Located off of Hradcanske Square is this lovely Baroque palace. It is hidden behind the Rococo Palace of the Archbishop; notice the narrow lane leading to the side entrance of the palace. Walk down the cobblestone lane and enter through a massive wrought iron gate into the grand world of the aristocratic Sternberg family. Built between 1697 and 1701 for Count Wenceslas Adalbert of Sternberg, the palace is now used to house the old masters collection of the National Gallery of Prague on three floors. The palace has beautiful ornate frescoed and painted ceilings, impressive ceiling vaulting, a lovely garden showcasing 20th century Czech sculpture, and a wonderful cafe situated next to a garden wall. This Baroque palace is a welcome escape from the bustling center of Prague.
Address: Hradčanské náměstí 15, Praha 1 – Hradčany, +420 233 090 570, www.ngprague.cz
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