Old Town Square is the centre of Prague Old Town, one of the oldest districts in the city and a popular tourist destination. Many houses at and near Prague Old Town Square operate as restaurants, souvernir shops, or hotels. There are several historical buildings and landmarks at Old Town Square, including Our Lady before Tyn Church, Jan Hus Monument, and of course the Old Town Hall.
Old Town Hall
Founded in 1338 AD, the Old Town Hall was the city hall and administrative centre of Prague for several centuries and witnessed many important events of Czech history. Nowadays it is mainly a tourist attraction, as the centre of city politics has moved elsewhere. The most interesting part of the Old Town Hall is the tower with the world famous astronomical clock (“orloj” in the Czech language). On every whole hour crowds of tourists gather in front if the tower and wait for the orloj’s short performance.
Major Streets Leading to Old Town Square
Old Town Square is the intersection of several streets in Prague Old Town. You can get to Old Town Square through any of the following: Parizska Street, Dlouha Street, Tynska Street, Celetna Street, Zelezna Street, Melantrichova Street, and two smaller squares adjacent to Old Town Square: Male Namesti (Little Square) and Namesti Franze Kafky (Franz Kafka Square). The only access by car is through Parizska Street (exit through Dlouha Street). You can also get to Old Town Square by public transport, metro line A, Staromestska Station.
How to Get to Old Town Square
Access into Prague Old Town is quite restricted for cars (except shop owners and locals) and most streets are for pedestrians only. The best way of getting around in Prague city centre is the combintation of public transport (especially metro) and walking. The closest metro stations to Old Town Hall are Staromestska Station (line A) and Mustek Station (lines A and B). Both are less then 5 minutes walk from Old Town Hall (Staromestska Station a little bit closer).