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Czech Castles & Chateaux

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…

View of Javornik from Jansky Hill (Jansky Vrch) Chateau, Czech Silesia, Czechia

Javorník

Javorník is a small and picturesque town in the Jeseník District, in the Olomouc Region. Historically, it belonged to Silesia. To differentiate it from several villages of the same name in Bohemia, the town is also known as Javorník ve Slezsku (Javorník in Silesia) and as Javorník u Jeseníku (Javorník near Jeseník). The town borders the Polish municipalities of Paczków and Lądek-Zdrój from the north and the south.

Litomyšl Castle, Czechia

Litomyšl Castle

Litomyšl Castle is the most important landmark in the small town of the same name in the Pardubice Region, in eastern Bohemia. It is one of twelve (as of 2017) UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Czechia. It was inscribed in 1999, as the 9th Czech site on the World Heritage List.

Uherský Ostroh, Slovácko, Moravia, Czechia

Uherský Ostroh

Uherský Ostroh is a small but pretty town in the Zlín Region in eastern Moravia. It belongs to the Slovácko cultural region, also known as Moravian Slovakia. The inhabitants of this region speak Moravian dialects of the Czech language, but the varieties spoken in Slovácko have strong Slovak influences. The culture of the region also displays many similarities with Slovakia…

Statue of St. Margaret in Telc, Czechia

Telč

Telč is a beautiful small town in Jihlava District in the Vysočina Region. There are lots of beautiful towns in Czechia, but Telč certainly belongs to the most attractive ones from a tourist’s point of view. It is internationally famous for the well-preserved Renaissance and Baroque architecture in its historic center, as well as the nearby Renaissance château.

Panorama of Mikulov, Moravia, Czechia

Mikulov

Mikulov is a beautiful old town in South Moravia, in Břeclav District. The town boasts very well-preserved historic architecture. The highlight is Mikulov Chateau, situated on a hill and dominating the landscape. Charming market squares are relatively common in Czech towns, so the one in Mikulov might not surprise you, if you have seen several or more if them before. Nevertheless, it is very pretty and definitely worth seeing. Also, the surrounding area is very…

Karlstejn Castle, Central Bohemia, Czechia

Karlštejn Castle

Karlštejn Castle (hrad Karlštejn) is a large medieval castle located in the town of the same name near the capital city Prague. Karlštejn Castle is very popular among tourists and it is a perfect place for a day trip when you’re staying in Prague. It was founded by the Bohemian King and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348. The castle was completed in 1365 and Charles IV used it for storing royal treasures, holy…

Prague Castle at Sunrise, Czechia

Prague Castle

Prague Castle (in Czech: Pražský hrad) is the largest ancient castle in the world. It is perhaps the most important landmark in the magnificent city of Prague and it absolutely dominates the city’s skyline. More than 1.8 million tourists visit Prague Castle every year, and indeed, it is hard to miss it. You will see it from many places along the Vltava and from numerous observation points in the Czech capital.