Castles and Forts
Pernštejn is one of the best preserved Gothic- Renaissance fortresses in Europe. The castle hidden in forests of the eastern edge of the Bohemian- Moravian Highlands dates back to the mid 13th century and became the base of the Lords of Pernštejn. Under their care it was gradually improved and widened, so the original simple fortress today is lost in the entanglement of later Gothic and Renaissance alterations, which have a very picturesque impact. Noteworthy is especially the majestic Late Gothic fortifi cation, absolutely unique in Central Europe.
Vranov nad Dyjí
The predecessor of the Vranov chateau was once a castle, dating back probably to the 11th century, which was an important part of the defence system in the area along the Dyje River. At the end of the 17th century on the same site a beautiful Baroque residence was built by the Lords of Althann, while the most valuable parts of the residence were built according to the project of the excellent Austrian architect J. B. Fischer of Erlach. A dominant feature of the chateau complex is besides the chapel of the Holy Trinity the exceptionally valuable Hall of Predecessors which cupola is decorated with the frescoe by J. M. Rottmayr. The complex also includes a terrace with a breathtaking view over the valley and the town below the castle.
The ruins at Hukvaldy rank among the largest of their kind in central Europe. This stone fortress was built by Arnold of Hückeswagen during the 13th century. The site, which offers wonderful views of the surrounding vicinity, is also host to the annual Janáček Hukvaldy International Music Festival.
The first mention of the majestic castle, sitting on a large rock promontory in the village of the same name, dates back to 1318. The castle was founded by lords of Sovinec, who belonged to the distinguished Moravian dynasty. It ranked among the defensive castles which guarded the road from the town of Olomouc to Silesia. During the occupation, French prisoners were kept here and their wall paintings have been preserved. As to adaptations from the 19th century, the building of the late-empire St. Augustine Church.
The castle is a scene of fencing contests, various cultural events acquainted with the history of castle and with period customs.
Bouzov is a romantic castle which was originally built in the 13th century to serve as a fortification, and then reconstructed from 1895 –1910 to accommodate a high-ranking German knight. The interior features antique furniture and art from another era. The castle’s kitchen is especially unique in its furnishings and interesting appliances of the time. This enormous “middle-age” site, with its eightstory tower, is a favorite location for filming fairy-tales. While touring the area, visitors are definitely recommended to tour other local castles and forts in the Olomouc Region.
The visitor will feel like they stepped into a scene from a fairy-tale land when touring the Buchlovice Castle and walking its gardens. This lovely castle is built in the likeness of an Italian villa and ranks among the most beautiful sites Moravia has to offer. Intimate corners, romantic nooks, noble peacocks roaming the garden, white sand underfoot, sunshine and celestial skies... you just might confuse this place with a more southern location on our continent.
Archbishop’s Chateau in Kromeriz
The Archbishop’s Chateau in the town of Kromeriz ranks among the most valued historic monuments in Moravia. It used to serve as a representative residence of its owners, Olomouc Archbishops. In 1998 the complex of the the Archbishop’s Chateau and gardens as a whole was registered in the UNESCO list of the World Cultural Heritage. Today´s Chateau is not only a unique historic site but as well a lively research centre offering rich collections of paintings, books and music, that originate in the diligent work of enlightened scholars and researchers throughout the centuries.