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Old Town Square (Staromĕstské Námestí)

The heart of the old city and its marketplace since the 11th century, the Old Town Square is Prague's prettiest and most lively square with historical facades and a cobbled surface. It still hosts a variety of markets, especially the whimsical yearly Christmas market. In the centre is the odd Art Nouveau monument to the religious reformer, Jan Hus, a national symbol for the Czech people. The Old Town Hall features an ornate Gothic astronomical clock showing three different times, in front of which throngs of people gather on the hour to watch the brief mechanical performance of apostles, Christ, a skeleton and a rooster. Tourists can climb the tower for a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of this beautiful clock as well as a great view of the city from the top. On opposite sides of the square there are two magnificent churches: Prague's greatest Baroque building, St Nicholas, with its distinctly visible dome; and the even more striking Týn Church, a fabulous Gothic structure with its twin spires a noticeable feature on the Prague skyline. This square and its unparalleled gothic architecture feature prominently on postcards of the lovely Prague and it's easy to see why. The square also has a number of other attractions nearby, including the Kafka Museum.

Address: Staré Mĕsto

Transport: Metro to Staromestká

Opening times: Town Hall tower open Monday 11am to 6pm; Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 6pm, closing an hour earlier in winter

Admission: Town Hall tour 50 Kc, concessions available