Historic Theatres in Prague

Tour three of Prague’s most exquisite theatres, then enjoy a glamorous performance.

Jan 11, 2012
Prague's Municipal House
Be sure to visit the Municipal House, Prague’s most spectacular Art Nouveau building.
Photography courtesy Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Visiting Prague is like stepping into a fairy tale—promising the perfect setting for a romantic winter getaway.

The entire city is a celebration of beauty, featuring intricate architecture untouched over centuries of history. A cultural treasure trove, this is where Mozart performed, where Czech composer Antonín Dvorak spent most of his life, and where writer Franz Kafka was born.

Immersed in vibrant Old Town, yet in a remarkably quiet enclave, Four Seasons Hotel Prague offers the city’s most desirable location. You’re at the edge of the Vltava River, steps from the Charles Bridge, with views across to Prague Castle. Guest rooms and suites welcome you with sumptuous interiors, reflecting the different eras of Prague’s history.

In February, a new Four Seasons restaurant makes its debut: COTTOCRUDO, a modern Italian restaurant, bar and lounge.  Also included will be a Crudo Bar—“raw” bar, in Italian—and its own cheese cave and wine cellar.

Visit Prague’s Three Most Beautiful Theatres

For lovers of theatre, music and history, Four Seasons presents an extraordinary opportunity. In a single day, you can discover three of the city’s most exquisite historic theatres—gems from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries—and then attend a performance that evening.

All three theatres are fantasies come to life, embodying the glamour of centuries past with delicate painting and gilding, rows of private boxes, and crystal chandeliers. All three are located within the Old Town, within an easy walk of the Hotel.

For this four-hour walking tour, an expert guide will take you inside and behind the scenes at each theatre, giving you a personal introduction.

• The Estates Theatre is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most beautiful theatres, a jewel box in blue and gold, designed in Prague Classicist style and opened in 1783. The intimate interior remains in its original glory. The theatre’s greatest claim to fame is that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart personally conducted the premiere of Don Giovanni here in 1787. The theatre continues a rich programme of dramas, ballet and operas.

• The National Theatre is a magnificent edifice embodying the Czech national spirit. You’ll be fascinated by stories of the theatre’s construction. After opening in 1881, the building was destroyed by fire, then rebuilt and reopened in 1883. Grand in every detail, the red and gold interior provides an unforgettable setting for drama, ballet and opera.

• The Municipal House is Prague’s most spectacular Art Nouveau building. Completed in 1912, the interior was decorated by the most significant Czech painters and sculptors of the time. Smetana Hall, the principal concert hall, will dazzle you with its elegant ornamentation and grandiose glass dome.

After this unforgettable session of touring, you’ll attend an evening performance at one of the three theatres, depending on the current programmes—featuring opera, ballet, drama or the symphony. With limousine transportation to and from the theatre, you can anticipate a magical night straight from a fairy tale.

When you return to Four Seasons, post-theatre refreshments will await in your guest room, featuring a selection of cheeses, salami and a fine Czech Pinot Noir.


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2 Comments about Historic Theatres in Prague

  1. Martina says:

    Once again the Four Seasons in Prague goes above and beyond the call of standard tourism. I commend you for the creative tour of various music venues. I think the Municipal House is particularly interesting and unknown to most visitors since much of it is only accessible by a guided tour. It’s cliche, but the interior of this building is spectacular.

    Looking forward to the new restaurant opening in February.

    Cheers,

    Martina

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