Learn about 20th-century Prague on a 3-hour art nouveau and cubist architecture walking tour led by a historian guide. Familiarize yourself with the distinctive features and social history of the revolutionary architectural styles by visiting such landmarks as Municipal House and Lucerna Music Bar.
Meet your historian-guide in Prague's Old Town at 10am or 2pm and enjoy a 3-hour walking tour to learn about the the city's distinctive architecture. See art nouveau features from gingko bilabo leaves on facades, which reveal the style’s oriental influences, to the elaborate interior light fixtures and curvy typography on building signs that echo contemporary magazine and poster graphics.
Visit the Municipal House to learn about how the major Czech artists of the period contributed to its flamboyant art nouveau design and how the building was one of the first in the city to be equipped with central heating and ventilation, a drinking and utility water-supply system, electrical as well as hydraulic elevators, a steam-powered laundry, and an intercom network.
Then, walk to the grand Lucerna Music Bar, which was once owned by former Czech president Vaclav Havel’s family, and the elegant Grand Hotel Europa. Both buildings are examples of a moment of Czech optimism at the turn-of-century, signaling the region’s transcendence of older grievances and its readiness to join Europe by participating in the European-wide avant-garde. Finish your tour in the center of Prague, close to restaurants and more attractions.