Hluboka nad Vltavou Travel Guide
Hluboka nad Vltavou Castle
Hluboka nad Vltavou Castle
Hluboka nad Vltavou
Hluboka front garden
HLUBOKA CASTLE SIDE
HLUBOKA CASTLE RIDING SCHOOL
The Castle riding-hall is where Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions have been housed since 1956.It is located next to the Conservatory, and there is an entrance fee.
HLUBOKA CASTLE CONSERVATORY
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...
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...
THE CASTLE DOOR
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...
THE ORANGERY & SURROUNDS
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...
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...
HLUBOKA CASTLE PARK- FRONT
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...
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...
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...
Symbol of victory
The Schwarzenbergs embleme consists of four fields, the forth field is adorned with Turk's head with raven in commemoration of the victory of Adolf zu Schwarzenberg over the Turks near Raab.
STILEC PENSION: NOT THE FRIENDLIEST OF PEOPLE
We didn't have accommodation booked, so when we saw this nice looking Pension & Restaurant, we decided to stop and see if they had a room.They did, and so we were given a nice room on the end of the building. It had a pair of chairs and views to the Lake. The setting was...
Driving to the Chateau
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...
Go by bus or rent a car
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...
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.
Updated Jun 28, 2008
WALKING TO CASTLE HLUBOKA
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.
Written Feb 28, 2012
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