The Lobkowicz Collections are the oldest and largest privately owned art holdings in the Czech Republic. Highlights from The Collections include world-famous paintings by three Brueghels, Canaletto, Cranach, Rubens, Velázquez and Veronese; decorative arts from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods; ceramics from the 16th through the 20th centuries; exceptional arms and armor; musical instruments, musical scores and autograph manuscripts by many of the greatest composers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, including Beethoven and Mozart; a comprehensive historical archive and one of the finest private libraries in Central Europe.
Confiscated from the family, first by the Nazis and then by the Communist government in the 1940s, The Collections remained out of the Lobkowicz family's possession for half of the 20th century. Following the passage of restitution laws in the early 1990s, the family successfully reclaimed their property and began to plan for the future of The Collections.
Today, the permanent exhibitions in Lobkowicz Palace (opened in 2007) and at Nelahozeves Castle (opened in 1997), which display many of the finest pieces of The Collections and detail the extraordinary history of the family, are popular destinations for tourists, students, scholars and museum-goers of all ages. Střekov Castle, a romantic castle ruin where Richard Wagner conceived his opera Tannhäuser, is open for tours, festivals and other seasonal and private events.
Though currently not open to the public, Roudnice Castle hosts a select number of festivals, concerts and other special events throughout the year. Plans for the long-term revitalization of the property are under review. The Lobkowicz Collections welcomes inquiries from potential partners. For more information, please see Roudnice Castle.
For more information about the using any of the properties as a venue for an event, please see Events.