Clarion Hotel Prague Old Town
Prague, 110 00
Phone: (420) 296 398100
Fax: (420) 296 398150
Divadlo v Dlouhá prides itself on its variety of productions. Whether it be a dramatic play, a rousing ballet sequence, a children's sing-a-long or a cutting-edge cabaret performance, everyone is sure to be entertained. The theater is also well-known for its high quality children-oriented productions, so be sure to mark your calendars and bring the kids for a night of culture and leave the video games at home.
Slotted into a shopping arcade behind the Kotva department store, this small cinema was previously known the Kotva Broadway. It typically shows first-run Hollywood films although the occasional Czech or Western European premiere also sneaks in.
After sampling the thick gravies that Czech cuisine is famous for, it may be a good idea to head over to the centrally located YMCA fitness center. This well known organization offers many of the same services one can expect from any other YMCA around the world, including a weightlifting facility, swimming pool, sauna, massage and hair salon. For those who workout during regular business hours, child care is available. Normally, the facilities aren't crowded but it is best to avoid exercising in the evening. To cater to those who do not speak Czech, there usually is one English speaking staff member on duty.
Home of the Prague Symphony, the concert hall at Obecni dum (Municipal House) is known to music lovers everywhere as the main venue of the Prague Spring International Music Festival, a fixture on the European festival scene since 1946. The building itself is a wedding-cake triumph of art nouveau with decorations by Alfons Mucha and other highly-skilled decorative artists. If you're not in town for the Prague Spring Festival, you could take in a concert by the house band - the Prague Symphony - which plays a strong second fiddle to the Czech Philharmonic in the city's orchestra pits.
Located in the Municipal House building, where several events of social, political, and cultural relevance are held each year, Smetana Hall is over a hundred years old, but is far from lacking in amenities. It underwent some major renovations between 1995 and 2000, and offers a total seating capacity of 1100. Works of the famous 20th-Century Czech artist Alfons Mucha (among others) adorn the interior. As you enter in the hall, hues of golden and angelic white engulf you, the performance area is constructed out of wood and elevated in a way that the entire audience can enjoy the performance without any hindrance. If you are planning on a special night with your date, this would be an ideal start for your evening.
Sine the time it opened with the performance of Japanese dancer Min Tanaka, Archa has presented compelling dance and musical performances of all genres to a discriminating audience. Some of the famous names that have performed here are John Cale, David Byrne, Meredith Monk, The Residents and Robert Wilson. Other artistes who have performed here include the best of Czech progressive art from the Agon Orchestra to the HaDivadlo and Goose an A String theater troupes. The hall's modest size means that no one is more than a few rows away from the action.
This theater is the oldest theater building in Prague. Count F. A. Nostic built the classicist structure with a richly decorated edifice between the years 1781 and 1783. There was extensive reconstruction work undertaken in the late 1980s and the theater reopened in 1991. The theater's early performances were works by W. A. Mozart and, since then, it has always been closely associated with the great composer. In December 1834 the song "Kde domov muj" (Where Is My Home) was played here for the first time, later becoming the Czech National Anthem.
The CNB Congress Center, which is part of the Czech National Bank, is a venue where seminars, lectures, conferences, meetings and other important events are held. You will find all the big wigs and corporate people usually attending these events, but at times the place or the events are open to public. If you would like to attend an event here, please make sure you visit their website to find out further details.
This nearly 80-year-old stadium is built entirely of wood and was the skating center of Prague years ago. The Czech Ice Hockey Team won several championships here in the 1940s and 50s though the stadium has gone through a severe decline due to poor repairs and floods. Finally, in 2002, the stadium was re-opened to the ice skating public.
A variation on black-light theater with music, live actors in a huge variety of wild costumes and a whole bag of technical tricks. The current long-running show is Faust, based on Goethe's drama with elements of traditional Czech puppet plays. For complete schedule and show timings, check the website or call ahead.
The Collegium Marianum hosts a school, an ensemble, a festival, and various concerts. It is a pleasant, professional, and entertaining venue for all of its productions.
Rudolfinum is an elegant sandstone monument by the river and is a wonderful place to listen to classical music. An ensemble that many think of as the last proponent of the rich "Central European sound," considers the main Dvorak Hall its home. This ensemble is the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, now conducted by the Russian emigre, Vladimir Ashkenazy. Chamber concerts are held in the Suk Hall. When the Czech Philharmonic isn't playing, you can hear anything from provincial Czech orchestras to the excellent Talich Quartet or the Prague Chamber Philharmonic, headed by ex-Czech Philharmonic conductor Jiri Belohlavek. It also houses the Galerie Rudolfinum where you can see the finest of contemporary fine art.