72 Castles and chateaux
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Rabí
Reason to visit
Nearly 3 kilometres of ramparts
and walls encircle the largest Czech castle
ruin, which boasted one of the most
sophisticated defence systems in Europe
in its time. The attractive medieval
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shooting fairy tales and historical
narratives. It was here in 1967 that
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Lazarová.
Of historical interest
The most famous event in the extremely
rich history of the castle was the siege
by Hussite troops in 1421. The legendary
military commander and folk hero
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apparently with an arrow shot by one
of the defenders of the castle. This scene
was once carved on the castle gate,
but local residents dismantled the stone
from the deteriorating castle, which was
abandoned in the 18th century, to use
as building material.
What was the story with ,i+ka’s
eye? What kind of view does the castle
tower o$er? Is the well in the courtyard
really bottomless? You will learn
the answers to these questions
and more on two guided tours.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends
and public holidays.
Státní hrad Rabí
342 01 Su%ice
Ratibo#ice
Reason to visit
The educated, independent and attrac-
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with her charm and wit was for years
a darling of Europe’s highest social
circles, enchanting prominent men
of the early 19th century, from
the Russian czar to the Austrian
chancellor Metternich. She travelled
throughout Europe and was in her
element at the Viennese court,
but she considered her real home
to be her summer residence
in the beautiful countryside of East
Bohemia.
Of historical interest
The Hall of the Three Emperors
is a reminder that in 1813 the duchess’
elegant mansion was the site of secret
meetings among Austria, Russia
and Prussia to form a coalition against
Napoleon, which contributed
to the French leader’s downfall
and the realignment of Europe.
A tour through the salons
of the chateau vies successfully with
a walk through its park and adjacent
“Grandmother’s Valley”, where
everything is connected with
the famous Czech novel Grandmother
by the popular 19th-century writer
Bo+ena N!mcová.
V and VI Tuesday–Sunday,
VII and VIII daily,
IV, IX, X weekends and public
holidays.
Státní zámek Ratibo#ice
552 03 &eská Skalice
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