Have you ever thought about traveling in time? If you have, I believe you have a vivid imagination. You can have such an experience while visiting the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace because this place is untouched since its creation in the Baroque Epoque.
What Is Special About Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace
You have a unique possibility to visit a palace with its creaking wooden floor, wallpapers peeling of the wall, and magnificent view through windows on the surroundings of the Charles Bridge. There are already plans for restoration, but I would highly recommend you to visit this place before, so you don’t miss this authentic atmosphere.
The masterpiece of this Palace is an impressive dancing hall, so-called “Piano Nobile” with its original frescos of Olympic gods. The shabby interior is perfectly photogenic with its velvet curtains and marble walls. The grand ballroom also appeared in the famous movie Amadeus (1984), directed by Miloš Forman. We can expect Mozart himself performed his pieces here since noble families of Prague frequently invited him.
Prague City Gallery
Colloredo-Mansfeld palace is part of the Prague City Gallery since 2010. It took three years into the grand opening to the public in 2013 when people can finally get inside and explore this decaying hidden gem. On the 3rd floor, you can find temporary exhibitions of contemporary art, so check the current program at Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace right now.
My secret tip is the view from the third floor on the surrounding of the Charles Bridge. The Palace is located next to the Church of St. Salvator, and the third floor is facing the balcony of the church. From this perspective, you can see a resting place of priests and the larger-than-life statues. When you visit it during the period of sunset, you have extra points to enjoy this view.
Prague City Gallery has its exhibitions in several attractive buildings around Prague. I would also recommend Stone Bell House at the Old Town Square or Troja Chateau. Check all the buildings of the Prague City Gallery.
How to Get to the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace
If you are planning to walk on the most touristic route in Prague, starting by the Municipal House, via the Astronomical Clock, to the Charles Bridge, you will pass by the Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace as well. Despite its central location, it is still not well-known to the public, so it is still a hidden gem of Prague. If you want one more hidden gem nearby, I would recommend a Tricafe (5 min out of the route) at Annenské Square, where you can also find an Embryo made by David Černý.