Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) as seen from the "far" end. The metro station is "Mustek".
Many shops here if you want to spend a lot of money.
But it is too big, too big to be enjoyable.
A trip her eto be able to say you visited all Prague is necessary, but not remarkable.
Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti), far bigger that the Old Town Square.
This is the shopping centre of Prague. In the upper part of the square is the statue of St. Wenceslas (show later) with four patron saints of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes) by Josef Vaclav Myslbek. Erected in 1912.
I personally prefer the Old Town Square, this is too big.
Believe it or not, this grand place was originally the city's horse market and the spot where the National Museum is currently located contained the outer wall of New Town separating it from the Royal Vineyards. In 1989, during the now famous Velvet Revolution, 300,000 people crammed into this space.
Boy, does every European city have its own version of the Champs-Elysees?
Wenceslas 'Square' is more accurately a long boulevard lined with trees and impressive facades. It starts at Na pikope which is the dividing line between Old Town and New Town (Nove Mesto). You'll find tourist information on this street, as well as some gorgeous, Baroque architecture and you won't have to watch out for cars, because it's pedestrian only.
If you walk down Wenceslas toward the National Museum at the other end, you'll pass by many outdoor cafes and some nice and some cheesy shops.
Jindrisska ulice marks the halfway point down Wenceslas. It is a busy street where you'll find a post office in a beautiful palace.
At the other end, you'll run into a giant equestrian statue that appears to be guarding the National Museum. It is appropriately in honor of St. Wenceslas.
The National Museum is in an enormous and beautiful Neo-Renaissance palace. I was much more impressed with the building than the collection inside. I saw an operatic performance that was held on the magnificent staircase of the museum that was much more impressive than anything else inside.
I was here on the day and night that the Czech Republic won the world ice hockey championships and let me just say, that the Czech's know how to party!!
In the upper part of the boulevard, you can find the statue of St.Wenceslas on his horse.
St Wenceslas’ statue is an official place of memorial and is also where student Jan Palach burnt himself in 1969 in protest against the Communist process of so called “normalisation”.-
Vaclavske Nam is one of the best parts of Prague. Both sides of this square are plenty of shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs and bars. Vaclavske Nam walk starts from Museum and goes all the way to Old Town Hall. If you don’t have an agenda of where to go in Prague, go to Vaclavske Nam and enjoy beautiful Prague.
From the National Museum & the statue of King Wenceslas to all the stores, casinos, & restaurants that lead you to the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square is a great area to walk around. You can also pick up something to eat there at all hours of the day or night from one of the vendors on the streets. Just be careful...it may be dangerous at night.
The famous Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti) was originally a horse market. The horse statue of Josef Vaclav Myslbek (1912) at the top of the square reminds of that time. Nowadays it is a busy boulevard with hotels, casinos, cafes and shops. It measures about 750 metres in length and 60 metres in width.
For a brief while during the "Prague Spring" of 1968, it seemed as if the Czechs would be able to throw off the yoke of Soviet domination and re-establish control over their own affairs. Such hopes were brutally crushed with the invasion of Warsaw Pact forces on August 21, 1968. Later that fall, despairing students at Charles University vowed to bring the plight of the Czech to the attention of the world - through suicide (and not by suicide bombs.) They drew lots to see which would be first - and "Torch No. 1" was Jan Palach, who immolated himself here in Wencesals Square on 16 January, 1969. Jan Zijic was an 18 year old man from a small town; despairing of his homeland's future, he came to Prague and followed Palach's example, setting fire to himself in late February 1969. Palach and Zijic are remembered today as martyrs of their generation; there were fresh flowers on their marker when I visited last summer.
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The shopping center of Prague. In the upper part of the square is the statue of St. Wenceslas with four patron saints of Bohemia (St. Prokop, St. Adalbert, St. Ludmila and St. Agnes) by Josef Vaclav Myslbek. Erected in 1912.
The Lucerna Palace shopping arcade is just off Vaclavski Namesti (Wenceslas Square).
This beautiful Art Nouveau project was originally owned by Vaclav Havel's family: what interesting evidence it is of Prague's traditional sense of whimsy. I strongly recommend having a coffee or a beer in the Lucerna Cafe, whose balcony overlooks this peculiar horse and rider. It's the work of contemporary Czech artist David Czerny, who seems to specialize in confounding expectations. He originally created the work for the Main Post Office, but the director of Czech Mail decided that it "was way too much." The Post Office' lost is Lucerna Palace's gain!
History lives here. Originally, this was the horse market for Emperor Charles IV. More recently, in the 1980s, this square was the location of massive demonstrations which made it absolutely evident how the masses of Czechs had no faith in their communist rulers, and desperately sought the establishment of a genuinely free Bohemia,