You can get to Prague in many different ways: by bus, car, airplane, train… and it’s trains that we will be talking about today. More specifically, we’ll be talking about one train station. Its name is Hlavní nádraží Praha (Prague Main Train Station) and maybe for you it will be the first thing you’ll see coming to Prague.
The Main Train Station (previously also called Wilson’s Train Station) divides Prague’s town quarters Žižkov and Vinohrady. Its history reaches a long way back into the past: it’s been in use since 1871, when trains began to go to the southern Bohemian towns Benešov, Tábor, and all the way to Vienna. In those days it was called Emperor Franz Josef Railway Station. The original building was built as part of the Renaissance Revival movement by Ignác Ullmann and Antonín Barvitius.
Before you get to the largest hall, you’ll see the newly made-up park Vrchlického sady. The hall itself is also worth mentioning: it is newly reconstructed and adds a modern edge to the historical train station. It works not only as a railway station, but also as a multifunctional shopping centre.
Prague Main Train Station welcomed many famous personages. Among those who walked through the 18km long check-in hall is the Czechoslovakian president T. G. Masaryk, famous inventor Thomas Alva Edison, or comedian Charlie Chaplin. Don’t forget to visit the famous Fanta’s Café, Josef Fanta’s Art Noveau architectonic masterpiece.
From Main Train Station (Hlavní nádraží) you can travel through the city via the metro C line or you can take the tram which stops directly in front of Vrchlického sady. From there it’s just two stops to Wenceslas Square and our apartments in Vodičkova Street. Travelling by train is a great experience, so if you choose this mode of transport, don’t forget to take a good look around Prague Main Train Station and drink in its sights and sounds!