Editor’s note: This story is part of our InterConEuro2014 series, highlighting InterContinental Hotels meeting and incentive programs in Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Davos.
Overlooking one of the world’s most charming and picturesque cityscapes, Prague Castle is the highest point in the city with the very best views. Inside the medieval fortifications, the 17th century Lobkowicz Palace can be booked for exquisite cocktail receptions and gala dinners in lavish rooms hosting 20-350 people.
Owned by the Lobkowicz family since the early 1600s, except during German and communist rule for six decades until 2002, this is the only privately owned building within the Prague Castle complex. That makes it much easier for planners to organize events here with the assistance of Lobkowicz Events Management.
One of the ballrooms has an outdoor terrace for 80 pax facing the UNESCO World Heritage City, where we enjoyed champagne and canapes in the early afternoon light. Or, consider booking the grand Imperial Hall, which features marble floors and frescoed, trompe l’oeil-embellished walls. It’s an altogether rarified experience to enjoy the same settings where royals once welcomed Europe’s elite to the capital of Bohemia.
Here’s a full list of floor plans for the various function rooms. Available group spaces also include the intimate salons in the Lobkowicz’s family’s museum galleries, with fine-art paintings dating back to the 12th century. Book a docent tour for single or revolving groups of up to 20 people.
Before or after events at Lobkowicz Palace, the inner sanctum of the nearby Strahov Monastery Library can be booked for private viewings for small groups. With 1,600 books printed over the last 800 years, it offers a contemplative milieu for attendees to soak up Prague’s history since the earliest days of the Imperial empires.
There are also many other historic attractions and shops to visit within the walls surrounding Prague Castle that are open to the public. Definitely leave a little extra time for attendees to wander through the houses lining the Golden Lane, which were built in the 16th century. Revered Czech author Franz Kafka lived in one of them from 1916-17.