Malá Strana Square to Get Car-Free Makeover

From July 1, cars will vanish from Prague's parking-congested Malostranské náměstí as it prepares for a major revitalization

A few months ago, it was announced that Malostranské náměstí would be undergoing a significant makeover.

While the square sits in one of the most tourist-trafficked parts of Prague, just a few blocks from Charles Bridge, it has resembled an overgrown parking lot for the past forty years.

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But that will all change on July 1st, when cars are required to be removed from the Square (aside from a few parking spaces on the perimeter, to accommodate the nearby Chamber of Deputies).

It’s the first step in a large-scale revitalization of the area. In mid-2017, Malostranské náměstí will undergo extensive renovations amounting to 100 million CZK.

Prague 1 officials hope the area will become home to neighborhood breakfasts, children’s theater, and other events, according to 

Plans for the renovation of Malostranské náměstí were submitted by the architectural firm Ateliér Hájek, who won a bid for the project with the following artwork:

Image: Ateliér Hájek
Image: Ateliér Hájek

Image: Ateliér Hájek
Image: Ateliér Hájek

Malostranské náměstí was not always a parking lot.

A monument to Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, the Czech nobleman who fought in the Napoleonic Wars and the First Italian War of Independence (and was immortalized by Strauss), stood there for sixty years before being removed for political reasons in 1919.

The monument currently exists at the National Museum, and plans to restore it in the renovated Square are currently underway. 

A monument to French historian Ernest Denis, who played an integral role in the creation of the Czechoslovak state, briefly stood in Malostranské náměstí until it was destroyed during Nazi occupation. 

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