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The Melantrich Balcony

Vaclavske namesti 36, Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic
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Place where the history of new Czech state started

I saw this bldg many times walking around the Venceslav square - the bldg with Marx@Spencer store... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2016
Natalie T
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg City, Russia
Oh what history a balcony makes

My first time in Prague was the middle 1990's and I remember the exuberance of the people and all... read more

Reviewed 29 October 2016
Bangkok, Thailand
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Vaclavske namesti 36, Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic
Nove Mesto (New Town)
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

I saw this bldg many times walking around the Venceslav square - the bldg with Marx@Spencer store, and only later learnt that it was a famous place forgotten even by the locals. The fall of Czech socialism and beginning of the new era took place...More

Thank Natalie T
Reviewed 29 October 2016

My first time in Prague was the middle 1990's and I remember the exuberance of the people and all the talk was about hero Vaclav Havel and the fall of communism. It was already becoming a lively city, although still in the depression of all...More

Thank bob2bkk
Reviewed 11 October 2016

If you remember the velvet revolution you want to see the famous balcony. It just seem so wrong that this is now the MS-buidling. The balcony is nearly camuflaged by the trees growing so tall, that you can barely see the balcony from the middle...More

Thank EllenChr
Reviewed 16 September 2016

...we unexpectedly noticed M&S on our right hand side. Of course, out of natural habit, we entered. We didn't know about the historical balcony above the main entrance until returning home, re-living our great tour of Prague. Only then did we realize the history that...More

Thank Ronnie B
Reviewed 16 January 2016

You have to know the history about the Velvet revolution and also check on youtube the Havel's speech. The best way how to enjoy the place is when you will listen to a song from Marta Kubisova - Prayer for Marta (Modlitba pro Martu)

5  Thank veru_ba
Reviewed 25 October 2015

This was the balcony that future president,Vaclav Havel, spoke to the people from as communism was about to fall during the Velvet Revolution in 1989. It is located in Wenseslas Square on the Marks & Spenser building. Sadly, there is not even a plaque to...More

4  Thank zippy608
Reviewed 21 September 2015

We watched, with a nervous mixture of hope and fear, the crowds in Wenseslas Square in November 1989. When the cheers went up for Vaclav Havel we were relieved and we hoped all would go well for Czechoslovakia. Nearly 26 years later I have taken...More

8  Thank Dympna D
Reviewed 8 August 2015

This balcony of the Melantrich building has seen important political speeches to the gathered public during the Czech transformation. Search the Marks & Spencer signs and you will spot the balcony above the shop.

2  Thank BPwayfarer
Reviewed 29 April 2015

This balcony is on the Marks and Spencer’s building overlooking Wenceslas Square. This is the balcony from which Vaclav Havel, accompanied by banned singer Marta Kubisova spoke to the masses in November 1989 just prior to the fall of communism. It is unfortunate that for...More

9  Thank TorontoMusicman
Reviewed 17 March 2015

In the fall of 1989 the world was watching. Following the events from afar we were extremely hopeful that with the communist regime gone, we will be able to go home again. It was very difficult to believe what was taking place that cold November...More

13  Thank Wenovo
Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred metres long, Wenceslas Square
represents the most frequent and buzzing crossroads of
the city. The National Museum in the upper part of the
square watches over your spending spree in countless
shops and retail stores lining the entire square,
which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping
street. When tired or broke, you can explore the
city's underpasses, which can take you to the Old Town
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