Municipal House Hall

A masterpiece of Art Nouveau, Municipal House is full of elegant rooms and is home to the popular concert venue Smetana Hall.

TravelCurious Tip

Follow a meal in one of Municipal House’s gorgeous dining rooms with a concert in Smetana Hall, and be transported to the golden age of Art Nouveau.

State birthplace

Municipal House is a key part of Czech national heritage. It was built on the site of the Royal Court, located on an important trade route and home to Bohemian kings from Wenceslas IV to Vladislaus Jagiellon; the court’s Gothic Powder Tower remains, adjoining the present building. Abandoned after 1485, the old structure was demolished, and the magnificent Art Nouveau hall we see in its place was built between 1905 and 1912. It was here that the 1918 Declaration of Independence, which established the Czech state, was signed.

The building’s exterior is lavishly decorated: among many other sculptures, there is a colourful mosaic called Homage to Prague above the entrance, flanked by allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People.

A grand evening out

Inside is a stunning array of opulent halls, restaurants, bars, dining rooms and even a pool hall - most recently restored to their original light fittings and paintwork. Czech Art Nouveau is elegantly combined with oriental, Western and Neo-Renaissance influences; magnificent stained-glass windows further enhance its appearance.

Many of the restaurants are open for scenic dining opportunities, including the beer hall Plzenska Restaurace, which serves traditional Czech dishes and Pilsner Urquell, and the French Restaurant, where you can enjoy contemporary cuisine while listening to live jazz.

The centrepiece of Municipal House is Smetana Hall, topped by a glass dome and several storeys in height. The home of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, it is a truly magnificent venue with an enormous organ featuring a gilded bronze relief of its namesake, the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana; his compositional style was closely associated with the desire for an independent Czech state. World-class classical concerts continue here to this day.

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Republic Square
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Enjoy one of the best views of the city from the top of Kotva, a brutalist-style department store built during the Communist era.
The Franciscan Monastery
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Related Tours

Private Tour of Communist Era Prague
On your Private Tour of Communist Era Prague, delve into Prague’s lesser-known corners to seek out telltale reminders of the city’s 41 years under communist rule (1948-1989). You will:

  • Begin your private tour at the Prague Metronome - built on the site where a statue of Stalin used to loom over the city. 
  • Learn about the counterculture and subversion under the communist regime. 
  • Hear tales of underground nuclear bunkers and other seemingly apocalyptic markers throughout the city. 
  • Learn about the surveillance techniques of the Czech Secret Police
  • See key Communist-era buildings, monuments and memorials, including the Municipal House.
  • Finish your tour in Wenceslas Square, which stood as the city’s focal point for rallies and protests and the 1989 fall of communism. 
Begin your tour on the slopes of Letná Park, a 23-metre metronome created in 1991 by Czech designer Vratislav Novák. Locals claim the metronome - which often doesn’t work - symbolises the country’s move away from socialism towards an uncertain future. Continue your tour as you cross the Vltava River into the Jewish Quarter, where anti-semitism took on new fervor under the communist regime. Learn about the unique and decades-long persecution of the Jewish community as you walk through the area. 

On your private tour, you will learn about the interrogation of ordinary working-class citizens and the oppression of any so-called enemies. Learn how Prague’s intelligentsia were forced into menial jobs and dissidents tortured for subversion. Pass Prague’s most prominent Art Nouveau building, Municipal House, where Czechoslovakia as an independent state was proclaimed.

Finish your tour in Wenceslas Square, which is synonymous with the Czech mass rallies  that is synonymous with Czech mass rallies. pause by a simple bronze cross paying homage to Jan Palach and Jan Zajíc. Palach set himself on fire in protest, making headline global news - a story that intensified when fellow student Jan Zajíc also set himself ablaze. Fascinating, and harrowing at times, this fully immersive experience provides rich historical and social context. 


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