Art Nouveau Magnificence at the Municipal House – Prague

Updated On:

The Municipal House in Prague is a quintessential example of the height of the Art Nouveau movement in Central Europe.

It’s located next to the old Powder Tower in the former location of the Royal Court Palace, and is the home of Smetana Hall.  The building serves primarily as a concert venue and a place to hold special events. There is a large traditional Czech restaurant inside on the basement level, serving delicious and filling Czech specialties.  Many rooms in the building are only accessible by private tour, and are truly worth seeing!

For those not familiar, Art Nouveau was a popular movement that made its way throughout all of central Europe at the turn of the twentieth century.  The movement believed that art should be a part of everyday life, and it became infused in architecture, textiles, paintings, furniture, clothes, and jewelry.  It was characterized by flower and leaf motifs, along with curving flowy lines and lovely ladies.  Prague’s Art Nouveau master was Mucha, whose Sarah Bernhardt posters became famous world-wide.

I recently had the opportunity to tour the Municipal House in Prague and wanted to share some photos with you of some of its gorgeousness!



Photo of author
Jennifer was initially drawn to Europe for two reasons: music and love.  She lived in Vienna for four years, and now calls Croatia home for much of each year, as she married a native Croatian. Since 2015, Jennifer has worked as a tour director and cruise director on European river cruises for a major American travel company, and has become an expert in all of the cities along her routes on the Danube, Rhine, and Main Rivers. She also has traveled to Disney World almost every year since 1985, and knows Disney World inside and out. As a travel agent, Disney World is her primary specialty, and she has helped many Disney newbies and veterans have amazing trips with her insider information.

1 thought on “Art Nouveau Magnificence at the Municipal House – Prague”

Leave a Comment

Want travel tips backed by 15 years of expat & travel industry experience?

Get my best tips and updates sent straight to you!

coming soon!