Kinský Palace

Gallery in Staré Město

The late-baroque Kinský Palace sports Prague’s finest rococo facade, completed in 1765 by the redoubtable Kilian Dientzenhofer. Today the palace is home to a branch of the National Gallery that hosts temporary exhibitions, usually of Czech art.

Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite, once stayed in the palace; his crush on pacifist Bertha von Suttner (née Kinský) may have influenced him to establish the Nobel Peace Prize (she was the first woman laureate in 1905). Many older Praguers have a darker memory of the place, as it was from its balcony in February 1948 that Klement Gottwald proclaimed communist rule in Czechoslovakia. There are Kafka connections here too – young Franz once attended a school around the back of the building, and his father ran a shop in the premises next to the House at the Stone Bell.

Tickets are valid for 10 days, and give admission to all of the National Gallery's exhibitions, permanent and temporary.