Prague Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture historic tour
- Follow one of the 5 best architecture tours in Europe
- Learn about the characteristics of Art Nouveau
- Receive amazing infors from ad accomplished historian
- Visit the charming Lucerna bar and the sophisticated Grand Hotel Europa
- Listen to stories of the pre-war social elite in Prague's Art Nouveau cafes and restaurants
- Visit the Municipal House and feel the 20th century optimism of Czech independence
This tour was named in July 2017 by the Week's Portfolio Magazine one of the five best architecture tours in Europe.
Art Nouveau has many names: Style Moderne, Style 1900, Style Métro, Style Mucha, Jugendstil, Sezession, Mouvement, and Ligne Belge. At the turn of the century, enthusiasm for this style circled the globe, but it happily accepted by the artists of Prague, where it can been seen in the architecture among the Gothic and Baroque buildings of the city. With the beginnings of national revival activity in the city, the Art Nouveau movement linked itself to the city's changes. The Main Train Station, the magnificent Municipal House, and the entire district of Josefov (the former Jewish Ghetto), all contain examples of Art Nouveau and are considered some of the most beautiful structures in the city.
On your tour, you will be able to see the more common characteristics of Art Nouveau: intricate floral patterns in ironwork and mesmerizing, fairy-tale women with long hair. In order to further appreciate the style, you'll learn how the drastic changes in culture, from entertainment to modern conveniences, affected both the lively designs of buildings as well as their inner works. Buildings such as Prague's Municipal House are beautiful outside, but also contain some of the first water, central heating, and power systems in the city.
Art Nouveau is not simply a new design style, but a pre-war standard for modern comforts and elegant surroundings for upper-class elite who traveled the world via ocean liners, drank cocktails, corresponded with telegrams, and read the latest fashion magazines. As a result, Art Nouveau is common in hotels, trendy bars, and train stations.
During the tour, you'll learn how to identify other forms of Art Nouveau, including gingko biloba leaves for facades, intricate light fixtures, and odd typography for building signs. You'll have the chance to visit the enchanting Lucerna bar, which was once owned by Vaclav Havel’s family, and the elegant Grand Hotel Europa, both examples of Czech optimism for joining a modern Europe.
Throughout the walk, we'll also see examples of Prague’s Cubist and Rondocubist architecture, including The House of the Black Madonna (created by Josef Gočár in 1910 as an elegant department store) and the Legion’s Bank.
- 3-hour guided walking tour
- Historian tour guide
Ovocný trh 567/15, Staré Město, 110 00 Praha-Praha 1, Czechia
The House of the Black Madonna/Grand Cafe Orient, Ovocný trh 19 Prague 1
In the square, at the foot of the front doors.
- Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10.00am
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