Old Town Square
The city’s magnificent centre
Word to the wise: If you’re visiting in early December, the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and opening of the festive market is quite a spectacle.
This sweeping open space at the heart of Prague’s Old Town is a serious contender for the crown of Europe's most beautiful square. Surrounded by picturesque, pastel-coloured Baroque buildings, it's given real drama by the spectacular outlines of domed St Nicholas' Church and the gothic bunny ear towers of Týn Cathedral.
The square's memorials also have real presence, from the extravagant statue of religious reformer Jan Hus to the simple white crosses of Bohemian freedom fighters. It's perhaps odd, then, that all this beauty can't seem to compete with an hourly parade of little clockwork figures. For some reason, the square's highlight for visitors remains the Old Town Hall, with its astronomical clock and hourly parade of mechanical figures of Christ and the 12 apostles.