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Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)
Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)

Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)

Stare Mesto, Prague, Czech Republic , 11000

The Basics

The first settlements developed here in the AD ninth century, around a marketplace that existed on the banks of the Vltava river. As the town grew a moat was built for protection, turning Old Town into an island with the river on one side and the moat on the other. Nowadays, the path of the moat (since filled in) can be traced along Revolucni, Na Prikope, and Narodni streets.

Old Town is home to many major attractions. As well as the astronomical clock at Old Town Hall and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn with its twin spires, there’s the Jewish Museum, the Powder Gate, the spectacular art nouveau Municipal House, and more. The famous Charles Bridge spans the river from Old Town to Lesser Town (Mala Strana) on the opposite bank. The area is best explored on foot, map in hand, or as part of a guided walking, Segway, or bike tour. In the evening, take an Old Town ghost tour or a tasting tour of the area to enjoy beer paired with typical Czech snacks.

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Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
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$18.46 per adult
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Great tour!
Great tour! Thomas was a great guide: knowledgeable, funny and nice. Not only he gave us the spooky tour, he taught us the history behind it. I recommend taking this tour with him.
Sebastin_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Prague

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Greta tour
Fares_M, Nov 2021
Small Group Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
That was a great trip and exploration of Prague 1 (old town) and the jewish quarter. Our guide was British who had lived in Prague for 25 years. He’s very knowledgable and you can pretty much ask about anything. I strongly recommend it. There’s some walking but it’s slow-paced while you see different attractions in the area.
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Fun night stroll
Ronald_W, Nov 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
It was wonderful to wander through the old town in the evening learning about Prague’s macabre past.
star-5
David was a great guide &...
Jodene_R, Nov 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
David was a great guide & added fun to the experience. The ghost stories were in a historical context. Already recommended the tour!
star-5
Brilliant - better than expected!
Andrew, May 2021
Prague's Old Town Virtual Walking Tour
5 Stars for Martin! The pace, the filming, the conversation was excellent. We hadn't expected an evening tour of the Old Town to look so magical, everything lit up. Getting up just before dawn in Australia was well worth it :) We plan to take another Prague virtual guided tour with Martin. His knowledge, humble pride and enthusiasm for Prague was inspiring. This tour certainly made us want to visit Prague in person.
star-5
Great tour of lovely Old Town!
Voyager, May 2021
Prague's Old Town Virtual Walking Tour
Never thought a virtual tour can be this much interesting and engaging. I loved the tour with Martin, his educated and friendly company. I fell in love with Prague again. The Old Town is stunning! Thank you, Martin!
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Great night tour. Learnt so much about beautiful Prague.
Hilary_B, Nov 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
We really enjoyed the ghost tour. David was fun and very knowledgeable. We loved the ghostly tales and folk stories . We were so intrigued we revisited some of the sites in day light and checked out the stories . All authentic . So much information it brought meaning to some of the buildings and their statues . Fully recommend. Great value for the price. Thank you David from the English family with the ‘Princess’
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You Feel Like You're There!
Rita_C, Apr 2021
Live Stream Tour of Prague's Charles Bridge and Old Town
This is an incredible tour with two amazing guides. You really feel like you are there, in person, walking along the Charles Bridge and visiting Old Town Prague. And Bonita and Vadim are so knowledgeable, you learn so much about the history and unique culture of Prague. We really enjoyed our tour and can't wait to visit in person. Thank you!
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We had a lovely time with...
Tara_S, Oct 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
We had a lovely time with Victoria as our guide. Very funny and a great way to get some hints and tips in what to do with the rest of our trip!
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Great tour!
Angela_J, Oct 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
It was a lot of fun touring the city at night and hearing some of the legends and stories associated with the different stops along the way. You’re walking so wear comfortable shoes.
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The best virtual tour in the pandemic!
Martina, May 2021
Prague's Old Town Virtual Walking Tour
I loved this virtual tour so much! I thought it would be another session where the guide sits at home and shows a presentation, but oh no - it was broadcasted live from Prague's streets! Our guide Pavla was absolutely charming. She shared so many cool and funny stories from the Old Town and kept us entertained the whole 60 minutes. I've already booked another virtual tour with Prague City Adventures guys and I cannot wait to to visit this gorgeous city in person!! Thanks again, Pavla!
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Great fun!
Nineen, Aug 2021
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
David was such a great storyteller! The tour itself would have been average, but David made it fun anyway.
star-5
Great experience!
Wolfgang_K, May 2021
Prague's Old Town Virtual Walking Tour
This was an amazing experience. I have been couple times in prague and I really love that city! But experiencing that virtual walking tour of Pragues Old town was outstanding! Martin the guide was charming, funny and knows everything about his hometown! I cant wait to book another virtual tour from him! Thank you!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wear comfortable shoes as there’s a lot of walking involved to see the main sights.

  • The astronomical clock performance in Old Town Square happens every hour from 9am to 11pm.

  • The entrance to Our Lady Before Tyn can be hard to find—look for the last archway on the left as you’re facing the church.

  • Bring a guidebook or a join a guided tour to learn more about the history of the many interesting buildings in Old Town.

  • There are many shops, restaurants, and cafes in the area.

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How to Get There

Old Town (Stare Mesto) is Prague’s central district, on the right bank of the Vltava river. Staromestska metro stop (Line A) will put you right in the center of Old Town, and numerous trams pass through the area, including #2, #17, and #18.

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When to Get There

As a city neighborhood, Old Town is accessible 24 hours a day, although most tourist attractions are only open during regular daytime hours. The area can be very busy with visitors during the summer months so plan to explore early in the day for a quieter experience.

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Visit the Municipal House

On the site of a former royal palace, Prague’s Municipal House might have an ordinary-sounding name, but this building is anything but. Built in 1912 as a place for local people to gather for meetings, concerts, and coffee, it’s a masterpiece of art nouveau architecture and each light fitting, mosaic tile, and door handle was purposely designed to create a harmonious whole.

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