One of the finest cities in Europe, Prague is a must visit for lovers of music and performing arts. The capital city of the Czech Republic has plenty to keep fans of classical music as well as fans of other genres happy. In summer, the city’s public spaces reverberate with multi-genre music festivals. The old town square, Gothic churches, astronomical clock, the pedestrian bridge, and castle are some of the popular attractions in the city. At the heart of Prague stands the magnificent Municipal House. Located in the Old Town Square, adjacent to Powder Tower, this historical civic building in the Art Nouveau style tops every tourist’s list. The opulent building houses Smetana Hall, an iconic concert venue. This early 20th-century building has been hosting classical concerts, opera, ballet, fashion shows, and theater shows for over a century. Check out this guide to Municipal House, Prague, to make the most of your visit.
Things to do
Take a guided tour
You can choose to book one of the guided tours at the ground floor of this beautiful building. It is an entertaining and informative hour-long tour of the various rooms and salons within the buildings. There are nine different rooms, each uniquely themed and decorated. A guided tour can help you understand the rich art and incredible indoor architecture better. The knowledgeable guides do a commendable job in explaining the art and history of this marvel, such as helping you appreciate the fine arts in Alfons Mucha Hall.
Listen to live music
Do not miss the lovely and lively experience of listening to the Prague Music Chamber Orchestra performance featuring professional musicians. Treat your senses to the classical sound of the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, performing classics and great pieces from Mozart, Dvorak, and Strauss. Get a taste of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other incredible symphonies. The grand theater on the ground floor hosts top class shows every night. The building is lit up at night and makes for a spectacular sight. Catch a show with friends or family and soak in the historical ambiance to the hilt at this magnificent venue.
Catch an event
A popular venue for various annual events and concerts, you might be lucky enough to be in town at the right time. The world famous Prague Spring Festival is just one of the famous events that the Municipal House hosts. Exhibitions, conferences, fashion shows, company events, fundraisers, and music programs all take place on a regular basis.
What to eat
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The American Bar
Famously known as the tiled jewel of Prague, this wonderful place is at the basement of Municipal House. Immerse yourself fully in the Art Nouveau design of the building. Beautiful tiles and intricate brass-work can be seen in the lift, along with carefully carved and lovingly painted paneling, an artistic clock, and even the coat rack, all brimming with classical touches. The bar is usually full and it can be difficult to find a vacant seat as people keep pouring in to relish the excellent old-school cocktails and yummy cakes. The beer hall has a pleasant, friendly, and attentive staff to make your experience a delightful one. Add to it, the medley of tunes played by a sweet little old man all through the evening, and you are assured of a memorable experience like no other.
This French Restaurant on the ground floor of the Municipal House offers great Czech food. It is beautiful and elegant, and decked with opulent chandelier lights. It is a great place to stop for breakfast, dinner, or a quick snack. It is often pre-booked by groups, so you might want to check beforehand so as not to be disappointed. The efficient staff ensures excellent service and you can savor the delicious food at reasonable prices.
On the ground floor of the House is a lovely old-style coffee shop showcasing all the architectural features of the Art Nouveau style. Taste the best coffee and their specialty honey cake or settle in for a glass of fine wine as you listen to live music in the evenings.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Prague is from mid April to May and Sep to Oct. Weekday mornings tend to be less crowded than on weekends and holidays.
How to get there
The Municipal House is just a stone’s throw from The Museum of Communism. It is a 10-minute walk from Via Musica Shop on Old Town Square.
By public transport
It is also quite easy to get there by public transport. The nearest stop is Namesti Republiky for commuting via Trams 8, 14, 26, and 91. Alight at the same stop if you are taking the Metro B (yellow line).
Driving is also a good option. The nearest car parking is in the garages of the Palladium or Kotva Shopping Mall on Namesti Republiky.
How to book tickets
You can buy tickets online or from the Prague booking office in the foyer or hotel. Check for discounts offered for bookings and deals for group bookings. Guided tours are available.
Municipal House information
Address: namesti Republiky,1090/ 5,111 21 Praha 1 - Stare Mesto,Czechia
Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)
Price: 13 - 22 USD
Official website: Municipal House
Department of tourism: Visit Prague
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