Just 9kms from Telc, we came across the Rostjen Castle. We could see it sitting high on the hill, amongst the Forest. We found some signs to it, and just followed the road to the end!
This is another Gothic Castle, later rebuilt into a Renaissance hunters' residence with a game park surrounding the Castle. The game park no longer exits, being closed in 1902.
This Castle was destroyed by fire in 1915, and left in ruins until 1958, when restoration began. There is a 28metre high tower for fit people to climb and enjoy the views!
It now is a museum containing history of the Castle and surrounding countryside, plus a botanical garden. It had some very important owner's that we had come across on our travels of the Czech Repbulic. They were the Lords of Hradec and the powerfull Lichtenstein's.
This Castle would be one that didn't impress me much!
If you like your food, then you may want to come to the historical feast, annually held in the castle courtyard as well as traditional Jazz Festival.
April - September : Saturdays and Sundays open, Mondy closed
9.00 - 12.00 & 1-4PM
May: 9.00 - 12.00 & 1-5PM
June - August: 9.00 - 6PM
September: 9.00 - 12.00 & 1-4PM
It is free to wander around and look at the gardens. There was a cafe where meals were being served.
Remember....The Museum is closed for lunch!
We happened to be at Jemnice on the Sunday of the Barchan festival.
It takes place in June after Saint Vitus Day, and is one of the oldest festivals in Bohemia and Moravia.
The festival began in 1713, but it's not sure if today's is based on the real event that happened long ago.
There is 3 days of attractions, a Fair, Historical and Cultural event's. We were at the Fair [market] and saw many costumed people walking around in the area of the Chateau and Sokol Hall.
It begins on the Friday with a Parade of people dressed of old, and flying the Flag of Barchan and the flag of the Town Hall. In the evening there is dancing.
On the Saturday morning if you are staying here, you will be awoken by the sounds of Drum's and Bugle's, so no sleep in!
In the afternoon, somebody dressed as King John arrives, and is joined by the Queen and about 200 people dressed in costume. There are duel's, old songs and dances.
Sunday morning, and we saw lots of crafts, art work, interesting food, and plenty of people having a good time.
Sunday evening, and the Medieval dressed people lead the people to the Chateau where the day finishes with Fireworks.
The three day Festival finishes with the Saint's Day at the Saint Vitus Church. There is an old Lime Tree in Jemnice, and this is where the Vitus worshippers meet for the ceremonial mass.
You can see the Chuch and about the Lime Tree on the "other" website
Jemnice Castle is another one that was rebuilt in Renaissance style.
I didn't get to go inside, as I was interested in the Festival that was being held here.
If you do visit the inside, the interior is of Empire style, created in 1818. The final changes to the Castle were made in 1842 by Evrharta Anton Martinelli who restyled the Castle in false Rococo.
In 1943, the Castle housed the Vienna Art Collection, and it also was a Hostel for students of the Vienna Conservatory, and then, in 1945, the Army took over the Castle for accommodation.
Now, there are tours available of the Castle.
11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm
ADMISSION .....Adults 20czk
The Castle hosts different exhibition's from time to time
There is nothing remarkable or unusual about this Renaissance style chuch located just off the highway about 2 km. west of Telc. I find it amazing that the citizens of relatively small villages built tall churches. Two identical conical bell towers sit atop the roof. The local church was easily the dominating feature of nearly every village in central Europe. Villagers obviously sacrificed greatly to build such great structures.
This church was built by my ancestors over the centuries, starting about 600 years ago. I was surprised to find some excellent quality paintings and sculptures inside of the church. My great grandfather worshipped at the church until he immigrated to the U.S. 100 years ago. Much of the history of my family is contained within the walls of this well preserved not so small rural church.
Well worth it to walk just outside the Old Town where you can find a footpath that does a half circle around the city. From the man made ponds, you will have magnificent views. See the stroll around Telc travelogue for more great views.