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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
star-4.5
$17.42 per adult
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Victoria was a great host...
Victoria was a great host & storyteller. Fun experience!! The dark & cobblestone streets surely added to experience.
Cheryl_F, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Prague

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Victoria was a great host...
Cheryl_F, Aug 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
Victoria was a great host & storyteller. Fun experience!! The dark & cobblestone streets surely added to experience.
star-5
Great tour
Veronika_L, Aug 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
It was lovely tour. My daughters were 6 and 7 years old and loved the old town at night and the stories. The tour guide, Evzenie, was very nice girl, with great English, very friendly and professional.
star-5
One of the best experiences in prague!
Anya_N, Aug 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
David you were amazing, funny, and informative. I would recommend this to anyone and of all ages! you’ll get real stories about the history of prague and have a great time while doing it. one of my highlights from prague, thank you so much!
star-5
Ghosts come to life
Billie_M, Aug 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
Allen was a great story teller and really brought the history to life! Great activity! I really enjoyed it.
star-5
A thoroughly entertaining and Informative trip trough the history of Prague.
Stuart_G, Jun 2022
Small Group Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour
An extremely enjoyable and entertaining tour with a personable and knowledgeable guide who provided keen insights and into the history of Prague. I was introduced to little known facts and an intelligent point of view of this city over the centuries. The tour provided me a comprehensive and keen understanding of this city from someone who clearly loved Prague and had a gift for explaining this love to those unfamiliar with its history. Strongly recommend!
star-5
Evzenie was an excellent...
Allison_S, Aug 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
Evzenie was an excellent guide. She told her stories with great detail and animation. We enjoyed the stories we heard and I loved the costuming. The added flair was great for the experience, especially the spooky glow of the lantern. I would recommend this tour for my friends and clients if they, too, are fascinated by the paranormal and folklore legends.
star-4
Stories galore. Bring your own imagination!
Michael_D, Jul 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
A fun and enlightening experience. Allen did a great job with the stories. A good walk through the town. No restrooms along the way.
star-5
Dark days today
Worood_A, Jul 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
My guide was David and he was so creative, extremely hilarious, funny and shared the info in an exciting way.. the tour wasn’t only about ghosts, as there was an element of the dark history in an attractive way they made me want to read more.. the guide also pointed places to visit .. He made sure to involve the whole group so no one felt left out .. the most important his English is perfect as it is his mother language so I did not find it difficult to understand him.
star-5
I just love hearing...
Beth_S, Jul 2022
Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour
I just love hearing stories and legends of the past. Our tour guide did a great job at telling them. We often go on ghost tours when we go on vacation.
star-5
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.
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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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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