76 Castles and chateaux
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Sychrov
Reason to visit
The spirit of the French countryside
infuses not just this chateau, which
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historicizing architecture, but also
the surrounding landscape, which has
been transformed into a work of art
in its own right. The reconstruction
work that gave the chateau its fabulous
Neo-Gothic form was performed
exclusively by local artists and artisans,
notably by the ingenious woodcarver
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interiors with high artistic value
and an unforgettable atmosphere.
Of historical interest
The estate, after its seizure from Czech
aristocrats, was acquired by a French
knightly family for service to the Austrian
emperor in the Thirty Years’ War.
Its heyday was in the 19th century,
when the Breton princes of Rohan took
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to Sychrov after the French Revolution,
and they liked North Bohemia so much
that they stayed here, even though they
were later invited to return to their
homeland.
Besides a tour of the aristocratic
rooms with unrivalled carved
decoration and a portrait gallery
of the Rohan family, which survived
the French Revolution hidden in the
attic of a Parisian palace, you can also
see numerous interesting details
and secluded corners of the rambling
chateau, including the pink bathroom
of one of the Rohan princesses.
I–XII daily.
Several times a day, professional
falconers give demonstrations of the
traditional way of training birds of prey
(V–IX).
Státní zámek Sychrov
463 44 Sychrov
)pilberk (Brno)
Reason to visit
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high above the city has caused feelings
of both security and fear in Brno
residents. This once-important seat
of Czech kings and Moravian margraves
gradually grew into a huge Baroque
military fortress with the harshest
prison in the Austrian monarchy – the
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it was used as army barracks. Today
it is the seat of the Brno City Museum
and is one of the most important
venues in Brno for exhibitions, theatre
performances, concerts, and historical
and sporting events.
Of historical interest
The prison has been part of the fortress
since the Thirty Years’ War. Its cells
have seen the most hardened criminals
and military and political prisoners
of all regimes, including Hungarian
Jacobins, Italian patriots and Polish
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Uprising in 1846. During the Second
World War it was a transfer point to the
other prisons or concentration camps.
In addition to a tour of the
casemates, inside the castle you can
visit several permanent exhibitions
and temporary exhibitions from
the Brno City Museum’s collections.
The observation gallery of the corner
tower o$ers a singular view of Brno
and its surroundings.
Exhibitions and historical
interiors year round Tuesday–Sunday,
casemates and southwest bastion
V–IX daily.
Summer Shakespeare Festival
(VII–VIII), )pilberk Philharmonia Brno
Festival (VIII), fencing festival (IX).
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