"Castle tour" Hluboka nad Vltavou Things to Do Tip by Dabs
Hluboka nad Vltavou Things to Do: 19 reviews and 58 photos
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 are open until 17:00 but that's the cash desk as the tour we were on started at 17:00 and was the last tour of the day. Check the attached website for opening hours, currently they are closed on Monday EXCEPT July and August.
There appear to be several tours offered, we visited the Representation Rooms but you can also visit the Private Apartments, Kitchen and the Chateau Tower for addtional fees.
The interior dates to the last restoration that was completed in 1871 by Prince Jan Adolf II of Schwarzenberg and his wife Princess Eleonore, modeled after Windsor Castle in England. The interior is breathtaking if you like wood, beautiful parquet floors, stately wooden ceilings, exquisite wood carved mirror frames, one of which took five craftsmen 17 years to make!
The rooms are impressive from the start of the tour to the end, the first stop is in the vast entrance hall, then onto the private rooms of Princess Eleonore, dining hall, library and Armoury, all lavishly decorated with ornate furniture and tapestries. Our tour skipped over the theater that is mentioned on the website, I believe they said it was being restored. My Rough Guide says that the original furnishings were taken by the Schwarzenbergs in 1945 when the chateau was taken over by the government after WWII but that they returned and filled it with furnishings from their other properties.
No pictures are allowed inside the chateau but you can see pictures on this website
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