White brickwork, battlements, loopholes, towers and turrets, oriel and pointed-arch windows, a mazelike floor plan– all of this brings to mind the romantic rural atmosphere of the English kings of Windsor. It was precisely on this model that the entire Hluboká complex and the surrounding land was rebuilt.
|Hluboká nad Vltavou|
|Start time:||8:45 a.m.|
|Tour duration:||10 hours|
|Type of tour:||bus and walking|
|Start and finish tour:||Hotel pick up/drop off|
|Stops:||Any stop you would like to make|
|Languages:||English, Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, French|
Originally a royal sentry castle, it had a succession of important owners. The Schwarzenberg family lived here for a full three hundred years before the Second World War, when the castle was occupied by the Gestapo and the family emigrated overseas. The princely residence came alive mainly during autumn hunting season, when it was visited by the cream of the European aristocracy.
In terms of elegance and comfort, the interiors did not take a back seat to English and Scottish manors of the 19th century. Among the requisite amenities were a private chapel, its own theatre, and a library with about 12,000 volumes. The castle has some 140 suites, many of which are richly furnished with the Schwarzenberg family collections and are accessible to the public.