Welcome to one of the biggest squares in town. Nobody calls it anything else than “Gotko”. It was named in honour of our first communist president of Czechoslovakia, Klement Gottwald and renamed to Námestie slobody (Freedom square) in 1989.
I like to pass through during a sunny lunch break and spend quite a while there. The dimensions of Gotko are generous – 200 x 200 metres. In the centre of this area you can find the biggest fountain “Družba”. It consists of a basin and a 9 meter tall sculpture of a linden flower weighing 12 tons. What a shame it is not working. There are benches around the fountain, to sit, relax or eat your lunch box. Dogs are allowed, so it is not rare to see people playing with them.
It is surrounded by the government house on the West. This was the Summer Archbishop’s Palace in the 17th century. Sometimes there are demonstrations and people will be facing this building. There are university buildings on the South and East end and former post palace on the North end, which is now the Ministry of Transport.
It is great to stop here for a while during a busy day. It doesn’t matter if it is to lie on the grass or to sit at the restaurant with terrace next to the fountain, I like both.