Interesting Places in the Czech Republic
Hluboka is a dazzling white fairy-tale landmark, nestled in the woods
at the edge of Ceské Budejovice. Originally built as a gothic
castle around 1250, it underwent significant reconstruction in the
1860s in the neo-gothic Windsor Castle style.
Krivoklát Castle is one of the oldest and most important castles
built by the Czech princes and kings, its roots tracing to the
12th century. During the reign of Premysl Otakar II and his son, Wenceslas
II, it was
built as a magnificent royal castle. In the middle of 19th century,
the Fursternbergs had the castle rebuilt in the romantic style. This
hunting-lodge of several rulers has remarkable castle interiors
with many well-preserved elements of medieval decoration. The Monumental
Tower houses hunting weapons and other exhibits connected with
hunting history. Also noteworthy is the castle chapel and a large late-gothic
hall, with an exhibition of panel paintings and sculptures. Situated
about 30 miles SW of Prague. Duration of the tour is 4 hours.
The village of Nelahozeves is mentioned as early as the middle
of the 14th century. After 1544 Florián Gryspek from Gryspach, who held
an important office in the court of Emperor Ferdinand I, became owner
of the manor and had the castle built there. In 1623, the castle passed
into the hands of its present owners, the Lobkowicz family. Even today
it preserves its original renaissance appearance. The castle collection
has an extraordinarily rich picture gallery of outstanding European masters,
with one of the largest collections of Spanish portraits of 16th and
17th century. During the tour it is possible to visit the birthplace
of Antonin Dvorák, which is situated just below the castle.
Duration of the tour is 4 hours.
The South Bohemian château Cervená Lhota is one of the
most romantic monuments in Bohemia. It rises up on a rock surrounded
lake. Visitors have access to sixteen rooms, with a very cozy
chamber atmosphere, recalling life from the renaissance period up until
century. Extraordinarily impressive views can be seen from
the windows across the surface of the lake and into the Castle Park.
of the tour is 6 hours.
This Early Gothic Castle, founded around 1240, ranks among
the few historic monuments whose owners have remained the
until nowadays and after whom the castle has got its name.
In the 15th century, the Castle was partly damaged and the
changes were carried out in the 17th century, when its medieval
appearance nearly disappeared. Visitors are taken through
with contemporary furniture of appreciable value and stuccoed
ceilings. The collection has an excellent and wide-ranging
of the 17th century, historical weapons and hunting trophies.
Duration of the tour is 4 hours
Chateau Zleby, originally a gothic castle of the Lords of Lichtenburg,
was built at the end of the 13th century and rebuilt after
the Hussite wars during the middle of the 15th century. The castle underwent
renaissance and Baroque renovations and was rebuilt into
its current appearance upon the suggestion of one of the later owners
of the manor,
Karel Vincent Ausperg. Since 1945, the castle has been
owned by State. Duration of the tour is 6 hours.