In 1459 the market town of Poběžovice was bought by a lower nobleman Dobrohost of Drštka by Skořice na Rokycansku. At the latest in 1470, he left the keep and had built a late-Gothic solid water castle called Nový Ronšperk ('New Ronšperk'). Since then he was known as Dobrohost of Ronšperk, and Poběžovice was renamed Ronšperk. In 1864, the castle and the manor were bought by the noble family Coudenhove, later known as Coudenhove-Kalergi family.



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Founded: c. 1470
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Caren Richter (2 years ago)
Schade, war sicher einmal ein großartiges Schloss, aber jetzt nur noch ein trauriges Bild...
MARTIN JANIUREK (2 years ago)
We last visited the chateau on June 6, 2021 as part of a charity auction to support the reconstruction of this considerably dilapidated building, which definitely deserves care. The castle is located in the middle of the village Poběžovice and the interior has been inaccessible for a long time. You can walk through the castle park and enjoy the small Zen garden. A little bit of history: The castle has undergone all the development since the fortress from the beginning of the 15th century. across the water castle in the second half of the 15th century. until the reconstruction into a chateau in the second half of the 17th century. Just as an interesting fact, it is possible to recall that twenty-year-old Bedřich Smetana worked at the chateau as a music teacher. The core of the castle consists of two-storey buildings grouped around a small square courtyard. It is mostly the masonry of a former Gothic castle. The connecting gate between the chateau and the fort was not built until 1923. Over time, the chateau fell into disrepair and was even destined for demolition, but fortunately it did not take place and in 1989 the reconstruction of the monument began.
Miloš Zlesa (3 years ago)
A sad look at the magnificent castle, which would deserve a proper reconstruction. Unfortunately, the comrades had a lot of fun here. The castle park is accessible, but you will not get to the castle.
Jary Fundová Vlková (3 years ago)
I wish the castle was reconstructed! It looks partially corrected from the front, but from the back it is a very sad sight of a dilapidated monument. In its vicinity is a nice park, which is freely accessible.
******** (4 years ago)
. Entering so far, unfortunately, it turned out to be impossible, although we do not doubt that we will definitely return there soon to give you reports from the inside! The building is huge, which is due to several modernizations. The fortress standing on the site of today's presbytery mentioned in historical sources already in the first half of the 15th century, however, some say that it was rebuilt into a castle. The distance between buildings is not far, so we can't say which theory is true. This castle was founded by Dobrohost of Ronšperk in 1459. In 1510 the castle was captured by the royal army of Władysław Jagiełło. After 1542, it was rebuilt into the Renaissance style, thanks to the brothers Svamberk. In the years 1682-1695, baroque trends came to light thanks to governor Matyasov B. Other modifications took place in the 18th century. The First Silesian War, which moved to Bohemia in May 1742, caused the palace to serve as a hospital. From 1945, the owner of the palace became the property of the Coudenhove-Kalergi family. Mitsuko Aoyama (daughter of a Japanese merchant) and Baron Heinrich Coudenhove-Kalergi (Austrian-Hungarian diplomat) had seven children, and one of them is the co-founder and first president of the European Union, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, until his death. In 1989 there was a major reconstruction.
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