Czech name: Trojský zámek
A northwest borough of Prague, Troja is home to several Czech attractions, including the Prague Zoo, the Botanical Garden of Prague, and the eponymous Troja Chateau. A Baroque architectural gem on the outside — and a trompe-l’oeil celebration inside — Troja Chateau is now owned by the city and serves as an art gallery and reception hall.
The urban mansion is also known as Trojský zámek, Troja Palace, and Troja Villa.
Location & How to Get There
Troja Chateau is up in Prague’s District Seven — a northwest region that is a bit of a hike from downtown.
The metro doesn’t reach the palace. To get there, take either the 17 tram or 112 bus. From the city’s center, it’s about a 25-minute ride. A taxi from New Town runs about 300 CZK, and the truly adventurous can set out on foot for an hour-long walk.
Opening Hours & Entry
Saturday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Additionally, private and public evening receptions are held at the palace throughout the year.
What to Do & What to See
Troja Palace is, in it of itself, a work of art. Realized by French architect Jean Baptiste Mathey, the building mirrors the villas of wealthy ancient Romans. The cream-colored palace, with its burnt-orange accents, features an elaborate staircase that gives way to sprawling, manicured gardens.
Entwined into the stair design are sculptures depicting the battle between the Titans and the Olympic gods of antiquity. A rare collection of Bambelli vases line the terrace, and other pieces punctuate the meticulous gardens.
Inside, Troja Chateau is filled with ornate murals that play with perspective and dimensions.
The father and son team of Francesco and Giovanni Marchetti are responsible for much of the palace artwork. However, the home’s gem — a trompe-l’oeil depiction of the Habsburg’s apotheosis — is the work of Abraham and Izaak Godjin, a pair of brothers from Antwerp.
The large-scale painting shows the history of the Habsburg Dynasty — and like most apotheosis works of the time, the ceiling represents the celestial world and the walls the terrestrial one.
In 1679, Count Wenzel Adalbert of Stenberg commissioned a summer home. After traveling through France and Italy, the aristocrat wanted to bring a bit of Roman elegance back home.
The original crew worked on the palace for 12 years, and the result was a sumptuous Baroque villa. Members of the House of Stenberg occupied the home until the early 20th century. In 1922, the Czech state purchased it.
Troja Chateau stood idle for many years, until the 1970s when renovations began.
The building and grounds have been revived to their former glory, and the estate is now a City Gallery outpost.
Visitors to Prague who are interested in old-world architecture and Baroque art should make time for Troja Chateau. And when you’re done exploring the home and grounds, head to the area botanical gardens. Then end the day at the nearby Prague Zoo, another Prague sightseeing must!