Jindřichův Hradec

Do you know the White Lady? Do you know why he appears and where he appears? Visit the largest monument complex in the Czech Republic, the Jindřichův Hradec castle and chateau, and learn more.

Information for visitors

Adress: Dobrovského 1, Jindřichův Hradec
GPS: 49.14349390, 15.00190720
Jindřichův Hradec map

Interesting facts Jindřichův Hradec

The Přemyslid fortified settlement, founded by Jindřich of Nový Hradec of the Vítkovec family in the 10th century, stood on the site of today's castle and chateau. It was completed by Oldřich I. of Hradec and he also had a cylindrical Black Tower built to protect the entrance to his rooms. The largest reconstruction was carried out by Adam of Hradec with his son Jáchym, when they turned the castle into a Renaissance chateau according to the latest Italian fashion trends. Adam's building was built, opposite the Spanish Wing and the two buildings are connected by large arcades. The Rondel music pavilion was established in the garden. Subsequently, in 1602 it passed into the hands of the Slavat family and less than a century later into the Černín family from Chudenice, who rebuilt the originally Gothic chapel in the Baroque style. During the Seven Years' War, the castle became a military hospital and burned down in 1773. He remained abandoned and dilapidated. It was used only as a warehouse and stables and barns were set up here. Evžen Černín was therefore forced, at the beginning of the 20th century, to start an extensive reconstruction, but did not complete it. In 1945, the castle was confiscated and its condition deteriorated again, even threatening the collapse of some buildings. A general reconstruction began in 1976 and was reopened to the public in 1993. The reconstruction lasted 17 years and cost 120 million crowns.

When visiting the chateau, you will visit Adam's building, where you can see Renaissance, so-called green rooms with wall decorations, painted coffered ceilings and period furnishings. You will see the Rondel music pavilion, which attracts with its gilded plastic decoration. When visiting the medieval castle, you will look into the chapel of St. Ducha, the Royal Hall with an elegant ribbed vault and a gallery of fictional portraits of Czech monarchs. The Black Tower, which previously served as a famine, is also accessible. It is 32 meters high and 149 steps lead to the gallery.

Author: Marie Bukovinská