Cesky Sternberk Castle

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Cesky Sternberk Castle
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We would like to invite you to take a tour of the castle, during which you can visit 15 richly appointed rooms furnished in the style of various historical periods, meet important members of the Sternberg family and catch a glimpse of their way of life. You can also learn about the unique Sternberk collection of copper engravings from the Thirty Years' War, which is one of the largest monothematic collections of engravings in Europe.
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Friends
City is so beautiful and romantic
Castle shows the proud history and the royalty of the area
Try to go late afternoon and stay till late evening as it’s beautiful with the lights
And to see the contrast of the day and night
A peasant and peaceful place to walk around and get amazed
Don’t miss a dinner down the castle restaurants

Stay overnight to enjoy 😊
Written September 18, 2018
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Thank you very much for your nice words. We are very happy for the visitors who can feel the same "genius loci" as we who have joined our lives with this place.
Written May 11, 2019
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jjinwaldokc
Kansas City, MO147 contributions
Stopped by here while driving from Prague to Krakow. This is the real Czech Republic. The tours are in Czech but they provide translation sheets for other languages (including English) Fascinating history, the Castle is still family owned, the little cafe serves authentic Czech food, I'd go with the soup, the grill cheese was interesting.
Written August 25, 2019
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George
Nicosia, Cyprus1,929 contributions
Friends
The castle is situated at one of the best places, at the top of a hill whilst the river passes a few meters by it, don't miss it!
Written April 11, 2018
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Debbie H
Sydney, Australia85 contributions
Couples
We arrived all excited to tour this beautiful castle. Bought tickets and were given a laminated card with a few lines written in English regarding each room we were to see. We waited more than 45 mins for our tour to begin. Happy to that as we had a coffee and wandered the grounds watching the scary man looking after the birds growling at tourists who dared to come near him.
We then entered the castle and as you do started taking photos. The female guide than asked in English and demanded to see our photo licence..of which we did dot have. I explained we didn't have one and had not been asked would we like one when purchasing our tickets. I explained we would pay for one directly to the guide, her reply was she was a guide not a ticketing sales person. She was very rude and condescending to us and took joy in embarrassing us in front of all the other tourists. I assured her I would pay as soon as we exiting the castle. I have not travelled all the way from Australia to see the Czech castles and dodge a 4 EURO photo licence!
She then started to talk in Czech, another tourist could speak English and interpreted that she was telling everybody - how we had not bought the licence and that we should have and then out loudly and rudely came "Is there a problem?" cutting the tourist off...I replied no, and the Czech gentlemen explained (in Czech) he was trying to help us understand the process of the photo licence.. She spoke over the top of him and he shut up after that with an apologetic look and shoulder shrug in our direction. She looked proud of what she had achieved with her actions.
From that point, we were totally ignored by the guide, and never was a word spoken in English for the balance of the tour. The opportunity to explain in English some of what we were seeing was there, however she chose to remain silent and wait for everyone to catch up. I have never been so humiliated before in a tourist attraction. My advice is, unless you speak Czech, then don't pay to visit this castle as the probability of you being disrespected is high. The guide was so rude. I would not recommend visiting this castle unless you speak Czech. The guide spoke from 5-10 minutes in each room (in Czech) yet the card we were provided to only took moments to read. No effort at all was made by her to explain, not one thing, in this castle to us even though the opportunity was there to do so.
Written October 27, 2015
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Dear Debbie, we are very sorry your experience in the castle was so disagreeable. I think the beginning of this misunderstanding was in the ticket office. Probably the lady who sold you a ticket for a tour didn't explain properly how did it work. It's a tradition in our country to provide guided tours. Usually there are two possibilities for the tourists who don't understand Czech - you can go with English (German, French, or Russian) speaking guide or with the Czech tour and get the written text to read. If there are many tourists we are not able to make enough tours in foreign languages, that is why we have the second opportunity with the text. The guide cannot speaking several languages in one tour, it would disrupt the continuity of the tour. I'm sure if you got all these information before the tour, you would know what to expect and you would enjoy it much better. I'm sorry for that.
Written November 14, 2015
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL2,557 contributions
Friends
We drove to see this great castle with my family and had the most wonderful visit. There is a paid parking area 250 m. from the main entrance, short walk up a hill. Our guide was a young lady that did not overwhelmed us by dates and too much history, but made this tour fun by citing many personal stories of the resident family. The castle was built in 1241 and from there it underwent many improvements and reconstructions. When it was "nationalized" by the Communist government in 1949, the family had to move to a small flat in Prague and Jiří Sternberk, the owner, worked as a tour guide in his own property! After the fall of Communism Český Šternberk castle was returned to Jiří's son, the count Zdeněk Sternberg, the current owner of the castle, who still lives there with his wife. The tour takes place on the second floor of the castle, the owner lives on the first floor. After the tour we had delicious coffee and pastries in the courtyard.
Written September 16, 2017
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Michael W
Jerusalem, Israel367 contributions
Couples
King for A Day at the Best Gothic Castle in Bohemia—Castle Sternberg: Czech it Out.

Few get the chance to live in a castle, but south of Prague you can get a starry-eyed view of castle life without having to watch an episode of Games of Thrones.

Castle Sternberg is a beautiful, working early medieval castle where you can feel how nobility once lived in 13th century Bohemia. ADDED BONUS:d you won’t have to fight off huge crowds like at some other castles in the Czech Republic.

The word "Sternberg" means “Star Mountain,” and the family seal is an eight-pointed star. The castle is still owned by the Sternberg family, who got their heirloom returned to them after the Soviets left Czechoslovakia and the other satellite countries. One of the family, a 93-year-old man still resides on the second floor.

Family souvenirs and treasures are shown in almost every room—weapons, dishes, vessels, jewelry, paintings, tapestries, hunting trophies, antlers in all shapes and sizes. One room is devoted to the Sternberg family tree, and another shows a pipe collection from someone who did not even smoke.

There is a painting of a beautiful girl who died while writing a letter, when her hot sealing wax fell on her dress and she burned to death. The tour is full of several dramatic family stories.

We were in a small tour group—six or seven people—with a local Czech lady giving us explanations in English. Maybe it was here summer job, but she did it with enthusiasm. We had a friendly competition a to guess the number of books in the family library. We had no problems taking pictures with our cell-phones both inside and outside the Gothic castle that sits atop a promontory overlooking a river.

So take the time to take some approach photos from the bridge and from afar, because you don’t get to Winterfell or King’s Landing every day.

It is a great one-hour to two-hour session for couples or even families, and it does not cost much. It’s a good idea to call ahead just to make sure about availability of guides. The hours are supposed to be 9-6, and the phone is 420 317 855 101.

Suggestion: make this one of your stops on a day-trip from Prague, perhaps with a visit to Kutna Hora or one of the other sites. So whether you call it Castle Sternberk or Castle Sternberg or Český Šternberk, Czech it out.
Written July 21, 2016
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Behr-H96
57 contributions
Family
Absolutely impressive castle. If you are in the area definitly worth to stop by. Don't miss to go up to Hladomorna, an old tower above the castle. If the view from the castle is already amazing, it is even better from this tower.
Written September 9, 2020
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Stinsa
Amsterdam, The Netherlands317 contributions
Family
For a small entry fee we enjoyed a guided tour in part of the castle. It's beautiful and the tour is also interesting enough for our seven year olds.
Written August 11, 2019
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lera_nechaeva
Milan, Italy15 contributions
Couples
This castle is now in possession of the Štenberk family who also owned it before the confiscation during the 40's.The family is taking care of it pretty well and it is visible that this castle is important to it's owners.
Interiors and collections are interesting and well maintained. Our guide was knowledgeable and was able to attract attention of visitors to various small details worth noticing. Definitely this castle is worth visiting.
On a negative side unfortunately the parking lot is too small for the amount of people coming to visit and even small pets are not allowed to enter. To be sincere children are causing more damage to the items and wallpapers of the castle rather than a little dog in a bag, so it could be something for castle management to think about.
Written May 29, 2018
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Andrey Petrov
Moscow, Russia209 contributions
Couples
After the castle of Hluboka above Vltava, the castle of Steenberkov was not impressed either from the outside (also being reconstructed), or by the interior decoration, and the excursion itself, because of the large number of people, smeared the impression, t. All the people did not fit in small rooms and had to spread out over several rooms.
После замка Глубока над Влтавой, замок Штенберков не впечатлил, ни снаружи(к тому же идет реконструкция), ни внутренним убранством, да и сама экскурсия из-за большого количества людей смазала впечатление, т.к. в маленькие комнаты не умещались все люди и приходилось растекаться на несколько помещений.
Written April 18, 2018
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