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 TipsU 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.
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.