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Standing out amongst Prague's historical buildings, this Deconstructivist gem will definitely catch your eye. The house was designed by Vlado Milunić in co-operation with Frank Gehry and represents a man dancing with a woman. Not many people know that the house's original name was Fred and Ginger, named after the famous dancing pair - Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The building is now simply referred to as the Dancing House. 

The construction was completed in 1996 and was very controversial at first, as it was the first modern architecture building in the neighbourhood. Nowadays the building is mostly admired, even among the locals. It also houses a restaurant. 

Dancing House
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Located in the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius, this memorial commemorates a group of paratroopers that participated in assassinating Reinhard Heydrich and that were hiding in this church after the attack. The memorial tries to reconstruct the real terror of Heydrich's epoch. Once inside, you can access the crypt and explore the exhibition. 

National Monument to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror
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Only one month after its first opening in 1881, the theatre was destroyed by fire. The renovations were financed from national collections and as soon as in 1883, the theatre opened again, with Smetana's opera Libuše.
Now the main stage of Czech cultural life, National Theatre offers elite cast and well-prepared performances. Opera, ballet or drama, the choice is up to you.
Even if you are not planning to go inside, the building is worth stopping by for its exquisite architecture. It is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated. Seeing it from a boat on the Vltava river is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

National Theatre
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This impressive Neo-Renaissance palace is located on one of many islands on the Vltava River. The building has been long used as a concert venue, now hosting also various conferences and balls. Some of the famous composers who held their concerts in this palace include Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 

Žofín
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Kampa is one of the numerous islands in the Vltava river, located right in the city center, which attracts attention with its unique atmosphere and architecture. It is also said to be one of the most romantic city islands in the world. Apart from enjoying a picnic here or strolling around, you can also visit a gallery of modern art located here - Museum Kampa. The island is divided by a stream called Čertovka ("devil’s wife" - roughly translated). Why Čertovka? It is said that it is named after a certain woman with a passionate temperament who lived in the house nearby. 

Kampa Island 
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This 14-century bridge connects the Old Town with Lesser Town and the Prague Castle. With its length of 516 meters, solid Gothic stone construction and Baroque statues, it is probably the most famous sight in Prague. There are many legends associated with this gem. One of them says that the construction started exactly at 5:31 am on July 9, 1357. That creates an interesting sequence of numbers (1357 9, 7 5:31) which – according to numerology – should make the bridge stronger. And there might be something about it if you realise how many severe floods there were and the bridge still stands proud, attracting millions of tourists every year. 

Charles Bridge
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Take a look at the John Lennon-inspired political graffiti which constantly changes. When Lennon was killed in 1980, this place became a sort of fictitious memorial, commemorating the singer. People soon started to cover the wall with Beatles songs' lyrics and various quotes celebrating love.
The wall has recently been painted pure white, with the words „Wall is over“ written on it. It was painted by a street art group as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Berlin Wall's fall. Later it has been changed to "War is over" and now it is again covered with a snarl of colors. 

Lennon Wall 
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In Czech known as Letenské sady, this park offers great views over the city, especially its Old Town. The best place to enjoy the views is from Hanavský Pavilion, a Neo-Baroque structure housing a restaurant. Come here and enjoy the park's open-air beer garden as well as the Europe's oldest carousel, constructed in 1892.

Letná Park
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Located in Letná Park, this giant metronome was designed by Vratislav Novak and installed in 1991. It was erected on a spot that was once occupied by a monument to Joseph Stalin. This is the reason why the surrounding area is often referred to as "Stalin". This functional metronome now serves as a popular meeting place, offering splendid views of the city.

Prague Metronome  
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This castle has been the seat of Czech rulers for almost 1000 years and it is now the official residence of the president of the Czech Republic. The history of this largest ancient castle complex in the world dates back to the 9th century when the first church was built here. Under the rule of Charles IV, the fortification was strengthened​ and some of the buildings got a new Gothic appearance.  There is a large number of important historical sights to be seen in the complex. Be sure not to miss St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George's Basilica, and the Golden Lane. If looking for a place to escape Prague's buzz, go and explore the royal gardens created in 1540, with the beautiful Orangery. Being one of the most popular sights of Prague, the complex is often crowded with tourists. It is advisable to come either early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Note that you will have to go through an airport-style security check. To speed the check up, try to carry as little belongings as possible.

Prague Castle
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Loreta is a large pilgrimage destination in Prague with a Baroque-style shrine that houses a large collection of liturgical tools. The easily recognizable Baroque facade is a dominant feature of this place. Built in 1631, the church was designed by the Italian architect Giovanni Orsi.  It now organizes many events for pilgrims throughout the year. To enhance your experience, you can take an audio-guided tour that will inform you about the history of this place and also about some of the important artworks there.  Located in the Hradčany district, Loreta is only a short walk from the Prague Castle. Nearest tram station is Pohořelec.

Loreta  
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Set up in the 12th century, this beautiful but rather extensive complex is nowadays used by Strahov library and Strahov Picture Gallery. Its costly reconstructions began after 1989 and are still going on to this day. The gallery has more than 1,500 pieces of art on display, featuring collections of Rudolfine, Flemish and Italian paintings.
The library is worth seeing as well, it has a beautiful interior with colorful frescoes. It also houses some real historical gems, including the wonderfully illustrated Jan of Šelmberk's bible, which dates back to the 15th century. In addition, the monastery is home to other museums, a gallery, three restaurants and a brewery

Strahov Monastery
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Visit this 60m high lookout tower inspired by the world-famous Eiffel Tower. It used to be a TV transmission tower between 1953 and 1992, but is nowadays used only as a lookout tower. If you would like to see the view but cannot climb to the top yourself, do not worry. There is a funicular that will get you on the top of the hill and the tower itself is served by an elevator for disabled people.
Housed in this tower, there is also a small cafeteria and a museum. The permanent exhibition displayed here will show you how Petrin Hill used to look like and how much it has changed over the past centuries

Petrin Observation Tower  
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When heading to Petrin Hill, don't forget to stop by to see several statues remembering the victims of the Communist era. Notice the metal strip in the middle of the stairs, displaying how many people had suffered during this regime.
Installed in 2002, these sculptures depict the physical pain and emotional distress of the victims of the communist regime. Notice how each of the statues is decaying more and more, losing limbs and being torn apart. However, despite the hardships, the sculptures are still standing and representing the strength of the people who fought for democracy and against totalitarianism

Memorial to the Victims of Communism
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