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Perched on an outcrop overlooking the Vltava River, Nelahozeves Castle is one of the Czech Republic’s finest Renaissance-era buildings.  This project, based on a masterplan completed in 2017, will restore and redevelop Nelahozeves as a leading centre for Czech cultural heritage, with an emphasis on the study and performance of classical music.  

The initiative is given impetus by the historic presence of the birth house of the renowned Czech composer Antonín Dvorák on a nearby site owned by the estate which is being transformed into a museum focused on the life and inspirations of the world-renowned musical icon.

North façade of Nelahozeves Castle featuring elaborate sgraffito decorations. These works, depicting scenes from ancient mythology and the Old Testament, are some of the building's most impressive historic features and will be preserved and restored.

For centuries, Nelahozeves has been the seat of the Lobkowicz family, discerning patrons of the arts, who have amassed a significant archive of cultural treasures, including musical instruments and score manuscripts, paintings, rare books, armour, ceramics and furniture.  

Through the creation of a new, purpose-designed study centre, the collection will be protected and preserved for future generations.  The study centre forms the intellectual heart of the project, with the aim of attracting scholars and performers from all over the world.  In tandem with the restoration of the building fabric, a key aim is to re-establish and strengthen the Castle’s relationship with the surrounding landscape.

Renderings of the future auditorium and reading room of the Lobkowicz Library & Study Center, Wright & Wright.

The proposals have been developed through extensive research tracing the history of the Castle and its context.  Detailed conversations with the client have also helped to consolidate the brief and clarify their ambitions for the Castle and its collection.  

Powerfully emblematic of the Lobkowicz family’s historic role as a cultural patrons, Nelahozeves will be an armature for many different kinds of cultural and educational activities.  This ambitious new phase of its development will add to a continuum already distinguished by its outstanding contribution to Western culture.

We are excited to draw upon our wide-ranging experience of restoring sensitive heritage buildings and apply it to this internationally significant project. The Dvorák Birth House Museum project and wider masterplan is only the beginning for positioning Nelahozeves as a key cultural and historical destination in Central Europe.

Clare Wright
Founding Partner, Wright & Wright

Site plan of Nelahozeves Castle and the Lobkowicz Library & Study Center, Wright & Wright.

Section drawing of the future Lobkowicz Library & Study Center, Wright & Wright.

Plan of the ground floor of the Lobkowicz Study Center in Nelahozeves, Wright & Wright.

Plan of the lower ground floor of the Lobkowicz Study Center in Nelahozeves, Wright & Wright.


Aerial view of Nelahozeves Castle and the surrounding grounds along the Vltava River 35 km north of Prague. The compound has been a seat of the Lobkowicz family since the 16th century.