Rudolfinum: cultural centre where art exhibitions go hand in hand with top concerts of the Czech Philharmonic
Rudolfinum is the most famous concert building in Prague and the seat of the Czech Philharmonic. Its two concert halls stage the most prominent concerts such as the Prague Spring Festival.The elegant Neo-Renaissance building of Rudolfinum was built between 1876-1884 by Česká Spořitelna (Czech Savings Bank) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation.
The bulding was conceived as a multipurpose cultural center with a concert hall and exhibition halls. The building was taken under the patronage of the heir of the Habsburg throne, the archduke Rudolph after whom the building was named. Between 1919 and 1941 Rudolfinum served temporarily as an assembly hall of Czech Parliament.
Why is the Rudolfinum called the Rudolfinum?
The building itself was intended as an expression of loyalty to both the Habsburg family and the Austrian monarchy. Moreover, the young archduke was very popular at the time. When choosing the name of the building, another member of the Habsburg family, the art-loving Emperor Rudolph II, was also thought of.
How to get there:
- Accessibility by public transport:
metro A (green line), Staroměstská stop
trams Nos. 17, 18 - Staroměstská stop
- Nearest car parking:
Parking Rudolfinum, Alšovo nábřeží 12, Prague 1
- Disabled entrance: on the left side entry door