The castle of Hluboká nad Vltavou is one of the most famous castles in the Czech Republic. It is build in the Neo-Gothic style after the castle of Windsor in England. The oldest predecessor of the present castle was an Early-Gothic castle, build around the middle of the 13th century. In the middle ages the castle was alternating under royal or under aristocratic management. The old castle was during the ages regularly reconstructed.
Around 1840 the ruler Johann Adolf II of Schwarzenberg en his wife Eleonora decided to change castle Hluboká into the Romantic style. Princess Eleonora wanted a Gothic castle in the same style as Windsor castle.
The architect Franz Beer drew up the project and supervised during 40 years the construction activities. The old castle was completely broken down and at that same spot a picturesque building in the Tudor-Gothic style was build. At the place of the broken down surrounding buildings and on the surrounding fields a large English garden was designed.
The interior of Hluboká was expensively furnished and especially there was much money and effort spent on all the woodcarving. In the library you can see the masterpieces of the accomplished woodcarving. Very special and a rarity in those days was the constructed central heating, heated by a wood stove. Also special is the collection of 17th century tapestries from Flanders. Furthermore you can see the furniture, paintings and other decorating pieces, quite rare weapons and weaponry.
There are as many as 140 rooms in the castle; during the guided tour you get to see about 20 of them. The castle is during the night beautifully illuminated.
Beside the castle, in the former riding school, you find the Galerie Mikoláš Aleš of South Bohemia with a marvelous collection of Bohemian medieval art. Part of this collection is a renowned sorting of Gothic Madonna's and an attractive collection of contemporary art. The Galerie Mikoláš Aleš also facilitates traditional concerts of classical music.
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Address: Bezručova 142
373 41 Hluboká nad Vltavou
Tel: +420 387 843 911
- nov - mar: Tu - Su 10.00 -12.00 and 12.30 -16.00 h.
- apr - jun: Tu - Su 9.00 -12.00 and 12.30 - 16.30 h.
- jul - aug.: Mo - Su 9.00 - 12.00 and 12.30 - 17.00 h.
- sep - oct: Tu - Ne 9.00 - 12.00 and 12.30 - 16.30 h.