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Houska castle and chateau - Czech republic

Houska castle and chateau
Locality type: Castles
Continent: Europe
State (country): Czech republic
Place: Česká Lípa district

Houska Castle is situated on high rocky formation, placed on border of Kokořín area. In 9th century, there was established here some wooden construction. Pšov-Parentage let this construction re-built and made stone stronghold. Slavibor, Duke of Pšovan Tribes, gave it as a gift to his son, his name was Houska. At the end of 13th century, Premysl Ottokar II. decided that he would construct here a castle. So, Houska presented a centre of vast area, before Bezděz Castle was built. Originally, the castle was consisted of two parts. Back part was made by three palace wings, and back wing was formed with imposing chapel. On its entrance part, the courtyard was closed with fortification only. In the corner, powerful four-edge tower there was arisen, however, it does not exist any more.

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Gothic character of the castle satisfied owners till 16th century when artillery started its development. This fact meant that there was necessary to make some arrangements in the castle (construction of outside fortification. However, it was demolished in 17th century). At the end of 16th century, Houska was re-built into Renaissance chateau. Within range of these arrangements, there were made frescos in early Gothis hall of eastern wing. The chateau undergone other arrangement within 19th century. This fact is deocumented with pictures made by Kerel Hynek Mácha. Later, the building started to be neglected, so the chateau had to be restored in 1930. German army troops besieged the castle in the course of 2nd World War. When the war was over, and the chateau was nationalized, Archive of Klementinum State Library was placed here. Later, in 1999, the chateau was open for publuc finally.

Opening time table

April: on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 - 17:00 h

May: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 - 17:00 h

June: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 - 17:00 h

July:   Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 - 18:00 h + night guided tours on Saturdays at 21:00 h

August: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 - 18:00 h + night guided tours on Saturdays at 21:00 h

September: Tuesdays-Sundays: 10:00 - 17:00 h

October: on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 - 17:00 h


Entrance fee:

Full                             Adults                                                                                CZK 50,-

Reduced                    Children up to 15 years of age, pensioners, invalides      CZK 30,-

Family ticket               2 adults and 2 children max.                                              CZK 140,-

Night sightseeings                                                                                                CZK 70,-


Text: Maxim Kucer

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, ŠJů, č.2, č.3, Mirek256 


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