One of the buildings on our list of off-the-beaten-track monuments, Prague’s Dancing House has imposed its architectural style on tourists, who marvel at the sight of such a modern structure in the heart of a rather traditional city.
A monument we invite you to discover, as soon as possible. After all, you won’t see another one like it anywhere else!
Everything you need to know about THE DANCING HOUSE IN PRAGUE
Conceived and designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry, the Prague Dancing House (Tančící dům) is one of the pillars of modern architecture in the czech capital city. This surprising, unusual building was in fact inspired by the dance steps of Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers.
It was preceded by an old house that was destroyed during the Second World War. The building soon became a Czech landmark. Today, the dancing house houses offices, a café and a luxury rooftop restaurant.
The view from the terrace is simply splendid. It’s one of the reasons why the place is so popular. Finally, a 21-room hotel is available for overnight stays.
In our opinion
The Dancing House (Tančící dům) is a building with a rather unusual architecture. Don’t hesitate to take some pretty pictures there to keep some nice memories, beautiful images that you can show off to your family, your loved ones.
WHAT IS THE PRAGUE Dancin house MADE OF?
The building, with a total surface area of 5842m², was constructed from scrap metal, glass and prefabricated concrete. Nearly a hundred concrete panels of different shapes and sizes were used to complete the façade.
But just how much did this building cost? At the time, it was estimated that the building would have cost between 250 and 300 million Czech crowns (around 12 to 15 million euros/dollars).
A BUILDING CRITICIZED, THEN ACCLAIMED
Today, the building is considered a tourist hotspot, especially as it is so close to the banks of the Vltava. However, not everything has been rosy. At the time of its construction, the project came under heavy criticism.
Many people seemed to think that the post-modern style of the house would be totally out of keeping with the Gothic-Art Nouveau style of Prague’s streets.
WHERE IS PRAGUE’S Dancing House?
Would you like to go there? You’ll find the Prague Dancing House at Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město. Admission is free. You won’t be able to visit everything, however, as professional dancers work there every day. If you want to enjoy the place and a 360-degree view, you’ll have to go to the very top.
THE PRAGUE DANCING HOUSE : a summary
Prague’s Dancing House is one of the symbols of the capital and largest city in the Czech Republic. To take the experience even further, a hotel room is available for rent in the Tančící dům…
It’s a little pricey, but you can be sure you’ll be treated to an exceptional view from this architecturally bizarre building. Enough to take some great photos and images before heading home. You’ll see the Vltava River and Prague Castle.
For those simply interested in a visit, take the time to enjoy the view from the top of the tower and, above all, a good cup of coffee on the spot. The architecture of this building is well worth a visit…
Of course, you can also be a film fan and just want to pay homage to your two idols, Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers. In short, one of the must-sees on your trip to the Czech Republic!