64 Castles and chateaux
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Opo"no
Reason to visit
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married Marie Magdalena of Lobkowicz,
a woman not only beautiful and intelligent
but also vibrant and business-minded.
Perhaps too a fault. Her subjects
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After 1620, when the Czech nobility
was defeated in its revolt against
the emperor, she became the richest
woman of her time through property
speculation, intrigues, and her contacts
on both the losing and winning sides.
She dreamed of a military followed
by a political career for her son, but
the dream ended with his death
and the loss of honour along with
all the family’s property.
Of historical interest
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alliance with Albrecht von Wallenstein.
Previously the emperor’s favourite
commander, in 1634 Wallenstein
was accused of conspiracy, deposed
and assassinated along with his friends
and advisers, among whom was
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– his brother-in-law. The family died
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the possession of the Italian noble family
Colloredo, who remained here until
the Second World War.
The so-called French palace style
of the elegant representational rooms
came about during remodelling in the
19th and 20th centuries, when large
collections of paintings, armour,
and ethnographic objects and hunting
trophies fromAfrica and North
America were installed here.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
Tr"kovo nám!stí 1
517 73 Opo"no
Orlík
Reason to visit
Like an eagle’s nest, a wooden castle
was built in the 13th century on a steep
cliff overlooking the Vltava River. It was
later transformed into a Gothic stone
castle for the royal garrison. Even though
the castle’s high perch and the area below
the castle were engulfed by a dam in the
20th century, it retains its impressive
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Of historical interest
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Already at the age of 16, the young prince
set out on a brilliant military career,
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emperor, then within four years
as a colonel, and then soon as a marshal
and chief commander of the anti-
Napolean troops. His 237,000 men
decisively crushed Napoleon’s French
Army in the decisive Battle of the Nations
at Leipzig in 1913.
The diplomatic talent
of the Schwarzenbergs is attested
to not only by a unique collection
of orders of merit but also by the
salons with Empire-style furniture
imported from Karl Philipp’s
ambassadorial residence in Paris
– and perhaps additionally by the
post held by the current owner, Karel
Schwarzenberg, as the minister
of foreign a$airs of the Czech
Republic.
VI–IX daily,
IV, V and X Tuesday–Sunday.
Zámek Orlík
398 07 Orlík nad Vltavou
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