Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)
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The lively center of Prague's commercial, social and cultural life, with shops, cafes, hotels and nightclubs lining its main avenue.
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Neighborhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred meters long, Wenceslas Square represents the most frequent and buzzing crossroads of the city. The National Museum in the upper part of the square watches over your spending spree in countless shops and retail stores lining the entire square, which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping street. When tired or broke, you can explore the city's underpasses, which can take you to the Old Town or to the courtyards of art nouveau houses with secret gems of greenery, white benches and rose bushes that provide unexpected peace in the midst of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to the traditional cafés, classic Czech pubs, cinemas and theaters. National Theater near the river has a lot to offer to foreigners. Go to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
How to get there
  • Museum • 4 min walk
  • bridge • 5 min walk
See what travelers are saying
  • CycleDude86
    Winston Salem, North Carolina70 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better Areas to Visit
    Unless you plan on visiting the museum I didn’t find this an area worth visiting. The architecture of some of the building was interesting but that was true throughout lesser town and old town too. Save the time and visit elsewhere. The shopping wasn’t anything special either. Loved Prague but this was one of the least impressive areas.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 10, 2023
  • Peter C
    Island of Malta, Malta2,545 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Square named after the patron saint of Bohemia
    This World Heritage Site is one of the main squares of the city, located in the New Town. Over the years, Wenceslas Square has been the setting of many historical events, demonstrations, celebrations and public gatherings. It is named after the patron saint of Bohemia. The southest side is dominated by the grand neoclassical Czech National Museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 13, 2023
  • JJJC_Family
    810 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large impressive public space
    It’s modern, but grand in scope ad it’s just fun to walk it all the way down to the National Museum and even around it. If you want to find a place to eat, there are many choices. Seeing this when visiting Prague, particularly on a short stay, is not essential, but if you have the time and you’re trough with your list of must-sees, you could do worse.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Nate080411
    Nashua, New Hampshire1,031 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is history here, but you have to want to find it
    This is a large square that is flanked by shopping and restaurants on either side. At one end of the square is one of their more famous museum. You will find that many tours will take you here or have you meet here. Without a guide or reading up on the square it will be tough to appreciate the history and meaning of the area. It’s certainly something to walk through, but nothing I would spend a lot of time in compared to the other great parks in the city.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 5, 2023
  • Braindamagedbaron
    Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Wenceslas
    Wenceslas Square in Prague is a city square that would find it's way into any traveller's top picks. Packed full of more character than you could ever wish to see. The juxtaposition of new and old is quite wonderful. The horses and carts trot around the square while the shops sell all manner of goods from new to antique. Cafe culture is alive and you'll find yourself whiling away hours just appreciating the moment and watching the world go by. A stunning piece of architecture, traditions and human interaction in one breathtaking city square.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 28, 2024
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John A
39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The square is three blocks of cafes, shops, etc., highlighted by buildings with beautiful architecture. If you are looking for a place to eat or shop in Prague, this is it. The square is easily accessible on the tram.
Written April 12, 2024
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Pub Monster Neil
Liverpool, UK1,320 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Wenceslas Square ( Vaclavske Namesti ) named in honour of St Wenceslas, patron saint of Bohemia is not so much a square ,its more of a wide boulevard flanked either side by a mix of old buildings and new buildings, at the top of the square is the famous museum but all in all its not a particularly pretty square ,in fact it's pretty dour ,the square is more noted for demonstrations and celebrations, in 1918 Alois Jirasek read the declaration of Czechoslavakian independence from Wenceslas Square, 1938 saw huge demonstrations agaist the occupation of Czechoslavakia by German forces and later in 1989 with the fall of the Communist regime during the Velvet Revolution hundreds of thousands of people gathered in this square ,me personally find the square boring, not much of interest for me here but if you're planning a holiday to Prague its worth checking out.
Written March 31, 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Wenceslas Square in Prague is a city square that would find it's way into any traveller's top picks. Packed full of more character than you could ever wish to see. The juxtaposition of new and old is quite wonderful. The horses and carts trot around the square while the shops sell all manner of goods from new to antique.
Cafe culture is alive and you'll find yourself whiling away hours just appreciating the moment and watching the world go by. A stunning piece of architecture, traditions and human interaction in one breathtaking city square.
Written March 28, 2024
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evggal
Holon, Israel324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Beautiful square with great shops and a museum. We initially came here for the view and the museum , and found out it had great shopping and an Easter fare (not yet open during our visit).
Written March 22, 2024
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peter y
Wrexham, UK266 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Commercial and dirty compared with the rest of Prague. This long "street" is nothing special and has nothing to offer other than overpriced shops. There were sirens going off the whole time we were there ... ambulances, police etc... it is noisy and seems unsafe. Avoid if you can. The old town square is much much nicer.
Written February 25, 2024
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Tiberiu_Baranyi
Timisoara, Romania13,009 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
When you are strolling trough Prague - sooner or later - you will get to the Vaclav square. In the square during December2023 there were some both - Xmas fare in miniature in the square.
But beside the Xmas decorations you will find very interesting and well maintained building - some new some a few centuries old - I really loved the façade of the Grand Hotel Europa.
But also in one end is the imposing building of the National Museum , also the equestrian statue of King Vaclav I , the patron Saint of the Czech people and several other gems are waiting to be discovered.
Overall a very nice place to stroll through ... definitely a must see when in Prague - why not the perfect score ... well the snow fallen the night before was not cleaned everywhere - so there were areas very difficult to navigate and hazardously slippery - otherwise , in the summer for instant this a 5 star location to visit.
Written January 27, 2024
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Z B
London, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Very nice quirky hotel close to Main Square.
Castle view room which was lovely and great view. Kettle and mini bar. Very cold outside but hotel well heated and warm rooms. Leak in bathroom - flooding- bad drain smell but dealt with quickly. Lady at reception was lovely and very intuitive and helpful. Booked dinner boat cruise which for £70 was high end food/ enjoyed it. Breakfast room was small but food exceeded our expectation. Housekeeping were very good. ONLY negative is if you have mobility issues I would possibly book elsewhere. Our room - level 5. Lift - yes. But then lots of up and down stairs plus 2 flights down the stairs to 400 room numbers with lighting not automated until at bottom. If any real knee if hip issues etc… this would have been impossible to manage. Great break. 3 star I would say, not 4 star. Recommended though. Prague not a cheap place to visit like other places ie Krakow/Budapest- but some hidden bars where prices are good for food/drink. I truly liked the style as not a soulless chain hotel !
Written December 7, 2023
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jebuc
Wombourne, UK421 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is the centre of Prague and the Czech Republic.
Large boulevard lined by shops. The statue of King Wenceslaus is at the top of the square.
Written September 23, 2023
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Robert P
Sydney, Australia349 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Large boulevard lined with shops and office buildings with Good King Wenceslas statue overlooking. Yes who the Christmas song is about.
Written September 15, 2023
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norman r
england139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Good day,
Clean and Friendly. Did not feel unsafe. But , YES , the Young girls are been fed cheap wine and been solicited by Eastern Europeans. The police are present , but turning a BLIND EYE. Mayor look after your young. Please do not allow these criminals take over the streets. It a Beautiful area with Great shops and foodies..
Enjoy .WE did.
Keep Well and Safe,
Norman.
Written September 9, 2023
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