Wenceslas Square, church and Prague underground

The tour takes 3 hours

3 hours | Tour


The Wenceslas Square with the upside down equestrian statue, the Mary Snow church and Prague underground

On this tour we first go to the Wenceslas Square, where we tell about the 1968 revolt, Alexander Dubček and the Prague Spring, where Czechoslovakia was occupied by an army from the countries in the Warsaw Pact, consisting of 500.000 soldiers, tanks and 800 airplanes. Many of the insidents took place here on the square, where the young student Jan Palach in January 1969 set himself to fire and ran burning down the square, too, as a protest against the invasion.

At the end of the square we see a big equestrian statue of the Holy Wenceslas. Now we go into the Lucerna-passage and we will se Wenceslas in a totally different way. This piece of art is made by a very controversial, Czech artist David Černy, who has made a number of pieces of art, which are exhibited on different spots in town. We will tell about some of them, f. ex. the debatable Entropa, which he made when the Czech Repulic had the precidency of the EU in 2009.

Then we go into the Franziscan garden and into the Mary Snow church. We will reveal why the church is so tall and so short, and how it according to the legend got its very speciel name.

Finally we reach the high-light of the day, which is the visit in the Prague underground. 6-7 meters below the Old Town Hall we find the "Town under the Town", where people were living in the 12th century, until several meters of soil were put on top of all the houses, because of the big problems with the floodings. The walls in the Romanesque houses are several meters thick as they were constructed as small fortresses to protect the residents against the enemy. We will see a big number of wells, because the rich inhabitants were unsatisfied with the quality of the water in the public wells.

Later the cellars were used as dungeons and torture chambers. We take a walk in the old gallery and tell the stories about how the prisoners were tortured and lived a miserable life.