The Wallenstein Palace
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Our first stop of this beautiful spring day is the Wallenstein palace. This palace was one of the first buildings built in baroque and was inhabited by the very ambitious supreme commander of the imperial army, Albrecht von Wallenstein (1581 - 1634).
During the Thirty Year war against Habsburg, Wallenstein had managed to acquire many military successes and made himself indispensable for Emperor Ferdinand II. After several important decorations, Wallenstein decided he wanted the throne of
Less than a year later, he was back on his post, but he couldn't control his aspirations.
Today the Czech Senate resides in the palace and tourists are welcome to come and take a look in the beautiful gardens and stunning halls in the palace itself.
After we've seen every corner of the astonishing palace, we take the walk as is described in the Capitol travel guide.
We decide to walk up to the Strahov Convent, since the library known as the philosophical hall looks amazing on the pictures in my travel guide. We take
Once we arrive at the Convent, we try to figure out how we can get in, but all we see is some sort of entrance with a small booth where nobody is seated. The booth does have a sign that says: ‘Coffee break, 5 minutes’. Since the outside of the Convent is not that spectacular we decide to wait until the coffee break is over.
At least fifteen minutes later (there is now quite a long queue of people behind us), a cranky old lady turns up and sells us two entrance tickets. She’s already helping the next person in line when Rens realizes she hasn’t given enough change. He reminds her of it, and with a grunt he gets the rest of the change.
We walk up a flight a stairs, then we see a huge hall that is completely packed for renovation. At the entrance of the hall, a woman is standing to check admission tickets and while I’m standing in front of her, I’m staring at all the reconstruction work and mumble: ‘This can’t be the philosophical hall, is it?’
The woman is trying to snatch the entrance tickets from my hand while I’m saying: ‘Rens, wait up! I think this is the philosophical hall, the main reason why we came here.
‘Is this the philosophical hall?’ I ask the woman in front of me. She won’t answer me, but when I stretch my neck I can clearly see that the rest of the building is also under renovation. They just sold us pretty expensive entrance tickets without telling us that we can’t see anything…
As soon as Rens realizes this, he walks back to the entrance booth and demands our money back, while I tell everybody still in line that there is nothing to see up there.
A minute later we’re outside again, feeling we wasted our time coming up here. And that a couple of people are seriously trying to deceive unsuspected tourists.
Since the Convent is situated on the edge of the
Once we crossed the Most Legil bridge and try to walk back in the best direction towards our hotel, we also pass the ‘Dancing House’, a fabulous modern building. It is also named the Ginger and Fred building because it resembles a dancing couple. Its seems as if it is very out of place since Prague is full of classical buildings, but beautiful and refreshingly different on the other hand.
It’s a pity we went up to the Convent, it feels as if this spoilt our general perception of the people of