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Bouzov castle

Bouzov castle
Locality type: Castles
Continent: Europe
State (country): Czech republic
Place: Olomouc district

This monumental castle was founded at the beginning of 14th century by certain nobleman Buz of Buzov. This fact confirms a document of 1317. After thirty years only, it was transferred Bouzov castleinto ownership of rich aristocrats of Wildenberg. These aristocrats let built comfortable palace. On one part of fortification, there was constructed high tower with walls of 4 meters width. In 1382, Jošt, Moravian Margrave (cousin of King Wenceslas IV.), bought the castle from Beneš of Wildenberg, and stony fortifications were constructed during his stay here. At the end of 14th century, Jošt handed over his dominion to his follower, executive officer Heralt of Kunštát. After his death, the castle was transferred into ownership of his brother Boček. His son belonged to those, to whom Jan Žižka delivered, before his death, a fight against Bouzov castle„Lord´s truth“. Maybe, Žižka could be even a godfather of George, Viktorin´s son, future King of Bohemia, born in 1420. So, Bouzov could be one of his possible native places. In 1466, the castle was handed over by George into administration to his friend, Zdeněk Kostka of Postupice. Within King´s disputes with Mathias Korvín, (most of Moravian followers joined him), castle of Bouzov became one of places, completely loyal to George of Poděbrady. Hungarian troops conquested the castle later without success, however, the dominion in neighbourhood was inferior under influenece of these troops for more than 150 years.

Bouzov castleBuilding arrangements of castle were effected on break of 15th and 16th century, under guidance of administrative officer Hanus Haugvitz of Biskupice. In the course of 30 years war, Bouzov became tower of strength of  Habsburg Emperors. The castle was besieged  by troops of Swedish Commander Lennart Torstensson. However, it is not sure, wheather the castle was conquested or no. In second half of 17th century, the castle was transferred into ownership of German Knights´ Order. Their members specialised the development of forestry, cattle and sheep breeding and use of mining of mineral wealth. Two hundred years later, Bouzov castleArchduke Eugen Habsburg was so delighted with its atmosphere that he decided to return to the castle its original Gothic-Renaissance face and re-make it as his representative seat for himself and for his mother Elisabeth. His architect, Professor Georg Joseph Hauberissser, succeded to remind nearly perfect illusion of Medioeval aristocratic seat. After First World World, a part of Order´s ownership was nationalized. Within Second World War, the castle became a place of elite commando of German SS troops. After a war, the castle was confiscated and Bouzov was declared as state castle.

Opening Time Period:     

 

Guided Tour    April and October         Last tour  May and Sept.       Last tour  June-August     Last tour

                           weekends                         daily, except                  daily, except                            

                             holidays                             Mondays                        Mondays

Castle

presentation           14,00 h                           15,00 h                             17,00 h

Castle Bouzov        13,30 h                           14,30 h                             16,30 h

Wedding castle

On traces of

owners                  9,00-15,00                    9,00-16,00                   9,00-18,00

How the castle

is being built              12,00 h                         14,00 h                        16,00 h

Castle from

birds´view                14,00 h                         15,00 h                         17,00 h

Entrance tickets:

 

Guided tour               Full rate      Pensioners    Reduced     Reservation   Surcharge for

                                                                           tickets         surcharge     explanation in

                                                                                                                    foreign languages

Castle

presentation               CZK 100      CZK 70        CZK 50     CZK 2,-/         CZK 40,-/

                                                                                            person           person

Castle Bouzov           CZK 150       CZK 100     CZK 70      CZK 2,-/         CZK 40,-/

                                                                                            person            person

Wedding Castle         CZK 100        CZK 70      CZK 50      CZK 2,-/          CZK 40,-/

                                                                                            person             person

How the castle

is being built             CZK 150        CZK 100     CZK 70      CZK 2,-/         CZK 40,-/

                                                                                            person           person

Castle from

birds´view                 CZK  50          CZK 50     CZK 50       CZK 2,-/        CZK 40,-/

                                                                                             person   &n

 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Radek Bartoš, Harold, č.2, č.3, Ben Skála

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