The neo-Renaissance building of the Žofín Palace stands on Slavic Island (also called Žofín Island), which is situated at the Masaryk Embankment between the Jirásek Bridge and the Legion Bridge. In 1835, young miller Václav Novotný, who owned the whole island at the time, had the palace built as the first brick building in the area. The palace was named after the mother of Emperor Franz Joseph I. In 1884, the City of Prague bought Žofín Island and had the one-storey Classicist building rebuilt into its present form, i.e. a neo-Renaissance palace with richly decorated interiors and representative halls.
USEFUL INFORMATION FOR VISITORS
Address: Slovanský ostrov 226, Praha 1
GPS coordinates: 50°4’44.433″N, 14°24’46.028″E
PUBLIC TRANSPORT OCNNECTIONS
The closest public transport stops near the Žofín Palace:
- Masaryk Embankment: Národní divadlo tram stop
- Národní Street: Národní divadlo tram stop
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
The Žofín Palace is open to the public on occasion such as concerts, balls and other social events. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the ground floor. For more information, click here. Programme is available here. The surrounding park, which allows a nice view of Hradčany, is open to the public.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ŽOFÍN PALACE
The Žofín Palace houses a restaurant called Žofín Garden, which offers a standard menu as well as brunch. For booking and more information, visit official website. A boat and paddle boat rental “Slovanka” is situated in the immediate vicinity of the Žofín Palace. For more information, see www.slovanka.net. It is also worthwhile to visit Slavic Island in the evening, as the adjacent park offers a beautiful view of the illuminated historical sights of Prague and the Vltava River. Visitors can then take a nice walk to the Vltava Embankment with lots of restaurants and bars. As for children, there is a fenced playground on Slavic Island, situated between the Žofín Palace and the Štítkovská Water Tower, including a sandpit, climbing frames, swings, slides, a wooden totem and a tepee.
ŽOFÍN PALACE AND NEARBY HISTORICAL SIGHTS
When visiting the Žofín Palace, there are plenty of other interesting sights nearby to explore, including the National Theatre, the Mánes Exhibition Hall, the Dancing House, Střelecký Island, the John Lennon Wall, the Museum Kampa, Kampa Park, Charles Bridge and many others.