Křivoklát
Castle
The Protected Landscape Area of
Křivoklátsko conceals a castle which,
due to its excellent location surrounded
by forests full of game, was a favourite
of many Czech kings. This royal
residence was built in the 13th century
as a seat of the ruling Přemyslid
dynasty. Vestiges of Czech kings and the
splendour of their lifestyle is still evident
today at every step. The halls of the castle
witnessed many festivities and feasts,
but also many consequential political
talks and fateful diplomatic
negotiations.
During a tour, you’ll be dazzled
by the interiors of the Late Gothic chapel
and the Royal Hall. You’ll be amazed
by the library with 52,000 volumes.
Chills will run down your spine on
a visit to the torture chamber. And you
will be awed by the magnificent view
from the Great Tower. Cultural events
and traditional markets at the castle will
acquaint you with the crafts and goods
produced by the inhabitants
of the Křivoklátsko region.
Reason to visit
The most valuable part of the castle, with
a massive cylindrical tower, is the Royal
Hall, which has splendid star vaulting.
After the Vladislav Hall at Prague Castle,
it is the second largest hall in the Czech
Republic.
Every year in the first week of August,
a traditional craft fair and the
Křivořezání woodcarvers’ festival are
held in the courtyard of the castle.
You will see dozens of master
woodcarvers at work and also
a permanent exhibition of their
creations.
GPS: 50°2‘13.467“N, 13°52‘36.814“E
61 km; 60minutes.
Connections from the Main
Railway Station leave at least every
two hours, with a transfer in Beroun;
journey time about 1 hours 30minutes.
The train makes stops only on request.
IV–X (daily except Monday)
around 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Český Šternberk
Castle
Český Šternberk Castle, called the “Pearl
of Posázaví”, towers above the central
part of the river Sázava. The family that
founded the castle still owns it today,
and the current owner, Zdeněk
Sternberg, lives here.
A tour circuit will lead you through
fifteen richly furnished rooms, from the
representative Knights’ Hall, to parlours
and salons with furniture from various
historical periods, to the Hunters’ Hall,
which is decorated with a variety of
hunting trophies. You will learn about
the fate and lifestyle of the most recent
generations of the oldest still existing
Czech family.
Be sure not to miss the former monastery
in Sázava, 12 kilometres away. The
monastery was the centre of Slavic
education from 1032 until its closure
in the 18th century. Its greatest treasure
is the Sázava Madonna, the only one
in the world in which she appears
to be disciplining the young Jesus!
Reason to visit
In the castle you can see a unique
collection of 545 etchings from the time
of the Thirty Years’ War.
In the summer, don’t miss a falconry
demonstration in the castle courtyard.
The fascinating tradition of hunting
with trained birds of prey dates back
more than 4,000 years, and in 2010
it earned a place on the UNESCO
Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
GPS: 49°48‘27.703“N, 14°55‘26.895“E
50 km; 35 minutes.
Trains leave from the Main Railway
Station about every two hours, with
a change in Čerčany; journey time
2 hours 10minutes.
Direct connection from
the Roztyly stop twice a day; journey
time 2 hours. A transfer is possible in
Benešov or Vlašim, going several times
a day; journey time about 2 hours.
IV and X (weekends, holidays):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
V and IX (daily except Monday):
9 a.m.–5 p.m.,
VI–VIII (daily except Monday):
9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Last tour begins 45 minutes
before closing time.
For pre-booked groups, the castle
is open all year round.
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