Wenceslas Square (Václavské námestí)

#26 in Best Things To Do in Prague
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Václavské námestí 110 00 Praha 1- Nové Mesto

Price & Hours

Free

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Free, Shopping, Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 3.0Atmosphere

Wenceslas Square, which is one of Prague’s two main squares (the other being the Old Town Square), offers a more modern slice of the historic city. Cafes, casinos and clubs are all located nearby, while the National Museum is the area’s most visually stunning spot. Despite the exceedingly modern storefronts nearby, the square firmly established itself in Prague’s history due to its role as a gathering place during the Velvet Revolution, in addition to other cultural moments. Wenceslas Square also houses the Statue of Saint Wenceslas, a patron saint of Prague whose statue overlooked many important moments in the history of the Czech Republic.

Recent visitors suggest perusing the square for its small army of stores and food stalls, especially if you find yourself with time to kill after visiting one of the nearby museums. As a public space, the square is free and accessible 24/7, while the nearby businesses all operate on their own hours. Several of the city's top tours stop in the square and can provide more historical context. Both Prague’s trams and subways offer an assortment of stops near Wenceslas Square, and it also sits only slightly more than a half-mile southeast of Old Town Square.

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Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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