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Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto) Tours

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Prague Old Town (Staré Mesto)
The heart of ancient Prague, Old Town—or Staré Město in Czech—is one of the city’s most visited areas, home to sites such as the astronomical clock and the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. It’s also a popular starting point for walking tours of the city. Many visitors spend at least half a day exploring the many treasures of Staré Město.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
Address: Stare Mesto, Prague 11000, Czech Republic
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Nightwatchman of PragueCultural Tours

Nightwatchman of Prague

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Night watchmen used to patrol 17th-century Prague after dark to deter criminals, and knew all about the city’s secret corners and darkest events. Rewind time and discover stories and places you’d probably miss independently on this Prague Old Town tour. Led by a watchman-dressed guide, stroll lanes, markets, and squares as you uncover their past, and absorb the spooky atmosphere conjured up by tales of medieval mysteries and strange events.
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Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking TourWalking Tours

Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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See two of Prague most well-known neighborhoods on this informative guided walking tour. Get an insider's view of Old Town and Josefov (the old Jewish quarter) while learning about the history of both neighborhoods as well as the life of author Franz Kafka and the stories behind famed sites like the Astronomical Clock.
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Withlocals 90 Minutes Kickstart: Prague Safe & Private Tour with a Local ExpertPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Withlocals 90 Minutes Kickstart: Prague Safe & Private Tour with a Local Expert

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Get a comprehensive overview of Prague's highlights and landmarks on this 90-minute walking tour. Follow your guide to the most famous sights as well as some hidden gems; a great initiation for first-time visitors.
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Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking TourHistorical Tours

Prague Ghosts and Legends of Old Town Walking Tour

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Learn about the ghosts and ghouls of Prague on this informative and entertaining walking tour through Prague's Old Town. Wander down cobbled lanes and through intimate squares, stopping at landmarks like the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia and the Church of the Holy Ghost to hear about Prague's shady side.
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Tour 4 Charity- History & Best Highlights of PragueCultural Tours

Tour 4 Charity- History & Best Highlights of Prague

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See the highlights of Prague while supporting a local charity on this guided walking tour. Departing from a central location, follow your guide to must-see places in Prague’s new town old town, and the Jewish quarter. Learn about the history of each location as you visit the landmarks. 100% of the tour's profits will be donated to the Chance 4 Children charity
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Small-Group Prague Castle Night Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Small-Group Prague Castle Night Walking Tour

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See Prague Castle, the planet's largest fortress structure, from a different perspective: at night. This 3-hour guided walking tour takes you around the castle's exterior and even onto narrow and fabled Golden Lane where famed author Franz Kafka lived for a time.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Prague Safe&Private Tour w/ a Local ExpertHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Prague Safe&Private Tour w/ a Local Expert

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Explore Prague like a local on this private guided tour that you can customize to suit your own interests. Accompanied by just your party and a guide, you don't need to worry about waiting for others as you wander through the city taking in the most-important sites, (including Prague Castle and Strahov Monastery) as well as some hidden gems missed by most visitors, while your guide shares stories about life in the city.
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Small-Group World War II Historical Tour in PragueHalf-day Tours

Small-Group World War II Historical Tour in Prague

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Discover the battle scars behind Prague’s present-day face on this World War II walking tour. Explore the history-steeped streets to see sites linked with the 1939-1945 Nazi occupation and learn about life under Third Reich control. Learn about Prague's resistance movement, view squares that saw parades and uprisings, hear about 1942 ‘Operation Anthropoid' assassination of a top-ranking Nazi, and visit a poignant memorial to some daring Czech heroes.
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Prague Old Town, River Cruise and Prague Castle Sightseeing Tour Including LunchDay Cruises

Prague Old Town, River Cruise and Prague Castle Sightseeing Tour Including Lunch

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Engulf yourself in all things Prague on this informative and entertaining walking tour and river cruise, including a hearty traditional Czech meal for lunch. Start by exploring the Old Town, indulge in a rib-sticking lunch of Czech fare, and then board a boat to cruise the scenic Vltava River.
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Private Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Historian GuideHalf-day Tours

Private Prague Old Town and Jewish Quarter Walking Tour with Historian Guide

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Get personalized attention from your private guide on this walking tour through Prague's Old and New towns. Explore the Jewish Quarter and get a comprehensive overview of Prague's history, from the Middle Ages to the modern political system. Enjoy the flexibility and opportunity to ask questions that come with booking a private tour.
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Really Small Group (Max.6 People) Prague Old Town & Jewish Quarter Walking TourCultural Tours

Really Small Group (Max.6 People) Prague Old Town & Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

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The maximum group size is SIX people. The tour is delivered in NATIVE ENGLISH by British expat Jason, living in Prague since 1996. Easy pace and filled with entertaining and interesting content.
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Essential Prague Tour - Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge (10 people max)Private and Luxury

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Essential Prague Tour - Old Town, Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge (10 people max)

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We are Valery, Vaclav, and Nico- a group of LICENSED guides trained by the city of Prague! That means we have been through months of lectures delivered by top notch history and art specialists and went through certification exams approved by the Ministry of Education. We specialize in small groups and keep things interactive, showing you videos and pictures using our tablets. Our tour will start in front of the Powder Tower at 10 am. From there we will walk to see Charles University and a theatre where Mozart premiered his opera. The narrow passages will lead us to our next destination - a mysterious St. James's church and Ungelt. After a short break we will head out to the Jewish Quarter and Paris Street, which will lead us to the Old Town Square. There we have to check out the Astronomical clock and its famous show! Finally, we will take a walk and cross Charles Bridge into Mala Strana to finish our tour next to John Lennon Wall. - MAX. 10 people per group - Certified Guides
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Prague Ghost Walking TourHistorical Tours

Prague Ghost Walking Tour

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Pull back the curtain on Prague’s sinister and spook-laden past on this evening walking tour. Meet your expert guide and delve into the medieval mysteries and dastardly tales that swirl around the Old Town and landmarks such as the Astronomical Clock and St. Nicholas Church. Delve into the Jewish Quarter; walk to the Charles Bridge to hear about the grisly events that punctuated its history; and explore other shadowy corners as your guide recounts spine-chilling stories of headless ghosts, strange legends, and other eerie events.
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Prague Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Prague Private Walking Tour

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Discover the sights and secrets of Prague on a private 3-hour walking tour through the city center and beyond. Choose a start time that works for you, then follow your personal guide to Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, and more. Set at your personal pace, the engaging tour allows you to orient yourself to the city’s winding streets and neighborhoods, making it easy to explore independently during the rest of your trip.
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Premium Prague City TourHistorical Tours

Premium Prague City Tour

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Follow a local guide through the Old Town of Prague on a 2.5-hour walking tour of the ‘Golden City’s’ important landmarks. Step into history on winding cobblestone streets and learn the stories behind Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral, Wenceslas Square and the iconic Charles Bridge. Discover the best views of the city and Vltava River, and capture unforgettable images along the way, from the the Old Town Hall to church spires and statues. Finish your tour with tips on the best places to eat, drink and explore in Prague.
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Religious Prague Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Religious Prague Walking Tour

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Religion has shaped many of Prague’s historical landmarks, but understanding the events and people behind them is difficult without a guide. With this walking tour, visit churches and cathedrals, and hear stories you’d probably miss if alone. Learn about the 15th-century Czech protestant reformation and more; and gain a deeper understanding of Prague’s religious past and present. Upgrade to a private tour if preferred.
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Prague Tour with Private GuideFull-day Tours

Prague Tour with Private Guide

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Discover Prague through the secret corners and visit the main highlights with your personal local guide. You will enjoy the city away from the tourist routes, learn Prague stories and legends, visit the best coffee houses and local products shops, and study life hacks for travelers. You will plunge into the atmosphere and life of the ancient city, look at Prague from a height, try the best ice cream in the world, feed the swans and take a lot of great photos. Make the most of your stay in Prague with a professional guide and a passional photographer. We can customize this tour based on your preferences with driving option.
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Prague Full Day Private Walking TourDay Trips

Prague Full Day Private Walking Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of downtown Prague on this full-day walking tour with a private guide. Hit the highlights, such as the Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Quarter, Charles Bridge, and St. Nicholas Church, with time for more contemporary attractions, such as John Lennon Wall. Every tour is tailored on the day to beat the crowds and you’ll leave with personalized tips and recommendations for the rest of your stay.
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Prague Small Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Prague Small Group Walking Tour

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Discover the top attractions and best kept secrets of Prague on a 3-hour walking tour. With maximum 10 people per group, you get an intimate experience and ample opportunities to ask question. Get a behind the scenes look at the Astronomical Clock, Tyn Church, and Jewish Quarter. The well-rounded tour is also a great opportunity to orient yourself to the city center, making it easy to explore independently.
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Private tour just for YOUR group: Introduction to Prague (city walk)Half-day Tours

Private tour just for YOUR group: Introduction to Prague (city walk)

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Aim: To prepare the guests to get the most out of their stay in Prague, no matter if it is your first visit or if you have been here before. Focus: A historical overview, knowing about the most important sights in Old Town, New Town and the Jewish quarter, learning about practical matters for the traveller, seeing places you may not find on your own Duration: Approximately 4 hours. Starting time is usually 10 AM, but can be basically any time that suits you. Transportation: by foot Meeting point: Café Tramvaj (Tram Café) on Wenceslas Square Food/drinks: Midway break in a unique café with reasonable prices. Resfreshments are not included Group size: 1-10 persons Price: a total of Czk. 3.800,- (€ 150,- or $ 175,-) for the whole group. No entrance tickets are needed.
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Story of Prague: 'New York Times Journeys' Remarkable Sights & FoodHalf-day Tours

Story of Prague: 'New York Times Journeys' Remarkable Sights & Food

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Bring The New York Times '36 Hours' travel column to life on a 4-hour group tour of Prague. The half-day excursion combines the capital city's iconic architecture, local cuisine, and timeless culture all into one. The expertly crafted itinerary also takes you to Lesser Town and Kampa Island. Sample a variety of traditional dishes at a trendy bistro and wash everything down with a Czech beer or Moravian wine.
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The Best of Prague in One Day - Driving and Walking Private TourFull-day Tours

The Best of Prague in One Day - Driving and Walking Private Tour

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The Best Of Prague In One Day tour is an excellent choice if you want to see as much as possible in a comfortable way using a modern air-conditioned car to improve your experience. We don't need to hurry, can stop to have some drink or snack and as the tours are private, we can modify our plans flexibly whenever needed. Of course, we can stop to have lunch at some nice local restaurant.
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Welcome to Prague - Orientation Private Driving TourHalf-day Tours

Welcome to Prague - Orientation Private Driving Tour

The Welcome to Prague tour is an excellent choice if you want to get introduced to the "hundred-spired city" in a comfortable way using a modern air-conditioned car to improve your experience. You will learn about all the major sights and as the tours are private, we can modify our plans flexibly whenever needed. We will recommend you the best places to eat and museums to visit on your own after the tour ends!
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Prague Tour: Old Town Exploration GamePrivate Sightseeing Tours

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Prague Tour: Old Town Exploration Game

Embark on a quest through grand boulevards, winding cobblestone streets, and up the oldest castle stairs to discover the secrets of gothic Prague. Along the way, learn about important medieval and new cathedrals, squares, and landmarks. Are you ready? + You will learn the 14th Century history of Prague through the eyes of their greatest medieval ruler and builder, Charles IV + You will begin in Wenceslas Square and walk to the castle, seeing many major city highlights including + Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus + Try a new type of experience, the perfect mix between a tour, outdoor escape game, and treasure hunt Discover Prague's fascinating history and attractions while you solve clues around town. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Explore Prague Old Town by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family.
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