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Time Out says

A small pedestrian area between the National Theater and New Stage, named for the playwright first president of the Czech Republic

Prague’s cultural powerhouses cast shadows over this small cement patio, which acts as a gathering space for audience members of the surrounding theaters in the hours before shows. In 2016, the rededication of the square in honor of Vaclav Havel saw the addition a glowing red heart resting on the ground below his signature on the far wall. It’s also, unsurprisingly, a popular location for both organized and impromptu art events, from hosting one of Prague’s free pianos on the street, to a sculptural garden installation of 100+ potted plants, to massive open classes by the Czech National Ballet to mark International Dance Day. 

Time Out tip: The square often includes an installation as part of the Prague Signal Festival, a free outdoor light show that draws international crowds each October.

Cafe NONA: For a pre-performance beverage with fellow arts aficionados
Gran Fierro: For delicious red wine and Argentinian steaks pre- or post-show
Střelecký Island: For a sliver of tree-lined peace on the Vltava River

Written by
Auburn Scallon


náměstí Václava Havla, Prague 1, 110 00
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