Český Šternberk Castle, called the “Pearl of Posázaví”, towers above the central part of the river Sázava. The family that founded the castle still owns it today, and the current owner, Zdeněk Sternberg, lives here.
Český Šternberk Castle was originally built around 1241 as a Gothic castle by Zdeslav of Divišov. Eventually it underwent several periods of reconstructions and further fortification and the Gothic architectural features were in parts concealed by the new reconstructions. Especially the interiors of the castle were realized under the Baroque and Rococo styles. In 1760, the master Carlo Brentano performed the elaborate stuccoing and renderings of the halls' interiors. The castle offers a rare collection of 545 copper engravings, depicting the entire history of the Thirty Years' War. Also, historical weapons and hunting trophies are exhibited within the castle’s halls.
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.
The first space on the tour is the biggest and most lavish. The Knights’ Hall, dating from around 1500, features ornate stucco adornment, coats-of-arms relating to the Sternberg clan and portraits of generals from the Thirty Years’ War.
In the second biggest room, the Dining Room, portraits of the Sternbergs hang on one wall and four Baroque paintings with biblical themes hang on another. The Yellow Salon stands out for its Empire-style wall painting of idyllic, country scenes. Stunning Baroque frescoes are found on the ceiling of the Ladies’ Lounge. The 18th century floral furniture is Rococo. The library boasts a painting by renowned Baroque artist Petr Brandl. Another room entices with its Dutch Baroque furniture that features a floral motif.