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Contents Bečov nad Teplou . . . . . . . . .4 Bezděz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Bítov. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Blatná . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Boskovice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Bouzov. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Buchlov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Buchlovice. . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Častolovice . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Červená Lhota. . . . . . . . . . .13 Český Krumlov . . . . . . . . . .14 Český Šternberk . . . . . . . . .16 Cheb. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Dětenice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Dobříš . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Duchcov. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Frýdlant. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Hluboká nad Vltavou . . . . .22 Horšovský Týn . . . . . . . . . . .23 Hořovice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Hradec nad Moravicí . . . . .25 Hrádek u Nechanic. . . . . . .26 Hukvaldy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou 28 Javorník – Jánský Vrch. . . .29 Jindřichův Hradec. . . . . . . .30 Kačina . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Kámen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Karlova Koruna. . . . . . . . . .33 Karlštejn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Kašperk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Klášterec nad Ohří . . . . . . .36 Kokořín . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Konopiště . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Kost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Krásný Dvůr. . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Kratochvíle . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Kroměříž . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Křivoklát . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Kuks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Kunětická hora . . . . . . . . . .45 Kunín . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Kynžvart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Landštejn . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Lednice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Lipnice nad Sázavou . . . . .50 Litomyšl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Loket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Manětín. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Mělník . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Mikulov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 Milotice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Mnichovo Hradiště. . . . . . .57 Náchod . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 Náměšť na Hané . . . . . . . .59 Náměšť nad Oslavou . . . . .60 Nelahozeves . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Nové Město nad Metují . . .62 Olomouc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Opočno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Orlík . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Pernštejn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Ploskovice . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Praha – Pražský hrad. . . . .68 Praha – Trojský zámek. . . .70 Praha – Vyšehrad. . . . . . . .71 Rabí . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Ratibořice . . . . . . . . . . . . . .73 Rožmberk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Slavkov (Austerlitz) . . . . . .75 Sychrov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 Špilberk (Brno) . . . . . . . . . .77 Šternberk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .78 Švihov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 Telč . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80 Točník and Žebrák . . . . . . .82 Trosky. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Třeboň . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 Valtice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85 Velhartice . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86 Velké Březno . . . . . . . . . . . .87 Velké Losiny . . . . . . . . . . . .88 Vizovice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89 Vranov nad Dyjí . . . . . . . . .90 Zákupy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .91 Zvíkov . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .92 Žďár nad Sázavou. . . . . . . .93 Žleby . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
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Castles and Chateaux – heirloom of the Czech Republic
The most valuable things inherited by the Czechs from their ancestors are monuments. Anyone coming to the Czech Republic for the first time will be surprised by their number and intactness, impressive location, architectural magnificence, variety of art designs, skilled finish and ingenious operation. The visitor will be enchanted by special energy they radiate, and thus create an unprecedented atmosphere when entering inside. And the visitor who has already seen all this from previous visits knows that the repertoire of places worth visiting, photographing and later talking about with enthusiasm to friends, is almost inexhaustible – and the experience is always strong, surprising and prime... Long centuries of Czech history left about two thousand castles, chateaux, fortresses and their ruins in the country. We invite you to learn about the remarkable stories and secrets. In this book we present a selection of the most beautiful places that the current owners make accessible to public curious eyes. The guides will tell you in detail on the spot about the interesting fates of individual residences and their inhabitants in the flow of time and leave you to be carried away
by your imagination of fiction stories. You will visit magnificent interiors, furnished with neat taste and almost unlimited financial facilities of long-time owners, you will see all manner of collections and works of art collected with love and pride by generations of aristocratic families, you will climb towers with magnificent panoramas of the area, you will be lost in the mysterious labyrinths of underground corridors, you will inhale the scent of ancient parks and lushness of perfectly arranged historic gardens. However, the Czech castles and chateaux are not only a sleeping museum, where time stood still. These also include historic festivities and markets, night-time guided tours, guides in costumes, demonstrations of birds of prey training, presentation of old crafts and tasting of traditional delicacies, theatre and opera, fencing, concerts, art festivals, exhibitions and workshops – everything is announced on relevant websites in time. And if this is not enough you can try to live in a chateau – almost everywhere you can rent most attractive premises for social events – for example for a wedding ceremony. Please come in...
Bečov nad Teplou
Why visit: The chateau shelters a unique treasure, the second most valuable artefact of the Czech Republic following the crown jewels. A magnificently decorated golden casket created in the 13th century on the order of the Belgian Benedictine monastery for housing the remains of St. John the Baptist and St. Maurus, belongs, considering the art and the craft aspects, to the most beautiful medieval goldsmith’s work, the only one of its kind in Central Europe. From history: De Beauforts, the last owners of the chateau, had to leave the estate after collaboration with the Nazis in 1945. They buried St. Maurus reliquary beneath the floor in the chateau’s chapel hoping to come back for it. If later on a foreign buyer had not appeared to negotiate a purchase of an unspecified valuable item with the Czech state, most probably, nobody would have ever
known about its existence. This complicated case investigated by leading Czechoslovak criminologists was resolved in 1985 and became also a topic of a detective story.
The story of the St. Maurus reliquary including its demanding restoration by leading Czech restorers is told by a gripping exhibition in the chateau’s interior. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday, IV and X at weekends and public holidays
www.zamek-becov.cz Náměstí 5. května 13, 364 64 Bečov nad Teplou
Why visit: The majestic ruin of the medieval castle is one of the most distinct dominant features of the Czech landscape. It inspired many artists, for example the composer Bedřich Smetana, who used the local story theme of the hidden treasure in his opera “The Secret”. Karel Hynek Mácha, the greatest Czech romantic poet, brought fame to the castle with the tragic love story in the epic poem “May”. The nearby Lake Mácha, bearing the poet’s name in tribute, is now a centre of water sports and recreation. From history: Přemysl Otakar II (Ottokar II of Bohemia), “the Iron and Golden King”, certainly had not anticipated that the sentry castle he built in the second half of the 13th century as a residence for his occasional stays, would become shortly after his death a prison for his seven years old son Václav (Wenceslaus) and his widowed queen for many months. In the 17th century the castle was changed into a fortified monastery and following its abolition it declined into a quaint ruin. Thanks to the fact that no extensive adjustments were carried out in the castle, it preserved the authentic medieval atmosphere. The most valuable structure is the Chapel of the Royal Palace, a real gem of Gothic architecture. A monumental forty meters high Big Tower used by inhabitants as the last refuge in the siege, feasts the eyes with distant views of “the Mácha's region”. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday, IV and X at weekends and holidays
www.hrad-bezdez.eu Státní hrad Bezděz, 472 01 Doksy
Why visit: In the last century the family residence was used as a place for building one of the biggest private zoological gardens of the time in Europe by the ever-so-slightly eccentric Baron Haas, the last owner. In addition to live animals he also loved his zoological collections of local and exotic animals, in particular the collection of 51 stuffed dogs of various breeds including the extinct Affenpinschers – today the collection has been entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest of its kind in the world. From history: The fortified castle situated on the promontory near the confluence of the Želetavka and the Dyje rivers protected the Southern Moravia Czech Kingdom borders as early as the early Middle Ages. Its present appearance is a result of romantic adjustments from the 19th century and it picturesquely fits the local area of woods, waters and hillsides, where the sun and the sparkling Moravian vine reign.
Four guided tours outline the intricate history of one of the most ancient royal castles and the life of its inhabitants. In addition to the palace and the armoury with unique exhibits, the prison, dungeon and the torture chamber with replicas of torture tools the visitors can try out themselves, are also very attractive. V–VIII Monday–Sunday, IV and X at weekends and holidays The ghostly exposition “Armorial beast” in the former castle brewery introduces mythic monsters, dragons, basilisks and other peculiarities used in heraldry.
www.hradbitov.cz Státní hrad Bítov, 671 07 pošta Uherčice
zamek-blatna. IV and September 16–X at weekends www. who possessed the chateau from the 18th century. The reconstruction of the old palace into the splendid three floor Gothic and Renaissance palace was assigned to Benedict Rejt. the sister of Jaroslav Lev of Rožmitál married Jiří (George) of Poděbrady and became the Czech queen. From history: The representative residence in Blatná was very often the centre of political events in the Czech Kingdom. Johanka.cz Na Příkopech 320. who worked here as a tutor in his youth. Jaroslav as a very educated and competent diplomat headed on behalf of his brother-in-law the famous legation around the European courts. Of interest also is the study and the exhibition of Jan Evangelista Purkyně. V–September 15 Tuesday–Sunday. The partitioned interior mainly holds family collections of Hildprandts. They held high state positions. 388 01 Blatná 7 . loved luxurious life styles and were inspired by advanced culture of the Western European nobility. the excellent Czech doctor and naturalist of the 18th century.Blatná Why visit: The town’s typical white and red entrance tower of the water castle from stone was built at the end of the Middle Ages under the rule of Lords of Rožmitál (Rosental). the famous master builder working in royal services.
and a remarkable Rococo theatre for children donated to the owners by the British Queen Victoria. In the battles hall you will find paintings on buffalo leather with scenes from wars against the Turks. A grandiose dance hall housed many balls and festivities. Recommendation: The chateau’s history also includes the near romantic ruin of Boskovice castle with 26 metres deep well driven by a wooden treadle. houses special curious items: one of the three copper globes in the world. The manor was rebuilt into its current appearance at the beginning of the 19th century.zamekboskovice. where the starlit sky features heraldic symbols. From history: At the site of the present representative manor there used to be a Dominican monastery that served as a dye factory for a short of period of time after its abolition. 680 01 Boskovice 8 .Boskovice Why visit: The charming chateau which belongs to the purest exhibits of Empire architecture in Moravia. www. V–IX daily except Monday The children will enjoy the miniature furniture set and the children’s Rococo theatre.cz Hradní 6. attended by the cream of society.
cz Státní hrad Bouzov. drawbridges and portcullises is the first one on their list of locations. but also a big stove and a grill in the castle’s kitchen show that the holy knights liked their period comforts. The Order of Teutonic Knights. The furniture in the chambers of the Grand Master of the Order of Teutonic Knights. 783 25 Bouzov 8 9 . the Bouzov castle with its battlements. the then owners. IV and X at weekends. oriels. the future Czech king. loopholes and gargoyles. ordered this romantic medieval atmosphere during the castle’s rebuilding at the turn of the 19th and the 20th centuries and they did not hesitate to pay for it 20 million guldens. V–IX Tuesday– Sunday www. From history: The castle founded in the 14th century is most probably the place of birth of Jiří of Poděbrady.Bouzov Why visit: If film-makers seek an ideal scenery for a fairy tale or a historic story. the secret passages. The castle and the beautiful forests of the Drahanská uplands are nicely seen from the gallery of the 61 metres high watchtower.hrad-bouzov.
VII–VIII daily. 68768 Buchlovice .cz Polesí 418.Buchlov Why visit: An old. for which they acquired numerous collections. The castle tower of 545 metres altitude is an excellent lookout on the slightly undulating friendly region of Moravian Slovakia. started in the 13th century. IV–VI and X Tuesday–Sunday www. which the sovereign endowed with jurisdiction and the so-called hunting rights. In addition to the rare Egyptology collection it is impossible to miss out rich collections of natural objects including a number of curiosities and a vast library established at the end of the 16th century with more than 10 000 volumes. From history: The construction of the royal fortress castle. Almost every owner performed ambitious reconstructions and therefore 10 the castle presents a textbook of architectural styles from the early Middle Ages up to the 19th century. mysterious castle emblazoned with a number of legends is the most dominant feature of the distinctive Moravian Slovakia region.hrad-buchlov. In the first half of the 19th century the last owners of the castle established here a museum accessible to the general public. Perhaps the greatest curiosity is the old Egyptian mummy estimated to be 4 000 years old.
Buchlovice Why visit: The Baroque chateau was a gift of Count Dětřich of Petřvald to his Italian wife of noble rank. as it does for visitors today. 687 08 Buchlovice 11 . structure in the open rustic landscape. the beauty of which captivated their contemporaries. The leading politicians of that time decided the fate of Europe in this representative seat. From history: The chateau gained its international fame around the year 1900 when Leopold Berchtold was its owner and from 1912 the Austro-Hungarian monarchy foreign minister. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. Children will be delighted with the wild animals rescue centre and a small zoo on the chateau’s premises. which was the main reason for starting the First World War. Fancy interiors in the middle of greenness reflect the elegant life style of the Austrian monarchy aristocracy at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. so that she would feel comfortable in her new home in Moravia. were held here. as well as their family history. The Baroque garden changed in the 19th century into a sentimental park with a connecting English park is a significant monument of historic greenness in the Czech lands. talks about annexation of Bosnia and Hercegovina by the Austrian monarchy.cz Státní zámek. You will find there both the collecting hobbies of owners.zamek-buchlovice. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. It is the purest example of Baroque villa in Central Europe planted in the Baroque garden. The designs were performed in the style of the so-called villa rustica.
If you raise your head to the original Renaissance coffered ceiling in the Knight’s Hall. H. Twenty rooms furnished in various historic styles document the change of the life style in the course of long centuries. I–XII Tuesday–Sunday and at public holidays The tour also includes the children’s room with the exhibition of toys from the 19th century. and they also took a significant role in founding the National Museum in Prague in 1818.zamek-castolovice. The leading representatives of the family supported the revival efforts of the Czech nation in the 19th century. The Tapestry Room and the Smoking Lounge are decorated with the most precious paintings. except for the German occupation and the socialist disruption. From history: The Sternbergs were fans and patrons of arts and science. Častolovice Why visit: The original chateau at the foothills of the Orlické Mountains was rebuilt several times by the Sternbergs. the colourful theatre of biblical stories from the Old Testament unroll in front of you. They had been building the picture gallery for 300 years. In the chateau’s park the children can frolic in the playground or visit a small menagerie. who have been its owners from 12 www. Častolovice. 517 50 . They gathered extraordinary collections of paintings with originals by outstanding European painters.cz Masarykova 1.the end of the 17th century up to today. Lucas van Valckenborg and J. Schonfeld and a series of portraits of Czech kings. such as Karel Škréta.
378 21 Kardašova Řečice 13 . The social. private and guest rooms. At the beginning of the 17th century it obtained a new red brick roof and the original name of Nová Lhota (New Village) changed to the “Red”. From history: The summer house rebuilt from the Gothic fort in the 16th century was a place of amusement.Červená Lhota Why visit: The unusual red colour distinguishes this picturesque “weekend” manor from other similar Renaissance chateaux in Bohemia.eu Červená Lhota 1. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. are furnished exclusively by authentic furniture and valuable works of art. refurbished at the beginning of the 20th century. The fairytale atmosphere of the place is often used by film crews. www. celebrations and leisure.zamek-cervenalhota. The glamorous outline of the chateau on the island which is mirrored in the water level is most impressive from boating around the chateau’s pond. IV and X at weekends Recommendation: There is a boat rental service with the same opening hours as the chateau. and later the same colour was acquired by the facade.
Debts and stagnation came. the town below the castle and also of the whole Southern Bohemia. Its greatest era of flourishing was in the 16th century under Vilém of Rožmberk. and enchanted by the spirit of Renaissance Italy he rebuilt the family castle into the magnificent chateau residence. He changed its vast domain into a profitable firm with fairylike income. cheaters and charlatans prospered at his court. but was not sufficient for the Renaissance reconstructions and their luxurious life style. Only in the 18th century another creative personality. Their wealth was blinding. where they were almost absolute rulers. the chateau changed owners several times. the humanistic intellectual and influential politician in the court of the Emperor Rudolf II. brought the castle to another peak. and even the candidate to the Polish throne. From history: For three centuries the powerful Rožmberks had influenced the fate and architecture of their seat. the Prince Joseph Adam of Schwarzenberg. 14 . Another monumental reconstruction of the premises and a rich social life competed with lavishness of the Emperor’s residence in Vienna. The artists. valuable chateau complex is the largest one in the Czech Republic after the Prague Castle.Český Krumlov Why visit: A vast and artistically exceptional.
Petalled Rose Festival”(VI) – for three days the town goes back to the times of Renaissance knights. The magnificently decorated six-floor high Renaissance tower provides an unrepeatable view of one of the most beautiful European historic towns (UNESCO monument).Two guided tours offer the best from the exceptionally large and complex labyrinth of richly furnished chateau interiors. Festival of Classical Music (VII). 381 01 Český Krumlov 15 . magicians and beggars. mirrors and optical illusions start the frolicsome carnival whirl of Rococo dames.zamek-ceskykrumlov. their cavaliers and servants. Festival of Baroque Arts (IX–X). Český Krumlov International Music Festival (VII–VIII). Performances on the revolving stage in the chateau’s park (VI–IX). IV–X (Castle museum I–XII) Tuesday–Sunday “Five. on the walls of which the paintings. www. august ladies. An extraordinary monument of world importance is the chateau’s Baroque theatre with the complete period equipment. Festival of Chamber Music (VI–VII).eu Zámek 59. The highlight of the tour is the famous Masquerade Hall.
If you are lucky 16 you can meet the current owner. was in possession of the old aristocratic family of Sternbergs. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. www. but also items mentioning Kaspar von Sternberg. the cofounder of the National Museum in Prague. bearing an eight-pointed golden star in the coat of arms.Český Šternberk Why visit: A huge Gothic castle on a steep stony bank of the Sázava river meander is one of the best preserved fortified settlements in the Czech lands. Its original defence system of the 14th century had not counted on the invention of firearms and it completely failed in 1467 when the artillery of the King Jiří of Poděbrady attacked it. From history: The castle for a total of eight centuries.hradceskysternberk. This is supported not only by extensive collections. of which the globally unique is the one with 545 copperplate engravings depicting the history of the Thirty Years’ War. almost without interruption from its foundation around 1241.cz 257 27 Český Šternberk . The fortification built with steep ramparts and a sticking out bastion ranks among the top monuments of the medieval fortification art. who under the communist regime worked as a miner or a theatre scene-shifter. X at weekends and holidays In the summer there are demonstrations of hawks training. IV. Collecting was always an interest of the family. This painful experience then resulted in a new and more elaborated defence strategy in the castle’s reconstruction.
Only old walls are the reminder of an opulent palace. W. An extensive exhibition is devoted to the famous general. Since then the castle started to decay. nobody wanted to live at the place of the barbarous crime. www. the commander-in-chief of the Austrian Emperor’s troops. in 1634.cz/hrad Trčky z Lípy 1. Though he was mistaken. Goethe. 350 02 Cheb 17 . considered the strange castle tower from black lava stone a work of old Romans. one of the most significant Romanesque monuments of the Czech Republic. From history: The occasional residence of sovereigns experienced important diplomatic negotiations and significant political events of European significance. However. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday Recommendation: The municipal museum was established in the medieval house at the main Cheb’s square where Albrecht von Wallenstein was murdered. the tower is the oldest structure of the historic town. The Emperor Fridrich I Barbarossa built the Romanesque falce type castle in the 12th century. The last one was the plot and crafty murder of generals loyal to Albrecht von Wallenstein.muzeumcheb.Cheb Why visit: J. wellpreserved is the two-floor castle chapel. intended for festive occasions under the presence of the sovereign. who liked to stay in Cheb and in the neighbouring Mariánské Lázně.
18 Each Saturday in the year there are ghostly tours. fairytale and ghostly tours through Baroque interiors with period furniture and fittings. The Order of Maltese Knights left behind its unique collection of weapons dating the Thirty Years’ War. V–VI and IX Tuesday–Sunday. sold many times and also lost at the stock exchange. At least the Spanish court received famous beer from the chateau’s brewery. The tour includes classical. ghosts and other monsters haunt the chateau chambers. The purchase did not materialize owing to the inflexibility of the Vienna court due to tense relations between the Austrian and Spanish Habsburgs. which was confiscated by force several times. I–IV and X–XII at weekends Dětenice Why visit: The Spanish queen Maria Cristina took such a fancy to the chateau in the romantic landscape at the edge of Bohemian Paradise (Český ráj) during her visits in the 19th century that she wanted to buy it. left a visible construction imprint. including unique ship cannons from the battle for the island Rhodos in the 16th century. where devils.cz 507 24 Dětenice .zamekdetenice. vampires. the significant Austrian politician who shot himself in 1873 because he had been charged with treason. The tours of the chateau with live fairy tales and singing and live music take place every Sunday from June to September. VII–VIII Monday–Sunday. In the period of real socialism the chateau served as a remand centre. www. witches. The Maltese Knights who inherited the chateau by bequest from Baron Wessenberk.From history: Turbulent fates of the aristocracy in the Czech lands have been reflected in the history of the chateau.
That is also the reason why film-makers of fairy tales. zoo in the chateau’s park. I–XII daily Exhibition of ghosts. and admired by the public today. “The Writers’ room” reminds us about the communist era when the interiors were furnished with family collections of the Colloredo-Mannsfelds. From history: The magnificent Rococo style residence from the 18th century fully resembling the period.Dobříš Why visit: The attractive and opulent milieu of the Rococo style chateau surrounded by a rare garden with flower ornaments. there is a numerous collection of historic motorcycles of the Czechoslovak make. evokes the atmosphere of the Viennese Schönbrunn. concert organizers or participants in private celebrations and weddings seek it so much.zamekdobris. www. children’s corner. the old and the latest owners.cz 263 01 Dobříš 19 . cut hedges and sculptures. appealed so much to the Nazis during the Second World War that they dispossessed the aristocratic owners of it. Recommendation: Expositions of the town museum are situated in part of the chateau. the summer night tours for the fearless people. In addition to the history and exhibits of local traditional gloves production. For the period of another 50 years it served as “the House of writers” for recreational and creative stays of pro-regime artists and other prominent persons. taste and style of the French King Louis XVI. were inaccessible to “ordinary mortals”.
In addition to the representative premises and the Wallenstein family gallery also the servants’ rooms are accessible. F. if he would have written his famous autobiography. although even here he experienced his last love affairs. 419 01 Duchcov . The hot-blooded Italian spent 13 years in cold Bohemia and he did not take to the country very much. The fate of the chateau was tragically 20 marked in the 20th century: part of it fell sacrifice to intended coal mining and the splendid Baroque fresco from the hospital dome had to be transferred to the newly built pavilion in the chateau’s park. obviously there is a museum featuring the famous person G. Casanova. F.Duchcov Why visit: If the aged Giacomo Casanova had not become a librarian of the extensive library at the Duchcov chateau at the tail end of his stormy life. Prestige of the cultural centre of Northern Bohemia was gained also by stays of famous musicians and writers. van Beethoven. Chopin. such as L. He died in Duchcov and is buried there. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. Visits of the Prussian and Austrian Emperors and the Russian Tsar gave it a social glitter.cz Náměstí Republiky 9. Schiller and J. W. speaking about his scandalous adventures on the royal courts and in the ladies’ sleeping chambers. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. From history: Artists with resounding names participated in the construction of the imposing residence of powerful Wallensteins. Goethe. it is questionable.zamek-duchcov.
acquired fabulous wealth in the Thirty Years’ War and its basis was the profitable Frýdlant estate. Concerning the architecture point of view it can serve as a live textbook of construction styles in the history of arts.Frýdlant Why visit: The original castle. the chateau and its surrounding were not spared the horrors of a long war when the Swedish garrison settled here after Albrecht’s murder. Thus it became the oldest castle museum in Central Europe. 464 01 Frýdlant v Čechách 21 . called Terra felix – Happy land. extended in the 16th century by the Renaissance chateau. The new armoury holds one thousand weapons. was opened to public as early as in 1801. and even now is part of the permanent exhibition.cz Zámecká 4001. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday www. However. the European politician and general.zamek-frydlant. From history: The Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein. from which the oldest date to the 12th century and the newest the First World War.
a personal theatre and the library with around 12 000 volumes. pointed windows. I–VI and IX–XII Tuesday– Sunday Hluboká nad Vltavou Why visit: White brickwork. the Gallery of Mikoláš Aleš. is situated in the former Neo-Gothic riding-school next to the chateau. VII–VIII daily. when the leading European aristocracy came here. 373 41 Hluboká nad Vltavou .zamek-hluboka. The necessary equipage included a private chapel. All premises of Hluboká and the landscape around were reconstructed just according to its model. oriels.eu Bezručova 142.From history: The originally sentry royal castle had several significant owners. battlements. Windsor Castle. 22 Recommendation: Important museum of art. Even the interiors were second to none concerning the elegance and comfort of the English and Scottish manors of the 19th century. named after the South Bohemian painter. www. loopholes. The festival of chamber music with a long tradition “Music Summer Hluboká” (VI–VIII) takes place directly at the exhibition’s place. many of which house rich family collections of Schwarzenbergs and are open to public. The famous collection of Gothic art from South Bohemia and Šumava (The Bohemian Forest) is the highlight of the high quality collections. The chateau has approximately 140 chambers. towers and spires. The Schwarzenberg family lived here for a full three hundred years up to the Second World War when the chateau was occupied by Gestapo and the family emigrated over the sea. The residence was alive mostly in the autumn during the hunting period. partitioned plan – all this recalls a romantic countryside estate of English kings.
horsovsky-tyn. IV. During the main season there are five visitors routes offered to the public with the total time of over 5 hours! From history: After a big fire of the medieval castle in the half of the 16th century.cz Náměstí Republiky 1.Horšovský Týn Why visit: A typical Renaissance chateau. a modern chateau was built from the damaged ruins. was the main organizer of peace talks leading to the end of the Thirty Years’ War. The chateau library contains rare documents relating to this effort. is one of the most open monuments in the Czech Republic. However. 346 01 Horšovský Týn 23 . including the richly decorated goose quill. Maxmilian Trauttmansdorff. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. the property of the significant Czech family of Lobkowicz was confiscated due to their participation in the uprising against the Habsburgs and it was sold for a little sum to the Stereyerian county family of Trauttmansdorff for a period of 300 years. by which the Count on behalf of the Habsburg monarchy personally signed the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. the Emperor’s diplomat. which since the 16th century has not changed its appearance. X at weekends and holidays www.
however. X at weekends www. Jan Litvín of Říčany.zamek-horovice. ended very badly.Hořovice Why visit: The nationalized chateau was plundered immediately after the end of the Second World War by the Red Army. IV. This event foreshadowed the Thirty Years’ War. 268 01 Hořovice . He lost not only Hořovice. which the family Martinice gained as a confiscate. There are also old theatre puppets and panoramic theatrical stage sets. Jaroslav Bořita of Martinice. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. Then the devastated facility was used by anyone until it had to be closed down due to its critical condition. the cruel royal proconsul survived the defenestration 24 miraculously. but also all other property. Beautifully furnished chambers again present the chateau’s history and the ground floor houses a unique exhibition of musical devices and music boxes. which temporarily stayed there. who personally dumped Bořita. the owner of the Hořovice chateau. Part of the chateau’s rooms houses the extensive exhibition of the games and toys of little aristocrats. From history: The old Czechs had an original method of how to tackle political disputes: they simply dumped the disliked officer from the windows of Prague Castle. In the last 25 years it has undergone an incredible transformation to its previous glamour.cz Vrbnovská 22.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. diplomatic and cultural events concerning not only the Czech lands. dignitaries of European courts. The interiors of the comfortably furnished residence house the exhibition of historic carriages and hunting weapons. Several times it was caught in the centre of wartime. Its current appearance of an elegant classicist chateau originates in the 19th century and “Red chateau”. Of interest is also the English park. From history: In addition to sovereigns. XII at weekends The prestigious International Music Competition and Music Festival “Beethoven’s Hradec” (VI) is hosted by the Big Lobby of the Red Chateau.Hradec nad Moravicí Why visit: “White chateau” went through a turbulent history as a strategic point of Northern Moravia near the country border. Paganini and F. N. copying the medieval old German castle was built for the necessary household operation. smoothly continuing into the open landscape with the view on the Jeseníky Mountains. Hungary or Prussia. van Beethoven. X. www. political and social celebrities the chateau also entertained many personages of the music world.cz Městečko 2. 747 41 Hradec nad Moravicí 25 .zamek-hradec. but also Poland. IV. such as L. Liszt.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday. IV. From history: The furnishing of the chateau was to evoke stories with knights.cz Státní zámek Hrádek u Nechanic.Hrádek u Nechanic Why visit: Though the chateau is hidden in the forest park it looks like an ancient English manor. 503 15 Nechanice . he bought entire portals. the historic furniture.hradekunechanic. www. the largest and the most beautiful room of the chateau – by all of this Karl Fischer. His fairy dream vanished soon: in 1866 during the PrussiaAustrian war a military hospital was established in the chateau. After the Second World War the Harrachs lost the chateau by confiscation. ceilings or complete furnishings of the rooms. 26 Armour at the entrance of the Knight’s Hall. The Count Harrach transported a number of antiques from abroad. skilfully created an illusion of a medieval residence. mainly from Italy and Austria. XI and advent at weekends and holidays Recommendation: Four weeks prior Christmas you may absorb the festive atmosphere at the Advent concerts and in the festally prepared interiors. it was founded only in the middle of the 19th century and ranks among the youngest chateau structures in the Czech Republic. the Viennese architect. rare paintings or gilded wallpapers from calf leather on the walls of the Golden Hall. The inspiration was drawn from his trips around England. Through this structure the Count František Arnošt of Harrach fulfilled his romantic dream of reviving the ancient glory of his aristocratic family and remembering their knightly past.
The romantic ruins have been a favourite place for trips since the 19th century. concerts of the prestigious International Music Festival of “Janáček’s Hukvaldy”(VI–VII) take place in the summer. the dungeon and the former prison is possible from the courtyard at the castle’s heart. the vault. only 500 years later it was completely burned down.janackovyhukvaldy.cz 739 46 Hukvaldy 27 . the composer. From history: One of the largest castles in the Czech Republic was founded in the 13th century. Leoš Janáček.Hukvaldy Why visit: On every step in Hukvaldy you will find signs of the famous native. Lack of water had always been the biggest problem of the castle. IV and X at weekends and holidays Directly at the premises of the castle and in the surroundings. www. In the forest below the castle his most famous opera Liška Bystrouška (The Cunning Little Vixen) has its monument. and derive inspiration for many of his works. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The 150 metres well dug out in the 16th century was allegedly more expensive than the total construction of the castle. It was never captured. He liked to sit in one of the castle lookouts comprising part of the castle’s old fortification. A free access to the partly roofed palace. Recommendation: The Foundation of Leoš Janáček established a monument with exhibits on the composer’s life and works in the village Hukvaldy below the castle. His music legacy is connected with the monumental castle ruin on a steep hill in the beautiful old game preserve with fallow deer and moufflon.
Only servants who could play a music instrument or could sing were hired. who in the services of the count organized ample music and theatre events at the chateau. 675 51 Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou . the much-travelled and educated patron of arts. the music and dance halls. Recommendation: You may taste quality Moravian wines from the local wine restaurant in the romantic garden or under the historic vaults of the chateau cellar. www. The chateau 28 theatre. The Interiors of the chateau reflect the artistic disposition of its owner. the library and the gallery comprise the necessary part of representative rooms. made a decision at the end of the 17th century to build a small Versailles from the inherited residence.cz Náměstí Míru 1.Jaroměřice nad Rokytnou Why visit: Jan Adam of Questenberk. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. the renowned Baroque composer and a court orchestra master. which he also actively performed. The opera was composed by Antonín Míča. From history: The first Czech opera entitled “The Foundation of the Town of Jaroměřice” was composed at the chateau and performed in 1730 for the first time. IV and X at weekends and holidays International Music Festival of Peter Dvorský (VIII). He then filled every corner of the monumental Baroque chateau surrounded by a French garden with music.zamek-jaromerice.
The Wroclaw bishops and archbishops gradually created a monumental Baroque chateau from the medieval castle and used it as a summer residence. From history: For a period of 600 years the chateau and the extensive territory belonged to the bishops in the Polish Wroclaw.cz Státní zámek. they renamed it to Jánský Vrch. In the honour of their patron.Javorník – Jánský Vrch Why visit: The chateau on the rocky hill above the town close to the border with Poland was the centre of erudition and culture in the most northern tip of Silesia for many years. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. 790 70 Javorník 29 . It stands out for unusual technological peculiarities: a water main was already here at the turn of the 18th and the 19th centuries and in 1906–1932 gas chandeliers and lamps were used in the interiors and in the main courtyard. An interesting enrichment of the valuable interiors tour is the largest displayed collection of pipes and articles for smokers in the Czech Republic. An individual tour route shows the chateau’s household background.janskyvrch. IV–X at weekends and holidays www. John the Baptist.
Only the 20th century fully appreciated the chateau’s significance and the reconstruction. courtyards and the greenness create a harmonic unit with the adjoining town listed as a monument. went on decaying. temporarily roofed and abandoned by the Lords. 30 Under Adam II of Hradec the chateau underwent a radical reconstruction according to the Italian models. allegedly made sweet porridge for the serfs in the Black kitchen of the former medieval castle.zamek-jindrichuvhradec. 377 01 Jindřichův Hradec . From history: The catastrophic fire of 1773 destroyed the town and major part of the Renaissance interiors along with artistic collections.Jindřichův Hradec Why visit: From the cradle of the Renaissance the Mediterranean lightness and grace were transferred to the Southern Bohemia’s picturesquely undulating landscape with quiet forests and ponds by the Italian masters. The premises. The most beautiful palace with outstanding Renaissance interiors bears his name. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday In the summer the chateau and the town host the favourite festival “The Folk Rose” (VII). served as wood and game storage rooms and as a cowshed. The vast complex of buildings. www. The magnificent garden music pavilion with ingenious acoustics. whose spectre as per the favourite legend appears in all estates of her ancestors. which lasted for nearly twenty years. returned its impressive beauty. The legendary White Lady. The old castle fort changed to a majestic chateau with palaces linked by shady arcades. the pearl of the Renaissance architecture.eu Dobrovského 1/I.
Kačina Why visit: The snow-white beauty of the Empire chateau. arts and nature. The theatre and the library closed by cupola like the Roman Pantheon have remained the most beautiful premises of the chateau even up to now. It fully represented the rich and politically influential family and manifested clearly the good taste of its owners. 284 01 Kutná Hora 31 .cz Svatý Mikuláš. From history: The sublime chateau of the Chotek family was in its time a prototype of a manor of a new generation. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday Recommendation: The chateau coffee bar will prepare picnic baskets for fans of romance. have been placed in part of the interiors and outside the premises. www. such as 400 historic ploughs or 140 historic tractors.kacina. built in the 19th century on an unusual ground plan in the shape of a bow. Anywhere in the park you may then have uninterrupted moments on a blanket with good food and beverages. stands out against the background of another masterpiece – a natural landscaped park. In addition to chateau exhibitions the collections of the Museum of the Czech Countryside. whose sideline was culture.
32 The exhibition of the manor life style at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries corresponds well with the set of 46 motorcycles and bicycles of Czech manufacture of the same period. At the end the peace talks of disunited parties under the Czech non-catholic King Jiří of Poděbrady were held here. From history: The castle solid as the stone (rock-stone).hradkamen. titled stoves were used for heating and the small arched windows provided a beautiful view of the land.Kámen Why visit: Is it possible to live in a tower? The inhabitants of the castle Kámen had full comfort there: a storage room and armoury on the ground floor. 394 13 Kámen 1 .cz Muzeum Vysočiny. was an important strategic point for Hussite troops under the religious wars in the 15th century. on which it was built in the Middle Ages. IV. Of course there was also prevét – a medieval washroom. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. Stone walls were thermally insulated by panelling. living quarters and a representative hall on the first floor. X at weekends and holidays www.
In the chateau tour the turbulent history of the Kinsky family is obviously associated with the history of breeding of their horses. X at weekends and holidays www. The founder of the breed.com Pražská 1/IV. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The chateau with a unique ground-plan resembling a royal crown was named Charles Crown (Karlova Koruna) by the owner. was combined with the excellent gifts of another significant architect František Maxmilián Kaňka. which has been up to now the most difficult and prestigious horse race in the Continental part of Europe. the Czech Baroque architect of Italian origin who had drawn up the chateau plans. King of Bohemia.kinskycastles.Karlova Koruna Why visit: The individuality and genius of Jan SantiniAichel. the Count Kinsky. He loved his horses so much that it is said that the most favourite ones had to be brought to his deathbed. Oktavian Kinsky. IV. 503 51 Chlumec nad Cidlinou 33 . in honour of the coronation of the Emperor Charles VI. who managed the construction works. was active at the beginnings of the steeplechase cross-country Velká pardubická. From history: The Kinsky family were big experts on horses and since the end of the 18th century they had an excellent stud farm of their own breed on the estate. to commemorate his visit to the chateau.
Tens of saints. VII–VIII. as silent witnesses. sheltered from three sides by high forest hillside. that he repaired the structure too beautifully and perfectly.–13. you can make use of a historic carriage and pair from the village below the castle.cz 267 18 Karlštejn 172 . and he also consulted his astronomers.hradkarlstejn. evoke a strange feeling that Charles IV remains personally present.From history: Charles IV personally supervised the completion of the imperial residence and the interior decorations. www. Some places. 1. The premises of the Imperial Palace and the Marian Tower will not leave any room for doubts that you are in the residence of the greatest Czech sovereign. has retained its magic up to today. 1.–9. 11. look down from the panel paintings by Master Theodoric. the top representative of medieval European painting. other time at weekends Karlštejn Why visit: Charles IV. III–V and IX–X Tuesday– Sunday. such as his bedroom and study or his Chapel of St.. He let the royal treasures rest under the gilded vault of the Chapel of the Holy Cross. covered with glass beads. The current appearance following a substantial reconstruction at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries differs significantly from the original Gothic castle and the architect Mocker was blamed. This most famous Czech royal castle. 34 Every year a Royal procession in costumes walks with coronation jewels from Prague to the Karlštejn castle. Catherine. and 25. 12. 1. the Czech King and Roman Emperor. 11. could not have picked a better place for safekeeping the holy relics and the imperial coronation jewels. The historic event ends with a tournament for the Czech knight title (VI). 12.–31. Recommendation: If you do not want to walk up the steep hill to see the most visited Czech monument. daily. The illusion of the starlit sky was flawless. 1.
Kašperk Why visit: A sentry castle near the Bavaria border was built by the Czech King and the Roman Emperor Charles IV in order to protect the gold-bearing Kašperské Hory and the newly built trade route connecting the Czech Kingdom with Bavaria. Václav IV. The side towers were built. V–X Tuesday–Sunday. December 28–January 1 daily www. As a proof of friendship he put it into the pledge of his loyal and wise Prague archbishop and the first Czech cardinal. From history: The huge fortification of the castle supports the view that the sovereign was serious about the protection of this region and the Golden Route for trading. The king also entrusted him with the education of his small son. The lookout from the huge castle towers will open views of the mysterious forest Šumava (The Bohemian Forest). without any openings – in case it was bombarded by dangerous casting and hurling weapons.kasperk. IV at weekends.cz Žlíbek 55. the future sovereign. except for the alcoves. 341 92 Kašperské Hory 35 . Jan Očko of Vlašim.
X–III Tuesday– Saturday Recommendation: You may buy porcelain products in the chateau shop and get them painted with motives according to your wish. IV–IX Monday–Sunday. However. His first unskilled products were far away from the snowwhite translucent porcelain from distant Asia. Australia is missing – in those days it had not been discovered. A walk in the park will be enhanced by the sculptures of Josef Brokoff. which has been in continuous operation until today under the name of the chateau owners. www. perhaps by the sculptures of continents.cz Chomutovská 1. 431 51 Klášterec nad Ohří . this time in the Baroque style. From history: The Thuns acquired the Renaissance chateau in 1621 as a cheap confiscate from the previous owner.Klášterec nad Ohří Why visit: When at the end of the 18th century the chateau bailiff Weber performed experiments with kaolin just discovered in the surrounding area. He overcame the failures by persistent efforts and in 1794 he founded a factory. the Thirty Years’ War caught up with them too: the Swedish army plundered and vandalized the chateau twice. However. A costly rebuilding had to come. 36 An extensive exhibition dedicated to the development of this Czech porcelain shows how the taste of the period was reflected in the design of porcelain products. he could not have anticipated that the porcelain of Klášterec would become famous in the whole world.zamek-klasterec. the family Thun. who participated in the Czech nobility’s uprising against the Habsburg hegemony.
He built a recreational facility. which were forbidden to be repaired. the Prague businessman. When it was purchased at the end of the 19th century by Václav Špaček. thus promoting the Kokořín area to a favoured recreational and tourist destination. a swimming pool and tennis courts below it.hrad-kokorin. It became a refuge for marauding knights and footpads. IV. situated in a picturesque landscape full of sandstone. The ruin was “discovered” by young patriots in the romantic 19th century and many writers and painters sought their inspiration here. X at weekends www. small lakes and forgotten villages is only 40 km from Prague.cz 277 23 Kokořín 37 . it had already been only a deserted ruin for a long time. From history: After the Thirty Years’ War the Austrian Emperor Ferdinand included the desolate medieval residence in “the cursed castles”. There are beautiful views of the Kokořín nature reserve from the castle terraces and the huge cylindrical tower. He reconstructed the castle very expensively under the supervision of four leading historians of the time and opened it to the public. who threatened the wider surroundings. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.Kokořín Why visit: The castle.
He wanted to outdo the English king. X.cz Konopiště 1. who had the same passion. standards. sculptures. George – pipes. and protected by seven huge towers forming separate fortresses. a lift. swords. Allegedly they were kept here as early as the 18th century. it was plundered by the Swedish army during the Thirty Years’ War. where he died together with his beloved wife. and he wanted to show off with his collection. The chateau was equipped with all period amenities – flush toilets. weapons. coins. containers.From history: A very unusual castle in the Czech context. He collected everything bearing the resemblance of St. paintings. 38 Franz Ferdinand d’Este was a passionate hunter and ardent collector of works of art. The idyll was ended by an assassination in Sarajevo in 1914. XI at weekends and holidays The favoured children’s attraction – the bears – have a long tradition in the chateau. Even though it was considered one of the strongest chateaux in the Czech Kingdom. built at the end of the 13th century following the model of French castle fortresses. 256 01 Benešov . The Archduke lived contentedly in his family circle on the chateau away from the commotion of the surrounding world. central heating and distribution of power from its own hydroelectric power station. IV–IX Tuesday–Sunday.zamek-konopiste. www. tombstones. it had five gates and two drawbridges. Konopiště Why visit: Nothing was left unattended in the romantic rebuilding of the majestic seat of the future Austrian Emperor Franz Ferdinand d’Este. The assassination thwarted his plan.
today’s owners of the well kept castle. he will reward the child with a diploma. The castle stands on a low promontory above ponds. and he disappointedly pulled out. but in the valley. IV–VI.kinskycastles.Kost Why visit: The Kost castle stands in an attractive land of forests and sandstone. the Hussite’s general. In a period of danger of war the lord with his family sought refuge on the last floor of the solid White Tower. The truth is slightly different: this castle of his catholic enemies was simply overlooked by his troops – it does not stand as other medieval seats on an elevated hill. which forced an accused person to confess. 507 45 Mladějov v Čechách 39 .com Podkost 1–8. www. VIII Monday–Sunday. The medieval torture chamber with visual demonstration of the method of “interrogations”. and by right it is called the Bohemian Paradise because of beauty. The exposition introduces the Kinsky family in the Czech lands. IX. From history: In the period of religious wars in the 15th century the castle was a problem also for the invincible Jan Žižka. in a case of danger. the dikes of which were. It is said that he had not seized the castle because its walls were as hard as a bone (in Czech kost). burst open changing it into a water fortress. During the visit children may draw the castle and hand the picture in at the booking office. is accessible in the cellar. If the owner likes it. VII. The picture will be exhibited at the place of honour in the castle and on the website. X Tuesday–Sunday Recommendation: A 10 km long route goes from the settlement around the castle through the picturesque Plakánek valley up to the Humprecht castle near Sobotka.
In Western Europe he was fascinated by the new method of bringing the countryside up to the buildings. 439 72 Krásný Dvůr . It has been in the ownership of the Czech Republic since 1945. who had established a temporary study in one of the pavilions. The Count Černín (Czernin) was a keen botanist and he travelled a lot. Many beautiful moments were spent here also by J. From history: The history of the estate is associated with the history of the Černín family. Park trips in a horse-drawn carriage (VI-VIII).cz Zámek č. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. 40 The magic of 18 opened up chateau chambers are in competition with the visit to the unique naturally landscaped park. www. 1.Krásný Dvůr Why visit: The first and probably the largest English park in the Czech lands was established at the end of the 18th century near the Baroque chateau. IV. when the Third Reich Nazi elite picked it out as a recreation resort. W. Goethe. X at weekends and holidays Late summer concerts in Krásný Dvůr (IX). Part of the concept was also a number of romantic pavilions imitating the French Versailles in almost all details. who owned the chateau up to the Second World War.krasny-dvur.
From history: Jakub Krčín.zamek-kratochvile. 384 11 Netolice 41 . apart from other things. abundant in fortune and good taste. He also developed the donated manor in such a way that Vilém of Rožmberk recognized that the place was ideal for leisure time of the Renaissance feudal lord. (Pastime means in Czech “kratochvíle”. the manager of the Rožemberks property.) There was possibly no important celebrity in the Czech Kingdom.Kratochvíle Why visit: Vilém of Rožmberk. by founding profitable ponds and managing to fully provide for the costly life style of his ruler.eu Státní zámek Kratochvíle. The management of this state chateau has been returning gradually the original furniture to all chambers according to the period style. who would not have visited the Renaissance treasure. X at weekends and holidays The chateau premises regularly host the Theatre summer (VII) www. acquired the small redoubt and the land near Netolice as a gift for good services in 1569. including the Emperor Rudolf II. V–VIII Tuesday–Sunday. Through his admirable managerial skills and his severity with the serfs. IV. The colourful world of mural paintings with hunting and religious motives and the gilded stucco glittered in full beauty following the demanding reconstructions. he significantly increased the economy of the South Bohemian estate. had a charming water summer residence for moments of enjoyment and relaxation built for the amusement of himself and that of his friends in Bohemia by Italian builders. and reacquired it at great expense back for the construction of his villa.
X at weekends only Recommendation: Do not miss a visit to the medieval vaults of Archbishops’ wine cellars. which are attended to and decanted with love. From history: Since the Middle Ages Kroměříž has been a summer residence of the Olomouc bishops and reflected their power and wealth. mainly the Flower garden. www.cz Sněmovní náměstí 1. and its unaltered historic appearance. The opulent palace houses apart from other things the European famous collection of Central European paintings of the 15th–18th centuries with original works by Titian. are the chateau’s pride.Kroměříž Why visit: The historical gardens. IV. Its globally unique concept of linking the world of plants and water with arts and architecture. glass. van Dyck.zamek-kromeriz. From the 84 metres high chateau tower there is a view on the historic heart of Kroměříž and its surroundings. 767 01 Kroměříž 42 . Taste the sacramental wines. In the Baroque period the town was talked about as “The Moravian Athens”. brought it onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. The newly built majestic structures were equipped with no less grand collections of furniture. The permanent orchestra outdid by its number and repertoire the orchestras of the Austrian Emperor or the French King. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. Cranacha senior and Dürer. books and paintings. porcelain.
From history: The royal seat was built in the 13th century as a support base for the ruling family of Přemyslids. 270 23 Křivoklát 43 .cz Křivoklát 47. Later on it also served as a state prison.krivoklat. damaged by many fires. However. XII at weekends and holidays www. but also many serious political discussions and fateful diplomatic talks. was imprisoned here for three years for the murder of the Emperor’s official in a prohibited duel. who successfully seek for return into the interiors the once taken away historic collections. feasts and drinking bouts. The only chamber with its original furnishing is the Gothic chapel with the richly carved altar. have their share there. the imprints of the Czech kings and the splendour of their life style are visible at every step. the court alchemist of the Emperor Rudolf II. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday. Many Czech sovereigns favoured the castle because of its excellent setting in the middle of forests full of game. underwent several reconstructions. which ended only in the 20th century. XI. For example Edward Kelly. The preservationists. I–III Monday–Saturday.Křivoklát Why visit: Among the forest hills the high circular tower of the ancient castle with extensive fortification stands out white. The castle halls experienced a lot of fun. The castle.
libraries and picture galleries. theatres. the interiors of the Baroque hospital with dispensary and the unique exposition of the Czech Pharmacy Museum. From history: The founder of the grounds in Kuks and other excellent buildings. Therefore even more he wanted to showcase the grounds on both sides of the river Elbe as a grandiose social centre of the aristocratic cream of society providing his guests with all manner of attractions and comfort. was a big and contradictory personality of the Czech Baroque and suffered for the whole of his life from a complex relating to the low social background of his father. IV. VII–VIII daily. irrecoverably disappeared in the course of the time. VI and IX Tuesday–Sunday. balls. the brilliant master of the Baroque sculpture. A contrast to the humble work of Merciful Brethrens in the monastic hospital for the poor was the opulent world of luxury. so they would look like the work of nature. hunting and other amusements in the majestic spa residence on the opposite hill. it is possible also to visit the monastic church and its vault with the tomb of the Count Sporck. X at weekends and holidays “The Music Summer in Kuks”– the festival of classical music in the Holy Trinity Church (VI–VIII).cz Hospital Kuks. is also the maker of the unusual set of sculptures and reliefs in the forest 3 km westward from Kuks. A number of buildings. B. 544 43 Kuks . He carved Biblical scenes directly into the rocks.hospital-kuks. www. The allegories of Virtue and Vice. Recommendation: M. The Braun’s Bethlehem is freely accessible on foot by tourist marked paths.Kuks Why visit: One of the most fascinating sets of Baroque sculptures adorn the terraces in front of the huge stone church and extensive monastery on the bank above the river Elbe. Braun. and other collections of sandstone sculptures were created by “the Czech Michelangelo” – Matthias Bernard Braun during an incredibly short period of time on the order of the Count Sporck. 44 In addition to the free tour of the place with the outside gallery of sculptures. V. Franz Anton. the Count of Sporck. including the chateau.
the recognized Hussite commander. IV. From history: The castle became very famous under the religious wars in the 15th century. It used to be higher. for example. IX.cz 533 52 Staré Hradiště 45 . for constructions in the nearby town Pardubice. but during the centuries the stone was extracted and used. In the 20th century the Museums’ Association in Pardubice provided for an extensive reconstruction according to the project of the excellent architect Dušan Jurkovič. X at weekends and holidays The children may experience shooting from a bow and crossbows in the castle’s shooting archery. more than 500 years old. and with the assistance of local inhabitants he built an ingenious system of fortification in a period of two years. www. V–VIII Tuesday–Sunday. At the end the quarry slumped and took with it also part of the castle’s area. It was occupied by Diviš Bořek. The exposition of archaeological discoveries includes amongst the most interesting items playing dice.Kunětická hora Why visit: A ruin of the Gothic castle on the highly visible hill stands out above the horizon in the fertile plain of the Elbe valley in Eastern Bohemia.hrad-kunetickahora. And what would a castle be without an exhibition of medieval torture instruments? However what you would not find anywhere else is the executioner’s price list from which it is evident that the executioner received a sizeable amount of money for practising his profession.
zamek. The beautiful and intelligent Countess suffered a tragic fate: three children died here and her husband left her and took away her last son. In addition to the tour of the chateau’s school classrooms and their furnishings. 742 53 Kunín . of interest is the attic with a unique Baroque system of chimneys. it experienced its greatest heyday at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries under the Maria Walburga of Harrach. The socialist era finished the work of devastation. The soldiers were riding on horses in the chateau’s interiors. they used the furniture and the books for 46 heating and enjoyed themselves by cutting up the precious paintings. which saved the Baroque pearl. In spite of that or because of it that is the reason why she made hundreds of children happy from various social strata and religion. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. In 1999 the dilapidated chateau became the property of the village Kunín.Kunín Why visit: One of the most valuable Baroque chateaux in North Moravia and Silesia.kunin. She built and co-funded a tuition and educational institute. From history: The former Enlightenment centre of education and culture was plundered by the Soviet Army at the end of the Second World War.cz Zámek Kunín 1. IV–X at weekends and holidays www. one of most modern ones in Europe at that time.
It was reopened after a quarter of the century in 2000 and the precious manuscripts from the library of the Chancellor Metternich are being gradually digitised. 354 91 Lázně Kynžvart 47 . he devoted affectionate attention to his chateau in the spa area of Western Bohemia. coins and art collections and the Rothschilds were honoured with an aristocratic title for their services. and a cigarette. lived most of his life in Vienna. IV. A passionate collector Metternich accumulated an unrivalled chamber of curiosities which ranks among the oldest publicly open museums in Europe. the banker. from the Emperor Napoleon III. It includes also hundreds of items with a relationship to historic personalities – for example an amulet of Lord Byron.Kynžvart Why visit: Kynžvart chateau with its unique collections ranks among the most significant European historic monuments. not fully smoked. From history: Even though the Austrian State Chancellor disliked and dreaded in the Czech lands.zamek-kynzvart. a prayer book of Marie Antoinette.eu Zámek Kynžvart. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The loan was a reward to both parties: the duke built a luxurious residence corresponding to his position and bought jewels. for the demanding reconstruction of the devastated residence. He even borrowed a staggering sum of 900 thousand guldens from Rothschild. the desk and the arm chair of Alexandre Dumas senior. X at weekends and holidays www.
Landštejn Why visit: A huge royal castle in the unspoiled nature of the most Southern edge of Bohemia. It was built in the 13th century for the protection of an important trade route and the border between the Czech lands and Austria. The conflict led to a regular war and at the end to a personal duel of implacable opponents. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.hrad-landstejn. called for its harsh climate “Czech Canada”.eu Státní hrad Landštejn. it still commands respect with its plain architecture meeting defensive purposes. artefacts and amenities of that time. The route was diverted in a different direction and the castle lost its significance. ranks among the most significant Romanesque historic monuments in Central Europe. They belonged to the then social elite and led an expensive life made more pleasant by luxurious utility items. X at weekends www. From history: The land route brought big wealth to the Lords of the castle. Even though only a monumental ruin has remained. in which Vilém of Landštejn 48 was mortally wounded. IV. Thanks to extensive archaeological research and exhibitions it is possible to get a picture of the luxurious life of inhabitants of the castle in the 13th and 14th centuries. the Lords of Hradec. 378 81 Slavonice . Its trail was a source of permanent conflicts with equally powerful neighbours.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. the owners wanting to make the apparently unattractive land more unique. The beautiful park called “the Garden of Europe” is unique with many rare woods.zamek-lednice.Lednice Why visit: The chateau. In the 19th century Prince Alois II decided that the chateau in Lednice was better suited for summer meetings. Four sightseeing tours show a picture of the extent of the social and private lives of the aristocracy in the course of centuries. IV. X at weekends and holidays Authentically furnished rooms of princes and princesses of Liechtenstein with original furniture and historic toys were opened at the second floor of the chateau in 2011. such as the 60 metres high Turkish minaret. French garden with unique greenhouse and an extensive park passing into a free open landscape extending to the Valtice chateau belongs to the most significant manifestation of high European Romanticism. or an artificial ruin called the John’s castle. 691 44 Lednice 49 . There is also the largest private collection of historic marionettes in the Czech Republic. From history: The huge lands on both sides of today’s Moravian-Austrian border had been acquired and developed by generations of the Liechtensteins family from the early Middle Ages. www. the lookout tower called the Temple of the God of Sun Apollo.com Zámek 1. festivities and the balls of European aristocracy than heated Vienna and he rebuilt it opulently in the spirit of English new Gothic. ponds with nesting waterfowls. and a number of interesting small structures.
IV. After the First World War. the Club of Czechoslovak Tourists bought it for 100 Czech Crowns and gradual reconstruction has been continuing up to now.Lipnice nad Sázavou Why visit: Seven centuries of Czech history have been inscribed into the wall of one of the most gigantic Czech aristocratic castles. www.eu Státní hrad. Since the 14th century it resisted invasions on its rocky bump between two hills and it guarded as a sentry the surrounding silver mines and merchant routes which interlaced the area of the river Sázava at the boundary of the Czech Kingdom and the Margraviate of Moravia. Every summer the natural amphitheatre hosts a Festival of humour and satire called Haškova Lipnice (VII). From history: In 1869 the castle and the Lipnice town below it burned down. The writer is also buried here. 582 32 Lipnice nad Sázavou 50 . The fire was viewed with horror by the whole region. The burned ruin remained abandoned for half a century. who in the house (Today’s Museum) below the castle and in the inn U České koruny (At the Czech Crown) wrote the major part of his world-famous work “The Fortunes of the Good Soldier Švejk”. A free tour of the monumental and ragged architecture with unique views of the surroundings is supplemented by the maze of extensive castle cellars. VI–VIII Tuesday–Sunday.hrad-lipnice. IX and X at weekends and holidays Recommendation: Lipnice is inseparably connected with the name of Jaroslav Hašek.
www. because the 11th child was a boy. The acoustically perfect courtyard with a unique extensible roof is filled with stylish music reminding us that every year a famous music festival accompanied by a number of good exhibitions and other events takes place in the chateau and in the whole picturesque town. English park and other barns and buildings. In 1824 there was a big celebration. including a brewery. The brewer was very happy.zamek-litomysl. were part of the chateau.Litomyšl Why visit: A chateau with arcades from the 16th century ranks among the most significant Renaissance monuments to the North of the Alps. VI–IX Tuesday–Sunday. Two classical tours covering the representative halls.cz Jiráskova 93. You may stand in front of the sgraffito decoration of its facade and swallow tailed gables for a long time and seek two equal pictures among hundreds of “love letters” carved in the stucco – you will not find any. the beer flowed freely. V and X at weekends and holidays International Opera Festival “Smetana’s Litomyšl” (VI–VII). are supplemented by the possibility of looking around from the 55 metres high tower or exploring the cellars. 570 01 Litomyšl 51 . From history: The French garden. He got the name Bedřich Smetana and he grew into a famous composer. including the Baroque theatre and the apartments of aristocrats.
but from the 18th century up to 1949 the castle served only as an ordinary regional prison. The cells of the former four-floor prison have moving life-sized dummies. According to a legend his entourage discovered.hradloket. In the course of history noble 52 prisoners were kept here many times. he then founded the town Teplé lázně near Loket. during a hunt. on which various methods of torture are being performed. today’s Karlovy Vary. a spring with thermal water which healed the King’s sick leg. Elbow) and the town of the same name surrounding it. From history: Charles IV liked Loket very much even though his royal father imprisoned him here for several months in his childhood. As a three years’ old boy he was separated from his mother.cz Zámecká 67. Above this wonder spring. The most impressive part of the tour comprises premises where the practices of torture were executed. 357 33 Loket . developed in the Middle Ages from a place where the river Ohře creates a lovely meander in the shape of a human elbow. accompanied by heartbreaking background sounds.Loket Why visit: The Czech name of the royal castle Loket (i.e. The legendary sovereign Charles IV preferably stayed here and he alternated his state duties with hunting in his game preserves. I–XII daily Middle Age Festivities (VIII) www. who he never saw again.
Following a great fire at the beginning of the 18th century the Count Lažanský invited leading artists of the Czech High Baroque to perform an entire reconstruction of his seat. inside the fountains. in the cemetery.Manětín Why visit: A discreet town.zamek-manetin. and from the terraces in front of the chateau’s windows. when the aristocracy sent the local stonemason to serve his apprenticeship with the famous Jan Brokoff ’s Prague workshop. who married into the family. 331 62 Manětín 53 . in particular under Marie Gabriela. From history: Manětín owes for its unmistakable atmosphere to sculptures scattered around the whole town and lining the main road leading to Pilsen. The tradition was established at the end of the 18th century. allegories of elements or human characteristics look down from their pedestals in the chateau.cz Zámek 1. harmonized with the chateau into a unique whole called “The Baroque Pearl of Western Bohemia”. The tour represents life in the chateau under the Lažanský family. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The stone figures of saints. IV and X at weekends www. and had a special set of 13 paintings portraying her servants painted. telamones.
276 01 Mělník 54 . by one of the oldest still living Czech aristocratic families – the Lobkowicz. The Princess Ludmila. Two legendary Slavonic families of Pšovans and Czechs (Čechové) were joined here into one through a marriage. From history: Since the early Middle Ages the castle was occupied by widows of Czech kings and dukes. Under the rule of the Emperor Charles IV the town became a dowry property of Czech queens. The centre of the open representative and living chambers of the Early Baroque chateau is the Great Hall with its unique collection of maps of all big European towns of the 17th century including their vedutas. I–XII daily The beginnings of viticulture in the Czech lands fall into the 10th century when the Princess Ludmila founded a first vineyard in the Mělník region. the first Czech saint.cz Svatováclavská 19/16. www. They serve to show the excellent work of cartographers and graphic artists and printers of that time. Later the chateau was owned by various aristocratic families. the shape of which comes from the time of the great medieval sovereign Charles IV. The current owner restored the original production of wine in historic cellars and offers a wide selection of chateau wines – the most famous one is “Ludmila” in its typical bottle.lobkowicz-melnik. with her husband Bořivoj brought the Christian religion to the Czech lands then and founded the Přemyslids ruling dynasty.Mělník Why visit: A visit to a chateau with a magnificent view of the confluence of the Elbe and Vltava rivers below the traditional vineyards with the sacred hill Říp on the horizon is like a trip to the roots of Czech history. and since the 18th century.
in addition to the local viticulture.1 tonnes is the largest one in the Czech Republic. the history of the chateau and the aristocratic family of Dietrichsteins. The huge richly decorated Renaissance wine cask with a volume of 101 400 litres and weight of 26.rmm. 692 15 Mikulov 55 . From history: Fires became fatal for the highly visible Baroque chateau up above the town. www. In addition to stops at local and family wine cellars or tasting of wines in wine bars and wine restaurants.Mikulov Why visit: Mikulov town is situated in the very centre of the wine-growing region of South Moravia in the magnificent nature reserve Pálava. The Museum expositions represent. Thanks to the initiative of local inhabitants the chateau was soon sensitively restored and adjusted for the needs of the Regional Museum. archaeology and attractive seasonal exhibitions. It burned to the ground for the last time a few days before the end of the Second World War when the German Army was retreating.cz Zámek 1. the visit also includes the historic chateau cellar with expositions of traditional viticulture. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday Since 1994 the chateau’s “Workshop” has been gradually establishing one of the highest quality collections of contemporary sculpture in the Czech Republic as a result of annual summer art symposiums.
presents the life of the last owners of the chateau. orangeries. by origin a Hungarian count. he often invited selected Viennese society to his Milotice estate. a riding hall and a stable. mainly to boast about his unique collection of thoroughbred horses. www. 56 The tour shows the stylish interiors. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. on the Moravian wine path. spent most of his time at the Emperor’s court in Vienna.cz Zámecká 1. pheasantry. stalled in the luxurious environment of the chateau stables. From history: Serényi. 696 05 Milotice . Portraits of the 32 most precious stallions are exhibited at the chateau.Milotice Why visit: This Pearl on the string of Moravian Baroque chateaux is situated in the middle of fertile vineyards and wine cellars in the Slovácko (Moravian Slovakia) region. The chateau acquired its appearance comprising the French Baroque garden. IV and X at weekends and holidays Sales gallery of wines and a wine restaurant. in the 18th century under the family of Serény. which were installed exactly in accordance with the period photographs and with still living eyewitnesses. the German family of Seilern Aspang. however.zamekmilotice. after the old manor was twice ravaged by foreign raiders.
was executed in 1621 as one of the main leaders of the Czech revolt against the Emperor. close to the chateau. Several tours of the Baroque chateau and its rich interiors return the visitor to the aristocratic life of the 18th century. IV and X at weekends and holidays Saturday’s extraordinary tours of the backstage and historic stage equipment of the chateau theatre from the 18th century (V–IX). the Emperor’s general. 150 years after his death. was laid to rest in the St. another chateau of the powerful Wallensteins.cz Státní zámek. as another part of his huge and expanding property. Anna Chapel. the founder of the chateau and a significant Protestant politician. the aged seducer and diplomat–schemer. exactly in accordance with the family slogan “In defiance of envy!” (Invita invidia!) From history: Václav Budovec. His body following many transfers. until his death. 295 01 Mnichovo Hradiště 57 .mnichovo-hradiste. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. www. After several years his life was also prematurely ended – he was done away with by assassins in order to prevent his plans of crowning his starry career with a coronation to become Czech king. His confiscated chateau and the whole estate were acquired by Albrecht von Wallenstein. where the library had been managed by the exiled Giacomo Casanova. a writer and a patriot. At that time also 22 thousand volumes were brought from the library in Duchcov. Sunday’s children’s tours with a guide in period costume and with the fairy tale of bewitched knights (VII–VIII).Mnichovo Hradiště Why visit: The family of Wallensteins found a perfectly luxurious manor at the western promontory of the magnificent land of the Bohemian Paradise.
Under the 150 years reign of the Piccolomini family in the Baroque and Rococo periods. including tens of castles and towns. However. Náchod 547 01 . he already had a more than rich experience from the Thirty Years’ War. who took sides with the Czech nobility’s revolt in 1620. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. However. by the mother’s line. www. the long-time owners of the Náchod estate. he was only 35 years old. IV and X at weekends and holidays Those who would not like to see the bears Dáša and Ludvík in the chateau’s moat may peep into the children’s room with historic toys from the 19th century and the first half of the 20th in the Piccolominsk’s exposition. in 1634 in Cheb during the liquidation of the so called Wallenstein’s conspiracy. was murdered together with him. the Italian general. the chateau basically received its current appearance. the property was confiscated by the Emperor from the last heiress. from the Smiřický family. acquired the chateau and the extensive estate as a gift from the Emperor for help with dispatching Albrecht von Wallenstein.Náchod Why visit: When in 1634 Ottavio Piccolomini. The chateau offers six different tours of the beautifully furnished interiors of the chateau. From history: Albrecht von Wallenstein came. mainly jewels on big ribbons and order stars from the old chateau’s safe. the chateau was confiscated by the Emperor also from Adam Erdman Trčka. so it was not a wonder that his first steps in his new residence led to modernization of the fortification. In the 17th century they owned the most extensive lands in the Czech Kingdom.cz Zámek 1282. The newest one is the exposition of a unique collection of orders and decorations.zamek-nachod. 58 as a brother in law and trustee of Albrecht. Shortly after. who.
783 44 Náměšť na Hané 59 . but also other carriages from the local historic collection are extraordinary. in 1916. The velvet and gold embroidered seats are filled with eiderdown and the curtains are sewn from rare brocade.5 metres high and weighs over 2 tonnes. mainly the three unique richly gilded carriages used for ceremonial occasions. The family lost its property a few weeks after the end of the Second World War. The length of the carriage with six thoroughbred horses was up to 15 metres.namestnahane. which should reflect his property upturn. from the Count Kinsky.cz Hrad 1. and the biggest carriage is more than 3. It was one of the first confiscations in Czechoslovakia according to the Decree of president Beneš on seizing the property of Germans. the last aristocratic owner.zamek. to which avenues of centuries-old lime trees are converged from four sides. He paid 2. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. From history: František Ottáhal. the iron merchant. bought the estate with a French style chateau. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The exhibition of more than 50 historic children’s prams is also part of one of the tours.Náměšť na Hané Why visit: A beautiful carriage of the Olomouc archbishop appeared in the film of Miloš Forman “Amadeus”.3 million Austrian Crowns for it and invested other big sums into the modernization of his residence.
The elite of the Moravian aristocracy met here in order to enjoy themselves and plot their political and family plans.cz Zámek 1. At that time Moravia was a country of welfare. IV. X at weekends and holidays Summer international multigenre cultural festival “Folk holidays” (VII).zamek-namest. Musical tradition still continues. which was transferred to the nearby town Kralice in 1578. religious freedom and tolerance. The Protestant Unity of Brethren had a printing house here. Famous composers and performers were guests at the chateau. 675 71 Náměšť nad Oslavou . From history: In the 16th century the Žerotíns family played an important role in rebuilding the inconvenient castle into an extensive Renaissance chateau. but mainly the servants of the Haugwitz family – those who did not play well on an instrument were dismissed.were excellent. concerts were held even three times a week. There one of the most valuable works of the Czech literature of that time originated – “The Kralice Bible”. The repertoire and the artistic quality 60 The famous collection of 24 large historic tapestries from the Renaissance up to the 19th century stands out among the exhibits of the tour route. The chateau’s numerous orchestral players included teachers and folk musicians from the neighbourhood. thus the biggest in Europe. concerts in the chateau. www. Náměšť nad Oslavou Why visit: The chateau was famous at the end of the 18th century as an important centre of musical life in Central Europe. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.
to the family of Lobkowicz and opened to the public. when the chateau was returned. Hunting was the essential entertainment of the autumn months. which is shown by trophies of the chase.cz Zámek Lobkowiczů. From history: Originally a fortress and later a Renaissance chateau built in an Italian style by Italian artists it changed owners constantly and no one stayed there for a long time.lobkowiczevents. which rank among the oldest.Nelahozeves Why visit: The chateau houses a significant part of the collections of the Lobkowicz family. There is a museum in his parental house and the chateau hosts a cycle of concerts of classical. Another part of the collection can be seen in the Lobkowicz Palace in the Prague Castle. 277 51 Nelahozeves 61 . jazz and alternative music from spring till autumn. Since the 17th century the opulent residence served only as offices and warehouses and gradually started to decay. A new active chapter started to be written only at the end of the last century. a collection of firearms and stag horn furniture. www. the most extensive and the most well-preserved private arts and architecture collections in the Czech Republic. as restitution. IV–X daily Recommendation: The great Czech composer Antonín Dvořák was born in Nelahozeves. The view into the aristocratic interiors of the Lobkowicz family illustrates how an old and influential noble family lived in one of their eminent chateaux in the countryside.
zameknm. It was a reward for his share in the murder of Albrecht von Wallenstein and other Czech aristocrats accused of a plot against the Emperor. electric power. X at weekends and holidays www. VII and VIII daily. the rich owner of a textile factory. Excellent architects of that time. picked out the devastated Baroque chateau as a future family residence. Cubism and Functionalism styles by prominent Czech artists. Art Deco. Bartoň. rebuilt it into a modern residence equipped with technical amenities. central heating. Modernised historic interiors for the representation and privacy of the industrial family were boldly decorated in the Art Nouveau. and dining and personal lifts. who was promoted to the position of field marshal and imperial Count. IV.cz Husovo náměstí 1201 549 01 Nové Město nad Metují 62 . V and VI. IX Tuesday–Sunday. a Scottish constable. telephone.Nové Město nad Metují Why visit: At the beginning of the 20th century J. Dušan Jurkovič and Pavel Janák. From history: In the 17th century the whole chateau and the estate came into possession of Walter of Leslie. such as a water main.
The permanent exposition of the Archdiocesan museum shows gems of art from the 12th– 18th centuries. V–X Tuesday–Sunday www. one of the highest quality Central European collections of the old art of painting and the vault treasures of Olomouc archbishops. the museum is the most significant Czech art institution after the National Gallery in Prague. The fragment of the Bishop’s Palace from the 12th century with beautiful stone windows is considered to be one of the most significant European monuments of residential Romanesque architecture. Contrast is given by the hypermodern reconstruction of the premises into an attractive museum of arts. From history: In 1063 the first Czech King Vratislav II founded the bishopric in Olomouc. Thirty of its representatives were in power for more than 400 years. As far as the number of collection items and organization of excellent exhibitions are concerned.cz Václavské náměstí 3.Olomouc Why visit: The significance of the Přemyslid castle in Olomouc for Czech history is comparable only with Prague Castle.olmuart. In 1306 one of the oldest Czech detective stories took place in these walls not resolved up to this time: the murder of the sixteen years’ old King Václav III. which brought many prestigious awards to its young architects. 771 11 Olomouc 63 . who rested here prior to his crusade to Poland. which then was based directly in his castle. was never reliably clarified. This meant a definitive end of the single Czech ruling dynasty of Přemyslids. The castle was then left to the clergy.
Opočno Why visit: At first it looked as if Jan Rudolf Trčka of Lípa was very lucky. 517 73 Opočno . She dreamed about a military and later a political career for her son. the young officer and his brother-in-law. intrigues and relations with both the defeated and the victorious sides. a woman not only beautiful and intelligent.cz Trčkovo náměstí 1. The family died out and Opočno became the possession of the Italian aristocratic family Colloredo until the Second World War. a profitable estate and married Marie Magdalena of Lobkowicz. Mainly after the year 1620. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. unseated and wilfully assassinated together with his friends and counsellors. but this ended with his death and the loss of credit and the property of the whole family. greed and inhuman treatment. weapons. when big collections of paintings. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. The genteel representative premises in the so called French palace style were remodelled in the 19th–20th centuries. but also active and businesslike.zamek-opocno. ethnographic exotic items and hunting trophies from Africa and America were installed here. In 1634 the formerly favoured Emperor’s general was 64 accused of a plot. she had become the richest woman of that time through property leverage. among whom was also Adam Erdman Trčka. when the Czech nobility’s revolt against the Emperor had been defeated. He inherited an opulent Renaissance family chateau. The serfs called her “Bad Manda” due to her selfishness. From history: Alliance with the Duke Albrecht von Wallenstein was fatal for the Trčka of Lípa family. Maybe even too active.
His 237 000 men then definitively crashed the French army of the Emperor Napoleon in “The Battle of Nations” at Leipzig in 1813. When he was only 16 years old he started a brilliant military career. but also by the Empire style lounges with furniture brought from the Ambassador’s residence of Karl Philipp in Paris. but the impressive appearance and the ancient name Orlík (Small eagle) were preserved. From history: The period of greatest glory of Orlík came after the year 1802 with Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg. VI–IX daily.Orlík Why visit: A wooden castle like an eagle’s nest was built on a steep rock above the Vltava river in the 13th century and in later centuries it got the appearance of a stone Gothic castle for the royal garrison. V and X Tuesday–Sunday www. The diplomatic talent of the Schwarzenbergs has been remembered not only by the unique collection of orders. IV. and by the activity of the current owner.cz Zámek Orlík. the rock and the settlement below the castle were swallowed up by a dam in the 20th century. then four years later he already was a colonel and very soon a marshal and the commander-in-chief of anti-Napoleon troops. 398 07 Orlík nad Vltavou 65 . as a Foreign Affairs Minister of the Czech Republic. first in the bodyguard of the Austrian Emperor. Karl Schwarzenberg.schwarzenberg. However.
592 62 Nedvědice 66 . The Pernsteins had to sell up their vast lands. the dungeon.hrad-pernstejn. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. This is in contrast with the comfortably furnished chambers of last owners. And also the spiral staircase and narrow corridors with a number of authentic medieval inscriptions – quotations of Ovidius and smutty drawings by long-time military guards. to which the irrecoverable loans to emperors became fatal. The castle remained in its intact appearance in the Gothic and Renaissance forms as it had in the 16th century.cz Státní hrad Pernštejn. Thick walls. Its insufficiently used interiors were then considerably marked by ravages of time and vandals. The alcoves attached to the higher floors like swallow nests ingeniously increased the castle’s living space. one of the richest in the Czech lands. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. the chapel – comprise the Gothic base of the castle. From history: The castle bears the name of a famous aristocratic family. small windows and impressive vaults. when it was finished.Pernštejn Why visit: A marble castle with a silver access road (made of small mica stones) and remarkable architecture stands up from the rock above the surrounding dark green woods as a mysterious seat of the Lord of the Rings.
she burned all bills at the end. which would equal the structures of foreign nobility. The artificial Baroque water caves called grottos should be experienced. As a punishment he was put as the first prisoner in the new dungeon in the Prague Castle and executed.zamek-ploskovice. In order to hide the price for her lavishness from her husband. the ambitious Anna Maria Franziska. 411 42 Ploskovice 1 67 . Ferdinand V. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. From history: At the end of the 15th century a rebellion of serfs took place in the chateau and in the domain and its main protagonist was the defender of oppressed people. when thanks to the patriotic opera “Dalibor” by Bedřich Smetana.Ploskovice Why visit: It is said that for this luxurious Baroque chateau.cz Státní zámek. The interiors evoke the atmosphere of the summer stays of the retired Austrian Emperor and the last crowned King of Bohemia. Habsburg in the 19th century. he directly became a symbol of Czech music. She cared so much about the construction of “small Versailles” that she personally followed the construction and every week she paid out all the workers. the Grand Duchess of Tuscany paid an outrageous sum of more than one million guldens. the Knight Dalibor of Kozojed. His story came alive in the 19th century in the period of Romanticism. so there is no document about either the exact time of construction or about the architect.
68 . Eva Jiřičná. the Gothic Metropolitan Cathedral. Classicist ceremonial halls to the high-tech greenhouse by the renowned architect. in the gardens are a textbook of architecture and shown in a 3D film on the Czech history and national identity. ranging from the Romanesque Royal Palace.Praha – Pražský hrad Why visit: It is hard to say which of Prague’s panoramas is more breathtaking: whether the view from below the river with the characteristic silhouette of the Hradčany. you will be overwhelmed by the size and magnificence of this ancient seat of the Czech sovereigns. or from above the terraces and windows of Prague Castle down to the magic town with its hundreds of spires and sights spread on the hills on both banks of the Vltava river itself spanned by many historical bridges. Vitus Cathedral belong to the nations treasures. and nowadays presidents in their limousines arrive. Baroque galleries. or a sort of a “back entrance for servants”(but the Old Castle stairs along the terraced southern Castle gardens which are more romantic). Renaissance summer palaces. they are symbols of Czech statehood and an area contributing to the reputation of Prague as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The first rate architectural monuments. From history: Whether you choose the monumental entrance through triumphal arches through which the kings and emperors with their escorts used to arrive. of all art styles. In any case Prague Castle together with the St. Nowadays the castle is also the residence of the head of state.
cz Pražský hrad. the Great Southern Spire of the Cathedral and the Golden Lane with its ramparts. St. Of the interiors open to guided tours worth mentioning are: the Old Royal Palace. gardens IV–X daily “Summer Shakespeare Festival”– the oldest and the biggest Shakespearean theatre festival in the open air in Europe (VI–IX) The Supreme Burgrave’s house accommodates one of the largest private collections of toys in the world including a huge number of old European and American unique items. In many Prague Castle premises temporary exhibitions and cultural events are organized throughout the year. The Castle precincts and premises open to visitors I–XII daily.praguewelcome. typically on the first Saturday after the 8th May. Powder Tower. 119 08 Praha 1 69 . www. the Convent of St. St. and the first Saturday after the 28th October. Vitus Cathedral with the tombs of Czech kings. the Rožmberk Palace. The representative halls of Prague Castle are open to the general public on two holidays in a year. a permanent exhibition called the Story of the Prague Castle. Recommendation: Each hour changing of the Castle guards takes place. George’s (exposition of the National Gallery). the Picture Gallery of Prague Castle.The whole Castle premises are freely accessible. at noon with fanfares and the exchange of the standard in the first courtyard. George’s Basilica.
cz U Trojského zámku 1. He was extremely lucky in choosing the place and artists who were to bring his dreams of a magnificent Baroque suburban villa full of works of art amidst boundless gardens to life. horses and other animals from collections in aristocratic manors. 170 00 Praha 7 . in 1703. It is complemented by a unique selection of historical portrayals of hounds. The major theme of the magnificent mural decorations of the castle was the glorification of the power and fame of the house of Habsburg and the Count also hoped to host Emperor Leopold I and his hunting entourage. could the Count welcome his son. 70 But the Emperor left Prague for good shortly after the start of construction and only over 23 years.Praha – Trojský zámek Why visit: The young Czech Count. I–XII Tuesday–Sunday www. From history: The oasis of joy and rest surrounded by picturesque vineyards and whispering river had not been meant for longer stays but for organizing festivals. The story of the construction is narrated by the exhibition “Eternal Summer in a Roman villa”. and other art collections of the Gallery of the Capital City of Prague.citygalleryprague. Wenzel Adalbert von Sternberg had been so thrilled by the atmosphere of the “Eternal City” of Rome that he decided to bring a part of it home. the Emperor Joseph I.
I–XII daily www. as the major architectural monuments at Vyšehrad (NeoGothic St. Of the abundance of old national legends artistically rendered many times. the tombs of the most famous Czech prominent people in the Vyšehrad cemetery. who saved his rider from execution having jumped over the ramparts and the river. a mythical prophet who chose Přemysl the Ploughman for founding the royal family. the most popular one is the legend of the mythical horse. or entering casemates and a large underground hall Gorlice where the original sculptures from the Charles Bridge are placed. Legends go back to the beginnings of the Přemyslide state in the 11th century and even deeper in the ancient times. the first man to be crowned resided there. Away from the crowds of tourists flowing through the oldest of Prague’s quarters in the centre. Peter and Paul’s Cathedral. called Šemík. From history: Vyšehrad is the oldest Czech royal residence because Vratislav II. it offers an unusual view of the magnificent city and a peaceful walk in the beautiful park. Princess Libuše.praha-vysehrad. Leisurely walk and stops at memorable places or observation places may be complemented by visiting the Art Nouveau interior of the capitulary cathedral.cz V Pevnosti 159/5b. is said to have predicted the immortal glory and starry future of Prague. Baroque Casemates) are not of such an old date. 120 00 Praha 2-Vyšehrad 71 .Praha – Vyšehrad Why visit: The rock above the Vltava river and the twin slender spires are emblazoned with many ancient legends and genius loci (spirit of the place) of one of the most memorable places of the Czech people.
as building material.cz Státní hrad Rabí. but people from the neighbourhood used the stones from the derelict building. 342 01 Sušice . V–IX Tuesday – Sunday. The attractive medieval milieu is popular with fairytale and historical story film makers. uninhabited since the 18th century. allegedly after being shot from a bow by the castle defenders. 72 How was it with Žižka’s eye? What view does the donjon offer? Is the well in the courtyard really bottomless? Two guided tours give answers to these and other questions. From history: The most famous event from the rich history of the castle is the siege by Hussite troops in 1421.Rabí Why visit: Nearly 3 kilometres of ramparts encircle the largest Czech castle ruin boasting one of the most advanced defence systems of that time in Europe. director František Vláčil shot the most famous Czech art film “Markéta Lazarová” here.rabi. IV and X at weekends and public holidays www. The legendary folk commander Jan Žižka lost his only healthy eye in the siege. In 1967. The scene was once carved on the castle gate.
but she considered her summer residence amidst the beautiful countryside of Eastern Bohemia as her real home.cz Státní zámek Ratibořice. V and VI Tuesday–Sunday. She knew the whole of Europe. Božena Němcová. Katharina Wilhelmine. she was in her element when at the Vienna royal court. Katharina Wilhelmine. she was admired by prominent men of the early 19th century. VII and VIII daily. Duchess of Sagan (in Czech Kateřina Zaháňská) had enchanted the highest European social circles with her charm and subtlety for many years.Ratibořice Why visit: Intelligent. Duchess of Sagan lent her elegant manor house to host the secret negotiations between Austria. IX. from the Russian Tsar to the Austrian chancellor Metternich. From history: “The Hall of Three Emperors” reminds us of the fact that in 1813. where everything reminds you of the story of the cult Czech novel “Grandma” by the popular novelist of the 19th century. Russia and Prussia on a coalition against Napoleon which contributed to his fall and the new arrangement of Europe. IV. independent and on top of that attractive. The tour of the manor drawing rooms is successfully complemented by a walk round the manor park and the “Grandma Valley”. X at weekends and holidays www.zamek-ratiborice. 552 03 Česká Skalice 73 .
who. as the legend says. 382 18 Rožmberk nad Vltavou 74 . apparently the most popular family figure is Perchta of Rožmberk.hrad-rozmberk. The Buquoy family. used to be in the most powerful positions in the country. V–XI Tuesday–Sunday. XI–III daily Evening tours in period costumes where historic personalities guide visitors around the castle have become a summer tradition (VII–VIII). which held the castle in possession from 1620 until the end of the Second World War. Vilém and Petr.Rožmberk Why visit: The most splendid view of the huge medieval castle and the romantic countryside of Southern Bohemia opens to you from the English Tower. www. will be introduced during the guided tour of the private family rooms on the second floor of the castle. after the king. From history: The castle from the middle of the 13th century belongs among the oldest castles of the Vítkovci family. But you must climb more than 200 steps. A portrait of the famous White Lady decorates the Hall of Rožmberks in the first guided tour. has been walking around the family residences as a mournful ghost since her death. IV and X at weekends and holidays. which will bring the visitors to the times of the last Rožmberks. the predecessors of the one of the most powerful Bohemian aristocratic families – Rožmberks – who.eu Státní hrad. Despite a number of learned and venturesome feudal lords.
are possible to visit. VI–VIII daily Recommendation: Every year at the beginning of December. The chambers with rich artistic decorations and unique gallery of Baroque paintings represent the Italian concept of the palace style of living.cz Palackého náměstí 1. 684 01 Slavkov u Brna 75 . From history: The chateau reached the peak of its fame in the second half of the 18th century under Wenzel Anton Kaunitz. a member of the old Moravian aristocratic family. The major instances of the famous event are reconstructed in a virtual Battle at Slavkov (Austerlitz) in the form of a projection. or to one’s own taste any time during the year. the Prince participated in the creation of the Habsburg monarchy policy and hosted the Empress Maria Theresa in his magnificent residence many times. of which the Art Nouveau memorial called the Cairn of Peace is the most notable. organised by the château’s custodians. a reconstruction of the battle takes place on the Slavkov battlefield where Napoleon Bonaparte defeated the numerically superior army commanded by the Austrian and Russian emperors. He was the lover of art and books and regardless of censorship he was ordering “subversive” new titles focused on Enlightenment and new revolutionary movements directly from France. In the highest circles. www. which had owned the manor for four centuries. In the main round hall the history of Europe was drawn up – after the famous “Battle of Three Emperors” the armistice between France and Austria was signed here. The memorable places.zamek-slavkov. The Emperor Napoleon after the victorious battle stayed in the chateau overnight several times and started peace negotiations.Slavkov (Austerlitz) Why visit: The monumental Baroque chateau became famous in connection with the Battle of Slavkov which took place in 1805 between the French troops on one side and allied Russian-Austrian troops on the other. IV–XI Tuesday–Sunday.
also many interesting details and secluded places of the complex chateau including the pink bathroom of one of the Rohan princesses can be seen.From history: The manor.cz Státní zámek. I–XII daily Professional falconers demonstrate the historical way of training of birds of prey several times a day (V–IX). was once acquired by a French Chivalry family as a benefit for the services provided to the Austrian Emperor during the Thirty Years’ War. As the first cousins of French kings of the Bourbon dynasty they found a refuge here after the Great French Revolution and they grew fond of the North of Bohemia insofar as they stayed here even though they were invited to return back home later on. which survived the French revolution hidden in an attic of one of the Parisian palaces. namely by the brilliant carver Petr Bušek who imprinted high artistic value to the interiors of the chateau and an unrepeatable atmosphere.zamek-sychrov. In addition to the basic guided tour of the noble interiors with fantastic carving decoration and the portrait gallery of the Rohan family. But all the work during its reconstruction in its absolutely enchanting Neo-Gothic form was done exclusively by domestic artisans and craftsmen. www. confiscated from the Czech nobility. The manor prospered mostly in the 19th century when Brittany princes of the House of Rohan moved in. but also the surrounding countryside reshaped in a work of art features the esprit of the French countryside. Sychrov Why visit: Not only the chateau itself belonging to the most notable sights of the historicist styles of the 19th century. 463 44 Sychrov 76 .
concerts and historical and sporting events. Italian patriots. Later the army barracks were there. Festival Špilberk Filharmonie Brno (VIII). During the Second World War it became an interchange station to other German prisons or concentration camps. several permanent expositions and occasional exhibitions from the museum collections of the City of Brno. for example Hungarian Jacobites. Nowadays. Its cells witnessed hardened criminals and military and political prisoners of all regimes. theatre. In addition to the tour of casemates it is also possible to visit the castle interiors. it is the seat of the Museum of the City of Brno and one of the most significant Brno cultural centres for exhibitions. or Polish revolutionaries from the Krakow Uprising in 1846. 662 24 Brno-střed 77 . The observation gallery on the bastion offers a unique view of the City of Brno and its surroundings. From history: The prison had been a part of the fortress since the Thirty Years’War. fencing festival (IX) www. This leading residence of the Czech kings and Moravian Margraves had gradually changed into a huge Baroque military fortress with the severest prison of the Austrian monarchy – the well-known “Prison of Nations”.Tuesday–Sunday all year round.cz Špilberk 1. Exhibitions and historical interiors . casemates and the southeast bastion V–IX including Monday “Summer Shakespeare Festival” (VII–VIII).spilberk.Špilberk (Brno) Why visit: The stone castle high above the city invoked mixed feelings of safety and fear in citizens of Brno throughout long centuries.
equipping of bathrooms and a personal lift were a part of the refurbishments. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. From history: The long history of the residence of the Sternberg family is closely linked with the troubled times of Czech history. The castle was for a long-time in ruins and only at the end of the 19th century the owners decided to undertake a general reconstruction.Šternberk Why visit: The complex castle with rich decoration ranging from Gothic to Art Nouveau styles is a typical example of the method of restoration of old historical buildings in the Romantic spirit of the 19th century. hot air heating system. mainly with wars during which the castle and the town below it suffered considerably. 785 01 Šternberk . Opulent furnishing was mostly brought in from inaccessible North Moravian chateaux.hrad-sternberk. 78 Collections of the last owners of the Liechtenstein family are the basis of two guided tours.cz Horní náměstí 6. Installation of a water main.
Guided tours of interiors where the nobility lived and entertained. power intoxicated. IV and X at weekends and holidays What do dragons look like? Everything about dragons and how to outsmart them is shown in an exhibition “Dragons” during the holidays. From history: The perfectly protected medieval fortress. Půta Švihovský of Rýzmberk. Till these days legends go round about the pride and cruelty with which he handled his serfs and craftsmen and for which the devil brought him allegedly down to hell.cz Žižkova 1. www. 340 12 Švihov 79 . but also of the parts of the castle where the staff worked hard perfectly illustrate the castle style of life in the 16th century. with its ingenious equipment capable of flooding the surroundings with water in no time (including the inner courtyard) and letting the water out without any harm to the building.hradsvihov. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.Švihov Why visit: The magnificent water castle was built by rich. is considered to be the last real castle in Czech lands – only chateaux were built after it. In his bedroom there has been a mysterious hole in the vault till these days allegedly resisting any attempts to be walled up.
He invited home top ranked Italian architects. jewels and gemstones. craftsmen and artists and gave them a free hand in the reconstruction of his old family residence. courtyards interconnected by arcades and 80 a magnificent park with an orangery surrounded by ponds.Telč Why visit: The chateau and the main square in Telč belong among the most distinctive European historical monuments of the Renaissance style outside its cradle in Italy. The enormous patrimony from one of the most prosperous Moravian estates had been decreasing and passing to the possession of other aristocratic families. became enthusiastic about the new artistic style during his diplomatic missions. The Renaissance form of the chateau and the adjacent square lined by the pastel facades of patrician houses . all this is a remarkable illustration of translating Italian art into the Czech milieu. sgraffiti. From history: The luxurious residence rebuilt during the second half of the 16th century from the original Gothic castle had lived on its fame for many centuries. It was there that one of the richest and most powerful feudal lords of his time. tapestries. Zacharias of Hradec. Richly decorated interiors with gilded silver furniture.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday www. But the real gem is the large Golden Hall called after its gilded coffered ceiling with scenes from Ancient Greek mythology. They boast of carved coffered ceilings decorated with paintings and curious hunting trophies.zamek-telc. 588 56 Telč 81 .cz Náměstí Zachariáše z Hradce 1.above the arcades has not therefore essentially changed and has preserved its original character. Podstatzky of Liechtenstein. A visit to the private drawing-rooms of the last owners of the chateau. also includes a tour of the Count’s bathrooms and a dressing-room with a collection of historical clothing and accessories. this was the reason for its entry in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The exceptional Renaissance treasure nestled among ponds looks nearly like fairytale film scenery – and so films are often shot here and the locals have become experienced supernumerary actors. The guided tour of the chateau chambers gives the impression of a compendium of Renaissance artistic techniques.
Točník and Žebrák
Why visit: The ruins of two closely neighbouring medieval castles creating the best preserved twin castles in the Czech Republic dominate the deep forests of the Křivoklát region. From history: Žebrák, the older one, had been used by nobility and the Czech kings since the 13th century. It was a place of frequent intermediate stops by the Emperor Charles IV on his “business trips” in foreign countries, and also his successor to the throne, Václav IV, an ardent hunter, and his numerous hunting entourage spent a lot of time there. After a great fire, he had the more comfortable castle Točník built on the opposite hill; at those times an unprecedently luxurious residence with two palaces, representing indeed
the king ruling over ten countries, as seen on the entrance gate with their coats of arms on it, including the favourite symbol of Václav IV kingfisher surrounded by a fibre veil.
The free visit is livened up at practically any time by various festivals, medieval markets, music festivals and fencing combats. Točník: V–IX Tuesday–Sunday, III, IV and X at weekends and holidays, Žebrák: VII and VIII daily, IV–IV and IX at weekends and holidays
www.tocnik.com Hrady Točník a Žebrák, 267 51 Zdice
Why visit: The towers of the ruins (“trosky”) of the Gothic castle called the Virgin and the Crone are a symbol of the picturesque region of the Bohemian Paradise – from the towers a unique view of the wide countryside opens up. The castle, abandoned since the Thirty Years’ War, and gradually falling into picturesque ruins, is still popular with poets, painter, photographers and all romantic souls. From history: Building the castle on two steep volcanic rocks made the castle an impregnable fortress, which was not seized even during fierce Hussite wars. As a last resort, there are allegedly large cellars under the castle and escape routes in the maze of the surrounding sandstone rocks and underground caverns. Once, 200 marauding knights that got hold of the castle using a trick fought off, in this way, the enormous predominance of the Territorial Army. During the individual tour you will admire distant views from the observation platform on the Crone tower and in the summer months demonstrations of birds of prey trainings in the castle premises. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday, IV and X at weekends and holidays
www.hrad-trosky.eu Státní hrad Trosky, 512 63 Rovensko pod Troskami
From history: Not even Petr Vok, an educated and art-loving feudal lord, so charming and attractive to women, had children, and so after his death in 1611 the 400 year course of the aristocratic family of Rožmberks through the Czech history ended. The results of their presence in the Southern Bohemia are a large number of fish breeding ponds that generated a substantial part of their profits and gave the countryside an unrepeatable charm.
Why visit: Not even three groups of ten alchemists headed by the famous Dr. John Dee and Edward Kelley invited to Třeboň by Vilém of Rožmberk were able to prepare a potion guaranteeing the birth of a descendant. He died childless and his younger brother Petr Vok inherited his vast estate, but also his debts. He gradually sold several family residences and moved with his entire court to Třeboň, which he got rebuilt in Renaissance style for his comfort and the storing of a unique archive and collections only commensurate with collections of the Emperor Rudolf II at the Prague Castle.
Renaissance chambers of the Rožmberk nobility and rooms of courtiers and ladies-inwaiting give us the image of the life in noble courts of those days, for example of the rules for the art of fine dining and feasting. During holidays it is possible to visit the stables, kitchen just for dogs and underground casemates which were converted into wine cellars later on. Also the tour of the remarkably furnished private suites of the last owners, Schwarzenbergs, is possible. IV–X Tuesday–Sunday
Recommendation: In the English park at the banks of the large pond called Svět (World) stands a remarkable stone tomb with 26 coffins of the members of the Schwarzenberg family. Owing to its magnificent acoustics it is used for the organising of concerts. www.zamek-trebon.eu Zámek 115, 379 01 Třeboň
IV at weekends and holidays The chateau amidst the traditional winegrowing area offers. In addition to the guided tour of the Count’s chambers of the Liechtenstein family it is also possible in summer months to visit places of interest in the surroundings. For the delight and surprise of guests. the antique styled colonnade with its beautiful view. 13 ruling counts built their residence. Gradually. From history: Valtice. belonged more to Austria and from the Middle Ages to 1945 was owned by Liechtensteins. 691 42 Valtice 85 . or the chapel of the hunters’ patron St. V–X Tuesday–Sunday. which. also summer wine festivals (VII).Valtice Why visit: In the southern most part of the Czech Republic the powerful and rich Leichtensteins let the swamps and marshes around the Dyje river between their beautiful chateaux in Valtice and Lednice be drained and created an artificial landscape with ponds full of water lilies. scented meadows and blossoming parks in an area of 185 km2. shady woods.zamek-valtice. and at the end of September the tasting of new wine. with its decorativeness and magnificence and rich equipment and collections competed with the Viennese imperial court itself in the 18th century. in addition to wine tasting from their own wine cellars. the best Viennese architects also placed a number of remarkable romantic buildings in the countryside. in history. www.cz Zámek 1. Hubert where votive services were served after the end of aristocratic hunting. such as the Rendezvous hunting lodge. and the grape harvest beginning of October.
writers and film-makers.Velhartice Why visit: The romantic atmosphere of the ancient castle together with its unusual defence system is amplified by the forested hillsides of one of the most beautiful Šumava valleys. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. 86 Do not miss a tour of the poetic castle premises with a beautiful view and visit also the open-air museum of vernacular architecture in the settlement around the castle. The strong bonds of friendship among them became an inspiration for great many poets.hradvelhartice. From history: One of the first owners and builders of the castle Bušek of Velhartice and his son were favourite and faithful chamberlains of the King and Emperor Charles IV.cz Hrad Velhartice. 341 42 Kolinec .
after retirement he retreated to the Czech countryside.Velké Březno Why visit: The Count Chotek had the one of the newest and smallest Czech chateaux built in the middle of the 19th century. As a youth he toured the whole of Europe and became familiar with the social life in capital cities. The amount of paraphernalia for everyday hygiene gives evidence that neat personal appearance was important for men as much as for women. where he wished to spend the autumn of his life. From history: From outside the building is rather reminiscent of a railway station building. IV and X at weekends and holidays www.zamek-vbrezno. This former leading politician and his charming wife had numerous guests. among them for example Franz Liszt. but it was equipped with all amenities available in those days for the comfort of the freshly retired. In the interior. including ladies and man’s bedrooms. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. you can look into the secrets of aristocratic living.cz 403 23 Velké Březno 87 .
From history: Over three centuries the residence was owned by one of the richest Moravian families – Žerotíns. the second largest in Moravia. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. The original small water fortress was unable to meet their high demands and therefore it was rebuilt generously in the 16th century.zamek-losiny.cz 788 15 Velké Losiny 268 88 . the Žerotíns founded a handmade paper mill in Velké Losiny. Velké Losiny Why visit: One of the most splendid Renaissance arcade chateaux to the North of the Alps was ill-famed for witch trials at the end of the 17th century. the torturing and burning to death on the stake of over a hundred innocent people. armoury and a beautiful collection of tapestries. IV and X at weekends and holidays Recommendation: At the end of the 19th century. women and men. www. Though the Court Hall affords the greatest interest to visitors as the tragic scene of the interrogations of the alleged witches. The cruel inquisition tribunal ordered. The chateau also hosts a large collection of art. is accessible the whole year round. The factory having been producing uninterruptedly from those days the highest quality and exceptionally resistant handmade paper sought for by artists from all over the world. the austere Knight’s Hall is the most precious interior of the chateau with leather decorated walls and equipped with a three meters high Renaissance colour-tiled Dutch stove. through invented accusations. whose property was the real reason for pursuit. mostly affluent burghers.
is situated in the town centre at the foothill of Vizovice Heights. the priest of Olomouc and future bishop of Hradec Kralové.cz Náměstí Palackého 376. Two guided tours introduce representative rooms of the nobility including the chateau chapel and chambers of family members. a prominent Brno architect. 763 12 Vizovice 89 . Franz Anton Grimm (1710-1784). IV and X at weekends and holidays www. It contains an exceptional collection of paintings created by the master builder of the Vizovice chateau and completed by the Stillfried family. From history: The chateau in Vizovice was built in the middle of the 18th century by Hermann Hannibal von Blümegen. In the second half of the 18th century under the Blümegens not only were the construction of the chateau and its garden completed. guests and servants. was charged with the construction of the chateau and conceived it in the then modern French style. The chateau premises include also a garden with a pond built concurrently with the chateau.Vizovice Why visit: A late Baroque chateau. one of the most beautiful ones in Moravia. but also exceedingly valuable interior furnishings were acquired. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.zamek-vizovice.
From history: The current appearance is to be credited to the Counts of Althann at the end of the 17th century after a disastrous fire in 1665. The major credit in its fame should be paid to its charming owner. from Spain. the energetic and intelligent lady of the chateau. It was a public secret that the real reason for the Monarch’s visits from nearby Vienna was just that. IV and X at weekends and holidays In the carriage house in front of the main gate of the chateau. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.zamekvranov.cz Zámecká 93. Fischer von Erlach. Through the 19th century the chateau was owned by Polish Mniszeks who brought the well-known Vranov factory for the production of crockery into prosperity.Vranov nad Dyjí Why visit: The luxurious chateau on a promontory above the picturesque valley of the river Dyje belonged to the most famous aristocratic residences in Baroque times. Maria Anna. The monumental round hall of the predecessors of the Atlhann family from the end of the 17th century belongs to the treasure house of European architecture. who was brought to a family residence by Count Althann. 90 Richly furnished interiors acquaint us with the exquisite culture of the aristocratic living in the chateau. Marquise Pignatelli. They invited the most renowned personality of the Central European Baroque – the Vienna court architect. the favourite of the Emperor Charles VI. www. every year. 671 03 Vranov nad Dyjí . The chateau chapel was built by the same architect. seasonal exhibitions of exhibits from closed depositories of South Moravian castles and chateaux take place.
V–IX Tuesday . The interiors of the chateau were splendidly converted for the retired Emperor in the then modern style of the second Rococo. from the Habsburg dynasty liked to stay in the chateau following his voluntary abdication as the Austrian Emperor in 1848. which was expensively rebuilt for him. He virtually never reigned himself. he was considered a nice. 471 23 Zákupy 91 .zamek-zakupy. the young duke died of tuberculosis without seeing his new residence.cz Borská 1. However. somewhat degenerated descendent of close blood relations of the European nobility who was in Vienna mockingly called “der arme Trottel Nandel”.Sunday. For his maximum comfort also the Baroque lift was renovated and its technical background is part of the tour. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. Contrary to all expectations he lived to a ripe old age and looked well after his summer residence.Zákupy Why visit: The last crowned King of Bohemia – Ferdinand I. the daughter of the Austrian Emperor Franz I. Dobrotivý (the Gracious). however. From history: In 1815 after the fall of Napoleon the Zákupy chateau was set as asylum for the general’s son called Orlik (small eagle) from the marriage with Marie Louise.
I–XII daily.eu 398 18 Záhoří . called the Iron and Golden King. But who knows? From history: The seat of the first Czech kings on the strategic trade route at the confluence of Vltava and Otava rivers had changed its owners quite often. Royal Palace: V–IX TuesdaySunday. cellars and of the royal palace allows for the due relishing of the romantic atmosphere. he loved to stay there and until the construction of Karlštejn the Czech crown jewels were kept there. The castle had been seized neither in the early Middle Ages nor during the Thirty Years’ War. The lovers of mysteries allege that it is due to the mysterious protective symbols carved in the low 11 rows of the tower stones. The chapel is the most beautiful part of the castle built in the 13th century to celebrate the greatness and power of the Přemysl Otakar II. but it reached its greatest fame in the 14th century under the reign of the beloved Czech sovereign Charles IV.Zvíkov Why visit: The huge residential tower of very unusual construction is the centre of the fortification of the royal castle. He commissioned thorough 92 reconstruction. Its three meters thick walls of black square stones were even more reinforced by spiked blades on which the projectiles catapulted by trebuchets and fire arms under a sharp angle slid down without doing serious harm. Although they really look like runic letters. IV and X at weekends and holidays www. A free tour of the courtyards.hrad-zvikov. the historians only see the marks of the stone cutters who worked on royal constructions in them. Its ancient history was rounded off in the 20th century by construction of a dam which swallowed up the high rock below the castle and the fortified settlement around the castle.
and only two years later the monastery burned down and Vejmluva himself died in a year. make the premises of the former monastery and its economy background accessible to the general public for tours of the most beautiful interiors nowadays hosting a number of permanent exhibitions: exposition on the evolution of books. The monastery with its perfectly operating economy where the stables are just as magnificent as the prelacy halls. an exposition on the life of the architect Santini. XI–III at business days www. IV and X at weekends and holidays. Baroque works of art from the collections of the National Gallery. and the museum of local fire brigades. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday. the magnificent Baroque reconstruction of the monastery ranked among the most expensive projects of those days. The energetic owners of the chateau. the old aristocratic family of Kinsky. typography and book culture. 591 02 Žďár nad Sázavou 2 93 . the mystical pilgrimage church of the St. are the gems of the original artistic style called Baroque Gothic. At the end of the century the monastery was abolished by the Emperor Joseph II and it was changed into an economic centre and a chateau. John of Nepomuk at Zelená Hora (Green Hill). Kinsky gallery. and the cemetery with the layout of a skull. From history: In the beginning a group of Cistercian monks built a log cabin in the wild forest of the Sázava river in the 13th century and step by step with their bare hands they built their humble monastery.zamekzdar. historical pianos. Five centuries later.Žďár nad Sázavou Why visit: One of the most stunning ecclesiastical residences of the early 18th century was a project by the enlightened and art-loving Abbot Václav Vejmluva together with the architectural genius Jan Santini-Aichel.cz Zámek 11. The triumph of the thirty year construction effort was celebrated in 1735.
but also offer interesting insights in the kitchen equipped with advanced technology and ingeniously solved hygienic background and the underground labyrinth of the old castle cellars. 285 61 Žleby 94 . including a knight on a horse wearing full armour. glass and historical armoury to the subtlest details. the lookout tower and chateau armoury with one of the largest collection of arms in Europe. Two guided tours present not only the luxurious chambers. V–IX Tuesday–Sunday.cz Zámecká 1. But he did not hesitate to use the most advanced equipment of the day for the everyday operation of his “Medieval” household where he loved to change into knightly armour. From history: The Count designed his Neo-Gothic reconstruction exactly according to the saying “My house – my castle”. dishes.zamek-zleby. rugs and carpets. romantic. paintings. IV and X at weekends and holidays Recommendation: A game preserve with a unique herd of white deer following the chateau park. Scott.Žleby Why visit: In the 19th century. He gathered antiquities from the whole of Europe. from furniture. even a little bit weird Vincent Karel Auersperg inspired by the traditions of Old England transformed his chateau into a medieval manor of knights similar to those in the novels by W. www. the chateau theatre.
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