Strolling around Havel Market
At the end of Wenceslas Square, where the National Museum is located, you will find the Havel Market in Prague.
Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Souvenirs from Prague
Anyone wandering through the city in Prague will eventually come to Wenceslas Square. At the end of Wenceslas Square is Havelský trh (literally: Havel Market) where you can experience, see, taste and buy many things. During the weekdays you will usually get fresh vegetables and fresh fruit there. At the weekends there will be a touristic offer on the market stalls. Souvenirs from Prague and the Czech Republic are presented to the customers.
Havel Market with a Long Tradition
The Havel market has a long tradition. More precisely, this market square in the center of Prague dates back to 1232. The market stalls are today in the Havel street. In the past, the market was even bigger. The market stalls were both in the Havel street and in the knight street (Czech: »Rytířská ulice«) and at the Kohlmarkt (Czech: »Uhelný trh«).
A special specialty that you get on the Havel Market are the excellent tasting Karlsbad Oblates. These can be bought in different flavors. In addition, at Easter, you can buy tons of colorful painted eggs on the market. Unlike other wafers, the Karlsbad Oblates are decorated and filled with sweets. Two wafers of about 19 centimeters in diameter are used. As an adhesive in between, a mass of sugar and almond shards is used. In some cases, however, work is also done with other fillings. Karlovy Vary wafers (Czech: »Karlovarské oplatky«) are also obtained with chocolate, for example.
The size of the Karlsbad Oblates has been changed sometimes. Some stalls also offer multi-layer creations. Generally, wafers are actually made like waffles. It uses only water, flour and starch. Because neither protein nor sugar or dough is used, the wafers do not go up, but stay flat. Wafers are baked between two hot iron plates.
Opening hours Havel market
- Monday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Tuesday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Wednesday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Thursday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Friday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Saturday: 06:00 - 18:30
- Sunday: 06:00 - 18:30
Accessibility of the Havel market
One can reach the Havel market, if one uses the station »Můstek« with the subway. There goes the green line A and the yellow line B of the Prague Metro.