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Gala Evening: Great Gatsby Night
Venue Žofín Palace
Slovanský ostrov 8, Prague 1
Date June 12, 2019, 20:00 – 24:00
Price 89 EUR
Programme Great Gatsby Party
Dress Code Semi-formal, Great Gatsby Party outfits are more than welcome!
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The Žofín Palace
The Žofín Palace in the Renaissance Revival architectural style is one of the most notable architectural treasures. Žofín Palace is used for important social events, conferences, concerts and balls. The Large Hall at Žofín regularly hosts the most prominent personalities from business, politics and the arts in this country and abroad.

In 1835, when Václav Novotný decided to build the first brick building on Slavonic Island (or Dyers’ Island as it was then called), he had no idea that the one-storied neoclassical building named after the mother of Emperor Franz Joseph I, Princess Sophie (or Žofie in Czech), would become one of the most important cultural and social centers in Prague and the Czech Lands as a whole.

In 1884 the municipality bought the whole island, including Žofín, and over the next two years it converted the building into the present neorenaissance palace with richly decorated interiors and fine halls that have now been part of the Czech (and not only Czech) culture for the last 150 years. On November 5, 1882 the first performance of Smetana’s My Country in its entirety took place at Žofín, and four years earlier, on November 17, 1878, Antonín Dvořák held his first concert here. The hall at Žofín also hosted performances of Zdeněk Fibich’s works; Berlioz, Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Wagner all appeared here, and Jan Kubelík had his debut here.

Žofín was also a venue for balls and dances. The first was held on February 3, 1841 and two years later the writer Božena Němcová danced here, and Žofín was visited by the poet Jan Neruda and Czech historic figures. Since 1994, when the renovation of the palace’s exteriors and interiors was completed, Žofín has been managed by Agentura NKL Žofín, s.r.o. The company has restored and contributed to the glory of this exceptional venue where concerts of classical and popular music alternate with the Žofín Forums, international conferences and wonderful balls. Its location, in a venerable park with a view over Prague’s historical panorama, and the magnificent and gloriously decorated halls with original paintings and stuccowork on the ceilings, fitted with modern lighting, sound and projection technology and air conditioning, once more offer unique opportunities and experience.
How to get there?
By public transport

From the Congress Centre take the METRO line C (red line) from “Vyšehrad” directions towards “Letňany”. You will go 1 stop to the station “I.P.Pavlova”. Change there for tram No. 22 directions towards “Bílá Hora”. You will go 5 stops to the “Národní Divadlo” Tram stop which is in front of the building of the National Theatre. Then walk along the Vltava River to the Slovanský Island where Žofín Palace is located.

Public transport route - first METRO line C, then change to tram No. 22
Walking route from the tram stop
  • Ordering your transportation in advanced
    APT PRAGUE Transport Company
    +420 725 638 301

  • Using mobile taxi applications
    We also recommend using worldwide or local taxi apps or for transportation in Prague.
    Download the free apps from App Store or Google Play

  • Using taxi services with an operator (operators speak English)
    AAA Taxi
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By foot

We recommend to those who prefer walking to use these 2 preferred routes:

  • Sightseeing walk
    Use the opportunity to enjoy one of the best views in Prague from the “Vyšehrad” walls. Walk around the walls, have a view of Prague Castle and enjoy your walk to the Great Gatsby Night.
    The route is 3,5 kilometres long and it takes around 1 hour.

  • Shorter walk
    Use the opportunity to have a relaxing stroll before the Great Gatsby Night and walk from the Congress Centre to Žofín Palace. You will have a nice walk along the Prague river side called “Náplavka”.
    The route is 2,8 kilometres long and it takes around 45 minutes.
Sightseeing walk
Shorter walk
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