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Discover The Mozart Prague, an 18th-century palace with a rich musical and artistic legacy.

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The Mozart Prague, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2021, dates back to 1770.


Enjoy a "Little Night Music" at The Mozart Prague

The sounds of history echo through the halls of this 18th-century palace, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart once stayed.


A member of Historic Hotels Worldwide since 2021, The Mozart Prague is a family-owned holiday destination defined by over 400 years of history. The Mozart Prague itself is also one of just a group of cultural and architectural buildings that form the basis of a much larger heritage district in the heart of Prague’s UNESCO-recognized Old Town neighborhood. But the current hotel is actually composed of two unique structures—a Neoclassical building and a gorgeous palace that is much more historic. The palace itself harkens back to 1628, when the Pachta family first received their coat of arms from Emperor Franz Ferdinand II of the Holy Roman Empire. A century later, Count Hubert Karel Pachta of Rajov purchased a plot of land once occupied by four medieval townhouses in order to expand and fully reenvision the palace. Pachta specifically hired Jan Josef Wirch to spearhead the design, who used a brilliant blend of Baroque design aesthetics as the source of his inspiration. Wirch specifically incorporated many gorgeous Baroque motifs throughout the structure, such as a myriad of beautiful colonnades, cupolas, domes, cartouches, and extensive gilding. Inside, Wirch installed a number of stunning crystal chandeliers, as well as quadrature and trompe-l'œil paintings on the ceilings. Wirch even engraved the family’s coat of arms onto the structure, which still resides outside the palace’s entrance today.

When Count Pachta’s illustrious property debuted as the “Pachtuv Palace” in 1770, it stood as one of the most spectacular estates in the heart of Prague. It was quickly developed a prestigious reputation as the setting for all sorts of lavish soirees, as the Count and his descendants frequently entertained countless dignitaries within the palace. For generations, the Pachtas had been celebrated throughout the city for their love of music, who frequently entertained well-known traveling musicians from across Europe. The Pachtuv Palace played a central role in their musical patronage, as the Pachtas routinely offered their guestrooms to some of the continent’s most talented composers. In fact, the Pachtas would often play their own instruments alongside their esteemed visitors. Among the greatest musicians to visit at the time was the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who visited the Pachtas for several days in 1789. According to oral tradition, Josef Pachta (one of Hubert Karel Pachta’s heirs) jokingly “imprisoned” Mozart inside one of the bedrooms in order to make him keep his promise that he would compose some new music. Left with just a quill and some paper, Mozart proceeded to write the piece “Six German Dances, K. 509” for several hours. When Mozart finally finished the composition, he played the entire ballad before the Pachtas during one of their many galas.

In 2002, the magnificent Pachtuv Palace underwent an extensive transformation into a wonderful boutique hotel. It was then rebranded as the “Smetana Hotel” after the Ott family acquired the site a decade later and lately to The Mozart Prague. The hotel subsequently emerged as one of Prague’s most luxurious retreats. Today, this brilliant historic hotel features 70 fabulous accommodations, two luxurious dining outlets, wellness center, hair salon, and meetings facilities. But it also contains many special characteristics that pay tribute to its deep connections to Czech culture and history. And endless list of international artworks currently resides throughout the building as such, including Ignaz Franz Platzer’s original baroque sculptures, Pavel Roucka’s contemporary art, Maurizio Toffoletti’s magnificent marble statue, a collection of Fresco art and marble linings, pictures from the famous Hotel Lutetia, and the largest collection of historical maps in Prague. Most historical attractions are within easy walking distance, too, such as the national Theatre, National Museum, National Opera, Clementinum Library, Rudolfinum concert hall and the old Jewish quarters.

  • About the Location +

    Prague was founded during the 9th century when a series of settlements began to form around two massive castles known locally as the “Vyšehrad” and the “Hradčany” (now named “Prague Castle”). A family of powerful nobles called the Přemyslids supervised the development of the area at the time, although historical records remain few and far between in relation to their story. Yet, many local oral traditions stipulate that Přemysl—the founder of the Přemyslid dynasty—and his wife, Libuše, constructed the two castles and their respective settlements. Nevertheless, the Přemyslids governed both communities for generations, gradually consolidating their base of power over the next five centuries. The protection that the two castles afforded made the locale a safe place for central European brokers to trade, giving rise to a prosperous market town that hugged the right side of the river. Known as the “Staré Mesto,” (or “Old Town” today), the new settlement formed the nucleus of modern-day Prague. The influx of new trade from across the continent also spawned a second town in the shadow of the Hradčany, which locals referred to as the “Malá Strana.” A massive series of fortifications defined by a ring of stone walls and towers enclosed the area, as well, affording more protection for the inhabitants. Commerce continued to flow into the community, too, inspiring foreign merchants from Germany and Italy to relocate into the either the Staré Mesto or the Malá Strana. The region had, thus, become a major European city by the start of the 1300s, complete with its own form of currency and powerful town guard. The Přemyslids had even made the settlement the official seat for the Kingdom of Bohemia, which they ruled as a semi-autonomous fiefdom within the much larger Holy Roman Empire.

    The House of Luxembourg succeeded the Přemyslid dynasty during the mid-14th century, when John of Luxembourg inherited the Bohemian throne. His own son, Charles IV, eventually became the Holy Roman Emperor and used Prague as the official imperial capital throughout his reign. He subsequently oversaw the massive expansion of the locale, going on to establish such magnificent structures like Charles University, the Carolinum, and St. Vitus’ Cathedral. Perhaps the greatest construction project conducted at the time was the creation of the neighborhood “Nové mesto” (or “New Town”) right next to the Staré Mesto. But despite Charles’ careful administration, simmering social and political tensions fomented among the populace. Bitterness among competing religious sects born of the Protestant Reformation intermixed uneasily with different ethnic groups to create a remarkably explosive environment. The hostility finally erupted at the beginning of the 15th century when a segment of the population revolted under the direction of priest Jan Želivský. While Želivský and his fellow “Hussites” were eventually subdued, periodic warfare affected the location for the next two centuries. In fact, the destructive Thirty Years’ War began, in part, after Protestant residents threw three Catholic officials from the windows of the Hradčany. (No serious injury befell any of the victims, though.) The subsequent fighting that spread across Central Europe amid the Thirty Years’ War reached Prague, too, culminating with the Battle of Prague in 1648. Swedish troops had attempted to capture the area in July, resulting in a prolonged siege that lasted for five months. Ironically, it was the last major confrontation of the war.

    In the wake of the Thirty Years’ War, the region reemerged once more as one of Europe’s most economically affluent. Save for a brief moment when Frederick the Great of Prussia invaded in 1744, the area enjoyed years of peace and prosperity. Its population grew significantly as such, numbering some 80,000 by the start of the 1770s. Local officials even decided to unite all the disparate communities into one single city that they officially christened as “Prague.” The new wealth flooding into the city led to a great real estate boon that saw most of its brilliant Baroque-themed buildings open for the first time. By this point, the Kingdom of Bohemia had long since been absorbed by the Habsburg monarchs of neighboring Austria, forming an important part of the Austrian Empire and its successor, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Rising nationalistic sentiment caused revolts to break out across Prague in 1848, driven by harsh working conditions that had arisen during the Industrial Revolution. Over time, local Czechs began to gain more independence, although Prague itself remained a multiethnic enclave characterized by its many different people. Prague eventually became a capital city once more after World War I, when the Allied powers created Czechoslovakia from the now-defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. Prague subsequently remained the capital for the rest of the century, save for a seven-year period when Nazi Germany had seized control over the entire country in 1930s and 1940s. Today, Prague is the political, economic, and cultural center of the Czech Republic, which formed following the collapse of the Iron Curtain in the 1990s. It is home to many outstanding cultural attractions, as well, including Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, and of course, the Hradčany (Prague Castle). The entire Staré Mesto has even been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

  • About the Architecture +

    When Jan Josef Wirch constructed Pachtuv Palace at the behest of Hubert Karel Pachta, he used Baroque style architecture as the source for his inspiration. Baroque architecture itself can trace its roots back to the start of the 17th century, when French architects began to practice the style en masse. The architectural form specifically materialized in the wake of the Mannerist design aesthetics that had preceded it at the height of the Renaissance. The French had begun to mimic a new architectural school of thought that had debuted further south in the Italian Peninsula. The Vatican had grown weary of its declining influence across Europe amid the Protestant Reformation and sought innovative ways to demonstrate its cultural power. One of the many avenues that the church ultimately embraced was the use of architecture as a means of showcasing its wealth and prestige. As such, the Italian architects under its employ started creating massive structures that placed a greater emphasis on opulence and grandeur. Inspired by the movement, many French and many other European noblemen incorporated similar design principles into their own buildings. What made Baroque so attractive to the European aristocracy was its use of grandiose details to achieve an awe-inspiring ambiance. But the style also relied greatly on symmetry, in which highly stratified floorplans granted a sense of hierarchy and order. Large ornate windows proliferated across the facade, while a brilliant wrap-around porch occasionally functioned as the main entry point. The porches would also have several outstanding columns, designed to appear smooth in appearance. Every window and doorway featured decorative brackets that typically sat underneath lavish cornices and overhanging eaves. Gorgeous towers known as "cupolas" typically resided toward the top of the building, too.

  • Famous Historic Guests +

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer known for the likes of The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute.

    Giacomo Casanova, author of the Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life).

    Richard Wagner, composer and conductor known for productions like Die Walküre and Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung).

    Alphonse Mucha, artist regarded for his decorative theatrical posters, specifically those of actress Sarah Bernhardt.

    Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic (1989 – 1992; 1993 – 2003)

  • Film, TV, and Media Connections +

    Přijde letos Ježíšek? (2013)