46 Castles and chateaux
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Kunín
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palaces in northern Moravia and Silesia,
it experienced its heyday at the turn
of the 19th century under Marie
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of Truchsess-Waldburg-Zeil. The
beautiful and intelligent countess had
a tragic fate: Three of her children died
here and her husband left her, taking
their last son. Despite this, or perhaps
because of it, she managed to bring
happiness to hundreds of children
of different social strata and faiths.
At the chateau she built and co-funded
an educational and instructional institute
that was one of the most modern
in Europe in its day.
Of historical interest
This once enlightened centre
of education and culture was plundered
at the end of the Second World War by
the Soviet Army. Soldiers rode horses
through the chateau interiors, they used
furniture and books as heating fuel, and
they amused themselves by cutting rare
paintings to ribbons. It was dealt
the mercy blow in the communist era.
In 1999 the dilapidated chateau became
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set out to rescue this Baroque pearl.
In addition to tours of the chateau
classrooms, it is also worth making
a trip up to the chateau loft to see
a unique system of Baroque chimneys.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV–X weekends and public holidays.
Zámek Kunín 1
742 53 Kunín
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collections is among the most important
monuments in Europe. With help from
the European Union, it was reopened
to the public in 2000 after a quarter-
century, and gradually the rare
manuscripts from the library
of Chancellor Metternich are being
digitalized.
Of historical interest
Although he he lived most of his life
in the Czech lands, the unpopular
and feared Austrian state chancellor
Prince Metternich devoted loving
attention to his chateau in the West
Bohemia spa region. For the extensive
renovation of the dilapidated residence
he even borrowed from the Rothschild
bankers the breathtaking sum
of 900,000 guldens. The loan was
paid off by both parties: The prince
built a luxury residence corresponding
to his position and still was able to
buy jewellery, coins and art, while the
Rothschild family was raised to the rank
of nobility for their service.
An avid collector, Metternich built
up at the chateau his unrivalled cabinet
of curiosities, which is one of the oldest
publicly accessible museums in Europe.
It includes hundreds of objects
that relate to historical personalities
– for example, an amulet of Lord Byron,
a prayer book belonging to Marie
Antoinette, a writing table and chair
of the elder Alexandre Dumas and
an unsmoked cigarette from Emperor
Napoleon III.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends and public holidays.
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