One of the best kept secrets among Czech castles and historic sites is the gorgeous Kozel Chateau founded in the late 18th century in western Bohemia. Founded by nobleman Jan Vojtěch Černín, a member of Emperor Joseph II’s court, the stone residence served an as exquisite hunting chateau and today is one of the best examples of Classicist architecture in Bohemia. The site is surrounded by fine lawns, a beautiful park and forests perfect for visits in the spring and summer. What’s more, Kozel is only an hour or so away from Prague and just minutes
New finds by archaeologists under the floorboards of Prague Caste have helped to show the richness of life there during the renaissance and baroque periods. Finds at the imposing Vladislav Hall at the Old Palace include playing cards, remnants of letters and pages from books, buttons, safety pins, pipes, and beads. One of the biggest discoveries is a pocket sundial watch. Archaeologists worked at the hall from November until mid-February ahead of the reconstruction of the floor. They are expecting further discoveries from analysis of the timbers. The overall research is already painting a much fuller picture of place life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Alžběta Pezoldová, heiress of the Schwarzenberg aristocratic family, has won a court battle over a family crypt after a court in Jindřichův Hradec, southern Bohemia, confirmed her claim on Tuesday. She lost several court cases in a protracted battle for the property but in January of this year the Czech Constitutional Court cancelled all previous verdicts in the case, making way for today’s ruling. Ms Pezoldová has filed lawsuits for the return of billion of crowns’ worth of former family property around the country.
The Czech Republic is famous as a country of castles but this week I had a chance to visit one that is truly exceptional: the renowned Konopiště Chateau, found just 40 kilometres south of Prague. Konopiště, together with its wide surroundings and gorgeous interiors, is of course particularly famous for its ill-fated last owner – the heir-apparent to the Austrian throne, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, assassinated, together with his wife, in Sarajevo in 1914 - the spark that set off the First World War. In this edition of Spotlight we visit some of
A rare collection of stamps bearing the likeness of French Emperor Napoleon has gone on exhibit at the Slavkov (or Austerlitz) Chateau on the anniversary of the Battle of the Three Emperors. In 1805 Napoleon routed Russian and Austrian forces at Austerlitz, cementing what is regarded as Napoleon’s greatest triumph. The collection, which features some 1,000 stamps from around the world, was bought by the chateau following the death of the collection’s original owner.
It took 60 years but the Kumpera family will now be given back the Baroque Koloděje Chateau, confiscated by the state in 1948. On Monday the Prague Municipal Court rejected a final appeal and upheld a ruling from earlier this year which said that the property had been unfairly seized. Now nothing stands in the way of the property being returned its rightful owners.
A verdict ordering the Czech state to hand back a Baroque chateau to its pre-war owners has been upheld by a Prague court this Monday. The state confiscated the Koloděje chateau in 1948, but earlier this year was ordered to hand it back to the Kumpera family, who were deemed its rightful owners. The chateau has been used by the Czech state since the 1950s for ceremonial events and meetings, but in January, a court ruled that it had been unfairly confiscated. On Monday this ruling was upheld. Vítězslav Kumpera, who will now inherit the chateau, is locked in further legal battles with Koloděje Town Hall over the property.
In this edition of Spotlight we visit Veltrusy Chateau, a gorgeous summer estate found north of the Czech capital. Founded in the 1700s by Czech nobleman Václav Antonín Chotek, Veltrusy is far from an obvious destination, but is well-worth a day-trip. The castle grounds boast a 300 hectare park along the Vltava River, with numerous paths leading among ancient trees to pavilions, a bridge or two and various monuments. Then of course, there is the chateau itself, highly valued as a gem of Baroque architecture.
Erhard Falk from the German town of Pfaffenrod has built a monument to the Czech herbal liquor Becherovka in his garden, fans of mysticism are due meet at Kost castle this weekend for their fifth annual Witch Congress, and Prague gets its first coffee museum. Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The summer months are here and with it tourists visiting many of the country’s most notable castles and chateaux. But one site you might want to consider visiting, somewhat off the beaten path, is Blatná Castle in southern Bohemia, some 95 kilometres south of the capital. It’s not an understatement to say Blatná Castle is something out of a fairly tale, overlooking a surrounding moat and deer park. Blatná is the location we visit in Spotlight today.