Festive Season in Prague - Wenceslas Square
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The next day was a free day. After breakfast, the coach dropped everybody off near the Christmas Market stalls.
There’s plenty of Christmas Markets stalls in Prague. Most are in The Old Town Square. The others are on Wenceslas Square (Vaclavske namesti).
Wenceslas Square is 680 metres long and 60 metres wide. Although it has the appearance today of a large boulevard and architecturally nothing has survived from its Gothic heyday, its bustling jam of shoppers denoting it as the consumer centre of contemporary Prague can’t be very much different from the crowds that would have gathered here when it functioned as Charles great Horse Market. Apart from the few remaining Art Nouveau facades, such as that of the beautiful Hotel Europa and the early twentieth-century equestrian status of St.
A short distance away in Resslova stands two churches. Cathedral of Sv Cyril (Church of Saints Cyril) and Metodej (Methodius) is remembered as the last hiding place, when seven of the Czechoslovak secret agents involved in the dramatic assassination of Reinhard Heydrich in 1942.
Having successfully completed their mission they were besieged in the church by hundreds of the Waffen SS. Acting on a tip off by one of the Czech resistance who turned himself in, the Nazis surrounded the church just after 4am and fought a pitched battle for over six hours, trying explosives, flooding and any other method they could think of to drive the men out of their stronghold in the crypt.
Eventually all seven agents committed suicide rather than give themselves up. There’s a plaque at street level on the south wall commemorating those who died and an exhibition on the who affair situated in the crypt itself, which has been left pretty much as it was, the entrance s underneath the church steps on Na Zderaze.
That evening, we had an evening cruise along the River Vitava with dinner included. We started our cruise at near Cechuv most. We bored our floating restaurant and were shown to our table. We set steam and continued our journey south under Cechuv most and Charles bridge (Karluv most). Passing islands of Strelecky ostrov and pausing for a few minutes on the lock, before continuing past Detsky ostrov. We cruised along for about an hour before turning and cruising back to under Karluv and Cechuv most.