I read this is one of the most visited castles in the Czech Republic. I don't think I had to wonder why, as this Castle sits on a promontory above the Vltava River and exudes beauty!Originally a royal castle, Hluboka was founded in the 13th century by the Czech King Premysl Otakar II. The castle has seen four re-constructions over a period of time,...more
The interior of the palace can only be visited with guided tours. There are two routes available. The first one leads through the representative rooms, the second one includes the private appartements and the huge kitchen. There are excellent detailed descriptions available on the official website so I won't go into too many details here.Please...more
The walls of both inner courtyards are decorated all over with stag heads. The heads are stucco but the antlers are real. Hunting was a popular pastime among nobility and Hluboka is surrounded by vast forests. The Schwarzenbergs also joined hunting parties in other places in Bohemia. The hunting trophies were then put up on the walls - the larger...more
Through the main gate you enter the first, smaller courtyard which has the shape of an oblong rectangle. The passage then leads through a second arched passage into the trapezoid main courtyard.The architect did not place the entrance, courtyards and passage in one central axis but shifted the masses and created an asymmetry. You enter the main...more
The side building which the greenhouse connects with the palace used to be the riding hall. It was built from rough grey stone with white framings that create a decorative effect.Nowadays the building contains an art gallery (which we did not visit, so I cannot tell you more about it).Note the door on the front facade with its elaborate...more
While the castle pretends to be medieval, the adjacent greenhouse was built in the most modern technique that was just coming up in the mid 19th century: cast iron and glass. There are gothic elements in the ornaments, but the material tells of the era of industrialization. The result is a fine structure that looks almost like lace.The interior of...more
Hluboka Palace is a rather early example of the neogothic style in central Europe. In Britain the gothic revival had already started in the second half of the 18th century but on the continent this was a rather new fashion in those times, the earliest larger designs in neogothic style date from the 1820s and 1830s but it became widespread and...more
The architecture of the palace is best enjoyed from the surrounding gardens. The formal garden in front of the main entrance offers truly postcard-like views. I wish you more time than we had (the usual problem when you are with a tour) so you can explore more of the gardens than I did. The formal gardens extend all around the palace. The whole...more
From the parking lot down in the village, you have to walk to the castle. It is not far, maybe 15 minutes, but constantly uphill. The way is well signposted. You walk through the centre of the village first, past some shops and restaurants and the church (photo 1), and further uphill along a small steep road with a view over the village (photo...more
Hluboka palace is located on top of the hill behind the village of Hluboká nad Vltavou (Hluboká on the Moldau). The white building sits on the hilltop like a "castle in the clouds". You will spot the tower and pinnacled rooftops when approaching the village. My photos here are snapshots taken through the windscreen of our coach; I luckily had the...more
Another beautiful building at Hluboka Castle is the Conservatory or decorative glasshouse, built as a connecting hall between the castle and the riding school building. It was built during the industrial revolution, so no expense was spared with the building, making sure there was enough cast and wrought iron to hold the glass of this winter garden...more
After passing through the interesting Entrance door to the Castle, we have now entered the Inner Courtyard of the Castle.This is a lovely area, with plenty of seating around the edges. On the walls, are mounted Stag heads and some interesting Gargoyles. Lovely architecture on the Castle, this was a very pleasant area!more
When visiting the Castle, make sure you just don't walk inside, but stop and look at the Door Handle.The owners of the Castle, the Schwarzenbergs, were originally called the Lords of Seinsheim.Their proper emblem was a shield with silver and blue stripes. In 1599, after a conquest against the Turks, Adolf zu Schwarzenberg had the head of a Turk,...more
Located at the southern end of the Castle, or what I call the back of the Castle, is another garden with a round pool, this is said to be where princess Krasomila in a fairy-tale film fell into. What is beautiful here, is the wrought iron work, and the spiral staircase and porch which used to house an orangery (nowadays the ceremonial hall). There...more
The Castle park covers 58 hectares, so I only looked at the area nearest the Castle.The present shape of the garden was done along with the neo-Gothic remodelling of the chateau, in the years 1840-1871 under Prince Jan Adolf II of Schwarzenberg and his spouse Eleonore.The Schwarzenbergs had been to England many times, and loved the English gardens...more
Although there are tours given in English, we arrived very late in the day and the only option left was to go on a Czech tour but they did have English text available so we could follow along. The Czech tour was 130kc, the English tours were 220kc, all of the castles we visited had a higher price for foreign language tours. The website says they...more
A castle has been on this site since around 1250, the 1st incarnation was a Gothic Castle. During the Middle Ages, it served as both an aristocratic property and a site of royal administration. In 1562 King Ferdinand I sold Hluboka to the Lords of Hradec who turned the castle into a Renaissance stately home. The design of the castle/chateau that...more
The route to the Hluboka is very well marked from Ceske Budejovice which is about 8km to the south of Hluboka nad Vltavou, look for the signs that say zamek (chateau). But once we got to the city, we had a little trouble figuring out how to get to the chateau, some of the streets look like you're not supposed to drive on them and only authorized...more
Hluboka nad Vltavou is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, near Èeské Budìjovice. You can get there for example from Prague, by a direct bus, takes less than 4 hours. Direct buses aren´t that frequent, you can travel to Ceske Budejovice from Prague, it takes less than 3 hours and then you have to change the bus to get to...more
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The lower right quarter of the Schwarzenberg crest is the severed head of a Turk with his eye being plucked out by a raven in honor of Adolf von Schwarzenberg's victory over the Turks at the battle of Raab. This sculpture was outside of the castle.
When we arrived, we parked our Car at the bottom of the Castle, in what looked to be a main street.
Even though there are no meters, PARKING IS NOT FREE, somebody will come and ask for money for parking.
The walk to the Castle is uphill, it is not steps which is great, but quite a steep slope, for quite a way. Once at the top, there is quite a bit more walking to do if you wish to see most of the Castle.
I would say you would need to be a little fit, and somebody with plenty of energy, could push a wheel chair up the hill.