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Karlštejn Karlstejn in Map

Karlštejn Castle

Karlštejn Castle holds an absolutely exceptional position among Czech castles. It was established by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV as a place to store the royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels. The very impressive layout of the castle buildings from the settlement outside the castle walls right up to the Imperial Palace and the towers rising over it will captivate you with their ingenuity. In the castle Chapel of the Holy Cross, you will then merely contemplate the pictures of Master Theodoric in silent wonder.     more details

 

Konopiště Konopiste in Map

Konopiště Chateau

Konopiště Castle, founded as a Gothic fortress, was inspired by French fortresses with a symmetrical layout of the towers, several entrances and drawbridges. Thanks to many modifications, it was gradually converted into a romantic chateau with luxuriously furnished interior modified for the everyday life of the aristocracy.     more details

 

Kutná Hora Kutna Hora in Map

Kutná Hora Town

Kutná Hora, the silver treasury and a true gem of the country, was present at the very start of the boom in the Czech Kingdom, a city whose historical centre with the Cathedral of St. Barbara and Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary have been included in the UNESCO world heritage list.     more details

 

Český Krumlov Cesky Krumlov in Map

Český Krumlov Town

When you arrive in Český Krumlov, you will be captivated at first glance by the monumental panorama of the chateau here, which rises above the picturesque Renaissance architecture of the adjacent little town. Taking a walk through the historical centre will, thanks to its inimitable medieval character, leave you in no doubt as to why Český Krumlov is one of the gems included on the UNESCO list.     more details

 

Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary in Map

Karlovy Vary Town

The incarnation of spa elegance, imposing colonnades, exclusive spa buildings and a wonderful layout in the heart of a forested valley. That is Karlovy Vary. The best known town in the world renowned West Bohemian Spa Triangle, in which some of the most famous figures in European artistic and cultural life have enjoyed treatment, is today the second most visited spot in the Czech Republic. Thanks to its unique architecture, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful spas.     more details

 

Český Šternberk Cesky Sternberk in Map

Český Šternberk Castle

A tour circuit will lead you through fifteen richly furnished rooms, from the representative Knights’ Hall, to parlours and salons with furniture from various historical periods, to the Hunters’ Hall, which is decorated with a variety of hunting trophies. You will learn about the fate and lifestyle of the most recent generations of the oldest still existing Czech family. Be sure not to miss the former monastery in Sázava, 12 kilometres away. The monastery was the centre of Slavic education from 1032 until its closure in the 18th century.     more details

 

Žleby Zleby in Map

Chateau Žleby

In the 19th century, romantic, 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. Scott. During your visit, you can admire the collections of art, historic weapons, antiques, glass, porcelain, stained glass windows, portraits, historical furnishings from Renaissance to the 20th century and many others.     more details

 

Hluboká nad Vltavou Hluboka in Map

Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle

Hluboká Castle is the ideal destination in South Bohemia for history buffs, incorrigible romantics and even those who worship sport. The castle owes its current appearance to the Schwarzenberg family and is often described as the most beautiful Czech castle. The castle with its 140 rooms and 11 towers offers several tour variants. During the tour of the castle, one can peek inside private rooms and lavish ceremonial halls with carved paneling, coffered ceilings, elegant furnishings, crystal chandeliers and rich collections of paintings, silver, porcelain and tapestries.     more details

 

Lednice Lednice in Map

Lednice Chateau

Visit Lednice Chateau and see marvellous representative halls, private rooms of the princely family, children’s rooms and a haunted cave! Lednice Chateau is the jewel in the crown of the Lednice-Valtice Complex and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful complexes in the English Neo-Gothic style in the whole of Europe.     more details

 

Valtice Valtice in Map

Valtice Chateau

Valtice, part of the Lednice-Valtice Complex is called the capital city of wine – sample the local wines in the cellars of this opulent chateau! The jewel in the crown of Valtice is its massive Baroque chateau, the former residence of the Lichtenstein family. Situated in the centre of a tradition wine region, the chateau was built in stages by thirteen princes and in the 18th century the residence, with its furnishings, collections and rich inventory competed with Imperial court in Vienna itself.     more details

 

Orlík Orlik in Map

Orlík castle

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 gained the appearance of a stone Gothic castle for the royal garrison. However, the rock and the settlement below the castle were swallowed up by a dam in the 20th century, but the impressive appearance and the ancient name Orlík (Small Eagle) were preserved.     more details

 

Sychrov Sychrov in Map

Sychrov Chateau

You can visit the Gothic Revival-style Sychrov Chateau all year round. An extensive exhibition engages you in the lifestyle of the nobility in the second half of the 19th century, when the chateau flourished under the princely Rohan family, which came to Bohemia from French Brittany. At Sychrov you can see many rare collections, including French portrait paintings and etched and painted Bohemian glass from the 18th and 19th centuries. In the chateau’s English park you can admire the kings of the sky: eagles, falcons, buzzards and owls, whose abilities will be demonstrated to you by an experienced falconer.     more details

 

Bouzov Bouzov in Map

Bouzov Castle

Visit the romantic castle gem of Central Moravia and be transported back to the days when it was the seat of the Teutonic Knights! The medieval Bouzov castle is definitely one of the castles in Moravia which you can’t miss. And not just because a number of movies were filmed on its premises - from Czech fairy tales to the Italian princess Fantaghiro, but also because unlike other medieval settlements, this castle has never gone to ruin. Starting in the late 15th century it was in the hands of the Teutonic Knights.     more details

 

Červená Lhota Cervena Lhota in Map

Červená Lhota Chateau

The summer house rebuilt from the Gothic fort in the 16th century was a place of amusement, celebrations and leisure. The unusual red colour distinguishes this picturesque “weekend” manor from other similar Renaissance chateaux in Bohemia. 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. The fairytale atmosphere of the place is often used by film crews.     more details

 

Velké Losiny Velke Losiny in Map

Velké Losiny Chateau

When you see the wonderful three-storey arcading and sgraffito decoration, you’ll understand why it’s said to be one of the finest Renaissance buildings north of the Alps. During a tour you’ll see the Banqueting Hall with its exquisite cassette ceiling, the Knights’ Hall and the chateau picture gallery, where works by Italian, Flemish and Dutch masters are displayed. The infamous Great Courtroom, where the inquisition pronounced its judgements on so-called witches, still retains an eerie atmosphere.     more details

 

Bítov Bitov in Map

Bítov Castle

This Gothic castle, refashioned under the gaze of the romantic eyes of the 19th century, rises up above the nearby confluence of the Dyje and Želetavka. The main attractions for visitors are the castle prison, dungeon and torture chamber, where you can try out various things for yourself. Children will be entertained by the scary exhibition in the former chateau brewery. They will see all the things they know from their fairytales here – fabulous monsters, dragons and basilisks.     more details

 

Vranov nad Dyjí Vranov in Map

Vranov nad Dyjí Chateau

Visit this Baroque gem, which looks down from a promontory in the picturesque valley of the River Dyje. It emerged from a conversion of a castle of the provincial nobility combining Roman and Gothic features, with the first written account dating back to the year 1100. The chateau was given its present appearance by the counts of Althann in 1665, after a devastating fire.     more details

 

Mělník Melnik in Map

Mělník Town

You can begin your stay in Mělník by walking around the square lined with beautiful arcaded buildings. Your gaze will certainly gravitate to the town hall and the adjacent former Capuchin monastery. If you like mysterious spaces with a special energy, you can descend into the medieval Mělník underground with the widest well in the Czech Republic. You can walk down Svatováclavská ulice (St. Wenceslas Street) to the Mělník Chateau and the dominant feature of the city, the beautifully decorated Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul.     more details

 

Telč Telc in Map

Telč town

It would be hard to imagine a more fairytale-like little town than Telč. A square which looks like it has come straight from the stories of Hans Christian Andersen, a romantic chateau and crystal clear fishponds surrounding the city. Telč is the most perfect example of the Italian Renaissance north of the Alps and a town with one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. It is rightly thus also part of UNESCO world heritage.     more details

 

Zvíkov Zvikov in Map

Zvíkov Castle

The seat of the first Czech kings on the strategic trade route at the confluence of Vltava and Otava rivers had reached its greatest fame in the 14th century under the reign of the beloved Czech sovereign Charles IV. The huge residential tower of very unusual construction is the centre of the fortifi cation of the royal castle. Its three meters thick walls of black square stones were even more reinforced by spiked blades on which the projectiles catapulted by trebuchets and fi re arms under a sharp angle slid down without doing serious harm.     more details

 

Kokořín Kokorin in Map

Kokořín Castle

The castle, situated in a picturesque landscape full of sandstone, small lakes and forgotten villages is only 40 km from Prague. When it was purchased at the end of the 19th century by Václav Špaček, the Prague businessman, it had already been only a deserted ruin for a long time. He reconstructed the castle very expensively under the supervision of four leading historians of the time and opened it to the public. He built a recreational facility, a swimming pool and tennis courts below it, thus promoting the Kokořín area to a favoured recreational and tourist destination.     more details

 

Kost Kost in Map

Kost Castle

Kost Castle lies in a magical landscape of forests and sandstone rocks, which is rightly called Bohemian Paradise due to its charms. It allegedly got its name from the fact that its walls are as hard as bone (kost means “bone” in Czech) and not even the Hussite general Jan Žižka was able to capture the castle. During the tour, you will learn about the owners, the Kinský family, or get to know the medieval torture chamber.     more details

 

Křivoklát Krivoklat in Map

Křivoklát Castle

The royal seat was built in the 13th century as a support base for the ruling family of Přemyslids. The most valuable part of the castle, with a massive cylindrical tower, is the Royal Hall, which has splendid star vaulting. After the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle, it is the second largest hall in the Czech Republic. During a tour, you’ll be dazzled by the interiors of the Late Gothic chapel and the Royal Hall. You’ll be amazed by the library with 52,000 volumes. Chills will run down your spine on a visit to the torture chamber.     more details

 

Levý Hradec Levy Hradec in Map

Levý Hradec Church

Timber-frame houses were discovered in the center of the site where, as it is supposed, the princely retinue lived beginning in the 9th century. The peasants’ farmsteads were located in a suburb, which was enclosed by a wall in the 10th century. In the 9th century the first church in Bohemia, the Church of St. Clement, was built in Levý Hradec.     more details

 

Mariánské Lázně Marianske Lazne in Map

Mariánské Lázně Town

When you pass through the heart of Mariánské Lázně you have the sense that you have been transported back in time to a century ago with the wave of a magic wand. Splendid spa buildings alternate with blossoming parks in which spa guests sit, sipping contentedly on jugs filled from some of the town’s famous springs. Get to know the story of a town which, at the height of its fame, hosted the most important of statesmen and artists, and remains one of Europe’s most beautiful spa towns.     more details

 

Nelahozeves Nelahozeves in Map

Nelahozeves Chateau

The Nelahozeves Chateau, with interiors richly decorated with frescoes, is among the most beautiful Renaissance buildings in the Czech Republic. It also includes a museum and gallery with the exhibition “Private Spaces: A Noble Family at Home”, which examines the lifestyle of the noble Lobkowicz family in the 19th century. This family has played a major role in the history of Central Europe for more than 600 years and also boasted the title of prince of the Holy Roman Empire.     more details

 

Špilberk Spilberk in Map

Špilberk Castle

Špilberk was founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Czech king Přemysl Otakar II. He conceived its construction on a very grand scale, both as firm support for his power and also as a dignified seat for the rulers of Moravia. However, it made its mark on history mostly as a prison for the toughest and most dangerous of criminals. It was not only “regular” murderers, thieves or arsonists who did their time here, but also so-called state prisoners. This concerned people from the upper classes such as Italian nationalists or people fighting against Habsburg absolutism.     more details

 

Terezín Terezin in Map

Terezín

Terezín is a fortress built by the Enlightenment ruler Josef II and although the building named after his mother Maria Theresa was supposed to be used for defence, it paradoxically became infamous first of all as a prison, and later during World War Two as a Jewish ghetto and concentration camp. You can also visit the Terezín Monument dedicated to the victims of the holocaust and pay your tribute at the monument to people’s indefatigable bravery and the will to live.     more details

 

Olomouc Olomouc in Map

Olomouc Town

In order to feel the true atmosphere of elegant Olomouc, all you need do is take a seat at the foot of the Holy Trinity Column and watch what is going on around you. The magnificent city palaces, the pleasant cafes and the ubiquitous students from the local universities provide the perfect backdrop for this monumental and at the same time harmonious Baroque work of art. The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc, which was included in the UNESCO monument list due to its historical and artistic value, is the largest free-standing Baroque sculpture in Central Europe.     more details