National Theatre (Národní divadlo)

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Entertainment and Nightlife, Sightseeing Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.0Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

The National Theatre is the place to come if you want to see opera, theater or ballet in Prague.

Prices vary greatly depending on the company and show. You can score cheap opera tickets for 230 koruna (about $10) or ballet and musical theater tickets for as much as 1,100 koruna (about $48), a bargain for what you'd expect to pay at similar venues in the U.S. If you want to save even more, consider attending an afternoon performance. Most performances have English subtitles, so you'll be able to follow along.

Recent visitors said even if you choose not to take in a show – though those who did loved it – stopping by the building is worth a photo-op to admire the architecture and grandeur of the theater. You can also tag along on a guided tour of the building hosted by Prague City Tourism. Tours are offered to individuals on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Check tour dates here.

The National Theatre sits close to the eastern end of the Legion Bridge (Most Legii). It is accessible from the Národní trída metro station and from a number of trams (9, 17, 18, 22, 36, 53, 57, 58, 59 and 91 all make the Národní divadlo stop).

Check out the National Theatre website for a schedule of shows and other information.

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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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