Visiting Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic
Originally built in the gothic style in the 13th century, Hluboka castle has been through many reconstructions over the years. Its final makeover was at the hands of the Schwarzenberg family, the final owners of the castle.
The Schwarzenbergs attended Queen Victoria of England’s coronation, where Windsor Castle’s look hugely inspired them. On their return, they were determined to turn Hluboka Castle into an imitation of the Queen’s residence, making it unique in the Czech Republic. The castle is now a National Monument of the country.
Hluboka Castle Gardens & Grounds
In typical Czech Republic style, the chateau sits on top of a hill, overlooking the mammoth River Vltava and the South Bohemia region’s green countryside. The outside of the castle is breathtaking in itself, with its many turrets, surrounded by stunning rose gardens, courtyards, terraces, and pristine gardens.
The grounds extend into an English style country park that the Schwarzenberg family would have hunted in. Best of all, visiting the grounds of the castle is totally free!
Hluboka Castle Tours
The interior of the castle is equally as impressive as the grounds. Taking inspiration, again, from the English castles, the interior is full of ornate woodwork paneling, sweeping staircases, impressive collections of art, tapestries, and furniture.
To visit the interior of the castle, it’s necessary to take part in one of the ticketed tours. Because the castle is so large (140 rooms + 11 towers!), there are several tours on offer:
Tour A – Representation Rooms
This is the main tour on offer throughout the year. The guided tour takes visitors through some of the most beautiful rooms in the castle, such as the smoking room, dining room, and library. It also gives visitors the opportunity to see many of the family paintings of the Schwarzenbergs. The tour takes 1 hour.
Tour B – Private Rooms
Tour B is available at more popular times in the year (i.e. the summer holidays). The guided tour focuses more on the final years of the Schwarzenberg’s time in the castle, and their love of hunting. Visit the hunting dining room, bedroom, and servant room, and more. The tour takes just under 1 hour.
Hluboka Tour C – Chateau Kitchen
This is a unique opportunity to see the huge castle kitchen that spans the entire length of the castle’s basement. The tour explains how a kitchen from this period would function, and a little bit about the cuisine of the time, with the original facilities and equipment on show. The tour is slightly shorter than the others – approximately 30 minutes.
The park around Hluboka Castle is free to visit. Many guided tours take place throughout the day, however, most are in Czech. If you want to book an English tour, make sure to check the times and dates available well in advance. If they don’t have an English tour on the day you visit, you are still able to take part in the Czech tour as they will provide a brochure for you to read in English as you go along.
- Representation Rooms: 320 CZK (approx $15 USD) for a foreign language tour (i.e. in english)
- Private Rooms: 230 CZK (approx $11 USD) foreign language tour
- Chateau Kitchen: 150 CZK (approx $7 USD) foreign language tour
Opening hours depend on the season:
- High Season (May, June, July, August): 9 AM – 5.30 PM
- Mid Season: (April, September, October): 9 AM – 4.30 PM
- Low Season: (November, December, January, February, March): 10 AM – 4 PM
The castle is closed every Monday, except in July and August when it is open every day. For more information about when the tours take place click here.
How to Get to Hluboka Castle, Czech Republic
Once you arrive in the town of Hluboka nad Vltavou, you’ll find the main car park next to the penny market. From here, it is a 10-minute walk uphill to the castle. There is also a small tourist train operating in high season that you can jump on right by the car park. (3 EUR return ticket)
If you’re not driving, all public transport goes into the nearby town of Ceske Budejovice. From here, you have to take a taxi for the last 10 minutes of the journey.
Best Time to Visit Hluboka Castle
Hluboka castle is beautiful in all seasons of the year, whether you want to see the autum colors of the woodland surrounding the castle, or the chance of seeing snow! To see the gardens and flowers at their best, visit in the spring or the summer.