Clam-Gallas Palace is one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Prague. It is set amongst the narrow streets and quaint buildings of the Old Town, between the Old Town Square
and Charles Bridge
During the 18th century, great balls and concerts were held at the Clam-Gallas Palace, attended by the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his wife.
Ludwig van Beethoven even played a concert here, dedicating some of the musical pieces to the Clam-Gallas family.
The palace was conceived in 1713 by the imperial court architect Johann Bernhard Fisher von Erlach from Vienna, and constructed by Italian architect Domenico Canevale.
It was built for the Viceroy of Naples, Johann Wenceslaus, Count of Gallas. However, when the Gallas family died out in 1757, the palace was devolved to the Clam family, establishing the Clam-Gallas name.
Clam-Gallas Palace is a monumental complex consisting of four tracts centred around a large courtyard; a classic example of pure Viennese Baroque architecture. Pairs of giant statues by M. B. Braun are sited at the entrances.
Inside the palace is a beautiful staircase, with paintings by the famous Italian artist Carlo Carlone above it, most of which were inspired by ancient mythology.
The central hall of the palace is the Marble Hall, also called the White, Golden or Gala Hall. It is decorated with mirrors and crystal chandeliers, and was the place where balls were held.
In the 20th century, certain rooms were rented out as offices, which led to Franz Kafka working here as a trainee after finishing his law studies.
For lovers of history, and classical music, Clam-Gallas Palace has now revived the tradition of the Clam-Gallas family concerts. Twice a year it holds a series of authentic historical Baroque concerts.
The winter concerts are held inside the palace in the first half of February. The summer concerts are held from mid-August to early September outside in the courtyard - a lovely setting on a warm evening.
The concerts truly are a special event, so it is worth attending one if your visit to Prague coincides with them .
For concert listings and to book tickets: Prague concerts.