Mandatory Prague

Tančicí Dům (Dancing House)

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Vlado Milunić, a friend of Vaclav Havel’s, and Frank O. Gehry collaborated to build this unique and modern structure to fill the empty space left when Americans accidentally bombed the building that had stood there before. They modeled it to evoke two people dancing, at once both static and dynamic, just like the Czech society was under the rigid totalitarian control. It’s officially named after famous dance figures Ginger (Rogers) and Fred (Astaire). The top floor is open to the public in which you’ll find the Ginger and Fred Restaurant that offers panoramic views of Charles Bridge, the Vltava, and the castle. Pro tip: go at dusk for the best sunset view.

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