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Nelahozeves Chateau

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Map :   
GPS :   
50.2610633N, 14.3014178E
Distance from Prague :   
36km/22miles
Opening hours :   
9:00-17:00 April-September (Tuesday - Sunday)
9:00-17:00 October-March (only Saturday)
Admission :   
250CZK/person
Official website :   
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      Chateau

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   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. They were patrons of science and of artists such as Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.
   The castle is an example of the castello fortezza, a design that was considered very modern in the 16th century. Its predominant characteristics are faux architectural defenses, including decorative bastions and an entry bridge without a moat. The most noteworthy of the castle’s interior rooms is the Knight’s Hall, which dates from 1564. Dominated by a large Renaissance stone fireplace, it also features ceiling decorations depicting Livy’s interpretations of five Roman virtues, wall frescoes displaying military figures, and a lunette vault decorated with original stucco reliefs.
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   The chateau holds one of the largest Czech collections of Spanish painting from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The Lobkowicz collections contain some 1,500 paintings, including masterpieces by Brueghel, Velázquez, Rubens, Cranach, Croll and others. From early spring until autumn, a popular music festival called Dvořák’s Musical Nelahozeves runs at the chateau. The festival is a celebration of the works of Antonín Dvořák, whose birthplace and museum is located just below the chateau.
   
   
   
   
   
 
 

      How can you get there by bus from Prague

   The best way to get to Nelahozeves is by train. Trains leave from subway's station Praha Masarykovo nádraží on line B. Click here to find train from Prague to Nelahozeves.