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Wenceslas Square
New Town, Prague 1

Wenceslas Square
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address of Wenceslas Square
Wenceslas Square,
New Town, Prague 1, Czech Republic
public transport to get to Wenceslas Square
Metro station: Muzeum (lines A & C), Mustek (lines A & B)
Tram stop: Vaclavske namesti (trams 3,5,6,9,14,24)
places of interest near to Wenceslas Square
-National Museum
-Prague State Opera
-Duplex Club & Restaurant
-KOBE Steakhouse
-Triton Restaurant
-Vytopna Railway Restaurant
-Nebe Wenceslas Square Bar
-U Provaznice Pub
-Double Trouble Bar
-Rocky O'Reillys Irish Pub
-Londoners British Pub
-Jama Pub
-Lucerna 80s & 90s Video Club
-Paddy's Bar
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map showing Wenceslas Square in Prague
Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí) in Prague is a major area for shopping and commercial activity, entertainment and nightlife.

It is a vibrant square filled with shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs, as well as banks and currency exchange outlets. There are also many hotels and apartments located in and around the square.

At the top of Wenceslas Square is the monumental National Museum, and just off it to the left is the Prague State Opera.

Wenceslas Square is one of the two main squares in Prague (the Old Town Square is the other, and is just 5 minutes walk away).

The square lies at the heart of the New Town (Nové Město) - the word 'New' is misleading though, as the area was laid out by Charles IV in 1348. And Wenceslas Square was originally the Prague horse market.

While there is plenty of history associated with this part of town, visitors find it a good place to stay because of its facilities and its access to the rest of Prague - it is easy to walk from Wenceslas Square to anywhere in the city centre, to visit all of the city's sights and tourist attractions.

Measuring 750m by 60m, Wenceslas Square is really a boulevard rather than a square. As a result, it is the main area in Prague where the Czechs gather to let off steam. Over the years there square has been a parade ground for all kinds of organisations and political parties, from anti-communist uprisings to celebrations of national sporting achievements. The square can hold up to 400,000 people!

At the top of the square, in front of the National Museum, a statue of St. Wenceslas on his horse cuts a striking figure. This is good King Wenceslas (Svatý Václav), the patron saint of the Czech Republic, who was murdered a thousand years ago by his brother.

Just below this lie two plaques commemorating those killed during the communist era. One is dedicated to Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest at the Soviet invasion in 1968.

'By the horse' is a popular place for Czechs and tourists to arrange to meet each other.

For visitors to Prague, Wenceslas Square makes an ideal base. It has history and culture, and more amenities than elsewhere. A metro station is located at either end of the square (Muzeum and Mustek), providing access to all three metro lines. And trams run right through the centre of the square.

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To discover more about Wenceslas Square, take one of the Prague tours:
Prague Explorer Tour & Boat Trip
Prague City Tour & Boat Trip.


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