Oficial web-site: http://www.zamek-konopiste.cz
Region: Central Bohemian Region
Konopiště Castle is a beautiful hunting lodge at a distance of 50 km from Prague, near the town of Benesov (Benešov). Most famous he acquired both for its architecture and a large English park, and thanks to the collection of porcelain, glass, furniture, and one of the richest in Europe and unique collections of weapons and hunting trophies. Konopiště Castle is known for the fact that it was the last owner in the early 20th century, the Austrian heir to the imperial throne Franz Ferdinand d'Este, whose assassination in 1914 was the reason for the outbreak of the First World War.
The castle was built in the XIII century bishop Tobias of Benešov and was a building in the Gothic style, later reconstructed several times by their owners. The heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand d'Este, being a great lover of hunting, fitted in the lock mechanical shooting range, expanded previously stored there a collection of weapons and armor, as well as created some "hunting corridors", decorated with trophies. Then around the castle park was laid out in the English style with terraces, a rose garden and marble statues.
The collection of hunting weapons XVI-XVIII centuries is one of the largest in Europe (4682 subjects), also large collection of hunting trophies - about 300 000 copies.
The total area of the castle Konopiště is about 225 hectares and includes a magnificent park, on whose territory the growing local and exotic trees and shrubs. Undoubted jewel of the park is considered the Rose Garden, decorated with sculptures. The ditch at the foot of the castle walls lives a couple of bears. Breeding bears Konopiště - a long tradition.