In Southern Bohemia, a few hours from Prague, lies one of the more beautiful castles you’ll see: Hluboká nad Vltavou Castle is a neo-Gothic treasure, considered a must-see for any romantic and history lovers.
At the site since the 13th century, Hluboká was reconstructed into a Baroque castle in the 18th century. It reached the zenith of its appearance in the 19th century when the castle was reconstructed to resemble the romantic stylings of Windsor Castle.
The owners of the castle until 1939 were the Schwarzenberg Family (interesting family. They are first mentioned in the 12th century and remain one of Eastern Europe’s wealthiest families).They had to escape Czech due to the Nazis and subsequently lost all their properties in 1947. Since then, Hluboká castle has been a Czech national treasure.
Personally, I was awe struck at the beauty of the castle, the land it’s on, the surrounding town, and the Czech countryside on the way here. I was fortunate to have my good friend from Prague, Diana offer- rather, insist- on taking me here. When I looked up Czech castles to visit prior to my Prague arrival, I figured this beauty was out of the question due to its distance. Diana surprised me by taking us here and as you can see, I was ecstatic.
As you drive into the town, you’ll park well below the hill the castle sits atop. The walk up takes you through the Renaissance village, past cute cafes offering Czech countryside cuisines (wild boar, venison), quaint hotels, and a beautiful church. The road side turns and takes you up a sharp incline dotted with trees and Orthodox Christian statues. Being there in November, I was treated to the sights of Autumn dotting the landscape with my favorite colors of the season.
Plan Your Visit
During Winter, the castle is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10.00-16.00
Have you seen castles in person? Which has been your favorite?