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  Benesov, market square
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  • Benesov, market square - Decin
      Benesov, market square
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  • Benesov, lower castle - Decin
      Benesov, lower castle
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      Benesov, upper castle
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  • Benesov, castle and Parish church - Decin
      Benesov, castle and Parish church
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  • Benesov, chapel - Decin
      Benesov, chapel
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Only a short train ride from Decin main train station (hourly trains, they take about 15 minutes) is the small town Benesov nad Ploucnici (in German: Bensen am Polzen). Don't let the first impression with shabby townhouses and abandoned former plants scare you away: The town's small centre with market square, town hall, castle complex and churches is interesting, restored to a certain degree and safe.

The main attraction is the castle complex that consists of lower and upper castle and gardens. Both castles (and the castle and Parish church) go back to the 16th century and were built by the family von Salhausen from neighbouring Saxony. The architecture is quite remarkable and typical for Saxony, not the Bohemia (have a look at the special roof shape on picture 2 e.g.) The quality of the art works/embossments is excellent. Unfortunately the church and chapel were closed.

The castles are accessible with tours only. The guide spoke only Czech but we got a paper in German giving info on history, interior/art works. Sadly, not much of the interior is originally preserved after a big fire in 1969.

See website for info on opening hours and admission fee, please. Photo permit was CZK 500 (ROTF!) so no pictures of the interior, sorry.

Address: Zamecka 51, 407 22 Benesov nad Ploucnici
Website: http://www.zamek-benesov.cz

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  • Written Oct 30, 2011
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