The castles of the Czech Republic

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Hluboká Castle

Hluboká Castle

If you thought that – for their size – Wales and Scotland had a lot of castles, try the Czech Republic. In Moravia-Silesia alone there are over 170. Here are just six of the many that tourists visit on their holidays.

The Lednice Chateau, a UNESCO site, along with the landscape of its park, is one of the best things you can see in South Moravia. Built in the second half of the 19th century, it was one of the first electrified sites in Moravia is this is the subject of a new guided tour this year. You’ll see the 1910 restored electric switch room, the unique heating system located in the cellars and a water lift machine.

Just a few kilometres away is Valtice Castle which has a new exhibition about the princely family of Lichtenstein on the 2nd floor of the castle. Some of the halls have undergone restoration including newly installed lighting of the picture gallery. The British influence can be seen in  a unique historic Wedgwood porcelain set.

Prague Castle will have an exhibition highlighting methods of transport from the 18th-20th centuries. Hitched up Beauty: carriages, sleighs and litter trays of the 18th – 20th century has luxury coaches, various types of sleds and litter trays as well as horse harnesses. In the Prague Castle Riding School, amongst the many exhibits, visitors can see the presidential car from the early 20th century, the golden chariot of the Olomouc bishops and the gun carriage used in the funeral of Czech presidents.

The castle in Hradec nad Moravicí near Opava and the industrial Ostrava is re-opening the so-called White Castle, which had required total renovation including shoring up the ground on which it was built. 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. Visitors will also be able to see how the Lichnowsky family lived in Hradec nad Moravicí until 1945. In the music room, you can see the very piano upon which Ludwig van Beethoven himself played.

The castle of Český Krumlov is the second largest in the country. It will have an exhibition of vehicles in the castle stables. The interior of the first floor of the Mint building also awaits reconstruction, where the castle gallery will be built. More work is in progress 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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