"Schloss Schwarzenberg" Scheinfeld Things to Do Tip by Nemorino
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This castle on a hill overlooking the town was the traditional residence of the von Schwarzenberg family, or at least whatever branch of the family happened to be the rulers of Scheinfeld at any particular time.
Parts of the castle now house a private school, which was being renovated when I visited in 2011. The rest of the castle is also in need of renovation, as can be seen in some of my photos which show visible signs of damage due to dampness in some of the walls.
I was there on a Sunday morning but arrived several hours too early for the weekly guided tour, which is offered on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm from Easter to October.
This is only one of a dozen or so castles and palaces that the Schwarzenberg family used to own in Germany, Austria and Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic.
The current head of the family, Prince Karel VII of Schwarzenberg, is now (as of 2012) the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Update: He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009 (originally nominated by the Green Party) and again from 2010 to 2013. He was a candidate for President of the Czech Republic in 2013 but lost in a runoff election to Miloš Zeman.
Location of Schloss Schwarzenberg in Google Maps.
Directions: GPS 49°40'20.68" North; 10°28'32.99" East
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