This includes Parliament during the state holiday on May 8, and in mid-May dozens of other modern and historic buildings will be opened up to the public as part of Open House Prague.
Take a look around the Senate, the former palace stablesOn May 8 the Senate will welcome the public to the most valuable historical and prestigious rooms of Wallenstein and Kolowrat Palace in Prague’s Lesser Town.
Professional guides will accompany you through Wallenstein Palace, which houses the conference hall of the Senate. Tours will commence every quarter of an hour between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. These guided tours are wheelchair accessible, completely free of charge, and last approximately 45 minutes.
You will not need any tickets either here or for nearby Kolowrat Palace, which visitors can tour by themselves and at their own leisurely pace. Also open as part of Open House Day will be the Information Center, Exhibition Hall of the Senate, Trčkov Gallery and the Baroque Wallenstein Garden – all found in one area.
The Chamber of Deputies - the center of high politics will also be openThe second Friday in May will also see lots of busy activity in the lower house of Parliament – the Chamber of Deputies. Visitors can see the prestigious halls, main conference hall, meeting rooms and offices of some parliamentary committees, and other rooms at the House of Parliament in Prague’s Lesser Town. Entrance will be from number 19 on Lesser Town Square. Tours will also run here between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM and will be completely free.
Open House Festival of ArchitectureThere will be even more to see in the city during the weekend of 16 and 17 May. For the first time ever, the world-famous Open House Festival of Architecture, which has already toured in 32 cities of Europe, America and Australia, is coming to the Czech Republic.
You can see roughly four dozen architecturally important buildings free of charge which you would not normally be able to get inside of.
The festival this year will include, for example, Villa Kramář (where the Prime Minister lives) and Invalidovna (a war veterans’ home from the 18th century). The lesser-known sites include the Libeň Gas Holder and the high-voltage laboratory at the School of Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University. Among the historical gems of Prague open to the public will be the buildings of the National Gallery, such as the convent of St. Agnes and Kinsky Palace. The modern buildings will include the House of Trade Unions and the Metro Palace, and from the contemporary buildings you can see the likes of Main Point in Karlín, Florentinum and Dancing House. These sites will be open throughout the weekend between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM.