Vysoký Chlumec castle
If you look west from Sedlčany, you will see a beautiful castle on top of a high hill. From the valley below the castle it can be seen that these are two different palaces connected by a wall. The space between them served as a courtyard, which was gradually stopped in the following periods during the expansion of the castle. The square tower at the entrance to the castle is also visible. Even other building modifications did not fundamentally change the appearance of the castle. However, the castle itself is not open to the public.
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Interesting facts Vysoký Chlumec castle
The castle belonged to the Lobkowicz family
The founder of the castle was probably Purkart of Janovice. It was one of the few new buildings from the reign of Wenceslas IV. from the 14th century. In the 15th century, the castle became the property of the Lobkowicz family and remained so until the 20th century, when the Lobkowicz family had to leave the castle. After the castle was returned in 1992, it was sold to its current owner, Riprand, Graf von und zu Arco - Zinnenberg. The new owners became involved in the life of the village, reconstructed the castle, but do not expect it to be opened to the public.
Under the Lobkowicz family, the castle was rebuilt into a chateau
Almost five hundred years of Lobkowicz rule brought positive changes to the castle. It was rebuilt into a chateau, which provided the manor with appropriate comfort, and the surrounding manor grew. During the Thirty Years' War, the castle was looted and repaired again. Even after the establishment of Czechoslovakia, when the Lobkowicz family became involved in work mainly in diplomacy and state administration, they took care of the castle and maintained it, even though they did not live in it.
The place for the castle was said to be devilish
Legend has it that the original place for the construction of the castle was supposed to be another hill near the Chlumec hill. Every night, the devils allegedly took the material and parts of the building from the hill to Chlumec. Along the way, they allegedly rested in a place that still bears the name Devil's Saddle. The builders and owners did not last long to move everything back and began to build the castle on the Chlumec hill. The castle is built elsewhere than its founder wanted.
Author: Helena Syslová