Steps from Mamaison Residence Belgicka (about five minutes on foot) and less than a 15 minutes’ walk from Mamaison Residence Downtown in Prague, you will find one of the city’s most beautiful squares – Náměstí Míru (Peace Square).
Náměstí Míru is the throbbing heart of Vinohrady, the district that takes its name from the royal vineyards that covered the area in the 14th century. Many key events marking seasonal holidays take place here. Mid-November to December, visitors can enjoy the festive spirit of the local Christmas market, while the months before Easter a crafts and food fair seduces locals and tourists alike with colorful decorations, sweets, artisan foods, and all kinds of souvenirs.
This year, the Náměstí Míru Easter market takes place between March 28th and April 14th and lines up all sorts of vendors serving about 46 stalls. It’s an excellent occasion for travelers to Prague to stock up on embroidery, crochet, bobbin lace, batik, and other artisan goods and taste authentic Czech foods like mazanec, jidáše, and lamb cakes.
Top Things to See in Náměstí Míru
1. Church of St. Ludmila (Kostel svaté Ludmily)
The square’s main landmark is the Church of St. Ludmila (Kostel svaté Ludmily), a Neo-gothic architectural gem from 1892. Named to honor St. Ludmila of Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Wenceslaus, the temple is a three-aisle basilica made of brick according to plans by architect Josef Mocker. The interior décor of the church, including windows, sculptures, reliefs, and icons, are signed by renowned Czech artists, including, among others, Josef Čapek and František Ženíšek. The Church of St. Ludmila is a must-see in this district of Prague.
2. Vinohrady Theatre (Divadlo na Vinohradech)
Another significant landmark of Náměstí Míru is the Vinohrady Theatre (Divadlo na Vinohradech) – the largest drama theatre in the Czech Republic. It is housed inside an Art Nouveau building from 1905-1909, designed by Alois Čenský and erected with donations offered by the citizens of the Vinohrady district. Of note, the theatre features a striking curtain depicting a naked muse by Czech painter and graphic artist Vladimír Županský.
3. National House of Vinohrady (Národní dům na Vinohradech)
For events that don’t require proficiency in the Czech language, the National House of Vinohrady (Národní dům na Vinohradech) is an ideal destination. Depending on the season, visitors can attend Christmas parties, fashion shows, exhibitions of all kinds, symposia, business forums, festivals, music competitions, concerts, and much more, including the Žofín Palace Dance School. The National House of Vinohrady is housed inside a Neo-Renaissance building dating from 1894.
4. Prague Beer Museum
The square is surrounded by quaint cafes and restaurants, and, as you stroll around, you will find excellent shopping opportunities too. Among the attractions of Náměstí Míru, the Prague Beer Museum is, in fact, a pub with some 30 Czech craft beers on tap, and a compelling pub-grub menu: homemade pretzels, pickled sausages, spicy chicken wings, garlic soup, beef goulash, and all kinds of other dishes that pair well with beer. For wine lovers, there are several wine bars and wine shops, stocking exceptional vintages.
5. Prague House of Porcelain (Dům Porcelánu Praha)
Shoppers will find all kinds of goods, ranging from fashion to antiques and handicrafts. Of note, the Prague House of Porcelain (Dům Porcelánu Praha) at Jugoslávská 567 sells porcelain from Meissen, quality Czech crystal and glassware, silverware, porcelain figures from Royal Dux Bohemia Duchcov, Czech Blue Onion porcelain, and other striking items, including FRANZ Porcelain.
6. Terra Ceramics Prague
Art lovers passionate about ceramics can also visit the Terra Ceramics Prague workshop at Belgická 610 for pottery classes in English. The studio has its own store selling beautiful, creative decorative items, as well as jugs, bowls, cups, and teapots.
Strolling around Náměstí Míru in the evening when the lights are on is a pleasant pastime for young and old. This square is one of the essential meeting points for locals and Prague visitors alike – a place that blends history and modern lifestyle in flawless harmony.