Saturday, September 12, 2009

Castle at Hluboká nad Vltavou

Hluboka nad Vltavou is a town near Czeske Budejovice in South Bohemia. George had visited on previous trips and said it was one of his favorite of the roughly 2,500 castles in the Czech Republic. Lloyd and I were delighted that we stopped. There has been a castle on this high ground overlooking the Vltava (Moldau) River from the second half of the 13th century, but its present Romantic Neo-Gothic style chateau was built 1841-1871. The archway in front of the castle leads to an inner courtyard. This shot is a bit backward, as we're looking into the garden from inside the courtyard.

The courtyard is decorated with antlers from various hunting trips.

We did not have time to tour the inside of the castle, which is one of the most beautiful in Bohemia. If you want to see some breathtaking photos, click here. The photo below is a model that appeared to have been made from matchsticks. You can see the courtyard. The entryway is to the right.

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