30 Castles and chateaux
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Jind#ich*v
Hradec
Reason to visit
Italian masters brought Mediterranean
lightness and grace from the cradle
of the Renaissance to the picturesque
rolling countryside of South Bohemia,
a landscape of quiet forests and ponds.
The old castle fortress was turned into
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arcades connecting it to the palace.
An extensive complex of buildings,
courtyards and green spaces creates
a harmonious whole with the adjacent
town, which is an urban conservation
area.
Of historical interest
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the city and a substantial part of the
Renaissance interiors along with their art
collections. Given a temporary roof and
abandoned by its owners, the complex
then fell into disrepair. The splendid
garden music pavilion with brilliant
acoustics, a pearl of Renaissance
architecture, served as storage
for timber, for hunted animals,
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20th century was the importance
of the chateau fully appreciated, and a
nearly 20-year reconstruction returned
it to its former beauty.
Radical reconstruction based
on Italian models was carried out
under Adam II of Hradec. His name
is carried by the most beautiful palace,
which has exemplary Renaissance
interiors. Legend has it that in the black
kitchen of the original medieval castle
the spectral White Lady used
to cook sweet porridge for her
subjects. According to a popular story,
her ghost appears in all the dominions
of her ancestors.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday.
The popular Folk Rose summer
festival is held in the chateau complex
and in the town (VII).
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377 01 Jind#ich*v Hradec
Ka"ina
Reason to visit
The pure white beauty of this Empire-
style castle, built in the 19th century
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of an archer’s bow, rises up against
the backdrop of another work of art
– a naturally landscaped park.
Of historical interest
The chateau of the noble Chotek family
was, in its time, the paragon of a new-
style aristocratic residence. It perfectly
represented the wealthy and politically
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the good taste of its owners, whose
passions were culture, art and nature.
The most beautiful parts of the chateau
are the theatre and the library with
a dome like that of the Roman Pantheon.
Tip: Romantics at heart will enjoy
the picnic baskets prepared
by the chateau’s café. A blanket
can be spread anywhere in the park,
where you can spend undisturbed time
relaxing with good food and drink.
In addition to the chateau’s
expositions, you will see exhibits from
the Museum of the Czech Countryside,
such as 400 historical ploughs
and 140 historical tractors, in parts
of the interior and also outside.
IV–X Tuesday–Sunday.
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