18 Castles and chateaux
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Reason to visit
This chateau in a romantic landscape
at the edge of the Bohemian Paradise
so captured the heart of the Spanish
Queen Maria Christina on her visits
here in the 19th century that she wanted
to buy it. She was dissuaded only because
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in the strained relations between
the Austrian and Spanish branches
of the Habsburgs. At least the Spanish
court received some of the renowned
beer from the chateau brewery.
Of historical interest
The turbulent fate of the nobility
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in the history of the chateau, which was
forcibly seized several times, sold often,
but also lost on the stock market.
A distinct imprint on the building
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it was bequeathed by the prominent
Austrian politician Baron Wessenberk,
who in 1873 shot himself because he had
been accused of treason. In the period
of communist rule, the chateau served
as a juvenile detention centre.
Classic, fairy tale, and ghost
tour circuits lead through the Baroque
interiors with period furnishings
and decorations. The Order
of the Knights of Malta left behind
its exceptional collection of weapons
originating from the Thirty Years’ War,
including unique ship canons
from the battle for Rhodes
in the 16th century.
VII–VIII daily,
V–VI and IX Tuesday–Sunday,
I–IV and X–XII weekends.
Every Saturday throughout
the year ghost tours are held,
during which devils, vampires,
witches, ghosts and other creatures
rollick in the chateau rooms.
Tours of the chateau, enlivened
by fairy tales with songs and live
music, are held every Sunday
from June to September.
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Reason to visit
The attractive and ornate environment
of this Rococo chateau, surrounded
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ornamentation, sculpted hedges
and statues, evokes the atmosphere
of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace.
Perhaps that is why it is so sought
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by concert organizers and for weddings
and private parties.
Of historical interest
The splendid Rococo residence from
the 18th century, thoroughly reminiscent
of the times, tastes and style of the
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the Second World War a favourite
of the Nazis, who expropriated it from
its aristocratic owners. For 50 years
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offering residencies and recreation
for pro-regime authors and other
prominent people.
Part of the chateau houses
the exhibition of the town museum.
In addition to the history and examples
of traditional local glove-making,
another attraction is a large collection
of historical motorcycles made
in Czechoslovakia.
The so-calledWriters’ Room
recalls the times during the communist
era when the family collections
of the old-new owners, the Colloredo-
Mannsfeld family, were inaccessible
to “mere mortals”. Today they
are accessible and much admired
by the public.
I–XII daily.
An exhibition of ghosts,
a playground, a zoo in the chateau
park, and summertime night tours
for the fearless.
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