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Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske Namesti)

Prague’s busiest boulevard is great for both shopping and nightlife and has a history as a gathering point for local uprisings and celebrations.

In the heart of Prague’s New Town lies a 2,460 foot (750 meter) long boulevard, Wenceslas Square (Václavské Náměstí). Visit this significant spot for locals and enjoy its modern-day facilities. The square marks the start of Prague’s main shopping district while at night it is one of the city’s most lively precincts.

There are many 20th-century buildings in Wenceslas Square, giving it a more contemporary European feel than the nearby Old Town Square.

Take in the art nouveau architecture of the street as you walk between some of Prague’s best retail stores
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Immerse yourself in Czech history at the National Museum that overlooks the square. In front of it stands the heroic statue of St. Wenceslas, “the Good King” from the popular Christmas carol.

Drink and dance with the locals in the evening when the street’s many bars, clubs and restaurants get busy. Be aware that prices at restaurants on the square are likely to be higher than similar restaurants nearby.

The square is a common location for protests and national celebrations, and the broad boulevard can hold up to 400,000 people. It was here that anti-communist uprisings were held until the regime was finally toppled 1989. Look for the wooden cross embedded in the cobblestone street. This is a monument to Jan Palach, who set fire to himself protesting the Soviet occupation.

Wenceslas Square is located in the New Town and is serviced by metro and tram. It has two of the busiest metro stations in Prague. Its central location and proximity to Prague’s major attractions make it a great area to be based while visiting the city.

Popular Activities at Wenceslas Square

Would you like to make your time spent at Wenceslas Square even more unforgettable? Don't forget to try one or two of these things to do:

Do you want to make your visit a little more unique? A Small-Group Experience Bohemian Prague Tour and a Small-Group Prague Beer & Tapas Tour are both worth thinking about.

If you'd like even more options, peruse our Prague things to do page.


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Grandium Prague $66
Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 2,233 reviews
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    Opened in 2006, this modern design hotel is located in the center of Prague, just a block from Wenceslas Square and 100 meters from the State Opera.

    Grand Majestic Plaza $58
    Grand Majestic Plaza

    Grand Majestic Plaza

    Truhlarska 16, Prague
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 4,480 reviews
      4.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre and Municipal House Hall. Powder Tower and Mucha Museum are also within 15 minutes. Namesti Republiky Station is only a 4-minute walk and Florenc Station is 9 minutes.

      Grandior Hotel Prague $66
      Grandior Hotel Prague

      Grandior Hotel Prague

      Na Porici 42, Prague
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 5,299 reviews
        5.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Powder Tower. Mucha Museum and Old Town Square are also within 1 mi (2 km). Florenc Station is only a 3-minute walk and Namesti Republiky Station is 7 minutes.

        Hotel Kings Court $123
        Hotel Kings Court

        Hotel Kings Court

        U Obecniho Domu 3, Prague
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 2,372 reviews
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          Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is steps from Municipal House Hall, Republic Square, and Hybernia Theatre. Powder Tower and Palladium Shopping Centre are also within 5 minutes. Namesti Republiky Station is only a 2-minute walk and Mustek Station is 10 minutes.

          Hotel Majestic Plaza $53
          Hotel Majestic Plaza

          Hotel Majestic Plaza

          Stepanska 33, Prague
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 2,195 reviews
            4.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerna Palace and New Town Hall. Wenceslas Square and Mucha Museum are also within 10 minutes. Muzeum Station is 7 minutes by foot and Mustek Station is 8 minutes.

            Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague $102
            Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

            Cosmopolitan Hotel Prague

            Zlatnicka 3, Prague
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 814 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Republic Square and Palladium Shopping Centre. Municipal House Hall and Hybernia Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Namesti Republiky Station is only a 4-minute walk and Florenc Station is 6 minutes.

              NYX Hotel Prague by Leonardo Hotels $57
              NYX Hotel Prague by Leonardo Hotels

              NYX Hotel Prague by Leonardo Hotels

              Panska 9, Prague
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 993 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Prague 1, this boutique hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Mucha Museum and Lucerna Arcade. Old Town Square and Estates Theatre are also within 10 minutes. Mustek Station is 7 minutes by foot and Muzeum Station is 8 minutes.

                Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague $102
                Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague

                Radisson Blu Alcron Hotel, Prague

                Stepanska 40, Prague
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 693 reviews
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                  An oasis of retro cool right off Prague's hectic central shopping strip, this 1930s hotel is one block from the Wenceslas Square shopping area and the National Museum.