36 Castles and chateaux
37
Klá%terec
nadOh#í
Reason to visit
When at the end of the 18th century
the castle administrator J. N. Weber
experimented with the kaolin that had
just been discovered in the area,
he could not have known that porcelain
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creations were a far cry from the snow-
white, translucent porcelain produced
Asia. He overcame these setbacks
with sustained effort, and in 1794
he founded the Thun factory, named
for the owners of the chateau. It has been
in continuous operation since that time.
Of historical interest
The Renaissance chateau was acquired
cheaply by the Thun family in 1621 after
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who had participated in the uprising
of the Czech aristocracy against
Habsburg rule. The Thirty Years’ War,
however, affected them, too: Swedish
troops twice plundered and devastated
the chateau. It required costly rebuilding,
this time in the Baroque style.
Tip: In the castle shop you can buy
porcelain products and have them
painted with motifs of your choosing.
The way in which contemporary
tastes were reflected in the design
of porcelain products is evidenced
by a large exhibition devoted
to the development of Czech
porcelain. A walk in the park
is enlivened by the sculptures
of Josef Broko$, such as his statues
of the continents. Australia, however,
is missing – it had not yet been
discovered at the time.
IV–IX daily,
X–III Tuesday–Saturday.
Chomutovská 1
431 51 Klá%terec nad Oh#í
Koko#ín
Reason to visit
The castle, set in a picturesque
region of sandstone rocks, lakes
and half-forgotten villages, is located
just 40 kilometres from Prague.
When in the late 19th century it was
bought by Prague businessman
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an abandoned ruin. Under the super-
vision of four leading art historians,
he thoroughly reconstructed it and made
it accessible to the public. In the valley
below the castle he built a swimming
pool and tennis courts, thereby making
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recreation and tourist destination.
Of historical interest
After the Thirty Years’ War,
the Austrian Emperor Ferdinand rated
the abandoned medieval residence
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of repair. It became a refuge for robber
barons and highwaymen, who threatened
the surrounding area. The romantic
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by young patriots, and many writers
and artists have drawn inspiration here.
The castle walkways and massive
cylindrical tower o$er magnificent
views of the Koko#ínsko Protected
Landscape Area.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends.
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