Less than an hour from Prague by public transport, Nelahozeves Castle makes for an excellent day trip.
Beginning in 1532, Florian Griespek of Griespach served as secretary, private counsellor and military privy counsellor to the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King, Ferdinand I. He purchased the village of Nelahozeves in 1544 and set about constructing his main residence. The castle, which dates from the 1550s, was built in a grand style to reflect his important position at the court. Griespach employed the finest Italian artisans whose stone masonry work and richly decorated sgraffito facades elegantly defined what is still today one of the finest Renaissance castles in the Czech Republic.
Nelahozeves was sold by Griespach's grand daughter to Polyxena Lobkowicz in 1623 and has since remained in the ownership of the Lobkowicz family. The castle has been painstakingly restored and today is used for large gatherings and events, most notably the Dvo?ák Nelahozeves Music Festival established in 1994. The entire second floor houses the permanent exhibition ""Six Centuries of European Art Patronage"" opened in 1997 in the presence of President Havel. The first floor museum rooms are also available for commercial and social functions, complimented by a high quality castle restaurant and fine museum gift shop.
By train from Prague (50 minutes)
Take line 091 from Masaryk Train Station to "Kralupy nad Vltavou." At Kralupy, board a regular (black label) train to Decin, Usti n.L. or Roudnice n.L. Go one stop to "Zamek Nelahozeves". 10-12 trains per day.
Getting there - by car
By car from Prague (25 minutes) Drive north on Highway E55 toward Teplice and Dresden. Take Exit 9 for Kralupy. Follow the directional white signs along the way saying "Zamek Nelahozeves". At the end of the exit turn right back over the highway. At the next intersection, turn right. Proceed approximately 6 km, passing through Veltrusy, then turn left just after the bridge that crosses the Vltava River. Stay on this road to the castle (3 km).
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