The last property of Archduke Ferdinand D’Estefrom 120 euro p.p.
Konopiste Castle was founded at the end of the 13th century by Prague’s bishop Tobias from the house Benesovic. It was built as french-style gothic castle with massive walls, a moat and 7 defensive towers.
The new owners decided to modify the medieval castle into a renaissance palace, making it more comfortable for living. However the Hodejovsky family was protestant and after losing the battle of the White Mountain in 1620 in which the Czech protestants lost to the Austrian catholics the Hodejovsky family lost all their property. The confiscated castle changed owners several times until the Vrtba family bought it in 1725 and gave it a baroque look.
The most famous owner, Archduke Ferdinand D’Este, bought Konopiste Castle with cash in 1887. Archduke could afford it because he inherited the wealth of house Este from Modena. He had the castle repaired by a famous Czech architect Josef Mocker who made alterations to the structure. He electrified the castle and incorporated one of the first elevators in the Czech lands.
Our private guide will pick you up in the hotel in Prague and together you will drive to Konopiste. The castle is located approximately 45 minutes to the South of Prague. After you arrive, our private guide will buy tickets at the cashier and show you around the area. You can visit the shooting range where Franz Ferdinand practised his shooting, see the museum of St. George with one of the largest collections of St. George objects in the world.
PRICE/ 10 HOUR TOUR
1 – 2 People: 240 €
3 People: 300 €
4 – 5 People: 400 €
7 or more People: Upon request
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