Roudnice Castle was built in the 12th century by Bishop Jindřich Břetislav, the nephew of the Czech king Vladislav I, to protected an important trade route from Prague to Upper Lusatia along the Elbe. The castle complex included several farm buildings, protected by a fortified wall; the castle itself had walls that were two meters thick, and watch towers in each corner. In the mid-14th century, it was rebuilt in a Gothic style and became a favorite summer residence for Prague bishops. It is said that Jan Hus was ordained as a priest there.

In 1421, the Catholic Church sold the castle to Jan Smiřický, who renovated it once again. George of Poděbrady, king of Bohemia (1420-1477), captured Roudnice from Smiřický in 1467. It passed into the ownership of William Rožumberk, the Supreme Burgrave and one of the wealthiest men in Bohemia. After Rožumberk’s death, his widow Polyxena Pernštejn married Zdenek Vojtěch of Lobkowicz, Chancellor of the Czech Kingdom and later 1st Prince Lobkowicz, bringing Roudnice into the Lobkowicz family’s possessions. In 1652 their son Václav Eusebius, 2nd Prince Lobkowicz, embarked upon an ambitious project to transform the castle into an early baroque palace. From 1657 until the Second World War the Lobkowicz Collection's library was stored in Roudnice Castle, leading to the library being named the Roudnice Lobkowicz Library.

The castle is open to the public. The basic tour includes visits to the courtyard , tour of the castle chapel with předsálím with information about the family Lobkowicz, a tour of the Romanesque castle from the courtyard, the view from the balcony of the castle. The wine tasting tour includes a tour of the foundations of the original Romanesque castle from the 12th century with a presentation of the town, the castle and the winery.

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Founded: 14th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Czech Republic

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Bram van der Pluijm (4 years ago)
Castle has a lot of potential but can use a great renovation.
David CZa (5 years ago)
Nice place
Justine (5 years ago)
Place with great history, another Lobkowicz castle worth visit. Castle in small, charming town, where you can get with train from Prague. Tours only with guide - tickets on info center on Arnoštova 88 street. Unfortunately castle after war and communism was devastated, so now most of it is empty and closed. That's why tour takes only 45min. Still worth to visit for history and castles fans! During the tour you will see original medieval walls and basements and will have nice wine tasting. Tasty local wine, which you can also buy in info center as a souvenir :)
Martin Jiří Hrdlička (5 years ago)
Great place. Cozy environment.
Zuzana Machálková (5 years ago)
Ok
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