50 Castles and chateaux
51
Lipnice
nadSázavou
Reason to visit
Seven centuries of Czech history are
written on the walls of one of the biggest
Czech aristocratic castles. Starting
in the 14th century, this castle
on a rocky ridge between two hills
withstood incursions and, like a sentry,
watched over the surrounding silver
mines and the trade routes lacing across
the region around the Sázava River
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of Bohemia and the Margraviate
of Moravia.
Of historical interest
In 1869, the entire castle and the
settlement below it was devastated
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with horror by the whole region.
The burnt ruin remained abandoned
for half a century. After the First World
War, the Czechoslovak Hiking Club
purchased it for 100 crowns,
and its gradual recovery continues till
the present.
Tip: Lipnice is inextricably linked
with the name of Jaroslav Ha%ek,
who in a house below the castle
(now a museum) and in the pub
U &eské koruny (At the Czech Crown)
wrote most of his world-famous novel
The Good Soldier )vejk. The writer
is also buried here. Every summer
a festival of humour and satire called
Ha%ek’s Lipnice takes place in a natural
amphitheatre (VII).
An unguided tour of the monu-
mental and rugged medieval castle
with singular views of the surrounding
area is complemented by a visit
to the extensive maze of castle cellars.
VI–VIII Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, IX and X weekends and public
holidays.
Státní hrad
582 32 Lipnice nad Sázavou
Litomy%l
Reason to visit
This arcaded chateau from
the 16th century is one of the most
important Renaissance monuments
north of the Alps. You can stand
for hours in front of the facades
and gables in the shape of swallow tails
looking for duplicate designs among
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carved into the plaster – you won’t
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Of historical interest
The chateau also has a French garden,
an English park and many outbuildings,
including its own brewery. In 1824,
a great celebration took place there
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11th child had just been born – a son
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and he grew up to be a great composer.
Two tour circuits include
the representational rooms with
the Baroque chateau theatre
and the aristocratic residential rooms
with the possibility to gaze out from
the 55-metre tower and explore
the chateau cellars. The acoustically
superb courtyard with a unique
retractable roof comes alive with
period music, a reminder that every
year a first-rate music festival along
with related exhibitions and other
events takes place at the chateau
and in the picturesque town around it.
VI–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
V and X weekends and public holidays.
International opera festival
Smetana’s Litomy%l (VI–VII).
Jiráskova 93
570 01 Litomy%l
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