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Konopiště: Chateau Tour from Prague

1. Konopiště: Chateau Tour from Prague

Visit Konopiste Castle, one of Bohemia's most beautiful chateaus. Enjoy a scenic drive from Prague to the former home of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Take a guided tour of the castle filled with a huge collection of weapons, furniture & more. Leave Prague behind and journey to Konopiste Chateau. Learn about this charming hunting castle as you admire its fascinating collection of historical furniture, sculptures, paintings, tapestries and countless hunting trophies. Discover the history of this former home of the successor to the Austrian throne, Ferdinand d'Este (the Archduke Franz Ferdinand), whose assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 served as a pretext to the start of World War I. After this 4-hour tour, return to Prague.

From Prague: Konopiště Castle and Kozel Brewery with Lunch

2. From Prague: Konopiště Castle and Kozel Brewery with Lunch

Starting in the early hours of the morning at the convenient meeting point, set off on a journey of about 50 minutes in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus to the Konopiště Castle, one of the most authentic and admired places in the Czech Republic. Originally a 13th-century Gothic castle, it is most closely associated with the heir to the Habsburg throne, Franz Ferdinand d Este, whose assassination in Sarajevo triggered World War I. Enjoy a tour of the castle where you’ll admire the salons, a collection of hunting trophies and weapons, a chapel, a private shooting range, and a unique collection of Saint George memorabilia. The interiors of the castle are simply breathtaking.  Located in a stunning landscape with a huge park, you can admire the deer and mouflon roaming the grounds. Around the castle, you will also find a beautiful lake and a garden with famous peacocks. If you are lucky, you may even see a bear in the castle's moat. From Konopiště, move on to another place with a wonderful history as you discover the birthplace of the world-famous Czech beer at the Pivovar Velké Popovice brewery. In this small town near Prague, beer began to brew as early as the 16th century and, by 1874, they started to brew one of the most famous Czech beers around today, Kozel.  Enjoy a 1.5-hour exploration of the brewery, seeing every step of making this famous beer and learning the history of the Ringhoffer family, founders of the brewery. Deep in the cellars, right next to the lager tanks, a tasting of the fresh beer awaits you. After the tour, savor a delicious lunch of Czech traditional specialties in the renowned local brewery restaurant, and, of course some more beer. Afterward, return back to the starting point of your tour in Prague at around 4 PM.

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Comfortable mini-bus transfer from Prague to the Castle. During the mini-bus journey the driver, Viktor, gave interesting information in English especially on what was visible on the way. During the guided tour the local guide explained only in Czech: despite having an audio guide device in Italian, it would have been better to have been included in a tour with an English (and not Czech) speaking local guide. Taking into account all the total price is a little expensive. We report great availability and kindness on the part of Viktor, the driver of the mini-bus.

It was an excellent experience. Worth it.

We enjoyed the tour very much. Our tour guide Eva was very informative and gave us a very detailed explanation of the tour. She was very knowledgeable and explained each detail very well. Our driver Peter too who drove us there and back was very good too. Definitely recommend this tour.

I had a great day with Vladimir and the 2 other participants. Vladimir was kind and helpful and we all had a great time! I highly recommend going on tours with him ! Can’t wait to book my next one !

The trip is recommended

We were well cared for, lovely countryside, worthwhile - no complaints

recommend this trip

good German tour, rooms worth seeing, lovely park grounds