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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 $71
Grandium Prague

Grandium Prague

Politickych veznu 913/12, Prague
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 2,472 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.

    Grandior Hotel Prague $69
    Grandior Hotel Prague

    Grandior Hotel Prague

    Na Porici 42, Prague
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 5,535 reviews
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      Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Palladium Shopping Centre, Municipal House Hall, and Mucha Museum. Powder Tower and Wenceslas Square are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Hotel Majestic Plaza $60
      Hotel Majestic Plaza

      Hotel Majestic Plaza

      Stepanska 33, Prague
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 2,319 reviews
        4.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Prague 1, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Lucerna Palace, Wenceslas Square, and New Town Hall. Mucha Museum and Museum of Communism are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        K+K Hotel Fenix $58
        K+K Hotel Fenix

        K+K Hotel Fenix

        Ve Smeckach 30, Prague
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 2,067 reviews
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          Just off Wenceslas Square in central Prague, the hotel is a block from the National Museum and less than 2 kilometres from the Municipal House and the city's birthplace.

          K+K Hotel Central Prague $62
          K+K Hotel Central Prague

          K+K Hotel Central Prague

          Hybernska 10, Prague
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 2,234 reviews
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            Dating from 1900, this distinctive Art Nouveau hotel offers an ideal location in the heart of Prague, just 100 meters from the Powder Tower and 600 meters from the Old Town Square.

            Grand Majestic Plaza $64
            Grand Majestic Plaza

            Grand Majestic Plaza

            Truhlarska 16, Prague
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 4,620 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.

              Unitas Hotel $107
              Unitas Hotel

              Unitas Hotel

              Bartolomejska 9, Prague
                 
                4.9
                of 5, from 2,056 reviews
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                This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Naprstek Museum and Bethlehem Chapel. Prague Zoo and LunaPark are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Carlo IV, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection $106
                Carlo IV, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection

                Carlo IV, The Dedica Anthology, Autograph Collection

                Senovazne Namesti,13, Prague
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 649 reviews
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                  This family-friendly Prague hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Hybernia Theatre, Powder Tower, and Municipal House Hall. Wenceslas Square and Astronomical Clock are also within 15 minutes. Prague-Masarykovo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Namesti Republiky Station is 8 minutes.