Astronomical Clock & Old Town Square
Old Town Square is the heart of Prague. Scattered throughout the square are statues and memorials honoring the city’s martyrs from centuries of political uprisings. In front of the Old Town Hall are 27 cross marks on the pavement for the 27 Czech Protestant leaders executed by the Austrians.
If you look up, you’ll also find the world’s oldest working astronomical clock. It hangs on the side of the Old Town Hall and is aptly named The Astronomical Clock. If your timing is right, the figures on the clock come to life in a show called “The Walk of the Apostles”. But if you happen to miss it, don’t fret. Grab a beer, have some goulash and wander around the square. There’s a show every hour.
John Lennon Wall
While you’re on the other side of bridge across from Old Town, take small detour to the John Lennon Wall. It used to be a regular wall that has now transformed into this city’s unique form of expression. Covered in graffiti and artwork, the drawings and quotes have change over time from local to more global messages.
After the show, make your way towards Charles Bridge. There’s really only one reason most visitors cross this bridge. It’s to get from Old Town to The Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. The Charles Bridge is lined with 30 religious statues. During the day, the view from the bridge is as picturesque as a watercolor painting. It’s the quintessential backdrop of Prague. At night, the statues blend into the night like ghosts watching as you cross the bridge.
From the John Lennon Wall, you’ll likely walked through Malostranské Náměstí on your way to Prague Castle. The square has been the main hub of Mala Strana since the 10th century. As with many things, the neighborhood has changed over the years. While it still maintains its historic features, there’s also a mix of official government buildings and trendy restaurants. Perfect place to stop for lunch before heading into Prague Castle. The first Starbucks also opened here in 2008.
A 15 minute walk from Malostranské Náměstí is Prague Castle and the St. Vitus Cathedral. You could spend an entire day here exploring the massive complex. It’s the size of SEVEN football fields.