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Dancing House Prague

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The Dancing House (Tančící dům) is a remarkable building in Prague, Czech Republic, that resembles a pair of dancers. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and the Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and completed in 1996. The building stands on the site of a house that was destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945. The project was supported by Václav Havel, the former president of Czechoslovakia and a neighbor of Milunić.

The Dancing House has a unique design that contrasts with the historic architecture of Prague. It consists of two towers, one made of concrete and the other of glass and steel, that curve and twist around each other. The glass tower is nicknamed Ginger, after the dancer Ginger Rogers, and the concrete tower is nicknamed Fred, after the dancer Fred Astaire. The building has nine floors and hosts a hotel, a restaurant, a bar, and a gallery.

If you want to visit the Dancing House, you can buy tickets online or at the reception. The tickets cost 190 CZK for adults, 120 CZK for students and seniors, and 50 CZK for children under 15. The opening hours are from 10:00 to 20:00 every day, except on Mondays when it is closed. You can also book guided tours for groups of 10 or more people.

The Dancing House is located on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment), next to the Vltava river. You can get there by metro (line B, station Karlovo náměstí), by tram (lines 2, 3, 4, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, stop Jiráskovo náměstí), or by bus (lines 176, 291, stop Jiráskovo náměstí).

Some tips for visiting the Dancing House are:

  • Enjoy the panoramic view of Prague from the rooftop restaurant Ginger & Fred, which serves international cuisine and local specialties.
  • Visit the Kaja Saudek Comics Gallery on the first floor, which displays original artworks by the famous Czech comic artist.
  • Admire the sculpture Medusa on top of the building, which is made of twisted metal tubes and wire mesh.
  • Take photos of the building from different angles and perspectives to capture its dynamic shape and style.
  • Learn more about the history and concept of the building from the information panels and videos inside.

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