National Theater
National Theater
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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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  • Johnny Trekkie
    San Diego, California11,241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible!
    Built in 1877, this theater is beautiful inside and outside! But don't just come look at it...experience it! Theater tickets in Prague about 1/3rd the cost of seeing a live show in America, take advantage! I enjoyed an amazing presentation of Carmen, my first time! Loved it! For $35, I got a seat inside a semi private box, which I think would been at least $100 anywhere in America. Be sure to dress up a notch than your usual crappy travel wear...dress shirt and khakis/slacks at minimum for men.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 21, 2023
  • N C
    Ottawa, Canada74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elegant Classic Building
    Grand old building- feels like stepping back a hundred years with the red velvet and brass. Attended an opera with seats in a private balcony box. Discreet screen above stage with Surtitles in English was helpful. Dress ranged from jeans and T shirts to tuxedos. An elegant experience at a very reasonable price.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Portpad Traveller
    Melbourne, Australia158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A really interesting tour
    The group theatre tour was really interesting, both regarding the theatre itself, as well as its history. The only downside was the difficulty of understanding the tour guide, as quite a few English words were mispronounced. I would certainly recommend the tour though, which is not expensive.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,515 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Opened in 1881
    The National Theatre, is located near Prague Castle and opened in 1881. You will find opera, ballet, and drama here. It has been redesigned and renovated numerous times over the course of its history. It a rather impressive building looking even better at night..
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 28, 2024
  • Jayjay
    London, United Kingdom89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful World Class Theatre and Excellent Production of Cosi Fan Tutte
    What a stunning theatre inside and out. Saw a great performance of Cosi Fan Tutti. The stage movement direction was outstanding in this and made a lively, funny and engaging production. Lovely voices too. One of the most fun and moving versions I have seen in a magnificent location too.Friendly, polite staff at the bar which is not always so in Prague. Thoroughly enjoyable. Pay a visit, and to a performance if you can.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
  • mskarens
    Birmingham, Alabama66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant in every way
    We saw the most stunning and delightful Cinderella ballet during our visit to Prague including the amazing orchestra. We cried and LOL’d! It was so affordable and absolutely brilliant, definitely see a performance in this magnificent place.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 6, 2024
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M44DSW
Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Kimia A
Montreal, Canada85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Mikael F
Helsinki, Finland31,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Johnny Trekkie
San Diego, CA11,241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
Built in 1877, this theater is beautiful inside and outside! But don't just come look at it...experience it! Theater tickets in Prague about 1/3rd the cost of seeing a live show in America, take advantage!

I enjoyed an amazing presentation of Carmen, my first time! Loved it! For $35, I got a seat inside a semi private box, which I think would been at least $100 anywhere in America. Be sure to dress up a notch than your usual crappy travel wear...dress shirt and khakis/slacks at minimum for men.

Written November 22, 2023
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PrairiePaddler
United States361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Don't miss an evening here during your visit to Prague. We were lucky to see a forgotten opera by Dvorak and even our last-minute second-balcony seats were terrific. Prague prides itself on this national treasure and their love for the arts is on full display when stylish crowds pack this adorable jewel box theater.
Written June 1, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Portpad Traveller
Melbourne, Australia158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The group theatre tour was really interesting, both regarding the theatre itself, as well as its history.
The only downside was the difficulty of understanding the tour guide, as quite a few English words were mispronounced.
I would certainly recommend the tour though, which is not expensive.
Written January 3, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jayjay
London, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a stunning theatre inside and out. Saw a great performance of Cosi Fan Tutti. The stage movement direction was outstanding in this and made a lively, funny and engaging production. Lovely voices too. One of the most fun and moving versions I have seen in a magnificent location too.Friendly, polite staff at the bar which is not always so in Prague. Thoroughly enjoyable. Pay a visit, and to a performance if you can.
Written April 16, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,515 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The National Theatre, is located near Prague Castle and opened in 1881.

You will find opera, ballet, and drama here.

It has been redesigned and renovated numerous times over the course of its history.

It a rather impressive building looking even better at night..
Written February 29, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

N C
Ottawa, Canada74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Grand old building- feels like stepping back a hundred years with the red velvet and brass. Attended an opera with seats in a private balcony box. Discreet screen above stage with Surtitles in English was helpful. Dress ranged from jeans and T shirts to tuxedos. An elegant experience at a very reasonable price.
Written December 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mskarens
Birmingham, AL66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We saw the most stunning and delightful Cinderella ballet during our visit to Prague including the amazing orchestra. We cried and LOL’d! It was so affordable and absolutely brilliant, definitely see a performance in this magnificent place.
Written May 6, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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