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Lobkowicz Palace, Prague

Prague, the capital of Czech Republic is flooding with tourist attractions. To most vacationers, the city is a glittering gem of architecture and art that nestles at the very heart of Europe. Known to many, Prague is home to numerous emperors, kings, astronomers and artists. The subtle magic Prague brings has been giving unparalleled inspiration to writers and musicians from Dvorak to Mozart and Klima to Kafka. Once in Prague, tourists could not miss to go to the historic Lobkowicz Palace.
The palace is situated on the edge of the equally historic Prague Castle complex. As a popular tourist attraction, Lobkowicz Palace is known for its role in tracing the Czech history through the restored possessions of the Lobkowicz family. Interestingly, on display are rare music manuscripts from Beethoven and Mozart, musical instruments, a gun collection, Old Master paintings and rare art collections dating back to the 12th century. The Princely Collections is a must-see for art and history enthusiasts.
Lobkowicz Palace has always been the biggest museum exhibition in the long Czech history. There are more than 2,000 unique materials on display. Be mesmerized when you look at historical items that could be as old as 4th century BC. Be reminded though that because the palace is a privately held family museum, you need to purchase a separate admission ticket if you want to tour Lobkowicz Palace from the Prague Castle.

Lobkowicz Palace, Prague

History

Lobkowicz Palace was constructed in the middle of the 16th century by Jaroslav of Pernstejn, a Czech nobleman. Thus, the building was originally named Pernstejn Palace. The palace was renamed after Jaroslav’s niece and heir Polyxena was married to the 1st prince of the Lobkowicz family.
Being an old but enduring structure, Lobkowicz Palace had become a witness to many of Bohemia’s historical events. The ‘defenestration’ of Prague took place in 1618, when Catholic Imperial ministers were displaced by Protestant rebels. The ministers made Lobkowicz Palace, which adjoined their original base (Prague Castle), their temporary headquarter and place of refuge. When the Catholics regained power, the Lobkowicz family took influence. For more than three centuries, Lobkowicz Palace became an important powerbase.
Lobkowicz Palace was passed down to every ruling Prince for many generations. It was inevitable that the palace underwent numerous changes and renovations. Thus, all the periods in the country’s rich architectural history could be very well observed throughout the interiors and exteriors of the palace today.
During World War II, the Nazis took over Lobkowicz Palace and other family properties of the Lobkowiczs. After the war, the Communist regime seized the estates. The ownership of the palace was returned to the Lobkowicz family in 2002, after 40 years of communism and 12 years of restitution procedures. The place was opened to public viewing in April 2007, after years of refurbishment and restoration.

When to go

The city of Prague is most accommodating to tourists during the summer months of May to September, when weather is most pleasant and daily temperature averages from 12°C to 22°C. Summer temperature in the area could be as hot as 35°C on summer and as freezing as -20°C during winter. However, be reminded that summer days could be very unpredictable as the long and hot spells could surprisingly be broken by immediate and heavy thunderstorms.
The palace is open to visitors from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily, from Tuesday to Sunday. The souvenir shop inside the palace starts selling souvenir items from 10:30 am. It will be more convenient if you will plan your vacation well ahead of schedule as there are many other sights to see and fun activities to do across Prague.

How to get there

Prague is known for its excellent and integrated public transport system, which is comprised of accessible tram and bus. Thus, tourists could easily commute to get to the site of the Lobkowicz Palace without any hassle. There are three ways to get there.
Once you get to Prague, walk from the Hradcany Square to the courtyards of the Prague Castle. Find the palace at the right hand side of the Prague Castle complex. By tram, get to trams 22 or 23 going to Prazsky hrad stop. Walk through the gates of the Prague Castle and turn left going to St. Vitus’ Cathedral.

What to do

Lobkowicz Palace is popular among tourists who want to sightsee and observe famous cultural architecture. To facilitate further enjoyment and appreciation, the palace administrators offer individual audio tours for free in English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Czech. If you seek a guided tour, for yourself or for your group, you can make reservations for services rendered by palace guides. Admission fees vary for individual, groups, senior citizens and children.
Once inside the Lobkowicz Palace, do not miss to check out the banqueting hall, which has mythological frescoes way back from the 1800s. The venue is currently used to stage concerts and exhibitions. It was the former place for expositions of old Czech history as organized by the country’s National Museum.
Do you want to buy souvenirs? The Palace Museum Shop is offering an assortment of replicas and reproductions from the Lobkowicz Collections, several ancient items possessed by the past generations of the Lobkowicz family. Most of the available items have been designed and manufactured exclusively. You can find unique crafts, mostly based on Central European and Czech motifs. Lobkowicz wines also draw crowds, as well as posters, postcards, books, jewelry, educational children’s products and glass. Proceeds from sale of such merchandise go to the fund for conservation and restoration of important collections.
The regal atmosphere is conducive for fine dining whether alone or with friends and families. A café and restaurant can be found on the ground floor of Lobkowicz Palace. The shop serves traditional Czech dishes, sandwiches, home-made desserts, rich Italian ice cream and of course, refreshments. Palace Café and Restaurant has a seating capacity of 230. If you want more choices, there are several other fine-dining restaurants outside the palace but within the vicinity of the Prague Castle. These include French restaurant Piano Nobile, Rudolfine specialist Lvi Dvur, steakhouse Cowboys Steak & Cocktails and Czech cuisine joint U Sedmi Svabu Medieval Tavern.

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