This castle was built from the medieval Froburg castle, perched above the Vltava river. It once belonged to the Přemyslid king Ottokar II of Bohemia. Later it passed to the Vítkovci family.
The town thrived in the 16th and 17th centuries, but the castle was seized by French forces during the Thirty Years’ War. Later, it was acquired by the Schwarzenberg family.
I admit it, by the time we reached this castle, my kids (and maybe even the adults) were castled-out. The Czechs also have a complicated and non-tourist-friendly tour system, where the visitor must choose between a half a dozen specialized tours.
My husband and I speak Czech so we would opt for the less expensive and more frequent Czech tours, while my kids mumbled and groaned (though they were forced to pick up a few words here or there). So yes, we all were rather castled out at this stage.
Umm… if I’m honest, this castle was a hit with the kids because they found an amazing amount of change that somehow fell beneath the vending machine.
In my family (blush, embarassment), this sudden (koruna) wealth tends to rub off on the impressions of the day for the younger members of the family…
Whether you find a pile of koruna or not, hope you’ll enjoy your time at the pretty Hluboká nad Vltavou.
Enjoy your Czech castle visits!