National Theater

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Neighbourhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred metres long, Wenceslas Square represents the most frequent and buzzing crossroads of the city. The National Museum in the upper part of the square watches over your spending spree in countless shops and retail stores lining the entire square, which ends at Na Příkopě, the most famous shopping street. When tired or broke, you can explore the city's underpasses, which can take you to the Old Town or to the courtyards of art nouveau houses with secret gems of greenery, white benches and rose bushes that provide unexpected peace in the midst of the city. Be sure to pay a visit to the traditional cafés, classic Czech pubs, cinemas and theatres. National Theatre near the river has a lot to offer to foreigners. Go to the river bank and enjoy live music and drinks while watching a sunset behind Prague Castle.
How to get there
  • national Ave • 6 min walk
  • bridge • 10 min walk
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK610,757 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
Walking over Most Legi ( Legion Bridge ) you have one of the most stunning looking buildings in Prague namely The National Theatre .
First opened to the public in 1881 ,this theatre showcases opera,ballet and drama ,it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Prague ,the building itself is so beautiful ,between 1977-1985 the building was renovated to a very high standard ,I love the look of the building ,the best views are most definitely from Most Legi ,if you're in the area or planning to visit Prague I highly recommend you check out this building.
Written 26 April 2022
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Relax69393
Millstreet, Ireland11 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Turandot was brilliant, the performers, musicians, the theatre- everything! My worry was not being able to follow the story but there were clear but unobtrusive subtitles over the performers in english and Czech. A magical night.
Written 20 February 2022
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Sam D. Makary
Lebanon468 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
Visiting this stunning building is an amazing experience, but watching the Nutcracker as well was a sublime thing to do! I’ve been to famous theatres in Moscow, Milan & Vienna, but never saw live performances. The show was breathtaking; from the actors to the music and even the lighting, it was all perfect.

My advice is to book wayyy in advance for the shows, I did so only around 2 weeks before coming to Prague, and the only ‘seat’ I found was in the 2nd floor, standing on a balcony for 2 hours!

Still, the experience was surreal. Snacks sold there are delicious as well.
Written 8 January 2022
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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland23,629 contributions
Sep 2021
The National Theatre in Prague is known as the alma mater of Czech opera. First opened in 1881, and for the second time in 1883 after a devastating fire.

The spectacular exterior and interior decoration, richly embellished with gold, consists of masterpieces of 19th-century Czech painters.

Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles: opera, ballet, and drama. They alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates, and in the Kolowrat Theatre.

We have seen our best Nutcracker at this theater in 2007.
Written 7 September 2021
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Oct 2019
The stars aligned and we were able to get great - 12th row - tickets for a wonderful performance.
I have always loved coming back, no matter what we could get the tickets for.
To be inside the amazing building and experience once again the fun and excitement, matters most to me.

It was a beautiful Fall evening and getting dressed up a bit for the occasion was part of the fun. I do enjoy the formality of the evening, the glass of champagne during intermission , and quick walk (lots of steps) to the side roof, seeing the huge statues up close, the amazing views. Looking down on the Legii bridge and across the river where I used to live many years ago, was an emotional experience.

The Czechs love the arts and music, going to the theater was part of my growing up.
Learning the history and meaning to the Czech Nation was taught in school.

Narod Sobe - means Nation for itself. This sign in gold letters is prominently displayed above the curtain.
When the Theater tragically burned down shortly after the construction was completed, it was considered a national tragedy. The Theater was rebuilt quickly, with determination and donations from the people from all over the country.
Going to the theater is a special occasion for the Czech people.
You will be able to spot them easily in the audience.

Walking back to the hotel, alongside the river, stopping to admire the lights over the castle and bridges was a wonderful ending to a great evening.

Note : there is a coat check available, should you need to wear a coat. Draping it over the seats or putting it on the floor is not considerate.
Written 28 September 2020
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jeff1955malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,930 contributions
Oct 2019
from the outside the building looks really amazing. beautiful design, architecture and very big. didnt get the chance to go in.
Written 8 March 2020
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M44DSW
Prague, Czech Republic6 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We booked a couple of box seats in box 9 second balcony to see the ballet. The seats were dreadful, neither myself or my wife could see kore than half the stage, I was sat in seat 4 and could see 1/8th of the stage and still the tickets cost £40+ The website said nothing about the restricted/obscured view. I then asked nicely if we could move during the interval to one of the 20 or so seats that were free elsewhere in cheaper seats and they said no that is not possible! Very poor and ruined our evening. Process in the way of customer service.
Written 20 February 2020
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Kimia A
Montreal, Canada88 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
I’m still awestruck by the gorgeous mouldings, grand staircases, and paintings on the ceiling of the amphitheater. That night I watched an amazing interpretation of La Bohème and had drinks in the lounge.

Full of history, clean, and kind staff. Well done! I really suggest supporting Prague’s art scene and going to a couple shows!
Written 16 February 2020
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Hanna K
Zurich, Switzerland5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
basically, if you can catch a show, any show, do so just to get your foot in the door and see the interior of the National Theater and experience the atmosphere.
Written 5 February 2020
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LaraKZ
Prague, Czech Republic199 contributions
Jan 2020
The National Theater outside architecture speaks for itself and local or tourist everyone knows and passes by this building. It would be a pity to stop just outside and even if you are a tourist you can go to see a performance as it`s not only about theater but you can watch an opera or ballet. Easy on line ticket purchase available.
As a tourist even if you don`t have an elegant attire is enough respecting few good sense rules. I had such an unpleasant experience with two young tourist ladies who after entering late the performance in a noisy way tossed their winter jackets and other stuff by floor and then put it later almost on our backs - if someone cleans the floor with their stuff and than puts it on the chair where someone will come later in evening attire not the experience I want... Theater personnel should be stricter here plus there are several cloakrooms where is not even required to pay - up to you if you leave something as little as 1 euro to the lady taking care of it.
The interior of the theater is of course decorated in the spirit of old school - the more the best but fits well to the place so take your time before performance or during breaks to check the different floors.
Sitting is very well done as visibility is good almost from every place - if there is a restricted view (due to columns) these places are clearly marked in the plan - just count the higher back you chose your seat the bigger the distance to the podium. You can get a ticket in the upper gallery for the equivalent of 15 euro and still see well the performance. Binoculars for rent are available too.
During breaks the bar areas are getting a bit too crowded so if you want to enjoy a glass of champagne come a bit earlier and do that before performance - many locals do so.
There is a always a translation in Czech and English of the performance on an upper screen - I personally find it practical but disturbing - if you go for a ballet or opera I would just ignore it and enjoy the visual and audio life experience.
Written 30 January 2020
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