Kunetická Hora Castle

Ráby, Czech Republic

Kunětická Hora Castle is a castle in the municipality of Ráby in the Czech Republic. The castle played an important role during the Hussite Wars of the early 15th century, as a fortress of Diviš Bořek of Miletínek. Today the castle is open to the public as a museum.

In 1491 it was bought by Vilém of Pernštejn, who had the castle rebuilt in the late Gothic style, with two towers and a moat. The construction was continued by Vilém's sons in the early Renaissance style. During the Thirty Years' War, in the early 17th century, the castle was besieged several times; at the end of the war, Swedish troops burned it to the ground.

The castle remained a ruin until the early 20th century, when the Pardubice Museum Society was formed. The group purchased the site in 1919 and began reconstruction in 1923, according to the plans of architect Dušan Jurkovič. The rebuilding was completed in 1996.

Today the castle is open to the public as a museum. On display are surviving murals, including a 1523 work depicting Samson and Delilah, the oldest known Renaissance mural in Bohemia. The castle also hosts occasional music or theatrical performances.



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Ráby, Czech Republic
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Founded: 1421
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Ankita Tiwari (14 months ago)
This was an awesome place I loved the ginger bread sold here. This place is more interesting for children as its story is related to Hansel and Gretal visit to the chocolate house, here chocolate is replaced with ginger bread. Also you can purchase tickets based on the class you want such as for homeless you need to purchase a ticket of 50czk and for other categories prices are more. It is assumed to be a different kingdom where you can get a visa, passport and also a different currency.
linda reboni (2 years ago)
The visit is interesting and kindly guide and witch let you explore the gingerbread world of Pardubice. But outside is a little abandoned and with no attraction. I expected a gingerbread land, not only few rooms, especially because they have their own currency...
Marina Kim (4 years ago)
Highly recommend the place, take a full tour. All employees are very engaging and devoted to the theme, entertaining and memorable
David Krulich (5 years ago)
Great place. We were there with a little child and it was good even for him - some animals even during the autumn. In that time there were some guys doing wood statues by chainsaw. So you can see even some activities. If you are hungry then you can visit the local pub or sweet-shop.
Brian Phillips (6 years ago)
Ok I guess. Make sure you have other things on your agenda and don't just visit because of the Gingerbread house. The tour-guide was actually very sweet and good with the kids.
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