The Czech Republic
is known for its beautiful and impressive architectural sights, the majority of which have been well preserved throughout the centuries. We take a look at some of the most beautiful castles to visit in the country.
Karlštejn Castle, built in 1365, was established by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV as a place to store the royal treasures, collections of holy relics and the crown jewels. Apart from beautifully furnished rooms, visitors will also find duplicates of the Czech crown jewels as well as the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire.
Karlštejn 172, Czech Republic, +420 311 681 617
State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov
Situated on a rocky projection by the river Vltava stands the second-largest castle and chateau complex in the Czech Republic; the State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov. Since 1992, this architectural complex has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The original Gothic castle consists of 40 building structures with five courtyards. There is also a beautiful Baroque-style garden which is definitely worth visiting.
Český Krumlov, Zámek 59, Czech Republic, +420 380 704 721
Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle
Situated in the beautiful region of South Bohemia, this castle is a neo-Gothic jewel that is a must-visit for all romantics and history lovers. With its 140 rooms and 11 towers, the castle offers many beautiful attractions. Visitors can peek into the private rooms and lavish ceremonial halls of the Schwarzenberg family, decorated with carved paneling, coffered ceilings, elegant furnishings, crystal chandeliers and rich collections of paintings, silver, porcelain and tapestries.
Bezručova 142, Czech Republic, +420 387 843 911
Situated in Lednice village in South Moravia, the Lednice Chateau is one of the most beautiful English neo-Gothic complexes in Europe. In the 17th century it was a summer residence for the ruling Princes of Liechtenstein. There are several tour routes available that lead through the chateau’s representative halls, princely apartments, rooms of the small princes and princesses and the Puppet Museum.
Zámek 1, Lednice, Czech Republic, +420 519 340 128
The romantic Bouzov castle is situated in Central Moravia and has historical importance for having served as the seat for the Teutonic Knights since the late 15th century. Due to its picturesque qualities, a number of movies were filmed on the castle’s premises. The highlight of the castle is the neo-Gothic chapel, fitted with a Gothic altar and decorated with the tombstones of the masters of the Order from the 14th to 16th century.
Bouzov, Czech Republic, +420 585 346 202
While visiting the Czech Republic’s historic capital, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, don’t miss the fairy-tale-like Prague Castle. The largest ancient castle in the world, it boasts many stunning courtyards, palaces, museums and gardens where visitors can wander around all day long. The castle has been the seat of Czech kings, emperors and presidents for a thousand years.
Pražský hrad, Prague, Czech Republic, +420 224 373 584
Archbishop’s Chateau in Kroměříž
The Kroměříž Chateau is the former summer residence of the Archbishop Olomouc and is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Baroque chateau, built on the site of a 13th-century castle, has a magnificent high tower where, after climbing its 206 steps, you can marvel at the amazing view over the entire town of Kroměříž.
Sněmovní náměstí 1, Kroměříž, Czech Republic, +420 573 502 011