26 Castles and chateaux
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Hrádek
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Reason to visit
Although this chateau tucked away
in a forest park looks like an ancient
English residence, it was built in the
mid-19th century and is one of the
youngest chateaux in the Czech Republic.
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his noble family’s ancient glory
and to recall its knightly past. He drew
his inspiration on his trips throughout
England.
Of historical interest
Even the furnishings of the chateau
are meant to evoke chivalric deeds.
Count Harrach imported antiques
from abroad, especially from Austria
and Italy, and he even bought entire
portals, ceilings and complete room
furnishings. His fairy tale dream soon
evaporated: During the Austro-Prussian
War of 1866 the chateau became
a military hospital, and after the Second
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from the Harrachs.
Tip: In the four weeks before
Christmas you can soak up the
seasonal atmosphere at the advent
concerts held in the chateau’s festively
decorated interiors.
Knightly armour in the entrance
hall, antique furniture, rare paintings
and gilded wallpaper from calf leather
on the walls of the Golden Hall,
the largest and most beautiful room
in the chateau – all of this was skilfully
used by the Viennese architect
Karl Fischer to create the impression
of a medieval residence.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, XI and during advent
on weekends and public holidays.
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Hukvaldy
Reason to visit
In Hukvaldy you will encounter traces
of the famous native son, the composer
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legacy is also connected with the
monumental castle ruin on a steep hill
in a beautiful old game park with deer
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to sit at a lookout point along the castle’s
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inspiration for many of his works.
In the forest below the castle there
is even a statue recalling his most
famous opera, The Cunning Little Vixen.
Of historical interest
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Czech Republic, it was founded
in the 13th century. It was never
conquered, but 500 years later it was
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romantic ruins have been a popular place
for outings since the 19th century.
Tip: In the village below the castle,
the Leo% Janá"ek Foundation has
established a memorial with an exhibit
on the composer‘s life and work.
From the courtyard at the core
of the castle you can access
the partially roofed palace, cellars,
dungeon, and former prison.
The biggest problem for the castle
was always a shortage of water.
A well dug in the 16th century
to a depth of 150metres reportedly
cost more than the construction
of the castle itself.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
The prestigious international
music festival Janá"ek’s Hukvaldy
takes place at the castle
and its immediate surroundings
(VI–VII).
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