WINTER VISITOR'S ROUTE
From November 1st, 2012 to March 31st, 2013
(closed December 22th 2012 - January 2th, 2013)
Tours from Tuesday to Sunday!
from 10:00 to 16:00
(last tour starts at 16:00)
See price price list for Winter visitor´s route
Groups larger than 5 persons must have reservation, information here
Autumn has arrived, and Hluboká Castle is still accepting visitors. Tradition has typically held that the castle gates would close to visitors on October 31 and remained closed until April 1 of the following year, when tourism revived. The newly accessible tempered rooms have now enabled the staff at Hluboká Castle to welcome those interested in a tour, even during the cold season. And there's certainly plenty to see. Rooms with a chamber-like atmosphere have been gradually re-installed for viewing. In the larger part of the ground floor, available for viewing during the winter months, the private suites of the last four generations of the Hluboká dominion's owners have been prepared. Entering through the corridor on the right side of the courtyard, we begin in the Hamilton Parlour of Princess Theresa. The corridor itself, aside from hunting trophies and graphic prints from the 18th century, also boasts framed photos of the Schwarzenberg family. The hunting motifs bring us into another room – Theresa's Smoking Room and the Small Dining Room. Next we see the magnificent Hunting Dining Hall, Preparatory Room, Dr. Adolf's Small Dining Room, his Study, the Living Room, and Bedroom. The rich decoration on the wall makes it clear to all that hunting has been a favourite activity of the aristocracy since the Middle Ages. The weapons collection on the wall, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries, includes shotguns, rifles, and flint or barrel pistols. We can also see bowie knives, boar spears, and powder flasks. The trophies displayed are newer, mostly coming from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The oil paintings and graphic prints in the individual parlours are also interesting. A collection of porcelain has been arranged from the castle depository as well as a silver travelling set. The cups and saucers are from the same material, with inset medals from various agricultural exhibitions. These serve to show how the princely family of Schwarzenberg superbly managed the properties entrusted to their care. Textile enthusiasists will surely appreciate the collection of character woven tapestries from the first part of the 17th century from the castle collections. The flushing toilet from the early 20th century, located in the living room of the castle's last owner Dr. Adolf, is a rarity for the time. His private chambers bring us to the last part of the visitor's route, saving the best for last. Prince Dr. Adolf resided here until the end of 1939, when he and his wife Hilda emigrated overseas to escape the Nazis. The reconstruction of Dr. Adolf's quarters was a bit of detective work, and now the completed result is due to the joint efforts of the workers of the National Institute of Historic Monument Care in České Budějovice, the Hluboká State Castle, and professional restorers.