Art Nouveau and Cubist Architecture - Prague after 1900 Public Tour
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Prague, Prague 1
- Product code: PG-Art Nouveau
Explore the radical design aesthetics that swept across Europe and flourished in Prague at the turn of the century. This Art Nouveau and Cubist architecture tour represents a pre-war social elite with new standards for modern luxury, a clubby commercial class that drank absinthe and the first mixed cocktails, booked voyages on ocean liners, and read fashion magazines. It isn’t an accident that most Art Nouveau buildings are hotels, elegant bars, restaurants, and train stations. These were the watering holes of those enjoying the fruits of 19th-century industrialization in the first decade of the 20th century before global war swallowed up their world. During this architecture tour of Prague, you take in the dramatic social and political history of the Czech capital in the 20th century, even while discovering how the style was embraced by the nationalist cause along with Cubist architecture (a building style unknown outside of the Czech Republic). See why this tour was featured in The Guardian as one of the ten best architecture tours in the world and in The Week as one of the five best architecture tours in Europe.
*Learn to identify the features of Art Nouveau, from gingko biloba leaves to elaborate lighting fixtures to curvy typography.
*Visit the beautiful Lucerna bar (built by Vaclav Havel’s grandfather), the elegant Grand Hotel Europa and Prague’s monumental Municipal House.
*Experience exquisite interiors throughout Prague with the help of your expert guide.
*Take in the features of Prague’s unique Cubist and Rondocubist architecture, including the House of the Black Madonna and the Legiobanka, built to house the accounts of the WWI Legionnaires.