22 Castles and chateaux
23
Hluboká
nadVltavou
Reason to visit
White brickwork, battlements, loopholes,
towers and turrets, oriel and pointed-
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– all of this brings to mind the romantic
rural atmosphere of the English kings
of Windsor. It was precisely on this
model that the entire Hluboká complex
and the surrounding land was rebuilt.
Of historical interest
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a succession of important owners.
The Schwarzenberg family lived here
for a full three hundred years before
the Second World War, when the castle
was occupied by the Gestapo and the
family emigrated overseas. The princely
residence came alive mainly during
autumn hunting season, when it was
visited by the cream of the European
aristocracy.
Tip: The Neo-Gothic former riding
school next to the castle contains
an important art museum, which
is named after the painter Mikolá% Ale%,
a native of South Bohemia. A gem
of the museum’s high-quality holdings
is a renowned collection of Gothic art
from South Bohemia and the )umava
region. The Hluboká Musical Summer,
a chamber music festival with
a long tradition, is held directly
in the exhibition space (VI–VIII).
In terms of elegance and comfort,
the interiors did not take a back seat
to English and Scottish manors
of the 19th century. Among the
requisite amenities were a private
chapel, its own theatre, and a library
with about 12,000 volumes.
The castle has some 140 suites, many
of which are richly furnished with
the Schwarzenberg family collections
and are accessible to the public.
VII–VIII daily,
I–VI and IX–XII Tuesday–Sunday.
Bezru"ova 142
373 41 Hluboká nad Vltavou
Hor%ovsk( T(n
Reason to visit
This typical Renaissance chateau
from the 16th century, which
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is one of the most accessible monuments
in the Czech Republic: In high season
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with a total time of over 5 hours!
Of historical interest
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castle in the middle of the 16th century,
a comfortable chateau was built from
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its owners, the famous Czech Lobkowicz
family, because of their participation
in an uprising against the Habsburgs.
It was sold for a negligible sum
to a member of the Styrian noble family
of Trauttmansdorff, who held
it for 300 years.
The imperial diplomat Count
Maximilian Trauttmansdor$
was the main organizer of the peace
negotiations that led to the end
of the Thirty Years’ War. In the castle
library are rare documents relating
to it and also a richly decorated goose
quill with which he personally signed
the Peace of Westphalia in 1648
on behalf of the Habsburg monarchy.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends and public holidays.
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