Staré Město

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 as the seat of the Czechoslovak Parliament between the wars, and as the administrative offices of the occupying Nazis during WWII.

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 houses the Galerie Rudolfinum. There’s also a cafe with tables ranged among the Corinthian pillars of the Column Hall.

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1. Galerie Rudolfinum

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Housed in the Rudolfinum complex of concert halls, this gallery specialises in changing exhibitions of contemporary art. The entrance is on the riverfront…

2. Jan Palach Square

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Jan Palach Square is named after the young Charles University student who, in January 1969, set himself alight in Wenceslas Square in protest against the…

3. Museum of Decorative Arts

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This museum opened in 1900 as part of a European movement to encourage a return to the aesthetic values sacrificed to the Industrial Revolution. Once a…

4. Pinkas Synagogue

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The handsome Pinkas Synagogue was built in 1535 and used for worship until 1941. After WWII it was converted into a memorial, with wall after wall…

5. Old Jewish Cemetery

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is Europe’s oldest surviving Jewish graveyard. Founded in the early 15th century, it has a palpable atmosphere of mourning even…

6. Klaus Synagogue

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The Klaus Synagogue houses a good exhibit on Jewish ceremonies of birth and death, worship and special holy days.

7. Ceremonial Hall

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Built in 1912, the Ceremonial Hall was formerly the mortuary for the Old Jewish Cemetery, and is now the site of an interesting exhibition on Jewish…

8. Prague Jewish Museum

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This museum consists of six Jewish monuments clustered together in Josefov: the Maisel Synagogue; the Pinkas Synagogue; the Spanish Synagogue; the Klaus…