The Konopiště Castle was originally founded as a gothic fortress guarding a nearby town of Benešov. Being founded at the end of the 13th century by Tobias of Benešov, it was built at the beginning of the 14th century. This medieval castle was built in the 15th century by George of Šternberk. In the 17th century the Hodejovsky family converted the castle into a renaissance mansion. Later in the early 18th century the Vrtba family rebuilt the castle into a breathtaking Baroque residence. But, the most utterly important owner of the Konopiště Castle was the Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este, a successor to the Austro-Hungarian throne whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 became the pretext for World War I. He bought the Konopiště Castle in 1887 from the Lobkowitzs family and converted it into a magnificent home. Franz Ferdinand’s chambers are richly decorated with elaborate collections inherited from the Modena’s Archdukes of d’Este and numerous hunting trophies hanging on the walls as silent witnesses of Franz Ferdinand´s passion for hunting. With an incredible collection of guns and weapons. After the visiting the castle interior you can experience the Baroque Rose Garden with a greenhouse that provides visitors of a serene place to stroll and absorb the wonderful nature.
Highlights of the Konopiště Castle Luxury Day Trip
- Your Personal Private Guide/Delegate
- Luxury Car or Minivan and English Speaking Professional Driver
- You will also see the city of Benešov
- Pickup and return to your hotel
- Length of the tour is 6 hours
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