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As the name suggests, Dancing House resembles the shape of a dancing couple. With its unusual look, the building stands on its own amidst all the gothic & baroque architectural brilliance seen in the country. During the initial years, the dancing house was the subject of controversy as it was considered unfit to be amongst the other marvelous architectural specimens in the vicinity. Today Dancing House is regarded as one of the jewels of the Czech Modern Architecture.
Experience Dancing House, a testimony to modern Architecture in Prague
The Designers built the Dancing House based on a style known as “new-baroque or deconstructivist.” The unique structure represented the form of two dancers and was inspired by the famous dancers, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers. Frank Gehry had suggested naming the House, Fred & Ginger, after the two dancers. The house has nine floors sustained by ninety-nine concrete panels, each differently shaped and two floors below the ground. The Dancing House has two towers, a glass tower that narrows in the middle, supported by curved pillars and a steel tower that is straight. The steel tower represents the male dancer and the curved glass tower his female partner. The two parts of the structure also represent the two aspects of life, yin, and yang. The structure is also believed to have signified the shift in the political ideology of the country at the time. A huge metallic dome-like structure adorns the top of the building and is known by the nickname 'Medusa'. The design of the frames, the moldings, and the windows tend to give a three-dimensional effect to the structure.
The 7th Floor of the Dancing House building has been converted into a Luxury Hotel with luxurious deluxe rooms and suites housed on both towers of the dancing house. Each room offers a panoramic view of the Prague Castle and the River Vitava. You can enjoy a spectacular view of the city of Prague through a Glass Bar from the Terrace of the Dancing House.
The Ginger & Fred Restaurant is located on the 7th Floor of the Dancing House. The Restaurant offers an exquisite international menu. You can enjoy the meals with an enchanting view of the Prague Castle complex at the restaurant.
The Dancing House Gallery is located on the Ground Floor of the Dancing House. The gallery showcases contemporary art from both International and Czech artists.
As a recognition of the unique architectural contribution of the Dancing House to the city of Prague, the Czech National Bank has released Gold Coins with the shape of the Dancing House imprinted on it. This release was a part of the celebration of Ten Centuries of Architecture.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no admission fee required to enter the building, as it is primarily an office building. The tickets to Dancing House Gallery on the Ground Floor can be purchased at the venue. The entry to the terrace is free.
How To Get Around?
The Dancing House is on Resolve Street. Take the underground Metro to reach the station Karlovo Namesti. The Dancing House is situated very close to this station. You can also get around in Prague using its efficient tram service. You can also opt for the walking tours or hop-on-hop-off bus tours and other sight-seeing tour options to experience the Dancing House.
What Should I Wear?
Best Time to Visit
Best time to visit Prague and hence the Dancing House is between June to October as the temperature is pleasant. Get the feel of the unique structure by visiting the Restaurant on the 7th Floor.
The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
The Vaclav Havel Airport, Prague is a well-connected International Airport and hence can be reached from all major city centers around the world. You can opt for a private taxi to get to the attraction through Airport Private Pickup services. An expensive, but a very convenient mode of travel. You can book an Uber from the Airport to get to the attraction or your hotel. The cheapest option is to use the Bus service as the Bus Stand is right in front of Terminal 2 from Exit D. You also can opt for Airport Shuttle service which will drop you to the City Centre. From the City Centre, you can use public transport to reach the Dancing House. You can hop on the Metro on Line B and alight at the Karlovo náměstí station. Take a Tram to Jirasek square and Dancing House is within walking distance from there.
Keep your surroundings clean and reach the place on time.