For the first time in history, lovers of castles and historic buildings can visit the Renaissance chateau in Račice (Vyškov region).
In 2017, the South Moravian Region sold the building to the company e-Finance, which rebuilt the chateau into a wellness hotel within five years for about CZK 150 million.
The complex, which dates to the 13th century, is a great starting point for cycling and hiking in Drahanská Highlands close to the Moravian Karst.
You can take a cycling path through the heart of South Moravia, visit the unique natural area of Velká dohoda or a nature park with the educational trail through Rakovec valley.
The first written mention about the Račice castle is from 1312 when Jan Lucemburský had it besieged. In the 14th century, it was renewed and belonged to the lords of Lipá.
In 1376 it became a part of the Šternberk property and later was given to the lords of Kravaře. In the end, it became the property of Hanuš Haugvic of Biskupice, who changed it into a renaissance chateau.
The town of Račice is located north-east of the town of Roudnice nad Labem on the left shore of Labe River. It is located 158 m above sea level. Until the end of 80’, Račice was the part of the town of Štětí.
Račice was established in 1295 by King Vaclav II.
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From the beginning of January to the end of September 2019, castles, fortresses and other sights, which are maintained by the Czech state, were visited by the record number of 4.6 million people.
The castle which was of the greatest interest among tourists this year is Lednice, with 350,000 visitors. The second most popular was Český Krumlov castle, which 330,000 people visited. Third place, with 250,000 tourist visitors was the castle Hluboka.
The statistics are kept on the number of tickets sold. Which means that it can not account for all the visitors that came to look at the castles but did not go inside.
The Švihov chateau has been visited by 11.5 thousand visitors more compared to last year. The chateau in Vranov nad Dyjí has also seen a significant increase (9,000 more than in 2018).
- Lednice 348 000
- Český Krumlov 327 000
- Hluboká 255 000
- Karlštejn 184 000
- Kroměříž 165 000
- Valtice 153 000
- Konopiště 131 000
- Trosky 110 000
- Bouzov 100 000
- Buchlovice 94 000