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Czech castles :: Konopiště

Konopiště castle – château

Konopiště château

Konopiště château

Konopiště is a château (castle) located about 50 km southeast of Prague It has become famous as the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir of the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered off World War I.

The castle was initially constructed as a Gothic fortification during the 13th century and was later transformed in a Baroque style.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria bought Konopiště in 1887, with his inheritance from the last reigning Duke of Modena, and rebuilt it into a luxurious residence, which he preferred to his official residence in Vienna.

Konopiště castle is now open to the public. Visitors can observe the residential rooms of Franz Ferdinand, a large collection of antlers (Franz Ferdinand was an enthusiastic hunter), an armory with medieval weapons, a shooting hall with moving targets and a garden with Italian Renaissance statues and greenhouses. It is a popular place for weddings.

The castle is open from April to October. Catch the train to get there (Benešov u Prahy – about a one-hour ride) and then walk about 2.5 km from the station. Or travel easily with Czech Transport.


Contact and links:

Narodní památkový ústav
správa státního zámku Konopiště
256 01 Benešov
Czech Republic
Tel: + 420 317 721 366
Fax: + 420 317 724 271
Official website of Konopiště
E-mail: konopiste@stc.npu­.cz

Private transfer between Prague and Konopiště

Route Prague – Konopiste on Google maps

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Last update: 2014-11-16