Visiting Wenceslas Square
Named after Saint Wenceslas, and what was once built to be an old horse market. Wenceslas Square is one of the most popular areas in Prague. Although it’s more of a long boulevard than an actual square, it connects the old town to the new town. Also home to Prague’s commercial and shopping area, here you’ll find lots of tourist and gift shops.
Wenceslas square is also the main area of nightlife in Prague. With plenty of restaurants, bars and clubs it’s a stark difference between night and day. Be aware of pickpockets at all times of day and be vigilant with your bags.
It’s easy for visitors to walk to anywhere else in the city from here. In the square itself you’ll find the National Museum and Prague State Opera. In front of the National Museum is where the statue of Saint Wenceslas on his horse stands. You’ll also find two plaques on the ground near the statue, to commemorate those killed during the communist era.
The Best Views
Wenceslas Square is a great area for you to start your sightseeing tour of Prague. With connections to everywhere else in the city, all three metro lines intersect here. The trams also run through its centre.
If you’re looking for the best view, climb up the steps to the National Museum. This will give you the best experience for viewing directly down the square. It’s also a great spot for taking photos, from a sight you might not have otherwise seen.
Shops, hotels and restaurants surround the rest of the square. Take a look into the passageway of Lucerna palace. It’s a beautiful Art Nouveau complex, which includes a cinema, cafes and restaurants. Just beyond this, you’ll also find the Franciscan Garden as a nice way to relax and people watch. Be sure to arrive early in the square to make the most of the views before all the crowds arrive later in the day.
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