Sternberg Palace - The National Gallery
Prague's great old master collection
Noteworthy for: Housed in an exquisite baroque mansion, the Sternberg Palace is one of the most beautifully located old master galleries in the world.
Word to the wise: While it's inside the Prague Castle complex, tickets to the Sternberg Palace need to be bought separately.
Located just outside the entrance to the castle, Sternberg Palace is one of Prague’s finest architectural specimens – a masterpiece of the High Baroque style that manages to be both lavish and rather pretty. Constructed in the early 1700s by Franz Josef Sternberg to store artworks belonging to the Bohemian royal family, it is now home to the Czech National Gallery’s extraordinary collection of European art up until the 19th century.
Although it displays artwork from ancient Greece and Rome, the gallery is most famous for Baroque masterpieces from masters such as Tintoretto, Rubens and Van Dyck. Perhaps more unusual (outside Spain at least) than this well known cluster of greats, however, is its fine collection of Spanish painters including works by El Greco, Ribera and Goya.