|Known as the "City of 100 Spires", Prague has a fairy-tale appearance, with architectural styles ranging from Romanesque to Art Nouveau. The historic city center dates back to the 9th century and the establishment of Prague Castle on a hill overlooking the Vltava River. Over the succeeding centuries, five towns emerged beneath the castle on both sides of the river. As you walk down the cobblestone streets, through the town squares, past the churches, and across the bridges, you have the feeling of living in Medieval times. But then, unexpectedly, you will come across beautiful buildings from the modern era with ornately painted or engraved façades. You can sit and admire these facades much as you would a work of art in a museum.|
This is the Old Town Square. A crowd gathers here beneath the astronomical clock every hour to watch a show put on by animated figures. The "stage" is just above the upper clockface. In the background you see the gothic towers of Týn Church and to the left of it, with the red roof, is Kinský Palace in the Rococo style. Let's take a closer look at the palace.
Now turning around and retracing our steps, we'll take in a panorama of another side of the square. You may recognize one of the buildings from the top of this page.