Visit the Castles and Chateaux where History was Made

Visit the Castles and Chateaux where History was Made

More than forty monuments will offer exhibits and complementary programmes focused on aristocratic families, which have significantly influenced the course of European and world history.

The National Heritage Institute is one of the most significant memoir institutes in the Czech Republic. For this season, it has prepared a special programme, enabling you to follow in the footsteps of Bohemian nobility in European diplomacy at more than 40 castles and chateaux. Monuments symbolically open to visitors on 30 March – Good Friday.

Bohemian nobility in European diplomacy

This year will truly be packed and you should definitely visit one of the 40 castles and chateaux during your stay in the Czech Republic. For example, you can see this year’s novelty at the castle in Český Krumlovthe tale of the golden Eggenberg coach, which was made in Rome in 1638. The Kynžvart Chateau near Mariánské Lázně in Western Bohemia will use activities to commemorate the role of Prince Klemens Wenzel Metternich in European diplomacy; at the same time, it will be the centre of this year’s Castle Night. Every final Saturday in August (25 August 2018), you can experience Czech castles and chateaux differently. You can look forward to medieval tournaments, night tours with costumed guides, or theatre performances and concerts set in unique historical scenery.

At the Červená Lhota Chateau in Southern Bohemia, visitors can experience a tour dedicated to the last Austro-Hungarian ambassador to the Vatican, Prince Johann Schönburg-Hartenstein. A real treat awaits you at the Zákupy (Reichstadt) Chateau near Česká Lípa in Northern Bohemia. The tour here will be enriched by three reinstalled rooms, which will remind visitors of “The Eaglet”, Duke of Reichstadt. The climax of the whole year will be the opening of a brand new exhibit at the chateau in Jindřichův Hradec in Southern Bohemia entitled “The Perfect Diplomat. The Czernin family – ambassadors, travellers and collectors” in July of this year.

The republic’s centennial

As part of remembering one hundred years of modern Czech statehood, the 2018 season brings memoirs with the Republic’s Centennial project, which especially focuses on the pre-war period of Czechoslovakia. For example, the Zákupy chateau is preparing a new tour called The Summer Residence of the last Bohemian Rulers, owned by the state for the last 100 years. Villa Stiassni in Brno prepared an exhibit dedicated to Czechoslovak statesmen and significant state visits, which were accommodated in this so-called state villa. The Castellan tours at the Hluboká Chateau in Southern Bohemia will take visitors to the private suites of the last generation of the Hluboká-Krumlov branch of the Schwarzenberg family. The chateau in Náměšt’ nad Oslavou is preparing an exhibit to mark the 100th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Republic. It will introduce newly installed interiors and promote castle life during the First Republic.