The chateau in Nové Hrady, a tiny town near Litomyšl, is one of the few typically Rococo heritage buildings in the Czech Republic. The building, constructed in 1774-1777, was designed in the style of French summer residences. It is thus often nicknamed Little Schönbrunn based on the palace in Vienna, or Czech Versailles based on the French royal chateau.

The former granary building in the chateau garden contains the First Czech Cycling Museum, featuring exhibits from the mid 19th century to the present. The ground floor is reserved for velocipedes from more than a century ago, including unique accessories such as original cycling maps, carbide and oil lamps. Do not miss the prizes from the earliest races organized in the Czech Lands.



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Founded: 1774-1777
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Czech Republic

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Kristýna Vacardová (11 months ago)
Czech Versailles? Most definitely! The place is huge and beautiful. Haven't been inside the castle, but the gardens are an experience on their own. Need to get a ticket to enter them, but it's only around 80 CZK - almost nothing in comparison to what it offers. Water works, flower gardens, even a cool labyrinth and a nice atmospheric cafe you can get some treats at. There are also some small random museums you can also visit around the gardens, but need to pay extra for that.
Trish Tassone (2 years ago)
Absolutely amazing place.Beautifully restored by its current owners.It has its own Veggie gardens..A maze where you will get lost and then find yourself again..luscious green grass..beautiful Cafe with delicious sweets.❤️
DestinationSriLanka Tours&Holidays (2 years ago)
This place was an awesome czech zamek. Now it is a private property and they are reconstructing it for the people. Great work and it is worth visiting.
Billy Felger (5 years ago)
This place is less ornate than some other castles, but it is true to it's time period. The maze is pretty cool, and the story of how one man and his family renovated this over 20 years makes it more interesting.
Misha van der Ven (8 years ago)
Beautiful castle in Renaissance style. Opened for public but every now and then a bus of elderly or other tourists come swinging by. Very well preserved though.
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