78 Castles and chateaux
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Reason to visit
This sprawling castle with rich deco-
rations in a range of styles, from Gothic
to Art Deco, is a textbook example
of one approach to restoring old
historical monuments in the Romantic
spirit of the 19th century. The luxurious
furnishings were largely brought here
from inaccessible chateaux in North
Moravia.
Of historical interest
The history of the Sternberg family
seat is intertwined with troubled periods
in Czech history, especially wars, during
which the castle and the town below
it suffered greatly. For a long time
it lay in ruins. It was only in the late
19th century that the owners decided
to perform a general reconstruction.
The upgrades included the installation
of running water, hot-air heating,
bathrooms and a private lift.
Tip: In the entry building, the Museum
of Clocks displays 500 timepieces
dating from the 2nd millennium BC
to the present day, from sundials
and hourglasses to mechanical clocks
and pocket watches.
At the heart of the two tour routes
are the collections of the last owners,
the Liechtensteins.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public holidays.
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Reason to visit
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told about his pride and cruel treatment
of serfs and craftsmen, for which, legend
has it, the devil took him to hell. To this
day, there is a strange hole in the vaulting
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to repair it.
Of historical interest
The perfectly protected medieval fortress
had sophisticated technical equipment
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area with water at a moment’s notice
(including the castle’s inner courtyard)
and then drain it before the building
sustained any damage. It is considered
to be the last real castle built in the Czech
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built.
A tour of the rooms where nobility
lived and enjoyed themselves and also
the part of the castle where the sta$
toiled provides a tangible picture
of life here in the 16th century.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
What do dragons look like?
You can learn all about dragons
and how to deal with them in the
summertime exhibition “Dragons”.
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