|Municipal House (Obecní dům) in Prague is the city's foremost Art Nouveau building, one of the finest of its kind in Europe.|
Municipal House contains a magnificent complex of rooms, including the grandest concert hall in Prague (Smetana Hall), an elegant modern Czech restaurant, a beer hall restaurant, a traditional café, the first American bar in the Czech Republic, plus a variety of salons and exhibition rooms.
It is a beautiful building from all aspects. Its exterior gleams with intricate stonework, gold trimmings, frescos and stained glass windows.
Inside, a huge marble staircase leads to the glorious Smetana Concert Hall. This architectural masterpiece is constructed of carved white stone and gold, and illuminated by hundreds of lights. Frescos by Karel Spillar adorn the walls.
Classical concerts in the Smetana Hall boast the largest orchestras to play the city. Indeed Municipal House is home to the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
All Municipal House concerts listed on Prague Experience are held in the Smetana Hall, not one of the minor salons. For listings and tickets: Prague concerts.
Municipal House is the main attraction on Republic Square. Next to it is the Powder Tower, one of the original entrances to the Old Town.
Municipal House opened in 1912, having been constructed on the site of the former Royal Court Palace.
On the 28th October 1918, the historic proclamation of the independent state of Czechoslovakia took place here.
On the ground floor of the building, the first-class Municipal House Restaurant is a delightful place to enjoy fine dining.
On the lower level, Municipal House Beer Hall serves traditional Czech fare in a lively beer hall atmosphere.
Next to the Beer Hall
is the swish Tretter's American Bar, a fine choice for pre-concert or pre-dinner drinks. Serves cocktails, spirits, beers, wines and sparkling wines.
Back on the ground floor, for a coffee and a delicious cake in traditional surroundings, there is the Municipal House Café.
Finally, Municipal House hosts exhibitions, which are listed in Prague events.-----------------------------------------------
To discover more about Municipal House and other great buildings, take one of the Prague tours:
Prague Explorer Tour & Boat Trip
Prague City Tour
Prague City Tour & Boat Trip
Old Town & Jewish Quarter Tour
Old Town, Astronomical Clock & Underground Tour.