Republic Square, or Náměstí Republiky in Czech, is one of the biggest and busiest squares in Prague. It is located at the eastern border of Old Town, within easy walking distance from Old Town Square or Wenceslas Square.
Shopping and Financial Centre
There are two big shopping centres immediately at the square: the old traditional department store Kotva and the big shopping centre Palladium, which was opened several years ago.
There is also the main building of Czech National Bank and, on the opposite end of the square, Prague Stock Exchange Palace (Burzovní palác), the seat of Prague Stock Exchange.
Tourist Attractions and Places of Interest
Tourist attractions at Náměstí Republiky include the Municipal House, Hybernia Theatre, and the Powder Gate. In front of the Municipal House there are stands offering Prague sightseeing tours, concert tickets, as well as trips to other places in the Czech Republic, like Český Krumlov, Hluboká Castle or Karlovy Vary.
More tourist attractions are only few minutes walk away in the Old Town, which starts immediately behind Kotva and behind the Powder Gate.
Hotels at/near Republic Square
In close proximity to Náměstí Republiky there are some of Prague’s finest hotels. One of the dominant buildings at Náměstí Republiky is the recently renovated hotel Kings Court. In the adjacent streets you can find Grand Hotel Bohemia (in Králodvorská Street) or, facing the Municipal House, Hotel Paris (in the street U Obecního domu).
Some cheaper hotels can be found particularly in the streets behind Palladium shopping centre, in the blocks of houses between Náměstí Republiky and Florenc. Generally the closer you get to Florenc, the wider the selection of cheaper hotels (although there are some expensive ones too).
Public Transport at Republic Square
In terms of public transport, Republic Square is one of the best connected places in Prague. It is on the yellow metro line B – the station’s name is Náměstí Republiky (it is the one which you can find exactly in the middle of Prague metro diagram, between Florenc and Můstek). There are also trams and buses, including night services.
Only a few steps from the square there is Masarykovo nádraží (Masaryk train station), used mainly for regional trains. One of the exits from Náměstí Republiky metro station takes you directly to this train station.