Municipal House (Obecní dum)

#27 in Best Things To Do in Prague
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nám. Republiky 5

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Shopping, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.4

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  • 3.5Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Awash with art nouveau style, the Municipal House has been one of Prague’s most prolific public building for more than 100 years. Before heading inside, be sure to check out the building’s exterior, which is adorned with a colorful glass mosaic and sculptures representing cultural symbols of Prague. Artisans also covered the Municipal House’s interior with more mosaics, stucco and metal work, murals and paintings. Once you’ve taken in the Municipal House’s art, be sure to check out the building’s restaurants, shops and event spaces.

Previous travelers say that the Municipal House is a must-visit for architecture and art enthusiasts alike. They recommend stopping by the Smetana Hall for a concert, or at least to take in the stylish room. Then, check out the American Bar (the oldest bar in Prague) in the building’s basement for cocktails, liquor and sparkling wine.  

The Municipal House box office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The entrance fee for the Municipal House is 290 koruna (about $13) for adults, 240 koruna (about $11) for kids ages 10 to 15 and is free for children younger than 10 (family admission prices are also available). The building offers a variety of tours that all include the cost of admission, which ranges from 290 koruna to 530 koruna. The Námestí Republiky subway, tram and bus stops are all with walking distance of the Municipal House. To learn more about planning your trip, visit the Municipal House’s website.  

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Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace. 

The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.

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