Prague - In the rhythm of architecture

Prague is not just the City of a Thousand Spires. It is also arches, vaults, colour ornaments and regular functionalist shapes as well as asymmetrical structures that look like they’re in motion. If you’re a lover of modern architecture, Prague has a great deal to offer you. In addition to that, any of these architectural gems are connected with intriguing stories, which will make any tour around Prague’s monuments an epic experience.  In Prague, you have the unique chance to walk in the footsteps of the protagonists of these stories.
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Do you think that houses cannot dance? Then go see Prague’s Dancing House and you will stand corrected. The inspiration for this unique and world-famous house was the equally famous dancing couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Its construction was met with a heated debate regarding the overall architectural development in Prague. In the year when it was finished, the Dancing House received the prestigious prize of the American Time Magazine for the Design of the Year.


© Libor Sváček
 
Outraged reactions were also present during the construction of another exceptional building – the cubist House of the Black Madonna in the Old Town, designed by the architect Josef Gočár. However, he withstood the protests and, in the face of the criticism, made the cubist characteristics of the house even more striking.  The Municipal House, on the contrary, was received with enthusiasm and it became the heart of Prague’s social and cultural life, influencing much of the independent Czech history.
 
The stories of Prague’s architecture are just as diverse as the buildings themselves. Go on a tour of the most significant works of modern architecture – look up to the sky, learn to distinguish subtle details, appreciate the pompous and showy palaces, dive into the shade of Prague’s passages, marvel at its architecture and enjoy life in general with a cup of good coffee in one of the cafés concealed in its less frequented corners.

Interesting thing

House of the Black Madonna

It is said that a statue, painting or other depiction of the Black Madonna indicates the presence of underground passages. This legend generally draws on the fact that the cult of the Black Madonna has been associated with earth-worship since the pagan times. Accidentally, this was also confirmed in the House of the Black Madonna in Prague, because there are indeed underground corridors beneath it, and it is even possible to visit them. The adventurous tour through the historic underground starts on the Senovážné Square, leads under the surface near the Municipal House, through Králodvorská Street, and then below the House of the Black Madonna, ending in a historic cellar of a house in Celetná Street near the Church of Our Lady Before Týn.

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Start your tour of Prague’s architectural gems on the Jiřího z Poděbrad Square, where you should visit Plečnik’s Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord. Take a peek into the church nave with its valuable decorations. Walk through the Milešovská Street to the “Mahlerovy sady” Park, where you will be greeted by Prague’s highest structure – the Žižkov TV Tower. Take the elevator to 93 m, where you will have a chance to enjoy the extensive panorama of the whole Prague. You can have an early lunch one floor lower. Then go to the Lipanská stop and take a tram to Jindřišská. From there it is only a short walk to the Municipal House built in Art Nouveau style. Surrounded by masterpieces of various painters and sculptors, you can immerse yourself in the refined grace of times long gone. Walk through the Powder Gate and to the cubist House of the Black Madonna. Then slip into the Panská Passage and exit it in the Na Příkopě Street. Near the memorial plaque, you can then enter the passage in the Koruna Palace. Its tower is topped with a crown of pearls and decorated with Atlas statues. On the Wenceslas Square, there are many passages for you to explore. Try for example the Alfa Passage on the right side of the square. It merges into the passages of the Lucerna Palace, which are inspired by Islamic art and are therefore nicknamed the “bazaar”. When you’ve had enough of the mysterious passages, go back to Vodičkova Street. Then you should walk through the district of theatres along the New City Hall to the Karlovo Square. From there, Resslova Street will take you to the Vltava and on its bank you will see the famous Dancing House inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, the famous dance couple.

Common Tips

Cubist Grand Café Orient
 
Cubism in architecture and applied art is a purely Czech phenomenon. One of its most famous and prominent representatives is the House of the Black Madonna, in which cubism also reaches into the interiors. On the first floor, Josef Gočár designed a cubist buffet-bar called Grand Café Orient and furnished it with cubist furniture, chandeliers, wallpapers and even coat stands. The cubist café was open for about ten years and it was closed in the 1920s, because cubism was not considered modern. Today we are fully aware of the fact that while you can find Art Nouveau or Art Deco cafés almost anywhere, there is only one cubist café in the whole world. Visit the House of the Black Madonna, at “Ovocný trh” Square no. 19, and discover the beauty of the unique Czech cubist jewel for yourself.

Transportation

One option of getting into Prague is by train, which usually arrives to the Main Railway Station (“Hlavní nádraží”) located in the city centre. From there you can walk directly to the Wenceslas Square or get wherever you need by tram or metro.
International buses usually terminate at the Bus Station Florenc. From Florenc, you can also take a tram or metro, which will get you wherever you want.
If you arrive at the Václav Havel Airport, use bus lines no. 100, 119 or 179 (they go every 5 to 10 minutes) and then you can transfer to metro or trams to get to the city centre. You can also use bus transportation provided by Czech Railways, the so-called Airport Express (AE), which stops at the Main Railway Station. You can also take a taxi. 

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Church of the Sacred Heart in Prague

The best work of Slovenian architect and urban planner Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) includes sacral structures.

Address

Náměstí Jiřího z Poděbrad 19
130 00 Praha 3
GPS: 50.078020518589334, 14.451057672631578

TV tower in Prague

In 1992, the tallest structure in Prague, the 216 meter high television tower, was built in Mahler Gardens on the border between Žižkov and Vinohrady. It offers, in addition to its unique circular view of the city, a restaurant, cafe, bar and the six-star luxury suites of the OneRoom Hotel

Address

Mahlerovy sady 1
130 00 Praha 3
GPS: 50.08099223588245, 14.451122045647935

Municipal House in Prague

Deliberate from the details right through to the functioning whole, beautiful natural ornaments and precisely elaborated everyday items. One could describe Art Nouveau in this way – a style which engulfed the whole world at the turn of the century, the world not only of art but also fashion and everyday life. 

Address

Náměstí Republiky 5
111 21 Praha 1
GPS: 50.08774, 14.428004

Opening Hours

House of the Black Madonna

For lovers of Cubism, a must-see destination is the first building ever designed in this style – the House of the Black Madonna in Prague, a masterpiece of Cubist architecture by the famous Czech architect Josef Gočár.

Address

Ovocný trh 19
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.08709017685763, 14.425468325680413

Opening Hours

Prague’s passages

Discover the beauty, complexity and sophistication of Prague’s passages, which will allow you to take a look at the hidden face of Prague’s palaces. This “internal” architecture of Prague’s centre is a fascinating display of wonderful works by famous designers and it has a great impact on Prague’s unique appearance.

Dancing House in Prague

This symbol of modern architecture in Prague was initially received with mixed feelings, but soon became a popular tourist attraction and has received a number of prestigious awards.

Address

Jiráskovo náměstí 1981/6
120 00 Praha 2
GPS: 50.075463300515636, 14.414049625920597

Art Nouveau French Restaurant in Municipal House in Prague

The luxury French Restaurant in the right wing of the Municipal House in Prague has become popular with visitors to Prague thanks to its high-quality cuisine and once-in-a-lifetime atmosphere, where guests can enjoy jazz and piano music while admiring the exquisite Art Nouveau decor.

Address

Náměstí Republiky 5
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.088045, 14.427819

Botel Admirál***

The newly renovated Admiral Botel offers you romantic and comfortable accommodation in a central location between Vysehrad and Palacky Bridge, left on the Vltava river. Wenceslas Square and all major historical monuments are accessible within a 15-minute walk.

Address

Hořejší nábřeží
150 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0708669, 14.4112183

SaSaZu

This top Prague designer music club, with a capacity of 3,000, is based at River Town Prague. Since its opening in 2009 it has hosted global stars from a wide variety of genres, including Lily Allen, Macy Gray, Kosheen, Paul Van Dyk, Tiesto, Markus Schulz, Morcheeba, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes and One Republic.

Address

SaSaZu
Bubenské nábřeží 306/13
170 00 Praha 7
GPS: 50.098389, 14.445530

Petřínské terasy

Restaurant Petřínské terrace is located on one of the most beautiful and romantic places of the ancient city of Prague. Restaurant sits in the middle of the eastern slope of Petrin hill with an absolutely unique view of the whole city. From the lofty Hradcany, across the rooftops of Mala Strana, Vltava bridges and towers of the New Town, to the horizon of modern and ancient Pankráce Vyšehrad.

Address

Petřínské sady 393
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0837800, 14.3984772

Secret of Raw

The sweet Secret of raw is the first raw food cake shop in the Czech Republic. This shop brings you over a hundred species of fresh cakes, biscuits, fruit slices, cereals, cheeses and other raw foods. Everything is prepared from fresh, pure vegetable raw materials and with the greatest care and maximum care. Our products do not contain gluten, lactose or sugar-sweetened are only from Agave or honey.

Address

Seifertova 13
130 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0854650, 14.4411233

Suterén

The Basement’ is a beautiful cellar space, where modern detailing complements the old red-brick and wooden beams perfectly. Cream linen chairs, set at gleaming black tables surround a circular glass bar with a colourful aquarium along one wall. The menu leans towards seafood, beef and game, ranging from Thai fishcakes to beef Madagascar (with brandy and cracked pepper sauce).

Address

Masarykovo nábřeží 26
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0790292, 14.4143986

U Marčanů

If you want to experience the typical Slavic evening, there is a restaurant where you both get food, drink and a super dancing and singing show with a lovely atmosphere. It is also a place where people could be offered up to dance by the talented local dancers, which gives a show in folk dancing from the Czech Republic and Slovakia – and with the purchase is of course their beautiful people suits. The place is called Restaurant U Marčanů and is located in the western part of Prague, not far from the road to the airport.

Address

Veleslavínská 14
162 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0921822, 14.3519692

U Modré kachničky

Located in a little back street in the Mala Strana quarter, U Modre Kachnicky is a gourmet paradise for meat eaters and in particular for lovers of duck. Classic furniture, damask upholstered chairs and graceful drapes make you feel as if you step back into the 1920s or 1930s. 

Address

Nebovidská 6
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0855258, 14.4067992

V Zátiší

V Zátiší is a MYSTERY of tastes! Our chef Mahavir Kansval unveils the mystery of new tastes daily and enthusiastically shares his discoveries with the guests. All ingredients become two dimensional at V Zátiší. Mahavir watches the quality of the favourite specialities served by the restaurant and at the same time experiments with seasonal ingredients. 

Address

Liliová 1
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0844381, 14.4163961

Corinthia Hotel Prague, Rickshaw

This award winning restaurant is a popular destination for every connoisseur of food. The selection includes a wide variety of dishes from the Far East and amplify your culinary experience are unique dishes from our menu served in an intimate oriental atmosphere.

Address

Kongresová 1
140 69 Praha
GPS: 50.0627842, 14.4320472

Yasmin hotel, Noodles

Come and enjoy the atmosphere of our "Noodles" restaurant in Prague. We serve fantastic Italian, Chinese, Thai or Mongolian pasta. Our offer including fish, steaks or light salads. In our menu you can find specialties of Czech and international cuisine
This stylishly designed non-smoking restaurant in Prague with 130 seats offer buffet breakfast from 6.30 to 10.30, light lunch and dinner in an attractive environment.

Address

Politických vězňů 12/913
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0822569, 14.4298658

Kampa Park

Kampa Park is Prague`s premiere fine dining establishment. A favorite of local and international celebrities, this upscale restaurant delivers sumptuous gourmet cuisine that includes world-class fish and meat delicacies paired with over 150 types of wines. Diners can choose between stylish dining rooms or the intimate riverside terrace overlooking Charles Bridge.

Address

Na Kampě 8b
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0874200, 50.0874200

Charles Bridge Palace****

Centrally located in Prague 1, Charles Bridge Palace is just 150 metres from the famous Charles Bridge and a 10-minute walk to the Old Town Square. The hotel features a restaurant serving a buffet breakfast and local dishes.
 

Address

Anenské náměstí 203/1
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0849703, 14.4148278

Green Yacht Hotel****

The four-star GreenYacht Hotel & Restaurant offers four decks with 33 ship cabin-style rooms and several common areas, a restaurant, private lounge, conference rooms, a golf simulator, as well as a partially covered upper deck with a large terrace that is ideal for open air parties and BBQs. The wellness center and spa offers a wide range of massages, a Finnish sauna and bio sauna.

Address

U Libeňského mostu 1
180 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1021675, 14.4602522

Hunger Wall Residence

This 4-star central Prague accommodation is just 500 metres from Anděl Metro Station. It is situated in a renovated 1903 building and offers well-furnished apartments with kitchens and free Wi-Fi in quiet surroundings.

Address

Plaská 615/8
150 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0807639, 14.4056603

Panorama Hotel Prague****

Only 200 metres from Pankrac Metro Station, the 4-star Panorama Hotel Prague offers several sport and wellness facilities, including a rooftop indoor pool, and panoramic views of the city. Wenceslas Square can be reached within 10 minutes by underground.

 

Address

Milevská 7
140 63 Praha
GPS: 50.0491894, 14.4381911

Park Holiday Congress & Wellness Hotel****

The Park Holiday Congress & Wellness Hotel is 18 km from Prague's city centre in the Botič-Milíčov Nature Park. It offers free unlimited access to its large spa and fitness area. All rooms and suites are air-conditioned and feature a balcony and a private bathroom including bathrobes and slippers.
 

Address

Květnového povstání 194
103 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0112714, 14.6034172

Pension a hostel Akát**

Only 50 metres away from the nearest tram and metro station, Pension Akat offers rooms with en suite bathroom, free Wi-Fi and TV. The Pilsner Urquel and Staropramen breweries are just 500 metres away. National dishes can be enjoyed on the restaurant’s summer terrace. Breakfast is buffet style and includes cold and hot dishes.
 

Address

Nádražní 42/851
150 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0623514, 14.4094897

Yasmin hotel****

Yasmin Hotel is situated in the heart of Prague, just around the corner from Wenceslas Square. The stylish and modern rooms are all equipped with air conditioning and luxurious bathrooms. Guests can benefit from free access to wired internet in all rooms. 

Address

Politických vězňů 12/913
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0822569, 14.4298658

Hotel Hejtman

It features its own underground garage parking, as well as outdoor parking spaces.Free internet access and a satellite TV are available in all of the spacious rooms.A shuttle service from the airport or the railway station is available at reasonable rates.

Address

Hotel Hejtman***
Roháčova 70
130 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0885233, 14.4630494

Hotel U Krále Karla****

Set in a baroque building dating back to 1639, Hotel U Krále Karla is located in the vicinity of Prague Castle. All rooms feature antique furniture and a flat-screen TV.The U Krále Karla also provides historic accommodation with modern amenities. 
 

Address

Nerudova /Úvoz 4
118 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0884944, 14.3963078

Hotel Metamorphis****

The Metamorphis Hotel is situated in a historic building in the heart of Prague’s Old Town, just 60 metres from Old Town Square and 350 metres from Wenceslas Square. It offers free Wi-Fi and wired internet access, and includes a unique beer spa.

 

Address

Malá Štupartská 5/636
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0882122, 14.4244022

Hotel Leon***

Hotel Leon is quietly situated in Prague - Holešovice, a 5-minute drive or 20-minute walk to the old town. It offers functional rooms and a PC with free internet access. Breakfast is served in the breakfast room and there is a lounge area with a TV set. WiFi access is free of charge.

 

Address

Ortenovo náměstí 26
170 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1074675, 14.4488092

The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague

Following renovation, this 17th-century Baroque palace in Hybernská street was transformed into the luxurious, five-star The Mark Luxury Hotel Prague.

Address

The Grand Mark Prague *****
Hybernská 12
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.08713733133333, 14.431371867722191

Hotel Jurys Inn Prague

Fast speed Wi-Fi is offered for free throughout the property. The hotel boasts a stylish bistro style restaurant offering seasonal cuisine as well as a quick bite on the run, lively bar serving creative seasonal cocktails, fitness centre and secure onsite garage. Business travellers can also make use of the 2 state-of-the-art conference rooms which are fully equipped with modern amenities. Jurys Inn Prague is a non-smoking hotel.

 

Address

Sokolovská 204/11
186 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0918731, 14.4394414

Matylda botel

An original restaurant with touch of exoticism, offers thanks its position and glassed-in interior unconventional view of jewels of Prague architecture and above all, view of Prague Castle.
The restaurant offers Italian cuisine with wide variety of wines from all over the world, in the summer months there are available garden on the pontoon and terrace on the stern, where is a possibility to be fused with a peaceful atmosphere of river Vltava.

Address

Masarykovo nábřeží
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0762747, 14.4136617

Hotel Ambassador - Zlatá Husa*****

Centrally located in the pedestrian area on Wenceslas Square, Ambassador Zlata Husa Hotel is surrounded by shops and is just 50 metres from Mustek Metro Station and 400 metres from the Old Town Square.

 

Address

Václavské náměstí 5-7
111 24 Praha
GPS: 50.0837667, 14.4248047

Hotel Majestic Plaza****

The elegant Majestic Plaza is located right in the heart of Prague, only 300 metres from famous Wenceslas Square. WiFi is available for free in public areas and all the non-smoking rooms feature free coffee and tea making facilities.
 

Address

Štěpánská 33
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0785831, 14.4250119

K+K Hotel Central****

The amazing K+K Hotel Central is situated in the heart of Prague's Old Town, only steps away from Prasna brana (Powder Tower) and enchants with its unique Art Déco architecture. Blending contemporary design, state-of-the-art hotel technologies and all modern amenities this hotels' offer is hard to beat.

Address

Hybernská 10
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0870642, 14.4308778

SAVIC Hotel

Housed in a Gothic and Renaissance building still showing parts of its origin back in 1319, the Savic hotel can be found right at the heart of the Golden City, close to the National Library and the Old Town Square.

 

Address

Jilska 7
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0857031, 14.4190319