Top 130 Châteaux and Castles in the Czech Republic
There are so many amazing Châteaux and Castles in the Czech Republic that you will definitely feel like being in some wonderland. The Czech Republic is a country filled with fairy tale castles, châteaux, and palaces. The majority of them are well-maintained and, moreover, they are usually surrounded by forests or amazing gardens, fountains as well as sculptures.
Some of them serve as museums, or as great places for a wedding ceremony, while others offer accommodation, great food, golf course and more. Here I prepared a list of the Top Châteaux and Castles in the Czech Republic you should visit. I know it is a long list, but they all are really amazing!
Most beautiful Châteaux and Castles in the Czech Republic
1. Castle Hluboká nad Vltavou
There is probably no better place to start with than Castle Hluboká. This fairy tale castle is situated in the southern part of the country and is amazingly beautiful not only from outside but also its interiors worth a visit. It is surrounded by a large park so you can easily spend here a whole day.
Castle Hluboká is also a great place for your wedding. This national cultural monument is open all year round except Mondays and the family ticket costs 400,-Kč (around 15,-EUR).
2. Karlštejn Castle
Who wouldn’t know this great castle surrounded by great forests? Karlštejn Castle is a must visit place among all Prague visitors as it is just 30 kilometres from the Czech capital.
The best way on how to get there is by train and once there, try to get to the castle via different (not usual) way with a great viewpoint of the castle. Ask for the info at the local information centre.
3. Lednice Chateau
Lednice Chateau is a Czech version of Palace of Versailles and is surrounded by the largest English park in the country featured with large pond, greenhouses or unique 62 meters tall minaret. The complex is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1996.
4. Valtice Chateau
Only 8 kilometres from Lednice Chateau you have to visit another beautiful palace from 12th century, Valtice Chateau. They both form a complex which is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List as Lednice–Valtice Cultural Landscape.
Valtice Chateau by Lehotsky
5. Prague Castle
The first time visitors to the Czech Republic usually go to its capital city, Prague. And all of them then climb up to the Prague castle which makes it the most visited attraction in the country at all. It is one of the largest castle complexes in the world and is open all year round. From here you can also enjoy some of the best views of Prague.
6. Český Krumlov Castle
Český Krumlov Castle is right after Prague castle the 2nd most visited castle in the country. It is another UNESCO Site in the Czech Republic and is towering on the hill above the romantic and beautiful town of Český Krumlov.
7. Sychrov Castle
Gothic Sychrov Castle served as the residence of the French family of Rohan and has been a place of several Czech fairy-tales movies so far. Now you can go on day or nighttime tours, see exciting falconry displays or concerts. The castle became popular for the Scottish games that take place here every year in August.
Sychrov Castle by Miloslav Rejha
8. Chateau Dobříš
Chateau Dobříš is another nice Chateau with a large French garden, fountain, and sculptures. Adjacent to this castle is even larger English garden with a pond which attracts lots of visitors for pleasant walks and relax in the shadows of the trees.
9. Chateau Loučeň
Chateau Loučeň is a unique castle not only in the Czech Republic but also in Europe. Its gardens are home to the first Labyrintarium in the country and the only one in Europe. Children will surely be happy once you take them here. The weddings, castle tours and relaxing are just a few more things you can do here.
10. Mníšek Pod Brdy Chateau
A very nice place full of peace and tranquillity can be found in Mníšek Pod Brdy, a small town south of Prague. Mníšek pod Brdy Chateau was built in the 14th century and boasts nice garden with fountain. You can visit its halls and rooms as well as the nice courtyard.
11. Bouzov Castle
Bouzov Castle is a popular tourist destination and offers costumed as well as evening tours through its rooms which are fully furnished and equipped. It was built in the 14th century and its most valuable part is a neo-Gothic chapel and Gothic altar.
Bouzov Castle by Bjalek Michal
12. Hořovice Chateau
Tour of the Hořovice Chateau can be enjoyed together with a pleasant walk along the park featuring several sculptures made by Matthias Braun. The Chateau was built in the 17th century and once you make your first step into the garden you will be transferred back to this century!
13. Štiřín Chateau
If you are looking for some golf course nestled in the beautiful castle garden then Štiřín Chateau would be the best place to go. Located just a few kilometres from Prague borders it can be a great day trip to go from Czech capital.
14. Veltrusy Chateau
This Baroque chateau was built in the 18th century and later rebuilt in Classicist style. Veltrusy Chateau features nice garden and large park with romantic buildings. During your visit, you can see a number of animals in the park such as deer and others.
15. Lány Chateau
If you want to see how official summer residence of the Czech presidents looks like, then you must visit Lány Chateau. This Baroque chateau can be found in the village Lány not far from Prague and is closed to the public. You can, however, visit the large park with pond and fountain as well as the old greenhouse.
16. Pernštejn Castle
Pernštejn Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in the country and is proudly also one of the most visited attractions in the area. It is said that this castle which was founded in the 13th century has never been conquered.
Pernštejn Castle by Akil
17. Kroměříž Archbishop’s Palace
Kroměříž Archbishop’s Palace served as a summer residence of the Archbishops of Olomouc in the past. This UNESCO Site is located in the picturesque town of Kroměříž and boasts gallery and an extensive library.
Its halls are regarded as one of the most beautiful Rococo interiors in the Czech Republic and were used as a setting for Milos Forman’s movie Amadeus. Adjacent to the palace is an amazing and large garden with a mini zoo.
18. Křivoklát Castle
Křivoklát Castle is a representative seat of the Czech kings and one of the most important and oldest royal castles in the Czech Republic. It contains many valuable late Gothic rooms, of which the most important one is the chapel with a painted altar. Its amazing library contains more than 50,000 books and documents and you can also visit the torture chamber and prison.
19. Rožmberk Castle
Rožmberk Castle dates from the 13th century and is one of the main sights along the Vltava river, which is very popular among rafters. Several prominent Czech noble families owned this castle throughout centuries and now you can learn about their lives in the castle museum.
20. Troja Chateau, Prague
While Prague Castle is the most visited attraction in the country, the second most visited attraction is Prague ZOO. And right next to the zoo’s main entrance, you can find Troja Chateau. It is often overlooked due to this fact but you really shouldn’t miss this Baroque palace and its gardens. Once here, reserve half an hour for exploring this zoo’s neighbour.
21. Brandýs nad Labem Chateau
Brandýs nad Labem is a small town north of Prague but has a very nice Chateau in its centre. Brandýs nad Labem Chateau was the favourite residence of the Habsburg rulers. It is an important Renaissance monument with preserved graffito decorations now open to the public as a museum.
Brandýs nad Labem Chateau by Zdeněk Fiedler
22. Liblice Chateau
Liblice Chateau is a Baroque chateau built between 1699 and 1706. Recently renovated chateau is now a luxury 4-star hotel with renowned restaurant and first class conference hall. Its gardens are open to the public for free and the chateau tours are available every Sunday only.
Liblice Chateau by Blanka Zubíková
23. Průhonice Chateau
Průhonice Chateau is a nice place to visit if you are in Prague, as it is just 3 kilometres from Prague borders and you can get here by a regular public transport system (take a bus from Opatov metro station). The castle boasts a large park with the botanical garden, nice lake, and even some waterfalls.
24. Dub u Prachatic Chateau
The former keep from the 15th century was later rebuilt into a late Renaissance chateau and gained neo-Gothic additions in the 19th century. It belonged to many families and also served as a school hostel. Dub u Prachatic Chateau is now in private hands and you can visit its gardens and interior every day all year round. Or you can take a part in events such as concerts, gazebos, competitions or various exhibitions that are regularly held here. Or do you plan weddings? You are welcomed as well!
Dub u Prachatic Chateau by Krabat77
25. Dětenice Château
Dětenice village is known in the country thanks to its medieval adventure restaurant but it is also home to Dětenice Château. It is quite a large complex and includes brewery with a medieval tavern, hotel Rustikal and stables, which is currently a home to 45 horses.
Dětenice Château by Matěj Baťha
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