Křivoklát Castle

One of the oldest Bohemian royal castles, it was built as a power centre and rural residency of the royal family, probably around 1230. King Wenceslas IV became fond of this ancient hunting castle. Thanks to an extensive Late Gothic makeover in the years 1473–1526 by King Vladislav II. Jagellonian, it became one of the most magnificent residencies of its time. (more…)

Bohumil Hrabal

28. 3. 1914 Brno-Židenice – 3. 2. 1997 Praha One of the most famous and original Czech writers of the 20th century is tied to Central Bohemia in terms of life as well as work. From the age of five he lived in Nymburk, where his stepfather became a brewery manager. (more…)

Kutná Hora

The town of Kutná Hora (21, 300 inhabitants) lies between the Czech-Moravian Highlands and the Čáslav basin some 70 km east of Prague. The history of Kutná Hora is inextricably linked to silver mining. The discovery of silver deposits resulted, in the late 13th century, in a spontaneous development of mining settlements from which a town was formed in the early 1300s. (more…)

Budeč

This hillfort, taking up an area of about twenty-two hectars, was one of the largest and oldest fortifications of the Przemyslids. Prince Spytihněv I. had the St. Peter and Paul rotunda built here after 895; its nave is the oldest preserved construction in the Czech lands. (more…)

Vojna Memorial near Příbram

The Vojna Memorial near Příbram, dedicated to the victims of communism, was established in 2005 on the authentic site of a German prisoner-of-war camp of 1947, which with the advent of communism became a forced labour camp between the years 1949 - 1951 and a prison for political prisoners of the communist regime in 1951–1961. (more…)

Český Šternberk Castle

One of the best-preserved and oldest dynasty castles in Bohemia was founded around 1240. Originally an early Gothic castle, it was subject to a number of changes. An overall renovation of the castle was made at the turn of the 16th century in late Gothic style. (more…)

Krakovec Castle ruin

The castle was founded in 1381 by Jíra of Roztoky, an influential courtier of King Wenceslas IV. This excellent building from Wenceslas´ court builders is a great example of the development of castle architecture in the Czech lands in the late 14th century. (more…)

Benešov

The city of Benešov (population 16 600) is situated in a hilly countryside between regions of the Vltava River and the Sázava River, 40 kilometres southeast of Prague. Benešov is an ancient town with valuable architectural monuments, such as the Gothic church of St. Nicholas from the 13th century, a part of a Gothic presbytery of the Minorite Monastery Church from the mid-13th century, or the Baroque building of the Piaristic College with the Church of St. Anne from the early…