Werichova villa has a great location and an exciting history. Since the opening in June last year, you can explore the exhibition inside, have fabulous cakes in the cafe, and enjoy the cultural program in the attic. During the summer, there is even a summer cinema and yoga classes in the garden. Werichova villa is my favorite location to stop by when I am walking around the Kampa. I believe you will love it as well.
The Legacy of Jan Werich
Have you ever heard of Jan Werich? He might be not so well known to you, but we the Czechs loved him as our grandfather. Before the second world war, he composed funny performances for the public, together with his friends Jan Voskovec and Jaroslav Ježek in the so-called Liberated Theater. Ježek was a phenomenal composer and author of the famous Bugatti step that you can listen here. They performed avant-garde style shows inspired by absurd theater that joked bourgeois values, horrors of World War I, and even the coming Nazi regime.
With the closure of the Czechoslovak theaters in 1938, they emigrated to the United States and came back with the end of WW2. However, with the onset of the communist regime in 1948, Voskovec decided to emigrate back to the US. Werich chose to stay in Czechoslovakia, moved to this Villa, and continued as an actor and writer until the rest of his life in 1980. He remained a moral authority that reminded the nation of its pre-war and democratic history. If you want to learn more about his life, I recommend visiting an exhibition on the first floor.
On the ground floor is fabulous If Cafe that produces traditional Czech deserts with a French mastery of the cake art. The interior is beautifully designed and respects the spirit of the old times when Jan Werich used to live there. Taste the exceptional cakes for half-price, if you visit the museum exhibition.
How to get to Werichova Villa
You can find Villa in the middle of the Kampa (check the article here). The closest tram stop is Hellichova (tram 5, 7, 12, 15, 20, 22, 23) but it’s a bit tricky to get to the Kampa through the small streets of the old town. The safest way is to take a tram to Újezd. Walk towards the Bridge Legií and just before the bridge, turn left to the Kampa Island. Then cross Kampa Park and at the end of the park, you can see the Villa.
Address: U Sovových mlýnů 501/7, Prague
Map: click here