The New Town Hall is a complex of several historical buildings, some of which are the most important Gothic buildings in Prague’s New Town. It is situated at the corner of Vodičkova Street and the north end of Charles Square. Its dominant seventy-metre high tower is open to the public and offers a beautiful view of the adjacent Charles Square and the New Town. Various events such as concerts, exhibitions and wine festivals are regularly held in the premises of the New Town Hall.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: Karlovo náměstí 23, Praha 2
GPS coordinates: 50.0781239N, 14.4213017E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the New Town Hall:
- Karlovo náměstí Street: Novoměstská radnice and Karlovo náměstí tram stops
- Karlovo náměstí metro station (Line B – yellow line)
- Lazarská Street: Lazarská tram stop
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
For an admission fee, visitors can see the Town Hall Tower, including the permanent exhibition called “History of the New Town and Panoramic Prague”. The tour includes a visit to the Gallery of the Tower, where shot-term exhibitions are held. For information about admission fees and opening hours, visit the official website. In addition, various events take place in the New Town Hall, requiring a separate admission fee.
HISTORY OF NEW TOWN HALL
The buildings of the complex were built gradually. The oldest one (dating back to 1377) is the eastern wing facing Vodičkova Street. The construction of the six-storey Town Hall Tower did not take place until 1452. On the first floor, visitors can see the Chapel of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and St Wenceslas, which used to function as the final waiting place for prisoners sentenced to death. During the reign of Emperor Joseph II, a prison and a courthouse were established in the New Town Hall. The 1419 First Defenestration of Prague is perhaps the most famous event that took place there. This event marked the beginning of the Hussite movement, when a furious crowd threw out of the window several municipal officials, two town councillors and a burgomaster.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT NEW TOWN HALL
The second floor of the New Town Hall is used for the long-term Invisible Exhibition. Visitors walk around in total darkness, which enables them to experience what it is like to be a blind person. Once a week, the sandstone statue of Neptune by Bohuslav Schnirch is freely accessible to visitors in the entrance hall. Café Neustadt is open daily in the courtyard of the New Town Hall.
NEW TOWN HALL AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the New Town Hall, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including Charles Square, the National Monument to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror in the Church of SS Cyril and Methodius, the Dancing House, the Emmaus Monastery, the Faust House, the Church of St Catherine, the Botanical Garden, the Komedie Theatre, the Mánes Building, the National Theatre and many others.