Hluboká Castle is the great destination in South Bohemia, with its romantic white castle, nice surroudings, sport places and the small zoo. The castle got its current appearance thanks to the Schwarzenberg family and is described as the most romantic Czech castle.
The chateau of Hluboká was originally founded as a guard castle in the 13rth century to protect the Bohemian Kingdom from the south and used to be the royal property. Later on it went into hands of Schwarzenberg noble family.
It was largely expanded during the Renaissance period, rebuilt in a Baroque style at the order of Adam Fran in the beginning of the 18th century. It has got its current appearance during the 19th century when Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg realized its reconstruction in the romantic style of the Windsor Castle.
The castle has got 140 rooms and 11 towers and offers several tour variants. You can admire the private chambers and ceremonial halls with paneling carved from wood, coffered ceilings, elegant furnishings, glass chandeliers and collections of porcelain, paintings and tapestries. There is also a possibility to visit the lookout tower and the castle kitchen with the equipment from the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. In the old riding hall there is situated the exposition of South Bohemian Gothic and Dutch masters.
In case of favourable weather there is a beautiful view over the surroundings.