Wenceslas Square is the longest and one of the most famous squares in Prague. It was established already in the 14th century as a Horse Market and quickly became a hub of medieval trade. Nowadays, Wenceslas Square is a center of urban life with numerous cafes, restaurants, hotels, and banks. Wenceslas Square is also a great shopping opportunity for someone who prefers door-to-door shopping as opposed to regular malls.
Moreover, visiting Wenceslas square gives an insight into Czech culture and national identity. You can see the monumental Prague National Museum and the statue of St. Wenceslas, the main patron saint of Czech people, at the beginning of the square. Exhibitions dedicated to Czech national holidays and key historical events very often take place in the middle of the square as well as festivals, parades, and seasonal markets.
Prague Wenceslas Square Nightlife - Bars, Clubs and other fun things to do
Hotels on the Wenceslas Square
Shops on the Wenceslas Square
- New Yorker
- Van Graaf
- Flying Tiger
- Marks and Spenser
Facts about Prague Wenceslas Square
- In the 20th century, Wenceslas square was the background for many historical events, such as the invasion of 1968 and the Prague Velvet Revolution.
- The statue of St. Wenceslas that you can see standing here nowadays is already the second version of this monument. The first statue was much smaller and used to stand in the middle of the square.
- Prague is planning to bring back the tram line that will go up and down Wenceslas Square. Finally, a break from walking!
Our Local Guide Tip
- Visit Lucerna Palace to have a look at the alternative statue of St. Wenceslas sitting on the upsidedown horse by the Czech contemporary artist David Cerny.
- Check out the Rokoko Palace passage, a great example of Czech 20th century architecture and decore.
- For all the fine dining lovers, we recommend Triton Restaurant, which is located in a stalactite cave interior. How cool!
How to get to the Old Town Square from Wenceslas Square?
- The two most famous squares in Prague are separated from each other just by a 10-minute walk, so it will be very easy to get to the Old Town from Wenceslas Square. Get to the bottom of Wenceslas Square first, where Mustek green line metro is located, and find a store called New Yorker. Keep going straight until you reach Melantrichova street and follow it till Starbucks cafe on the corner. After just a few steps forward, you will see the Astronomical Clock and, on the right from it, the Old Town Square!
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Author: Valeriia Zahradnikova and Vaclav Zahradnik, Prague guides certified by Prague City Tourism agency. Valeriia and Vaclav have worked in tourism for over 6 years and have guided thousands of Prague visitors.