The Dancing House is a significant landmark of Prague for almost 30 years. This unique building is located on the riverbank of the Vltava River at the corner of Rašínovo nábřeží and Jiráskovo náměstí. The official name of the Dancing House in Prague is Nationale Nederlanden Building and its nickname is also „ Ginger and Fred “. There is a gallery, hotel, office space, a luxurious restaurant, and a Glass bar. There is a gorgeous panoramic terrace at the rooftop Glass Bar with a beautiful 360 ° view of Prague Castle, Petřín, National theater, and Vltava river.
History of the Dancing House in Prague
The Dancing House was designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry. The design was inspired by the famous dance couple Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers. Two corner towers resemble the dancing couple – Ginger is represented by a glass tower, while Fred is represented by a concrete one.
There used to be an apartment building. The original building was destroyed during the World War II., due to the mistake of the American Air Force (they wanted to attack the Dresden in Germany, but they got wrong and bombed Prague instead). It was unclear what would stand in the original place until the 1990s. Vlado Milunić and Václav Havel brought back the idea. V. Milunić expected that the building should be leaning over the street – as a symbol of movements in Czech society again after the end of the communistic regime.
The original idea was to build a house with a library, theater, and café, which would complete the cultural line from the Rudolfinum through the National Theater. The non-commercial project did not find an investor, but later on, the Nationale Nederlanden agreed to build commercial space there and the official name of the Dancing House was Nationale Nederlanden Building for several years. The investor’s condition was also to find the world recognized architect. So, Milunić invited Frank O. Gehry, who accepted the project with words that “he will do anything for the country that gave Jaromír Jágr to America”.
Construction and style
Construction began in 1994 and the house was completed in 1996. In the same year Dancing house won the prestigious prize of the American Times magazine at category “Design of the Year”.
Dancing House has 9 floors. Building was built in style called Deconstructivism.
Dancing House Prague – Gallery and current exhibition
The Dancing House in Prague regularly holds exhibitions in its gallery. Current exhibition schedule can be found on the official website. The Dancing House hosts exhibitions of artists, painters, photographers as well as “retro” exhibitions. Admission to individual exhibitions varies. Usually, it is around 200 CZK. The gallery is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
Rooftop Glass Bar at the Dancing house Prague
If you would like to enjoy the view from the top floor of the Dancing House in Prague, visit the Glass bar – the rooftop bar of the Dancing House. The Glass Bar has a glazed interior with a beautiful rooftop view of Prague Castle, Vltava River, and the National Theater. Enjoy a unique view with a cocktail or other drink. The Glass Bar is open every day from 09.00 to 23.00. Drink menu and more information about current events can be found on the Glass Bar website.
Dancing House Prague – Restaurant Ginger and Fred
On the 7th floor of the Dancing House, there is a luxury restaurant Ginger and Fred. Chef’s specialties can be enjoyed in the stylish interior along with the beautiful view. The menu and restaurant contact can be found at the Ginger & Fred Restaurant website. The restaurant primarily cooperates with local suppliers.
Guests of the Dancing House’s restaurant can park their car for 3 hours in the underground garage on ul. Václavská (Wenceslas Street). It is necessary to show a restaurant receipt to get free parking.
Dancing House Hotel Prague
Treat yourself to a unique experience and stay overnight right in the Dancing House. Dancing House Hotel Prague offers luxurious interiors and room facilities. The hotel regularly receives high ratings from its guests.
Other hotels and accommodation in the Prague city center
We recommend Old Town Apartment Konviktska directly in the city center (5-minute walk from Charles Bridge) with a great owner and the best reviews. Book right now, because it’s popular and usually fully booked early.
Another great optios is MOODs Charles Bridge.
If you prefer a cheap hostel than go to The Republic Garden with a great location and good reviews.
How to get there?
The Dancing House is located at Jiráskovo náměstí (Jirásek Square) in Prague, just 220 m from the nearest metro station.
Dancing House by metro/subway
The closest subway to the Dancing House is the metro line B (yellow color) – Karlovo náměstí station. From there it is only 3 minutes (220 m) to Jiráskovo náměstí. You can find the connection on the DPP (Public Transportation of Prague) website.
Dancing House by tram or bus
Address: Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město, Prague
Tips for day trips from Prague:
- Karlštejn Castle: Insider Guide – Day trip from Prague, Czech Republic
- Vyhlídka Máj Viewpoint – Day trip from Prague, Czech Republic