The Rudolfinum is Prague’s unique architectural gem situated on Jan Palach Square on the right bank of the Vltava River. It is the seat of the Czech Philharmonic and the Galerie Rudolfinum. This neo-Renaissance building, first opened in 1885, represents an important link between art and music. In the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum, the Prague Spring International Music Festival is held regularly. The local gallery uses a number of exhibition halls and the building also houses a stylish café.
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The building also houses the recently renovated elegant Café Rudolfinum that offers fine wines and the exclusive La Boheme coffee. The café is open every day except Monday.
Interesting facts about Rudolfinum
The Rudolfinum was built by Česká spořitelna (Czech Savings Bank) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its foundation. It was named after Crown Prince Rudolph, successor to the Austro-Hungarian thrown. The architectural design for Prague’s Rudolfinum was created by famous architects Josef Zítek and Josef Schulz, who had won a public tender. The building was constructed between 1876 and 1884.
Today, the Rudoldfinum still serves its original purpose. The building was conceived as a cultural centre designed for exhibitions and concerts, thus connecting music and art.
The Rudolfinum is inherently connected with the Prague Spring Festival which has been held there since 1946 and the selection of musical compositions always commemorates important musical anniversaries. It serves as a venue for concerts as well as receptions, conferences and other social events.