Dominated by the colourful Baroque buildings of Old Town Square, Prague City Centre lies at the heart of the Czech capital. Unlike many European capitals, its historic streets survived the 20th-century World Wars and have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Things to do in Prague City Centre
In the heart of Prague City Centre is Old Town Square, which has remained largely unchanged since the 10th century. In addition to a statue of the Czech theologian, Jan Hus, the square is home to the twin-spired Church of Our Lady before Tyn and the Baroque-style St. Nicholas Church. Coincide your visit to Old Town Square with the chiming of the Prague Orloj, an astronomical clock that was installed in 1410.
One of Prague City Centre’s most iconic landmarks is the arched Charles Bridge, which was commissioned by Charles IV in 1357. Constructed from stone, it connects the Old Town with Prague Castle, which was once home to Bohemia’s kings and Holy Roman emperors. Stroll along this UNESCO-listed bridge while enjoying the sweeping views across the Vltava River.
Nestled between the Old Town and the Vltava River is the historic Jewish quarter of Josefov where Prague’s Jewish community lived from the 13th century. Browse the cultural artefacts on display at the Jewish Museum and pay your respects at the Holocaust memorial within the 16th-century Pinkas Synagogue. Also forming part of Josefov is the Old Jewish Cemetery, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Getting around Prague City Centre
Václav Havel Airport is a 25-minute drive from Prague City Centre and has flights to destinations across Europe and the Middle East. Trains connect from neighbouring countries and cities to the Praha railway station and trams travel throughout the city centre. Prague’s Old Town is ideally explored on foot.