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Lvi Dvur Restaurant

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Lvi Dvur Restaurant

U Prasneho mostu street 6/51, Prague 1 (Prague Castle)
Open: 11:00 - 24:00

Average price for main course: 11 EUR

Set in the beautiful Royal Garden of Prague Castle, Lvi Dvur Restaurant brings the spirit of 16th century Rudolfine Prague alive.

Original, period furnishings combined with modern day touches give a very special feel to this restaurant.

Traditional Czech food is the order of the day, and Roast Pig on the spit is the speciality of the house.

History of Restaurant Lvi Dvur

An inconspicuous little house on the northern edge of the Prague Castle grounds above the Powder Bridge has been standing there since 1581. It was built during the reign of Emperor Rudolph II. On the site of an older wooden menagerie. Lions were kept there, and leopards, tigers and bears too. From the end of the 17th century the breeding of animals in the Lion's Court began to decline; a written report from 1740 tells of the last bear being sent away. Then the building was adapted as a home for the court huntsman , and it was later used for other purposes. At the end of the 18th century the gardener Adam Utz set up a tavern there. And in our days, from 1967 -1972, the Lion's Court was again made into restaurant.

The program of renewing Prague Castle and opening it to the public, which started when Václav Havel became president, applied to the Lion's Court too. The building was in very bad technical condition, but the restaurant was a popular one, so the Castle management decided to keep it on the understanding that the tenant would repair it. A plan from the studio of architect

Josef Pleskot was chosen from several architectonic proposals. That was in 1993. But the tenant went back on the agreement and in the end the Administration of the Prague Castle carried out the reconstruction, including the interior decoration, at its own expense (1994 - 1995). After several attempts a suitable person to run the restaurant was found in the spring of 1996, and now the Lion's Court is open again.

At one time the lion Mohamed lived here, whose fate - according to the astronomer Tycho de Brahe - was linked with the fate of Emperor Rudolph II. He was looked after by the noble lady Lorenzina, who is said to have sacrificed all her possessions to keep the lion and the other animals alive after by the emperor's death. And it is certain that the walls of the beautiful Lion's Court tell many other stories.

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