but would not tell me how much .
Very funny, because he thought I was going to get little bit of ice cream for some exorbitant price.
Not a lick of ice cream, just a bad taste in my mouth....and I was prepared to pay steep price, but only knowing it upfront ....
Ice cream by weight ? Its a good thing they are not selling beer by weight - yet :)

Staromestske namesti was beautiful at night , as always ....
Written September 11, 2020
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia4,732 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The old town square or Staromestske Namesti is an amazing busy place at most times of the day. It gradually builds in people density from the morning up until late into the evening. There is always a crowd around the astronomical clock which builds up to when it goes off at the hour mark. It can be hard to get through sometimes. The crowds will get bigger in peak times as we were there in the shoulder season.
There is a lot of restaurants around the edges of the square which are touristy and expensive.
If you do some research, there are some great restaurants just off the square that offer better food at more reasonable prices.
Its a nice place with cobblestones and some nice monuments.
This place has been a center for commerce and visitors for centuries. Some history that we don't have in Australia. Its worth going there to see it and feel the atmosphere of history that abounds in a beautiful old square.
Written March 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MrB1967
Cheltenham, UK184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Business
I walk through the square every morning when taking my daughter to nursery, just after 8am when everyone is nursing hangovers, nobody is blocking the way to watch the wonderful clock, even the pigeons are sleeping, the autumn light comes up through the cobbled streets, the waft of coffee is just started, the shops and restaurants are putting tables n chairs out. My daughter and I love to stop and circle 360 degrees, the spires, the clock, the ancient buildings and statues.
It’s a wonderful time of the day, a beautiful city, and amazing heritage, with the network of streets off the square take you all around the city.
What’s not to like
Written October 9, 2021
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
I had the opportunity to visit Prague in October 2020. because of COVID-19 restrictions, the city is empty, all restaurants are closed except the ones in large hotels and they are only for guests. Some restaurants have a window open and through which you can order takeout. The square was almost empty, only a handful of people were strolling through. it is a beautiful Square surrounded by beautiful historic buildings and lends it self to some amazing photos especially now when there are no tourists.
Written October 24, 2020
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AndrewsTheGreat
West Bloomfield, MI5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Beautiful but overcrowded day and night. Impossible to find a reasonably priced restaurant with local food without prior reservations especially if you want to eat after 5 pm . Whatever is available is occupied by locals who are hugging tables for hours.
Written November 8, 2023
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chirpy_chick2000
Leeds, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
Loved the old town square very much, there was a Christmas market during December. It had one of the biggest and we'll lit trees I've ever seen and every half past the hour the tree was lit and flashed to music is was great, felt magical.
The buildings of the square are beautiful at day and night and the square very atmospheric.
Written February 3, 2020
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RHtravels
Rocky Hill, CT685 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
You can get dizzy here doing 360's to see everything, but you need to visit during the daytime and the evening. Sure, it is crowded here, but enjoyable nonetheless, even with the larger than life Pandas that people pose with. Also, be sure to go inside Tyn church because it is beautiful and go up the tower at the Old Town Hall and take the tour to see the astronomical clock from the inside, as well as the underground area.
Written February 13, 2020
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Saurav KC
Patan (Lalitpur), Nepal14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
The place has always been amazing. I have been here couple of times. The place is the heart of Prague as close to Prague Castle, Charles Bridge and many more. Many things are happening such as magicians, arts, comedians and musicians. You will love it even if you are standing at one place for an hour.
Written February 20, 2020
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