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Bohemia is historical region of central Europe that was a kingdom in the Holy Roman Empire and later a province in the Habsburgs’ Austrian Empire. Bohemia was bounded on the south by Austria, on the west by Bavaria, on the north by Saxony and Lusatia, on the northeast by Silesia, and on the east by Moravia. It was part of Czechoslovakia, and since 1993 it has formed much of the Czech Republic. Bohemia’s name comes from a Celtic people known as the Boii. The region was the birthplace of many aristocrats and noble families, and at the same time the site of many political and military conflicts. Its long noble and historical tradition is evident in the numerous impressive castles that could be found in its various regions. In this article we focus on castles located in the Czech Republic and open to visitors.
Rozmberk Castle (South Bohemia) : The castle is considered one of the oldest castle in Bohemia. It is regarded as the cradle of the House of Rozmberk, known as the “Lords of the Rose”, a historical Czech aristocratic family. It was built in the 13th century as a fortified estate by the strong family and towers on top of a hill above a small village on the Vltava River. It was used by the family as a base for supervising their estates in the region. The estate consists of the Upper Castle, the remains of which are the Jacobean Tower, and the Lower Castle with its Gothic buildings, which in the 16th century were re-modelled in Renaissance style. The castle houses several collections of paintings, weapons, porcelain and furniture, and also a frescoed banquet hall. [Visit the official site of the castle]