Prague Tours – Czech Tours – Prague Day Trips
Do you like hunting trophies and collections of period weapons? Why not to leave Prague just for a half day, with afternoon return?
Situated not far away from Prague, you can visit a castle and then tour interesting sights nearby.
We can also include a tour of Karlstejn Castle and/or Krivoklat Castle.
If you are interested feel free to contact us for details.
Prague to Konopiste – Konopiste Castle Tour
Day Trips from Prague to Konopiste Castle
Keen to leave Prague for the day? Love castles and a picturesque countryside? If so, this is the tour for you.
Konopiste, once a medieval castle, was rebuilt by its last owner, Archduke Franz Ferdinand d’Este in the late 1880s to serve as an official residence for the Habsburg family.
One of the most influential monarchs of his time, the Archduke was also an avid collector of weapons and hunting trophies, all of which are proudly displayed on the castle walls.
A private tour to Konopiste also includes a visit to a nearby royal rose garden and, if you so wish, a small chateau on the journey back to Prague.
This part of Bohemia is known for its splendid countryside and we are sure it will make your tour a memorable one.
Feel free to extend the tour if you wish to do so.
The tour of Konopiste Castle can be possibly extended by visiting Karlstejn Castle and Krivolat Castle (see pictures below) or any other place you would like to experience in this region.
The tour of three castles Konopiste, Karlstejn and Krivoklat would take the whole day. If you are interested in this, we can provide more detailed information.
Konopiste Castle Tours: Options
Konopiste Castle – Tour 1:
The tour will start in a corridor decorated with more that 800 hunting trophies shot by Archduke Franz Ferdinand.
During the Tour 1 you will visit and see guest rooms and representative rooms situated on the 1st floor of the south wing of the castle. This section is full of original paintings, furniture and porcelain.
An authentic dining room with a columned entrance salon connecting to a kitchen will follow next. Finally you will able to see private apartments once used by German Emperor Wilhelm II.
Konopiste Castle – Tour 2:
This tour explores the oldest spaces of the castle with Gothic and Renaissance vaults in the chapel. The apartments are formed by a common room, bedroom and study.
Next you will tour the corridors decorated with weapons to the 3rd floor of the castle, and the armory.
The collection of weapons in the armory belongs to one of the most valuable and significant in Central Europe.
Next you will visit a small hunting oriented corridor, library and a smoking lounge.
Konopiste Castle – Tour 3:
On this tour you will learn about the history of the Habsburg dynasty and the fate of Franz Ferdinand and his family.
The hunting corridors lead to the private rooms of Franz Ferdinand consisting of an office, bedroom, dressing room, and bathroom. Franz Ferdinand’s passion for hunting is best demonstrated in his salon that is full of roe deer and chamois antlers.
Another part of the tour shows the rooms of the children of F.F. and a room of their tutor.
The next step is a music salon with a big toner with a collection of sculptures and reliefs from the collection of F.F from the 15th to 18th century.
Konopiste Castle Tour – Opening times and Entrance fees
Tour 1 – 2: 220 CZK/ adult, children, students, seniors 140 CZK / person
Route 3: 320 CZK/ adult, children, students, seniors 220 CZK / person.
The castle is opened to the public from the 30th of March to November 30th but is closed on Mondays.
A half day trip Prague to Konopiste Castle can be combined with a visit of Karlstejn Castle or some other castle/place if you so wish. Feel free to let us know.
“ Grand Tour and additional Day Trip”
My husband, two sons (ages 20 & 18) and I went on the Grand Tour with Kamil in May. In four hours Kamil was able to show us all of the highlights of the city and make suggestions regarding places to return to later in our vacation. He was so friendly and very knowledgeable about the city. We really enjoyed our time with Kamil. Later in the week Kamil arranged for his colleague, Premek to take us on a day trip to Konopiste Castle and then to Kutna Hora. That day lasted about 9 hours. Premek was also very friendly and knowledgeable. It was so convenient to have a private driver to go to those two locations. Konopiste was really interesting and a must if you want to learn more about Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Kunta Hora is a beautiful town and the Bone Church in Sedlec is also a must see. Before our vacation I e-mailed Kamil numerous times with questions regarding our upcoming vacation. He was so helpful. Contact Kamil, you will not be disappointed!!!
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|Availability:||from 1st April to 30th October, closed on Mondays|
|Location:||50 km south east of Prague|
|Means of transport:||a car / a van, walking|
|Walking:||smooth and easy|
|What to see:||Konopiste Chateau, Rose garden, a bear pit|
|Meeting place & time:||reception of your hotel unless agreed otherwise and time we leave completely up to you.|
Price of this fully private trip includes a car/ a van + a driver and a service of a guide
|Amount of people||CZK||EUR||USD|
|1 – 2 people||5.600||191||270|
|3 – 6 people||6.600||233||329|
You can pay after the tour to your guide or a driver.
Entrance fees are not included in the price and may slightly vary.
EUR and US count is approximate and can alter depending on actual exchange rates.
It is also possible to hire a private guide who would act as a driver: a private guide and driver in one. This is a cheaper alternative to hiring an extra guide and an extra driver. If you are interested, send us an email for details.