"Wenceslas Square" Wenceslas Square Tip by Krumlovgirl

Wenceslas Square, Prague: 159 reviews and 275 photos

  Wenceslas Square at night
by Krumlovgirl

You are probably familiar with the song "Good King Wenceslas." Well, here you can even see a statue of him. For history buffs, this is where the Velvet Revolution took place. It?s basically a big boulevard (not really even a square) that feels disjointed from the Lesser and Old Town areas. It?s very modern and feels more like what you would expect from a big city. Originally a horse market, it got its present name in the mid-19th century. It is the main centre of modern Prague surrounded by shops, cinemas, office blocks, hotels, restaurants and cafés. The 750 m long and 60 m wide square has been the scene of a great deal of Czech history. In 1969 a university student Jan Palach burnt himself to death in protest against the Warsaw Pact invasion and in November 1989 protest meetings against police brutality were held here and led to the Velvet Revolution and the end of communism in Czechoslovakia. In the middle of the square is a monument of St Wenceslas on a horse accompanied with sculptures of four Czech patron saints.

Definitely worth checking out, especially at night when things in Prague tend to take on another worldly feel. Be careful in this area, though. Pickpockets and the like keep their eyes out for unconcerned tourists.

Address: Vaclavske namesti
Directions: Metro line C station Narodni muzeum or line A station Mustek.
Website: http://www.vaclavak.cz/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 15, 2004
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