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Destination(s): Prague

Most likely, you’ll be spending a few days in Prague; soaking up the culture, tasting the food and experiencing the nightlife. But for a brief artsy rush; consider this itinerary which brings you sample highlights of some of the glorious art and architecture the city has to offer.

Start your day gazing at the stunning Obecní dĹŻm on námÄ›stí Republiky, probably the best Art Nouveau building in town. Walk down Celetná Street towards Old Town Square. Be sure to notice the gorgeous Cubist building on your left, the House of the Black Madonna. There’s a Cubist museum and great café housed here. Once you get to Old Town Square; the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque surround you. Most of the buildings were originally built in the Gothic style, but subsequent remodelings in later years led to today’s current hodge-podge. Watch the astronomical clock do its thing at the top of the hour and continue on to cross Charles Bridge; a lovely homage to the Gothic period.

Once across the bridge you will zoom forward centuries by jumping on tram number 12 at Malostranské námÄ›stí and heading for DOX Centre for Contemporary Art. Housed in the emerging Holešovice neighborhood, the museum’s building (a complex of former industrial structures) is as interesting as the exhibitions inside. Displays are always timely and in touch with what’s happening in the outside world; a kind of bridge between art and society.

For contemporary art in a completely different setting, head back into town to the neo-Renaissance behemoth on the river; the Rudolfinum. Split equally between a contemporary art gallery and a concert hall; the building’s stature is impressive while the interiors are a glowing memorial to marble. The gallery’s semi-restrictive space limits their exhibits to pieces that can usually hang on the walls. The Czech Philharmonic regularly plays in the concert hall; so at the end of the day, give your eyes a rest and treat your auditory senses to a world class classical performance. read more about Visual Prague

DOX Center for Contemporary Art

DOX Center for Contemporary Art

Old Town Square

Old Town Square

  • StaromÄ›stské námÄ›stí
  • tel:420 221 714 444 (Tourist Information Centre)
  • Prague, 11000

Since the 10th century, Old Town Square (StaromÄ›stské námÄ›stí) has been the central square in Prague. At its conception, it was the city's main market place. Then, in the 20th century, buildings began to rise around its rim, bringing with them stories of ghosts and intrigue. Now, the square stirs with cafes, souvenir shops, and art galleries. A mixture of Romanesque and Gothic buildings surround the Old Town Square, the most notable being the Old Town City Hall (on whose exterior the Astronomical Clock can be found), the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, St. Nicholas Church, and Kinsky Palace. Old Town Square's centerpiece is a monument to reformer, martyr, and Czech hero, Jan Hus. read more about Old Town Square

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

This stunning stone bridge in the Gothic style replaced the Judith Bridge, which collapsed in a flood. Called the Stone Bridge for several centuries after its construction in 1357, Charles Bridge (KarlĹŻv most) connects Old Town to Lesser Town. Allegedly, egg yolks mixed into the mortar strengthened the bridge's construction. Perhaps it is those egg yolks that helped Charles Bridge to survive many disastrous floods. At each end of the bridge stands a tower, like bookends for the row of 30 Baroque statues that have lined the bridge since 1657. Today, Charles Bridge is a constantly bustling pedestrian bridge, lively with artists, musicians, and vendors. read more about Charles Bridge

Rudolfinum

Rudolfinum

  • Alšovo NábĹ™eĹľí 12
  • tel:420 2 2705 9352 (Box Office)
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 110 00
House of the Black Madonna

House of the Black Madonna

The House of the Black Madonna (DĹŻm u ÄŚerné matky boĹľí) was originally designed by Josef Gocar to be a department store. Completed in July 1912, the building now houses the Czech Museum of Cubism. The architect's first major project, it was a specifically challenging one as it is difficult to harmonize Cubist architecture with the surrounding Baroque, Gothic, and Classical facades. Cubist architecture is an important artistic contribution made by the Czech Republic. It evolved on its own (parallel to, not in response to, Picasso's cubism in painting) in an effort to create synchronize the fluid process of creation with the solid building that results. The museum exhibits works of Czech Cubism, most notably by Josef Capek and Bohumil Kubista. The Grand Café Orient, designed entirely in the Cubist style, can be found on the first floor while exhibitions lie on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. read more about House of the Black Madonna

Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (The)

Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock (The)

  • Staromestské námestí
  • tel:+420 2 2448 2751
  • Visit website
  • Prague, 11000