Prague 1 – Nove Mesto
New Town (Nové Mesto), a major commercial and business district, is one of Prague 1's major neighborhoods.
Running up against the border between the Old and New Towns is Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí). This, which today is bright with neon lights and teeming with tourists, has often been the setting for demonstrations and celebrations, some of which have been memorialized here. One such memorial is dedicated to Jan Palach, a student who set himself on fire in the tumultuous 1969 to protest the communist regime. At the top of the square, St. Wenceslas sits high atop his horse. Behind the square's namesake stands the National Museum (Národní Museum).
Also within New Town lies Charles Square (Karlovo náměstí). One of the largest squares in the world, this former cattle market is now a blossoming park surrounded by shops, cafes, and restaurants, with the hip MAT Studio nestled among them.
Well-known sites like the Dancing House (Tančící dům) and the National Theater (Národní Divadlo) are located in Nové Mesto. More feathers in this neighborhood's cap include celebrated cafes, including the favorite of intellectuals, Cafe Louvre, and the art deco stunner, Cafe Imperial, popular pubs such as U Sudu, and the famed beer hall, U Fleků.