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Explore one of the Czech Republic’s most beautiful fortress-palaces on this 4-hour trip to Konopiste Castle from Prague. Travel through central Bohemia by coach and tour the chateau-like building, used as a private residence by Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination in 1914 led to World War I. Discover how the original 13th-century fortress was rebuilt several times; admire the collections of weaponry, tapestries and art; learn about the lives of the Archduke and his family, and finish with a stroll around the glorious, statue-dotted gardens.

Highlights

  • Visit the beautiful Konopiste Castle on a half-day trip from Prague
  • Discover the castle’s history and rich artistic heritage with your professional guide
  • Walk through the romantic garden area and see the beautiful rose garden
  • Travel in a comfortable coach and enjoy Bohemia's picturesque landscape

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What You Can Expect

Konopiste Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Konopiste Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

Depart central Prague by air-conditioned coach and travel south through scenic central Bohemia to the medieval town of Benesov, the site of Konopiste Castle.

Hear about the history of the 3-story residence, first built in 1280. Learn how it was transformed into a Baroque-style chateau in the late 1700s, before becoming residence to the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1887, whose assassination in 1914 in Sarajevo sparked World War I.

After roughly 40 minutes on the road, head inside and enjoy a guided tour of the richly gilded 19th-century interiors.  Admire the wood-paneled chambers used as private apartments by the Archduke, and discover how, as a keen hunter, he had Konopiste remodeled into a luxurious hunting lodge.

See his hunting trophies displayed on the walls, and view the magnificent collections of medieval weaponry, paintings and tapestries. Hear about the daily rituals of the Archduke and his wife and children as you tour, and then skip forward to the 21st century as you hear how Konopiste was used as a location in the 2006 movie The Illusionist.

Later, head into the gardens. Step out around the Rose Garden, terraces and lawns dotted with statues and glasshouses, to admire the setting and savor the tranquil atmosphere.

Afterward, return to Prague by coach, where your tour finishes at the start point.

Customer Reviews

Marian L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful.

cally h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely amazing! The castle was one of the most interesting castles I have ever visited. The weapons collection is unbelievable. I would definitely like to go back some day.

Benjamin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Great day-trip from Prague. Interior of castle is more impressive than Prague's Castle.

Dena C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

It was an easy trip from Prague. Our your guide was good. We enjoyed the castle.

Andrey S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Unexpectedly well preserved castle with a lot of things to see inside.

Richard D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

This is a must see day excursion out of Prague for travelers who want to understand the history of this beautiful country. Our guide was fantastic and gave us a really good insight into every day life in the Czech Republic. A really nice break from the crowded tourist scene in Prague.

Michele D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This castle was a hunter's dream come true. Our guide Maria was great and there were just the 4 of us on a small bus, which made it great.

Christine R Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This was a great tour of the castle. Castle guide was really good and we had a great afternoon even though the weather was not kind to us. We were a very small group however our travel guide was not so good - even so the trip was worth it as this was a fantastic location with a great castle guide.

Micah G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

The trip was a lot of fun. We got picked up right in from of where we were staying, and our driver Daniel was a pleasure. We were the only two on this trip, but it would have been comfortable with other people in the van as well.

Konopiste Castle was great. Incredible history, especially the weapons collection in the tour. My wife and I also enjoyed the looking at the shooting range and the fact that there was a bear in the moat. I would recommend this!

NANCY M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

This was a wonderful side trip into the countryside outside of Prague. I am so glad we did this and Marie, our tour guide, was wonderful and knowledgable. Once we were inside the castle, we had another tour guide and she was really good too. The castle is filled with interesting artifacts and a huge collection of guns and knives dating back to the Middle Ages. We enjoyed walking around the grounds of the castle after our tour. On our short walk to the castle, we saw the beautiful lake that is on the property and the views were breathtaking. I would highly recommend this tour as a fun way to see something different on a trip to Prague, and at just four hours, it is not a huge time commitment. We really enjoyed it!

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