Dance, Theater, and Music

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Prestigious orchestra once led by Antonín Dvořák and later Gustav Mahler—though conductors come and go with alarming frequency these days. Considered one of Europe’s top orchestras. Plays at the ornate Rudolfinum. Tickets from $7. Rudolfinum: Alsovo Nabrezi 12; tel. 420 227 059 227.

Divadlo Archa

Exciting performance space that regularly hosts alternative theater, music, dance, and film. Past music performers include Patti Smith, John Cale, the Residents, and Einstürzende Neubauten. Tickets from $9. Namesti Porici 26; tel. 420 221 716 333.

Narodni Divadlo (National Theater)

Country’s leading dramatic stage but also hosts high-quality opera and ballet. A big part of the pleasure is the building itself—a neo-Renaissance pile that came to symbolize the rebirth of the Czech nation in the 19th century. Tickets from $2. Ostrovni 1; tel. 420 224 901 668.

Prague Symphony Orchestra

Repertoire tends to be edgier than the Czech Philharmonic, and Smetana Hall in the Municipal House (Obecni Dum) is an ideal venue to see and hear music. Tickets $15-50. Municipal House: Namesti Republiky 5; tel. 420 222 002 121 or 420 222 002 336.

Statni Opera (State Opera)

Ornate neo-rococo interior, from the famed 19th-century Viennese duo of Fellner & Helmer. Perfect setting for a repertoire that is heavy on 18th- and 19th-century classics like Aida and the Barber of Seville. High-caliber productions, often with English super-titles. Tickets $6-$70. Wilsonova 4; tel. 420 224 227 266.


AghaRTA Jazz Centrum

The best sight lines of any jazz club in Prague—if you manage to snag a highly coveted seat in the main room. Arrive 60 minutes before show time, more for big acts. Covers from $12. Zelezna 16. tel. 420 222 211 275.

Cross Club

“Crap wine served in plastic cups, but the DJs are always up to something interesting.”—Will Tizard, editor, Time Out Prague Guide. Legendary alternative/industrial music club in the Holesovice neighborhood warehouse district. Plynarni 1096/23; tel. 420 736 535 053.


“Good, if not edgy, dance music and the fun of shaking it in a glass aerie above Wenceslas Square.”—Will Tizard. Raucous dance venue in the middle of Wenceslas Square that’s staged a revival in recent months. Gets going around midnight. Covers from $6. Vaclavske Namesti. 21; tel. 420 732 221 111.

Lucerna Music Bar

Threadbare club known for hosting wildly popular ’80s and ’90s dance nights on weekends. The rest of the week brings a solid program of the best Czech bands and occasionally jazz or blues nights. Sometimes free; tickets from $6. Vodickova 36; tel. 420 224-217-108.

Misch Masch

“Definitely a top-fiver when it comes to good space and good tunes.”—Jacy Meyer, editor, Prague In Your Pocket. Legendary early ’90s dance club that has reopened its doors. Both local and international DJs spin here. Veletrzni 61; tel. 420 603 272 227; fee.

Palac Akropolis

Former theater now serves as the number-one small music venue in the city. Attracts some of the best Czech bands, world music acts, and top U.S. college bands. Kubelikova 27; tel. 420 296 330 911.

U Maleho Glena

“The claustrophobic space forces up-close-and-personal experiences not to be forgotten.”—Will Tizard. Microscopic jazz club in the Lesser Quarter that is still the place for serious jazz and blues freaks. Sunday night jam sessions bring out the best talent around for impromptu pick-up sets. Karmelítska 23; tel. 420 257 531 717; fee.



March/April. Sprawling film and video festival that highlights new releases, foreign films, and classics. Venues vary. Tip: Buy tickets in advance since popular films sell out fast. Tel. 420 221 101 111;

Prague Spring

May and early June. World famous music festival that is a staple on the European cultural calendar. Three weeks of great symphony, opera, and chamber performances. Tip: the festival traditionally opens with a moving concert of Smetana’s Ma Vlast.


Late May or early June. Film, dance, music, and cultural workshops celebrating Europe’s Roma (Gypsy) culture.

Tanec Praha

June. Month-long international dance festival brings in modern dance troupes from around Europe.

Prague Autumn

Late September and October. Less prestigious than the similar Prague Spring, but the music programming tends to be more adventurous. Performances take place at the Rudolfinum.


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