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49 Best Czech Republic Castles, Chateaus and Palaces

This collection of Czech Republic castle, chateau and palace photos will blow your mind. Some are world famous with a fair tale design. Enjoy this epic gallery of some of the finest in Europe.
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castle Zleby

castle Zleby

Welcome to our collection of Czech Republic castles, chateaus and palaces. Like all other castles and palaces we feature, there are many diverse, stunning such structures in the Czech Republic.

We’ve published hundreds of the finest castles in Europe and I’m still astonished at the size, detail and expense that goes into so many of these structures.  They are truly exceptional.

Scroll through the variety below and get a sense of the palatial buildings used as private residences, government buildings and now in some cases, hotels.

Bouzov Castle

Bouzov Castle

Bouzov Castle (aerial view)

Bouzov Castle (aerial view)

Bouzov Castle

Bouzov Castle

Located in Bouzov, Czech Republic, the Bouzov Castle is an early 14th-century fortress constructed in the orders of the aristocratic Bůz of Bludovec family. The castle had to change its owner and it was passed onto the Lords of Kunštát, and later on acquired by the lords of Vildenberk, margrave Jošt, the Haugvic and the Pod Štatský families. The castle was also transformed from gothic style to renaissance and neo-gothic styles. It was finally acquired by the government of Czech Republic after the Order of Teutonic Knights expressed an interest in the castle but got denied. Currently it serves as a national cultural monument and is open to the public.

About the Bouzov Castle

  • Where:  Bouzov, Czech Republic
  • When:  14th century
  • Who built it: Bůz of Bludovec family
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style / Neo-gothic style
  • What is it now?  Open to the public / Tourist site
  • Current owners:  Czech Republic Government
Castle Benatky nad Jizerou

Castle Benatky nad Jizerou

The Castle Benatky over Jizerou is a cultural historic landmark in the Czech Republic that was built in the 11th century. In 1346 the ruler of this castle – Jan von Dražice created the village Benatky and when he died, the castle, which bears a renaissance style was rebuilt into a baroque style by the Earl of Donin. Today, the castle is partially open to the public owned by the town of Benatky.

About the Castle Benatky nad Jizerou

  • Where:  Benatky, Czech Republic
  • When:  11th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now?  Partially open to the public
  • Current owners:  Town of Benatky
Castle Blatna

Castle Blatna

The Castle Blatna’s first historical record was in 1235, when the fortress was first mentioned as the seat of Vyšemír, a member of the lesser nobility. It was transformed into a castle in romanesque style in the following years and was rebuilt into gothic style in the 15th century. The castle once again underwent major changes when it changed ownership in the 18th century, as it was turned into a baroque style architecture, then renovated into romantic-style neo-gothic architecture. Today, the chateau is privately owned by the family of Friedrich Hildprandt, working intensively on restoring the chateau and opening it to visitors.

About the Castle Blatna

  • Where:  Blatná, Czech Republic
  • When:  13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Romanesque style / Gothic style / Baroque style / Romantic-style Neo-gothic architecture
  • What is it now?  Privately owned
  • Current owners:  Family of Friedrich Hildprandt
Castle Buchlovice

Castle Buchlovice

Castle Buchlovice

Castle Buchlovice


Buchlovice Castle is located in Moravia, Czech Republic. It was built in the 13th century as a medieval fortress but was replaced by the Buchlovice Castle, which is the known castle today. It was designed by the Italian architect Domenico Martinelli for Jan Dětrích of Petřvald. Today, it is open to the public owned by the town of Buchlovice.

About the Castle Buchlovice

  • Where: Moravia, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century / Rebuilt in 18th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Domenico Martinelli for Jan Dětrích of Petřvald
  • Style: Baroque architecture / Baroque revival architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Town of Buchlovice
Castle Cervena lhota

Castle Cervena Lhota

Červená Lhota is a château located in Pluhův Žďár, Czech Republic. It was built in around 15th century originally as a gothic style, but was transformed into a renaissance style during the ownership of the knightly family of Káb of Rybňan. A couple of years after the World War 2, the chateau was confiscated by the Czechoslovak state and later on passed the ownership onto the National Culture Commission, and in 1949 it was opened to the public.

About the Červená Lhota Castle

  • Where: Pluhův Žďár, Czech Republic
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Unknown / Rebuilt by the family of Káb of Rybňan
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: National Culture Commission
Castle Cerveny Hradek

Castle Cerveny Hradek

The Red Castle, commonly known as Cerveny Hradek was built on the ruins of the Borek Castle that was built on the 15th century. Cerveny Hradek was constructed during the 16th century in baroque style and has been passed onto many different owners. Today the property serves as a tourist site, hotel, restaurant and is open to the public.

About the Castle Cerveny Hradek

  • Where: Jirkov, Czech Republic
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Baroque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist site / Hotel and Restaurant
  • Current owners: Town of Jirkov, Czech Republic
Castle Frydlant

Castle Frydlant

Castle Frydlant

Castle Frydlant


Frýdlant is one of largest and most important heritage sites in Northern Bohemia. It is also the home of a majestic gothic castle renaissance chateau. The castle was built in the 13th century owned by the Biberstein house and during the 16th and 17th century, the Redern house developed the castle and built the new renaissance chateau and the chapel. The property changed owners multiple times throughout its long history and today serves as museum and is partially open to the public.

About the Castle Frydlant

  • Where: Frýdlant, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Biberstein house
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style / Renaissance Revival architecture
  • What is it now? Museum / Partially open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Castle Hluboka

Castle Hluboka (aerial view)

Castle Hluboka

Castle Hluboka

Hluboká Castle is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic. It was originally constructed in a gothic style during the 13th century then rebuilt into a Baroque castle at the order of Adam Franz von Schwarzenberg in the early 18th century. It became the property of the government of Czechoslovakia in the 20th century after the last Schwarzenberg owner of the castle emigrated overseas to escape from the Nazis. Today the castle serves as a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic and is a popular tourist site.

About the Castle Hluboka

  • Where: Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Gothic style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic / Tourist site
  • Current owners: Government of Czechoslovakia
castle Horsovsky Tyn

castle Horsovsky Tyn

Castle Horšovský Týn located in Horšovský Týn, Czech Republic was built in the 13th century in place of a fortified Episcopal court. It was built in a gothic style by one of the Prague bishops and in the 15th century during Hussite wars, the bishop’s castle was twice besieged and later on given to feudal lords by Sigismund of Luxemburg. It was almost destroyed by a wild fire and later on was rebuilt by John the Younger in the new and modern style of that time, the Renaissance. It was then purchased by a steyerian count Maxmillian of Trauttmansdorff and his family owned the castle for more than 300 years until 1945 when Edward Beneš’s presidential decrees put the castle under the state control. Today the castle is one of the most opened castles to the public in the Czech Republic and also offers a guided tour for 4 hours.

About the Castle Horšovský Týn

  • Where: Horšovský Týn, Czech Republic
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: One of the Prague bishops
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
castle Hruba Skala

castle Hruba Skala

Located in Hrubá Skála, Czech Republic, The Skála castle was constructed during the 14th century by Hynek of Wallenstein in a gothic style. It was then acquired by the lords of Jenstein followed by Zajíc of Hasenburgs in 1460. The castle fell into the hands of Svojanovský of Boskovice during the ownership of the Hasenburgs but Jan Svojanovský fell into bankruptcy after he extended the Skála manor to about 54 villages and hamlets. The castle was purchased by Zikmund Smiřický of Smiřice and together with his family, they rebuilt the old gothic property into a new Renaissance chateau. In the 17th century, the property was acquired by Albrecht of Wallenstein and then the property stays in the possession of the Wallensteins until in the 19th century when the last family member sold the entire manor to Jan Lexa of Aerenthal, who rebuilt the propert into a neo-gothic style. Today, the castle is owned by the state and operates as a hotel.

About the Hruba Skala Castle

  • Where: Hrubá Skála, Czech Republic
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Hynek of Wallenstein
  • Style: Gothic style / Neo-gothic style
  • What is it now? Hotel
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic

Castle in Bruntal

Castle in Bruntal

Chateau Bruntal was built in the 16th century in renaissance style. The castle today is open to the public for organized concerts, theater and musical performances, as well as wedding ceremonies and other social and cultural events.

About the Castle in Bruntal

  • Where: Bruntál, Czech Republic
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Castle in Kunin

Castle in Kunin

Kunin castle is located in Moravian-Silesian Region. It was built in the 18th century by architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in Baroque style for the Counts of Harrach. The castle was purchased by Walburg-Zeil, Schindler of Kunwald from the Harrachs and was turned over to the Bauer Knight’s family until the final years of the World War 2. When the war ended, the state claimed the castle and in 1999, the property was turned over to the Kunín Municipality. Today, it is open to the public under the town’s ownership.

About the Kunin Castle

  • Where: Kunín, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt in Baroque style for the Counts of Harrach
  • Style: Baroque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Kunín Municipality
castle Jemniste

castle Jemniste

The Jemniste castle was built in the 18th century by Count Frances Adam of Trauttmansdorff to replace the original manor house. The château was designed by famous Czech architect Frances Maxmilián Kaňka, who finished the construction quickly but in 1754, the château was completely burned down. It was then reconstructed into a baroque style and got developed multiple times. The castle changed owners multiple times too, and is currently owned by Mensdorff family who owned the property since the late 19th century.

About the Jemniste Castle

  • Where: Postupice, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Count Frances Adam of Trauttmansdorff
  • Style: Baroque style
  • What is it now? Partially open to the public / Tourist attraction
  • Current owners: Mensdorff family
castle Krivoklat

Castle Krivoklat

Located in Central Bohemia, Czech Republic, Křivoklát Castle was constructed in the 12th century for the kings of Bohemia. Through the years, the castle survived major damages from fire and in the 19th century, it was purchased by the family of Fürstenberg and had the castle reconstructed. Today, the castle is open to the public, showcasing a collection of medieval arts and the Library with 52,000 volumes.

About the Křivoklát Castle

  • Where: Central Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Kings of Bohemia
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Castle Mnichovo Hradiste

Castle Mnichovo Hradiste

The Mnichovo Hradiště Castle was built in the 17th century by the leader of the Bohemian aristocratic and protestant opposition movement, Wenceslas Budovec of Budov. In 1621, the Bohemian Revolt had fallen and Budovec was executed while his castle was confiscated. The confiscated chateau then fell into the hands of the Wallensteins, who reconstructed the renaissance castle into a baroque style castle and owned the property until 1945 when the last generation of the family declared themselves Germans. Today, the Mnichovo Hradiště Castle is open to the public owned by the Government of Czech Republic.

About the Mnichovo Hradiště Castle

  • Where: Mnichovo Hradiště, Czech Republic
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Wenceslas Budovec of Budov
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic

castle Mostov

castle Mostov

Mostov castle was constructed in the 15th century as a manor house for the Hardeckars. It was then reconstructed into a Pseudo-Gothic style during the reign of the Kommers family as the head of the castle. The property also has a park, which attracts many visitors while the main castle operates as a hotel.

About the Castle Mostov

  • Where: Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: 15th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Pseudo-Gothic style
  • What is it now? Hotel
  • Current owners: Private owner / Operated by Westbohemia Hotels Ltd
castle Pernstejn

castle Pernstejn

The Pernštejn Castle in Brno is set on a rock above the village of Nedvědice and the rivers Svratka and Nedvědička. It was constructed by the Lords of Medlov in the 13th century in a mix gothic and renaissance style architecture. It was improved and developed through the time and now the castle serves as a state property.

About the Pernštejn Castle

  • Where: Brno, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Lords of Medlov
  • Style: Gothic / Renaissance style
  • What is it now? State property
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
castle Pohansko

castle Pohansko

The empire chateau of Pohansko was built in the 19th century by the Lichtenstein as a hunting lodge. It’s construction is unique, featuring a symmetrical flat-ceiling structure with ground open arcade wings. Currently, the castle is open to the public in full accessibility.

About the Castle Pohansko

  • Where: Břeclav, Czech Republic
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Lichtenstein
  • Style: Empire style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
castle Svihov

castle Svihov

The Švihov castle was built by the House of Rýzmberk ze Skály in the town Švihov. It’s actual construction date was unknown but during the 15th century, the property was reconstructed into the late gothic style ordered by castle’s owner at that time, Puta Schwihau von Riesenberg. The castle survived many battles and now, it serves as a popular tourist site and is open to the public under the National Heritage Institute.

About the Castle Svihov

  • Where: Švihov, Czech Republic
  • When: Unknown / Rebuilt in the 15th century
  • Who built it: House of Rýzmberk ze Skály / Reconstructed by Puta Schwihau von Riesenberg
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Tourist site
  • Current owners: National Heritage Institute of Czech Republic
Castle Valtice

Castle Valtice

The Valtice Castle was originally built in the 12th century as a fortified residence. It was then reconstructed into a Roman shape castle, which became a place where knight tournaments and games were held. In the 14th century, the property was acquired by the Liechtenstein family, who held the castle in their possession until 1945. As the castle survived countless owner changes and several battles, the baroque property was then registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

About the Castle Valtice

  • Where: Valtice, Czech Republic
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Castle Velke Brezno

Castle Velke Brezno

The Velké Březno Chateau was built by Count Karel Chotek in late Empire style during the mid 19th century. In the early 20th century, the chateau was rebuilt into a Neo-Renaissance style. Velké Březno today is partially open to the public under the government of Czech Republic.

About the Castle Velke Brezno

  • Where: Velké Březno, Czech Republic
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Count Karel Chotek
  • Style: Empire style / Neo-Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Partially open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Castle Vizovice

Castle Vizovice

The Vizovice Castle was built during the middle of the 18th century in place of the sacred monastery. It was commissioned by Heřman Hanibal of Blümegen, the priest of Olomouc that later became the bishop of Hradec Kralové. Franz Anton Grimm, a prominent Brno architect designed and constructed the castle in Baroque style. Today, the Vizovice Castle is open to the public and is serving as part of the national cultural monuments, showcasing the the original Baroque, Rococo, Empire and Biedermeier furniture.

About the Vizovice Castle

  • Where: Vizovice, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Heřman Hanibal of Blümegen
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
castle Zleby

castle Zleby

The Zleby Chateau was constructed in the 13th century as a gothic fortress owned by the Lichtenburk family. It was then bought by Charles IV, Roman Emperor and the King of Bohemia in the 14th century but fell into the hands of the Hussites who then partially tore it down and burned it. Later on the chateau was reconstructed into the Renaissance style, but once again reconstructed into the Baroque style in the late 16th century. The chateau survived many wars, owner changes, reconstruction and now it serves as a popular tourist site under the management of the National Heritage Institute.

About the Zleby Chateau

  • Where: Žleby, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Lichtenburk family
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Cesky Sternberk Castle

Cesky Sternberk Castle

Located in Český Šternberk, Central Bohemian Region, the Český Šternberk Castle is a medieval Bohemian castle of the mid-13th century. It was built by Zdeslav of Divisov, later called Zdeslav Sternberg, the family that owned the castle since its construction. Currently, the castle is a residence that bears a long historical and architectural legacy. It is one of the best preserved Gothic Bohemian castles that attract thousands of toursts across the world.

About the Český Šternberk Castle

  • Where: Český Šternberk, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Zdeslav of Divisov
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Tourist site / Sternberg family residence
  • Current owners: Sternberg family
chateau Bartosovice

chateau Bartosovice

The Bartošovice Chateau was built in the 16th century in place of a fort constructed in the 15th century. It was built in a pseudo-renaissance style and currently, it serves as a tourist site that is also open to the public.

About the Bartošovice Chateau

  • Where:  Bartošovice, Czech Republic
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Pseudo-renaissance style
  • What is it now? Tourist site / Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Chateau Kacina

Chateau Kacina

Kačina is a remarkable Empire style palace in Svatý Mikuláš in the Czech Republic that was built in the 19th century. It was the prestige mansion of the supreme burgrave of the Kingdom of Bohemia and president of the governorate, Jan Rudolf Chotek designed by Saxon royal architect Christian Franz Schuricht. Today it currently serves as the home of J.R. Chotek’s descendants and is partially open to the public, as well as a popular tourist site.

About the Chateau Kacina

  • Where:  Svatý Mikuláš, Czech Republic
  • When: 19th century
  • Who built it: Jan Rudolf Chotek
  • Style: Empire style
  • What is it now? J.R. Rudolf’s descendants’ home / Tourist site / Open to the public
  • Current owners: J.R. Rudolf’s descendants / Government of Czech Republic
Chateau Lesna

Chateau Lesna

Chateau Lesna’s history dates back to the 13th century. It was a small castle that was once owned by Queen Eliška, the widow of Wenceslas II, the king of Bohemia. Lesna survived multiple owner changes and wars and was rebuilt in the Baroque style during the 18th century. Today, the chateau is home to the Zlin Zoo, which is one of the best tourist attraction in Moravia.

About the Chateau Lesna

  • Where:  Moravia, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Zoo (Zlin Zoo)
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Chateau Namest

Chateau Namest

Chateau Náměšť na Hané, also known as Chateau Namest was built in replace of the old medieval castle in the 18th century, when the property was bought by the Harrach family. The new castle was built in a Baroque style with a mix French architectural influence. The chateau was owned by many different families, and when the last owner, František Ottáhal died, the property was confiscated by the Czechoslovakia. Currently, the city of Náměšť na Hané owned the chateau and opened the it to the public.

About the Chateau Náměšť na Hané

  • Where:  Náměšť na Hané, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: City of Náměšť na Hané
Chateau Velke Mezirici

Chateau Velke Mezirici

The Velké Meziříčí Château was built in the 13th century and is one of the oldest stone aristocratic castles in Moravia. It was constructed following the roman-gothic style architecture but was transformed into renaissance style chateau during the 16th century. After suffering from a fire in the 18th century, the chateau had to undergo in renovation and was transformed into baroque architecture style and adapted in the Pseudo-Gothic style. Today, the Velké Meziříčí Château serves as a museum showcasing stunning paintings, furniture, historical and natural collections.

About the Velké Meziříčí Château

  • Where:  Velké Meziříčí, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Roman-gothic style / Renaissance style / Baroque architecture / Pseudo-Gothic style
  • What is it now? Museum
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Chateaux Ratiborice

Chateaux Ratiborice

Ratibořice Château located in the municipality of Česká Skalice was originally a farm before it was turned into knights’ stronghold. It was then turned into a Baroque summer palace by owner of the estate Lorenzo Piccolomini. The property changed noble owners multiple times until the last owner, Prince Bedřích Schaumburg-Lippe left the chateau during the World War II and was occupied by the German army. After the war, the Ratibořice Château became a state property and later on opened to the public.

About the Ratibořice Château

  • Where:  Česká Skalice, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Lorenzo Piccolomini
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Chlum u Trebone castle

Chlum u Trebone castle

The Chlum u Trebone castle is a baroque castle built in place of the original Gothic fortress in 1710. It was then reconstructed into Pseudo-Baroque castle during the 20th century that is still the present appearance of the property today. Today, the castle is partially open to the public that is owned by the Czech government.

About the Chlum u Trebone castle

  • Where:  Chlum u Třeboně, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Baroque architecture / Pseudo-Baroque style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Decin Castle

Decin Castle

The Děčín Castle was built in place of the original medieval castle in the 16th century when the Saxon family of knights from Bünau owned the property and had it rebuilt. The present form of the castle is a work of the Count Thun-Hohenstein, who held the Děčín estate during the mid 17th century. The Thun’s ancestors reconstructed the castle in the following centuries and the old gothic and renaissance palaces were turned into its Baroque-Classicist appearance that is still popular today. Currently, the property is owned by the Czech Republic government after the last Thun owner sold the castle due to financial reason. The Děčín Castle now serves as a garden and park, as long as a monument that is open to the public.

About the Děčín Castle

  • Where:  Děčín, Czech Republic
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Saxon family of knights from Bünau
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Jindrichuv Hradec castle

Jindrichuv Hradec castle

The Jindřichův Hradec Chateau’s history dates back to the 10th century when it was still a Slavic settlement. It started as a Romanesque-Gothic fortress and then morphed into a majestic Gothic castle to serve the Lords of Hradec as their main residence. When the last residence of the castle dies out, Adam II of Hradec had the castle rebuilt into a grand Italian Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. Today, the castle is open to the public owned by the government.

About the Jindřichův Hradec Castle

  • Where:  Jindřichův Hradec, Czech Republic
  • When: 10th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Romanesque-Gothic fortress / Gothic style / Italian Renaissance
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Karlstejn

Karlstejn Castle

The Karlštejn Castle was founded by Czech king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV in the 14th century. The castle is the place where the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire were kept as well as later the crown of St. Wenceslas. The castle was originally built in the Gothic style and was reconstructed in the Renaissance style during the 16th century. Its present form was made by architect Josef Mocker at the end of the 19th century in the Neo-Gothic style. Today, the castle is owned by the estate and operates as a museum that is open to the public.

About the Karlštejn Castle

  • Where:  Karlštejn, Czech Republic
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: Czech king and Holy Roman emperor Charles IV
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style / Neo-gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public / Museum
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Karlstejn Castle

Karlstejn Castle

Konopiste Chateau

Konopiste Chateau

The Konopiště was built in the 1280s by Prague Bishop Tobiaš of Benešov as a Gothic fortification in the style of a French castle. It was then became property of the Sternberg house for 275 years before it was purchased by Dorota Hodějovská of Hodějov, who made Renaissance modifications to the old gothic fortification. The property changed hands multiple times after it was owned by Hodějovs and during the World War 2, the Konopiště became the headquarters of SS and after the war, it was opened to the public under the National Heritage Institute, Prague section.

About the Konopiště

  • Where:  Benešov, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Prague Bishop Tobiaš of Benešov
  • Style: Gothic style / Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Kost Castle

Kost Castle

Kost Castle is located in Northern Bohemia, specifically the region Bohemian Paradise built in the 14th century by the von Wartenberg family. The property then became the house of Schellenberg family before it is privately owned by Kinský dal Borgo noble family. The castle has a gothic architecture appearance and it currently open to the public.

About the Kost Castle

  • Where:  Libošovice, Czech Republic
  • When: 14th century
  • Who built it: von Wartenberg family
  • Style: Gothic style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Kinský dal Borgo noble family
Kravare castle

Kravare castle

The Kravaře Chateau originated as a stronghold of the Lords of Kravaře. The fortress was built during the 16th century and got heavily damaged during the 30 Years War and was transformed into the currently known Baroque chateau in the 17th century. The first owner of the new Baroque chateau was Michal Sendivoj of Skorsko after the property was reconstructed and in the 20th century, the government purchased the château and opened it to the public.

About the Kravaře Chateau

  • Where:  Kravaře, Czech Republic
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Georg Gabriel Gans from Krnov
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Town of Kravaře
Lednice Castle

Lednice Castle

When the Liechtensteins became holders of all of Lednice and of nearby Mikulov, members of the family expanded their estates through economic activity during the Renaissance. The Liechtensteins acquired the confiscated property after the Battle of White Mountain and became the wealthiest family in Moravia. Hartmann II of Liechtenstein had the old medieval water castle torn down and replaced with a Renaissance chateau, which was reconstructed into a Baroque palace. During the mid-18th century, the chateau was once again renovated and was rebuilt into a summer palace in the spirit of English Gothic. Today, the chateau is open to the public.

About the Lednice Castle

  • Where:  Lednice, Czech Republic
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Hartmann II of Liechtenstein
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque architecture / Gothic revival style
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners: Ministry of Culture, Czech Republic
Liblice Chateau

Liblice Chateau

The Liblice Castle was built in the early 18th century in the form of a manor house ordered by Ernest Josef Pachta of Rájov, the owner of Liblice estate. He commissioned Italian architect Giovanni Battista Alliprandi who came up with a Neo-renaissance style castle, which Pachta sold to Frederick Deym of Střítež during the first half of the 19th century. In the mid-19th century, Frederick Deym sold the property to Countess Antonia von Wallenstein who rebuilt the castle into a baroque architecture. The property was inherited by the succeeding Wallensteins and made modifications to the castle before the Czech government owned the property and was turned into a luxury castle hotel under the maintennce of Czech Academy of Sciences.

About the Liblice Castle

  • Where:  Liblice, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Ernest Josef Pachta of Rájov / Designed by Italian architect Giovanni Battista Alliprandi
  • Style: Neo-renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Luxury castle hotel
  • Current owners: Czech Academy of Sciences
LITOMYSL Castle

LITOMYSL Castle

The Litomyšl Castle is one of the largest Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic. It was built in the 17th century by Vratislav of Pernštejn as a gift for his beloved wife Maria Manrique de Lara. Its renaissance look took some baroque alterations made by the succeeding owners Trauttmansdorff and Waldstein-Wartenberg. It is open to the public and was declared a UNESCO Site in 1999.

About the The Litomyšl Castle

  • Where:  Litomyšl, Czech Republic
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Vratislav of Pernštejn
  • Style: Renaissance style / Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owners: Czech Republic Government
Mikulov castle

Mikulov castle

Located in the town of Mikulov in South Moravia, Czech Republic, Mikulov Castle originated from a stone castle built in the 13th century. The present castle was built during the 18th century under the princes of Dietrichstein but got destroyed by the German troops after the World War II. Today, it serves as a tourist attraction and is open to the public.

About the Mikulov castle

  • Where:  Mikulov, Czech Republic
  • When: 18th century
  • Who built it: Princes of Dietrichstein
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / Open to the public
  • Current owners: Czech Republic Government
Milotice Castle

Milotice Castle

The Milotice Chateau is known as a pearl of the Southeast Moravia. It was built at the place of a stronghold that was rebuilt into a Renaissance chateau in the 16th century. The property was rebuilt in the early 18th century into a baroque style architecture ordered by Karl Anton Serényi and became his summer residence. Now, the castle property is open to the public under the National Monument Institute of Czech Republic.

About the Milotice Chateau

  • Where:  Milotice, Czech Republic
  • When: 16th century
  • Who built it: Bernard Ludwig Tovar of Enzesfeld
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Open to the public
  • Current owners:National Monument Institute of Czech Republic
Nove Hrady Palace

Nove Hrady Palace

The Castle of Nové Hrady was built in the first half of the 13th century and went through many fortifications and modifications throughout the following centuries. The first owners of the property was the ancient Vítek family and ended up to the hands of the House of Landštejn who sold the property to the Rožmberks. When the last member of the family of Rožmberk Petr Vok died, the castle became property of the Švamberks. Švamberks, however, participated in the uprising against the King and Emperor and lost the property, which was claimed by Charles Bonaventura Buquoy during the 17th century. The castle was nationalized in 1945 when Buquoys finally gave in the ownership of the property and now belongs to the state.

About the Castle of Nové Hrady

  • Where:  Nové Hrady, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Ancient Vítek family
  • Style: Rococo style / Neo-classical
  • What is it now? Tourist site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Prague Castle

Prague Castle

The Prague Castle was founded in around 880 by Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty. Prague Castle is the largest coherent castle complex in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records and is listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its architecture styles was from the remains of Romanesque-style from the 10th century and Gothic style from the 14th century. The castle was a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia, and is currently among the most visited tourist attractions in Prague.

About the Prague Castle

  • Where:  Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: 9th century
  • Who built it: Prince Bořivoj of the Premyslid Dynasty
  • Style: Romanesque-style / Gothic style / Baroque and Mannerism architecture
  • What is it now? Tourist attraction / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Pruhonice Chateau

Pruhonice Chateau

The roots of the Pruhonice Chateau dates back to the 12th century when it was still in the hands of Zdislav of Průhonice, later Bohuslav of Průhonice, lords of Říčany (up to 1390s) and Prague’s burgesses. The squire of Dubeč became the new owner of the castle in the beginning of the 15th century and its old medieval gothic look was transformed into Neo-Renaissance and got multiple alterations and development. Today, the castle is partially open to the public and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site maintained by the Czech State.

About the Pruhonice Chateau

  • Where:  Pruhonice, Czech Republic
  • When: 12th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Medieval gothic architecture / Neo-renaissance style
  • What is it now? Partially open to the public / UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Spilberk castle

Spilberk castle

The Špilberk Castle located in Southern Moravia is a hilltop castle built during the 13th century by the Přemyslid kings and completed by King Ottokar II of Bohemia. The construction followed the Gothic-Romanesque style that was later on turned into a huge baroque fortress and was considered as the harshest prison in the Austro-Hungarian empire. Today, the Špilberk serves as the seat of the Brno City Museum and is open to the public.

About the Špilberk Castle

  • Where:  South Moravia, Czech Republic
  • When: 13th century
  • Who built it: Přemyslid kings, completed by King Ottokar II of Bohemia
  • Style: Gothic-Romanesque style
  • What is it now? Seat of the Brno City Museum / Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Studenka Chateau

Studenka Chateau

The Studénka Chateau is a protected cultural monuments in Studénka that has two buildings. The original building was a renaissance style, which was transformed into a Gothic fortress at the beginning of the 15th century. The other building was built during the 18th century in a baroque architecture style, but these two buildings both underwent major changes as they were later on modified in a pseudo-gothic style.

About the Studénka Chateau

  • Where:  Studénka, Czech Republic
  • When: Unknown / 15th century
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style / Gothic  style / Baroque architecture / Pseudo-gothic style
  • What is it now? Seat of the Brno City Museum / Open to the public
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Troja Palace

Troja Palace

The Troja Palace located in Troja, Prague’s north-west borough is a Baroque palace built for the Counts of Sternberg from 1679 to 1691. The palace was designed by architect Jean Baptiste Mathey following the French and Italian architecture. In 1922, the palace was bought by the Czechoslovak state and became open to the public as a painting museum.

About the Troja Palace

  • Where:  Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: 17th century
  • Who built it: Designed by architect Jean Baptiste Mathey for the Counts of Sternberg
  • Style: Baroque architecture
  • What is it now? Painting museum
  • Current owners: Government of Czech Republic
Vrchlabi manor

Vrchlabi manor

Long time ago, the area of Vrchlabi belonged to the most significant and developed regions in Bohemia and it boasts a renaissance manor, along with several popular gunsmiths. Today, the manor that was once owned by Count Vaclav Morzin is said to be serving as a hotel maintained by a private owner.

About the Vrchlabi manor

  • Where:  Vrchlabi, Czech Republic
  • When: Unknown
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Renaissance style
  • What is it now? Hotel
  • Current owners: Private owner
Zinkovy Castle

Zinkovy Castle

On the bank of Labut pond lies the large Pseudo-romantic multiple style castle goes by the name of Zinkovy Castle. The castle’s contemporary resemblance was later on designed by famous architects Fellner & Hellmer studio of Vienna in 1987 for Cavalier Karl Wessely.

About the Zinkovy Castle

  • Where:  Zinkovy, Czech Republic
  • When: Unknown
  • Who built it: Unknown
  • Style: Gothic revival / Renaissance revival
  • What is it now? Unknown
  • Current owners: Unknown

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