CASTLE BLATNA

Blatna is one of the best-preserved water castles in the Czech Republic. The Castle’s long history, distinct architecture and unique environment make it a jewel among castle complexes, and a prime example of changing artistic styles over the centuries. It stands and witnesses how Central Europe’s history was shaped over seven centuries.

The Park

The 42-hectare park is one of the most beautiful locations in the region. The park is filled with streams, bridges, paths and beautiful alleyways. It is open to the public year-round. Franz Hildprandt had the front part of the original game park transformed into an English park. The rear part was kept in its original form with the “sejp” (remains of gold panning in the past) surrounded by large trees. Today the only building in the park is the Empire-style house where the Hildprandt family now lives.

The most popular attractions in the chateau park include a muster of peacocks and the large herd of tame fallow deer, who graze freely. Numerous ancient oak trees also grow on the grounds. Legend has it that Queen Johanna used to sit with her future husband, King Jiří of Poděbrady, under the park’s largest historical oak.

List of activities

  • museum
  • cafe
  • castle grounds & English park
  • wildlife
  • weddings
  • events

History

Blatna is one of the best-preserved water castles in the Czech Republic. The Castle’s long history, distinct architecture and unique environment make it a jewel among castle complexes, and a prime example of changing artistic styles over the centuries. It stands and witnesses how Central Europe’s history was shaped over seven centuries.

The Castle’s history dates back to the Bavor family of Strakonice in the 13th century. The foundations of the Romanesque chapel built then are still visible in the castle courtyard. In the 14th century, the Rožmitál family constructed a Gothic stone water-castle with a rectangular tower, and two palaces which form the central part of today’s Castle. In the mid-to-late 15th century, Jaroslav Lev of Rožmitál led the Czech mission to the western Royal Courts. Inspired by the European art he saw at court, Jaroslav Lev constructed the Green Chamber with frescoed walls, which is now one of the best-preserved medieval fresco chambers in the Czech Republic. The Castle ownership then changed several times. Subsequent Renaissance-styled construction can be seen from the triangular oriel windows by the famous architect Benedikt Ried of Piesting, and the ‘half-timber’-styled castle tower.

In 1798, Baron Wenzel Karl Hildprandt of Ottenhausen, a Tyrolean noble and an ancestor of the current castle owners, acquired the Castle . The family appointed architect Bernhard Grueber to carry out neo-Renaissance reconstruction from 1850 to 1856. In 1948, the Czech Communist government confiscated the Castle and eventually forced the Hildprandt family to leave Blatna in 1953. The castle’s original interior was severely damaged during the communist period. After the Castle was returned to the Hildprandts in 1992, the family opened the Castle to the public and started major restoration works.