Prague Main Train Station
Telephone Number: +420 221 111 122
Nearest Subway Stop: Hlavní nádraží Metro (571 feet), Muzeum Metro (1759 feet), Náměstí Republiky Metro (2181 feet)
Nearest Tram/Streetcar Stop: Tram Hlavni nadrazi (982 feet), Tram Jindrisska (1341 feet), Tram Masarykovo nadrazi (1737 feet), Tram Italska (1752 feet), Tram Muzeum (1772 feet), Tram Italska (1994 feet), Tram Husinecka (2233 feet)
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday:
3:15 a.m. - 12:45 a.m.
Praha hlavní nádraží (English: Prague main railway station, abbreviated Praha hl.n) is the largest and most important railway station in Prague in the Czech Republic. It was originally opened in 1871 and named Franz Josef Station after Franz Joseph I of Austria. During the First Republic and from 1945 to 1953 the station was called Wilson station (Czech: Wilsonovo nádraží) after former President of the United States Woodrow Wilson. His statue stood in the park in front of the station before being torn down by German authorities when the U.S. entered the war in 1941. The new statue of Woodrow Wilson is now (2012) in place. In 2010, the station served 132 560 trains and 22 million passengers.
The Art Nouveau station building and station hall were built between 1901 and 1909, designed by the Czech architect Josef Fanta, on the site of old dismantled Neo-Renaissance station. The station was extended by a new terminal building, built between 1972 and 1979, including an underground station and a main road on the roof of the terminal. The new terminal building claimed a large part of the park, and the construction of the road cut off the neo-renaissance station hall from the town. In 2011 a refurbishment of the station was completed by Italian company Grandi Stazioni, which has leased retail space for 30 years from 2002.