- Lobkowicz Palace
were more or less 30 Princely Houses in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, of
those only 3 families start with the letter L and were also connected through
marriages: Liechtenstein, Lobkowicz and Lichnowsky. All three families supported
Beethoven and had friendly relations between each other.
a tradition that exists for centuries I was received at The
Lobkowicz Palace by Prince William Lobkowicz who was very kind and even
though he is a very busy person could afford to spend some time for a coffee
and a quick chat with his distant cousin.
I started my visit exploring his beautiful museum, with the exposition "The
Princely Collections", I did the audio tour and it took me one hour
to appreciate all that the museum has to offer. I decided to visit the Lobkowicz
Palace because I wanted to see the difference from a private museum to a
state owned museum. The main difference I noticed is the fact that his exposition
is very rich in informations that can only be given by family members and
there is a warm approach to the visitors, as if the family is still there
and welcoming you to visit their house.
though I have met many noble persons in my life and my father and brother
are also princes, I was nervous before meeting Prince William. I had emailed
him and he knew I was coming, but after visiting his castle and listening
to the story of his great family I felt as if I was going to meet an extraordinary
person. All of this feeling disappeared as a tall guy appeared and before
I had to bow for him or anything (joking) he immediately grabed my bag and
took me to his restaurant, which has one of the nicest views of Prague.
Our conversation went through life in Prague, his struggle for the restitution
of his properties, the administration of his many business and so forth.
It was a very pleasant meeting and as he was the first person I actually
met in Europe, I felt very welcomed.