Prague Arts Tour

Twentieth Century Architecture in Prague with Private Guide - S3

Art-Nouveau, Cubism, Functionalism, and Deconstructivism – the Twentieth century left some impressive traces in Prague…

20th century architecture (and yes, even Art-Nouveau only appeared in the past century) is quite broadly represented in the Czech metropolis. The individual buildings are scattered around the whole city, so at times we’ll be taking a tram to visit them. But the basis of the tour is still a downtown walk.

Wenceslas Square is named after the equestrian statue of the Czech patron saint, St. Wenceslas, that dominates the upper portion of it. It was the place where, after the tragic events of the 1968 Prague Spring, student Jan Palach set himself on fire in the following year. Twenty years later, the Velvet Revolution took place here. The square offers multiple noteworthy examples of buildings that witness the diverse architectural styles of the beginning of the 20th century.

The Koruna Palace is an example of geometric Art-Nouveau, the famous Hotel Europa on the other hand exemplifies traditional floral Art-Nouveau. Other gems of Art-Nouveau design include the Municipal House. This tour will also take us to the famous Cubist House of the Black Madonna.

Cubism and Rondocubism, also known as the national style, appeared in Bohemia around the year 1910, and subsequently never spread beyond the country boundaries. It remains a stunning and much sought-after curiosity for experts…

Functionalism then took the stage with admirable force, pushing the pompous and décor-heavy Art-Nouveau to the background, preferring architecture that highlights function.

For those interested in Brutalist architecture, we can include examples of this concrete-exposing style in the program. Although these building are related to the Communist era in the Czech Republic, many interesting works were built here at the time.

Aficionados of Post-Modern architecture are drawn to the Dancing House, also known as Ginger and Fred in celebration of the famous dance pair. It is the work of Czech architect Vlado Milunić and his famous American colleague Frank Ghery. It’s considered a unique example of Deconstructivism in modern architecture. Its rooftop terrace provides a breathtaking panorama and view of the Prague Castle.

Among other icons of modern architecture that can also be included in the program are the Lucerna Palace with its Rokoko Passageway, Adria Palace, Josip Plečnik’s unique Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord and the Žižkov TV tower.

DEPENDING UPON YOUR INTERESTS, YOU CAN ADD SOME OF THE FOLLOWING GUIDED VISITS TO MONUMENT INTERIORS TO THE BASIC ROUTE OF OUR WALKING TOUR:

 MUNICIPAL HOUSE

This is an exclusive tour, because each day there are only two or three tours of this house in English. The building itself is a stunning jewel of Art Nouveau architecture and décor: we can take a trip back in time again, this time to the beginning of the 20th century and visit the Art Nouveau Smetana concert hall, as well as famous rooms called the Ladies, small debating rooms, decorated by the best artists of the time – Alfons Mucha, J. Preisler. These rooms are a beautiful example of crafts of the time. This house represents a unique harmonic whole, a beautiful reminder of the luxuriant belle époque.

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 DANCING HOUSE TERRACE

The entry to the terrace that boasts a 360 degree view is conditioned by ordering a drink at the Glass Bar.

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TOUR DURATION

3 - 4 ½ hours according to your choice of sights

TOUR RATES

The listed rate is a price per HOUR OF GUIDE SERVICE FOR THE GIVEN NUMBER OF PERSONS. Yours will be a private tour, so these would only be the number of people you travel with and for whom you order. We most often structure Prague tours into ½ day blocks (3-4 hours each). To get your expected total tour price, multiply the hourly rate by the number of hours. You will then pay for the actual number of hours guided during your tour.

Number of PersonsHourly Rate
132 € = $40
236 € = $45
336 € = $45
440 € = $50
540 € = $50
643 € = $54
More personsIndividual calculation

In the following form, we will be also asking you about:

  • Which of the above sights highlighted with a mark would you like to visit inside, beyond the scope of the basic walking tour? You will be asked to pay for entries to the sights directly on spot to their respective box offices.
  • Which length of tour would you prefer from the above mentioned scope.