In the article I will tell you about a visit to the Gothic castle Hluboka nad Vltavou and show a photo of this unusual place.
Hluboká nad Vltavou (Zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou) is a medieval Gothic castle in Southern Bohemia. It was founded, most likely, by King Przemysl Otokar II, because The first mention of the castle dates back to 1235. In the next four centuries, the castle was expected to change 26 owners and constant restructuring: initially the Gothic castle was rebuilt in the Renaissance style, then Baroque. And only after reconstruction in the mid-19th century acquired a modern look – a neo-Gothic castle with a park and chic landscape design modeled on Windsor Castle. So the castle began to be called – “Czech Windsor.”
Since 1947, the castle Hluboká nad Vltavou has been the national museum of the Czech Republic.
If you have little time or a limited budget, you can limit yourself to an external inspection of the castle and a walk through the garden. Even an external examination is enough to surprise, marvel and admire.
Those who decide to inspect the interior also have an even richer experience: the castle has 140 rooms, a dining room for 72 people, and in the master bedroom there is a library for 12,000 books!
There are 5 inspection routes around the castle: main, winter, private apartments, a kitchen and an observation tower.
Official site of the Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle: https://www.zamek-hluboka.eu
Price per visit from 100czk, depending on the route. The exact price is better to look at the official website of the castle.
Opening hours : year-round, from 10:00 to 16:00. Check the weekend of the excursion you are interested in on the site, in the summer, as a rule, excursions are held daily.
How to get to Hluboká nad Vltavou from Prague
The easiest way to get, of course, by car. About car rental I recommend review . On the way, you can visit the town with the funny name Pisek (from the word “sand”). The distance from Prague to the castle is about 140 km, from Ceske Budejovice – about 10 km.
Parking is 750 meters from the castle (indicated on the official website). We parked for free, in one of the streets of the city, where there was no parking sign. There was paid parking on the main street (not far from the castle, opposite the tourist center), but it was quite expensive, so if you save money, it’s better to take a little walk.
By public transport, you will most likely have to change trains. First, a train or bus to České Budějovice (see routes at omio.com , you can buy a bus ticket there), and then by bus to the stop. “Under the church”, it is 500 meters from the castle. On weekdays – every 30 minutes, on weekends several flights a day.
You can also book an excursion (see above) – it will be cheaper than renting a car for 1 day, and easier than getting on public transport.
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