Prague - The stars of the musical sky

You will quickly succumb to the spell of the magical and inspirational Prague. Without a doubt, the Czech capital could also be called the City of a Thousand Tones. Prague has always been hospitable to scholars and artists, including world-famous composers.  Mozart, Dvořák or Smetana left indelible traces of their presence in the Czech metropolis.
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In 1787, Mozart introduced the premiere of his opera Don Giovanni in Prague’s Estates Theatre, then called the Nostitz Theatre. The premiere was a great success and received a thunderous applause. Prague fell in love with Mozart and vice versa. It was not a coincidence that film-makers came here two hundred years later to make the famous Oscar-winning movie Amadeus. Mozart’s quote “My Praguers understand me”, which became very popular, is connected with a moment when Mozart was already widely acclaimed in Prague for The Marriage of Figaro.


Photo: The Estate Theatre (© National Theatre)

Go see and hear some of his works, for example Don Giovanni, and find out if it really is one of the best operas ever written, as many critics claim. You can immerse yourself in its tones in the Bertramka Villa, where Mozart was staying, but also in many other concert halls in Prague. It is not only works of the great Amadeus that can be heard in Prague, though. You can also find out more about the life and works of another world-famous classical composer – Antonín Dvořák, the author of the acclaimed Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”. Dvořák spent half of his creative life in Prague and the city gave him inspiration, comfort and pleasure. If there is a true memorial of his fame in Prague, it is the Rudolfinum, where he directed the first concert of the Czech Philharmonic. To this day, the main concert hall in Rudolfinum is called the Dvořák Hall. Another tribute to the great composer is the festival Dvořák Prague. The last of the trio of music geniuses who connected their lives with Prague is Bedřich Smetana.

Interesting thing

Any musical overview of Prague would not be complete without the Czech Philharmonic. It is quite fitting that this ensemble has its seat in the Rudolfinum – a building, which could be without any exaggeration called the epitome of culture.  Czech Philharmonic was founded in 1896 and its first concert was conducted by Antonín Dvořák himself. But there are many other important personalities that are connected with the Czech Philharmonic: Edvard Grieg, Zdeněk Mahler, Rafael Kubelík or Leonard Bernstein. The Czech Philharmonic successfully tours the whole world with works of prominent composers and it is particularly popular in USA or Japan.

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Start your tour of Prague’s musical monuments on “Ovocný trh” Square near the Estates Theatre, where Mozart himself conducted some of his operas. Moreover, of all the theatres in which the composer ever conducted, the Estates Theatre is the only one that has been preserved to this day. On the “Uhelný trh” Square no. 420, Mozart finished writing Don Giovanni. Take Martinská Street and you will get to the U Medvídků pub. This is the smallest brewery in Prague and it has hosted Antonín Dvořák as well as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.  Refresh yourself according to taste and then follow the Národní Street to the National Theatre. The Žofín Palace, which is connected with the Žofín Academy, lies on Prague’s most beautiful island lies. Cross the Legií Bridge and continue through the Kampa Island to the Velkopřevorský Mill and to the legendary John Lennon Wall. Behind the monastery garden walls, there is the so-called Beethoven Plane Tree, under which the composer liked to sit. Cross the Charles Bridge, one of the most popular centres of street musicians, and you will get to the Bedřich Smetana Museum, where you can learn about the composer’s work and peculiar fate. From Karlova Street, enter the Klementinum. Take a tour of the Baroque Hall and the Astronomical Tower and combine it with a concert in the Mirror Hall. The exit into Křížovnická Street will take you to the riverbank, where you will have a chance to marvel at one of the greatest architectural gems in Prague – the Rudolfinum. Make sure you visit a concert of the Czech Philharmonic, which tours all around the world with great success. Take the Kaprova Street and, passing the Jaroslav Ježek Museum, go straight to the Old Town Square. In the House “U Zlatého jednorožce” (At the Golden Unicorn), Bedřich Smetana founded his first music school.
In the evening, you can go to a concert and have a drink in some of the renowned clubs or visit a silent performance in the Laterna Magika.

Common Tips

U Medvídků brewery
The smallest Czech brewery with a tradition


If you want to know the taste of Prague, visit the U Medvídků House, where you can feel the atmosphere of the old Prague, have a good beer and see places once frequented by famous composers. The history of beer brewing in the house dates back to 1466, when a brewery was founded here. At the end of the 19th century, the brewery was rebuilt into one of the largest beerhouses in Prague. Also the First Tingl-Tangl Revue was open in the house for some time in the early 20th century. After the Velvet Revolution, the buildings were returned to the heirs of their original owners and the decaying houses were reconstructed. This also sparked the renewal of the beer-brewing tradition in the smallest brewery in the Czech Republic. Today the brewery offers the opportunity to find out more about beer brewing, including procedures that are no longer in use these days.

 

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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Estates Theatre

The second stage of the National Theatre is located in the beautiful historical building of the Estates Theatre.

Address

Ovocný trh 1
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.0860292, 14.4236550

National Theatre

The showcase theatre stage of the Czech Republic is a utopia for lovers of the performing arts.

Address

Národní 223/2
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.08088328469407, 14.413740634918213

John Lennon Wall

It used to be called the “Wailing Wall” and people used it as canvas for their love notes.  In the 1980s, after the death of John Lennon, it became the symbol of resistance against the totalitarian Communist government. Today the Lennon Wall is still very popular among Prague’s inhabitants as well as tourists. What will be your message to Prague?

Address

Lázeňská 485/2
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.0862900, 14.4067800

Klementinum

Klementinum is Prague’s second largest compound of historical buildings, after Prague Castle. From its founding until the present day, it has been a living centre of scholarship and culture. It has been the seat of the Czech National Library for more than 200 years and the most valuable manuscripts are kept in its collections. In its archives, you will find absolutely all books, journals and newspapers published in the past two hundred years.
 

Address

Křižovnická 190 Karlova 1 Mariánské nám. 5 Praha 1
GPS: 50.0867975, 14.4162314

Opening Hours

Entry fees

Standard fee: 220 Kč

Family fee: 500 Kč

Senior fee: 140 Kč

Student fee: 140 Kč

Rudolfinum

For more than 100 years, the Rudolfinum has been a part of Prague's Old Town and its waterfront. It is a leading example of Neo-Renaissance architecture of the late 19th century including a concert hall with excellent acoustics used for important concerts, such as the annual classical music festival Prague Spring.

Address

Alšovo nábřeží 12
110 01 Praha 1
GPS: 50.089527, 14.415315

Old Town Square

Where does the true heart of Prague beat? On the Old Town Square of course! It is precisely here that winding lanes of the Old Town run, in order to spill out onto the most beautiful square in Prague. The elegant tower of the Town Hall with the world famous astronomical clock, the proud silhouette of the fairytale Týn Cathedral, the monumental Church of St. Nicholas and countless multicoloured houses of many styles lend this place a unique atmosphere, which will captivate all those who decide to take a look at its charm.

Address

Staroměstské náměstí 110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.087472, 14.420734

Aromi

Restaurace Aromi is the home of real Italian cuisine. Here you can sample famous, and less well-known, Italian ingredients, bio products from smaller Italian producers, fish and seafood, all of which are always original, high-quality and fresh.

Address

Náměstí Míru 6
120 00, Praha 2 – Vinohrady

GPS: 50.0777442, 14.4463619

Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague

The boutique, five-star Buddha-Bar Hotel is located in the very heart of Old Town, a stone’s throw away from Old Town Square.

Address

Buddha-Bar Hotel *****
Jakubská 649/8
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.088193, 14.425577

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

La Finestra in Cucina

The restaurant features an open kitchen where you can observe Chef Tomáš Černý performing his artistry as he prepares your chosen meal. La Finestra specializes in meat dishes. Beside the culinary experience, La Finestra wants to build the largest wine cellar of quality Italian wines in the Czech Republic. The adapted wine cellar was installed for this purpose.

Address

Platnéřská 90/13
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0881792, 14.4173358

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

Ola Kala

Discover the world of bistronomy: high-quality dishes for affordable prices served in friendly and cozy settings of a French-style bistro.
In Ola Kala Bistro you can enjoy savory a la carte lunch and dinner options, tasting menus or things as simple as a delicious French onion soup with a glass of wine.
We combine the best of Czech and French cuisines, using seasonal ingredients of uncompromising quality and freshness. Our beef steaks come from the Beskydy mountains, lamb is supplied by a farm in Vendryně and vegetables are produced in the fertile Elbe River basin.

Address

Korunní 48
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0751681, 14.4450778

Café & Restaurant Slavia

Café Slavia is a traditional cafe in the historical centre of Prague that offers Czech and international cuisine.
The menu includes salad, fish and meat specialities. You can try our breakfast menu, which you can order from 8 o clock in the morning, when the Café Slavia opens for you.
They are aware of the history around us; the National Theater, Charles Bridge and the Prague Castle. You can see these sights from your table enjoying a cup of hot coffee or a glass of good wine.

Address

Smetanovo nábřeží 1012/2
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0815244, 14.4134222

Žofín Garden

Something is always going on at Slovanský Island on the Vltava river. It is a green oasis of comfort and excellent gastronomy in the heart of Prague. We spend our summers outside in the beautiful space of our covered outdoor restaurant located between the Žofín Palace and a romantic gazebo. In winter, we offer our guests local, season-driven and Czech cuisine inspired menu in the beautiful space inside the historic Palace.
 

Address

Slovanský ostrov 226
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0792392, 14.4128258

Potrefená husa Platnéřská

Potrefená Husa located in Platnerska street creates the first impression by remarkable modern interior design with its unique space variety that offers feeling of privacy yet at the same time keeps you in direct contact with the fellow guests. The two storey space offers all the typical elements that have created the great success of Potrefená Husa concept such as elevated seating, a dominant beer bar and decorated displays with large street windows.
 

Address

Platnéřská 88/9
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0873808, 14.4157078

U Básníka pánve

Our restaurant was established by order of of the Royal Knights of the Cooking Pan and I am one of it´s founding members", declares the chef proudly.
What this means is clear only to those who have sampled the cuisine.
The exposed brick walls, ornate wrought iron chandeliers, red furnishings and black high chairs create an enigmatic, gothic, castle atmosphere.
 

Address

Mánesova 62
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0776028, 14.4435417

U Dominikána

U Dominikana is a good restaurant and its central location is a bonus too. Daily it offers a wide range of nice quality national and International dishes, ranging from appetizers and main course to delicious desserts. Its working day is impressive also accepting custom well past midnight every night when most other eating establishments have already closed their doors. With good value prices and a respectably fast service it isn't surprising that U Dominikana maintains an enduring popularity.

Address

Jilská 7
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0857222, 14.4190194

U Fleků Restaurant

A place of pilgrimage for beer connoisseurs, one of the most popular pubs in Prague and undoubtedly the most famous pub in Prague - the renowned U Fleků brewery and restaurant is all of these and more.

Address

Křemencova 11
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.085320, 14.418170

Adalbert Hotel***

Housed in a 10th century monastery surrounded by picturesque landscaped gardens, this eco-hotel features a variety of breakfast dishes, made with local products, and free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Adalbert Ecohotel offers spacious accommodation with satellite TV and a work desk. Some rooms are fitted with a minibar where guests can find drinks and refreshments.
 

Address

Markétská 28/1
169 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0843231, 14.3564878

Alea Apartments House***

Alea Apartments House is located close to the Havlickovy Sady park, 3 tram stops from Prague's famous Wenceslas Square. All apartments offer free Wi-Fi and are reachable by lift.
Each unit features fully equipped kitchen. Guests can request a hairdryer and iron at the reception desk.
The next tram stop is 150 metres away, but the city centre can also be reached within a 20-minute walk from Alea Apartments House.

Address

Na Ostrůvku 1
140 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0664469, 14.4391981

Anyday Apartments***

Set in the very centre of Prague, 700 metres from Wenceslas Square, Anyday Apartments offers free Wi-Fi. There is on-site parking available and all main attractions are easily reachable by foot.
Buffet breakfast is served every morning at the Anyday. Apartments are newly decorated. They offer a flat-screen TV, a seating area with a desk and an equipped kitchenette. Private bathrooms offer free toiletries and a hairdryer.
 

Address

Sokolská 454/9
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0733489, 14.4290575

Aparthotel Lublaňka***

This family hotel offers comfortable accommodation in a tranquil, inviting and friendly area of Prague near the city centre, just a 10-minute walk from Wenceslas Square. Free Wi-Fi is provided.

The city’s main sights are easily accessible on foot and from the nearby metro station you can quickly get to any other place in the Golden City.

Every room features a smart décor and a sense of serenity and elegance. Start your day with the breakfast buffet, enjoy a delicious meal in the traditional restaurant and relax in the natural garden after a day full of new impressions.

Address

Lublaňská 59
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0747356, 14.4310097

Archibald City Hotel****

The Archibald City is a 4-star hotel in the centre of Prague, only 150 metres from Wenceslas Square and 400 metres from the Muzeum underground station. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The elegant, air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, a minibar, and a bathroom with hairdryer.
Guests of the Archibald City can use a free internet terminal in the lobby.
 

Address

Žitná 33
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0774111, 14.4268553

Art Deco Imperial Hotel, Prague

Experience the atmosphere of the beginning of the 20th century in the five-star Hotel Imperial and the famous Grand Café Imperial.

Address

Art Deco Imperial Hotel Prague *****
Na Poříčí 1072/15
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.089862916306636, 14.432840109002427

Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague

The Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague will enchant you with its location as well as environment. Spacious and elegant rooms in the building dating back to 1909 offer the ambience of luxury and exclusivity. Hotel restaurants promise unforgettable experiences of fine dining in this elegant atmosphere. You can try for example first class Czech specialties from the gourmet menu.

Address

Art Nouveau Palace Hotel Prague*****
Panská 12
Praha 1
GPS: 50.0839442, 14.4277292

Barceló Old Town Praha****

The exclusively designed Barceló Old Town is located in the heart of Prague, only 300 metres from Old Town Square. It offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms and free WiFi throughout the property.
Set within a completely renovated 17th-century building, the Barceló Old Town Praha combines a historic façade with modern amenities like flat-screen TVs in all of the spacious rooms. Guests can relax by taking a bath or request a Thai massage in the privacy of their own room.
 

Address

Celetná 29
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0873650, 14.4261161

BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Meteor Plaza****

Occupying a historic building in Prague's centre, the Meteor Plaza is 200 metres from the Powder Gate and Namesti Republiky metro stop. It offers free Wi-Fi.
All of the rooms include satellite TV and coffee/tea making facilities. They come with air conditioning, a safe and minibar. The bathrooms have hairdryers and showers or bathtubs.
 

Address

Hybernská 6
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0870633, 14.4301439

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

Botel Florentina Boat***

The Florentina Boat hotel lies at anchor on the Vltava river close to the fashionable Pařížská shopping street in the central Josefov quarter of Prague. All cabins are air-conditioned. Wi-Fi internet access is available in public areas free of charge.
Tasty Czech cuisine and panoramic views of Prague Castle can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the sun deck of the Florentina Boat. A breakfast is served every morning.
 

Address

Přístaviště Čechův most
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0926719, 14.4182989

Boutique hotel Seven Days****

Set in a 19th-century building in the heritage-protected area, the Seven Days is 200 metres away from Prague National Museum. The restaurant features a winter garden and the bar has international TV channels.
The Art Nouveau-style building dates back to 1888 and offers luxurious, air-conditioned rooms with free wired internet access. The rooms are non-smoking and soundproofed. The bathrooms come with hairdryers and showers or bathtubs.
 

Address

Žitná 572/46
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0770594, 14.4289244

Clarion Congress Hotel Prague****

Located next to the Vysocanska Metro Station, Clarion Congress Hotel Prague boasts a shopping mall on site. The wellness and fitness facilities can be used free of charge during certain times of the day.
All rooms offer free wired and Wi-Fi internet access. They are air-conditioned and feature a private bathroom.
The Clarion hotel houses 3 restaurants serving French, Czech and international cuisine. Wi-Fi access in the lobby is free for guests.
It is a 10-minute metro ride away from the centre and only 5 minutes' walk from the O2 Arena.

Address

Freyova 33
190 00 Praha
GPS: 50.1097008, 14.5011728

Clarion Hotel Prague City****

Clarion Hotel Prague City occupies a historic building in Prague's city centre, only a 5-minute walk from Wenceslas Square and 100 metres from I.P.Pavlova Metro Station. Free Wi-Fi is available.
The modern rooms at the Prague City Clarion are air-conditioned and include a coffee/tea maker, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, and a bathroom with a bathtub. Thai massages are available on request in all rooms.

Address

Tylovo náměstí 15/3
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0746414, 14.4319542

Clarion Old Town Prague

If you have decided to spend a few days in Prague, this hotel is the perfect choice thanks above all to its unique location in the historical centre of Prague, a mere five minutes by foot from Old Town Square and Náměstí Republiky (Republic Square).

Address

Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town ****
Hradební 9
110 00 Praha
GPS: 50.092737, 14.426444

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

Green Garden****

Set in a 19-century building in the centre of Prague, less than a 10-minute walk from Wenceslas Square, this 4-star hotel offers elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi and air-conditioning. Guests can dine in a gourmet restaurant.
The stylishly furnished rooms at the Green Garden Hotel feature an LCD TV with satellite channels, a minibar, a laptop-size safe opened by finger print, and coffee/tea making facilities. Each bathroom comes with a different flower design.

Address

Fügnerovo náměstí 1865/4
120 00 Praha
GPS: 50.0715819, 14.4302856

K+K Hotel Fenix****

Located In the very heart of Prague, just a few steps from the famous Wenceslas Square, the hotel’s imposing building is a remarkable architectural landmark.

 

Address

Ve Smečkách 30
110 00 Praha 1
GPS: 50.0796169, 14.4276081