Cesky Krumlov and Hluboka Chateau Tour
Our private tour guide will pick you up in the lobby of your hotel in Prague. You will drive to the South of Bohemia and after 2 hours you will reach the Hluboka Castle. Our guide will buy you tickets to the castle because unfortunately outside guides are not allowed to guide inside. Our private tour guide will also show you around the area and walk you through the gardens. Then you will drive to Cesky Krumlov which is located only 30 minutes further to the South. There will be time for lunch as well. In Cesky Krumlov you can start with the castle baroque garden. Then you can walk through the castle, a tour of the interiors is optional. After the castle our private guide will take you through the picturesque little streets of the Latran town. Finally you will cross the Vltava river and discover the Old Town of Cesky Krumlov.
The beautiful gem town of Southern Bohemia was founded at the end of the 12th century by Vítek of Prčice. This legendary ruler controlled the entire South-Bohemian region. Before he died, he decided to split his dominion among his five sons. This event is still celebrated every year on the first weekend of June. It is called the celebration of the five roses because Vítek gave each son a coat of arms in the shape of a rose. Cesky Krumlov was given to the oldest son and his family, lords of Krumlov, ruled until the beginning of the 14th century when the family died out. Cesky Krumlov was passed over into the hands of the Rosenbergs, who were descendants from the family of the second oldest son. The Rosenbergs ruled in Cesky Krumlov for 3 centuries and turned it into the town it is today. As our private guide shows you around town, you will see that most of it has not changed since the 16th century when the last Rosenbergs ruled the region. During this private tour our guide will explain to you among other things why the Rosenbergs kept live bears in the castle moat, a tradition that has lasted until today. In the 17th century the castle was owned by the Eggenberg family and in 1719 it was passed over into the hands of the Schwarzenberg family, who owned it until 1947. Today the castle is state-owned.
Hluboka Castle is located on the way from Prague to Cesky Krumlov and therefore we stop there on our private tour from Prague first. The castle was founded in the middle of the 13th century by the Czech king Wenceslas I and its role was to protect the Czech kingdom from the South. In 1661 it was purchased by the Schwarzenberg family who later became the lords of Krumlov as well. Originally it was Cesky Krumlov that was the main seat of the family. Nonetheless lord Schwarzenberg with his wife visited the marriage of queen Victoria in the UK that took place at the Windsor castle and after their return they decided to build their own version of Windsor. As a result Hluboka Castle was torn down and a new neo gothic English-style castle was built in its place in the 1830s. After it was finished the family chose it as their main seat. Hluboka remained their property until 1947. Our private tour guide will show you around the castle and the beautiful garden that surrounds it.
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