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The only other time you’ll have heard the name “Wenceslas” is from a Christmas Carol. Well in Prague you cannot fail to notice King Wenceslas sitting on one of the largest bronze horses on one of the largest squares in the country named after him. But it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time this used to be a horse market accessed via a secure gate in the New Town Wall that ran across the top of the square. If you are up at the top of the square you’ll find main roads and large buildings which are built on what used to be that wall.
Nowadays, Wenceslas Square has a reputation for two things namely Stag Parties and Shopping although people interested in all kinds of late 19th and 20th Century architecture will find a Cubism, Art Nouveau and Rokoko styles here. Although you won’t find many bars on the Square itself, the roads running left and right away from the square have many options for smart bars like Nebe and Duplex, Irish Bars like Rocky O’Reillys and American bars like Jama. Stag parties will largely be visiting “Ve Smeckach” which is the magnet for groups wanting to visit strip clubs.
For shopping you have a pretty good choice of popular chain department stores on both sides of Wenceslas Square and don’t forget that many smaller independent shops and businesses exist in the small passages and centres that sit just behind the main shops.
Wenceslas Square is one of the locations for a Christmas Market which normally starts at the bottom end and extends almost up to the top. Either on the Square or just a few steps from it you’ll find the National Museum, the State Opera, the Franciscan Garden, Lucerna Passage and the Main Railway Station. Since 2015 the bottom half of Wenceslas Square is largely pedestrianised and the open part at the bottom also provides a location for hosting food, music and sport festivals.
There are several excellent hotels right on the Square and others close to it and you can read about my recommendations on the Wenceslas Square Hotels with a Bit Extra page.