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.

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  • duration 40 minutes
  • max. 25 people
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Route A “Representation rooms” shows the piano of Hluboká Chateau: morning room, reading room, smoking room, small and large dining room, library together with the personal rooms of Princess Eleonore and an exhibition of weapons – entrance hall to the armoury and chateau armoury. The walls and ceilings of the interiors are richly decorated with wood carvings and covered in fine wood. The most valuable furniture is found in the morning room. Some rooms are decorated with paintings by 16th to 18th century European masters, chandeliers, stained glass windows and Delft pottery. The portraits on the walls depict the most important members of the Schwarzenberg family. Interesting is the example of the valuable mobiliary collected by the princely family of the Schwarzenbergs. This is the luxury furnished 19th century interiors including 10,723 books stored on the shelves of the chateau library. The rich collection of weapons is among the most valuable collections found in Czech chateau collections.

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  • max. 55 people
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The private rooms have a more chamber like character than the piano nobile of Hluboká Chateau and depict the life of the last owners after the Romantic conversion in the mid 19th century. These are the princely couples, Jan Adolf II Schwarzenberg with wife Eleonore, née princess of Liechtenstein, Adolf Joseph with wife Ida, née princess of Liechtenstein, Jan Nepomuk II with wife Tereza, née countess Trauttsmandorf, and Adolf with wife Hilda, née princess of Luxembourg and Nassau. The rooms were furnished according to the inventories of the last period of the Schwarzenbergs. There is a hunting dining room, preparation room, study, marble room, bedroom, servant room and original sanitary facilities with a WC and bathroom on the route. Of technical interest is the personal and goods lift. A highlighted motif on the tour circuit is the hunt as a distinctive feature of the life of the aristocratic residents of the chateau, their families and friends. The route goes through the rooms of the chateau’s ground floor and first floor.

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  • 230 (full admission)
  • duration 55 minutes
  • max. 20 people
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this is kitchen

A unique example of a kitchen of a large noble house. Just as the Romantic conversion of the chateau in the 19th century so the orientation of the kitchen and its position is inspired by English seats. The kitchen is in the basement in the part facing the north so the running of the large kitchen stoves would not disturb life in the chateau. The visitor will be surprised not just by its size – it takes up the basement throughout the entire main chateau facade –, but also the individual parts depending on the preparation and character of the individual dishes (cold cuisine, hot cuisine, confectionery). The authentic facilities and equipment was still used shortly after 1945.

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  • duration 35 minutes
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A highly interesting view of the surrounding countryside, on condition that there is favourable weather, is offered by a visit to the chateau tower. It was newly built after 1847 on the sight of the original collapsed tower of the Baroque chateau. It had never had deep foundations and in the course of the radical rebuilding of the first courtyard in the 19th century, the front building, which made up the supporting wall of the Baroque tower, was pulled down. The newly built neo-Gothic tower with battlements measures 52 metres from the courtyard, 58 metres from the lower parterre of the chateau park, and it is a little lower than the Black Tower in the nearby České Budějovice, which measures 71.9 metres. It is interesting that the number of stairs leading to the gallery of the chateau tower is higher by about 20, altogether 245.

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  • 40 (full admission)
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