The National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague is a stunning neo-Renaissance building dating from 1868-83. It is set majestically by the Vltava River
, instantly recognisable on sunny days by its golden roof gleaming in the sunshine.
The theatre is one bridge along from Charles Bridge, on the Old Town and New Town side of the river.
For Czech people, the National Theatre is one of the most important cultural institutions in Prague - since inception, a symbol of the Czech National Revival.
To this end the theatre has played a significant role in the development of the Czech language, Czech music and the country's dramatic arts.
The construction of the National Theatre was largely funded by private donations. But shockingly, on the 12th August 1891, just days before the official opening, the whole building was gutted by fire.
Within 6 weeks enough money had been raised to rebuild it. And just two years later, in 1883, it opened with a performance of Libuse by the famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
The rich, artistic tradition continues at the National Theatre today, with a fine repertoire of opera and ballet, and Czech drama.
The National Theatre is 7-10 minutes walk from Wenceslas Square and 10 minutes from the Old Town Square, and is easily accessible by tram and metro.
For listings and to book tickets for the National Theatre:
Prague opera and ballet.
To discover more about the National Theatre, take a Prague tour:
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat
Prague All Inclusive Walking Tour & Boat.