Open
chateau tour:

January - February:
THU – SUN : 9:00 – 17:00
March – June:
daily : 9:00 – 17:00
July – August:
daily : 9:00 – 18:00
Sep. - Dec.:
daily : 9:00 – 17:00

Rose garden :
April:
weekends + holidays : 10:00 – 18:00
May – August:
daily : 10:00 – 20:00
Sept. – Oct.:
daily : 10:00 – 18:00

Entrance fee
Chateau tour :
adults 90 CZK
pensioners, students 70 CZK
children 50 CZK
family 220 CZK

Rose garden:
adults 15 CZK
children 6 CZK


 

Děčín chateau
The chateau lies in the very centre of the town of Děčín above the confluence of the Elbe (Labe) and Ploučnice rivers. It is one of the biggest and historically most important buildings of its kind in the Czech Republic. After being reconstructed several times it took on the form of a baroque-classical chateau.

On the site of the present chateau a wooden fortress had existed since the 10th century. In the 13th century this fortress was converted into a royal castle. Since the early 14th century the building served as the representative residence of several noble families whose destiny was influenced most identifiably by the lords of Vartenberk, Bünau and the counts of Thun-Hohenstein. In 1932 the Thun family for economic reasons was forced to sell the chateau to the Czechoslovak state.

Since 1932 the castle area progressively served Czechoslovak, German and Soviet military garrisons. The armies’ residence considerably damaged the building. The departure of the Soviet army in 1991 allowed for the start of renewal of the castle area and to make access easier.

Today the chateau is under the ownership of the town of Děčín and is a dominant landmark of this border area which cannot be missed.

“Long Ride” – a 292-metre access road to the Děčín chateau, walled on both sides, which gets smaller as you go uphill giving the optical illusion of a longer path. It was caused by the rock’s crumbling over several years

St. George’s Chapel – built in the late 18th century. Visitors can marvel at the jewelled ceiling. When the military resided there it served as a kitchen. The chapel area was reconstructed not long ago and currently serves as a concert hall and lecture hall and for marriage ceremonies

Exhibitions – in the east wing of the chateau several rooms have been renovated which contain exhibitions of artists from the Děčín area

Chateau stable – artistically the most valuable room in the chateau, which Maxmilian Thun-Hohenstein arranged to be built. He was a great admirer of horses. 23 horses stayed here and in the front there used to be a fountain in the shape of a horse

Rose garden – one of the most valuable artistic works in the town, it is located on the rock terrace above the town parallel to the Long Ride. It got its name from the rosarium that was put here, the garden is dominated by the “gloriet” which bears a set of statues of mythological gods

sala terrena – at the upper part of the Rose Garden, walls and ceiling are decorated with original wall paintings from 1678, their subject is stories from Greek mythology.

gloriet – elevated two-story lookout, crowning it are statues of two fighters and the balustrade is decorated by seven female sculptures, covering the entrance to the covered corridor extended to the northern wall of the Long Ride and connecting the space of the chateau with the church of the Raising of the Holy Cross

In addition to the main tour you can see an exposition of the District Museum (entrance fee separate) – baroque paintings, views of Děčín, castle armoury containing parts of weapons and exhibits protected from devastation, it is decorated with original frescos and a wooden ceiling





 
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