101 usually inaccessible buildings open for FREE!

The 8th Open House Prague, a festival that celebrates the architecture of Prague, takes place from May 16 to 22, 2022.

On weekdays there are a number of accompanying events – concerts, lectures, talks, exhibitions and guided tours.
walks. On the weekend of May 21-22, 101 normally inaccessible buildings and spaces are open for free.

Visitors are welcome at the festival information center, located at Železná 492/18, Prague 1, where they can purchase the festival guide and merchandise.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The complete program is available here

The program includes 101 buildings, including 26 new participants, 57 cultural monuments and an eventful accompanying program, which celebrates several anniversaries of important architects, such as Jože Plečnik.

In the Vinohrady district is one of his most notable works, the Church of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord, featuring Egyptian and early Christian architectural elements.

Tours in English

Because Open House Prague also attracts visitors from foreign countries and long-term residents of Prague, the organizers have organized a number of guided tours in English in selected buildings.

These include the Residence of the City Mayor, the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, St. Anne’s Church – Prague Crossroads, DISK Theatre, Na Zábradlí Theatre, Ericsson Palace, Štenc House.

The availability of tours in English is indicated in the description of each building on the festival website, and tours run continuously during opening hours. As part of the weekend companion programme, there are two special visits in English to the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry on Saturday, May 21 (at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.). All open buildings can be found here.

Open buildings

Many buildings are participating for the first time, such as the Sokol Gymnasium in Libeň and the nearby Church of St. Adalbert, one of the few churches in the Czech lands built in the Art Nouveau style.

Other first-time attendees include the EA Hotel Juliš on Wenceslas Square, the Clubhouse of the Autoclub of the Czech Republic and the Adria Palace designed by Pavel Janák, an architect whose 140th birthday we are also celebrating. This year.

Organizers also open the Cubist Diamant apartment building and the former Hotel Gráf, now IP Pavlova 5, where visitors can climb to the roof and see Prague from above.

For the first time, many buildings also see the light of day in the districts of Zbraslav and Komořany, such as the old washhouse, the church of the Congregation of Hus, the bell foundry or the premises of the Czech Hydrometeorological Office.
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Organization of the Festival

Admission to all open buildings is free and without prior registration, with one exception (Thun Palace). The visits are organized in collaboration with the owners, managers and employees of the institutions and companies that are in the open buildings, with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Anyone can join our volunteer
program and experience the festival from another angle!

The application file is available here.

Program information is also available on our Facebook event Prague Open Days 2022.

Berta D. Wells