Cesky Sternberk Castle

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Order Tour Code: C SE2
Tour availability: Tour available in summer season Tour available in winter season

Another privately owned castle - originally from the 13th century – in the possession of the Sternberk family.
We can arrange for you a private tour of the castle in winter or in the evening.
4 HOUR ROUND TRIP

A combination with Kutna Hora medieval town , Konopiste castle , Telc medieval town and castle , Trebic medieval ghetto protected by UNESCO and basilica , Velke Popovice brewery , Brno town or Coloured Modern Artistic Glass trip .

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A unique example of a building which was almost continuously the property of its founder, the Sternberk family ( from the middle of the 13th century until 1949 ).
The nobleman Sternberk worked as the guide in this castle during the Communist Regime . It was returned to the Sternberks in 1991 . It was one of the strongest castles in the medieval Bohemia and stands comparison with the biggest royal castles of Europe. Its fortification system has survived to date. What you can see inside the castle : family portraits, art collections and a collection of graphic art from the period of the Thirty Years War , picture gallery, period furniture, historical weapons , hunting trophies , the interior is outstanding for its rich stucco work, Baroque stoves and the lavish decoration of the Grand Hall .
For more than 760 years now, the castle CeskySternberk, set on the steep stony bank of the Sazava, has dominated the landscape around the central reaches of the river. Called the “Pearl of Posazavi Region” by a romantic poet, the castle was built in 1241 by Zdeslav of Divisov, and given the name “Sternberk” according to the custom of the day. The family’s new aristocratic particle, of Sternberg, dates from same period, along with its coat of arms bearing an eight-pointed star.
One quite remarkable and certainly unique aspect of Cesky Sternberk is that the castle belongs now to a descendant of the man who first had it built, Zdeslav of Sternberg.
The Early Gothic medieval castle is concealed within the core of the structure that stands today, the product of several different periods of reconstruction. The architecture underwent a series of changes, from the Late Gothic reconstruction work improving the fortifications, through to the extravagant Early Baroque remodeling of the interiors, done convert it into a comfortable residency.
The tour leads through fifteen richly furnished rooms. Visitor pass through the large, opulently furnished “Knight’s Hall,” which has many historical articles on display, and then into the exquisitely ornamented Chapel of St. Sebastian. From there, the tour moves into the “Yellow Chamber,” with its Early Baroque stucco work and Louis XVI furnishings, and then into the “lady’s” chamber. Then visitors go through to the secluded library, which boasts several thousand volumes and an excellent painting by Petr Brandl, followed by the generously proportioned dining room, which has a display of period silverware and a collection of large portraits of important members of the Sternberg family. Next come the oriental anteroom and the breakfast room, which has a collection of sparkling silver figurines and furniture inlaid in a floral pattern. Those interested in genealogy will enjoy the illustrated family tree in Jiøi Sternberg’s study: it charts six generations and has portraits of 63 of the family’s ancestors in period costumes and uniforms. Visitors can experience the atmospheres of the Roccoco, Biedermeier, Empire and Baroque periods, surrounded by many works of art in those styles, as they proceed through the next four rooms. The „Hunting Chamber,“ where trophies of various game are mounted on the walls, will intrigue those interested in hunting. Finally, the entrance stairway takes the visitor back to where the 15-room tour started. There are three large paintings by Filip Sternberg on display here, depicting battle scenes from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.
The Sternberk print collection is completely unique. The history of the 30 Years’ War is the theme of the collection. Consisting of 545 copperplate engravings collected in the early 20th century by Jiri Sternberg, this collection is considered one of the most significant collections on this topic in existence.
An interesting collection of historical weapons, sets of valuable porcelain and various examples of small-scale works of art from previous centuries round out the tour.


SE from Prague – 45 minutes

Trips :
1)Cesky Sternberk castle trip number SE2 - 4 hour round trip
Trips combinations :
2)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Konopiste castles SE1 – 6hour round trip
3)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Kourim E4 or Prerov E5 folk architecture m. – 6hour round trip
4)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Kutna Hora medieval town E1 – 7hour round trip
5)Cesky Sternberk castle SE2 + Glassworks Bohemia Podebrady E7 or Kasak´s glassworks E3 – 8hour round trip
6)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Kutna Hora medieval town E1 + Kourim E4 or Prerov E5 folk architecture museum – 8hour round trip
7)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Zleby castles E2 + Kutna Hora town E1 – 9hour round trip
8)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Glassworks Bohemia Podebrady E7 or Kasak´s glassworks E3 + Kutna Hora town E1 – 10hour round trip
9)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Konopiste castles SE1 + Kutna Hora town E1 – 10hour round trip
10)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Telc town and castle SEE1 - 10hour round trip
11)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Trebic and Polna ghettos SEE2 - 10hour round trip
12)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Glassworks Bohemia Podebrady E7 or Kasak´s glassworks E3 + Telc town 3 - 11hour round trip
13)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Trebic and Polna ghettos SEE2 + Glassworks Bohemia Podebrady E7 or Kasak´s glassworks E3 - 11hour round trip
14)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Telc town and castle SEE1 + Kutna Hora town E1 - 12hour round trip
15)Cesky Sternberk SE2 + Trebic and Polna ghettos SEE2 + Kutna Hora town E1 - 12hour round trip
16)Cesky Sternberk castle SE2 + Trebic and Polna ghettos SEE2 + Konopiste SE1 - 12hour round trip

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