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Rudolfinum information

Prague , Czech Republic
Street Alšovo nábřeží 12
+420 227 059 270
Getting there
tram 17, 18
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Presiding over Jan Palach Square is the Rudolfinum, home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. This and the National Theatre, both designed by architects Josef Schulz and Josef Zítek, are considered Prague’s finest neo-Renaissance buildings. Completed in 1884, the Rudolfinum served between the wars as the seat of the Czechoslovak parliament, and during WWII as the administrative offices of the occupying Nazis.

The impressive Dvořák Hall , its stage dominated by a vast organ, is one of the main concert venues for the Prague Spring festival. The northern part of the complex (entrance facing the river) houses the Galerie Rudolfinum . There’s also a sumptuous cafe with tables ranged amid the Corinthian splendour of the Column Hall.