House Signs

2 points per person

Always look up. Only then you’ll be able to notice all of those sophisticated picture signs above doorways. Most of them are centuries old and the concept of Prague’s house signs itself dates to the 14th century. If you’re intrigued come and take a walk of the Old Town or the Lesser Town. Most symbols represent domesticated or exotic animals, e.g.: The House At the Three Ostriches, The House At the Black Elephant. Other signs symbolized the name and the profession of the family that lived in that particular house. Unfortunately, during the reign of the Marie Therese (the archduchess of Austria and Holy Roman Empress of the Habsburg Dynasty) the house signs were replaced by number signs. Až do doby Marie Terezie sloužila místo popisných čísel znamení. Naučte se číst tajemství malostranských a staroměstských domovních znamení, která vypovídala o povolání, či jméně jejich obyvatel.

Practical information

Duration: 2 hours

Difficulty: 1,5 km/ 1 mile

Start: Lesser Town Square, by the St. Nicholas Church
The start point of the walk is only a recommendation. We would be happy to customize the route for you.
The booking is mandatory at least 6 hours before the planned start.
Walking tour of exteriors. Entrance fees to buildings are not included.

Opening hours

Mon – Sun: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Old Town Square n. 1 (Staroměstské náměstí 1)

+420 775 855 037

Reservation +420 775 855 037

The booking is mandatory at least 6 hours before the planned start.

Due to government anti-epidemic measures, monuments, cultural facilities and all indoor sports grounds will be closed from 18 December 2020. All gastronomic facilities will be closed as well. Accommodation facilities may accommodate guests solely for the purpose of business travel. Detailed information can be found here.