News at Czech Castles

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13. 5. 2014

The castles have prepared a series of innovations for this season with which they want to surprise their visitors!

Whether heading to the Czech Republic for wine in South Moravia or admiring the North Moravian technical monuments, be sure to stop at one of the castles listed below. The new guided tours and exhibits will please many lovers of beautiful history.

The pearls of Lednice-Valtice in new form

The Lednice Chateau, along with the amazing landscape of the park, is one of the best things you can see in South Moravia. The whole area is rightfully listed among UNESCO landmarks. The chateau was built in the second half of the 19th century and at that time it was one of the first electrified objects in Moravia. A new guided tour this year will focus on the groundbreaking technical innovations of the 19th and 20th century, where you can peek into the restored electric switch room from the year 1910. Within the scope of this tour you will see a unique heating system located in the cellars, a water lift machine and also learn about the technical functioning of the vast and very demanding operation of the princely residence.

Just a few kilometers away the Valtice Castle is opening a new exhibition about the princely family of Lichtenstein on the 2nd floor of the castle, where newly renovated halls will also be made available. The actual guided tour will also offer the newly installed lighting of the picture gallery and a unique historic Wedgwood porcelain set.

Hitched up beauty – carriages in Prague

Prague Castle is preparing an exhibition Hitched up Beauty: carriages, sleighs and litter trays of the 18th – 20th century dedicated to the historical means of transport from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia. In addition to luxury coaches, various types of sleds and litter trays will be exhibited documenting technological and artistic skills.

To conjure up an image of the beauty of the historic team however, the horse harnesses and the servants in livery are also worth noticing. In the Prague Castle Riding School visitors can also see the presidential car from the early 20th century, the golden chariot of the Olomouc bishops, the gun carriage used in the funeral of Czech presidents and many other exhibits intended for lovers of the old times, technology and art.

Hradec nad Moravicí and a 35 year reconstruction

The castle in Hradec nad Moravicí near the Silesian metropolis of Opava and the industrial Ostrava is ceremonially opening the so-called White Castle, after a several decades long total renovation of the building and the gradual strengthening of the entire hill on which the castle stands. The interiors of the princely residence with a bedroom, study, women's boudoir and a social hall on the first floor of the north wing will be accessible. As part of the tour route visitors will also be able to see how the princely family Lichnowsky lived in Hradec nad Moravicí until 1945. In the music room, one can for example see the piano on which Ludwig van Beethoven himself played there. For the first time in history, the largest hall in the castle where the prince's family welcomed distinguished guests, or used as a dance hall will also be opened. The castle can now flaunt its full classicist beauty.

South Bohemian news

The castle and chateau of Český Krumlov are expanding their offer of expositions. In the second half of this year the 5th courtyard exhibition of vehicles should be opened on the premises of the castle stables. The interior of the first floor of the Mint building also awaits reconstruction, where the castle gallery will be built. Furthermore, the second largest castle complex in the Czech Republic is also in line for reconstruction work to make the Mountain Gardens accessible.

At Hluboká Castle, repairs on the second floor will be carried out where another tour route is planned to be made based on the presentation of the so-called guest rooms.

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