State Castle Libochovice

Let yourself be carried away by today's appearance of the Libochovice chateau! It is the result of reconstruction from the end of the 17th century. At that time, Gundakar of Dietrichstein owned the estate burned after the fire. In the village and in the later town there was a fortress, first mentioned in 1335. At that time, the nearby Házmburk castle was chosen as the manor of the Házmburk family, and the fortress in Libochovice was until 1550 called a desolate chateau. The cellars and parts of the tower and chapel have been preserved from the original Gothic fortress.

State Castle Libochovice

Information for visitors

Adress: nám. 5. května 1, Libochovice
GPS: 50.40511890, 14.04372920
State Castle Libochovice map

Interesting facts State Castle Libochovice

Jan the Elder from Lobkovice bought the Libochovice estate in 1558, had the village promoted to a town and started building a Renaissance chateau. Then the owners changed a lot and in addition the castle was damaged by the uprising and the Thirty Years' War. The already mentioned Gundakar of Dietrichstein bought the manor in 1676 and the reconstruction into a monumental early Baroque chateau began six years later. The work was completed in 1690.

The creation of the castle garden, which was designed in 1683 in the French style, also became a subject of interest. In later years, it was converted into an English park, and in 1912 the reconstruction focused on the original plans of the Czech gardener Jan Tulipán, ie the time when the garden had its most famous period. There were also greenhouses with plants from subtropical and tropical areas. The castle was supplied with plants and animals mainly by the private owner Josef Herbestein, who was very fond of traveling. Today you can see various dendrological attractions in the large park, sit under the trees, go to the fountain and listen to the cries of peacocks.

Currently, you can take several tours - the interior of the castle, the castle park and the cellar. There is also an exhibition of the famous Czech scientist Jan Evangelista Purkyně, who was born here in 1787. Valuable collections of glass, porcelain, tapestries, as well as ethnographic and zoological collections, rare tiled stoves and much more await you in the interiors.

Author: Petra Nachtmanová