Konopiste Castle

konopiste 001The Konopiste Castle was originally founded as a gothic fortress guarding near Prague. Being founded at the end of the 13th century and was built at the beginning of the 14th century, following the model of french castles called «castels».
The most famous owner of the Konopiste Castle was the archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este, a successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 became a pretext of the the World War I. This man bought the Konopiste in 1887 and converted it into a magnificent seat of a Heir.
Franz Ferdinand was a passionate hunter and collector. During a tour of the castle, you can admire his valuable collection of weapons, which is one of the largest in Europe. Franz Ferdinand also had an extension built comprising one room to hold more than 1,000 portraits of St. George, with which he allegedly wanted to beat the similar collection owned by the King of England.
This is a chateau where one of the first electric lifts, electricity and plumbing mains were installed! Walk through the sitting rooms and guest rooms, the dining room and armoury and imagine yourself for a moment in the life of the castle before World War One.
After visiting the interiors of the castle, a close baroque Rose Garden with a Greenhouse provides visitors of a serene place to stroll and absorb the whole experience of their visit of the Konopiste Castle.
Tour is available from April until October daily except Monday. In November only weekends.
Duration: 5 hours
1-3 persons — 180  EUR
4-6 persons — 230 EUR
7-10 persons — 310 EUR
Entrance tickets:  220 CZK (8.2 EUR)

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