Czech castles and chateaux

There are lots of castles, chateaux and palaces in Czechia. How many, nobody knows exactly. There are probably around, or more than 1000 of them. The most famous are Prague Castle, Karlštejn and Český Krumlov Castle. These castles are visited by crowds of tourists every year. The ones in Litomyšl, Kroměříž and Lednice-Valtice are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. If you're a fan of castles and chateaux, this is a list of places in Czechia that will certainly interest you.
Hradec nad Moravicí Chateau

Hradec nad Moravicí

Hradec nad Moravicí Chateau, in Czech known as Zámek Hradec nad Moravicí, is a complex of buildings in the small town of the same name in the Silesian part of the Moravian-Silesian Region. It is the main tourist attraction of this Silesian town. Nad Moravicí means “upon Moravice”, as this is the name of the river which flows through this town.

Elevated View of Sloup Castle, Czechia

Sloup Castle

Sloup Castle is a small castle in the village of the same name in northern Bohemia. Its unique feature is its location: it is situated inside of a freestanding sandstone rock. And this rock gave the castle its name because sloup means is Czech “column”. The full name of the village is Sloup v Čechách, which means “Sloup in Bohemia”. It should not be confused with the town of Sloup near the Moravian Karst in…

Pardubice, Bohemia, Czech Republic

Pardubice

Pardubice is a city in eastern Bohemia and the capital of the region of the same name. Industry plays an important role in the city and Pardubice may not belong to the top tourist destinations in Czechia. Nevertheless, it has a very impressive central square, a beautiful chateau and is internationally famous for its gingerbread and the Grand Pardubice Steeplechase.

Třebíč Castle and St. Procopius Basilica, Vysočina, Moravia, Czechia

Třebíč

Třebíč is a small Moravian town in the Vysočina Region, situated on the Jihlava river, about 65 km west of Brno. Centuries ago, it belonged to the most important towns in Moravia. Nowadays, it is famous for its UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Jewish Quarter and St. Procopius Basilica. It is one of three World Heritage Sites in Vysočina.

Lednice Chateau, South Moravia, Czechia

Lednice-Valtice

The Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape (Lednicko-valtický areál) is an area in South Moravia encompassing the village of Lednice and the town of Valtice. Due to the high concentration of architectural monuments and the beauty of the surrounding planned landscape, it was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1996. The World Heritage Site takes up an area of more or less 200 km², which makes it one of the largest complexes of its kind in Europe….

Aerial view of Velhartice, Czechia

Velhartice

Velhartice is a large village and a municipality in the Plzeň Region in western Bohemia, not far from Šumava National Park. The village was first mentioned in 1318. It used to have town rights in the past. The most important tourist attraction in the village is the impressive medieval Velhartice Castle (Hrad Velhartice).

Červená Lhota Chateau, Czechia

Červená Lhota

Červená Lhota is a Renaissance chateau in the small village of the same name in southern Bohemia, near the town of Jindřichův Hradec. The location is very picturesque. The unique colour of the chateau contrasts very nicely with the colour of the lake which surrounds it and the colour of the nearby trees. The beautiful scenery attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Panorama of Český Krumlov, Czechia

Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov is a stunningly beautiful town in southern Bohemia, and after Prague, Czechia’s second most visited tourist attraction. The historic center of the town was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1992. The historic center of Prague was inscribed at the same session and these were the first two Czech World Heritage Sites. The abundance of beautiful old architecture, the location in a horseshoe bend of the Vltava river and the nearby hills,…

The Large Square with the Town Hall, Kroměříž, Moravia, Czechia

Kroměříž

Kroměříž is a medium-sized town on the Morava river in the Zlín Region. The second half of the town’s name may seem a bit of a tongue-twister to English speakers. It is not as difficult as it may seem, because there are no consonant clusters there. The pronounciation is more or less: “kromnyezheesh”. This charming Moravian town is famous for the castle and its gardens which are located there. The Gardens and Castle at Kroměříž were…

Ruins of Hazmburk Castle, Česke stredohoři, Czechia

Házmburk

Házmburk is the name of a ruined medieval castle and the hill on top of which it is situated. Thanks to its elevated location and the relatively flat surroundings, the ruins are visible from far away. Their easily recognizable silhouette was an inspiration for artists during the Romantic period. Házmburk is located near the village of Klapý…