The Old Town Square is the heart of historical Prague, surrounded by all the most important historical sights. That is also why the Grand Hotel Praha is there, to allow you experience the unique historical atmosphere.
The Old Town Square is the oldest and most important square of Old Prague, with its history reaching deep to the intersection of the European trade routes, when it served as an important market place. People traded precious cloths as well as common goods and food here. Piquancy was the fish market, because the Old Town Square was practically the only place where it took place. There was even a customs house for declaring goods imported by foreign traders.
Later on, the square was encircled by houses, wherefrom many of them had their own name, e.g. At The Unicorn, or At The Golden Camel. Both these houses can be found to the right of the Grand Hotel Praha. Until the present, the majority of the houses even preserved their original roman and gothic cellars.
Along with the houses, many important sights were created throughout Prague's history, such as Týn Cathedral (Church of Our Lady before Týn), Kinský Palace, Church of St Nicholas, Jan Hus Monument, forming the virtual center of the square, and the Old Town Hall. The town hall brought the center of the political life of the town to the square. The Grand Hotel Prague provides a beautiful view of both the astronomical clock and the town hall.
The square became famous for various celebrations and assemblies, but also for tragic events, wherefrom the most famous was the execution of twenty seven Czech protestant leaders after the Battle of the White Mountain. Twenty seven white crosses were embedded in the pavement on the east side of the town hall tower as a symbol of this event.
Close to the center of the square, the so called Prague Meridian is also marked; the place where once, in the past, stood a Marian Pillar, which, at sharp noon, threw shade exactly in the direction of the brass hatch mark. In the past, this served to control Prague's time. Thanks to the unique accommodation in the Grand Hotel Prague, you do not have to worry about the time, because the beauty of Old Prague remains at your fingertips around the clock.