58 Castles and chateaux
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Náchod
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Piccolomini received this chateau
and the extensive surrounding estate
in 1634 as a gift from the emperor
for his part in dispatching General
Albrecht von Wallenstein, he was only
35 years old. However, he already had
behind him distinguished military
service in the Thirty Years’ War.
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In the 150 years that the Piccolomini
family reigned over the dominion the
chateau acquired its current essentially
Baroque and Rococo appearance.
Of historical interest
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the longtime owners of the Náchod
estate. In the 17th century, they owned
the greatest area of land in the Bohemian
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and towns. However, the emperor
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heiress, who had supported the uprising
of the Czech nobility in 1620.
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assassinated together with the general
in 1634 in Cheb to scuttle the so-called
Wallenstein conspiracy.
The chateau o$ers six di$erent
tour routes through its beautifully
decorated interiors. The newest circuit
features a unique collection of orders
of merit and decorations, most notably
jewels on grand cordons and order
stars from the old chateau vault.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Whoever is not amused
by the bears Dá%a and Ludvík
in the moat can explore the unique
collection of historical toys
in the Piccolomini exposition.
Zámek 1282
547 01 Náchod
Nám!%. naHané
Reason to visit
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the only remarkable one in the chateau’s
collection of historical carriages.
Particularly noteworthy are three
one-of-a-kind richly gilded coaches used
for ceremonial occasions. Their velvet,
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eiderdown and the curtains
are sewn from precious brocade.
The total length of the carriage with
a team of six thoroughbred horses was
up to 15 metres, with the biggest
of the carriages measuring more
than 3.5 metres in height and weighing
over two tonnes.
Of historical interest
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bought the manor with a chateau
in the French style in 1916 from its last
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It cost him 2.3 million Austro-Hungarian
kronen plus other major investments
in the modernization of the residence
intended to increase the property’s value.
The chateau, approached from four sides
by alleys of centuries-old linden trees,
was lost by the family a few weeks after
the end of the Second World War. It was
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ordered by Czechoslovak President
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of ethnic Germans.
Part of one of the tours
is an exhibition of more
than 50 historical prams.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public holidays.
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