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Decin's castle sits on a rock on the right bank of the Elbe/Labe river. It can look back on a history of about 1000 years - the present buildings, however, are results of the thorough construction works in the late 17th and then again late 18th centuries when the castle was owned by the Thun family. There are still some Renaissance structures preserved, though, especially in the western and southern wings, these dating from the period when the castle was a property of Saxon nobles (Salhausen first, then Bünau).
The whole complex is quite large. Access to the castle is best through the so called "Long Drive", a cobbled alley with walls to both sides, leading from the town straight up to the plateau on which the castle is. On the lower end is a gate with two openings: the left one leads to the castle, the right one to the town centre/church of the cross. Farther up a small gate on the left takes you to a small garden, another one to the right is the entrance to the rosarium (separate tip).
The ticket office is right before the upper gate of the Long Drive on the left side. A bridge leads to the main castle. The courtyard facades are beautifully decorated (see pictures). The castle is only accessible with guided tours that are in Czech mostly (other languages upon reservation in advance, surcharge). Audio guides available in other languages. The interior is well restored. You see numerous beautiful rooms, furniture not original but fitting, the chapel, stables etc, highlight IMO are the uncovered fresco and secco wall decorations from the 18th century.
Open daily, Admission fee CZK 90 for one tour, combined ticket for two tours is 150 CZK, for all three tours 220 CZK (prices in 2014).
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