Fred and Ginger Take Prague!

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on May 28th, 2010

One of the most photographed buildings in Prague is the Dancing House, also known as Fred and Ginger – named so after legendary dance partners Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  (Due to its crazy shape and appearance, some of the Czech locals have also dubbed it the “Drunk House”.)   The concrete tower, which represents Fred, is topped with a metal dome meant to be his hair; the glass tower, symbolizing Ginger, leans into and embraces Tower Fred.  Complete with a flowing skirt and the “couple” holding hands (represented by a balcony between the towers), you can actually see the duo dancing!

It is located in the historic downtown area amongst the more reserved, Neo-Baroque, Art Nouveau and Neo-Gothic structures, and when it was constructed in 1996,  its design caused quite a stir.  However, locals have grown to love it and in 2005 the Czech National Bank issued a gold coin with a picture of the house stamped on it.  This coin was the final one in a special series minted called “10 Centuries of Architecture”.

Although the house is used as an office building, and inside tours are not available, you can visit the rooftop restaurant to enjoy an incredible view of the Prague Castle, the Vltava River and downtown Prague.  Seeing this incredible building for yourself is just one of the many reasons you should take a trip to Prague.

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One Response to “Fred and Ginger Take Prague!”

  1. Sandi says:

    I’ve never even heard of this before. Very cool…thank you!

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