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Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This historic centre has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1992. Apart from beautiful scenery and excellent nightlife, Prague offers theater to suit anyone's tastes.
Prague is widely considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and the historic centre has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 1992. For those wishing to experience the nightlife, Prague offers a vast assortment of venues to suit most people's tastes. It is one of the cheapest places to go out in the EU. Perhaps the best reason to visit Prague, however, is to experience the theater.
Prague's strong tradition of theater has played a significant part in preserving and developing the Czech cultural identity. Today the National Theater consists of three artistic ensembles devoted to opera, ballet, and drama. They alternate their performances in the historic buildings of the National Theater, the Theater of the Estates and the Kolowrat Theater. The venues select their repertoire from the rich Czech heritage, as well as modern local and international works.
The National Theater opened in 1881 to honor the visit of Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria. Despite experiencing a disastrous fire shortly thereafter, a national collection was quickly set up to rebuild it, and The National Theater became one of the most important Czech cultural institutions, being maintained by the most distinguished personalities in Czech society. The Theater recently hosted a Gala Concert to mark the jubilee of its 125th season, which includes such works as 'Norma' by Vincenzo Bellini and 'Carmen' by Georges Bizet.
Prague built the Estates Theater during the late 18th Century in response to the Enlightenment school of thought. Those in this movement regarded theaters and theater access as a barometer of the cultural standards of a nation. The building of the Estates Theater itself was constructed in a neoclassical style, and remains one of the few European theaters to be preserved in its almost original state to this day. One of the Estates Theater's many claims to fame is its strong link with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who directed the world premiere of his opera 'Don Giovanni' there in October 1787. The Estates Theater currently offers performances of ballets, dramas, and operas, with the focus of the opera company on the works of Mozart.
The Kolowrat Theater was long part of the Theater of the Estates' administrative building, but was opened for performances in 1991 with a performance of Felix Mitterer's 'Visiting Hours'. The extensive loft has been sensitively restored, and is mainly used for works of intellectual seriousness.
Tickets for performances are available online from several vendors and the venues' ticket offices, but travelers are advised to book tickets in advance. Performances can sell out quickly.
Prague is serviced by the Ruzyne International Airport, a flight destination for most of the Pan-European budget airlines. From there, travelers can catch a bus, shuttle, or arrange private transfer to get to their final destination with ease.
Hotels in Prague can be booked online in advance, which is recommended, especially since prices for accommodation can be up to twice as high during peak season, which roughly runs from April to October.
So, whether you prefer opera, ballet, or drama, make the trip to Prague to experience the best that theater has to offer.