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Woodrow Wilson Hlavní nádraží in Prague. It was originally opened in 1871 and named after Kaiser Franz Josef.

Wilson Hlavní nádraží (Prague Wilson Main railway station). The station was designed by Antonín Barvitius and Vojtěch Ignác Ullmann and opened in 1871 as Franz Josef Station. It was named in 1919, after the American president Thomas Woodrow Wilson. During the communist years it was simply called Main railway station, but most people still called it Wilsoňák.

It was redesigned in 1901-1909 by Czech architect, Josef Fanta in Secession style.

Underneath the old station is a modern three-storied terminal shopping mall, designed by Josef Danda in 1972-1977, which is still very functional. Visiting the park across the station is not recommended during the day and especially not in the dark of the night. Strange characters hang around there and violence, robberies are a common problem.


This railway originally connected Prague with Vienna. Coincidently the station in Vienna (also Franz Josef railway station) was redesigned in last few years, but in my opinion with awful result.

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  • Uploaded on June 5, 2014
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    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2014/06/05 16:57:49
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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