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Lobkowicz Palace, Prague

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Home to the same aristocratic family for nearly four centuries, Lobkowicz Palace is part of Prague's World Heritage castle complex. Confiscated by the Nazis and the Communists in the 1940s, this 16th-century palace finally returned to its rightful owners in 2002. Since then, the building has been home to a private museum housing priceless paintings by Piranesi, Canaletto, and Brueghel the Elder. The museum's prized possessions also include original musical scores written by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, who dedicated three symphonies to Joseph Franz Maximilian, the seventh prince Lobkowicz. An audio guide, dictated by current owner William Lobkowicz, brings to life dozens of personal items displayed here, including Lobkowicz family portraits and photo albums. Put Lobkowicz Palace on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Prague tour planner.
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  • Cool museum to spend a few hours in. I sometimes find it a little boring to view portraits, but not here! The audio tour guides you through the illustrious family history and the portraits of family m...  more »
  • This was a real gem. The audio guide is really good and so informative. There was a nice explanation of how the family came to possess the palace and collections, the troubled times they went through ...  more »
  • Originally I found the Lobkowicz palace by looking for short classical concerts to see during our long weekend in Prague, but after a bit of research it became clear that the whole collection was wort...  more »
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  • 3.5 stars. My favorite part of this museum is the music room. You can see a re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah done by Mozart and the first edition of several Beethoven scores. There is also a small art collection that is worth seeing as well. Admission includes an interesting audio tour.
  • A nice museum that focuses mostly on the history of this historic and wealthy noble family. The audio tour is a must and included with the entry fee. Without the audio tour I could see it being very boring and not make any sense. The family history is very interesting, especially as it related to their support of music and the arts - the family basically bankrolled Beethoven. Their is nothing really to see as far as the architecture of the building in most of the rooms (especially the 2nd floor). I'd imagine much of it was destroyed or removed during the Nazi and communist occupation of the castle.
  • I would highly recommend this palace/museum. The way the material was presented was excellent. Much better than I expected.
  • Spectacular gallery with a focused history on the members of this noble family. The audio tour is narrated by the living members of the family which adds a nice continuity to the collection. Little facts like rings worn by 16th century members in paintings still being owned and worn by the living members. They have original sheet music of Beethoven written in his own hand, some of his most famous and well known symphonies!! My favorite musuem in the city, good shop as well
  • It's a very nice place with a very nice history ! The audio guide is included in the entrance price and it represents the most attractive benefit. Unfortunately, the guide is presenting so much names and details that are hard to remember for a not-Czech native. Nevertheless, the museum is presenting in a rate of 70-80% only portraits and paintings, and after a time, it's getting boring. Conclusion: it definitely worths the money and the time. It's a nice place to visit and I recommend it.