Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town
Prague, 110 00
Phone: (420) 296 398100
Fax: (420) 296 398150
Knihovna a Studovna is a special space dedicated to books on philately in the Postal Museum. Featuring more than 22,000 books, stamps, reference books, travelers guides and other texts, this library aims to enlighten its visitors about the development of post and transport system in Prague. Check website to know more.
Located just a short walk from Namesti Republiky. Go down Revolucni on the right-hand side, turn into Klimentska, the Church is on the left-hand side.
This convent, built in 1233, was closed down in the late 18th Century but was then renovated during the latter part of the 20th Century to house a collection of 19th Century art from the National Gallery. Today, the collection is on public display. Originally a convent for the Order of the Poor Clares, it was named after the sister of King Vaclav I who became an abbess here. She was eventually canonized in November 1989. A charming café on the premises offers cold dishes with Moravian wine and a variety of coffee and chocolate desserts. A visit on the first Wednesday of the month will fetch you free entry.
Originally a chapel in a hospital complex, the Church of St. Simon and Juda is now a regular venue for events, especially those related to music. Jazz, classical, quartets and huge orchestras are some of the events conducted here. Look out for the Baroque Jazz Quartet when you are in Prague next. Built in the 1500s, this beautiful edifice has undergone more than one facelift. There is even a pipe organ used by the great Mozart himself. If both history and culture interest you then wind your way to Duní Street.
Home of the Prague Symphony, the concert hall at Obecni dum (Municipal House) is known to music lovers everywhere as the main venue of the Prague Spring International Music Festival, a fixture on the European festival scene since 1946. The building itself is a wedding-cake triumph of art nouveau with decorations by Alfons Mucha and other highly-skilled decorative artists. If you're not in town for the Prague Spring Festival, you could take in a concert by the house band - the Prague Symphony - which plays a strong second fiddle to the Czech Philharmonic in the city's orchestra pits.
Built in the 17th Century, the Church of The Saviour is a beautiful edifice that boasts of a combination of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Ornamented with magnificent ceilings and archaic furnishings, the church is a perfect place to trace the architectural history of the city. Call ahead to know more.
This university is the oldest in all of Central Europe; it opened its doors more than seven centuries ago, in 1348, on the decree of Pope Clement VI. The four departments of learning back then were liberal arts, medicine, law, and theology (there are now 17 faculties offered). Charles I sanctioned it in 1349, and distinguished alumni include Bernard Bolzano the famous mathematician-philosopher, Gerti Cori the Nobel-winning biochemist, and Franz Kafka, the celebrated absurdist author.
The Stone Bell House is impossible to miss, as it's located right on the Old Town Square. It's remarkable Gothic architecture dates back to the 13th century and its' reconstruction dates back to about 1310. During the reconstruction phase, a chapel was put on the ground floor and a town palace house was constructed to show the typical architectural style of Prague. It's believed that the architect and the builder were close to the royal court because the building is an obvious tribute to the royal family. Now, it's an important exhibition space and is not to be missed when visiting Prague.
This monumental gate (just to the left of the Municipal House) dates from 1475 and was rebuilt at the end of the 19th Century. Renovated in the mid-1990s, the gold fixtures stand out brilliantly against the tower, now darkened to a coal gray from years of exposure to the elements. Originally used for storing armaments and gunpowder and to guard the entrance to the Old Town, it is now one of only two such towers remaining from the original thirteen. Inside is a small historical exhibition that traces the architecture of the building over the centuries.
The Palác Kinských or the Kinsky Palace was built during 1755-1765 as two different residential complexes which were combined later to make this beautiful castle. The castle is done in the Romanesque style with a large beautiful facade and ornate columns. Most of the building has been converted into a museum, but portions of it still retain its ancient splendor. Besides, one can also attend exhibitions and other art events held here. If you are interested in ancient history and culture, Palác Kinských is a must visit.
This fairy tale Gothic church with its twin towers is an Old Town landmark and its ominous presence has dominated the square for centuries. Most noteworthy on the inside is the tomb of Rudolf II's personal astronomer, Tycho Brahe. When lit up at night, it adds to the magical effect the city has on most visitors. Work on the church began in the first half of the 14th Century, but it was not until the end of the 16th Century that it was completed. Its 80-meter (262.5-foot) towers topped by four small spires were customary during the reign of Emperor Charles IV. There is no entry fee, but a donation of CZK20 is recommended.
From the Old Town Square, walk down Parizska and about halfway on the left-hand side is Cervena street. Call ahead for varying open hours.