TakeMeToPrague

Russian (CIS)English (United Kingdom)Čeština (Česká republika)
Events
We have 68 guests online
About Czech Republik Zbiroh

zbiroh-znak

The Castle at Zbiroh serves as a fine example of the development of the seat of a Czech nobleman from a fortified castle to a mansion designed kovém suku v nádvoří. Hláska pochází z 13. století, je opatřena barokní šindelovou střechou s vikýřem a hodinami a boční přístavbou schodů z doby přestavby z let 1868–70. primarily for show. It was founded at the beginning of the 13th century. The first mention of Zbiroh in writing dates from the year 1230. The architect of the castle was probably Břetislav of Zbiroh, from the House of Sulislav. The castle then became the property of the large House of Drslavic, who began adding „of Zbiroh“ to their name when they had settled there. Děpolt of Zbiroh was an ancestor of the noble Švihovsky line from Rýzemberk. Another of the most significant owners of the castle was Přemysl Otakar II.

The castle was founded on a large hill crowned with boulders, which made the castle inaccessible from three directions. Only from the more gradual Eastern slope was the castle approachable, so two moats protected that side. This structure represents the Sasko – Hesensko style of castle construction, as do the nearby castles of Krašov and Valdek.

In the 14th century the castle became the property of the House of Rožemberk and after the Hussite movement was taken over by the House of Kolovrat. They carried out late-Gothic reconstructions and improved the fortifications, for example by adding the cannon bastion on the South-Western corner of the castle walls. Further reconstructions were carried out in the latter half of the 16th century by the House of Lobkowicz and continued by Emperor Rudolf II after he confiscated the property of Ladislav Popel of Lobkovicz around 1609. From that time the castle became a rental property of the royal treasury. In the 17th century it served as a prison for captives, and later as the headquarters and accommodation for castle officials. In the 1840’s the royal treasury provided for various repairs. Tthe moat was filled and the interior, including the Great Renaissance Hall of Rudolf II,, was somewhat diminished by various additions.

In the year 1868 the Castle was bought by the famous industrialist Baron Bethel Henry Strousberg, an iron and railway magnate who conducted dramatic reconstructions in 1869 and 1870. The oldest part was least affected by the changes, but the outer walls were almost completely rebuilt. The Berlin architect August Orth led this project and, along with his colleague Kaiser, gave the castle its current architecturally and artistically impressive Neo-Renaissance appearance.

This is particularly characteristic of the entrance with its high portico. This provides the focal point of the impressive approach to the Castle, which is weighted on either side by a monumental pair of stone lions. The portico creates an axis that continues toward the original castle, whose entrance reflects the outstanding architectural composition of this axis. This was damaged when the orangery on the North side of the courtyard was removed. Above the center of the West Wing rises the ancient watchtower, as a reminder of the long history of the structure and as its centre. The other highlight of the Baron’s modifications is the Great hall of the Castle.

Baron Strousberg soon went bankrupt, however, and the Castle was literally plundered by his creditors. Some parts, such as the Castle orangery, were even taken apart and carried away. In the year 1879 the empty Castle was bought by the Colloredo-Mansfeld family, in whose hands it remained until 1945. They lived there only occasionally; most of the time they rented it out. Thus the artist Alfons Mucha came to live at Zbiroh, where he painted his famous Slavic Epic in the Great hall. From 1912 to 1928, he and his family occupied an entire floor in the Eastern Wing. From 1943 to 1945 the Castle was used by the SS as its headquarters. After 1945 it became the property of the Czechoslovak government and was used by the Czech army.

zamek-zbiroh

Joomla Templates and Joomla Extensions by ZooTemplate.Com
 
News
Prev Next
Septembeam Festival (VZÁŘÍ) 2014

Olomouc, September 23 - 27, 2014 Septembeam Festival (VZÁŘÍ) is an international competition festival of video mapping as well as a celebration of various forms of light. During the third year of festival SEPTEMBEAM, visitors will have a chance to experience light...

Read more
11th Vyšehraní Festival 2014

From April 30th to Juny 22  2014 in Prague on the summer stage at Vyšehrad will be held traditional, already the nineth theatrical music festival Vyshegrani (Vyšehraní). The festival is interesting primarily fans of Czech theater and music, preferring to...

Read more
Bohemia JazzFest 2014

Summertime in the Czech Republic reverberates with one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe! The Bohemia Jazz Fest, which Downbeat magazine lists as one of the world’s most important cultural events, was founded in 2005 by acclaimed jazz guitarist Rudy...

Read more
Olomouc Beer Fest 2014

The biggest Beerfest in the Czech republic is a three day event which will run from 28.05. - 30.05.2014. Visitors can enjoy Czech cuisine, listen to over 40 musical  performers and groups as well as participate in other unforgettable festivities. The...

Read more
Prague Museum Night 2014

Prague Museum Night is here again! For the eleventh year in a row, museums and cultural institutions in Prague will open their doors to visitors at an unusual time: at night, after hours. This extraordinary event, which is visited by more...

Read more
The Slunce ve Skle (Sun in the Glass) Beer Fest 2014

September 20, 2014, Rurkmistr Brewery, Pilsen: The Slunce ve skle (Sun in the Glass) Beer Fest 2014. The aim of the festival - to acquaint visitors with the beers that are not normally appear in supermarkets and pubs. Fans of beer...

Read more
20th Music festival BernardFest 2014

June 20-21 2014, Humpolec The first edition was a beer festival held in 1993. At the time, drove to Humpolec more breweries because the festival partner was the Czech Association of Small Independent Breweries.Since 2000, the beer festival gradually converted into...

Read more
2nd Mini Beer Festival at Náplavka

Beer at Náplavka – a festival of small-scale and mini breweries. May 30 - 31, 2014. Join us on Friday and Saturday at Náplavka on the Rašínovo nabřeží (riverfront) for “Pivo na Náplavce” (Beer at Náplavka), a small-scale and mini brewery festival....

Read more
Prague light festival Signal 2014

Prague, 16th - 19th Oktober 2014 For four days in October historical heart of Prague will be turned to a center of new technologies, amazing ideas and unbound creativity. Second SIGNAL festival will revive both well-known and hidden mysterious places of Prague...

Read more
Festival Colours of Ostrava 2014

Colours of Ostrava, or simply Colours, is a multi-genre festival, the biggest international music festival in the Czech Republic and one of the biggest music events in the Central Europe, held every summer in the centre of Ostrava, the third...

Read more
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

The Karlovy Vary Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in Central Europe and has a unique atmosphere. The first one was held in 1946 in Mariánské Lázně, a year later it was moved to Karlovy Vary and since...

Read more
International circus and theater festival Letní Letná 2014

Already for the eleventh time in a row, from August 17th to September 2nd 2014, the International Festival Letní Letná will live up the area of Letenské sady with the atmosphere of contemporary circus and theatre. The park will turn...

Read more
Festival Tanec Praha 2014

The 26th International Festival of Contemporary Dance and Movement Theatre TANEC PRAHA 2014 will be held between May 26 and June 24th 2014 in Prague and other approx. 10 Czech towns. In addition to the performances of professional groups, the dramaturgy...

Read more
Prague Food Festival 2014

Come and enjoy a romantic nooks, the beauty of historical Prague and especially the best gastronomy! You can find the Prague Food Festival at the Prague Castle at the Royal Garden (Královská zahrada) or Ball Room (Míčovna) this year. Event date:...

Read more
International jazz festival JazzFestBrno 2014

Do you like jazz? Then you can set out to Brno to listen to some from March 6th to May 25th 2014. What is now the thirteenth year of this successful international festival focused on precisely this genre will be held...

Read more
King’s Parade 2014

In 30 May – 1 June 2014 the King’s Parade will once again start in Prague Castle and ride to Karlštejn. You can also set out together with the emperor, his wife Eliška Pomořanská, dozens of horseback riders and courtiers...

Read more
Festival United Islands 2014

Traditional Prague music festival, United Islands, from 19 to 21 June 2014 is creating a large festival zone in the historical centre of Prague already for the 11th consecutive year. In Žofín, Střelecký island, Dětský island and Kampa ten main...

Read more
Beer at the Prague Castle

Come and enjoy a very special beer festival organised by the Czech-Moravian Union of Minibreweries. Members of the Union will present themselves at the probably most famous place of the country - the Prague Castle on 13 and 14 June...

Read more
Five-Petalled Rose Celebrations

The famous Lords of Rožmberk (Rosenberg) who once owned the dominion are back! The spirit of the Renaissance age is brought back to life for three days with the hubbub of jousts, craft fairs, medieval music, street plays, and fencing...

Read more
The Royal Silvering of Kutna Hora

21 - 22 June 2014 The Royal Silverning of Kutna Hora is an annual Gothic festival taking place in Kutna Hora, famous Bohemian medieval mining town. Spectacular scenario brings the royal mining town of Kutna Hora 600 years back to the...

Read more
Prague Spring (Pražské jaro) 2014

12/05/2014 - 03/06/2014 Every year, the Prague Spring, the oldest Czech music festival presents about fifty concerts performed by more than a thousand musicians, and regularly attended by about forty thousand people. This makes the Prague Spring Festival among the most...

Read more
Czech Beer Festival Prague 2014

For 17 days (from May 15th to May 31th, 2014) you’ll have the chance to taste more than 100 brands of Czech beer, always in top quality in glass pitchers. 200 girls and boys in Czech national costumes will be your...

Read more
Prague Card

Now you can order the Prague Card directly on our website. Prague Card gives you new opportunities to explore Prague: FREE ACCESS to 40 Prague attractions (includind Prague Castle and the most of Prague museums) Discounts for 30 Prague attractions (including Jewish Town) Free...

Read more
Mucha's Slav Epic in Prague

The Slav Epic by Czech Art Nouveau artist Alfons Mucha (1860-1939) was put on display in the Great Room of Veletrzni palac (Exhibition Palace) after 84 years in Prague again on 10.05.2012.

Read more
Summer season news

In the summer season we offer you two new exciting guided tours around Prague: Prague Movies Tour Prague Castle Gardens

Read more
The opening of Villa Tugendhat

On 3th March 2012 after two years of reconstruction to the general public will open again Villa Tugendhat, unique architectural and technical monument, located in the city of Brno and included in the list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. Visitors can...

Read more
Booking tickets for Hop On Hop Off Bus

From 30th of January 2012 you can book tickets for Prague Hop On - Hop Off Bus directly on our website. Detailed information about route, timetable and available services

Read more
Attractions of Czech Republic - Map

To help all travelers, we have prepared the Map of attractions of Czech Republic, which specifies the location of manors, castles and UNESCO monumentsin the Czech Republic.

Read more
Tours from Karlovy Vary

From January 19th, 2012, we offer you a variety of excursions that start from Karlovy Vary. Czechia Tours Abroad Tours

Read more
Prague Beer Map

A small Christmas gift from us for all our visitors. Looking for a nice pub in Prague? - Use our Prague Beer Map!

Read more
Tickets for the bus

From 22th October 2011 you can book on our website tickets for long distance and international bus routes. We hope that this feature will be useful to anyone who is going to, for example, in Paris, Vienna, Berlin and other...

Read more
Rent a car news

Expanded the range of classes and car brands offered for rent. The prices are reduced. For example, for Economy Class three-day rental price will be 1250 CZK per day (previously - 1450 CZK), for Standard Class three-day rental price will...

Read more
Four new hotels in Prague

Four new hotels in our offer for accommodation in Prague! U dvou zlatých klíčů *** - a relatively inexpensive hotel in the historical center Appia Hotel Residences **** - Luxurious rooms and suites in an old house on a quiet...

Read more
The Prague Tour All Inclusive

From 05.08.2011 we offer you a new tour PRAHA TOUR ALL INCLUSIVE: 36 most interesting places in Prague; lunch in medieval restaurant; 40 min boat trip with refreshments on board; Guides in English, German, Spanish, Italian.

Read more
Concert tickets

From June 30th, 2011 You can buy or order tickets for various cultural and sports events in the Czech Republic directly on our website. Available booking tickets distributed in the network TICKETSTREAM. Find and book tickets

Read more
E-bike

Do you like active rest? You love to ride a bike? But at the same time you are afraid that the ride to Prague, with its rolling hills all day long is too tiresome? We have the solution for...

Read more
New Tours in Russian

From May 22th 2011 we offer a number of new tour programs in Russian

Read more
Beer SPA

From 2th May 2011 we offer you a new service - "beer" baths in the heart of Prague! The most popular drink, that beer is, in connection with the oldest method of therapy,that a bath undoubtedly is, and the historical centre...

Read more
Flights over Prague and all Czechia

From  22.04.2011 we can offer you the new way to get acquainted with Czechia  - to get a bird-eye vew of it! More info you can have in Flights over Czechia.

Read more
Prague Underground

From 12.04.2011 we offer unique tours of Prague underground: Old Town Undergroung Tour and Nuclear Bunker Tour.

Read more

From 05/04/2011 we are glad to present a special excursions to the Prague Castle. "Prague Castle in detail", which includes not only the standard review of the Prague Castle, but a visit to its interiors "Evening Prague Castle"

Read more

You do not like guided tours and would like to wander around Prague itself, but it is not only to admire the beauty, but also learn a lot about the history of the city? From April 1, 2011 we have the...

Read more

From March 22, 2011, we are pleased to offer a new way to look at Prague - You can rent a Segway scooter, and with instructor make a walk (or ride?) through the historical centre of Prague. Rather than tired...

Read more
News