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The Melantrich Balcony

Nove Mesto (New Town)
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Address: Vaclavske namesti 36, Praha 1, Prague, Czech Republic

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Havel's balcony

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2016
Brno, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the communist years. This visit reminded me when I saw the Marks & Spencer Building,... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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 of the street. A shame - such an historic place should be easily seen

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 took place there in 1989. A truly greater experience if we had known. We did... More 

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Brno, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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)

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Wakefield, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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 recognize its historic significance. Historically this deserves a higher rating, but currently you could walk... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 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 my husband to Prague to celebrate his 60th birthday. Our memories of which balcony were... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 such a historical site, there is not even a plaque commemorating it.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 night in Prague, with the Czech people once again unafraid to stand up for their... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

Strangely unremarked, given its huge significance to the people of Prague, look above the Melantrich restaurant (no 36 Wenceslas Square) below the Marks and Spencer sign and you'll see a fairly unprepossessing balcony. It was here that Vaclav Havel and Alexander Dubcek appeared to jubilant crowds one evening in November 1989 to announce that the Velvet Revolution had succeeded and... More 

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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 or to the courtyards of art nouveau houses with secret gems of greenery, white benches and rose bushes that provide unexpected peace in the midst of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to the traditional cafés, classic Czech pubs, cinemas and theatres. National Theatre near the river has a lot to offer to foreigners. Go to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
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