Dancing House

The Dancing House (Tančící dům), nicknamed ‘Fred and Ginger’ is an office building in downtown Prague. It was built in 1997 by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in co-operation with American architect Frank Gehry. It was built on a vacant riverfront plot, next to a building owned by Czech playwright and former president Vaclav Havel, whose strong support for avant-garde architecture was instrumental in getting the controversial design approved and built. Known in Czech as Tancici dum (‘the Dancing House’), the house vaguely resembles a pair of dancers and stands out, without clashing with, the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings that Prague is famous for. There is a highly-rated French restaurant on the roof with magnificent views. The building’s tenants include several multinational firms.

Location: Rašínovo nábřeží 80, Prague 2

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Only a stone throw away from the Prague Castle is Petřín Hill; perfect for a summer walk away from the bustle of tourists. Part of the land is set aside for an apple and a pear orchard from which the fruit can be freely picked from the trees. Much of the stone sed in building the major sights in Prague was quarried out of Petrin, however today this is not noticeable beneath the trees and gardens.