You can learn about the life of
, whose Symphony
No. 9, known as From the NewWorld, was heard when American
astronauts first landed on the Moon, at a museum in Villa America
(Ke Karlovu 20). The Museum of
, where you
can hear, for example, his symphonic poemVltava, is located in
a historical building near the Charles Bridge (Novotného lávka 1).
“My Praguers understand me” – this is the famous declaration
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
made to express
his relationship to the people of Prague. His stays in Prague
are associated primarily with the
, where he
conducted the world premiere of one of his operas, and the
Church of St. Nicholas, where he played the organ.
, a festival of classical music, is held in May and
June at such venues as the Rudolfinum and the Municipal House.
Strings of Autumn
, a festival whose programme creates a bridge
between musical genres, takes place in the fall at places including the
Rudolfinum and the Estates Theatre. The
Summer Night’s Dream
festival holds concerts at the end of summer on floating stages on
the Vltava River near the Charles Bridge.
is a multi-
genre festival taking place on Prague’s islands in the summer.
When one mentions Czech music, many will immediately think of the composers
Antonín Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana, who were inspired by Prague to create their
world-known musical masterpieces.
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Czech Museum of Music
(Karmelitská 2/4), where you can see a piano
that belonged to Bedřich Smetana and listen to
original recordings of musical compositions.
A thrilling marriage of music, water and light
effects takes place at the
the Výstaviště exhibition grounds in Holešovice.
Especially in the summer season, do not miss
a ballet performance to the music of Tchaikovsky’s
Swan Lake or The Nutcracker.
A guided tour of Prague
at the end of the 1980s,
demonstrations took place against the communist
regime. at that time Václav Havel was the leader of the
democratic opposition, and in November 1989 he gave
a speech from the balcony of the
(Václavské náměstí 36) above the crowded square that
charted a path to democracy.
Nearby stands the
which was built in the early 20th century by the
grandfather of Václav Havel. In its time, Lucerna was the
epitome of modernity – it had a cinema, café, dance hall
and music club. In the spacious arcades of the complex
hangs from the ceiling an unconventional
of Prince Wenceslas. The sculpture was made by
Czech artist David Černý, who also created, among other
works, the black babies crawling up the Žižkov TV Tower.
Visit the places where Václav Havel went with
for a beer
You simply must start at the
, directly across
from the National Theatre. This is where Havel used to
come as a student to meet with poets and intellectuals.
frequented the same café in his day. From
the café there is a wonderful view of the
On the street Národní třída is the
where Bill Clinton played the saxophone for Václav Havel
and other guests. On the picturesque St. Anna Square
(Anenské náměstí 5) is the
Theatre on the Balustrade
where Václav Havel began as a stage technician and later
presented his theatrical plays.
Various locations in the centre of Prague are associated with the former Czech
President Václav Havel (1936–2011). This writer, dissident and prisoner of the
communist regime is considered around the world to be one of the most important
figures in the modern history and culture of Central and Eastern Europe.
Through Prague in search of music.
In the footsteps of Antonín Dvořák,W. A. Mozart,
Bedřich Smetana, all the way to the John
A scene from a performance of the opera Don Giovanni
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Visit the permanent exhibition
a Czech Myth, or Havel in a Nutshell”
Montmartre Gallery (Řetězová 7). The exhibition
documents the life of Václav Havel and charts the
changes in Czech society in his time.
A guided tour of Prague
Prague in the modern era.
the places associated with the modern
history of the heart of Europe.