I love the feel of Old Town in Prague. Even though it is a hot spot for tourists, Old Town Square is a fun place to go. Here you can find St. Nicholas Church, as well as many restaurants, food stands, and souvenir shops. Off of Old Town Square is Pařížská Street, the most expensive street in Prague where you can buy high-end fashion and luxurious jewelry. However, if you don’t normally shop at Cartier or Dior, there are numerous cobblestone alleys where commoners can shop for less expensive trinkets.
Old Town is also home to Prague’s astronomical clock (the third oldest in the world and the oldest working astronomical clock in the world). Every hour on the hour, tourists crowd around the clock as four figures representing vanity, greed, death, and pleasure (four things despised at the time of the clock’s creation) come to life to tell onlookers that they have no intention of leaving. During Christmastime, Old Town Square turns festive with a large tree and Christmas markets, but I’ll elaborate on that in another post. I never like to spend too much time in Old Town, because the tourist groups become overwhelming after a while, but you can’t go to Prague without visiting Old Town Square.
Be sure to also check out Josefov (Jewish Quarter) between Old Town Square and the Vltava River. You will find the Old Jewish Semetary (one of the most remarkable of its kind in all of Europe) and the six remaining synagogues that were saved from destruction.