The Best Sights Outside Prague
4 day round tripOrder Tour Code: PAC 9
Cesky Sternberk click on: Cesky Sternberk castle
Kutna Hora click on: Kutna Hora medieval town
overnight in Kutna Hora
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Konopiste click on: Konopiste castle
Hluboka click on: Hluboka castle
Cesky Krumlov click on: Cesky Krumlov castle and medieval town protected by UNESCO
overnight in Cesky Krumlov
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO) click on: Cesky Krumlov castle and medieval town protected by UNESCO
Trebon (UNESCO) click on: Trebon castle and medieval town
Jindrichuv Hradec click on: Jindrichuv Hradec medieval town and castle
Telc - overnight click on: Telc medieval town and castle
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
Telc (UNESCO) click on: Telc medieval town and castle
Trebic (UNESCO) click on: Trebic medieval ghetto protected by UNESCO and basilica
Zelena Hora (UNESCO) click on: Green Hill back home
8 HOUR ROUND TRIP
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Cesky Sternberk castle
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 .
Kutna Hora is a superb example of medieval architecture. In the Middle ages Kutna Hora was the second most important town after Prague due to silver mines. The core of the town consists entirely of Gothic and Baroque buildings and it is the unique collection of around 457 objects on an area covering 60 hectares.Of the municipal buildings the Italian Court is the most outstanding. It became the mint of the Czech lands.( Minting in Kutna Hora ceased in 1726.) You can see there St. Wenceslas and Vladislav Chapel, the council chamber and museum of coins. One of the best examples of Bohemian High Gothic is the Cathedral of St. Barbora, the patroness of miners, began around 1380 and finished in the 16th century. It is the landmark of the city panorama. Also worth to see is the Ossuary of Sedlec Monastery, 1km behind the town. There are about 40.000,- human bones stored in the crypt, from which the blind monk made the pyramides in the 15th century. The monastery was bought by the Schwarzenberk family and they established the tobacco factory there and one of their artist, Mr. Rint, changed the ossuary into a very bizarre place, he made from the bones the chandelier the coat of arms of the Schwarzenberks and the altar. This is memento mori, symbol of passing character of life
Originally a Gothic castle , built in 1300 after the model of French fortresses. In 1887 the castle became the seat of the heir to the throne , Franz Ferdinand , who was assasinated together with his Czech wife Sophia Chotek in 1914 in Sarajevo ( it started WWI) . Franz Ferdinand engaged J. Mocker to convert the castle into an opulent residence filled with rich furniture , works of art and lavish decorations. The famous armoury including an extensive collection of historical weapons and armour are one of the largest collection of this type in Europe. The castle is decorated with 3000 trophies hunted by F. Ferdinand ( just 1% of the trophies hunted by him within his short life .) At the present there are open to the public : Representative historical interiors. Interiors containing objects collected by the Crown Prince Franz Ferdinand d´Este ( armoury, library and chapel ) . The private rooms of Franz Ferdinand d´Este´s family – it must be booked ahead and maximum number of people in the touristic group can be 8. The former orangery – a permanent exhibition of F. F. d´Este collection on the theme of St. George .
Hluboka castle Overlooking the River Vltava , there is the monumental structure of the romantic Hluboka Castle. The Castle was built around the middle of the 13th century and later purchased by the Schwarzenberk family, it was rebuilt several times. The latest modification in the Romantic style of the so-called Winsdor Gothic carried out between 1839 and 1871 transformed Hluboka into a representative residence of the Schwarzenberks. Representative interiors contain rare collections of Flemish tapestries, weapons, furniture and paintings. This is the most beautiful castle in the Czech Republic
overnight in Cesky Krumlov
Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO)
UNESCO NUMBER ONE IN EUROPE Cesky Krumlov is situated on the River Vltava with the ancient town center on one bank and the castle ground on the other bank. The landmark of the panorama of the town is Cesky Krumlov Castle which consists of two parts: the Lower castle with a round tower (built in the 13th century) and the Upper castle, built in the 14th century. The castle was expanded several times. Later, the owners made some Baroque modifications: the chapel was rebuilt, masquerade hall decorated and a new manor theatre built. After Prague Castle, it is the second most outstanding castle in the Czech Republic. The magnificent interiors of the castle are open to the public (historical interiors--two sight-seeing routes). The castle´s viewing tower and exhibition rooms are also open to the public. You can also see the Museum of the famous painter Egon Schiele in the town.
The town Trebon lies in the heart of Trebon basin, this rolling countryside, with its thick forests and innumerable ponds and lakes, forms a special environment of its own. The building of artificial creeks and ponds spread out over several periods has given the Trebon area a unique form, for which it has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The town dates back to the 12th century. The 16th and the 17th centuries saw the greatest years of prosperity for the town, particularly during the period of the Lords of Rozmberks and the noble family Schwarzenbergs, their Neo-Gothic Tomb is a three-stote building and it is possible to see if booked in advance. The castle Trebon was built in the years 1562-1611, the Rozmberks as well as the Schwarzenbergs rooms are all open to the public. There is also the archive of the region in one part of the castle, the oldest document dates from 1184. Rare, well-preserved town walls with bastions and four town gates, the Zlata stoka (the Golden Canal, long 45,5 km ) and the Svet Pond ( the Pond World ) were part of very unique defensive system, built in the 16th century. The Trebon Fisheries is the largest producer of fish in The Czech Republic. The enterprise has at its disposal 6,876 hectars of fish ponds. The largest pond at Rozmberk is 658 ha. The Spa is based on a basic natural resource of mud and peat . Rehabilitation and therapy is aimed at the treatment of limbs. The Trebon Brewery was established in 1379 , the production of the beer Bohemia Regent is possible to see after booking ahead. The castle and the Schwarzenbergs tomb are open from April till October from Tuesday till Sunday . During winter time booking ahead is necessary. The spa - relaxing bath and massage are available - booking ahead ( 1-2 weeks) is necessary. The brewery is open to the public - booking ahead is necessary.
Originally a small castle dating from the late 12th century , gradually expanded into a large complex. The castle flourished especially in the 16th century . What you can see there – Adam´s building – original Renaissance premises with so-called green rooms. The medieval castle – the oldest part of the castle, unique wall paintings featuring the legend of st. George ( 1337) , a painting of Jindrichuv Hradec Madonna ( around 1460) , the black kitchen. The visit culminates in a garden surrounded with rich stucco decorations from the 16th century.
Telc - overnight
Telc is one of the best preserved ancient towns in the Czech Republic. A combination of pure Renaissance and Baroque buildings, typically grouped, makes Telc one of finest examples of medieval urban architecture. The magnificent square, surrounded by arcaded houses and with a Baroque fountain in its centre, still retains the atmosphere of the Renaissance period. The chateau was originally a Gothic castle from the 14th century, but in the second half of the 16th century it was converted into the Renaissance building. The chateau interiors have rich decoration, carved and painted ceilings, frescoes, and other splendid features.
Trebic Jewish Ghetto – one of the oldest Jewish settlements was a naturally-evolving urban structure , complete with every element typical of a Jewish ghetto - maximum use of the available space made further evolution of its buildings impossible. There were built a town hall , rabbinate , school, hospital, poorhouse , etc. – together 123 numbered houses aside from two synagogues . It is the best preserved original Jewish quarter in Europa protected by UNESCO . The Jewish Cemetery – today it is one of the biggest cemeteries of its kind in the Central Europa , with the area 11772 sq. metres. It is enclosed by massive walls , contains around 11 thousand graves , and nearly three thousand gravestones , the oldest of which dates from 1625.
Zelena Hora (UNESCO)
Pilgrim church of St. Jan Nepomucky ( Zdar nad Sazavou ) The construction of the church between 1719-22 was ordered by abbot Vaclav Vejmluva of teh Cistercian monastery in Zdar , admirer of martyr St. Jan Nepomucky and was conferred to architect Jan Balzek Santini-Aichl . On a hill, near the monastery , this excellent architect designed a unique structure of five-tail-star ground plan ( the five stars were supposed to be reflecting in the Vltava river when hangmen threw the latter saint down from the Charles bridge and became one of his attributes ). A year before the church was finished ( 1721) Jan nepomucky was canonized in Rome and the church in Zelena Hor thus soon became the most famous and most visited place of pilgrimage in Bohemia and Moravia during the Baroque era.
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