Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture - Prague after 1900 (Private Tour) – Book a Day Private Sightseeing tour in Prague

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Private
Sightseeing
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Walking
What to expect?

Put simply, Art Nouveau isn’t only a radical new design aesthetic. It represents a pre-war social elite, a clubby upper-class who drank the first mixed-cocktails, booked ocean liners, read fashion magazines before global war swallowed up their world.

During this walk, you’ll learn to recognize the features of Art Nouveau, from the gingko bilabo leaves on facades which reveal the style’s oriental influences to the elaborate light fixtures that mark Art Nouveau interiors to the curvy, campy typography on building signs that echo contemporary magazine and poster graphics. You’ll visit the beautiful Lucerna bar (once owned by Vaclav Havel’s family) and the elegant Grand Hotel Europa examples of a moment of Czech optimism at the turn-of-century, signaling the region’s transcendence of older ethnic grievances and its readiness to join Europe by participating in European-wide avant-gardes.

 

As an important parallel, throughout the walk, we visit examples of Prague’s Cubist and Rondocubist architecture, including The House of the Black Madonna (created by Josef Gočár in 1910 as an urbane department store) and the Legion’s Bank. In many respects, Prague’s Cubist architecture (a building style unknown outside of the Czech Republic) surpassed even Art Nouveau as a statement of the city’s newfound sense of modern sophistication and resurgent national identity.

 

Highlights:

 

  • The guides at Insight Cities are professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics and published authors
  • We cater to visitors who want to enjoy spirited and informed presentations of the cultural and political histories of great cities
  • Explore the commonly recognized features of Art Nouveau aesthetics
  • Learn about the pre-war social elite who drank absinthe and the first mixed-cocktails in Prague's Art Nouveau cafes and restaurants
  • Visit the beautiful Lucerna bar (once owned by Vaclav Havel’s family) and the elegant Grand Hotel Europe
  • At the greatest of Prague's Art Nouveau masterpieces, Municipal House, discover the 20th century’s most optimistic moment for Czech independence
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Quick info
Location:
Czech Republic, Prague
Duration:
3 hours
Product ID:
1415
Language:
English
The weather was bad and cold when on the day of the tour, it didn't spoil the impression of wonderful building and stylish places we were at. It was very informative and interesting, I was pleased. Recommend it,of course.
Hanna D.
Hungary
The price includes
3 hour guided tour
Cancellation policy
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Meeting point
Ovocný trh 19, Prague, Czech Republic
Reviews
Marco Antonio A.
Italy
A perfect tour for those who adore architecture and design. We were shown so many beautiful places and buildings and told so many facts about them that I even got a wish to live in this fascinating city :) Our group was small, we were only 5 there, so we could ask our guide everything we wanted to know. The only thing I didn’t like was the price of the tour – too high, I think. But I advise to take it anyway, at least to see the masterpieces of architecture and take nice pictures.
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