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Wenceslas Square, Prague

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Originally conceived as a medieval horse market, pedestrian-friendly Wenceslas Square is now one of modern Prague's major symbols, named in honor of Bohemia's patron saint. More a boulevard than a traditional square, this long space is part of the historical city center, a World Heritage Site. Dominated by a Neoclassical building housing the national museum of natural history, the square covers an area of about 4.5 hectares (11 acres). The square's focal point is an equestrian statue of Saint Wenceslas, a popular meeting point for both tourists and natives. A standout among the square's Art Nouveau landmarks is a hotel designed by architect Vaclav Havel, whose grandson became the first president of the Czech Republic. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Prague holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Wenceslas Square and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Not much interesting on this site if it isn't the huge statue that stands at the end and the shops which borders. Little architectural or historical interest, however it is a great place for shopping because there are all part.
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  • Wenceslas square or simply Vaclavak is in an historic district of Nove Mesto and, indeed, more reminiscent of a Boulevard than square, because it has the appearance of an elongated rectangle length length of 700 metres. In the middle ages at this place was the horse market, and now is the center of social life in Prague, where residents gather on different occasions, whether it's the celebration of any event or protest. It is here that developed the main events of the Prague Spring, when it was damaged the building of the National Museum, this area burned himself in protest two Czech students in 1969, and in 1989 the people welcomed Václav Havel. But even then, when here are not rallies, demonstrations and other public events, when everything is quiet and peaceful, the area is one of the busiest places in the city and is always full of people. On it there is a huge number of shops, banks, hotels, restaurants and exchangers. Architectural ensemble of the square I delight does not. During the reconstruction of the late 19th and 20th centuries, many historic buildings were demolished, and their place was taken by buildings in the styles of Art Nouveau and "Czech Cubism. Since the building of the National Museum is currently under restoration, eye pleasing only the equestrian statue of Wenceslas, yes a few interesting buildings, among them House Vigla (Bookstore) and the Grand Hotel Europa.
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  • This square is a HUGE area from the National Museum to the NewYorker. Square hosts the Father of Czech nation - Wenceslas, the horse-rider. The square has MANY shopping places, pubs, restaurants, exch...  more »
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  • Just a typical downtown area. Not really a square but more off an avenue. It has many shops and food options although generally pricey. The small alcohol stores are a total rip off easily paying three or four times the regular amount for a beer. The view is good, looking down at the National museum is pretty impressive. Also don't buy fries from the stands outside, they're horrid. The sausages should be good but stay away from the fries!
  • Main square of Prague, from here you go to everywhere in the city but there are some sight seeings here. Just be aware, don't exchange any money here! Look for exchange that offer 0% interest, one of the houses charged 25% and it wasn't explained anywhere.
  • A very expansive, rectangular square in Prague. It is a center of dining, hotel, and other commercial activities. at the end of the square is the National Museum, which is under renovation and won't be available to the public 'til a few years from now. You won't miss the St. Wenceslas Monument near the museum. Amazing place!
  • It's a big, pedestrianised square surrounded by shops, restaurants and casinos. It's littered with tourist trap stalls fast food vendors and the odd busker. Nothing remarkable. I will comment on the complete non-existence of litter on the street, quite impressive for such a highly popular area.
  • Originally the city's horse market, Wenceslas Square today is what most people consider the centre of Prague. Lined on both sides by shops of international renoun, together with numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, the square certainly has a lot to offer both residents and visitors. Dominated by the National Museum at the south-east end and terminated by Mustek at the north west end, the square should be on every visitor's must see list.