Clam-Gallas Palace Baroque Architecture at its Best

When you are on your way from Old Town Square to Charles Bridge, stop halfway at the striking entrance gate adorned with with two gigantic statues of Hercules. It is almost impossible to miss this. It is the entrance porch to the Clam-Gallas Palace, a striking example of Baroque architecture in Prague.

Clam Gallas Palace guided tour

The palace complex has 99 rooms and takes up an entire block. It is worth walking around it to get an impression of its size. The palace can only be visited on a guided tour during which you walk up the monumental staircase and will see five halls and the winter garden.

Guided tours only in Czech or English. The maximum group size is 15 people and the tour lasts 1 hour.

You will visit the so-called noble floor of the palace, which is decorated with ceiling and wall frescoes by the Italian artist Carlo Carlone.

Location

Very close to Old Town Square in the Old Town district
Address: Clam-Gallas Palace, Husova 20, Staré Mesto, Prague
Opening hours: Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 10.00-18.00

Highlights of the Clam-Gallas Palace

In the west wing of the palace you will visit the piano nobile (noble floor) and in the north wing the conservatory. You will see how later adjustments to the interior made life more comfortable for the noble family to live in this huge palace

You will climb the sweeping staircase to the 2nd floor. A staircase worthy of a noble family with sculpture and stucco works and graceful ceiling and wall frescoes.

You will enter the ante-chambre (anteroom), which was adapted at the beginning of the 19th century to serve as the palace theater. The adjacent Golden and Turquoise rooms have impressive and beautifully restored elements such as the tiled stoves, ceiling lamps and the hinges and locks of the doors.

The marble hall is all splendor and radiantly white. Adjacent is the China room. The tour continues with a visit to two rooms that were converted into a winter garden in the mid-19th century.

Next to the entrance gate is a high-water mark that indicates the height of the Vltava River during the floods on March 25, 1845.

The tour ends in the courtyard at the Neptune Fountain.

Trivia

* The Clam-Gallas Palace was the residence of the Viceroy of Naples, Count John Wenceslaus of Gallas. . The Gallas family became extinct in 1757. Kristian Filip van Clam, son of Gallas’ sister, inherited the palace, the beginning of the Clam-Gallas family.

* The Viennese architect Jan Bernard Fischer von Erlach designed the current appearance of the Clam-Gallas Palace. Matthias Bernhard Braun made the sculptures and also designed the façade of the building, the stairs and the Neptune Fountain. The theme was ancient mythology.

* Count Clam-Gallas is said to have been a great lover of nightlife and had the palace renovated to host balls, concerts and (noisy) parties. It is also claimed that Mozart and Casanova met here.

* Today, the city of Prague owns the Clam-Gallas Palace, which houses the city archives. However, the building is also open for guided tours and hosts a varied program of exhibitions, concerts, conferences and other social events.

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photos Marianne Crone

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