Representation rooms - main route
We will enter the vast entrance hall, like guests of the princely family of Schwarzenberg once used to do. Its part by the staircase, in the place of the former 3rd courtyard of the Baroque chateau, opens up into a space ending with a skylight. The hall is furnished in such a manner that it commemorates the ancient origins of the family, which dates back to the 12th century. In the course of a radical reconstruction in the historical neo-Gothic style, the chateau was furnished as a princely residence, which the Schwarzenbergs especially used in the autumn, in the hunting season. There are a lot of objects of art collections or art trade objects of their time concentrated in the chateau that were originally possessed by the family or were purchased to complete the collection. Excelling among them is a collection of wall carpets and tapestries, which rank among leading European collections. When observing the representation rooms, we can see the most valuable parts of the furniture that were concentrated in the chateau’s interiors.
After climbing comfortable stairs up to the first floor, we will first go to the private rooms of Princess Eleonore, who was the main initiator of the remodelling of the interiors. The beautiful and energetic Princess Eleonore, née Princess of Liechtenstein (1812-1873), the spouse of Prince Jan Adolf II, ranked among the prominent personalities of the then society court, and she brought novelties both in fashions and in interior equipment. First, we are going to see a room that contains the building development of the chateau of Hluboká. It once served to the Princess’s chambermaid and was furnished with large wardrobes.
A feature typical of the further rooms and halls that we are going to visit, are elaborate inlaid parquet designs from several kinds of wood, wooden wainscoting with lavishly engraved elements, and decorated ceilings. The filling in the flat cassette ceilings was made from gilded leather, from gilded linen in the Great Morning Salon, and gilded gypsum was used in the circular salons of the polygonal towers. The painted floral décor on the gilded filling was made by the Viennese painter Glässer. After seeing the bedroom, the dressing room and the former study of Princess Eleonore, we will get to the chateau’s representation rooms of the “Piano nobile” or “the noble floor”. A room excelling in terms of area and its southeast orientation is the Morning Salon, which also served as the gallery of the family ancestors of the Schwarzenbergs. Another vast hall is the Great Dining Hall, situated right next to the Reception Hall. It was furnished in the Neo-Renaissance style. Besides the 17th century Flemish tapestries from the collection of Proverbs, it contains a 16th century oriental carpet decorated with Buddhist symbols, called “chintamani”, which ranks among the unique items of its kind in the world. The library is situated in the largest hall, which used to be the main hall of the Baroque chateau, and contains 12,000 volumes of books. Passing through the library we will go along the corridor towards the chapel, past the theatre to other parts of the chateau accommodating a vast collection of weapons of high quality which display skilful craftsmanship. The walls of the polygonal armoury are tiled with valuable 16th century tiles brought here from the nearby Renaissance villa of Kratochvíle at the time of the romanticist rebuilding. At present, the unique little chateau houses a new interior installation, and the replicas of the above tiles are found in the Golden Hall. We will finish our sightseeing tour in the original chateau armoury, called the Red Tower, and will go down the stairs to the winter garden.