Municipal House (Obecní dům) in Prague is the city's foremost Art Nouveau building, and one of the finest in Europe.
Municipal House houses a magnificent complex of rooms, including the grandest concert hall in Prague, an elegant French restaurant, a Czech beer hall style restaurant, a traditional café, the first American bar in the Czech Republic, and various salons and exhibition rooms.
Municipal House opened in 1912, having been constructed on the site of the former Royal Court Palace. It gained fame on the 28th October 1918, when the historic proclamation of the independent state of Czechoslovakia took place here.
Municipal House is the main attraction on Republic Square. It stands next to the Powder Tower, one of the original entrances to Prague's Old Town. Both the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square are just a few minutes walk away.
It is a beautiful building from all aspects. The outside has intricate stonework, gold trimmings, frescos and stained glass windows.
Inside, a marble staircase leads to the huge Smetana Concert Hall. The Smetana is an architectural masterpiece, a mix of carved white stone and gold, illuminated by hundreds of lights, and with frescos by Karel Spillar adorning the walls.
Classical concerts in the Smetana boast the largest orchestras to play the city. Indeed Municipal House is home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
All concerts listed on Prague Experience at Municipal House take place in the Smetana Concert Hall. For listings and to book tickets: Prague concerts.
The first-class Francouzska Restaurant on the ground floor of Municipal House is a delightful place to enjoy French cuisine.
Plzenska Restaurant, which is on the lower level, serves more traditional Czech fare in a lively beer hall atmosphere.
Next to Plzenska Restaurant is the swish American Bar, the perfect place for a pre-dinner or pre-concert drink. It offers a range of cocktails, spirits, beers and wines.
Finally, for coffee and a delicious fresh cake, Municipal House has a traditional café.
Municipal House also hosts exhibitions, which are listed in Prague events.
To discover more about Municipal House, take a Prague tour:
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat
Prague All Inclusive Walking Tour & Boat.