Wenceslas Square is Prague's bustling commercial area. It's not as historical as Old Town, but essential to sightseeing in Prague.
So, what's the best way to see this part of
This page covers the basics, a few of our tips and includes a video we shot of the area.
But first, let's cover just the basics. These short descriptions give you some basic background information about this famous Prague square.
This famous Prague site has been home to various events in Czech history - from invading Russian tanks in 1968 to masses of protesters in 1989. Here are a few notes about Prague's energetic square...
The two iconic sights of Wenceslas square are: the
National Museum and the Wenceslas Monument. Both are
located at the southern end of the square. The National
Museum is home to displays of natural history.
The Wenceslas Monument sits just below the National Museum and is a symbol of the Czech nation with a mounted St. Wenceslas. This is a great meeting point and a superb place to people-watch and take photos of the square.
The rest of the square is bordered by shops, casinos, hotels and restaurants of various kinds. But, there are a number of notable buildings bordering the square as well. These are newer buildings, less historic than Old Town and Mala Strana yet still quite interesting.
At about the midway point, you should peek into the passagway of Lucerna Palace. It's a remarkable Art Nouveau complex that includes a cinema, cafes and restaurants. And, as seen in the video, there's a satirical take on the famous Wenceslas Monument hanging from the ceiling.
TIP: Just north of the Lucerna Palace and just beyond Wenceslas Square you will find two splendid hidden sights. Františkánská zahrada (Franciscan Garden) This is a peaceful garden with benches and lots of roses. A great spot to relax, eat ice cream in the summer and let the children run around.
Wenceslas Square is best known for shopping, nightlife and crowds. So, if these aren't your cup of tea try these: