Rozmberk Castle, Rozmberk nad Vltavou

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Rožmberk is a castle situated in South Bohemia near Rožmberk nad Vltavou in the Czech Republic. Considered as one of the oldest castles in Bohemia, it stands on a promotory carved out on three sides by the river Vltava. It was first mentioned in 1253 in a document signed by Vok "von Rosenberg". It is regarded as the cradle of the House of Rožmberk, also known as the "Lords of the Rose", a historical Czech aristocratic family.HistoryThe Rožmberk castle was founded in the first half of the 13th century either by Vítek the Younger of Prčice, or by his son Vok of Prčice, a member of the powerful Vítkovci family (Witikonides in Latin; Witigonen in German) who later styled himself Vok of Rožmberk (Vok de Rosenberch) after this castle. The original castle, known as Horní hrad (Upper Castle), consisted of a high tower known as the Jakobínka, 9.6m in diameter, with corbelled ramparts and a palace. The structure was completely surrounded by castle walls with a moat. Within a short time, a tributary town grew in the barbican. The castle became the administrative and economic centre of the family's lands, a part of which Vok gave to the newly established Cistercian monastery in Vyšší Brod. In 1302, when the cadet Krumlov branch of the Vítkovci died out, Vok's offspring inherited Český Krumlov and they settled there permanently. After 1330 Jindřich of Rožmberk built the Dolní hrad (Lower Castle), which was defended by ramparts placed above the moat, which was cut through the neck of the rock.
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  • Located about 30 minutes south of Cesky Krumlov, this castle is worth a visit. The tours are only given in Czech, but they provide you with an English guide which is very adequate- our guide spoke...  more »
  • Cesky Krumlov is overcrowded but you can enjoy same historical feeling not far from it. Whole village is amazing. There is few place for view and great pictures for you instagram.  more »
  • Very nice, outgoing employees. With English and German option, not spoken form, but paper form. Outgoing prices.
  • Fantastic little castle. Authentic renaissance and late renaissance furniture and paintings. Great audio guide in English although a pity the tours are combined with the local language. Makes it difficult to concentrate. Other than that, a must see if you like castles and history.
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