So your romantic holiday in the city of a hundred spires is just starting, but the weather is a bit of a letdown? Don’t despair! Prague offers countless spots where you can avoid the rain while getting to know its hidden treasures. Discover the magic of prestigious museums, visit a Prague theatre, or descend to the mysterious underground.
Visiting museums and galleries is a tried and tested answer to bad weather. Of the dozens to be found in Prague, the National Museum at the top of Wenceslas Square is particularly noteworthy. It houses the Czech Republic’s largest museum collections, displaying items from all areas of human activity. At present its main building is undergoing extensive reconstruction that will culminate in 2018. However, you can also explore the collections at the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures on Betlémské náměstí, the Bedřich Smetana Museum at Novotného lávka, or the Antonín Dvořák Museum on Ke Karlovu. Are you a fan of technology of all kinds? If so, don’t miss the chance to visit the National Technical Museum at Letná. While the raindrops are drumming on the windows, you can stroll through treasures mapping the development of science and technology in the Czech lands, including unique historical planes and the first Czech automobiles.
From Art Nouveau to modernity
If galleries are your thing, it’s well worth visiting the Veletržní Palace, which was one of Prague’s first Functionalist buildings and houses collections of 20th and 21st century art. Meanwhile, the place to go for original works, provocative exhibitions and the blending of individual artistic fields is the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Holešovice. In the short period since it opened, DOX has built a reputation as a fresh, creative spot on the cultural map of the capital.
Underground in the footsteps of the French army
While the raindrops are falling, you can also check out the mysterious underground mystical residence of the first Czech rulers. Vyšehrad is an interesting place in its own right where you can spend long hours exploring. Directly beneath it, however, it’s possible to descend into a labyrinth of underground corridors and rooms that were created in the 17th century so the French army could carry out activities unobserved.
A world of magic
Why not end a rainy day with something genuinely special? Visit a performance of black theatre, a form that was born right here in Prague. Succumb to a unique world of colours, effects and optical illusions at some of Prague’s numerous black theatres, such as Jiří Srnec Theatre, WOW or Ta Fantastika.