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Konopiste Castle

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Address: Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420-317-721-366
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We were driving from Kutna Hora to Ceske Budejovice on a deadline as we had to meet a friend for dinner in Budejovice. We had a bunch of things on our itinerary to look at on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
falmouth, maine
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falmouth, maine
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436 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were driving from Kutna Hora to Ceske Budejovice on a deadline as we had to meet a friend for dinner in Budejovice. We had a bunch of things on our itinerary to look at on the way but it became obvious we weren't going to get to see them, so we chose Konopiste, the home of Archduke Ferdinand; the... More 

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Sechelt, Canada
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I realized that some may not like the fact that Franz Ferdinand killed stuffed and displayed 900 animals alone in the entrance hall, but the overall experience of viewing this amazing castle rooms in the south wing was amazing to me. To walk through the rooms and halls of the Ferdinand castle knowing that his assassination partly caused WW1. The... More 

Thank Robert M
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I quickly and easily traveled here by train from Prague, and it was a short walk from the train station. This castle/cottage is fun for those who enjoy history. There are numerous military artifacts and weaponry, as well as lots of mounted game. I also enjoyed that the theme of Konopiste is my namesake "St. George"... not sure if that... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

We had tour 2 with a guide and one other family! The grounds were empty of tourist on a Wednesday in mid October! Great unique collections of weaponry, original furnishings and collectible paintings. It's a museum of history in their original settings. I only wish we could have taken tours 1and 3.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We had a luck to visit it when it was closed (check the open days). But still it was charming: apart of the impressive castle, there's a big picturesque park with a place to have a lunch, big lake and atmosphere of old times.

Thank Oleksandr G
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

First, what Justin T said was basically true. The blond girl tour guide is smiling all the way - but I think she is stressed rather than enjoying the sadistic history of Franz Ferdinand. All curators I met in Czech are very knowledgeable historians about the Bohemian and mid-Europe history. Whether you like this Franz Ferdinand or not you have... More 

Thank Crankie2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I made a mistake, and didn't read enough about Franz Ferdinand, nor his "fondness" of hunting. He reportedly killed 300.000 animals (yes, you read that right) during his life. Thousands of animals were stuffed, preserved and exhibited in Konopiste. I eat meat and have no issues with animals being used for food. But what I have seen there was too... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Getting there: We traveled by train from Prague' main train station. The taxi from the train station to the castle's parking lot was 60CZK-less than $5.00. The staff member in the ticket off was very helpful with explaining the tour options. She also gave us information on the local public bus. From the parking lot and ticket office we took... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The castle is open from April to October. We took a train from Prague Central to visit the Castle (about an hour journey) and then a walk of about 2.5 km from the station. Take the time to visit the Cemetery Church of All Saints and the Ossuary! Baroque palace built over a medieval & Renaissance castle and once home... More 

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San Gabriel, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Hired a wonderful private guide (Renata Blaskova) and a driver for a day trip to the Bohemian countryside from Prague. Our first stop at Konopiste Castle was well worth the time and expense. We took tour #1 which gave us a good overview of the history of the castle, architecture, furnishings, political history, and the life of Archduke Franz Ferndinand.... More 

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