Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Prague

Kampa Museum
Set on the river bank with exquisite views is a stunningly designed space housing a thorough collection of much of the region's best modern art. The wonderful ground-floor cafe is an excellent reason to visit, even if the art of Kupka and Gutfreund i
DOX Centre for Contemp. Art
One of the newer galleries in Prague, the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art has proved popular.
House of the Black Madonna
This cubist masterpiece said goodbye to its days as a store in 1994 when it opened its first art exhibition, and has never looked back, making the full transition to museum-come-gallery in 2003.
Rudolfinum
Situated on the eastern bank of the Vltava is the home of the Czech Philharmonic and associated music schools. Gallery exhibitions of contemporary artists and a charming cafe make up the rest of the building sitting on Jana Palacha Square.
Narodni Divadlo
Undoubtedly one of the city's most impressive buildings, the National Theatre's splendour adorns the river bank as the golden roof shimmers in the evening sun. A programme of traditional and avant-garde shows are hosted in the splendid interior.
Smetana Hall
An ideal night out for classical music and opera fans or anybody else looking for a relaxed and classy evening out. Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Charles Bridge
Bridging the fast-flowing waters of the Vltava, the 14th Century construct has been the scene of many of the most famous films shot in Prague. Best visited at night or very early in the morning when the tourists and tat-peddlars haven't descended.
Old Town Square
The wonderful Baroque townhouse facades are mixed with the impossibly sharp, pointing towers of the Gothic Tyn and the sprawling mass of the Jan Husa Monument in the centre of the cobbles. A magical place, but beware the tourist hordes.
Royal Way
If any of Bohemia's great monarchs could see what has become of the once Royal Way today, they would surely rise from their mausoleums and restore some national pride into this mawkish tourist track.
Klementinum
Part of the National Library, concerts are held in the Mirror Chapel on a daily basis. Built in 1720, the chapels marble, gilded stucco and wall-to-floor and ceiling mirrors make this a memorably romantic candlelit concert venue.
Franz Kafka Museum
For literary ignoramuses and fans alike, the museum dedicated to the Czech Republic's most famous writer is well worth a visit. The curators have tried to bring the surrealism of Kafka's novels to life. We think he would thoroughly approve.
Marionette Theatre
One of Prague's longest-running shows, this incredibly energetic and eccentric performance with traditional marionettes is not to be missed.
Prague Castle
Prague Castle enormous structure, dominating the hill above the Old Town is a seemingly endless complex of museums, galleries, stables and a cathedral. It is the cathedral which so imposes on the skyline and is illuminated so wonderfully at night.
Stavovske Divadlo
You'll soon begin to realise the greatest event to hit the city was Mozart's premiere of Don Giovanni. Every year they have a Don Giovanni season for a month. If this is too high-brow you can go and see a puppet version around the corner.
Manes Gallery
Since its construction in 1930, the Manes Gallery has become one of the most photographed sights in Prague.
Mucha Museum
With over 100 pieces of art, from drawings and posters to paintings, the Mucha Museum is a valuable insight, not only to the Art Nouveau movement, but also to the prodigious talent of one of Prague's favourite sons.
NoD Gallery
Located directly above the Roxy club is NoD, classed among the more modern galleries in Prague,
St Nicholas Church
The nightly recitals provide a charming counter to the banging house tunes or meandering jazz mixes that are going on in other parts of town. The beautiful interior of the church makes for a lovely setting.
Statni Opera Praha
The State Opera's Italian summer season incorporates the likes of Puccini, Rossini, and Verdi. The likes of Mahler, Wagner, Richard Strauss and Enrico Caruso have all performed here since the opera's opening performance in 1888.

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