Beyond the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) Prague
The Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) is certanly a hub for tourist activity in Prague. But, there is plenty to be seen and do just off the famed square.
Havel Market (Havelské tržiště)
Just steps from the square, you'll find yourself amongst a year-round outdoor market where you can pick up all those essential souvenirs for friends and family back home - and of course, yourself. Aside from the normal wares (keychains, postcards, etc), you can find art prints, jewelry, and fresh produce. It's a great alternative to the normal souviner shops which line the Old Town streets.
Head of Franz Kafka Monument (Hlava Franze Kafky - Spálená 22)
Prague is packed with eye catching sculptures and architecture, but one of the more whimsical can be found just outside the Quadrio shopping centre. You may remember the Žižkov babies from my previous post (There's More To Prague than the Charles Bridge), well it should not surprise you that the Kafka head is by the same artist, David Černý. This kinetic statue not only stands tall at 11 meters, but it is also comprised of 42 rotating panels - making the facade of Kafka twist and straighten in a continuous motion. It's reflections are also a perfect selfie op.
Alleys, gardens, and shops - oh my! (Františkánská zahrada)
What would a European city be without twisting cobbled roads? Of course Prague delivers on this brief. Not only that, but those winding streets often lead to surprises, like Františkánská zahrada, a well-manicured and quiet garden just off the chaotic Wenceslas Square (Václavské námestí). Turn some more corners, and you may just find a walled church, small outdoor cafés, and and really just anything which makes you feel like you stepped into a storybook.
The Square itself (Staroměstské náměstí)
Yeah, yeah. I know. This post is supposed to be about things other than the Old Town Square. But, hey, if you're coming to Prague for a visit, you're going to inevitably find yourself in Staroměstské náměstí. Whether your meeting a group tour - or your private photography tour! - or you just want to see the iconic Prague astronomical clock (which, side note, is currently under works and is viewable via screen), The Old Town Square is a main draw for a reason, and worth a wander.
Thanks to Stephanie, Nina, and Emma for the fun late morning around Old Town Square! learn more about chelsea london’s photographic services for all your prague adventures.