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Konopiste Castle

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Address: Czech Republic
Description: Founded in 1300, by the Benesovec family, this imposing castle is a...
Founded in 1300, by the Benesovec family, this imposing castle is a magnificent example of the medieval fortification architecture influenced by the French.
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Konopiste Castle Half-Day Trip from Prague

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History for Franz Ferdinand

If you know who Franz Ferdinand is, and you like history, you will enjoy a day here. The castle is amazing, and the stories of Franz Ferdinand are so interesting. It's amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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151 reviews 151 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If you know who Franz Ferdinand is, and you like history, you will enjoy a day here. The castle is amazing, and the stories of Franz Ferdinand are so interesting. It's amazing just how much he loved to hunt, and all of his trophies show that! It's a great day trip for both a historical visit, and a beautiful walk... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I have visited Konopiste Castle several times and never tire of the experience. Set in a massive park with an impressive sized lake. This freezes over in Winter and can be walked across, otherwise it can be walked around at other times of the year.The castle itself is full of artefacts and stuffed animal heads. It is more like a... More 

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Denville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I came here several times over the years and love the beautiful surroundings as much as the castle. We have always traveled from Prague by car, so it was a relatively short trip. The czech countryside has many castles one can visit and if you are a castle fan or a hunting enthusiast you will definitely enjoy coming here. However,... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

OK so he shot thousands of animals for fun - ironic that he ultimately became the victim of a shooting with dire international consequences - but the castle outside Benesov is a joy to behold. Ancient but modernised to high standards at the end of the 19th century this castle was the bolt hole of the Austrian heir and his... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The trip was fun, travel short. When we reached the reception and parking, we saw that there was a toy train to the castle. So, we all got up in the train. Sweet little train, in an amazing terrain and what an first impression... its a fairytale castle... There was this small walking route that went to the castle entrance.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It's questionable whether seeing the bloody clothing of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, as well as the bullet that killed her is in good taste, but knowing it was a bullet from the same gun at the same time that caused World War I is a great experience. There are three tours, and if you have time only... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Beautiful castle. We had English speaking guide (you have to reserve him in advance by mail). There are thousands of hunting trophies, also big collection of hunting weapons and equipment (guns, armor, spears,..) Lot of paintings of members of Habsburg Monarchy.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This museum offered a guided tour of the public rooms of this castle. Franz Joseph apparently hunted anything that moved on four legs, including the head of an American bison displayed among all of the antlers. For an additional fee, we could have progressed to the monarch's private quarters. We were simply toured-out by this point.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Very nice castle outside Prague, easy to access. The rainy day we have visited the castle was one of our best. Walking thought the gardens and the hill in order to reach the castle was a nice rainy experience. Castle is very beautiful and worth the visit to see each room to see the thousands of hunting trophies and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The castle is beautiful, gardens too but the staff (mainly those in the box office)behaved unprofessionally. For English speaking tourists there are audio guides but the length compare to Czech version is on half. And...do not try ITIC card, you would hear quite contemptuous response. If you would like to come to the castle by bus from Benesov, you would... More 

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