Prague castle, the Prague landmark is the largest castle complex according to the Guinness Book of World Records and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Due to its vastness, we would have to dedicate at least a whole week just for the Prague Castle. There are many places in the complex which are not covered by the regular Prague castle circuit tickets, one of them is the only privately owned premises – Lobkowicz Palace. There you can listen to the fascinating history of this noble family, discover a small part of the comprehensive family collection, attend a mid-day classic music concert and have a bite at the luxurious Palace restaurant.
The family's history dates back 600 years, and as such is one one of the the oldest and most distinguished Bohemian noble families that also played an important role in Czech history. However, the 20th century was probably the hardest for the dynasty. First their property was confiscated by the Nazis in 1939 and then again after brief period by the Communists at 1948. The family was forced by the dreadful circumstances into exile and returned 40 years later after the Velvet Revolution to take up the uneasy task to locate, re-possess and administrate their assets.
The family collection is the oldest and largest privately owned art collection in the Czech Republic. In the Lobkowicz palace, we can see significant medieval and Renaissance works of art, a collection of beautiful ceramic dishes, arms and armor, as well as authentic musical instruments and handwritten manuscripts from important composers of the 18th and 19th century, among others Beethoven’s and Mozart’s.
The audio guide is included in the price. Authentic music helps you to transfer yourself back in the centuries and William Lobkowicz and his wife themselves introduce you the collection and point your attention to the small details that you might overlook without the guide. There are not many places in Prague which offer an audio guide, so this is a great addition to a friendly staff and beautiful exhibition. The visit takes about 1.5 hours and if you have more time in Prague, it should not be missed. The tickets cost 275 Kc, students/children/seniors 200Kc. When we went, we bought a ticket through the sales website Slevomat, where you can get two tickets for the price of one. If you need any help with the site, just let us know!
For more information about the palace, concerts offered and other castles out of Prague owned by family, visit the family website.
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