The Lucerna Palace (Palác Lucerna) is a huge building in central Prague, housing small shops, cafes, a music bar, a concert hall and a cinema. There is also a paternoster lift that takes you to an amazing rooftop terrace.
The roof is open until end of October 2020, Saturday to Monday 14.00 to 22.00 and entry is 100 Kč. If you arrive between 14.00 and 16.00 you can have a free drink from the rooftop bar.
The entrance is opposite the Great Hall in the Lucerna passage. A really friendly girl sold us our tickets and a grumpy security guard showed us to the paternoster lift – a chain of open compartments that move slowly in a loop up and down inside a building without stopping. These things both scare and excite me, as I think I’m going to misjudge the jump into the compartment and be chopped in half – I’m also not good with revolving doors! Hence, I couldn’t start my video until after I was safely aboard.
You’re supposed to jump out at the top floor, but I stayed in the compartment and let it take me over the top and back down again – no you aren’t turned upside down!
At the top, another really friendly girl checked our tickets and we were inside. We wandered around the various rooftop terraces. The space is huge and there is work in progress to expand the terraces. The views are amazing.
I’d previously written to Střecha Lucerny and asked some questions about the space – they didn’t reply. But I found one of the organisers and was able to ask him. My questions and his replies in between each of the following pictures.
Q. How do the rooftop concerts work – is there some program?
A. They are just short 15 minute concerts played at sunset. You can find out more from the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/strechalucerny/
Q. There are a just a few tables – can I reserve one?
A. Yes, if you call ahead, we’ll do our best. There will be more tables when the reconstruction of the other terraces are complete.
Q. If I purchase a ticket and visit during the afternoon, can I return with that ticket in the evening?
A. No, you would need to purchase another ticket.
Q. Is food available?
A. Yes, some small bites, like tapas.
Q. What happens when it rains?
A. There is an indoor space and we also have umbrellas that you can borrow.
Q. The website https://strechalucerny.cz/en/ looks lovely, but doesn’t show any events or other information about visiting.
A. Yes, we know about that and we are working to resolve it.
We visited the bar. There were three staff working and they were really friendly.
Our first drink was free. The prices looked pretty good for the location; large beer 58 Kč, glass of wine 65 Kč, cappuccino 65 Kč. And we were given real glasses, not plastic cups.
There is an exhibition devoted to the history of the Havel family. The text is in Czech. My basic knowledge is that the palace was built between 1907-1920. The investor, organiser and constructor was ing. Vácslav Havel, entrepreneur, whose grandson – Václav Havel – later became President.
Everyone working at Střecha Lucerny is friendly. It reminds me of when you visit a stately home run by amateur volunteers – all happy to chat, take your ticket or sell you a piece of homemade cake. It’s a nice atmosphere, but as a business it’s ridiculously overstaffed and I have no idea how they can make any money – but maybe that isn’t their intention.
Palác Lucerna, Štěpánská 61, Praha
https://strechalucerny.cz/en/ – this site doesn’t tell you much
https://www.facebook.com/strechalucerny/ – this seems to be updated regularly