Veverí Castle

Brno, Czech Republic

According to legend, the castle Veveří was founded by Duke Conrad of Brno in the middle of the 11th century. Nevertheless, the first written mention about the castle is from the years 1213 and 1222, when King Přemysl Otakar I used the fortified castle as a prison for rebellious peers. Initially, it was apparently a wooden or masonry residence situated near the Romanesque church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary west of the present compound. In the 1220s a stone castle on the extremity of the rocky promontory behind a deep moat cut out of the rock started to grow. The keep is the only structure which has remained well-preserved from this oldest building stage.

King John of Bohemia pledged the castle to nobleman Jan of Vartemberk in 1311, but his son, Margrave of Moravia Charles (later Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV), received the property as a debt settlement in 1335. Charles´ younger brother, Margrave Jan Jindřich, then took a fancy for Veveří Castle. He was responsible for the building of its rear part with two towers and an outer ward. In the central area around the keep, he developed the main palace, which included a large hall and the chapel. The present appearance of the compound is the result of these building activities, giving the castle its basic silhouette of a medieval fortress.

The castle was a military-civic centre around a manor until the Hussite Wars. During the Hussite wars, Emperor Sigismund positioned mercenary forces of his son-in-law, Albrecht of Austria, around the castle, but he later pledged it to local nobleman Petr Kutěj in 1424. The Hussites besieged the castle in vain during the years 1428-1432. During the second half of the 15th century, the castle was rented by Przemyslaus II of Těšín, who decided to reinforce the castle with the construction of surrounding walls. In 1468, King of Hungary and antiking of Bohemia Matthias Corvinus started his occupation of the castle.

In 1645, the Swedish Army laid siege to Veveří Castle, but their attack was unsuccessful, as the castle was well guarded and the defenders well armed.

When the House of Sinzendorf (1707–1804) acquired the castle, an extensive reconstruction was made, and since that time, the exterior structure of the castle has remained practically unchanged. In 1742, the Prussian Army, having gained entry by the treachery of the castle steward, pillaged the interior of the estate.

Number of noteworthy renovations and reconstructions were carried out in the 1990s and since 2002 the castle is again open to the public.

The former Gothic chapel of St. Prokopius in the palace, which originally extended vertically from the ground floor to the second, was replaced in the late 19th century with separate spaces on the ground floor and a library and administrative spaces on the second floor. A preliminary plan has been developed for the reconstruction of the chapel.

Beyond the palace one proceeds through a courtyard, which was created in the early 19th century by pulling down two 13th-century royal palaces. Luckily, records remain of the appearance of these palaces. Beyond the courtyard lies the so-called English Wing, constructed in the second half of the 17th centiry in the corridor between the Gothic calls. The ground floor served to park horse carriages, while the first floor was used as an armory and later as a granary. The building stands in need of extensive and costly renovation. Yet further along is found the so-called Backyard Palace, erected in the 17th century with two valuted rooms, one above the other. The renovation plans call for it to be made into a space for cultural events.

At the southeastern conrner of the castle stands the so-called Eastern Prismatic Tower, built in the 14th century to protect the castle area from the east. South of this tower archaeological remains have been uncovered of walls of a medieval Eastern Castle Palace, which probably dates from the late 15th century and was pulled down before the mid-17th century.



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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic


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Martin Bušek (11 months ago)
The castle itself is fine, but I was disappointed overall. The castle opens as late as 10. They will keep you waiting in front of the gate until about 9:55. You then have to pay the entrance fee, which they say includes all the expositions hint: it doesn't, you have to pay extra. The first tour starts at 10 - obviously. So if you don't want to wait for the next one you have to beeline directly for the ticket office and spend yet more money for a guided tour. The interiors are quite frankly nothing special. Most of it is replicas so don't get too excited. The whole place was left in shambles by the past regime. However since having those made costs quite a big buck, the tour isn't cheap either. In the end, the place left me feeling like I've been scammed. You'll be better off going somewhere else if you're looking for the genuine thing.
Ľuboš Valt (11 months ago)
We were walking just in the exterior parts and had an ice-cream in castle restaurant (outside). There were enough information about the history of the castle on a leaflet and there is also a mobile app available. Unfortunately, you cannot pay the entrance fee on the first gate by a card, they accept only Czech crowns. Surprisingly, you can pay card on the second gate - if you want to visit the interiors.
David de Caires Watson (11 months ago)
Decent castle with an interesting history. Didn't do the guided tour but the basic entry (50 crowns) gets you into a small museum. Two cafes plus a wine cellar (including free tasting) on site. The castle alone isn't incredible, but if you make a day out of it by coming on the boat from Brno-Bystrc then it's worth it. It looked like some good walking trails ran from the castle boat stop, too.
Vratislav Bendel (12 months ago)
Great day trip - take a boat ride from Brno Bystrc and visit the Veveří Castle. They also have a great bistro and winery there ;)
Gerfried Panovsky (12 months ago)
Amazing castle, romantic and being beautifully restored. The snacks are also good and the prices fair and not made to rip off tourists). Only downside: the castle closes at six, but one part is closed s good half hour before, which is nowhere visible (as far as we saw) so we didn't get to see it anymore.
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