Wenceslas Square is Prague's bustling commercial area. It's not as historical as Old Town, but essential to sightseeing in Prague.
So, what's the best way to see this part of
This page covers the basics, a few of our tips and
includes a video we shot of the area.
But first, let's cover just the basics. These short
descriptions give you some basic background information
about this famous Prague square.
Wenceslas Square Facts
This famous Prague site has been home to various events in
Czech history - from invading Russian tanks in 1968 to
masses of protesters in 1989. Here are a few notes about
Prague's energetic square...
The square is named after Saint Wenceslas - the patron
saint of Bohemia. The square is known as
Václavské náměstí in Czech.
More of a long boulevard than an actual "square." It
connects Old Town with New Town and is bordered by the
stunning National Museum. The northern end includes
Mustek metro station and the smaller streets of Old
The square is Prague's commercial and shopping hub.
If you want to do any shopping while you're here this is
the place to start.
The square is also considered the epicenter of Prague nightlife.
It includes plenty of restaurants, dance clubs, bars,
strip clubs, and cinemas. So, at night it can be a bit
This area is also the transport system's nerve center.
The two busiest
metro stations flank the square - Muzeum at the
southern end and Mustek
at the northern end.
Looking for a hotel nearby?
Look for hotels just off the square, not right on it. These hotels are a good place to start.
Or, you might find these apartment rentals
to be cheaper, larger and more comfortable.
What to See
The two iconic sights of Wenceslas square are: the
National Museum and the Wenceslas Monument. Both are
located at the southern end of the square. The National
Museum is home to displays of natural history.
The Wenceslas Monument sits just below the National
Museum and is a symbol of the Czech nation with a mounted
St. Wenceslas. This is a great meeting point and a superb
place to people-watch and take photos of the square.
The rest of the square is bordered by shops, casinos,
hotels and restaurants of various kinds. But, there are a
number of notable buildings bordering the square as well.
These are newer buildings, less historic than Old Town and
Mala Strana yet still quite interesting.
At about the midway point, you should peek into the
passagway of Lucerna Palace. It's a
remarkable Art Nouveau complex that includes a cinema,
cafes and restaurants. And, as seen in the video, there's a satirical take on the
famous Wenceslas Monument hanging from the ceiling.
Just north of the
Lucerna Palace and just beyond Wenceslas Square you will
find two splendid hidden sights. Františkánská
zahrada (Franciscan Garden) This is a
peaceful garden with benches and lots of roses. A great
spot to relax, eat ice cream in the summer and let the
children run around.
What to Do
Wenceslas Square is best known for shopping, nightlife
and crowds. So, if these aren't your cup of tea try these:
Climb the steps to the National Museum. Okay, this is
obvious, but it's really worth taking a couple of
minutes to cross the street and actually go up to the
museum to experience the view down the square. And, it's
a great spot for taking photos.
Have a cup of tea. Prague has a number of wonderful
tea rooms (cafes). And, one of the best is Dobrá
Čajovna located just off Wenceslas Square.
Address: Václavské náměstí
Take in a film at the art house cinema Kino
Světozor. This cinema offers an eclectic
variety of films from around the globe and their
subterranean cafe is a nice spot for a beer, Wi-Fi or a
Kofola (the Czech version of Coke) on
Buy a cheap Fried Cheese sandwich
from a street vendor on the northern end of the square.
Fried Cheese is an essential staple in Prague's pub and
street vendor scene.
Visit the Museum
of Communism. It's a bit expensive, but
their exhibition will give you a comprehensive
historical look at communism in Czech lands before the
fall of the Iron Curtain. Address: Na příkopě 10.
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