Wenceslas Square is named after ‘Good King Wenceslas’, even though it turns out he was only a Prince. This square has changed a lot since my last visit in 2000. It’s much more commercial than I remember but that’s not really surprising.
The gorgeous National Museum sits at the top of the hill but I didn’t have time to go in. I read a funny story about this building which said that when the Soviet forces moved into Prague in 1968 they attacked the National Museum thinking it was the Czech parliament because it’s such a grand building. Oops! I don’t know if that’s true though.
The area in and around Wenceslas Square is Prague’s main shopping district but there are plenty of hotels and places to eat too. I had lunch at the Hotel Jalta and it was one of the best meals I had in the Czech Republic. They do modern Czech and Mediterranean cuisine and while it’s not the cheapest place to eat in Prague it was totally worthwhile.