Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle: A Private Dinner

The Lobkowicz Palace, the only privately owned building in the Prague Castle complex, is home to the highly acclaimed The Lobkowicz Collections, The Lobkowicz Palace Café, Midday Classic Concert and Museum Shop, as well as numerous elegant venues for private functions. The Museum presents the history of Europe through the unique perspective of The Lobkowicz Collections and the Lobkowicz family. Set in 22 beautifully appointed galleries, the Museum displays a selection of some of the finest pieces from its collections, including many of international significance, including works by Canaletto, Brueghel the Elder, Cranach, and Velázquez; an impressive display of family and royal portraits; fine porcelain, ceramics and rare decorative arts dating from the 16th to 20th centuries; an extensive collection of military and sporting rifles from the 16th to 18th centuries; and musical instruments and original scores and manuscripts by Beethoven and Mozart, including Beethoven’s 4th and 5th symphonies and Mozart’s re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah. Arriving for a private dinner at the Palace for the first evening of our Tauck cruise, the evening started with a glass of champagne in elegant Imperial Hall detailed with marble floors and frescoed, trompe l'oeil-embellished walls, followed by a lovely dinner serenaded by a string quartet, and an opportunity to meet other guests who would be on the upcoming Tauck Cruise.

Glasses of Champagne greet guests as we arrived at Prague's Lobkowicz Palace

The elegant Lobkowicz Palace with marble floors and frescoed, 
trompe l'oeil-embellished walls

The sumptuous frescoed ceiling of the hall

The elegant Imperial Hall

Beautiful chandeliers crown the Imperial Hall

The wonderful String Quartet played during dinner

The beautifully set tables in the Imperial Hall with views of Prague’s Lesser Quarter, Vltava River, Royal Gardens and historic Old Town

Black Tie wait staff waiting to serve dinner

A selection of Lobkowicz Family wines were served during dinner

Lobkowicz white wine

Fresh baked bread with butter

The Prague Castle menu for the Tauck dinner

Tomato Soup with Parmesan Cheese and Creme Fraiche

Chicken Supreme with Pea Purée and Potato Terrine with Thyme 
and Forest Mushroom Sauce

Ginger Creme Brulée with Strawberry Espuna

Haymaking by Jan Pieter Brueghel the Elder, oil on wood - 1565 - part of the Lobkowicz collection we were allowed to tour after dinner

Margarita Teresa-Infanta of Spain by Diego Velázquez, oil on canvas, c.1655

Handel's Messiah annotated by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for his 1789 reorchestration of the oratorio

Detail of illuminated manuscript from The Lobkowicz Library

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