86 Castles and chateaux
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Velhartice
Reason to visit
The romantic atmosphere of this ancient
castle with its unusual defence system
is enhanced by the surrounding wooded
hills of one of the most beautiful valleys
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and Emperor Charles IV. Perhaps every
Czech remembers from school the poem
about the ruler and his friend who often
sat together at a stone table and hoisted
many a wine goblet together.
While it is possible to visit
the original medieval sections
of the castle and the interiors from
the Renaissance era, when aristocratic
living conditions became much more
comfortable and pleasurable, you will
be most impressed on an unguided
tour during which you can explore
the grounds in detail and enjoy
spectacular views of the surrounding
nature reserve and open-air museum
of folk architecture below the castle.
V–X Tuesday–Sunday,
IV weekends and public holidays.
Hrad Velhartice
341 42 Kolinec
Velké B#ezno
Reason to visit
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Czech chateaux, it was built in the mid-
19th century by Count Chotek as a place
to spend the autumn of his life. In his
youth he travelled throughout Europe
and mingled in the social circles of great
cities, but once he retired from public life
as a leading politician he retreated
to the Czech countryside.
Of historical interest
From the outside the building
is reminiscent of a railway station,
yet it was equipped with all the amenities
of its time for the comfort of the freshly
retired count and his charming wife,
Princess Adelheid, as well as their
numerous guests including Franz Liszt.
Inside the chateau we can
explore the mysteries of aristocratic
living in detail, including his and hers
bedrooms. Surprising is the number
of accoutrements for daily hygiene,
showing that good grooming was just
as important and time-consuming for
men as it was for women.
V–IX Tuesday–Sunday,
IV and X weekends and public
holidays.
403 23 Velké B#ezno
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