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Reason to visit
The chateau rose to fame in the late
18th century as an important centre
of musical life in Central Europe.
The large chateau band was made
up of teachers and folk musicians from
the area, but mainly of the Haugwitz
family’s servants – anyone who could
not play an instrument well was
dismissed. The repertoire and the
artistic quality were excellent, and they
played as many as three times a week.
Famous composers and musicians were
often guests at the chateau. The musical
tradition continues today.
Of historical interest
The rebuilding of the no-longer-suitable
castle into a large Renaissance chateau
in the 16th century was carried out under
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of the Moravian aristocracy gathered
here to be entertained and to further
their political and family ambitions.
At that time Moravia was a land
of prosperity, religious freedom
and tolerance. The Protestant Unity
of the Brethren had a printing press here,
which in 1578 was transferred to nearby
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early works of literature in Czech
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A highlight of the tour
is a renowned collection
of 24 large historical tapestries
from the Renaissance
to the 19th century.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV, X weekends and public holidays.
The international multigenre
summer culture festival Folk Holidays
(VII), concerts at the chateau.
Zámek 1
675 71 Nám!%. nad Oslavou
Nelahozeves
Reason to visit
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of the Lobkowicz collections, which
are among the oldest, largest and best-
preserved private collections of art
and architecture in the Czech Republic.
Another part of the collections can
be seen at the Lobkowicz Palace
at Prague Castle.
Of historical interest
The original fortress and also later
the Renaissance chateau built
in the Italian style by Italian artists
frequently changed hands, and no
owner stayed here for long. From
the 17th century, the palatial residence
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and it gradually deteriorated.
An active new chapter began in the late
20th century, when the chateau was
restituted to the Lobkowicz family,
which opened it to the public.
Tip: The famous composer Antonín
Dvo#ák was born in Nelahozeves.
There is a museum located at his
family’s home, and the chateau hosts
a series of concerts of classical,
jazz and alternative music from spring
till autumn.
The view into the aristocratic
interiors of the Lobkowicz family
illustrates how an old and influential
noble family lived in one of their
eminent chateaux in the countryside.
Hunting was the main entertainment
of the autumn months, which is shown
by trophies of the chase, a collection
of firearms and stag horn furniture.
IV–X daily.
Zámek Lobkowicz*
277 51 Nelahozeves
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