Gothic Cesky Sternberg Castle is located only 60 km east of Prague on a steep hill above the Sazava River.
It is unique because it has had the same owner for almost eight centuries and he still lives in the castle. The halls of the palace are abundantly decorated and are of interest to all antiquity enthusiasts. The Knight Hall impresses its visitors, it is the biggest ceremonial hall which was built in 1500. The walls are decorated with the portraits of Thirty Years’ War generals. All the furniture in the hall is of Italian work made by Florentine masters in the 17th century; it is decorated with marble and semi-precious stones. The hall is enlightened with huge crystal chandeliers. In the library one can find ancient editions which narrate the history of the noble House of Sternberg. The halls keep a unique collection of Thirty Years’ War etchings, a collection of Dutch silver engravings of the 18th century and a collection of historical shooting and stabbing weapons of the 17th and the 18th centuries. In the Hunter Hall you can see wonderful trophies of the former owners – 167 scarecrows.
Total duration: ~ 5 hours.
Distance: 54 km from Prague, ~ 50-60 min. by car.