You may not notice this house as you walk by. Nestled in between two higher buildings, a baroque house in the middle of a bustling Vodickova street No. 35. You will find it just few steps from Wenceslas square. It was built by Kilián Ignác Dientzenhofer approximately in 1720. The man who built such treasures as St. John Nepomuk at Prague Castle, St. Nicholas Church at the Old Town Square or the impressive Brevnov Monastery in Prague to name just a few.
When you enter the house you will find a home décor shop with a café. Nice and cozy but the real hidden gem is the baroque garden at the end of a long passage through the house. Quite unexpected place in the very center of Prague. Even some Praguers have no idea it exists. By the way, František Maria Černý, the architect who rebuilt the Emauzy Monastery after 1945 bombing of Prague lived in this house as well as Max Urban, the man who designed Barrandov Terrace Restaurant for Havel family. When leaving café, look at the house next door. It is Langhans, newly reconstructed building, home of a prestigious Prague photo atelier since 1880 (of course except 1948 – 1989 when the communists “were taking care” of the house).