74 Castles and chateaux
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Ro+mberk
Reason to visit
The best view of the monumental
medieval castle and romantic landscape
of South Bohemia opens up before
you from the English Tower. However,
it requires a climb of almost 200 steps.
Of historical interest
This castle from the mid-13th century
is one of the oldest castles belonging
to the Vítkovci, the predecessors
of one of the most important Czech noble
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to whom the king used to give the most
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the plethora of educated and enterprising
family members, probably the most
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who after her death, according
to legend, began appearing in the
ancestral residences as a mournful ghost.
A portrait of the famous White
Lady is the highlight of the Ro+mberk
Hall on the first tour circuit, which
takes visitors back to the time
of the last Ro+mberks, Vilém and Petr
Vok. The Buquoy family, which owned
the castle from 1620 until the end of
the SecondWorldWar, is presented
mainly on a second tour circuit of the
private family rooms on the castle’s
second floor.
V–XI Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays, XI–III daily.
A summer tradition is costumed
evening tours, when historical figures
guide visitors through the castle
(VII–VIII).
Státní hrad Ro+mberk
382 18 Ro+mberk nad Vltavou
Slavkov
(Austerlitz)
Reason to visit
This monumental Baroque chateau
is famous for its connection to the battle
of Slavkov (Austerlitz), which was fought
in 1805 between the French Army
and the allied armies of Russia
and Austria. After his victory, Emperor
Napoleon stayed overnight at this
chateau several times and began
peace talks here.
Of historical interest
The chateau enjoyed the peak of its fame
in the second half of the 18th century
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Rietberg, a member of the old Moravian
family which had owned the estate
for four centuries. The prince moved
in the highest imperial circles and
helped to form policy for the Habsburg
monarchy, frequently welcoming
Empress Maria Theresa to his
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of art and books, and, despite censorship,
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books on the Enlightenment and new
revolutionary currents directly from
France.
Tip: Every year in early December
a re-enactment of the battle in which
Napoleon Bonaparte defeated
the numerically superior allied army
led by the Austrian emperor and the
Russian czar takes place on the Slavkov
battlefield. You can organize a visit
to this site, with the notable
Art Nouveau memorial called
the Cairn of Peace, with the chateau
administration, or you can visit on your
own at any time of year.
Rooms with rich artistic decoration
and a unique gallery of Baroque
paintings present an Italian concept of
aristocratic life. In the main oval hall,
European history was written: After the
famous Battle of the Three Emperors,
the armistice between France and
Austria was concluded right in this
room. The key moments of the historic
event are recapitulated by a virtual
Battle of Slavkov, which is presented in
the form of a projection.
IV–XI Tuesday–Sunday,
VI–VIII daily.
Palackého nám!stí 1
684 01 Slavkov u Brna
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