|The Rudolfinum was constructed in 1876-1884 and is one of the most significant Neo-Renaissance buildings in Prague.|
It is set in a commanding position by the Vltava River in the Old Town, surrounded by landscaped gardens and with a grand, sweeping entrance.
The Dvořák Concert Hall inside the Rudolfinum is one of the two largest concert halls in Prague (the other is the Smetana at Municipal House).
Unfortunately for visitors to the city, most concerts in the Dvořák Hall are reserved for season subscription members. Where tickets are on general sale, Prague Experience adds performances to our concert listings.
In contract, tickets can be purchased for all classical music concerts staged in the Suk Hall at the Rudolfinum. This hall is not as large as the Dvořák, but it is none-the-less a highly impressive venue.
The Rudolfinum is the seat of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, who perform and organise concerts in both halls.
One festival worth a special mention is 'Dvořák's Prague Festival', which is held annually in September. This series of concerts are performed by the Czech Philharmonic and other orchestras, and all performances are open to the general public.
Other rooms inside the Rudolfinum building include a gallery, library, shop and a traditional café.
Historically, the Rudolfinum played an important role in the development of the newly formed state of Czechoslovakia in the early 20th century. The national parliament, for example, was sited here between the two world wars.
Those attending a classical concert may wish to visit Café Rudolfinum beforehand, which is an elegant place to enjoy a pre-concert glass of wine or beer.
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