Hluboká Castle

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The castle in Hluboká nad Vltavou

Hluboká (German: Frauenberg) is a historic château situated in Hluboká nad Vltavou. It is considered one of the most beautiful castles in the Czech Republic.

Tourism[edit]

Hluboká is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic. As of 2019, it was the 3rd most visited castle with 293,000 visitors.[1]

History[edit]

The castle seen from outside the front door
Aerial view of Hluboká

In the second half of the 13th century, a Gothic castle was built at the site. During its history, the castle was rebuilt several times. It was first expanded during the Renaissance period, then rebuilt into a Baroque castle at the order of Adam Franz von Schwarzenberg in the beginning of the 18th century. It reached its current appearance during the 19th century, when Johann Adolf II von Schwarzenberg ordered the reconstruction of the castle in the romantic style of England's Windsor Castle.

The Schwarzenbergs obtained the castle in 1661 when Johann Adolf, Prince of Schwarzenberg bought it from the heirs of Baltasar Marradas. They lived in Hluboká until the end of 1939, when the last owner (Adolph Schwarzenberg) emigrated overseas to escape from the Nazis. The Schwarzenbergs lost all of their Czech property through a special legislative Act, the Lex Schwarzenberg, in 1947.[2]

Hluboká Castle is a National Cultural Monument of the Czech Republic.[1]

Additional information[edit]

The original royal castle of Ottokar II from the second half of the 13th century was rebuilt at the end of the 16th century by the Lords of Hradec.[citation needed] It received its present appearance under Count Jan Adam of Schwarzenberg.[citation needed] According to the English Windsor example, architects Franz Beer and F. Deworetzky built a Romantic Neo-Gothic château, surrounded by a 1.9-square-kilometre (0.73 sq mi) English park here in the years 1841 to 1871.[citation needed] In 1940, the castle was seized from the last owner, Adolph Schwarzenberg by the Gestapo and confiscated by the government of Czechoslovakia after the end of World War II.[citation needed] The castle is opened to public.[citation needed] There is a winter garden and riding-hall where the Southern Bohemian gallery exhibitions have been housed since 1956.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

The castle has been used in a scene of the movie Shanghai Knights.[citation needed] The castle has also been used as a location for the Eastern Coven in the movie Underworld: Blood Wars. In 2019, K-pop soloist Park Jihoon released his song L.O.V.E. and the music video was filmed in the castle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Návštěvnost hradů a zámků v roce 2019 opět překonala pětimilionovou hranici" (in Czech). Národní památkový ústav. 2020-01-23. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  2. ^ "Stručná historie zámku" (in Czech). Státní zámek Hluboká nad Vltavou. Retrieved 2020-08-20.

External links[edit]

Media related to Hluboká Castle at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 49°3′5″N 14°26′28″E / 49.05139°N 14.44111°E / 49.05139; 14.44111