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Neighborhood: Nove Mesto (New Town)
Nearly 700 hundred meters 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 theaters. National Theater 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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Sam D. Makary
Lebanon463 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 January 8, 2022
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Mikael F
Vantaa, Finland22,086 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 September 7, 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 September 28, 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 February 20, 2020
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MN-Bobber
Saint Paul, MN14 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We were so lucky that our vacation coincided with Czech Ntl Ballet performance of Swan Lake.
I am 100% Czech heritage, MInnesota, US, so Prague was special, Ntl Theatre was iconic , and the ballet performance was beyond any words!

The theatre building was magnificent and the view of Prague Castle, best in the city.

The ballet was impossibly great, far beyond my expectations. I am a student of the ballet, so fully appreciated and understood the difficulty and artistry levels—— fantastic performance on all levels.

And the live 50? piece orchestra, wow. Anybody know the exact count? They even had 2 big harps that I could see.
We were in the far far balcony but view was surprisingly good, see their neat feet plus get a view from on high for the huge moving spectacle of shapes/formations/moves from above!

It was the most special and memorable performance I have ever seen.
Written January 17, 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 February 16, 2020
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traynard2018
Boston, MA10 contributions
Dec 2019
If you are in Prague, be sure to get to the theater! It's a must see. There isn't a bad seat in the theater. I purchased my tickets fairly late and could only get tickets in the 2nd balcony. The sightline was fantastic. This is a perfect place to see a performance. It will be a memorable experience.
Written January 2, 2020
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
I love this theater and have always loved it when growing up in Prague, just across the Vltava river. I attended many performances years before it was closed for restoration in 1977. it was reopened after 6 years and it is even more beautiful and ornate inside.
Over the years returning to Prague we have seen many performances here, and it is always a treat as is a glass of champagne during intermission.
Even if it is something you don't normally do, do it in Prague. The Czech nation is known for its love of music and arts , not just the love of beer!
A review that I wrote about a month ago mysteriously vanished (even though it earned 5 helpful votes in the few short weeks) .
I suggested then , that a dress code should be followed - smart casual is fine - because the Czech people view going to the theater as a special occasion and dress up for it.
If you decide to go I hope you have a lasting memory too :)
Written February 27, 2015
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
All Czechs love their theater and my husband and I love returning every chance we get.

Unfortunately, this year we had no time to reserve tickets on line prior to arrival. We had hoped that the concierge in the hotel may be able to help, as was always our experience in the past. But not this time. Not for the RUSALKA performance. It was sold out for months, we have been told.

Over the many years I have seen many wonderful performances here. I have fond memories of the beautiful surroundings, all the ornate gold and the beautiful lighting.
Theater night was always seen as a special occasion. Time to dress up for a fine evening. These days it appears to be more casual as there are many tourists in attendance. It is still nice to have a glass of champagne during intermission.
The theater is beautifully lit on the outside every evening and if you are not the fortunate one to hold a ticket, walk by anyway and take some wonderful photos at night.

The National Theater has a very interesting history. It was rebuilt mostly by peoples donations after it was destroyed by fire shortly after it opened for the first time.

Designed by the Czech architect Josef Zitek who lived across the river on the embankment. The fire destruction was considered national tragedy. The nation was determined to rebuilt and shortly raised the money. The architect was falsely blamed for some of the shortcomings in his design that caused the fire.

The gold letter sign above the stage curtain says it all : Narod Sobe ...Nation to Itself
Written October 23, 2017
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Wenovo
Morris County, NJ2,089 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Narod Sobe- Nation for Itself.

These words are inscribed in gold on the upper part of the stage and are very meaningful to the Czech people. Don't take my word for it - just ask them.
The theatre was built largely with donation coming from people from all walks of life. After a huge fire destroyed most of the interior shortly after it was finished, it was seen as a national tragedy and quickly rebuilt again.

The Czechs love of music, theater and arts is well documented.
They relied on it in the worst of times.

Coming here is a special occasion for most Czech people. Young and old.
These days - in the best of times! They value it and dress up for it. Don't take my word for it, just read their reviews.

Some tourists say in their reviews , that wearing jeans for a night performance in the National Theatre is OK. And to that I say ... not by the Czech standard. But it is true that you will not be turned away. And that's a pity.

On a warm July evening, the theatre was beautifully lit up, the portico shining bright, to be admired and photographed.
We had dinner at a restaurant across the street and just being back again in my old neighborhood was a great treat.

National Theatre is one of my favorite places in Prague, I always come back....
Written August 8, 2016
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