Svojanov - castle

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The beginning of the history of Svojanov Castle dates to the period of colonization of the remote corners of the lands of the Czech crown. In the 1280’s Přemysl Otakar II had Svojanov Castle built (Fürstenberg at the time) with the aim of guarding the Trstěnice trade route. The castle was a typical fortress for its time, before the widespread use of gunpowder in Europe. The castle included an internal courtyard protected by five-metre thick walls, and an exterior wall of the old palace with the same thickness. The twenty-six metre high watchtower with sharp edges to deflect enemy fire also served as the final safehold of defenders. In the first half of the 16th century renovations were performed to increase the comfort of the castle, and mainly consisted of the expansion of the residential building to include a new wing. In 1569 the castle was destroyed by fire, after which extensive Renaissance reconstructions were pursued. During the Thirty Years War Svojanov was twice conquered by the Swedish and damaged. Also contributing to the gradual decline of the castle was the consequences of the Prussian-Austrian War in the 18th century; afterwards the castle became an ordinary farmstead. Following a fire in 1842 the Old Palace was rebuilt in the Empire style; the Renaissance wing remained as a ruin.
Svojanov - castle
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
Svojanov - castle, source: Czech-Moravian borderland
 
contacts

Telephone: +420 461 744 124, +420 739 518 703, +420 603 810 085
Email: hrad@svojanov.cz, info@svojanov.cz
Web: www.svojanov.cz
Facebook: www.facebook.com/svojanovcz
GPS: 49°37'38.37"N 16°24'29.7"E
553 m above sea level

Category castle, chateau, lookout tower, sight-seeing location
Certificates and memberships Tourist stamp
Cultural monument
Style classicism / empirical (40%), Gothic (40%), Renaissance (20%)
Services barrier-free WC, bicycle storage area, children's corner, demonstration of crafts, dogs welcome, event planning and hosting, free WiFi, horse-drawn carriage ride, interactive education programme offer, left-luggage office, night-time walking tours, Occasional concerts, sale of cycling and tourist maps of region, sale of novelties and souvenirs, sale of specialised literature, sale of tourist cards, sale of tourist stamps, snacks, space available for rent, WC, weddings and other celebrations
Staff languages Czech, English, German, Russian
Accepted forms of payment Czech korunas in cash, invoice (bank transfer)
Site grounds 1000 m2
First year open to the public 1910
Date of construction 1224
Year of latest reconstruction 2013

Tours / exhibitions

Tour A - chateau
Description Castle palace - interior of the groundfloor and the 1st floor and the castle kitchen with a guide + free tour of the castle area with no guide.
Foreign languages tour guide (Czech, English, German, Russian), printed guide (Czech, English, German)
Exhibition specialization 19th century art, architecture / urbanism, forestry / gamekeeping / hunting / trophies, furniture / interior furnishings, gothic art, heraldry, hussites, medieval history, models / model-making, music / musical instruments, new-age history, paintings / drawings / graphic design, pipes / smoking products and accessories, timepieces, toys / puppets
Minimum / maximum number of people per guide 1/30
Tour B - castle
Description Two floors of cellar space, exhibition of ghosts, torture chamber, lapidarium, house of soldiers with a guide + tour of the castle premises with no guide.
Foreign languages tour guide (Czech, English, German, Russian), printed guide (Czech, English, German)
Exhibition specialization architecture / urbanism, gothic art, heraldry, hussites, lapidarium, legends / myths / ghosts, medieval history, renaissance art
Minimum / maximum number of people per guide 1/30
Tour C - outdoor grounds
Description Free tour of the castle grounds (courtyard, fortification, tower, garden).
Exhibition specialization architecture / urbanism, ceramics, landscape architecture / gardens, regional history, zoology
Tour A + B - large combined tour
Foreign languages tour guide (Czech, English, German, Russian), printed guide (Czech, English, German)
Exhibition specialization 19th century art, architecture / urbanism, forestry / gamekeeping / hunting / trophies, furniture / interior furnishings, gothic art, heraldry, hussites, lapidarium, legends / myths / ghosts, medieval history, models / model-making, music / musical instruments, new-age history, paintings / drawings / graphic design, pipes / smoking products and accessories, renaissance art, timepieces, toys / puppets
Minimum / maximum number of people per guide 1/30
Svojanov Castle Tower

Availability

Distance from parking lot 0 m (own)
  • capacity personal: 50, price: 30 CZK / day
  • capacity coaches: 5, price: 50 CZK / day
The nearest train stations
Nearest bus stop

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