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Culture and Entertainment


Prague is rich in cultural activities. You can visit many interesting places and events, where you will learn more about Czech and Central European culture:

The National Theatre is the most impressive stage in the Czech Republic. It is one of the symbols of Czech national identity. It is a bearer of national cultural heritage and at the same time an arena for free artistic creativity. The theatre is a living artistic organisation which understands its tradition as imposing a duty to constantly find new interpretations and to achieve the highest artistic quality. (narodni-divadlo.cz)

Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo) was built in 1783 and it is one of the finest examples of (neo-)classicism. Renamed the Tyl Theatre after WWII in honour of the 19th century Czech playwriter Josef Kajetán Tyl, its name reverted to Stavovské divadlo in 1990s. Tyls musical comedy „Fidlovačka“, which had its premiere here in 1834, is well known to Czech people because one of its songs became later the Czech national anthem. However, the most famous premiere in the Estates Theater was the premiere of Mozart`s opera „Don Giovanni“ on 29 October 1787.

Rudolfinum is one of the most famous concert halls in Prague – it is the seat of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (ceskafilharmonie.cz). The neo-renaissance building was built during the years of 1876 – 1884. In front of the Rudolfinum you can find a statue of Antonín Dvořák, a famous Czech composer.

The National Museum is set in a commanding position at the top of the Wenceslas Square. It is currently closed for reconstruction until 2019. But you can find the new building of the National Museum near to the historical one, which is open and hosts a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions. (nm.cz)

The National Gallery offers the largest collection of art in the Czech Republic. The collections of the gallery are presented in a number of historic buildings within the city. (ngprague.cz)

Collections of modern and contemporary art are to be found in the Museum Kampa (museumkampa.com) and in the Prague City Gallery (ghmp.cz).

The Mucha Museum presents the work of the world-famous Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha. (mucha.cz)

The Kafka Museum is dedicated to life and work of Franz Kafka, one of the greatest figures of 20th century world literature. The exhibition presents not only most of the first editions of Kafka's works, letters, diaries, manuscripts, photographs and drawings, but also 3-D installations which make it possible to immerse into the world of Kafka. (kafkamuseum.cz)

The Jewish Museum in Prague is a museum of Jewish heritage in the Czech Republic, which is situated in historical buildings of synagogues and includes visit of still working synagogues and of the Old Jewish Cemetery. (jewishmuseum.cz)

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Nightlife in Prague


Prague has a diverse nightlife. Despite the restaurants and pubs dimming out by midnight, the bars and clubs are open and are full of life till the early hours.

Prague ̓s nightlife is mainly based on music clubs and bars. The city has many clubs that also offer interesting musical and perfomances. The majority of the clubs play dance, house, and 80s. Generally there are no strict regulations concerning dress codes.

Located near Charles Bridge, Karlovy Lázně is one of the largest and most fascinating places in Prague to hang out. It is spread over four floors in a historical building with modern equipment and is marked with a unique atmosphere. This is the biggest club of such type in Central Europe and features an eclectic range of music.
Address: Novotného Lávka 5, Prague 1 – Old Town
karlovylazne.cz

A traditional venue located near Wenceslas Square, Lucerna Music Bar & Club is the best 80s club in Prague. It hosts all sorts of popular Czech bands and concerts during the week. On Friday and Saturday nights there are usually 80s and 90s parties accompanied by music videos.
Address: Vodičkova 36, Prague 1
music­bar.cz

Lávka Bar & Club is a good place for a drink and a dance during cold winter nights, and on hot summer evenings it is the best spot for nights out with everything in one place. Located on the banks of the River Vltava, next to Charles Bridge, it offers a beautiful view of Prague Castle with party music attracting everyone to the dance floor.
Address: Novotného Lávka 1, Prague 1 – Old Town
lavka.cz

Located near the underground station Narodní třída, Klub Meloun features karaoke parties on Wednesdays and all Mondays in addition to the Czech and Slovak disco music on weekends.
Address: Michalská 12, Prague 1 – Old Town
hudebniklubme­loun.cz

Futurum Club is a club with a difference, during the week the club attracts jazz and soul listeners, and sometimes even features film screenings or record launches. The club usually gets busier on the weekends with a mix of old and new music hits. Futurum is open from 9pm –3am.
Address: Zborovská 7, Prague 5 – Smíchov
futurum.music­bar.cz

 

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