Státní hrad Rožmberk, Rozmberk nad Vltavou

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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  • August 16, 2017
    We arrived to the castle 15.08.2017 and intended to spend couple of hours in the castle. The whole family joined the tour in the castle and walked really peacefuly obeying all the rules which we know ...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Pleasantly affordable beautiful castle with large options for other trips. The classic Gothic residence redesigned in later years to a more comfortable living. Beautiful views of the meander of the Vltava River.
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  • July 26, 2017
    A beautiful castle with a magnificent view of the surrounding area, an interesting history. With a short, steep climb. To all I recommend a visit.
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  • May 20, 2017
    Easily accessible beautiful castle high above the river. Nice views of the valley and really interesting interior.
  • November 21, 2016
    Seat of one of Europe' s most powerful families in the late medieval period., rivalling the Habsburgs in wealth and influence.
  • April 8, 2017
    Disappointment. Only Czech tour describing mostly the family portraits
  • July 17, 2016
    A very good target for visit. Nice castle with very nice interier.
  • March 26, 2016
    It is worth a visit from Ceske Budejovice or Cesky Krumlov. Really pitoresque village with the beautiful castle and the nice gothic church interiored by a high Baroque altar. The Moldva river also very nice here

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