The Wallenstein Palace

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View from the Wallenstein gardens(Prague, Czech Republic)

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 Bohemia, which led to his dismissal in 1630.

Less than a year later, he was back on his post, but he couldn't control his aspirations.

The Wallenstein gardens (Prague, Czech Republic)
He started negotiating with the enemy (Habsburg), which led to his murder ordered by the emperor in 1634.

The Wallenstein Palace shows the enormous ego of Albrecht von Wallenstein, the whole building is built and decorated for a king. The highlight is the painted ceiling in one of the halls. Wallenstein himself is painted as the god Mars, riding a chariot.

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.

The Wallenstein gardens (Prague, Czech Republic)
It leads through the charming streets of Mostecka, Karmelitska and the Maltezer square, through Kampa Island, passing the watermill and Velkopřevorské náměstí, the John Lennon Wall (although the picture of John Lennon has disappeared by other graffiti by now). The tour ends at the beautiful entrance tower of the Charles Bridge. Crowds are huge, since the easter weekend has begun, so we don't spend a lot of time here.

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 Nerudova street, which has beautiful buildings and nice looking shops. It’s a steep walk since the Convent is situated even higher than the Prague Castle, but the weather is nice and Nerudova Street is quite enjoyable.

The Wallenstein gardens (Prague, Czech Republic)

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.

The Wallenstein palace (Prague, Czech Republic)

‘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 forest of Mala Strana, we decide to walk back through the park, in the direction of the bridge Most Legil.

The Wallenstein palace (Prague, Czech Republic)
The weather is nice and it isn’t too crowded, so it’s a very pleasant walk.

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 Prague a bit, they were all so friendly and helpful. Therefore we choose to forget all about the stupid Convent and remember only the welcoming and kind people of Prague 

Liselore_Verschuren says:
I'd say you need about four days to explore Prague itself. As for small towns nearby I have no idea, I'm sure there's a lot to choose from!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2010
Vikram says:
Liselore - as I am coming to Prague from America, I don't want to come for just 3 days! I'd like to come for about a week or so. is there enough to do, including day trips to small towns nearby?
Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
Vikram says:
That's sad. Oh well, the "consolation" if any, is that every place has people like this.
Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
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