6 Castles and chateaux
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Blatná
Reason to visit
The characteristic white-and-red tower at
the entrance to the stone water castle was
built in the Late Middle Ages, during
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a luxurious lifestyle, and they were
inspired by the sophisticated culture
of the nobility in western Europe.
Reconstruction of the old palace into
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Renaissance chateau was commissioned
from the famous architect Benedikt Rejt,
who worked in the service of the Crown.
Of historical interest
This representational residence in Blatná
was often at the centre of political events
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and became the queen of Bohemia.
Jaroslav, a highly educated and skilled
diplomat, was an envoy for his brother-
Bítov
Reason to visit
In the previous century, the castle served
as the family residence of its last owner,
the somewhat eccentric Baron Haas,
who built what was at that time one
of the largest private zoos in Europe here.
In addition to live animals, he also loved
his zoological collections of domestic and
exotic animals, especially his collection
of taxidermied dogs of 51 different breeds,
including the extinct Stable Pinscher.
Today the collection is listed in Guinness
World Records as the largest of its kind
in the world.
Of historical interest
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as early as the Middle Ages. Its current
appearance is the result of Romantic-
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and it picturesquely complements the
in-law, carrying the famous Treaty
of the Establishment of Peace
Throughout Christendom to the royal
courts of Europe.
The objects in the palace’s
interiors are predominantly from
the family collections of the current
owners, the Hildprandts, who have
possessed the chateau since
the 18th century. Of special interest
is an exposition on the outstanding
19th-century Czech physician
and naturalist Jan Evangelista Purkyn!,
who as a young man worked in Blatná
as an educator.
V–15 IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and 16 IX–X weekends.
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388 01 Blatná
local landscape of forests, rivers and
hillsides, where sunshine and the crisp
Moravian wine reign supreme.
The complicated story of one
of the oldest royal castles and the
lives of its inhabitants is told on four
di$erent tour circuits. In addition
to the palace and the armoury with
its singular exhibits, highlights include
the castle prison, dungeon and torture
chamber, equipped with replicas
of torture devices which visitors
can try out for themselves.
V–VIII daily, IV and X weekends
and public holidays.
The exhibition “Heraldic Beasts”
in the former castle brewery presents
mythical monsters, dragons, basilisks,
and other oddities which appear
in heraldry.
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